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Matiss D. Kukainis

Partner, Attorney at Law

Mobile: +371 2839 0346

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Arturs Spigulis

Partner, Attorney at Law

Mobile: +371 2613 8791

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Jurgita Spigule

Senior Lawyer

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Anna Pauconoka

Attorney at Law

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Elina Freimane

Lawyer

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Liva Upite

Assistant attorney at law

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Paula Kreicsteina

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img Matiss D. Kukainis 

 

Admitted to Practice

Licensed Attorney / Attorney at Law - 2004
State Bar of Illinois, United States 
Licensed Attorney / Sworn Advocate - 2007
Republic of Latvia 

Education
 
LL.M.   International and European Union Law - 2007
Riga Graduate School of Law - Riga, Latvia

J.D.   Juris Doctor - 2004
Michigan State University College of Law
E. Lansing, MI, United States

B.S.M.E.   Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering - 2000
Michigan State University College of Engineering
E. Lansing, MI, United States

Other
 
Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia
Board Member (2017-2019) 
 
American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia 
President (2014-2015)
Vice President  (2010-2014) 
Board Member (2008-2015)
 
British Chamber of Commerce in Latvia
Board Member (2007-2009) 
 
Lecturer - RISEBA University - Riga, Latvia 
Business Law, International Law, and EU Structure/Law (Since 2007).

 

Experience

Matiss Kukainis is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois, United States, and a licensed attorney / sworn advocate (zverinats advokats) in the Republic of Latvia. Matiss is a dual US and Latvian citizen. He specializes in real property law, the inheritance, mangement, sale or lease of properties (including farmland and forest, and transparent valuation of same) property right litigation, intellectual property law and corporate law.

Matiss has performed due diligence and represented clients during acquisitions of shopping centers, sales of majority shareholding in saw mills, sales of buildings, and other similar major commercial properties.  In the corporate law sphere, Matiss regularly advises regarding company establishment, reorganization, and tax minimization. 

Matiss is currently a Board Member (2017-2019) of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia. Matiss is the former President (2014-2015), Vice President (2010-2014), and Board Member (2008-2015) of the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia. Matiss also served as a Board Member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Latvia (2007-2009).

Matiss also teaches International Law, Business Law, and EU Structure/Law, at the graduate and undergraduate level at various universities in Latvia, having logged more than 1,300 direct contact/teaching hours. Matiss also has represented Latvia in the organization "Team Europe", a European Union organization composed of experts from academia from every European Union Member State, that meet periodically to discuss issues that are of significant importance to the development of the European Union.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Matiss worked in the metro Detroit area (USA), as an engineer at NISSAN automotive company, and as an engineering intern for MAGNA, one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world.

Languages

Latvian and English

Cases & Accomplishments

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Arturs Spigulis
 
Admitted to Practice

Licensed Attorney / Sworn Advocate

Republic of Latvia

Education

LL.M. -  International and European Union Law (with merit)
Riga Graduate School of Law - Riga, Latvia
B.A. - Professional Law Degree (summa cum laude) 
Concordia International University School of Law - Tallinn, Estonia

Current Other

FICIL - Foreign Investors Council in Latvia

Expert Consultant - Transport Working Group

Experience

From 2003 to 2008 Arturs worked at a major law firm in Riga, Latvia, being active in various fields of law, focusing primarily on real estate transactions and company acquisitions.

Arturs has provided a full range of legal services to various businesses, including television stations, newspapers, manufacturing, transit/shipping, pharmacy chains, healthcare institutions, hotels, real estate companies, IT and telecommunication service providers, and others.

Arturs heads the litigation division at Spigulis & Kukainis and has effectively represented clients in civil, arbitration and administrative courts.  A persistent and diligent approach utilized while handling cases has resulted in landmark judgments, thereby safeguarding client interests.  Arturs has also served as an arbitrator in the Arbitration Court of Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, appointed by the board of the court.

Arturs lead a very successful share redemption procedure at the Riga Stock exchange, delisting shares of a major shipping company from the regulated market. Having detailed knowledge of competition law, Arturs has conducted competition compliance seminars for various companies and represented clients in many cases before local competition authorities as well as the European Commission. 

Languages

Latvian, English, Russian & Lithuanian

Awards 

 

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Education
 
LL.M. - International and European Union Law (with merit)
Riga Graduate School of Law - Riga, Latvia 
Master in European Studies, Major in Law- College of Europe/College d’Europe- Warsaw, Poland 
B.A. - Professional Law Degree (summa cum laude) 
Concordia International University School of Law - Tallinn, Estonia 
Diploma in Law Studies - L’Université Lumière Lyon 2 (University Lyon 2)- Lyon, France
 
Current Other
 
Patent Attorney (Trademarks and Industrial Designs)
European Trademark and Design Attorney 


Experience
 
From 2005 to 2013 Jurgita worked at a major law firm in Riga, Latvia, being active in the field of technologies, electronic communications, M&A, regulatory matters, intellectual property, consumer protection and pharmaceutical industry matters. Jurgita has worked with many international clients that are global leaders in their respective fields.  
 
Languages
 
Latvian, Lithuanian, English, Russian, French

Cases & Accomplishments

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Admitted to Practice

Licensed Attorney / Sworn Advocate - 2011
Republic of Latvia

Education

M.A. - Professional Law Degree
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
B.A. - Professional Law Degree
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Experience

Prior to working at Spigulis & Kukainis, Anna gained broad experience working as a lawyer and Sworn Advocate specializing in civil law, including commercial law, labour law, administrative law and litigation. During her legal practice Anna has successfully represented clients in civil, administrative and arbitration courts.

Anna specializes in civil law, including contract law and commercial law, labour law, civil procedure and litigation.

Languages

Latvian, English and Russian

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Education
 
B.A. - Professional Law Degree 
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
 
M.A. - Professional Law Degree  
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Experience

Elina worked for four years at the Administrative Court of Appeals as a judge’s assistant.  During this time period, Elina gained substantial experience regarding administrative process in court by solving different procedural issues, as well as experience in drafting legal documents.

Elina specializes in administrative law matters and also in fields which are related to public procurement, environmental rights and competition law. Elina is doing a legal research on different legal issues and also prepares theoretical legal opinions, as well as drafts of legal documents.

Languages

Latvian and Russian.
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Admitted to Practice

Assistant attorney at law
Republic of Latvia
 
Education
 
M.A. - Professional Law Degree
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
 
B.A. - Professional Law Degree
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Experience

Prior to working at Spigulis & Kukainis, Liva gained experience working as an assistant both to an attorney and insolvency administrator.  Liva participates in court proceedings as a consulting staff for various civil disputes including debt collection, insolvency matters, property right disputes, and other civil disputes.

Liva has successfully participated in several moot court competitions in Latvia, obtaining recognition from the University of Latvia for the best written brief in the 2012 civil moot court competition.

Liva specializes in insolvency law, contract law, real estate law and litigation.

Languages

Latvian, English and Russian.
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Admitted to Practice

Assistant attorney at law
Republic of Latvia 

Education
 
M.A. - Professional Law Degree
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
 
B.A. - Professional Law Degree
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Experience

Paula worked for five years at Riga District Court, at first doing the work of a secretary of court hearings, and later becoming a judge’s assistant. As the result of this work experience, Paula gained valuable practical insight knowledge of judicial system of Latvia, court proceedings, civil procedure and different kind of civil cases.

Paula specializes in civil law, including civil procedure, labor law issues, contractual law, as well as in area which is related to competition rights.

In 2015 Paula became a member of the Latvian Collegium of Sworn Advocates by passing an exam to become assistant attorney at law. Paula is representing the interests of clients at court since 2016.

Languages

Latvian and English