Which kind of commercial activity the company you represent has in the Baltic markets – in which country/countries?
Eversheds Sutherland is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms and a global top-tier legal practice with 69 offices across 34 countries employing over 5,000 professionals. We are best known for our commercial awareness
and industry knowledge and for providing innovative and tailored solutions for every client we advise.

We have a strong presence and unique coverage in the Nordic and Baltic region, including offices in Helsinki, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius.

Eversheds Sutherland has over 20 years of experience in assisting local and international business in the Baltic countries. We have over 17 partners and 70 lawyers supporting our clients in the Baltic states. Whether you are
planning entrance to Baltic markets or intending a business restructuring – we are noted for effectively delivering complex, integrated legal advice across all regional borders through one point of contact.

Our Baltic offices won Chambers Europe “Baltic-Wide Law Firm of the Year” award in 2017 and “Client Service Award” in 2018. The awards honor the work of national and international law firms across Europe; they recognize a law firm’s pre-eminence in key countries in the region and reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

Which kind of advice would you like to give for a Finnish company planning to enter the Baltic markets?

Using a trusted partner and advisor when establishing activities in the market is highly advisable; this way you can avoid any pitfalls and make sure you are in good standing from the point of view of legislation and taxation. Eversheds Sutherland helps companies establish a presence in the market and provides support in all aspects of commercial & corporate law and taxation.

Please, tell us your success story in one of the Baltic countries?

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns Law Office was established in Latvia in 1999 and has since become a full member of Eversheds Sutherland International.

In the Latvian office we have 25 lawyers who practice in specialized teams led by experienced attorneys and legal advisers. Many are recommended by independent international legal market research institutions. Our size enables us to provide you with a total legal solution, guaranteeing quality advice and innovative thinking in everything we do for you.

We provide services on the entire range of legal and businesses issues, with core practices in banking, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial matters, real estate, intellectual property, procurement and dispute resolution.

Our lawyers regularly work with colleagues across the world, and our Baltic offices are highly integrated. We share the same way of working and a philosophy that puts the client first. We have several major clients with whom we work across all Baltic states, including Samsung and Nestle. We also act as legal advisers in the Rail Baltica project and have been involved in some of the largest and most complex M&A deals in the Baltics in recent years.

How do you see the position of the Baltic countries in your activities during the 5 coming years?

Eversheds Sutherland is the only global law firm of its size which currently has a direct presence in Latvia and the
Baltics. Our vision is to be the global law firm that sets the standard.

Your moto to do business in the Baltic countries?

Helping our clients, our people and our communities to thrive

Why do you want to join the Finnish-Latvian Business Association:
Eversheds Sutherland has a strong presence both in Finland and in the Baltic states: we cooperate and share clients between the countries. We would like to intensify this cooperation and at the same time be more active in networks that promote business in the Baltics. We are already a member in the Finnish-Estonian Business Association, and we would like to expand our activities in this field: we feel that the business associations are important platforms for networking and gaining insight on the Baltic market.

Company in a nutshell
Name: Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (Eversheds Sutherland Finland)
Products: Commercial & corporate law, tax, company incorporation
Home place: Finland, Latvia and 32 other countries
Personnel: 150 in Finland, over 100 in the Baltics, 35 in Latvia
Turnover: 29 MEUR (FIN)

Name: Emma Nurmela
Title: Business Development Manager, Eversheds Attorneys Ltd

Something you would like to tell about yourself:
I develop new business opportunities and partnerships at Eversheds Attorneys. My background is in international business: I have gained versatile experience in sales and marketing of professional services in an international setting and in exporting industrial goods. During my years in service business I have helped companies internationalize and establish a presence in new markets, as well as streamline their existing domestic and
international activities. I have a MSc degree in International Business and MA in Russian Translation, and I have also lived and worked in St. Petersburg for 5 years.