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2015

Legal 500

Corporate and M&A
Pohla & Hallmägi has a strong record in life sciences, having assisted NovoNordisk and GlaxoSmithKline with both contentious and non-contentious corporate matters. Jüri Ploom is a key contact.

Dispute resolution
The well-regarded team at Pohla & Hallmägi acted for Baltic Workboats in public procurement disputes with BLRT Group. Toivo Viilup and Asko Pohla lead the team.

EU and competition
Pohla & Hallmägi’s Martin Männik and name partner Asko Pohla are representing Tallinn International Airport in state aid proceedings.

Real estate and construction
Teele Viilup and Jüri Ploom are the key contacts at Pohla & Hallmägi, which has a particularly strong construction client roster and notable disputes expertise in that.

Shipping and transport
Pohla & Hallmägi’s Asko Pohla is well regarded for his maritime expertise, with a particularly strong reputation for assisting clients with vessels arrested in Estonian waters. Recent instructions include advising Swedbank and Danske Bank on various matters related to shipping company insolvencies.




address: Kentmanni 4,
10116 Tallinn, Estonia

phone: 600 9920
fax: 600 9921
GSM: 508 9920

e-mail: phlaw@phlaw.ee

Pohla & Hallmägi was founded in summer of 1997 by Asko Pohla and Vahur Ambos who had established the law firm Asko Pohla in1996 in association with Andres Hallmägi ja Jüri Ploom who had left the law firm Heta.

Prior to establishing his own practice Asko Pohla worked as an attorney-at-law with Raidla & Partnerid. Vahur Ambos joined him from the post of the head of the legal department at Sotsiaalpank.

Toivo Viilup started working in 1998, Taimar Ehrlich in 2001, Martin Männik in 2003, Teele Viilup in 2006 and Risto Sidok in 2011. All of them started work at the firm upon graduation from Tartu University or before.

At present Pohla & Hallmägi is a medium-sized Estonian law firm. Our staff is constantly increasing although at a slower pace than some of our competitors in order to maintain the high quality of services offered.

The number of staff is sufficient to deliver top quality legal services in all main specialties which allows us to dedicate a team of several lawyers headed by an experienced attorney to the majority of matters we are entrusted with.

Our firm has successfully developed relationships with a wide range of partner firms in practically all countries of Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Our contacts with American, African, Asian and Australian colleagues are also close.

Pohla & Hallmägi has remained independent and refused constant proposals concerning merger with other law firms or joining professional chains. The firm enjoys its independence and the right to choose those expert partner firms in other countries that could best meet the particular requirements of the client and thereby to avoid the compulsory selection of a firm from among the partner firms of a professional chain.

We value dedication to and friendly relations with our clients, also friendly atmosphere at work and are of the opinion that such relations can be maintained in everyday life only in a firm of moderate size.

  • Domestic and international arbitration
  • Maritime law including sale of vessels, chartering and arrest
  • International trade law
  • Contract and property law
  • Commercial law
  • Construction and planning law
  • Environmental law
Asko Pohla, Attorney-at-Law
  • Contract and property law
  • Labour law
  • Commercial law
  • Litigation
Vahur Ambos, Attorney
  • Contract and property law
  • Commercial law
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Bankruptcy law and recovery
  • Securities
Jüri Ploom, Attorney-at-Law
  • Contract and property law
  • Commercial law
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Procedural & arbitration law
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Construction and planning law
Toivo Viilup, Attorney-at-Law
  • Taxation
  • Administrative law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Environmental law
  • Customs law
Taimar Ehrlich, Attorney-at-Law

  • European Union law
  • Contract and property law
  • Competition law
  • Criminal law
  • Public procurements
  • Medical law
  • Maritime law
  • Litigation
Martin Männik, Attorney-at-Law
  • Contract and property law
  • Commercial law
  • Media law
  • Family law & succession
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Labour law
Teele Viilup, Attorney-at-Law
  • Contract and property law
  • Medical law
  • Labour law
  • Commercial law
  • Sports law
  • IT law
  • Litigation
Risto Sidok, Attorney-at-Law
  • Commercial law
Madli Astok, Lawyer

Pohla & Hallmägi offers a comprehensive range of legal services focussing mainly on commercial and property law and litigation. The skills of our specialists in construction and shipping law are internationally recognised.

Our team is recognised on national and international levels for outstanding knowledge and experience as well as efficient and personalised service. To preserve our good reputation, we are particular about selecting new lawyers with expertise in certain specific areas of law and capable of blending into the team.

Our clients include mainly Estonian companies, governmental institutions and municipalities and to a lesser degree the private individuals, both Estonian and foreign nationals. We also act for international financial, trading, insurance, property and industrial consortiums and their Estonian subsidiaries.

Besides handling their day to day work of providing advice to the clients, our attorneys Asko Pohla, Toivo Viilup and Martin Männik are internationally recognised arbitrators who have acted as arbitrators and represented parties in several arbitration disputes in various European countries.

Pohla & Hallmägi has knowledge and extensive experience in debt collection based on applicable EU Regulations, including but not limited to the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and other EU member states.

Pohla & Hallmägi has extensive experience in representing Clients inter alia concerning EC and Estonian competition law matters.

Our professionals provide their services in addition to Estonian also in English, Russian, Finnish, Swedish and German.

The firm specialises in a broad range of legal services including: (listed in alphabetical order)

administrative law
commercial law
competition law
construction and planning law
customs law
employment law
environmental law
European Union law
family and succession law
insolvency law recovery
intellectual property law
IT law
maritime law incl. arrests of vessels
medical law
obligations and property law
penal law
litigation and arbitration – civil, administrative and misdemeanour procedure and alternative dispute resolution
property law
securities and emissions
tax law

2018

  • Advising Norwegian origin metal industry company on the transactions with the investor
  • Advising Danish origin world´s leading pharmaceutical company on establishing the clinical trial center in Estonia
  • Representing Baltic Maritime Logistics Group on the acquisition of Kunda Port
  • Representing the ship-building company on signing the almost 100 million euro shipbuilding agreement in Germany
  • Advising the seller on signing the residential and commercial real estate sales transaction to be developed at Kentmanni Street, Tallinn
  • Advising the worlds´ leading pharmaceutical companies regarding GDPR
  • Representing an Estonian real estate developer in renovation and leasing of shopping centre to RIMI Eesti Food AS
  • Representing an Estonian furniture producer in acquiring a competitor furniture factory
  • Representing a Norwegian client on signing significant lease agreement in the Porto Franco area in Tallinn
  • Representing Hansapost in merger with Finnish Hobby Hall
  • Representing owners of Megameedia in share sale
  • Representing owner of Buduaar Meedia on share sale to TV3
  • Consulting and representing a shipowner regarding the sale of a ship to the Greek purchaser
  • Representing an owner company of an operator located in Muuga port in a bankruptcy procedure
  • Drafting several contracts for ship repair (new building outfitting, refurbishments, piping systems, voyage ship repair, engineering, design) regarding the ship repair company activity expansion abroad
  • Drafting a legal opinion in the bankruptcy case of Estonian Air regarding the possible claims against the partners of Estonian Air abroad
  • Representing a client in joint property division and claims regarding the use of joint property
  • Representing a client regarding the claim to free a real estate property from illegal possession in the area of Paljassaare port
  • Representing GlaxoSmithKline in working out the agreement package with Tehnopol, Tallinn
  • Representing the ship owner registered in Norway and belonging to Arabian and Norwegian investors regarding the ship arrest in Tallinn

2017

  • Representation of Pärnu Airport in execution of the decision of Estonian Government to invest 20 million EUR to develop Pärnu Airport
  • Representation of Norwegian machinery industry entrepreneur in execution of corporate changes in its Estonian subsidiary
  • Representation of Norwegian real estate developer in acquisition of cash flow property in Tallinn City center
  • Representation of Tallinn Airport in receiving the exemption from European Commission to Estonia of provision of certain groundhandling services in Tallinn Airport
  • Representation of Norwegian real estate developer in acquisition of unfinished business property
  • Representation of Estonian real estate developer in reconstruction and renting out a shopping center
  • Representation of Norwegian client in dispute with Estonian construction company
  • Consulting of Coal Terminal AS and its shareholder
  • Representation of Norwegian retail trade entrepreneur on effecting activity, purchasing business premises and concluding lease agreements
  • Representing Norwegian leading real estate fund on restructuring Latvian and Lithuanian subsidiaries
  • Representing Norwegian real estate developers in Arbitration Court of ECCI against the Swedish defendant
  • Representing client in ship construction in Western Europe, transport to Estonia and finalizing the construction
  • Representing key persons of Copterline in bankruptcy procedure
  • Representing Danish pharmaceutical company in establishment and starting of center for clinical trials
  • Representing Estonian infrastructure company in transferring the activity of one gas company to another
  • Consulting Karmsund Grupp in purchasing business properties and leasing to seller
  • Representing Norwegian machinery concern in dispute with Estonian minority shareholder
  • Representing Norwegian machinery concern in dispute between the shareholders, regulating the structure and merging the subsidiaries
  • Consulting Estonian infrastructure company in transferring the waterways to local government
  • Toivo Viilup represented successfully Koch and Mullari in dispute with Äripäev
  • Representation of Estonian retail company in entering to Norwegian retail market
  • Representation of Estonian-Norwegian construction company in dispute with German client regarding producing and supplying refugee homes to Germany

2016

  • Advising Tallinn International Airport on lending from European Investment Bank (30 MEUR) and Nordic Investment Bank (24 MEUR)
  • 30.11.2016 Pohla & Hallmägi was recognized on the basis of 2015 statistics 8th best business consulting company in Estonia being on 4th place amongst law firms
  • Representing successfully Handelsbanken AB in declaring the bankruptcy of Rene Kuulmann, Äripäev mentioned inaccurately that we represented Rene Kuulmann
  • Representing successfully OÜ Tallinngaas in the dispute with AS Eesti Gaas in the Supreme Court (Riigikohus)
  • Consulting Estonian the bankruptcy national aviation company in claiming the debts from the service provider
  • Consulting Norwegian investors in Arbitration Court by claiming the damage from the Swedish real estate developer
  • Consulting Norwegian investors in acquiring, developing the shopping center in the living area of Tallinn and in the sale of the center to the company noted in the stock exchange
  • Consulting Norwegian investors in purchase and sale of several apartments in Tallinn
  • Consulting Norwegian investors in purchase of business real estate in the city center of Tallinn
  • Representing successfully French company in the ID-card production procurement dispute with Police and Border Guard Board
  • Consulting of the Danish pharmaceutical company in starting the clinical trials Project in Estonia
  • Representing Norwegian investors in sale of the shopping center in Pärnu
  • Consulting the sale of the shares of medical center Qvalitas
  • Representing the Norwegian investors in the sale of the shopping center in Tallinn
  • Consulting the Government of Estonia in restructuring of Estonian Air
  • Representing Handelsbanken AB in several insolvency disputes
  • Representing of EVR Cargo in the dispute regarding the ban of use of the freight wagons established by Russia

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All attorneys of Pohla & Hallmägi are the members of the Estonian Bar Association, Asko Pohla and Jüri Ploom are the members of International Bar Association. Pohla & Hallmägi is the member of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Norwegian-Estonian Chamber of Commerce, Estonian Swedish Chamber of Commerce and first gold member of ICC-Estonia.

Our firm has successfully developed relationships with a wide range of partner firms in practically all countries of Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Our contacts with American, African, Asian and Australian law firm colleagues are also close.

Pohla & Hallmägi has remained independent and refused all proposals for merger with other law firms or joining professional chains. The firm enjoys its independence and the right to choose those expert partner firms in other countries that could best meet the particular requirements of the client and thereby to avoid the compulsory selection of a firm from among the partner firms from the network.

We value dedication to and friendly relations with our clients, also friendly atmosphere at work and are of the opinion that such relations can be maintained in everyday life only in a firm of moderate size.

Articles related to Pohla & Hallmägi published in the press during recent years.

2018

24.09.2018 Pohla & Hallmagi Advises BMLG on Acquisition of Kunda Port from HeidelbergCement Group, http://ceelegalmatters.com
13.09.2018 Kunda Port is sold, Postimees
01.06.2018 Pohla & Hallmagi and Deloitte Legal Advise on Estonian ID Cards Manufacturing Agreement, www.ceelegalmatters.com
30.05.2018 Pohla & Hallmagi Advises on Hobby Hall and Hansapost Merger, www.ceelegalmatters.com
25.05.2018 Pohla & Hallmagi Advises Citybox on Agreement to Open Hotel in Porto Franco Complex in Tallinn, www.ceelegalmatters.com
22.05.2018 Fully automatic hotel shall be opened in Tallinn, Äripäev
04.05.2018 Äripäev published the opinion of partner Asko Pohla on arbitration issue in the article „The gambler of Lennusadam claims the state for millions“, Äripäev
08.03.2018 Hansapost webstore merged with Hobby Hall, ERR
21.02.2018 Buduaar Meedia has got new owner, Ärileht
03.01.2018 Lindaliin sold also its second catamaran, a new ship is coming, ERR

2017

04.10.2017 Agreement signed for renovation Pärnu Airport, Postimees
22.09.2017 Hiiu will have Rimi Supermarket, ERR
14.06.2017 The bankruptcy of Rene Kuulmanni enforced, irrevocably, Postimees
19.05.2017 III International Arbitration Conference
10.05.2017 The son of Viktor Siilats: “My father stole 20 million euros from me!“, Eesti Ekspress
05.05.2017 Windoor lost finally in the insurance contract dispute against Kredex, ERR
28.04.2017 PPA signs deal with Oberthur from France to produce IDs in the beginning of 2019, ERR
28.04.2017 Government will change the ID card producer, Postimees
05.04.2017 Coal terminal goes bankrupt, Äripäev
03.04.2017 The delay on delivery of the vessels brought four million euros as an income to TS Laevad, Postimees
03.04.2017 Polish and Turkish producers paid millions of euros as penalty to TS Laevad for the delay of the ferries
12.01.2017 Cobalt and Pohla & Hallmagi Advise on Acquisition of Pirita Shopping Center

2016

20.12.2016 Ferry Leiger was officially christened and will start on Thursday on Hiiumaa line, http://www.postimees.ee/3951503/galerii-ja-video-leiger-sai-pidulikult-ristitud-ja-laev-alustab-hiiumaa-liinil-neljapaeeval
19.12.2016 Baltic Horizon Fund purchased Pirita Shopping Center for 12,2 million, http://uudised.err.ee/v/majandus/e5b0fea9-bbbd-437e-90c2-77ddc63fdcd9/baltic-horizon-fond-ostis-122-miljoniga-pirita-kaubanduskeskuse
16.12.2016 Tallinn airport operator signs €24m loan agreement with Nordic Investment Bank, http://news.err.ee/v/business/24f4bf44-e8d8-4bc7-bff8-1ea57faeb629/tallinn-airport-operator-signs-24m-loan-agreement-with-nordic-investment-bank
30.11.2016 Consulting companies, Äripäev
21.11.2016 Court declared the bankruptcy of Rene Kuulmann, Postimees
10.11.2016 A new shopping center was opened in Pirita, Postimees
19.10.2016 Disappointed top industrialist packs his bags: „I emigrate“, Eesti Ekspress
13.10.2016 Ugly conflict in muster company of Viljandi, Äripäev
04.08.2016 Police and Border Guard Board lost the 40 million eur ID-card procurement dispute, Pealinn
30.05.2016 Baltcap aquired 72 % of medical center Qvalitas, Postimees
12.05.2016 Windoor continues the disputes in court: KredEx let us down, Äripäev
05.05.2016 Well-known fitness club has good news to the residents of Pirita and Viimsi, Delfi
04.05.2016 The court announced the bankruptcy of the owner company of a popular spa, Postimees
29.03.2016 Estonian union has ship seized by court for unpaid wages, The Baltic Course
11.02.2016 Copterline bankrupted again , Postimees
01.02.2016 GSK has concluded agreements with two specialist agencies for supporting the trainings, Meditsiiniuudised (Medical News)

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2018

06.08.2018 Partner Asko Pohla was elected as the member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (Paris, France)
01.07.2018 The autorization of partner Asko Pohla as a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration due to completing its maximum term of 6 years (2 consequitive periods).
11.06.2018 Pohla & Hallmägi celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Kadriorg Palace with the clients and cooperation partners. We thank everyone who have been with us the first 20 years.
24-25.05.2018 Partner Martin Männik participated in 15th Shiparrested Conference in Malaga, Spain
24-25.05.2018 Partner Jüri Ploom participated in real estate forum „Real Estate Investment Forum“ in Vilnius, Lithuania
24-25.04.2018 Partner Jüri Ploom participated in Norway-Estonia business forum held during the Norwegian Royal Visit
25.04.2018 Partner Jüri Ploom participated in Norwegian business award ceremony gala dinner
25.04.2018 Decided the members of Norwegian-Estonian Chamber of Commerce to elect partner Jüri Ploom as the member of the board for next two years

2017

06.10.2017 Partner Asko Pohla as the Chairman of the Arbitration Council of ECCI and the member of Arbitration Court of ICC participated in the Annual Meeting of East-and Central European Arbitration Group of International Arbitration Court of ICC in Vilnius, where participated ca 20 representatives of East and Central European countries, also the representatives of Finland and Kazakhstan, presenting the reports of their countries and discussing the current matters of arbitrations.
27.09.2017 Partner Jüri Ploom participated on „e-Estonia day in Oslo, e-Estonia day was part of the Oslo Innovation week (OIW).
25.09.2017 Tallinn City Government decided to name Asko Pohla as council member of the Tallinn Water Supplier Enterprises Surveillance Foundation as his previous authorization expired on September 24, 2017.
22.09.2017 Our law office turned 20 years which was celebrated in Italy. We wish to thank all our loyal clients and partners.
6-8.07.2017 Partners Asko Pohla and Martin Männik attended 14th www.shiparrested.com Annual Conference in St Petersburg, Russia and lectured on topic „Latest developments in ship arrest practice in Estonia“
07.06.2017 European Commission approved an exemption to Estonia relating provision of certain groundhandling services in Tallinn Airport, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/ET/TXT/?qid=1497010576466&uri=CELEX%3A32017D0976
25-26.05.2017 Partner Jüri Ploom attended Baltic Real Estate Investment Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania
19.05.2017 Managing partner Asko Pohla held a speech at III International Arbitration Conference on topic „25 Years of Court of Arbitration in Estonia – Court of Arbitration of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the first permanent arbitration court in Estonia, https://www.koda.ee/et/sundmused/rahvusvaheline-vahekohtu-konverents2017
28.04.2017 Oberthur, France, client of Pohla & Hallmägi signed the contract with the Police and Border Guard Board on producing the ID cards for Estonia since 2019
30.03.2017 AGM of Norwegian Estonian Chamber of Commerce decided to prolong the board membership of Jüri Ploom for one more year
23.01.2017 A court ruling was enforced to approve the compromise proposal in the bankrupcty procedure of AS Avies and the bankruptcy proceeding was finished, partner Jüri Ploom is acting as a member of the bankruptcy committee

2016

19.12.2016 Asko Pohla participated on the official christening ceremony of the ferry Leiger
28.10.2016 Partner Asko Pohla participated in the Arbitration Court Committee meeting as the member of the court in Paris and performed at the plenary session with the presentation about the approval of one court decision
23.09.2016 Partner Asko Pohla attended the XII International Maritime Conference "MAJAKAD UDUS" (Beacons in the fog)
2-3.06.2016 Partner Asko Pohla participated in the 5th DIS Baltic 2016 Arbitration Days Czeck (& Central European) Yearbook of Arbitration, Volume 6, 2016 published an article by partner Asko Pohla Validity of Arbitration Agreements in Estonian law, Lexlata
5-6.05.2016 Partner Jüri Ploom participated in the conference Baltic Real Estate Investment Forum 2016 in Vilnius
17.03.2016 Partner Jüri Ploom participated in the Annual Meeting of Estonian-Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm
16.03.2016 The Presidium of International Court of Arbitration residing at Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry appointed Asko Pohla as an arbiter since 1.3.2016.
10.03.2016 The members of Norwegian-Estonian Chamber of Commerce decided to elect Jüri Ploom to the Management Board for next 2 years
3-5.03.2016 Partner Martin Männik participated in the 13th of Shiparrested Conference in Singapore
13.01.2016 Partner Asko Pohla was recognized as the world leading practitioner in arbitration procedure by WHO´SWHOLEGAL

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2018

Legal 500

Pohla & Hallmägi was mentioned as a leading law firm in dispute resolution

Chambers & Partners

Pohla & Hallmägi was noted as a leading law firm in dispute resolution


2016

Legal 500

Dispute resolution
Pohla & Hallmägi’s key individuals are name partner Asko Pohla and Toivo Viilup. The practice includes arbitration, procurement disputes and maritime litigation.

Real estate and construction
Pohla & Hallmägi’s Jüri Ploom and senior counsel Teele Viilup have strength in real estate transactions, with Ploom also recommended for contentious and non-contentious construction work.

Shipping and transport
Pohla & Hallmägi’s Asko Pohla has expertise in arbitration and vessel arrests. Toivo Viilup’s practice includes debt recovery and public procurement proceedings.


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Pohla & Hallmägi is interested in recruiting young talented lawyers.

We have decided to recruit young graduates from Tartu University or foreign univesities. However, we do not exclude hiring lawyers with practical experience. The firm is seeking candidates with a solid academic background and capable of further development. The candidates are expected to be interested in joining the Estonian Bar Association and after some years of practice to obtain LLM degree at a foreign university.

We have constantly had trainees in the firm for the period of a couple of months maximum. Some of the trainees have later joined the firm. We have had trainees from foreign universities as well.

If you are interested to work or undergo training in our firm please contact us at jurist@phlaw.ee and send your application and C.V. Should there be no response within a couple of weeks, it would indicate that we have not been able to hire you or have you as a trainee.

An additional condition for a candidate or a future trainee is proficiency in at least two foreign languages (preferably Russian and English). References will be appreciated.