Anu Kirss

Senior Associate

Tallinn, Estonia

+372 626 4300, +372 520 5612

Estonian, English


Energy & Utilities


Representing an executive employee against Alstom Estonia in a labour dispute over the legality of employment termination and the claim for damages, which went to the Supreme Court twice. The claim of our client was satisfied to a large extent.

Advising Imatra Elekter, a member of the Finnish energy group Imatran Seudun Sähkö Oy, on a daily basis on various matters such as the reconstruction of power lines, disputes with landowners, service area disputes and contractual matters.

Conducting a legal analysis for the University of Tartu Hospital concerning the lawfulness of the health care specialist’s strike

Assisting the world’s leading multinational commodity trading company with starting a natural gas wholesale trading business in Estonia, including applying for the necessary licences for wholesale trading, making necessary arrangements with the transmission system operator Elering and advising on corporate and tax issues.

Assisting Turkish Airlines in starting business activities in Estonia, including establishing the branch, advising on general employment issues and obtaining residence permits for key personnel.

Assisting UAB GET Baltic in becoming a regional natural gas trading platform. Our role was to analyse and provide answers to a wide range of questions submitted by the client regarding Estonian national rules on the activity, licensing of and supervision over the natural gas exchange. From 1 July 2017, the market areas established by UAB GET Baltic in Latvia and Estonia began their operations.

Assisting Verum Plus AG in relation to starting the supply and import of natural gas in Estonia, including applying for the necessary licenses, setting up relations with the Estonian transmission system operator, etc.

Conducting legal analysis for Narva Hospital on the trade union representatives’ term of office and the employer’s entitlement for access to the documentation regarding the election process.

Representing Rimi Eesti Food in a court dispute against an ex-employee concerning compensation for damages by corrupt practices.

Advising Eesti Loots with its dealings with trade unions and regarding working time regulation.

Defending Onninen against the claim for compensation in a labour dispute with an executive employee over the legality of his dismissal due to breach of trust.

Advising Royal Canin on several employment law matters, including termination of a non-competition agreement with the employee as well as restructuring the Baltic team and reorganisation of work, which included several layoffs.

Advising AstraZeneca on various employment matters, including concluding a non-competition agreement with an executive employee at the end of garden leave and processing of employees’ personal data.

Advising on the acquisition of the Luha meat processing factory, including drafting the deal structure, transfer of sales contracts, and activity licences.

Conducting the internal employment audit for BIURO and the respective follow-up work such as drafting internal work procedure rules and other work-related documentation.


2017 Employment Law Commission of Estonian Bar Association
2004 Estonian Bar Association


Since 2017 Senior Associate, law firm TGS Baltic (formerly VARUL)
2008–2017 Senior Associate, law firm VARUL
20042008 Associate, law firm VARUL
2004 Lawyer, law firm VARUL
2003 Lawyer, G4S Eesti
2002 Intern, District Court of Tartu
2002 Legal Assistant, Local Government of Otepää


2005 Central European University, International Business Law, LLM  (with distinction)
2005 Asser College Europe, International Trade and Business Law, Post-Graduate Course
2003 Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of Law (Student Exchange Program)
2003 University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, BA