Valentinas Mikelėnas
Prof. Habil. Dr.

Valentinas Mikelėnas

Partner, Co-Head of Dispute Resolution specialisation group
Vilnius, Lithuania

Some of the world’s leading legal directories Chambers and Partners, The European Legal 500 recommend Valentinas as an eminent practitioner for his work in the field of dispute resolution

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  • About

    Prof. Habil. Dr. Valentinas Mikelėnas is Partner at TGS Baltic, advocate, former Judge of the Supreme Court of Lithuania, having over 30 years of legal practice.

    Valentinas has led the group of draftsmen of the Civil Code, is one of the most famous theoreticians of law and legal scholars in Lithuania, expert of arbitration disputes, member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, former member of the Study Group on a European Civil Code and of the Commission on European Family Law, founder and Council member of the European Law Institute, ICSID arbitrator.

    He is a member of the International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL), the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), and the International Institute of Arbitration (IIA). Valentinas has exclusive and most valuable experience in the areas of contract, tort, family law, civil process, arbitration, and international private law.

  • Major Projects
    • 08.12.2017

      Infrastructure-related SCC arbitration between the Latvian company AS BMGS and AB Klaipėdos nafta regarding the EPC contract

      AB Klaipėdos nafta was responsible for and successfully implemented the challenging project for the construction of the Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal (LNG Terminal). Due to dependence on the sole source of supply of natural gas and risks associated with it, Lithuania needed to develop infrastructure, which would enable alternative supply of natural gas. The LNG Terminal was the most appropriate type of infrastructure, ensuring the opening of the natural gas market and security of supply of natural gas to Lithuania.

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    • Representing the interest of Luminor bank

      Representing the interest of Luminor bank in judicial proceedings related to the provision of financial services.

    • Representing UAB Miesto energija and UAB Energijos taupymo centras

      Representing UAB Miesto energija and UAB Energijos taupymo centras in the first collective redress action proceedings in Lithuania.

    • Representing TELE2

      Representing TELE2 (one of the major Lithuanian telecommunications operators) in a series of claims filed against TELE2 by their former business partners.

    • Represented one of the largest companies in the sector of orthopaedic technical products

      Represented one of the largest companies in the sector of orthopedic technical products in a legal dispute against the Republic of Lithuania regarding the refusal to compensate the client for orthopedic technical products issued by the company to patients (case re State liability).

    • Advised a private investor

      Advised a private investor in a civil case regarding the obligation to perform certain actions and to compensate for the investments made.

    • Represented the RIMI group of undertakings in a number of cases

      Represented the RIMI group of undertakings in a number of cases, including a case against one of the major construction companies regarding the award of damages exceeding the amount of LTL 350,000; represented the client’s interests concerning the sublease right of one of the trading centers in the complex arbitration proceedings and bankruptcy proceedings.

    • Provided a legal opinion in the arbitration case Luigiterzo Bosca v. the Republic of Lithuania

      Provided a legal opinion in the arbitration case Luigiterzo Bosca v. the Republic of Lithuania, where the decision of the State Property Fund on eliminating Luigiterzo Bosca from the negotiations for the conclusion of AB Alita Share Purchase Agreement was at issue.

    • Privatisation Agency of the Republic of Serbia v. Įmonių grupė Alita, AB

      Provided a legal opinion in the arbitration case the Privatisation Agency of the Republic of Serbia v. Įmonių grupė Alita, AB, where the award of a penalty for breaching the Share Purchase Agreement was at issue.

    • Representation in the Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration

      Representation in the Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration in a dispute between a Lithuanian company and a USA company. The matter of dispute: civil engineering works.

    • Arbitration in several arbitration cases before the ICC international Court of Arbitration

    • Represented the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania

      Represented the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania in the pre-arbitration stage of an investment dispute.

    • Representing UAB Vilniaus prekyba

      Representing UAB Vilniaus prekyba and its subsidiaries in a range of cases.

    • Representing the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania

      Representing the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania in an administrative case following a complaint lodged by a foreign investor.

    • Representing the Republic of Lithuania

      Representing the Republic of Lithuania in the ICSID investment case following a statement of claim lodged by the French company Veolia.

  • CV

    Professional career

    Since 2014
    Partner, law firm TGS Baltic
    Since 1996
    Professor, Department of Private Law, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University
    2006 – 2014
    Partner, professional law partnership Baltic Legal Solutions Lietuva
    1997 – 2006
    Judge, Supreme Court of Lithuania
    1995 – 1997
    Of Counsel, law firm Lideika, Petrauskas, Valiūnas ir partneriai
    1990 – 1995
    Legal Advisor at the Law Department, Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania
    1990 – 2003
    Head of the Department of Civil Law and Civil Procedure, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University
    1992 – 1997
    Dean, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University
    1990 – 1992
    Vice-dean, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University
    1982 – 1990
    Junior lecturer, senior lecturer, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University

    Education

    1982
    Vilnius University, Faculty of Law
    1986
    Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), Faculty of Law

    Membership

    International Association of Procedural Law
    International Council of Commercial Arbitration
    Arbitration Institute, Paris
    Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, academician
  • Publications
    • Mikelėnas, V. (2014). Arbitration and Public Law. Arbitrage Theory and Practice. - Vilnius: Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration, No. 1. 6-15 p.
    • Mikelėnas, V. (2014). Reception of the Russian Statute of Civil Procedure of 1864 in Lithuania during 1918-40. - Mikelėnienė, Dalia; Supreme Court of Lithuania; Mikelėnas, Valentinas; Vilnius University; 2014, 14-24 p.
    • Mikelėnas, V. (2013). Efficiency of civil procedure: mission (im)possible? Recent trends in economy and efficiency of civil procedure: materials of international conference, 9-10 May 2013 - Vilnius. Vilnius: Vilnius University Press, 2013
    • Mikelėnas, V. (2011). Transfer of Movables in Lithuania, National Reports on the Transfer of Movables in Europe. 3 t. - Munich: Sellier, 2011, 333-407 p.
    • Unexpected Circumstances in Lithuanian Law, Unexpected Circumstances in European Law. - Redaktoriai: E. Hondius, H.Ch. Grigoleit. Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 2011, 81-88; 191-193; 230-232; 263-264; 284-285; 306-307; 335-336; 370-374; 413-414; 437-438; 458483-485; 515-516;541; 574-576; 613-615 p.
    • Mikelėnas, V. (2010). Private law in transition – the Lithuanian experience. Business law in transition: a comparative perspective on Eastern Europe: Reports of the ISDC Colloquium (3 July 2008). - Zürich: Schulthess Verlag, 2010, 75-88 p.
    • Mikelėnas V. (2009). Property Relations Between Spouses in Lithuania. European Family Law in Action. Volume IV: Property Relations Between Spouses. - Edited by K.Boele-Woelki, B.Braat, I.Curry-Sumner. Antwerp: Intersentia, 31 p.
    • Mikelėnas V. (2008). The Influence of Instruments of Harmonisation of Private Law upon the Reform of Civil Law in Lithuania. - Juridica International, Vol. XIV, 143-150 p.
    • Mikelėnas V. (2008). Civil Procedure as Legal Form of Judicial Law-Making. Purpose of Modern Civil Procedure Law - Vilnius: M. Romeris University, 176-193 p.
    • Mikelėnas V. (2007). The Common Core Project and the Lithuanian Private Law System Opening up European Law. The Common Core Project Towards Eastern and South Eastern Europe. - Edited by Bussani M., Mattei U. Berne: Stämpfli Publishers, Ltd, 195-206 p.
    • Mikelėnas V. (2007). The Impact and Application of the Brussels II bis Regulation in Lithuania. In Brussels II bis: Its Impact and Applicationa in the Member States. - Edited by Katharina Boele-Woelki, Cristina Gonzalez Beilfuss. Antwerpen-Oxford: Intersentia, 185-197 p.
    • Co-author. Reception of the Russian Statute of Civil Procedure of 1864 in Lithuania during 1918-40 - Russian Law Journal, Vol. II, 2014, Issue 4, p. 104-113
    • Mikelėnas V. Устав гражданского судопроизводства России 1864 г. как пример “европеизaции” гражданского процесса - Судебные уставы Российской империи 1864 г. Влияние на современное законодательство Литвы, Польши, России, Украины, Финляндии. Москва, Статут, 2014, с. 14-24
    • Mikelėnas V. Развитие гражданского процессуального права в Литве в период 1990-2015 гг. - Евразийский гражданский процесс: 25-летию стран СНГ и Балтии. Под ред. Д.М. Малешина. Москва, Статут, 2015, с. 176-202
    • Co-author. Impact of Financial Crisis on Director’s Liability: Lithuanian Experience in Comparative Perspective, Role of Law, Human Rights and Social Justice, Justice Systems, Commerce, and Law Curriculum: Selected Issues. - Edited by David A. Frenkel. Athens: ATINER, 2016, p. 183-195
    • Mikelėnas V. Actio Pauliana в частном праве Литвы - Недействительные сделки в гражданском праве. Алматы: НИИ частного права КОУ, 2017, p. 146-158
    • Co-author. Implementation of the EU Damages Directive in Lithuania - Implementation of the EU Damages Directive in Central and Eastern European Countries. Edited by Anna Piszcz. Warsaw: University of Warsaw Faculty of Management Press, 2017, p. 179-210
    • Co-author. Quantification of Harm and the Damages Directive: Implementation in CEE Countries - Yearbook of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies, 2017, Vol. 10(15), p. 111-131
    • Mikelėnas V. 35 Years of CISG – Present Experiences and Future Challenges. Lithuanian National Report - 35 Years of CISG - Present Experiences and Future Challenges. Edited by Hrvoje Sakirić, Tomislav Jakšić, Antun Bilić. Zagreb: Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, 2017, p. 253-278
    • Co-author. Is the Battle Over? The New Lithuanian Law on Assisted Reproduction - The Russian Law Journal, 2018, Vol. 6(1), p. 119-132
    • Mikelėnas V. Гражданско-правовая ответсвенность государства по законодательству Литвы - Внедоговорные обязательтва. Алматы: НИИ частного права КОУ, 2018, p. 213-227