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Partners

Jüri Sirel

Sworn Attorney / Managing Partner

Sworn attorney Jüri Sirel advises clients primarily in matters of financial, commercial and bankruptcy law, the law of obligations and administrative law. Jüri possesses extensive experience representing clients on all levels of the judicial system in civil and administrative disputes, arbitral disputes and precontractual and extra-judicial negotiations.

In addition, Jüri also handles legal consultation of companies in hedging various financial risks, establishing and restructuring companies, competition law, real estate transactions, contractual disputes, and preparing notices of appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Jüri has played a role in the work of bankruptcy committees in a number of major bankruptcy cases and has represented creditors and debtors in protection of their interests in all stages of bankruptcy proceedings.

Jüri is a managing partner at Sirel & Partners. He is a 2001 cum laude graduate of Concordia International University’s school of law in the field of international, European Union and comparative law. He has obtained further experience as a lecturer on legal topics and taking part in various in-service training and legal work groups.

Jüri has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2002 and a sworn attorney since 2004. Before the founding of Sirel & Partners, he was employed as a lawyer and an attorney at Law Office Leppik & Partners.

Jüri is the Chairman of the Estonian Bar Association Insolvency Law Committee.

Jüri is proficient in both English and Finnish, and in spoken Russian language.

Janno Kuusk

Sworn Attorney / Partner

Sworn attorney Janno Kuusk’s area of expertise lies in the law of obligations, contract law, employment law, securities law, bankruptcy law and aviation law.

Janno prepares and analyzes various legal documents in these fields and represents clients in precontractual negotiations as well as in court.

In his everyday activity, Janno provides consultation to many of Estonia’s major industries and commercial companies on a running basis in issues of commercial law and the law of obligations, including one of Estonia’s largest retailers, Estonia’s largest distiller and one of Estonia’s largest beverage manufacturers and breweries. Janno also services many foreign clients, including one of the world’s largest insurance groups.

Janno is a 2004 graduate of the University of Tartu’s Institute of law and has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2005. Janno became sworn attorney in 2008. Before joining Sirel & Partners, he was employed at one of Estonia’s largest media companies and at Hansapank, specializing in securities.

Janno is proficient in both English and Finnish, and in spoken Russian language.

Kristel Viru

Sworn Attorney / Partner

Sworn attorney Kristel Viru specialises in a field of court procedure advising clients primarily in civil disputes.

Kristel has represented clients in very complex and large-scale disputes, she is committed, precise and aims to achieve a good result for the client. Kristel advises clients mainly in contract law, insolvency proceedings and construction law. Kristel also represents clients in administrative court and administrative proceedings and defends clients’ interests in proceedings related to economic crimes.

In her everyday activity, Kristel advises clients on their current business, debt and employment law matters. Kristel has also represented clients in various stages of bankruptcy proceedings. She has experience in resolving related disputes in the field of family law both in court proceedings and in extra-judicial disputes.

Kristel has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2014 and a sworn attorney since 2016. Before joining Law Firm Sirel & Partners Kristel worked as a lawyer in Tallinn City Council where her area of work was local taxes, various entrepreneurship supports and other current issues related to administrative law.

Kristel is proficient in Russian and English.

Sworn Attorneys

Kristo Kallas

Sworn Attorney

Sworn attorney Kristo Kallas provides legal consultation relating real estate law, planning and construction law, administrative law, contract law, public procurements and he also advises companies relating their current issues.

Kristo joined Sirel & Partners Law Firm since 2014. Before joining Sirel ja Partners Law Firm, he worked in MAQS Law Firm as a lawyer and an attorney. Kristo also worked 10 years in Viimsi Municipality Government as a municipal secretary which gave him the knowledge of municipalities everyday operating.

Kristo is a 2002 graduate of the University of Tartu’s Institute of law and has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2013 and sworn advocate since 2016.

Kristo is proficient in English.

Liis Mäeker

Sworn Attorney

Sworn attorney Liis Mäeker specialises in private law and especially in family and succession matters, execution and bankruptcy proceedings, contract and property law. Liis advises and represents clients in extra-judicial disputes and in court proceedings.

Liis has been working at Law Firm Sirel & Partners since 2016.

In 2012 Liis graduated from the University of Tartu and obtained a Masters Degree in Law. Since 2013 Liis has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association and a sworn attorney since 2017. From 2012 to 2016 Liis was an attorney at Law Office Ehasoo & Partners.

Liis is a member of the Estonian Bar Association Family Law Committee.

Liis is proficient in English.

 

Katrina Juhkami

Sworn Attorney

Sworn attorney Katrina Juhkami provides legal services primarily in the areas of bankruptcy law, law of obligation, commercial law, contract law, administrative law, real estate and construction law and law enforcement.

Katrina joined Sirel & Partners Law Firm since 2021. She has successfully represented several well-known Estonian companies in civil and administrative court proceedings. She prepares and analyzes various legal documents and represents clients in various stages of bankruptcy proceedings and in real estate transactions.

Katrina obtained her master’s degree in law in 2010 from University of Tartu.

From 2008 to 2021 Katrina was a sworn attorney and a partner at Law Office Küllike Namm.

Since 2011 Katrina has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association and a sworn attorney since 2013. In addition, she has been elected a Judge of Sports Arbitration of the Estonian Olympic Committee.

Katrina is proficient in English and fluent in German.

Raiko Paas

Sworn Attorney

Sworn attorney Raiko Paas works mainly in the field of court procedure, administrative law, criminal law and contract law.

Raiko works at Law Firm Sirel & Partners since 2012. Before joining Sirel & Partners, Raiko has been a consultant at administrative court and a lawyer at Law Office Laus & Partners.

Raiko began his studies in the Faculty of Law at University of Tartu in 2004, where he obtained master’s degree in 2014.

Raiko has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2014 and a sworn attorney 2022.

Raiko is proficient on a professional level in Russian and English.

Sandra Toots

Sworn Attorney

Sworn attorney Sandra Toots specialises primarily in corporate and contract law, advising clients on corporate law matters and on topics related to the day-to-day management of the company, conclusion of agreements between shareholders and agreements between company and its members of the management board, and on topics related to the foundation, merger, division, and liquidation of companies.

In addition to the forementioned, she is assisting clients in drafting various contracts and resolving different issues related to contracts and contract law.

Sandra joined Sirel & Partners Law Firm in 2015. She obtained her master’s degree in law in 2012 from University of Tartu.

As for the previous experiences, Sandra worked as a lawyer at Lentsius & Talts Law Firm and as an attorney at Lentsius & CASUS.

In 2011-2013 Sandra worked as a lawyer in the logistics office in the procurement and technical service department at Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. Her main duties there were conducting public procurements, representing the Police and Border Guard Board in disputes, and advising the officials on matters concerning public procurements.

Sandra has been a member of an Estonian Moot Court Society since 2011, a member of Estonian Bar Association since 2013 and a sworn attorney since 2022.

Sandra is proficient in English.

Publications: “Reinstatement of a deleted company to the Registry of Companies”, MaksuMaksja, 2014 no. 3

Anneli Aab

Sworn Attorney

Sworn attorney Anneli Aab specialises in resolving various disputes in civil and administrative court proceedings.

From the civil field, Anneli has dealt extensively with intellectual property law, media and personal data disputes, as well as various contractual (particularly sales, rent and contract for services) and non-contractual issues. Anneli advises clients both extrajudicially and also in dispute resolution in court.

In administrative court proceedings, Anneli has extensive experience in public procurement as well as in various disputes related to planning and building permit procedures.

Anneli is conscientious and dedicated to the client and her goal has always been to achieve the best possible solution for the client. Anneli’s professional experience and competence have also been recognised by various international publications producing legal market reviews (LEGAL 500 has recognised Anneli as a next generation attorney and a rising star in the field of dispute resolution).

Before joining the Law Firm Sirel & Partners, Anneli worked at LEADELL Pilv Law Firm from 2012 to 2022. Before that, Anneli was in the telecom sector, advising one of Estonia’s largest telecom companies (current business name Telia Eesti AS) as an in-house lawyer.

Anneli has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2012 and a sworn attorney since 2014. In addition, since 2014 Anneli is also a member of the Intellectual Property and IT Law Committee of the Estonian Bar Association.

Anneli is proficient in English.

Attorneys

Nikolai Majerovitš

Attorney

Attorney Nikolai Majerovitš has more than seven years of practical experience in tax and customs law. Nikolai provides clients with different advisory services and works with effective resolution of judicial and extra-judicial disputes.

Regarding the customs law, Nikolai consults clients for instance in selecting the best customs procedure, applying necessary customs permits, classifying goods, reducing customs guarantees, and also in other matters related to customs and excise.

Before the cooperation with the law firm Sirel & Partners Nikolai worked as an attorney of tax and customs law at the biggest law firm in the Baltic States. Nikolai has also worked in the legal department of the Tax and Customs Board, where he represented the board in all courts, participated in a tax dispute at the European Court of Justice as a chief advisor of Estonian Republic, additionally he advised the board in carrying out different operational engagements and was a lawyer on-call for customs-related operational matters.

Nikolai has experience for instance in carrying out the following projects:

  • consultations and preparation of documents for the operator of the large customs warehouse and terminal
  • successful representation of the oil refinery company  in the dispute with the Tax and Customs Board
  • representation of a supermarket chain in fiscal supervision
  • successful resolution of the dispute between the worldwide car manufacturer and the Tax and Customs Board
  • development of tax accounting methodology for the international travel agency
  • carrying out a tax planning in the selection of more tax-efficient customs procedure and application of necessary permits
  • tax consultation of the well-known leading IT company
  • tax consultation of one of the largest fuel companies in Europe
  • consultation of one of the largest fuel companies in Europe regarding the matters of tax and customs
  • successful extra-judicial representation of the company active in e-commerce in the VAT-related dispute
  • tax-related consultations of different companies regarding their consultation contracts, including possible re-qualification risks by the Tax and Customs Board (regarding the risks of the so-called tax optimization through private limited companies)
  • consultations of different companies regarding their VAT treatment of real estate

Nikolai is a member of the Bar since 2 September 2014. Nikolai is proficient in Estonian, Russian and English.

Kristiina Kaarna

Attorney

Attorney Kristiina Kaarna is active in public procurement, AML and data protection areas. She is a co-author of Public Procurement Act 2017 and has been actively working as AML expert, Compliance Officer and Data Protection Officer. Her experience as a public speaker and coach exceeds 10 years.

Kristiina joined Sirel & Partners Law Firm in 2021. Her previous work experience entails working as an attorney at Deloitte Legal and as a data protection officer and Compliance Officer at Coinmetro – the cryptocurrency exchange and digital securities launchpad platform.

She has obtained her Master´s degree in Law at University of Tartu and Master´s degree of EU studies from European Institute of Basel, Switzerland. Kristiina has additionally broadened her expertise at Estonian IT College and holds the Chainalysis crypto transactions tracking and analysis tools’ certificates (CKC and CRC).

Her native language is Estonian, she is also proficient in Russian, German, English and Swedish.

Silvia-Anna Gerontidi

Attorney

Attorney Silvia-Anna Gerontidi specialises in a field of court procedure, commercial law, contract law and labour law.

Attorney Silvia-Anna Gerontidi joined Sirel & Partners Law Firm in 2021. Prior to joining Sirel & Partners legal team, Silvia-Anna worked as a Lawyer at Deloitte Legal, where her primary focus was advising Attorneys in legal disputes on matters regarding commercial code, contract law and employment law.

She has previously improved her legal knowledge during internships spent at law firms Lextal and COBALT. Additionally, she has completed the Sorainen Student Academy training, has participated in negotiation competition organized by COBALT law firm and at Moot Court competition.

Silvia-Anna received her Master´s degree in 2020 from University of Tartu. She is a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 2022.

Her native language is Russian, she is also proficient in Estonian and English.

Lawyers

Taavi Hein

Lawyer

Lawyer Taavi Hein assists Sirel & Partners Law Firm advocates in their everyday work in all legal fields.

Taavi joined Sirel & Partners law Firm in 2022. Prior to joining Sirel & Partners legal team, Taavi worked as a lawyer at the Tallinn City Office and advised the city mainly in the field of contract law and public procurement. Additionally, Taavi was a stagiaire at the European Commission, Legal Service in Brussels, gaining practical knowledge of European Union law. Taavi has improved his legal knowledge at the University of Aarhus, mainly in European Union law and contract law. Taavi has also practiced at the Ministry of Justice and several major law firms during his studies.

Taavi received his Master´s degree in 2020 from the University of Tartu.

Taavi’s native language is Estonian and he is also proficient in English.

Of Counsels

Teddi Rull

Of Counsel

Teddi Rull assists and advises Sirel & Partners Law Firm advocates primarily in the field of mergers and acquisitions and competition law. His area of expertise also includes corporate and European Union law.

Teddi has played a part in harmonizing domestic Estonian legal acts with the law of the European Union and developing draft amendments. He has on several occasions advised our advocates to provide legal services to the largest Nordic private capital funds in matters pertaining to Estonian mergers, and has helped advocates to carry out a merger of one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers and retailers.

Teddi received a master’s degree from the University of Stockholm and as a member of that university’s team, won first place in 2004 at the European Law Moot Court Competition held at the Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Before joining Sirel & Partners, he was employed by the international Law Office of White & Case, Brussels.

Teddi is proficient on a professional level in Russian and English.

Turgay Kuleli

Of Counsel

Turgay Kuleli advises Sirel & Partners Law Firm lawyers primarily in the field of non-Estonian clients doing or wishing to do business in Estonia and/or other countries of Baltic and Nordic region.

Turgay has expertise in international wealth and tax planning, cross-border transactions, international trust law, private foundation law, international and Turkish capital markets law, Turkish law.  He has a good number of articles published in international publications such as Trusts & Trustees of Oxford University, Global Law Review, The International Legal Comparative Guide, Swiss Private Magazine.

Turgay Kuleli is a 1996 graduate of the Faculty of Law of Ankara University and also holds MBA and LLM degrees. He has been awarded the TEP qualification from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners UK (STEP). He took a set of training and tests conducted by foreign and local establishments such as the New York Institute of Finance, the Swiss Finance Institute, the STEP UK, the Capital Markets Board of Turkey and the Istanbul Securities Exchange, and was awarded licences and certificates.

Turgay is native Turkish speaker and proficient on a professional level in English.

Support team

Alice Paas

Assistant

Assistant Alice Paas is responsible for administrative function in our office and she assists advocates in their everyday work.

Alice works as an assistant at Law Firm Sirel & Partners since 2008. She is a graduate of Tallinn School of Economics, specializing in administrative assistance.

Alice is proficient in Russian and English.

Catryna Kandla

Assistant

Assistant Catryna Kandla is responsible for administrative function in our office and she assists advocates in their everyday work.

Catryna works as an assistant at Law Firm Sirel & Partnerid since 2021. Prior to joining Sirel & Partners legal team, Catryna worked as an assistant at Maria Mägi Law Firm and also at Vladimir Sadekov Law Firm.

Catryna is a graduate of Tallinn School of Economics in 2018, specializing in legal assistant. Also she received her Bachelor of Arts at Tartu University Faculty of Law. At the moment, Catryna is continuing her studies at Tartu University Faculty of Law pursuing a masters degree.

Catryna is proficient in English.

Stefanie Staritšenkov

Assistent

Assistant Stefanie Staritšenkov is responsible for administrative function in our office and she assists advocates in their everyday work.

Stefanie Staritšenkov works as an assistant at Law Firm Sirel & Partners since 2021. Prior to joining Sirel & Partners legal team, Stefanie worked as a service manager at Cafe Komeet and she will be graduate of Tallinn School of Economics, specializing in legal assistant.

Stefanie is proficient in English.

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