TGS Baltic promotes Chirag Mody and Martti Peetsalu to Associate Partners, Kedli Anvelt and Dmitri Teplõhh to Counsel

20.01.2021 TGS Baltic promotes Chirag Mody and Martti Peetsalu to Associate Partners, Kedli Anvelt and Dmitri Teplõhh to Counsel

20.01.2021 – Chirag Mody and Martti Peetsalu will join the circle of TGS Baltic’s partners as Associate Partners while senior associates Kedli Anvelt and Dmitri Teplõhh have been promoted to Counsels.

Martti has more than 10 years of expert experience in litigation and arbitration, having represented clients in several groundbreaking cases. Martti has built up the law firm’s maritime and transport law team and is currently heading it. As for maritime and transport law, Martti is a leading expert representing clients for all modes of transport. His successful litigation projects have contributed to the development of national maritime-related case law. Martti has also spoken on maritime law in international conferences. According to Legal 500, Martti is “one of the most active lawyers” in the field of shipping and transport and an “outstanding specialist in litigation, restructuring, and insolvency”. Besides his work as a lawyer, Martti has been involved in legislative drafting as a member of the national defence law working group, helping design rules for dispute resolution during state of emergency and state of war.

Chirag is an experienced and esteemed litigator and has been responsible for a significant number of substantial court and arbitration disputes. Clients value Chirag as an extremely through and analytical senior associate focused on the practical aspects of dispute resolution. In addition to legal practice, Chirag has long served as a teacher of contract law and civil court procedure at the University of Tartu, accumulating highly valuable theoretical knowledge. “It is vital to pinpoint the client’s real need and focus on satisfying this with the best team available,” says Chirag. “I believe that the strong team at TGS Baltic is well equipped to achieve exactly that.”

Martti and Chirag co-head the firm’s dispute resolution team together with Senior Partner Paul Varul.

Kedli is a renowned litigation expert, having successfully represented clients in many major and significant disputes. Many of Kedli’s clients have become her loyal customers. Procedural documents prepared by Kedli could be used as textbook examples of clarity and detail. Kedli’s favourite fields include insolvency law where she has been ranked among Estonia’s top experts and has been active internationally as well. Kedli has participated in the drafting of insolvency legislation. As Counsel, Kedli shall be heading the firm’s insurance law practice. According to international legal directory Legal 500 Kedli Anvelt is a "Next generation lawyer" in dispute resolution, who is "uniquely talented’" and has a "remarkable eye for detail", she has been active in many of the firm's major disputes, and her "remarkable" knowledge of bankruptcy law makes her a name to note.

Dmitri has extensive experience in criminal law. He acquired profound knowledge of economic and corruption crime litigation working as a district prosecutor in the economic and corruption crime department of the Northern District Prosecutor's Office, where he headed criminal investigations and served as a public prosecutor in complex criminal cases. Dmitri has been working as a senior associate in TGS Baltic since 2012 and has successfully defended clients in major tax and corruption cases. Since 2020, Dmitri has headed the firm’s criminal law practice, mainly focusing on tax and corruption crime. Dmitri has conducted extensive training courses for the managements of Eesti Energia, Riigi Kinnisvara, AS Operail and the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, covering issues such as conflicts of interests, corruption and the prevention and fight against corruption in the public sector. Dmitri notes: “In today’s world, criminal law practice involves not only representing the injured parties or defendants in litigation, but also active daily cooperation with private-sector clients seeking to mitigate corruption risks and uncover related cases. Our field of work has shifted considerably, from court litigation to daily counselling aimed at assisting clients in organisational judgments.” Dmitri has been teaching penal law and misdemeanour procedure in the University of Tartu since 2010.

Comment by Paul Varul, Senior Partner:

“Martti, Chirag, Kedli and Dmitri are colleagues whose contribution to the firm’s success has been invaluable. In their new roles, they can certainly support the firm’s development even more effectively.”

Comment by Sander Kärson, Managing Partner:

“The addition of new Associate Partners and two new Counsels clearly marks the firm’s movement towards new horizons and ongoing development. Promotion of colleagues in important fields like litigation, insolvency law, compliance control, penal law and transport law reflects a strong resolve to continue as a market leader in these areas and offer the best service to our clients.”

TGS Baltic is a leading commercial law firm with offices in all three Baltic States. The firm employs more than 150 lawyers, including 41 in Estonia, divided between Tallinn and Tartu. The Latvian and Lithuanian offices are headed by Ivars Grunte and Vilius Bernatonis, respectively.