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Katri Paas-Mohando

Senior Associate

Tallinn, Estonia

+372 626 4300, +372 514 5944

katri.paas@tgsbaltic.com

Estonian, English, Spanish

According to Chambers Europe Katri Paas-Mohando is a respected competition expert whose practice spans abuse of dominance, merger control and state aid.

MAJOR PROJECTS

Advising the City of Tallinn in preparing the state aid notification to the European Commission for financing the reconstruction of Linnahall (City Hall) and establishing a multi-functional cultural and conference centre.

Advising Estonian electricity transmission system operator Elering in state aid issues related to payment of renewable energy support based on Estonian Energy Market Act, which implements the European Commission’s decision SA.47354 approving the Estonian RES and CHP schemes.

Advising and representing Ermitažas, belonging to Vilniaus Prekyba Group – one of the largest trade companies in Baltic States, Central and Eastern Europe region, in the Estonian merger control proceedings in relation to the acquisition of Bauhof and in all competition law aspects of the transaction.

Advising Euroapteek, part of the Nordic and Central and Eastern Europe’s leading pharmacy group Euroapotheca, on competition and regulatory issues related to the acquisition of Ülikooli Apteek pharmacy chain in Estonia and representing in the merger control proceedings in the Estonian Competition Authority.

Representing Estonian Pharmacies Association in state aid complaint proceedings in the European Commission against the Republic of Finland in relation to alleged illegal state aid granted to Finnish pharmacy chain Yliopiston Apteekki and in appeal proceedings in the General Court.

Performing in-depth legal analysis for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications regarding the compatibility to the EU state aid rules of the structural funds financing agreements with KredEx and KredEx Krediidikindlustus and of the loans, securities and export credit provided under these agreements.

Advising the leading Estonian postal services provider Omniva (Eesti Post) in a broad range of competition law and state aid issues including competition law trainings and audit, advising regarding the pricing and other daily questions related to competition law and postal sector regulation, representing in the Estonian Competition Authority.

Advising Starman on merger control issues in relation to the sale of Starman to Elisa, which was one of the biggest M&A deals in the Baltics in 2016.

Advising Swedbank on state aid rules applicable to borrowers and lenders.

Representing one of the largest Estonian agricultural companies, Tartu Agro, in the European Commission’s state aid proceedings.

MEMBERSHIPS

2004 Estonian Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Since 2017 Senior Associate, law firm TGS Baltic (formerly VARUL)
20162017 Senior Associate, law firm VARUL
20102016 Senior Associate, law firm COBALT (formerly LAWIN)
Since 2009 Lecturer of Competition Law Legislative Process, University of Tartu, Faculty of Law
2004–2010 Associate, law firm LAWIN
2008 Lawyer, Ambient Sound Investments
2006 Foreign Practitioner, Allen & Overy LLP (Brussels)
20052006 Trainee, European Commission, Legal Service
20032004 Advisor, University of Tartu, Research and Development Department
2003 Trainee, Estonian Competition Authority, Merger Control Department

EDUCATION

2010 Lex Mundi Institute (Monterey, USA), Cross-Border Technology Transactions Program
2009 University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, JD
2008 National University of Singapore, Department of Law, LLM
2008 New York University, School of Law, Law and Global Economy, LLM
2005 University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, Contract and Commercial Law, LLM
2004 University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, BA