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Country: Tallinn, Estonia

Short description

Elmer advises clients in the areas of litigation and arbitration as well as on any issues related to bankruptcies and reorganisation. He has significant experience acting for international and local market leaders in complex disputes that demand novel approaches. Elmer has successfully argued numerous cases in the Supreme Court of Estonia. He also acts as a counsel in arbitration procedures administered by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Elmer is listed in international law firm directories Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

  • Advising Forum Cinemas AS in a damages claim in a dispute with a former CEO. Forum Cinemas AS is part of a Baltic’s largest film distributor and cinema operator Nordic Cinema Group.
  • Advising Estonian investment bank as a buyer in a dispute over seller’s liability and various IP/IT rights.
  • Defending Selver AS, one of the largest chains of supermarkets and hypermarkets operating in Estonia, against charges of forming a cartel with other retailers.
  • Advising software developer Nortal AS in disputes with former employees regarding a hostile spin-off.
  • Advising Transiidikeskuse AS, one of the leading providers for stevedoring services in the Baltics, in a number of disputes against the Port of Tallinn. Transiidikeskuse AS achieved a favorable ruling in the Supreme Court that was a landmark decision in the field of public procurement and concessions.
  • Defending a member of the top management of Liviko AS, an Estonian leading producer of alcoholic beverages with more than 100 years of history, against criminal charges related to a white-collar crime.
  • Successfully representing an Estonian market leader in a dispute relating to the valuation of shares and delisting of shares from the Tallinn Stock Exchange (of NASDAQ OMX Group).
  • Advising a minority shareholder in a dispute against the BLRT Grupp, the largest shipbuilding and metalworking group in the Baltics region. With Elmer’s help the client received a favorable and in-depth ruling about conflicting interests of shareholders and top level management.
  • Advising a large Central Asian crude carrier in different issues related to double taxation, jurisdiction, and leasing of rolling stock.
  • Advising an MNC in relation to food safety regulation in the European Union and in a dispute with the Estonian Veterinary and Food Board.
  • Since 2016 Partner, law firm DERLING PRIMUS (previous firm name till September 2018 – DERLING)
  • Since 2014 Member, Ethics and Methodology Commission of the Estonian Bar Association
  • 2008 - 2016 Senior Associate, law firm Tark Grunte Sutkiene
  • 2006 - 2008 Associate, law firm Aivar Pilv
  • 2004 - 2005 Junior Associate, law firm Raidla and Partners (Raidla Ellex)
  • University of Tartu, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), officially equivalent to MA (2004)
  • European Criminal Bar Association (since 2019)
  • International Bar Association (IBA) (since 2016)
  • Estonian Bar Association (since 2007)
  • Estonian Moot Court Society (since 2002)
  • Estonian Debating Society (since 1997)
  • Leading Individual, Chambers Europe 2017
  • Leading Individual, Chambers Global 2017
Languages: Estonian, English, Russian
Press & Publications
  • A book, co-authored by DERLING PRIMUS partners
  • Co-author of the book “Riigihanked – teooria ja praktika” (Public Procurement – Theory and Practice), Äripäev Publishers, 2014
  • Co-author of the book “AVERUS: avaliku ja erasektori koostöö” (PPP: Public-Private Partnerships), Äripäev Publishers, 2011
  • Co-author of the book “Vaidluste lahendamine” (Dispute Resolution), Äripäev Publishers, 2009