Maris Vutt

Maris Vutt

Associate
Tallinn, Estonia

Maris Vutt specialises in dispute resolution and corporate law. Maris has wide experience in the resolution of various civil disputes and she specialises in the settlement of corporate law disputes, most importantly in relation to the contesting of resolutions and shareholders’ right to information. Maris advises clients also on various corporate legal issues in connection with the balanced protection of shareholders’ rights.

  • About

    Maris Vutt specialises in the resolution of civil disputes and in corporate law. Maris has wide experience in the resolution of various civil disputes and she specialises in the settlement of corporate law disputes, most importantly in relation to the contesting of resolutions, shareholders’ right to information and liability of members of the management board. Maris advises clients also on various corporate legal issues in connection with the balanced protection of shareholders’ rights. Maris has also represented clients in different contractual and media disputes.

    Maris teaches a corporate law course at the University of Tartu and is mostly engaged in the field of shareholders’ rights in research work as well. In her Master’s thesis, Maris covered the possibility of substituting shareholders’ votes with judicial decisions, which has led to several precedent-setting court judgments in the Estonian judicial practice both in the Supreme Court and in lower courts. At present, Maris is pursuing a Doctoral level degree at the University of Tartu and her field of study includes exercise of shareholders’ rights in a digital form.

  • CV

    Memberships

    2018
    Estonian Bar Association
    2013
    Estonian Law Students Union (EÕÜL)

    Career

    Since 2020
    Adjunct Lecturer of Company Law, University of Tartu
    Since 03/2020
    Associate, law firm TGS Baltic
    2018–03/2020
    Lawyer, Associate, law firm Glikman Alvin LEVIN
    2016–2017
    Specialist and analyst in civil law, Supreme Court of Estonia
    2016
    Intern, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board
    2015
    Intern, Supreme Court of Estonia
    2015
    Intern, Southern District Prosecutor's Office
    2014–2015
    Research Assistant, Faculty of Law at University of Tartu
    2014
    Advisor, Student Law Office at University of Tartu
    2014
    Intern, Tartu County Court

    Education

    Since 2018
    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, pursuing PhD
    2017
    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, MA
    2015
    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, BA
    2015
    Salzburg Summer School of European Private Law

    Most important work

    Successful representation of AS KredEx Krediidikindlustus in relation to a claim of a beneficiary arising from a credit insurance contract for ordering payment from the client.

    Representation of Danske Bank A/S and the bank’s Estonian branch in various judicial proceedings against debtors in connection with claims under the law of obligations and property law arising from loan agreements and security agreements.

    Representation of AS Eesti Meedia (currently AS Postimees Grupp) and journalists in a claim for the refutation of inaccurate data and compensation of non-patrimonial damage.

    Representation of one of the largest media publications in Estonia in a claim for the refutation of inaccurate data and compensation of non-patrimonial damage.

    Successful representation of the largest airline in Finland Finnair Plc against Lennuabi OÜ. The action of the opposing party included the claim of 16 different persons in connection with the payment of flight compensation in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 February 2004. The action was denied in full.

    Representation of the management board of a public limited company which operates as one of the market leaders in its area of activity in contesting a resolution of the general meeting. The resolution was about imposing a special audit upon the company which did not comply with the statutory purpose of a special audit. The matter was complex and extraordinary since, usually, resolutions of general meetings are contested by shareholders. The valid Commercial Code stipulates the possibility of contestation for the management board of the company as well; however, it is very rarely used in practice.

    Successful representation of AS Saarte Liinid against a debtor in connection with a claim arising from an agreement entered into between the parties.

    Carrying out the cross-border merger of companies Deca Games OÜ and Deca Live Operations GmbH which provide support and consultation services for online video games and preparing necessary documentation. As a result of the merger, the client will continue its economic activity in Germany.
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