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Janis Zelmenis has over 20 years of experience in leading and providing professional services to a diverse range of clients, operating in different business sectors within the EU, Baltic and CIS states.


Janis is a tax and legal consultant with focus on acquisitions and company law being one of the most frequently quoted experts on tax issues, company mergers and acquisitions and restructuring deals, with a perfect knowledge of both local and international legislation. Prior to establishing BDO Zelmenis & Liberte, Janis acquired professional experience working in various positions in such Big 4 companies as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte.


Janis has a distinct focus on working with high-net-worth individuals, including founders of large venture capital funds and executives of multinational corporations. His expertise also includes many years of co-operation with commercial banks in Latvia, which he has consulted on tax issues and complicated purchase and acquisition deals and the necessary structuring, as well as advising on corporate governance issues. As a tax expert, he has participated in drafting anti-money laundering laws.


Apart from his qualifications as a lawyer, Janis also has experience in foreign affairs, he is founder and member of management board of Association of Consular Corps in Latvia. He has been Honorary Consul for the Republic of Malta in Latvia since 2006, and also worked in Latvia’s Embassy in Moscow, Russia. Since 2012 Janis is a lecturer of EU law at Riga Stradins University where he teaches two courses, i.e. EU Internal Market and EU Company Law.



2007 to date

Law Firm BDO LAW, Partner

2006 to date    Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malta

1998-2007       Deloitte Latvia Partner, Director, Senior Manager

1995-1998       PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tax Lawyer



Central European University, Master in International Private Law

1988-1993       Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Master in Law (LL.M.)

MEMBERSHIP    Latvian Bar Association



Energy & Natural Resources

Corporate and M&A

Real Estate and Construction


Tax and Finance



BDO Law represented Turība University regarding the sale of 100% of its shares

BDO Law advised the Freeport of Riga

BDO Law performed analysis of MRO infrastructure for Airport Riga

Law firm assisted client on creating profitable real estate portfolio


Liquidation of Trasta Komercbanka

BDO Law consulted on cabotage matters

The Law firm assisted TILTS

The Law firm assisted R.S.E. Holdings AG



Conference | Hunting 2019

Conference: Taxes 2019 - Global Challenges and Opportunities for a Local Entrepreneur

Justice: IX professional Conference



DB | Banks unduly close the accounts | Swedbank money laundering scandal and analyses the banking sector in the Baltics

Conference | Hunting 2019

Conference: Taxes 2019 - Global Challenges and Opportunities for a Local Entrepreneur

Justice: IX professional conference

Not much change promised in the judicial system

Latvijas Vētnesis|Gaps in offshore regulation

BDO LAW firmly holds the top tier position in Tax in 2018 LEGAL 500 EMEA rankings

Kapitals: Interview with partner Janis Zelmenis