Who we are

Representatives of our legal office arer Rūdolfs Skrastiņš and Jānis Skrastiņš.

Born in Latvia, Riga. Latvian nationality.

Date of birth: December 10, 1973.

Declared place of residence: Lēdurga rural area, Krimulda municipality, Latvia.

Work Experience

  • Since 5/2007 – SKRASTIŅU JURIDISKAIS BIROJS Ltd. – Member of the Board 

Management of the commercial activity of the own company.

Legal assistance to regular corporate customers, including a large range of legal advice services, i.e. representation in court, arbitration court, police, credit institutions, associations, confederations, bailiff and notary offices, at ministerial sessions, creditors’ meetings, various corporate meetings, as well as Latvian Procurement Monitoring Bureau, Register of Enterprises, Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, State Labour Inspectorate and other public institutions. Drafting of a large range of contracts, establishment of internal corporate procedures, development and implementation of problem solving tactics, drafting of claims, negotiating, consulting, other legal assistance solutions for corporate clients.

Additionally, development of an automated program – robot for generation of legal documents in debt collection initiated in 2009 and implemented in 2010/11.

Additionally, participation in proceedings of first instance civil court for about 40 civil cases (1 lawsuit lost due to the client’s refusal to continue with the court proceedings), for 6 civil cases in the second instance court (1 lawsuit lost regarding a labour dispute against a representative of a trade union), representation of a victim in 1 criminal case.

 

  • 8/2006 – 5/2007 Guntars Antom’s Law Office – Legal Assistant
  • 12/2005 – 8/2006 Parex Leasing and Factoring Ltd. – Project Manager

Lawyer and Project Manager in cooperation with the main company (JSC Parex Bank), instructor of the main company’s employees. Work tasks: establishment of internal company’s procedures; drafting of contracts and amendments thereto; cooperation with the Register of debtors of the Bank of Latvia, Consumer Rights Protection Center. Project Manager in cooperation with the JSC Parex Bank: development and promotion of sales procedures at the JSC Parex Bank, enlarging the number of customers.

  • 5/2005 –12/2005 JSC SEB Latvijas Unibanka -  Financial Transactions Monitoring Specialist

Foundation of the Bank’s Department for Money Laundering Prevention; compilation of instructions and manuals, regular instruction of the Bank’s employees, recruitment; implementation of the new information system; actualisation of Money Laundering Prevention issues at the Bank’s executives level; monitoring of financial transactions and legality of acts of transactions’ participants; representation of the Bank at meetings of the Compliance and Control Committee of the Association of Latvian Commercial Banks; legal advice on money laundering prevention issues; development and implementation of the Bank’s policy regarding money laundering prevention at the level of bank’s rights (obligations) in the territory of Latvia.

  • 10/1998 – 5/2005 Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity (a body under the supervision of the Prosecution Office of the Republic of Latvia) – Analyst / Investigator of Transactions

Study and monitoring of legality of financial flows, transactions and tender documents, declarations; drafting of legal statements; participation in program’s development.

  • 08/1992 - 05/1998 JSC Hansabanka:
    • 05/1997 - 05/1998 JSC Hansabanka - Specialist at the Trust Transactions Department

Assistance to non-resident customers, responsible for the CIS and the Baltic States area; numbered or offshore accounts maintenance; advise on respective bank services; sales of bank products such as safety deposit boxes, deposits, funds, shares, remote services etc.; customer acquisition; assurance and supervision of customer service by involving other bank’s specialists.

    • 01/1996 - 05/1997 JSC Hansabanka – Private Banking Specialist

Customer assistance; work with cash; execution of contracts; currency exchange; deposits, cheques, credit cards; customer advise on bank products; coordination of cooperation between customers and bank specialists; supervision of customers safety deposit boxes and management of the respective Bank’s committee; development of a safety deposit boxes monitoring program.

    • 12/1994 - 01/1996 JSC Hansabanka - Senior Account Operator / Account Operator

Customer assistance; maintenance of current and deposit bank accounts for corporate customers and natural persons; safety deposit boxes for customers.

  • 06/1993 - 12/1994 State mandatory military service – Mobile Police Department, II Battalion, 6th Troop, Senior Sergeant – Troop Commander’s Assistant.

 

    • 08/1992 - 06/1993 German – Latvian Bank (Hansabanka) - Deputy Manager for Bank Services

Search for potential Bank’s cooperation partners; supply of goods and services necessary for the bank’s everyday operation; solving various general work issues: delivery, postal and courier services (for instance: physical delivery of the bank’s payment documents to the Clearing Center of the Bank of Latvia in Smilšu street in Riga, electronic operations not available in the building’s attic etc.). Additionally, marketing development at the initial business stage in the circumstances particular for the years 1992 – 1993: no business directories, business inquiries, no stable enterprises, courier services or mobile phones.

Education

  • University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Law
    • Graduate Thesis in Criminalistics -  Problems of Money Laundering Prevention
      • Term paper in International Private Law: Money Laundering Prevention
      • Term paper in Commercial Law: The Role of the Register of Enterprises in Money Laundering Prevention
      • Term paper in Criminal Law: Money Laundering Prevention

Additional Education

  • 2006 TRIVIUMS Training Center: Negotiating and Lobbying of Own Interests
  • 2005 Parex Training Center: High-Quality Sales
  • 2002 US and Foreign Banks’ Compliance with the USA Patriot Act
  • 2001 US and Foreign Banks’ Compliance with the USA Patriot Act
  • 1999 Training Center for Judges: The New Criminal Law
  • 1999 The Nordic - Baltic Police Academy: Money Laundering
  • 1997 Moscow International School of Finance and Banking: Trust Operations
  • 1997 Cooper & Liandbrant: Taxes
  • 1996 Mercuri International: Service Efficiency

Additional Information

  • April, 2018: Riga Forum on GDPR (personal data protection regulation), panel discussions, organized by KPMG (National Library of Latvia).
  • March, 2018: Employers’ Confederation of Latvia, forum and annual meeting, panel discussion with the participation of the Prime Minister, Minister of Economics, Minister of Finance, Minister of Welfare (LMT Building, 1st Conference Hall).
  • May, 2017: Forum on History of the National Economy of Latvia, panel discussions with the participation of Valdis Dombrovskis, Māris Kučinskis, Ojārs Kehris, Einārs Repše, Juris Binde, Inna Šteinbuka, Uldis Pīlēns, Āris Žīgurs, Aivars Strakšas (National Library of Latvia).
  • May, 1999: Seminar at the USA Federal Prosecutors Training Centre: Money laundering and Money seizure.
  • 1999 – 2004: regular seminars in Riga, Tallinn, and Vilnius organized by money laundering prevention bodies on legislation amendments and money laundering typologies.
  • August – October, 1996: practical training in Danish banks (Unibank, Rinkjobing Landbobank).
  • 2004: successfully underwent a current inspection of the Constitution Protection Bureau regarding access to state top secret information.

Spoken Languages

  • Latvian, Russian, English.

Personal Skills

  • My major character traits are honesty, high sense of responsibility, loyalty. I prefer to call things by their proper names, which should not be seen as offence, but a sincere attempt to solve problematic issues and to search for solution. In my work, I use logical thinking and analytical skills, accompanied by possibly useful innovative ideas in order to achieve the goals set forth and to obtain good results. High leadership skills.

GSM: +371 29410814

Main Activities

  • Legal advice
  • Drafting of documents: contracts, applications etc.

Languages Spoken

  • Latvian, Russian, English

Work Experience

  • Since 05/2007: SKRASTIŅU JURIDISKAIS BIROJS Ltd., procurator.
  • 2002 – 2009: Head of Legal and Money Laundering Prevention departments of one of the largest banks, member of the bank’s credit committee.
  • 1990 – 2000: Prosecution Office, General Prosecutor.
  • 1989 – 1990: Prosecution Office, Head of the State Investigation department.
  • 1979 – 1989: Prosecution Office, investigator of especially serious cases.
  • 1974 – 1979: Prosecution Office, investigator.

Education

  • 1974: Graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia.

Additional Information

  • In 2001 gave the course on Criminal Procedure Law at the Concordia International University, Tallinn.
  • In 2000 published in the Latvian official publisher “Latvijas vēstnesis” new guidelines of the Criminal Procedure Law, basing on which the effective Criminal Procedure Law has been elaborated. Consulted the working group on the elaboration of the aforesaid Law at the Ministry of Justice.
  • Responsible for the draft elaboration of the Office of the Prosecutor Law (in 1990 and 1994) and the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering (in 1997).
  • Active participation in draft elaboration of the Criminal Law and the Operational Activities Law.
  • Good knowledge of operational activities, since within the framework of the professional responsibilities participated in development of the departmental normative base.
  • Awarded by the Order of the Three Stars of the 3rd class, the Certificate of Merit by the Cabinet of Ministers, awarded for the efforts and persistence in legal activities by the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, and Prosecution Office.

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