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Ilze Kramiņa, Senior Partner

Ilze Kramiņa

Senior Partner

Head of Real Estate and Construction practice group


Latvian, Russian, English, German

Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction and engineering
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Real estate

Practice notes


Ilze heads the Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns Real Estate and Construction practice group. Thanks to 20 years of professional experience in addition to her summa cum laude master’s degree, Ilze is able to offer clients more than just impeccable academic knowledge as her legal services are informed by more than a decade of practical experience. Ilze proactively advises clients on the sale and lease of real estate, construction agreements, land use restrictions and environmental protection concerns. She also represents clients in administrative court disputes over construction permit appeals.  Ilze has accumulated vast experience in developing binding municipal regulations applicable to land use and construction. She is actively involved in advising clients on renewable energy, performing due diligence and representing wind power plant and cogeneration plant operators at every stage of the development of their projects.

Ilze is also active in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group, being one of the most recognisable, enthusiastic and unflagging litigators at Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns. She is known not only for drafting effective documentation for legal proceedings but also for her convincing presentation in the courtroom. Ilze represents the interests of international and local clients at courts of every level, addressing commercial disputes worth millions, working on construction and taxation cases, principal property disputes and administrative cases alike.

Ilze has lectured on construction law at Turība University. She is the long-standing head of the Spatial Planning and Construction Work Group at the Foreign Investor Council in Latvia (FICIL) and, most notably, has represented FICIL’s interests within working groups at the Latvian Parliament and the Ministry of Economics during the drafting of the new Construction Law and General Construction Regulations.

Ilze has been recognised as a leading individual and a recommended lawyer by the leading international legal directories Legal500 and Chambers & Partners.


Independent comments

Legal 500, 2021“Ilze Kramiņa has a broad skillset within this space, advising on real estate transactions and construction contracts, as well as land and environment issues. On the contentious side, she has been highly active in administrative court disputes over construction permit appeals.”

Legal 500, 2020“Ilze Kramiņa is a high-profile lawyer with extensive experience in real estate and construction matters and I have a complete trust in the value to our business her experience brings."

Chambers Europe, 2021: “Ilze truly understands our needs, she always gives the advice when necessary," a client says, while another adds: "She knows how to pull out the exact information by asking you all those questions that matter.”

Chambers Europe, 2020: “She always delivers for us and her practical and technical awareness is exceptional”

Recent Experience

 Ilze’s recent work in the areas of real estate and construction includes:

  • Advising the largest real estate company in Latvia, “Valsts nekustamie īpašumi”, which owns and manages real estate objects owned by the Latvian State. We have advised the company on shared property, lease and building rights, and other issues.
  • Providing legal assistance to RB Rail AS, the co-ordinator of a major multi-national railway project, working with complex corporate matters and real estate and planning aspects of the project by providing the necessary legal advice.
  • Assistance in drafting the new territorial plan for the City of Riga (2018-2030) including new binding regulations on the construction and the territory use restrictions.
  • Legal assistance in real estate and construction areas on day-to-day basis to an Estonian real estate company, operating a shopping centre in Riga.
  • Representing an Estonian real estate developer, on the development of a land plot located in an area in Riga with a historical value, including drafting construction contracts and representation in a number of court disputes with neighbours concerning construction permit appeal.
  • Advising developers and operators of wind parks and CHP plant developers on land use matters, spatial planning, land ownership and lease relations, construction procedure, environmental impact assessment and resolution of issues with stakeholders.