Attorney Kirill Lezeiko has taken over as Head of Banking and Finance at PwC Legal Estonia from Co-Founder Viljar Kahari, effective August 1.
The resilience of the transactions market and the trust of investors in the Baltic region has proved remarkable, although figures show a 15% decrease in global mid-market M&A deals (according to the Refinitiv published M&A Review of the first half of 2022). Despite the Ukraine war and mounting global challenges the deal flow, although at a much calmer pace, continues and remains promising for the second half of the year. Looking back on the first six months, COBALT experts highlight the main trends in each of the Baltic countries.
ESG has moved from conference halls to a daily function for many companies worldwide. In Estonia, stakeholder expectations for corporate ESG are still evolving, yet rising. Some companies are already incorporating ESG into their daily business, as they understand its value. Along with stakeholder expectations, regulatory scrutiny is also increasing, showing a dramatic increase in ESG reporting requirements worldwide.
Cobalt has advised Asuntosalkku on its listing to the Nasdaq First North Growth Market in Finland. Bird & Bird reportedly also advised Asuntosalkku.
Cobalt has advised vehicle parts distributor Meko on its EUR 122 million acquisition of spare parts and services provider Koivunen.
On July 1, 2022, Sorainen announced that INVL’s acquisition of the Mandatum Life Baltic insurance business (reported by CEE Legal Matters on June 29, 2021) had closed, after obtaining all the necessary licenses and permits from the Baltic and Finnish supervisory authorities (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on March 18, 2022).