Dr Irmantas
Norkus
Managing Partner / Lithuania
 
about

Dr Irmantas Norkus is the Managing Partner of COBALT Lithuania, with over 20 years of extensive experience in private and public M&A, competition, banking and finance. During his career Dr Norkus has led numerous landmark cross-border and domestic transactions and projects and has handled some of the most complex antitrust matters of recent times. He has represented a broad range of high-profile corporate clients, investment funds, issuers, financial institutions and institutional investors. Dr Norkus’ exceptional and impeccable service has earned him a reputation as a leading lawyer in his areas of practice.

 
recognition
  • Corporate/Commercial - Band 1, Chambers 2020
  • Banking - Market leader, IFLR1000, 2020
  • Competition - Market leader, IFLR1000 2020
  • M&A - Market leader, IFLR1000 2020
  • Commercial, corporate and M&A - Hall of fame, Legal500 2020
 
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Languages
Lithuanian, English, Russian

Education & membership
  • 2001 Doctor Juris, Vilnius University
  • 1996 Master's degree in Law, Vilnius University
  • 1997 Study visit to Business School, Leeds University, UK
  • 1993 Study visit to John Marshall Law School, Chicago, USA
  • Since 2004 Member of the International Bar Association
  • Since 1999 Member of the Lithuanian Bar Association


Publications
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experience
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  • 2018 — 01 — 09
    COBALT advised shareholders of UAB Ilsanta on the sale of 100% of the company’s shares to UAB ILS holding, managed by Gediminas Žiemelis
  • 2017 — 10 — 24
    COBALT advised AB Rokiškio sūris on the acquisition of its 10% shareholding by strategic investor Fonterra
  • 2017 — 10 — 18
    COBALT advised on sale of MTG Baltic subsidiaries
  • 2017 — 10 — 13
    COBALT advised DNB on the creation of Luminor – largest ever transaction in the Baltic banking market
  • 2017 — 03 — 20
    COBALT advises Santa Monica Networks on sale of its Finnish-Baltic subsidiaries
  • 2016 — 08 — 25
    COBALT advises DNB upon combining its operations with Nordea in the Baltics
  • 2016 — 04 — 22
    COBALT advised AMIC Energy on the acquisition of UAB LUKOIL BALTIJA business in Lithuania
  • 2015 — 09 — 30
    COBALT client Gjensidige completes PZU Lietuva acquisition
  • 2015 — 09 — 18
    Advising Deutsche Bank as one of the providers of financing for the unprecedent acquisition of a loan portfolio from bankrupt AB bank Snoras
  • 2015 — 07 — 13
    COBALT advised Cgates on acquisition of 5 telecommunication companies
  • 2015 — 05 — 13
    COBALT advised Invalda INVL on the sale of bank Finasta AB and Finasta brokerage company
  • 2015 — 02 — 26
    COBALT represented BaltCap on the acquisition of the remaining shareholding in Ecoservice
  • 2015 — 02 — 13
    COBALT advised shareholders of Cgates in the sale of their shareholding to East Capital
  • 2015 — 02 — 03
    COBALT advised Gjensidige on the acquisition of PZU Lietuva
  • 2014 — 12 — 03
    COBALT advised AB Invalda LT on the acquisition of Finasta Group
  • 2014 — 11 — 13
    COBALT continues delivering excellence in the venture capital market
  • 2014 — 05 — 12
    Competition Council terminates its investigation into Linava association
  • 2014 — 05 — 05
    COBALT achieves a EUR 600,000 reduction of fines for its clients
  • 2014 — 04 — 14
    COBALT advised BaltCap on the acquisition of shares in UAB Ecoservice
  • 2014 — 04 — 09
    COBALT advised UAB Eldes on attracting financing from LitCapital
  • 2013 — 10 — 28
    COBALT advised UAB Martesa on the acquisition of 100% shares in UAB PONTEM
  • 2013 — 10 — 01
    COBALT advised a shareholder of UAB Lodvila and UAB Grafija on the transfer of its shares in the companies
  • 2013 — 08 — 08
    COBALT advised UAB Fragrances International on the transfer of SIA Douglas Baltic shares
  • 2013 — 07 — 29
    COBALT advised UAB Fegda on the acquisition of controlling interest in UAB Tilsta
  • 2013 — 07 — 11
    COBALT advises AB Linas Agro Group on the acquisition of four Latvian companies
  • 2013 — 05 — 15
    COBALT led an unprecedented transfer of good bank assets to a major Lithuanian bank
  • 2013 — 02 — 21
    COBALT participated in the first settlement agreement in respect of construction at the Lithuanian seaside
  • 2013 — 02 — 19
    COBALT provided a proposal for services to the National Agency of Investment and Privatisation of the Republic of Belarus
  • 2012 — 11 — 23
    COBALT represented UAB Conmaster in arbitration case
  • 2012 — 03 — 06
    COBALT advised a Norwegian company Hoegh LNG in the liquefied natural gas terminal project of national importance
  • 2012 — 02 — 25
    COBALT successfully assisted in the dairy cartel case
  • "Irmantas Norkus is a well-established figure in the market and is adept at handling a broad range of domestic and international transactions. Irmantas Norkus is hard-working and ambitious."
    Chambers Global 2020, Corporate / Commercial
    "Managing partner Irmantas Norkus led the advice to DNB on combining its operations with Nordea in the Baltics states, which included all aspects of the planning of the transaction and regulatory and merger control matters. It continues to advise the newly combined bank Luminor."
    Legal 500, 2019
    "Managing partner Irmantas Norkus assists with the firm's key mandates, regularly advising on merger clearance, dominant position cases and anti-competitive agreements. He co-led the team representing Air Baltic in a claim for damages pertaining to an alleged infringement of national and EU competition law."
    Chambers Europe 2019, Competition/Antitrust
    "Managing partner Irmantas Norkus is a highly respected figure in the market. He represents domestic and international clients from a variety of sectors including banking, telecommunications and entertainment. Sources praise his longevity and note that he has "earned his name and ranking."
    Chambers Europe 2019, Corporate/Commercial