Sander Kärson

Sander Kärson

Partner
Tallinn, Estonia

Reputable international legal directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 recommend Sander Kärson as a Corporate and M&A expert saying he is "solution-oriented" and has the ability to "put things into perspective and foresee problems that might arise in everyday business and tackle them all in great detail".

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  • About

    Sander Kärson, co-heading the M&A practice, is involved in most of the firm’s transactional work, while his special focus is on IT and pharmaceuticals. In addition to transactional work, he often advises both local and foreign investors regarding their cross-border operations.

    Sander is a member of the Ministry of Justice’s corporate law audit committee that has been set up to review all legislation regulating the corporate/commercial field. Also, he co-authored the suretyship and guarantee sections’ commentaries on the General Part of the Law of Obligations Act. He teaches contract law, company law and M&A in the University of Tartu, the main legal education provider in Estonia.

  • Major Projects
    • 10.04.2019

      Advising Ares Management regarding USD 120 million financing agreement with Teligent

      TGS Baltic's team, led by Partner Sander Kärson, advised Ares Management, a global alternative asset manager, on Estonian law matters for a USD 120 million financing agreement with Teligent, Inc., a U.S. Nasdaq-listed specialty generic pharmaceutical company active in the United States, Canada and Estonia.

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    • 07.02.2019

      Advising Proplastik on selling its business to Vink Group

      TGS Baltic’s cross-border M&A team led by partner Sander Kärson advised the owners of Proplastik in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in selling their business to Europe's largest plastic wholesaler Vink Group.

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    • 30.10.2018

      Advising Astel Group on acquiring 95% ownership in Rakvere Metsamajand

      Estonian M&A team of TGS Baltic led by partner Sander Kärson advised Astel Group on acquiring 95% ownership in the oldest timber log houses manufacturer in the Baltics, Rakvere Metsamajand (acting under the trademark Nordic Timber Homes).

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    • 21.08.2018

      Advising Ermitažas in acquiring Bauhof

      TGS Baltic advised UAB Ermitažas, a major Lithuanian chain offering finishing goods, gardening items, and construction materials, in the acquisition of the Estonian company Bauhof, which is a leader in the same sector. After the acquisition UAB Ermitažas became the third largest merchant of construction materials and household items in the Baltics.

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    • 11.04.2018

      Advising Framm on acquiring Lasbet

      Advising major construction materials producer Framm (formerly Talot) on acquiring concrete manufacturer Lasbet making it the largest concrete factory in Estonia.

    • 02.04.2018

      Advising Eesti Ühistukapital in acquiring 5% ownership in Coop Pank from Inbank

      Inbank and Eesti Ühistukapital signed an agreement, as a result of which Eesti Ühistukapital will acquire 5% of Coop Pank's shares from Inbank.

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    • 28.02.2018

      Advising EstateGuru in funding its largest ever P2P loan and entering the Finnish market

      TGS Baltic advised property lender EstateGuru in a cross-border financing transaction where EstateGuru provided a 1,6 MEUR loan to Finnish based printing house Libris Oy for purchasing real estate. With funding the platform’s largest ever loan in the country’s capital, the peer-to-peer platform entered in Finnish market.

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    • 01.02.2018

      Advising Euroapteek on the acquisition of Ülikooli Apteek pharmacy chain in Estonia

      Estonian M&A team of TGS Baltic led by partners Kadri Kallas and Sander Kärson advised Euroapteek, part of the Nordic and Central and Eastern Europe’s leading pharmacy group Euroapotheca, on the acquisition of Ülikooli Apteek pharmacy chain in Estonia, after which Euroapteek integrated 13 Ülikooli Apteek branded pharmacies to its network of 73 pharmacies.

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    • 10.07.2017

      Advising LHV Pension Funds on investing into Lithuanian based cable TV and internet services provider Cgates

      The cross-border team at TGS Baltic led by associate partner Kadri Kallas (Estonia) advised one of the largest Baltic pension fund managers LHV Pension Funds on investing in Cgates, a leading Lithuanian provider of cable television and internet services, together with consortium partners Livonia Partners, a pan-Baltic private equity firm, and Ambient Sound Investments.

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    • 07.03.2017

      Advising Citypark Eesti in selling its shares to Modus Group

      The firm’s M&A team led by associate partner Kadri Kallas advised Citypark Eesti, one of the largest parking services providers in Estonia, on selling its shares to a Stova which belongs to the Lithuanian headquartered Modus Group.

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    • 29.11.2016

      Advising Cybernetica on selling navigation systems business unit to a Canadian corporation

      The firm’s M&A team led by associate partner Sander Kärson advised Cybernetica in selling its navigation systems business unit, including EKTA branded products and contracts, to Carmanah Technologies Corporation.

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    • 21.11.2016

      Advising AK Systems in selling IT services business to Telia Estonia

      The firm’s M&A team led by associate partner Sander Kärson advised IT company AK Systems in selling its IT services business to the largest IT and telecom company in Estonia, Telia Estonia.

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    • 29.09.2016

      Advising Viru Haigla on the acquisition of Karell Kiirabi

      The firm’s M&A team led by associate partner Sander Kärson advised the strategic investor Viru Haigla on the acquisition of Karell Kiirabi from U.S. Invest.

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    • 19.09.2016

      Advising the sale of GoAdventure to Avia Solutions Group

      The firm’s M&A team led by associate partner Sander Kärson advised Avia Solutions Group, a Lithuanian capital-based aviation holding corporation listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of the Estonian tour operator GoAdventure.

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    • 23.04.2014

      Advising Pigu, the largest e-commerce company in the Baltics, on acquiring DLB e-shops

      The firm's M&A team advised Pigu, the largest e-commerce company in the Baltics, on the acquisition of DLB e-shop operating in Estonia and Finland.

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    • Advising Prima Pet Premium on the acquisition of Pandivere L.T.

      Advising Finnish pet food producer Prima Pet Premium Oy on the LDD and acquisition of Estonian pet food production factory Pandivere L.T.

    • Advising on the sale of shares in the Cinamon Group of companies

      Advising on the sale of shares in the Cinamon Group of companies, owning multiple cinemas in the Baltics, from the GILD Arbitrage venture capital fund to DLT Capital.

    • Advising MSD Estonia regarding the merger between Merck Sharp & Dohme and Schering Plough.

      Advising MSD Estonia on local legal aspects in connection with the merger between Merck Sharp & Dohme and Schering Plough.

    • Advising Kevelt in selling its IP rights to oncologic drug candidate Virexxa to Xenetic Biosciences

      Advising pharmaceuticals producer Kevelt, a subsidiary of MSE listed company, in selling its IP rights to oncologic drug candidate Virexxa to a listed US biopharmaceuticals company Xenetic Biosciences in the first and only transaction of its kind in Estonia.

  • CV

    Memberships

    2009
    Estonian Bar Association

    Professional career

    Since 2018
    Partner, law firm TGS Baltic
    2017–2018
    Associate Partner, law firm TGS Baltic (formerly Varul)
    2016–2017
    Associate Partner, law firm Varul
    2013–2016
    Senior Associate, law firm Varul
    2011–2012
    Associate, law firm Raidla Ellex
    2011
    Associate, law firm Sorainen
    2009–2010
    Associate, law firm Glimstedt
    2007–2009
    Junior Associate, law firm Glimstedt
    Since 2007
    Supervisor of Seminars, Institute of Private Law, University of Tartu
    2006–2007
    Advisor, Ministry of Justice, Legislative Policy Department, Private Law Division
    2006
    Intern, law firm Glimstedt
    2006
    Intern, Estonian Ministry of Justice
    2006
    Intern, law firm Glikman, Alvin & Partnerid

    Education

    Since 2009
    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, pursuing PhD
    2010
    International Summer University “Summer Course on Mergers & Acquisitions”, School of Tax and Business Law, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany)
    2008
    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, MA
    2005
    Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Erasmus Student Exchange Program)
    2004
    University of Salzburg, summer programme on private international law
    2004
    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, BA
    2001–2002
    Estonian Business School, Public Administration