` Gabriela Šantare | COBALT

Gabriela Šantare

Senior Associate / Latvia


Gabriela is a certified Data Protection Officer and specializes in Privacy, Tax, Environment and Administrative and Constitutional Law matters. In particular Gabriela has extensive experience with ensuring compliance with the GDPR, including drafting the necessary documents, conducting audits and providing consultations.

During her studies at University of Latvia, she has participated in various national moot court competitions and represented Latvia in international moot court competitions in relation to EU Law and Public International Law. The winner of 2019 Professor K.Dislers Constitutional Moot Court. The recipient of the Kristīne Krūma Memorial Scholarship for the excellence in International and EU Law.


  • General corporate tax – Rising Star, ITR World Tax 2024


  • Latvian, English, Russian (basic user), French (basic user)

Membership & education

  • Latvian Bar Association (since 2021)
  • Registered Data Protection Officer with the Data State Inspectorate of the Republic of Latvia
  • Master’s degree in Law, University of Latvia (2020)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, University of Latvia (2018)

    Constitutional Court recognises that gambling restrictions within Riga administrative territory imposed without adequate justification

    BAUER secures yet another win in a VAT refund dispute with the State Revenue Service

    1242 Apps acquires shares in technology start-up Chili Labs

    The court rules to release frozen funds and terminate criminal proceedings against COBALT’s client for confiscation of property

    Court finds no transfer of business in construction company’s tax dispute with the State Revenue Service

    Salv obtains a closed shared KYC utility service provider licence from the Data State Inspectorate of Latvia

    The Ministry of Justice awards compensation to journalist Leonids Jakobsons for damages, including non-material harm suffered in criminal proceedings

    Court mandates compensation for moral damages due to the publication of false and defamatory news

    Court overturns fine imposed on Latvian Television regarding the broadcast about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines

    Supreme Court annuls the decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office on extradition of a private person to the Russian Federation

    E.R.B. Rail JV signs contract for the construction of Rail Baltica mainline in Latvia

    A Latvian court recognises the right of the other parent in a same-sex couple’s family to receive parental allowance and childcare allowance

    BAUER secures a win in a tax dispute with the State Revenue Service

    BaltCap expands its reach in Latvia’s social sector by acquiring an elderly care operator

    COBALT represents the client in a dispute with the State Revenue Service regarding taxation of the transaction with agricultural land

    COBALT advises BaltCap with exit sale of Vendon SIA

    COBALT advised Syneos Health on acquisition of a leading contract research company

    COBALT advised IBM on reorganization for separation of Kyndryl regarding Baltic jurisdictions

    COBALT advises Altum investment fund in financing Primekss

    COBALT advised SuperHero Capital on a EUR 450 000 investment into PrintOnPack.com

    COBALT advises Treeland OÜ in the acquisition of a majority stake in Lido AS

    COBALT provides pro bono legal assistance to the Association of LGBT and their friends Mozaīka in the proceedings before the Constitutional Court regarding same-sex couples’ family rights

    COBALT represents the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia before Constitutional Court regarding administrative-territorial reform

    COBALT provides pro bono legal assistance to the Association of LGBT and their friends Mozaika in a landmark matter in the Constitutional Court

    COBALT successfully represents clients, contesting the results of regional public transport service tender

    Legal assistance to an owner of fuel retail network in Latvia regarding environmental liability issues

    COBALT provides legal assistance to the foundation APEIRONS in preparing an opinion for the Constitutional Court

    COBALT advises Lauma Fabrics on delivery of COVID-19 personal protective equipment to Estonia and Latvia

    COBALT represented Gjensidige ADB Latvian branch in the dispute with the State Revenue Service

    COBALT advised a global pharmaceutical company on corporate governance and individual liability of board members