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    • Vladimir Barbolin - Clifford Chance
    • Sergey Blinov - Allen & Overy Legal Services
    • Vadim Panin - Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP
    • Yuri Shumilov - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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At Clifford Chance, managing partner Victoria Bortkevicha specialises in asset, trade and project finance, and has been notably active in the energy and infrastructure sectors. London-based Logan Wright is recommended for cross-border matters, and counsel Vladimir Barbolin’s expertise includes handling syndicated lending, insolvency and restructuring matters. O1 Group is a key client.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP’s team has ‘an in-depth understanding of financial processes’ and ‘a proactive and creative approach to unusual assignments’. Highlights included acting for Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk on the $12bn construction, procurement and financing of a gas processing plant. Edward Baring heads the practice and Artjom Buligin is also a key figure.

ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘efficient and capable’ team assisted Mechel with a $500m restructuring of its debts to various creditors and advised Kopeisky Mashinostroitelny Zavod on a project financing arranged by Eurochem Usolsky Potash. Anton Dzhuplin heads the team, which includes Alexander Zharskiy.

The lawyers at Baker Botts L.L.P. provide ‘comprehensive, up-to-date legal advice’ and are ‘always ready to work to tough schedules’. Practice head Maxim Levinson is ‘a bright professional and a remarkably good negotiator’, and Konstantin Garmonin ‘provides excellent advice on complex issues’. The group advised En+ Group on a syndicated loan extended by Sberbank.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advises on all aspects of borrower-side finance including major project financing. Yuri Shumilov has notable expertise in structured finance transactions and debt restructuring. Mikhail Loktionov is the practice head.

Allen & Overy Legal Services’ team has ‘a tremendous commitment to its clients’. Practice head Stephen Matthews ‘makes every effort to understand the perspective of each party’, and Igor Gorchakov is noted for complex cross-border matters. Key clients include Rosneft and Jacobs Douwe Egberts.

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited covers all Russian and English law aspects of complex, cross-border transactions. Practice head Vladimir Dragunov frequently handles securitisation matters and Simon Morgan focuses on loans and credit facilities.

CMS advised North-West Concession Company on the $2bn financing of the Moscow-St Petersburg toll road project, and also assisted Uralkali with its $1.2bn pre-export finance facility. Practice head Konstantin Baranov and Elena Tchoubykina, who has strong banking and capital markets expertise, are the key names.

At Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, practice head Dmitriy Glazounov is advising the Agency for Housing Mortgage Loans on issues pertaining to project finance initiatives. Arkady Krasnikhin is an acquisition and asset finance specialist; his clients include Rusal.

King & Spalding LLP’s practice spans project financing, restructuring and regulatory issues. Sergey Komolov and restructuring expert Maya Melnikas are the department co-heads.

Norton Rose Fulbright appears in the ranking following the firm’s merger with Chadbourne & Parke LLP. Konstantin Konstantinov’s expertise spans secured financing, joint ventures and securities legislation. As Chadbourne & Parke LLP the team advised a project company on a $3.5m power project financing. Andrei Baev joined Reed Smith LLP’s London office from Chadbourne & Parke LLP ahead of the firm’s merger.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP frequently acts for corporate borrowers, assisting with project finance transactions in the oil and gas, mining and electricity sectors. Highlights included advising UTair on the successful $809m refinancing of its debt portfolio, and assisting Lukoil with a $1bn project financing. Dmitry Shiryaev is the key practitioner.

Dechert Russia LLC advises multinational corporations and financial institutions, as borrowers, on obtaining cross-border and acquisition financing. Laura Brank heads the practice. Mechel is a key client.

Gide Loyrette Nouel Vostok’s range of expertise covers corporate finance, trade finance and pre-export transactions. Tim Theroux advised Sistema on two term-loans totalling $350m provided by Bank of China, and also assisted Evraz NTMK with the replacement of a guarantor under its €165m facility. Acron is another key client.

The ‘professional team’ at Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner has a strong client base of corporate borrowers. It advised CityJet on the financial documentation for the delivery of 15 SSJ-100 aircraft from Sukhoi. Other key clients include Raven Russia, Sibur and Uralkali. Oleg Khokhlov heads the team.

Liniya Prava Law Firm handles syndicated lending, trade and project finance, and frequently advises on foreign financial products in the Russian market. Andrey Novakovskiy heads the practice and Oleg Bychkov is also noted.

At Noerr, key figures Vladislav Skvortsov and Stefan Wolfgang Weber have ‘a business-oriented approach’. Raven Russia, Rusagro and State Transport Leasing Company are clients.

At Pepeliaev Group, practice head Igor Marmalidi advises on banking and securities regulations, corporate finance and international investment. Ivan Khamenushko is the key contact for tax-related matters.

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