Eugenija Sutkienė

Eugenija Sutkienė

Senior Partner, Head of Life Sciences Industry Group
Vilnius, Lithuania

Listed as a leading expert in Corporate & Commercial, including M&A, by all the best-known international legal directories: Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, ILFR1000, etc.

  • IFLR1000
  • CEE LEGAL MATTERS
  • THE LAWYER
  • About

    Eugenija Sutkienė is Senior Partner at TGS Baltic, leading the Life Sciences industry group. She is listed as a leading expert in pharmaceutical, life sciences, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial law. Eugenija has over 25 years of legal services experience. Her involvement and professional expertise demonstrated working on major legal projects both in private and public sectors is second to none in Lithuania’s legal market. Eugenija provides legal services to UAB BiotechPharma on all legal issues related to the development and manufacture of biopharmaceutical products, also she provides consultations to Northway Holdings in relation to its investments in the medical and biotech sector in Lithuania. Eugenija also advises various companies on business development, regulatory issues, infrastructure & PPP practices.

  • Recognition
    • IFLR1000

      Recognised to be the best in the Lithuanian market or relevant practice areas among 300 women lawyers of the world, IFLR1000, Women Leaders, 2018

      IFLR1000
    • CEE LEGAL MATTERS

      Market Maker for Lithuania, CEE Legal Matters, 2017

      CEE LEGAL MATTERS
    • THE LAWYER

      European Managing Partner of the Year, The Lawyer European Awards, The Lawyer, 2017

      THE LAWYER
    • VALSTYBĖ

      Placed 4th in the list of the 25 most influential women in Lithuania, Valstybe (The State), 2016

      VALSTYBĖ
  • Major Projects
    • 20.05.2019

      Vilnius street lighting system renovation

      The Vilnius city municipality signed a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement for the modernization of the city’s street lighting. The principal investment was to comprise the replacement of existing street, pedestrian crossing and tunnel light fixtures with new light emitting diodes (LED) and the implementation of a new remote control and adjustment system.

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    • 15.05.2019

      TGS Baltic advised VPA Logistics

      TGS Baltic advised the client on the matters related to employees’ representation system after a branch of the industrial trade union was established in the company. Our advice included the provision of a proposal on how to help the staff of the company to decide on the representation model (establishment of the work council v. trade union). 

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    • 15.08.2017

      TGS Baltic advices PKN Orlen

      The services included drafting of the memorandum regarding possible types of contracts to be signed with managing employees of the companies, belonging to Orlen group, in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. After that, our law firm prepared several model employment contracts to be used with management in Lithuanian companies of the group. Also, our assistance covered the revision of an amendment to the Bonus System Regulation for the Management Board of Lithuanian companies. 

    • Acted as a legal advisor for multinational corporations such as Coca-Cola

      Acted as a legal advisor for multinational corporations such as Coca-Cola, Mars Inc., Philip Morris, Sicor Biotech, Svenska Petroleum, and assisted in investment in and development of production facilities.

    • Acted as a Lithuanian Government advisor in major privatizations

      Acted as a Lithuanian Government advisor in major privatizations (privatization of Lithuanian Telecom (TEO), Lithuanian shipping company (Lietuvos jūrų laivininkystė), Lithuanian grid links (Rytų skirstomieji tinklai, Vakarų skirstomieji tinklai), Klaipeda’s and Kaunas’ tobacco factories, Lithuanian gas company (Lietuvos dujos), oil refinery (Mažeikių nafta) etc.).

    • Acted as a corporate counsel for many corporations

      Acted as a corporate counsel for many corporations such as TEVA, Sanitas, Moller Group, PKN ORLEN, UAB BiotechPharma, Northway Group (Chain of Medical Centers), Chain of Pharmacies Euroaphoteca and many more

    • Assisted various Government institutions

      Assisted various Government institutions in legislative work, was a member of the working groups drafting foreign investment, corporate, bankruptcy laws and regulations related to pharma and medical sectors, the Law on Land Expropriation in the Public Interest in Implementing the Projects of Particular National Importance, land planning regulations, etc.

    • Specialised in M&A transactions for more than a decade

      Specialized in M&A transactions for more than a decade and handled a lot of transactions such as the acquisition of Fermentas International by Thermo Fisher Scientific, acquisition of Sanitas by Valeant, etc. Over the last decade, specializing mainly in the life sciences sector and providing a range of legal services from corporate, regulatory to acquisition and business expansion projects.

    • Provided legal services to UAB Sicor Biotech / TEVA and TEVA EUROPE

    • Advised UK company Northway Holdings

      Advised UK company Northway Holdings on M&A transactions in China in connection with the acquisition of production facilities (2012–2016) and up to this date continues rendering legal services in relation to investments in Lithuania

    • Provided legal services to UAB Northway medicinos centrai

      Provided legal services to UAB Northway medicinos centrai in Lithuania and the UK related to regulatory, financing, tax issues, advised on expansion issues: land zoning, construction permits, including the construction of medical centers and acquisition of a medical center in the UK, etc.

    • Advised UAB BiotechPharma

      Advised UAB BiotechPharma on construction of a biotechnological plant using EU aid, construction issues, and R&D contracts with certain EU research centres, dealt with the EU aid authorities and the Ministry of Economy (Lithuania), providing legal assistance to the company up to this day

    • Manages the strategic advisory project for Vilniaus prekyba

      Manages the strategic advisory project of the major retail chain in the Baltics – UAB Vilniaus prekyba, operating the MAXIMA retail network and shopping moles and entertainment centres operating under the trade name AKROPOLIS as well as the chain of pharmacies operating in the three Baltic countries under the trade name Euroaphoteca (Eurovaistinės) The project includes mandate provision of legal services to twenty-nine business units operating in the Baltic countries. Legal services vary from legal aid to corporate advice related to corporate, commercial, dispute resolution, project financing and business development, regulatory and trade matters.

    • Representing the majority shareholder of UAB VP Group companies in his private/family matters

      Representing the majority shareholder of UAB VP Group companies in his private/family matters, relations with other shareholders and advises him directly or through controlled companies on the matters related to investment abroad (Poland, Sweden, etc.).

    • Advising pharmaceutical companies GSK, Boehringer, Astra Zeneca, Valeant and others on regulatory and corporate matters

  • CV

    Professional Career

    Since 2018
    Senior Partner and member of the Executive Board, law firm TGS Baltic
    2013 – 2017
    Chairperson of the pan-Baltic Board of TGS Baltic
    2003 – 2018
    Managing Partner, law firm Sutkiene, Pilkauskas ir partneriai (now TGS Baltic)
    1999 – 2002
    Partner and Head at a law firm Jaskutėlis, Sutkienė & Masiokas (operated under McDermott, Will & Emery tradename)
    1991
    Established the Vilnius office of McDermott, Will & Emery, Managing Partner until 1999
    1989 – 1992
    Head of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Lithuania, in charge of Commercial Arbitration at the Ministry
    1984 – 1989
    Head of the Legal Department of the Lithuanian State Wholesale Export Enterprise

    Education

    1984
    Vilnius University, Master of Law
    Other date
    Krakow University, International Law studies

    Membership

    Lithuanian Bar Association, member of the Bar Counsel
    IBA (International Bar Association)
    AEL (Association of European Lawyers)
    Sos Kinderdorf International (Association of Children villages) branch in Lithuania, Chairperson of the Board
    UAB Biotechpharma, member of the Board of Directors
  • Publications
    • Publications in local business newspapers - (1999–2007)
    • Sutarčių žinynas (Contract Manual), co-author - Verslo žinios, 2006
    • The EU Parliament Magazine Agriculture Chapter: Homework for Lithuania - No. 146 (2003)
    • Privatisation & Public / Private Partnership Review – Lithuanian Privatisation - (2002–2003)
    • International Law Office. Corporate Chapter - (1999–2002)
    • The American Bar Association’s magazine International Lawyer Comparative Law Essay - vol. No. 36