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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP meets ‘every high-level requirement’, and is praised for the ‘experience and professional integrity of its employees’. The practice retains a strong client base in the energy, mining and oil and gas sectors, where it advises on transactions, disputes, tax issues and regulatory matters. Recent highlights include advising Lukoil on its $1.5bn sale of shares in Arkhangelskgeoldobycha Diamond Mining to Otkritie. Practice head Natalia Baratiants is ‘always ready to discuss and solve any issues’.

Baker Botts L.L.P.consistently demonstrates a high level of responsiveness and a profound practical knowledge of the oil and gas industry’; the team is ‘perfectly placed to deal with complex challenges and intricate legal issues arising from both international and local deals’. ‘Excellent professional’ Mikhail Semyonov jointly heads the team with John White, who recently advised Novatek on various corporate matters related to the Yamal LNG project. Other key clients include Rosneft, Gazprombank Energy Services and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Linklaters advises lenders, borrowers and corporates on the full range of M&A, joint ventures and project financing matters. The team is currently acting for Gazprom and Gazprom Export on the development of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, and is also advising Rosneft on the sale of its stake in Vankorneft to a consortium of Indian investors. The practice is headed by Matthew Keats; Grigory Gadzhiev and Julia Voskoboinikova are the other key figures.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides ‘top-notch energy law advice’; the ‘responsive, business-oriented team’ has ‘huge experience in the oil and gas industry’. The firm handles a strong pipeline of M&A, project development and financing mandates, and recently advised the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic on several agreements relating to the production of crude oil in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli fields. The ‘well-connectedJonathan Hines heads the practice, and is ‘always on top of developments in the relevant sectors and in the regulatory environment’.

Norton Rose Fulbright is noted for its energy sector expertise, and has a strong track record in oil and gas, mining and nuclear power projects. The firm is currently advising BP on Yermak Neftegaz, BP’s joint venture with Rosneft, for exploration purposes in the Yenisey-Khatanga basin, Siberia. Aydin Jebrailov advises on M&A and joint ventures; Levon Kocharyan specialises in corporate and tax law; and Julian Traill acts for Russian and international clients across the full spectrum of energy deals.

CMS’ ‘responsive and business-minded team has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry’, providing ‘detailed deliverables at short notice’. Practice head Natalia Kozyrenko is ‘an experienced and hands-on energy lawyer who provides crystal-clear advice’ and ‘is very commercially minded’. Kozyrenko recently advised OMV Group on its $1.9bn acquisition of shares in Severneftegazprom. BP, Rosneft and Statoil are also key clients.

The ‘hardworking’ team at Clifford Chancealways meets the required deadlines’ and is ‘tireless in protecting the client’s interests and negotiating legal technicalities’. Led by banking partner Victoria Bortkevicha, the firm is advising Yamal LNG on the $19bn project financing for the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant in the Yamal Peninsula. Arthur Iliev is the other key figure.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘creative and client-oriented’ team ‘closely follows developments in the local and international oil and gas industry’, and has ‘a solid reputation for being flexible, resourceful and results-focused’. Practice head Sergei Diyachenko is ‘an excellent corporate and energy practitioner’, and is currently advising Rosneft on its proposed strategic partnership with Pertamina in relation to the GRR Tuban project, along with other Indonesian market opportunities. Anna Nersesian specialises in financing mandates.

The ‘knowledgeable and efficient’ team at Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLPtakes all commercial and political realities into account’ and ‘performs at a high level to ensure the execution of complicated deals under tight timelines’. Highlights included acting for Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk on the procurement, financing and construction of a gas processing plant, and advising Silk Road Fund on its investment in Sibur. Danila Logofet and Olga Davydava head the energy and project financing groups, respectively. Evgeny Yuriev is also recommended.

White & Case LLC’s wide-ranging practice covers M&A, financings, tax issues and energy sector disputes. The team recently represented Rosneftegaz on its sale of a stake in Rosneft to a consortium of global investors, and also acted for Mol Group on its sale of Matjushkinskaya Vertical to four independent Russian investors. Igor Ostapets heads the practice; Maxim Kobzev is also a key figure.

Allen & Overy Legal Services’ team ‘truly understands the industry’ and ‘is committed to getting deals done in the most efficient way, providing comprehensive consultations within limited timeframes’. Finance expert Stephen Matthews is currently advising Morgan Stanley on the potential restructuring of Astrakhan Oil. Managing partner Anton Konnov is the other key figure.

ALRUD Law Firm provides ‘tailor-made services based on a full comprehension of the matter under analysis’. ‘Efficient lawyerAndrey Zharskiy has ‘robust sector expertise’, and recently advised Great Dyke Investments and its Russian shareholder on the development of a platinum mining project in Zimbabwe.

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited has notable expertise in the mining sector, and also receives strong mandates from oil and gas clients including Alliance Oil, Bashneft and Gazpromneft. Alexey Frolov heads the practice, and, together with Vladimir Dragunov, advised A.B. Aterra Resources on the refinancing of the Mangazeisky silver project in Yakutia.

At Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, notable work included acting for Qatar Investment Authority on Rosneftegaz’s €10.2bn sale of a stake in Rosneft, and advising Sibur on the sale of a 10% shareholding company to Silk Road Fund, a Chinese state-owned investment fund. Scott Senecal and Yulia Solomakhina are the names to note.

DLA Piper provides ‘a very good level of service’; the ‘responsive’ team ‘always has lawyers available with the relevant knowledge and experience’. Highlights included advising ESN Group on the restructuring of Rusnergosbyt, a Russian power supply company, and representing Gazprom in a dispute with Naftogaz at the Stockholm Arbitration Institute. Feruz Fidaev heads the practice; competition expert Azamat Abdulmenov is the other name to note.

Dentons is ‘knowledgeable and experienced in the renewables sector’, providing ‘brief, relevant and to-the-point advice with the right amount of depth’. Doran Doeh recently advised ONGC Videsh on its acquisition of shares in Vankorneft, a Rosneft subsidiary. Alexei Zakharko heads the practice.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has ‘extensive experience in the sector’, providing ‘practical solutions and a deep knowledge of the subject matter’. Vitaly Mozharowski advises on greenfield and brownfield investment projects, and Anton Sitnikov handles M&A and joint ventures.

At Dechert Russia LLC, the team is representing a large Russian mining company in two separate London Court of International Arbitration cases against a leading bank. The firm is also acting for a large Russian mining company in an arbitration against a Chinese construction company.

The ‘responsive’ team at Hogan Lovells (CIS) provides ‘clear, well-tailored advice’. Department head Alexander Dolgovknows the market inside-out’, and recently acted for Aggreko Euroasia on the structuring of an investment project involving several diesel energy power plants.

Led by Jennifer Josefson, King & Spalding LLP’s practice has been advising Gazpromneft on its acquisition of an interest in a Russian upstream oil and gas project. Other highlights included acting for Enter Engineering on the construction of a gas-to-liquids facility in Uzbekistan, and advising GV Gold on various issues related to an equity investment by the EBRD.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s energy team is led by managing partner Mikhail Turetsky, who has extensive expertise in banking, finance and capital markets transactions. The team also handles M&A and joint ventures, and recently advised Uniper on the sale of its interest in Yuzhno-Russkoye Gasfield.

Pepeliaev Groupperforms tremendously when working on complex projects’, and has ‘in-depth knowledge of Russian oil and gas legislation, along with solid commercial understanding’. Sergey Pepeliaev has significant energy tax expertise; real estate specialist Natalia Stenina is ‘a real rainmaker, with the energy and commitment to drive projects forward’. Clients include Gazprom, Zarubezhneft and Alrosa.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is ‘particularly strong on the banking and finance side’, and also advises on privatisations, trade and direct investment matters. Alan Kartashkin has ‘a deep understanding of Russia’s business environment and of the client’s requirements’, and Dmitri Nikiforov regularly handles oil, gas and natural resources transactions.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners regularly represents clients in energy disputes before the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) and other authorities, and also handles regulatory, transactional and legislation-related issues. Natalia Korosteleva is currently representing Sakhalin Energy in a multibillion-dollar dispute with Rosneft regarding pipeline access, a matter pending before the FAS. Taras Rabko heads the practice.

At FBK Legal, notable work included advising GT Energo on its high-value acquisition of a company specialising in the design and production of gas pipelines, and acting for Stroygazmontazh on the construction of a long-distance gas pipeline in the Russian regions. Managing partner Nadezhda Orlova is recommended along with Alexander Ermolenko, who specialises in corporate law and M&A.

Ivanyan & Partners has ‘excellent capabilities and deep expertise in complex multi-jurisdictional matters’. The ‘professional’ team works ‘quickly and accurately’ and has ‘a great reputation in the market’. Highlights included advising Cryogenmash on the construction of Western Siberia’s petrochemicals facility, and acting for Gazprombank on the restructuring of Mechel’s debt arrangements. Khristofor Ivanyan and Maria Miroshnikova are the key figures.

Muranov, Chernyakov & Partnersresponds quickly to queries’ and has ‘a deep understanding of each problem, along with a viable solution that fits the client’s objectives’. Oleg Moskvitin heads the practice, and has advised on a number of energy and natural resources projects across Russia.

Ost Legal provides ‘a very high level of service’, and wins plaudits for its ‘deep industry knowledge’ and ‘ability to effectively conduct negotiations’. The team recently saw the arrival of Vadim Tsvetkov and Ivan Suzdalev from a Russian firm, both of whom bring significant energy-related disputes expertise. Vladimir Lipavsky heads the practice, which recently advised Baimskaya on the construction of a mining plant in the Chukotka region.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal CIS B.V.)’s expertise spans upstream and downstream oil and gas, utilities and mining. The firm has a strong track record in cross-border matters spanning the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Asia. Yana Zoloeva and Vladimir Sokolov are the key figures, advising on projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Vegas Lex’s practice is led by Evgeniy Rodin, who has significant expertise in the retail electric power and energy markets, and regularly represents companies in energy-related disputes across the Russian regions. In a recent highlight, the team advised Credit Bank of Moscow, a main shareholder in the Yaroslavl oil refinery, on the latter’s bankruptcy. Alexander Sitnikov is the other key figure.

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