Risto Vahimets

Risto Vahimets

Partner, Head of the M&A practice group in Estonia

Office: Tallinn, Estonia vcard vCard
Tel: +372 611 0900; Mob: +372 515 0949 E-mail:

Practice areas:

Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate and Commercial Property, Competition, Taxation, Pharmaceutical and Medicine Law


  • 2001 partner at TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE
  • 1996 attorney at TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE


  • 1997 University of Connecticut, USA (LL.M. Edmund S. Muskie Scholarship)
  • 1996 University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, Estonia (B.A. cum laude)
  • 1995 Academy of American and International Law, Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas, USA


has published several articles about international taxation, securities and corporate law, including

  • compiler of the book "Mergers and Acquisitions - from Preparation to Closing", 2011
  • co-author of the book "Dispute Resolution", 2009 
  • co-author of the book „Regulation of relations between owners of „growth companies“. Kasvuettevõtted, 2008
  • compiler of the book “Mergers and Acquisitions: An Alternative to Organic Business Growth”, 2007
  • compiler of the first ever Estonian language book on legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions


  • 2000 International Bar Association
  • 2000 Southwestern Legal Foundation Alumni Association
  • 1996 Estonian Bar Association
  • 1997 University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association


  • In Chambers Global and Chambers Europe Corporate and M&A practice is praised by sources: "Definitely our preferred firm in the Baltics." "Great commercial awareness and understanding of our aims." Sources say Risto Vahimets is "just brilliant – he's pragmatic and to the point."  Risto Vahimets is a standout player in the real estate market, according to contemporaries. Clients appreciate his "co-operative and customer-friendly approach" to projects.
  • According to Legal500, Tark Grunte Sutkiene acts on some of the largest real estate transactions in the Baltics. Practice head Risto Vahimets is "a hugely capable real estate expert." 
  • IFLR1000 recommends Tark Grunte Sutkiene as one of the leading firms in financial and corporate area. It's been a busy year in M&A for the firm with leading lawyer Risto Vahimets leading teams on the key deals.


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