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Donatas Zdanavičius

Of Counsel

Vilnius, Lithuania

+370 5 251 4444; 251 4445

donatas.zdanavicius@tgsbaltic.com

English, Lithuanian, Russian

RECOGNITION BY INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Donatas is listed among leading Employment and Real Estate law experts in Lithuania by several most influential international legal directories, like Legal 500 and Chambers Europe.

MAJOR PROJECTS

Advised Micro Matic,  a worldwide market leader in the supply of keg spears and dispense heads to the brewing industry, on acquisition of a land plot and factory buildings in Kaunas (2016); 

Advised collapsed commercial bank Snoras on the sale of EUR 169.7 million Snoras loan portfolio to an international investor consortium led by private funds registered in Luxembourg and investment bank Deutsche Bank AG (2015);

Counsels AB Klaipėdos Nafta, a state owned company implementing the LNG terminal project that is being developed to ensure security of supply and diversification of natural gas supply sources to Lithuania. The Project is supported by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and has a status of economic significance to the state. Counselling involves advise on various construction, regulatory, corporate and commercial issues (2012–2013);

Represents UAB Pieno žvaigždės, the biggest and the most up-to-date milk-processing company in the Baltic States, in real estate sale and lease transactions and in labour relations (2005–2013);

Represents UAB Mars Lietuva that is a part of the family owned company Mars, Incorporated, one of the world’s leading branded manufacturers, in real estate and labour law matters (2003–2013);

Advised Pontos Group Estonian subsidiaries in acquisition of the biggest shopping centre in in Panevėžys (27 thousand + sq. m.) from Carpathian Properties S.a.r.l. fund (2011);

Advised UAB 4energia on various issues regarding the construction of wind power plants and development of infrastructure related thereto in Lithuania. Services included: advice regarding the establishment of servitudes for the land lots necessary for the development of wind power plant parks in Lithuania; assistance in the negotiations with Siemens and Enercon regarding the supply of wind turbines for UAB 4Energia wind power plants in Lithuania; drafting the number of other contractual documents concerning the development of wind power plant parks in Lithuania (2010–2011);

Advised UAB Kelprojektas on various issues related to designing of Rail Baltica, a European standard railway connecting Baltic states to Europe. Also assisted UAB Kelprojektas in relations with AB Lietuvos geležinkeliai regarding other design contracts (2008–2011);

Advised UAB Biotechpharma on acquisition of long-term lease to the land lot in Vilnius Santara Valley. Assisted the client in negotiations and conclusion of the contract agreement for construction of a research and development building (2010);

Represented UAB Šviesos Konversija, a world leading producer of lasers, in acquisition of real estate for development of scientific research and manufacturing activities of the company and executing a land lease agreement. Assisted the client in concluding and executing the design works and reconstruction works contracts (2009);

Counselled UAB Ventus Nafta and its shareholder PKN ORLEN on numerous matters related to construction of new fuel stations in the territory of Republic of Lithuania, including land acquisition and regulatory issues (2007–2009);

Represented the interests of UAB Kauno Tiltai in the acquisition transactions of UAB Kelda, UAB Provėža, UAB Kerista, a polish company PEUiM and other target companies (2006–2008);

Counselled insurance companies Sampo, Seesam and Ergo on the establishment of SE (Societas Europaea) (2005–2008);

Represented and counselled the client in privatisation of AB Alita, one of the biggest beverage producing companies in Lithuania, represented the company in acquisition of its subsidiaries AB Anykščių vynas, UAB Vilkmergės alus and UAB Daivalda (2003–2005).

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Advised LitPol Link on legal matters concerning territory planning, environmental protection and international relations between Lithuanian and Polish governmental authorities (including, but not limited to, comprehensive advice on interpretation of EU and national law regarding territory planning matters being performed by the client) (2010–2011);

Completed the land parcel transaction for construction of a petrol station by signing and notarising the real estate sale and purchase agreement (2009);

Represented the client in executing a long-term State-owned land lease agreement concerning a part of the land parcel in the territory of the IT and hi-tech park (2009);

Counselled the client on the issues of performance/amendment of a lease agreement with one of the major property owners (lessors) (2009);

Counselled ICON Plc, a world-known provider of pharmacy, biotechnologies and medical devices industry development services, on lease of non-residential premises (2009);

Drafted legal documents and represented one of the largest dairy processors in negotiations with companies of Ranga IV group regarding lease of office premises of approx. 1,200 square metres (2007–2009);

Represented the client’s interests in writing off of debts of AB Verpstas to the Spanish company Kettering S.A. and lifting the pledge on the equipment owned by AB Verpstas (2008);

Represented UAB Liningas, a subsidiary of Jessgrove Ltd. in Lithuania, in conclusion of the agreement on purchase of real estate from Domus Altera (in the territory of the former AB Dirbtinis Pluoštas) (2008);

Represented the major Lithuanian road designing company UAB Kelprojektas in the tender announced by AB Lietuvos Geležinkeliai and in negotiations for designing of the Rail Baltica railroad section from the Lithuanian – Polish border to Marijampolė (2008);

Counselled Danske Bank on labour law and employees’ participation in the process of the merger with AB SAMPO Bankas (2007);

Represented a client in acquisition of the shares of UAB FLOPO INFORMACINĖS SISTEMOS, drafted the transaction documents (2007);

Counselled one of the largest and most modern dairy processors in the Baltic States on matters related to conclusion and termination of agreements (2007);

Represented the interests of UAB Kauno Tiltai in the transaction of sale-purchase of UAB Kerista shares (2007);

Counselled Ūkio Bankas Investicinė Grupė on reconstruction and development of S. Dariaus ir S. Girėno Stadium (2007);

Counselled a client in connection with acquisition of shares of UAB Kalnarūtė; drafted the documents of the transaction (2007);

Counselled IT company Webmedia on the employees share option (2007);

Counselled Myllyn Paras on real estate issues (2007);

Represented a client in sale-purchase of UAB Margiris shares (2007);

Assisted in the legal due diligence of UAB Ukmergės Senoji Vaistinė (2007);

Assisted in the legal due diligence of Karoliniškių Clinic and Naujosios Vilnios Clinic (2006–2007);

Advised UAB Northway Turto Valdymas on real property sale (2007);

Advised the insurance company Seesam Lietuva on the labour law matters (2007);

Advised UAB Haupas on concluding agreements on natural gas supply (2007);

Represented MTG in acquisition of UAB Laisvoji Banga shares (2007);

Assisted in the legal due diligence of UAB Hidroprojektas (2006);

Represented a client and assisted in the legal due diligence of a major telecommunications company in Lithuania (2006);

Advised UAB Coats Lietuva on the labour law matters (2006);

Assisted in legal due diligence of UAB Kelda, UAB Provėža and UAB Verkšnionių Karjeras (2006);

Represented a client in acquisition of UAB Provėža shares (2006);

Advised Elbit Systems Ltd. in the tender for procurement of implementation of technical surveillance measures in the Baltic Sea, the Curronian Lagoon and inland territorial waters at the external borders of the EU (2006);

Counselled SOS Vaikų Kaimas on labour law issues (2006);

Represented British company ARCAPITA in acquisition of one of the leading rock wool insulation manufacturers in Europe – the company Paroc Group Oy Ab; assisted in connection with a legal due diligence of UAB Paroc (2006);

Counselled UAB Kauno Tiltai in the implementation of the reconstruction of a railway tunnel in Kaunas, drafted related legal documents (2006);

Represented TILTRA consortium in the purchase of shares in the Polish company PEUiM (2006);

Represented a client in acquisition of shares in UAB Lietuvos Avialinijos Cargo (2006);

Counselled a car sales and repairs company UAB Sostena on issues of concluding confidentiality and non-competition agreements with employees; drafted related documents (2006);

Counselled the Vilnius City Municipality on the implementation of the project of reconstruction and further maintenance of education institutions in the Vilnius city – one of the first PPP projects in Lithuania (2006);

Coordinated the performance of the legal due diligence review of AB Invaldos Nekilnojamojo Turto Fondas in relation to a public offering of shares (2006);

Assisted in connection with a legal due diligence of AB Specializuotas Transportas under privatisation (2006);

Represented one of the major credit management and debt recovery companies in Sweden Intrum Justitia AB in the purchase of minority shares in a company registered in the Republic of Lithuania (2006);

Counselled a major investment bank in Lithuania on issues of giving incentives to employees and drafted an employees’ option agreement (2006);

Drafted documents for reorganisation of pharmacies belonging to Tamro group, assisted in connection with a legal due diligence of UAB Medinsta and UAB Medsanta pharmacies (2006);

Counselled one of the major upper knitwear manufacturing companies AB Verpstas on real estate purchase – sale issues (2006);

Counselled Baker & McKenzie, a global law firm, regarding the conducting of International Labour Audit in respect of UAB Philip Morris Lietuva (2005);

Represented a seller of shares in one of glass products manufacturers in Lithuania UAB Stiklo Gaminiai (2005);

Represented UAB Northway Turto Valdymas, a subsidiary of Northway Holdings Ltd., in connection with its purchase (by way of an auction) of land from the state in Lithuania (2005);

Assisted in conducting a legal due diligence of the single oil refinery in the Baltic States AB Mažeikių Nafta (2005);

Represented a multinational concern Spirits Product International Group (S.P.I. Group) in connection with its acquisition of a major importer and distributor of alcoholic beverages in Lithuania UAB Bennet Distributor, drafted relevant transaction documents, assisted in carrying out a legal due diligence of the company (2005);

Represented an investor into a wind farm developer in Lithuania and conducted a legal due diligence of the company (2005);

Participated in due diligence of the Central Securities Depository of Lithuania (AB Lietuvos Centrinis Vertybinių Popierių Depozitoriumas) and the National Stock Exchange of Lithuania (AB Nacionalinė Vertybinių Popierių Birža) (2004–2005);

In cooperation with the law firm Borenius & Kemppinen, counselled 3i Group plc and Nordea Capital Oy in connection with the acquisition of Empower Holding Oy subsidiaries from PVO and Vattenfall (2004);

Participated in due diligence of distillers AB Stumbras, AB Vilniaus Degtinė, AB Anykščių Vynas (2003–2004);

Participated in due diligence of power supply and distribution companies AB Rytų Skirstomieji Tinklai and AB Vakarų Skirstomieji Tinklai (2003–2004);

Represented a major Lithuanian commercial bank in the acquisition of life insurance company UAB Lietuvos Draudimo Gyvybės Draudimas (2003);

Participated in due diligence of a major cosmetics and perfume company in Lithuania (2003);

Participated in due diligence of a major pharmaceutical company in Lithuania (2003);

Participated in due diligence of a major Lithuanian hotel AB Viešbutis Lietuva (currently, Reval Hotel Lietuva) (2001–2002);

Advised in connection with the European Union Special Preparatory Programme Technical Assistance related to allocation of structural funds of the European Union to Lithuania during the transitional period (2000);

Represented the interests of the group Avesta Polarit in connection with the purchase of a Lithuanian company stake, including due diligence and drafting of transaction documents (2000);

Advised the delegation of the European Committee in Lithuania on a variety of legal matters (1998–2000);

As a member of a consortium of advisors to the Government, advised the Government on the privatization of the Lithuanian shipping company AB Lietuvos Jūrų Laivininkystė (LISCO)(1998–2000);

Participated in due diligence of a major Lithuanian shipping company KLASCO (1999);

Represented the interests of British Vita in connection with UAB Vita Baltic International share redemption (1999);

Participated in due diligence of AB Kauno Energija (1998).

PUBLICATIONS

  • Collective labour relations: a collective agreement (lit. Kolektyviniai darbo santykiai: Kolektyvinė sutartis) // Verslo Žinios, 31 March 2006
  • Individual labour relations: termination of an employment contract (lit. Individualūs darbo santykiai: Darbo sutarties nutraukimas) // Verslo Žinios, 24 March 2006
  • Individual labour relations: conclusion of an employment contract (lit. Individualūs darbo santykiai: Darbo sutarties sudarymas) // Verslo Žinios, 17 March 2006
  • International Labour Law: Lithuania // Matthew Bender & Co., NY
  • Employee Involvement in Europe: Lithuania // Kluwer Law International
  • Employee Participation In Company Management (Labour Law In United Europe) // Conference Material. Vilnius, 16-18 October 2003

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Lithuanian Bar Association
  • Honorary member at the Centre for International Legal Studies 
  • Lithuanian Labour Law and Social Security Association

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

  • Since 2017 Of Counsel at law firm TGS Baltic (former TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE)
  • 2016 - 2017 Of Counsel at law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE
  • 2009 - 2016 Associate Partner at law firm Sutkiene, Pilkauskas ir Partneriai (now TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE)
  • 2003 - 2009 Associate at law firm Sutkiene, Pilkauskas & Partners
  • 2003 legal counsel for Lithuanian Centre of Exhibitions Litexpo
  • Since 2002 associate professor and lecturer on labour law at the Department of Labour Law of the Faculty of Law, Vilnius University
  • 1998–2002 lawyer in law firm Praemissa (formerly, law firm Morison Bishop, Bishop and Robertson Chalmers)
  • 1997–1998 State Insurance Supervisory Agency at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
  • 1996 Vilnius Notary Public Office No. 1

EDUCATION

  • Since 2001 has been reading for a doctorate at the Department of Labour Law of the Faculty of Law, Vilnius University
  • 2000 International Business School at Vilnius University (qualification of an economist)
  • 1998 Vilnius University, Faculty of Law (Master of Law)