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Janis Zelmenis, Managing Partner

Janis Zelmenis

Managing Partner

BDO Latvia

+371 6677 7800



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 Zelmenis 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 Latvia, Jānis acquired professional experience working in various positions in the various law offices and such Big 4 companies as Price Waterhouse 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 Fortune 500 clients. 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. He has contributed to a variety of business publications. He is an author of a book Pendulum of Wealth published in Latvian and Russian languages in December 2015 that is devoted to international tax planning and privatization of Ventspils Nafta in Latvia.

Since 2012 Janis is a lecturer of EU law at Riga Stradina University where he teaches 2 courses, i.e. EU Internal Market and EU Company Law.



Central European University, Master of Laws, International Private Law (LL.M.) 
Moscow State Institute of International Relations, LL.B.


Latvian Bar Association