The Varul law firm has announced that Senior Associate Marko Kairjak has been promoted to Partner in the Baltic firm’s Estonia office. Kairjak joined Varul in 2005 and leads the banking and finance law and white-collar crime teams.
Kairjak has advised credit institutions, fund managers, and investment firms on financing transactions and other legal issues, and participated in the drafting of sector-specific legislation. He also practiced capital markets at the London office of Covington & Burling. He is a member of the regulatory working group of the Legal Committee of the Estonian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and an advisor with the Baltic alternative market First North of NASDAQ OMX. Among other things, Marko has long-standing experience in advising clients on economic criminal law matters, including solving cases involving corporate criminal liability and taxation and competition offenses.
In February of this year Kairjak defended his doctoral thesis in criminal law in the University of Tartu in Estonia. In addition to his doctorate, he has an LL.M. degree from the University of Cambridge in the field of capital markets, and he has been a visiting researcher at Humboldt University in Berlin, the University of Osnabruck, and the University of Gottingen. He is an economic criminal law lecturer at the University of Tartu and a financial ethics lecturer at the Estonian Business School.
According to Paul Varul, the Senior Partner of Varul, becoming a Partner represents a natural progression in Marko’s career. “His remarkable academic and practical knowledge of financial and criminal law are of great value to both the firm and our clients,” Varul said. “I’m also very proud of Marko’s newly acquired doctorate, which clearly indicates that in addition to providing top quality legal assistance, we are also striving for academic excellence.”