Kirsti Pent joins TGS Baltic as a Partner, Sander Kärson promoted to Managing Partner in Estonia

07.07.2020 Kirsti Pent joins TGS Baltic as a Partner, Sander Kärson promoted to Managing Partner in Estonia

TGS Baltic strengthens its partnership by a new addition – Kirsti Pent, a renown and highly ranked expert in financial law is joining as a partner and head of the Banking & Finance practice group.

“I am excited to expand my practice even further using the synergies created by other teams at TGS Baltic, “said Kirsti.

We are glad to announce that financial law experts Kirsti Pent and Olger Kaelep are joining TGS Baltic strengthening the firm’s competence in the field. Kirsti joins as a Partner and Head of Banking & Finance practice group, Olger joins as a senior associate in the same team. There are also changes in top management - Sander Kärson has taken the Managing Partner role in Estonia.

Kirsti will join TGS Baltic as a Partner and will head the Banking & Finance practice group. She has 13 years of experience specialising in advising various financial institutions on regulatory matters, capital raising and other financing transactions. Kirsti is recognised as a leading expert in her field and renowned for her efficiency and ability to offer innovative solutions.

Olger has advised credit institutions, fintech and crowdfunding companies, insurers and payment service providers. He has assisted in the restructuring, including cross-border mergers, of several financial sector companies. Olger has also advised ICT companies in various legal matters, such as copyright and intellectual property issues. Through his work experience at SEB, first as a credit lawyer, later in a managerial role, he has extensive practical knowledge of a wide variety of credit and collateral contracts, as well as complex financing deals.

“Having Kirsti and Olger as leading experts in their field joining us, our finance team is stronger than ever,” said Sander, TGS Baltic Managing Partner in Estonia.

Focus on responding client’s innovative needs

Sander was appointed as the Managing Partner of TGS Baltic in Estonia as of this year. After six years at the helm, Martin Tamme is focusing on further developing the Real Estate & Construction practice group in the firm.

Sander himself notes that “being appointed as a new Managing Partner is a great honour and challenge at the same time. As a true full-service law firm, with strong market position, the firm will remain as a strategic partner for its present and future client able to solve most complex legal issues and manage challenging projects in all areas in the legal environment which is becoming more and more complex.

“The firm has recently put more emphasis on developing further innovation related and specialisation areas such as FinTech, State Aid, Transportation and IP/IT/Data Protection, just to name a few, with all of them having strong and dedicated teams, which shows our ability to swiftly respond to our clients’ innovative needs. This gives us comfort that in the present unstable economic environment our highly skilled team will be able to serve our clients in the best possible manner,” Sander told.

Sander joined TGS Baltic (formerly law firm Varul) in 2013. He has been co-head of the M&A practice group alongside partner Kadri Kallas. In recent years, Sander has been leading the largest M&A and financing transactions that TGS Baltics Estonia has been involved in, and he has advised both local and foreign investors on complex cross-border operations. The most prestigious rankings of the legal industry, such as Chambers and Partners, Legal500 and IFRL1000, affirm Sander has a highly skilled, business-minded expert with a solid track-record within the M&A field, who has the ability to "put things into perspective and foresee problems that might arise in everyday business and tackle them all in great detail".

TGS Baltic is a Top-tier commercial law firm with offices in all the Baltic states, with more than 150 lawyers, of whom 41 are in the Estonian office, distributed between its Tallinn and Tartu offices. Ivars Grunte and Vilius Bernatonis are other country leaders managing Latvian and Lithuanian offices, respectively.