Established in 1990, COBALT Estonia is one of Estonia's leading law firms, again named “Baltic Law Firm of the Year” by International Financial Law Review (IFLR), a publication focusing on the leading law firms for the corporate finance worldwide. The COBALT network consists of around 230 professionals; of whom 182 are highly educated lawyers and legal professionals advising in labour and employment law.
Consistently recognised as the law firm of choice in the Baltics and Belarus, our offices have several times received Chambers Europe, IFLR, the Lawyer and Mergermarket awards.
Our employment law practice is one of the leading players in employment-related legal matters, with years of relevant experience in providing a full range of counselling, litigation and compliance services to international and local clients.
Our services include:
- Planning and establishing local employment structures
- Drafting workplace policies
- Negotiating and drafting individual employment contracts
- Assisting in the implementation of disciplinary actions
- Assisting with individual and collective dismissals
- Drafting and negotiating collective bargaining agreements
- Providing advice on compensation, benefits and taxes
- Providing employment and labour law advice in relation to mergers and acquisitions
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Pirkko-Liis Harkmaa is a partner at COBALT Estonia. She is leading lawyer in M&A and Advisory, where she is the team lead for Advisory matters, including general corporate and employment teams. She is also the head of the IP & IT and Regulatory Practise Group in Estonia. She has 17 years of experience in advising our firm’s local and international clients. She provides both day-to-day counselling, as well as assists clients in more extensive reorganization projects and cross-border transactions. She has assisted numerous local and international clients upon choosing the best solution for establishing a business in Estonia and upon setting up and operating these businesses. She is regularly advising clients from various industry sectors on matters related to relevant corporate, employment, regulatory, commercial and environmental law issues.
Pirkko-Liis has been for years ranked individually in Chambers Europe in band 1 as a leading employment lawyer in Estonia. She is also an expert on all aspects regarding data protection, electronic communications and e-commerce, life sciences, marketing law and consumer products. Who’s Who Legal features her as a leading expert for Estonia in Life Sciences – Regulatory.
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Jaanus Mody is the Managing Partner in COBALT Estonia and has extensive experience representing clients in business disputes, concentrating mainly on strategic aspects. Jaanus is a widely recognized expert and adviser in insolvency related matters and has actively participated in bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings. He is a member of the Expert Commission on Insolvency and Executive Proceedings at the Ministry of Justice.
Ius Laboris is a global Alliance of leading employment, labour and pension law firms that provide companies employing an international workforce with first-class legal advice and support on all human resources issues.
We are passionate about all aspects of human resources law. From Mobility to Discrimination, and from Restructuring to Pensions, our local experts around the world provide deep market knowledge, wherever they are based.
We understand the challenges of managing an international workforce because that is our single focus. With over 1,400 employment lawyers in more than 160 cities worldwide, we always bring a genuinely cross-border perspective.
Ius Laboris firms have a distinctive global way of thinking, and with our trained team of project managers on hand to coordinate our offering around the world, we deliver a seamless integrated service to suit your requirements, wherever you need us.
Ours is a passionate, entrepreneurial and collaborative global community. Our culture of friendship and specialisation enables us to navigate all aspects of employing a workforce across borders with ease
Finally, and most importantly, we are all committed to excellence. With more ranked HR lawyers than our nearest rival (source Chambers Global Guide 2015), in more jurisdictions (source Legal 500, July 2015), Ius Laboris brings together more leading law firms than any other HR legal services organisation. That’s something we’re extremely proud of.