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COBALT bolsters its Public Procurement practice with the addition of the team led by Dr D. Soloveičik

2016-07-04

As of 4 July, 2016, Dr Deividas Soloveičik joins the law firm COBALT as its new partner along with a team of five highly qualified Public Procurement law professionals.

Dr Deividas Soloveičik has over 15 years of experience practicing commercial law and is one of the most highly regarded Public Procurement law experts in the market. Dr Soloveičik will become the 10th Partner and Head of Public Procurement practice group at COBALT Lithuania.

“I am delighted at the addition of another group of experienced lawyers, who will further enhance our professional team. We are consistently growing as a firm, and our robust M&A, Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution and other practices are highly valued in the market. The team led by Deividas has a wealth of experience and boasts a strong reputation as public procurement law experts. Its arrival will enable us to expand further and will add strength to our capabilities to efficiently serve our clients on the most challenging legal matters,” says Dr Irmantas Norkus, Managing Partner at COBALT Lithuania.

For the past couple of years Dr Deividas Soloveičik practiced at the law firm GLIMSTEDT as a Partner and Head of Public Procurement practice. During his legal career, he has represented clients before national courts at all instances and arbitral institutions, provided legal advice to Lithuanian and foreign private clients and contracting authorities, including the Commission of the European Union, on the legal aspects of public procurement and pre-commercial procurement. Dr Soloveičik focuses his practice on civil and administrative litigation in the areas of public procurement, matters related to misuse of EU funds and application of financial corrections against beneficiaries of EU funds, and performance of public contracts. The Public Procurement practice group led by Dr D. Soloveičik is also specialised in drafting conditions of tender, tender documents for public sector clients and assisting clients with their compliance efforts with the legislation governing public procurement procedures.

Recent significant matters include representing clients in public procurement cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court of the European Union; representing the largest Lithuanian transport sector company in litigation concerning public procurement and invalidity of public contracts; representing clients before the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors regarding audits of public procurement projects funded by the EU structural funds; advising a client in negotiations in a high-value procurement in the energy sector. The team led by Dr D. Soloveičik has wide-ranging experience working on public and private partnerships, advising both public and private sector clients (concession grantors and concessionaires).

“The motivating factors in our decision to join COBALT were its successful performance in the recent years, its partner approach towards integrated services, its largest pool of talent and resources in the Baltic States and Belarus, and its excellent reputation in the field of public procurement. I am certain that our professional skills, experience and consistent work will contribute to the exceptional service delivery to COBALT’s and our mutual clients. We are joining our forces to create a market-leading Public Procurement practice group which is deeply experienced across all aspects of public procurement and able to offer legal services responsive to the needs of clients. Our joint efforts will deliver synergies and opportunities to grow as a team of professionals and to serve as a trusted advisor to our clients on significant projects,” comments Dr D. Soloveičik.

Dr D. Soloveičik is an Associate Professor and researcher in commercial law at Vilnius University and a contributor to legal publications. He also closely cooperates with globally recognized academic members of the legal profession. Since 2011, MCIArb. D. Soloveičik is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; since 2016, he is a member of the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement – eafip initiative promoted by the European Commission.

COBALT team will also be boosted by experienced Public Procurement and Dispute Resolution attorney-at-law Karolis Smaliukas and lawyers Karolina Keršytė, Dovilė Jankauskytė, Neringa Bašinskaitė, and Kasparas Biliūnas.