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Energy and natural resources
Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP
- White & Case LLC
- Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
- Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Dechert Russia LLC
Dentons(this is ranking for former SNR Denton practice)
Dentons(this is ranking for former Salans practice)
- Alrud Law Firm
- Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
- FBK Legal
- Goltsblat BLP
- Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law
Shane DeBeer –
Dechert Russia LLC
David Griston –
- Jon Hines – Morgan Lewis
- Aydin Jebrailov – Norton Rose (Central Europe) LLP
- Levon Kocharyan – Norton Rose (Central Europe) LLP
- Natalya Morozova – Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Steven Wardlaw –
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Richard Wilkie –
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
- Shane DeBeer –
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s highly regarded Moscow practice is advising ExxonMobil on its multibillion-dollar joint venture with Rosneft to explore the Russian Arctic and Black Sea, and acted for Surneftegas on the sale of its 21.2% stake in MOL to the Hungarian government. Other clients include Lukoil and Norilsk Nickel on big-ticket M&A and joint ventures. The key contacts are Richard Wilkie, Natalia Baratiants and Alexey Kondratchik.
Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Russian team works closely with colleagues in London and is deeply rooted in oil and gas. Recent high-profile mandates include advising Novatek on the Yamal LNG project and assisting coal producer SUEK with obtaining a $1.3bn pre-export financing. Office head Maxim Levinson and Jason Bennett are the key contacts along with Steven Wardlaw, who now heads the London team and divides his time between there and Moscow.
Morgan Lewis inherited Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s established energy practice in May 2012 after reaching agreement with the latter to acquire its Moscow office. Highly respected figure Jon Hines continues to represent major clients in big-ticket deals. He and Roman Dashko were part of a team that advised Itera on completion of its joint venture with Rosneft. Hines is ‘one of the best ex-pat experts on Russian law issues’.
Norton Rose (Central Europe) LLP’s merger with Macleod Dixon in January 2012 brought substantial additional natural resources expertise into its Moscow office. Mining expert Levon Kocharyan recently advised Zapadnaya Gold Mining on a rare private equity investment by VTB Capital. Other clients include Gazprom, Inter RAO and Chevron. Aydin Jebrailov is ‘one of the finest, if not the best, specialist on Russian subsoil legislation and related regulations’. Anatoly Andriash and Valentina Gluhovskaya co-head the team.
‘One of the best energy lawyers in Russia’, Danila Logofet took over as head of Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP’s energy practice in March 2012 following Alexander Currie’s relocation to Dubai. Other key contacts include Edward Baring and Artjom Buligin, and Currie also continues to collaborate with the Moscow team. The firm is ‘one of the best in Russian transactions’, with key recent deals including advising Eni on its multibillion-dollar agreement with Rosneft to finance oil exploration in the Barents Sea and Black Sea.
Linklaters CIS is ‘top level for huge projects’. Among several major financings, the firm advised the lenders on the €1.1bn project financing of the upstream development of the Yuzhno-Russkoe gas field in northern Siberia, which was significant for having a Russian-incorporated borrower. Other notable deals included advising Total on its acquisition of a 20% stake in the Yamal LNG project. Matthew Keats heads the team with support from Grigory Gadzhiev, Kim Latypov and London-based Daniel Tyrer.
White & Case LLC’s practice co-head Igor Ostapets advised Novatek and Yamal LNG on front-end engineering and design contracts for the South-Tambeyskoye oilfield. Fellow co-head Marc Polonsky continues to advise UK-listed PetroNeft Resources plc on its Russian activities. Evgenia Laurson and Maria Oleinik are the other key contacts.
Allen & Overy Legal Services is ‘a top-class operator’. Recent deals include advising Rosneft on its joint venture with Itera; and Coalco Metals on the public auction sale of its 20% stake in Metalloinvest. Philipp Wahl, who divides his time between London and Moscow, ‘has in-depth experience in oil and gas matters in the CEE/CIS region’. Tim Shilling and Anton Konnov are key contacts for corporate work, as is Stephen Matthews on the finance side.
Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited is prominent in the oil and gas sector, where clients include Novatek and Alliance Oil, and also represented Rusnano on its joint investment in a Russian manufacturer of electrical oil extracting pumps. Team head Carol Patterson, Alexey Frolov and Alexander Gomonov are the key contacts, with Frolov regarded as being ‘one of the best Russian experts on subsoil-related issues’.
CMS’ key mandates include advising Rosneft on the financing of Sakhalin 3; and Sintez Group on the construction of a power plant in Yaroslavl. Senior partner John Hammond and team head Natalia Kozyrenko are the key contacts. Dominique Tissot has niche expertise in energy efficiency and climate change.
Clifford Chance continues to dominate with lender-based advice on big-ticket financings, particularly in natural resources. Recent instructions include advising the lending consortium, including ING and BNP Paribas, on Rusal’s $4.75bn syndicated pre-export financing. Timur Aitkulov focuses on oil and gas, with Nicholas Rees being recommended for mining.
DLA Piper’s ‘outstanding’ team is advising TNK-BP on its farm-in and joint operating agreement with HRT O&G. The firm also recently advised Gazprom and Lukoil, the latter on its joint venture with Vanco International for deepwater exploration off Romania’s Black Sea coastline. Team head Delphine Nougayrède, Feruz Fidaev and senior associate Julien Hansen are recommended.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is advising Rosneft on strategic co-operation agreements with ExxonMobil to establish upstream joint ventures in the Russian Arctic, the Black Sea and West Siberia, among other projects. Other recent work includes advising Gazprom Neft on its $230m acquisition of controlling interests in the Orenburg group of oilfields. Sergei Diyachenko heads the team.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP acts for clients such as Rusal, Alrosa and Tatneft on M&A, capital markets transactions and financings. The firm advised Rusal on its $4bn pre-export loan to refinance existing debt; and Alrosa on its $1bn purchase of two Russian gas companies. Energy clients recommend London-based Daniel Braverman and associate Polina Lyadnova, who co-led a team which advised Rusal on a loan restructuring.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, which is primarily active in capital markets, advised Polyus Gold on its standard and premium listings on the LSE, as well as on a $636m private placement of shares. M&A mandates included acting for Uralkali on its $7.8bn merger with Silvinit. Managing partner Dmitri Nikiforov is the main contact.
Dechert Russia LLC’s highly respected dispute resolution team often acts in energy-related cases and the team also has financing and transactional capabilities. Laura Brank represented key client Kinross Gold on its $335m acquisition – and related £200m financing – of a 20% stake in Chukotka Mining and Geological Company. Shane DeBeer is a highly respected lawyer for project finance and M&A.
The following reflects historical text for SNR Denton, which merged into Dentons: Dentons’ managing partner Doran Doeh heads the firm’s energy practice and has extensive experience in the CIS. The firm’s work has included advising a private investor on a potential share acquisition in the energy retail market.
The following reflects historical text for Salans, which merged into Dentons: Jane Tarassova heads Dentons' practice, which advised a Russian state bank on a proposed $735m equity financing of Inter Rao. The group also advised Sistema on the demerger and $464m sale of a stake in Bashkirenergo to Inter Rao.
Jennifer Josefson heads King & Spalding LLP’s energy practice, which acts for clients such as TNK-BP, En+ Group and Hess Corporation on high-end corporate matters. Josefson is ‘a very good lawyer’.
PricewaterhouseCoopers CIS Law Offices BV’s work spans transactional and corporate advice in oil and gas, natural resources, and, in particular, nuclear energy, where Rosatom is a key client. Yana Zoloeva heads the team, which advised Gazprom on its proposed $5bn merger with Renova to create Russia’s largest power company.
Squire Sanders Moscow LLC advised investment bank Troika Dialog on its acquisition of Raspadskaya Coal Company. Ivan Trifanov is the key energy contact.
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. has been particularly active in high-end corporate work for Chinese companies in the Russian market. The firm also represented a Russian private investor on the creation of a joint venture holding company to acquire an interest in a gas field concession in Latin America; and Novatek on its acquisition of a 24% stake in the Yamal LNG project. Natalya Morozova is highly regarded.
Irina Anyukhina’s team at Alrud Law Firm has been busy advising Chinese investors on the Russian natural resources market. Experience includes acting for US company Bluestone Group during its acquisition by Russian coal and steel producer Mechel.
Chadbourne & Parke LLP’s energy clients include Polyus Gold and Gazprombank, the latter of which Konstantin Konstantinov advised on its $14m acquisition of a 30% stake in Polygon Gold.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ strong reputation in dispute resolution is partly the product of its particularly high success rate representing energy clients against government bodies such as the Federal Antimonopoly Service. It also advises government bodies on amendments to energy legislation. Senior associate Vadim Tsvetkov heads the team, which significantly bolstered its English law capabilities by recruiting former Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP partner Robin Wittering in November 2012.
FBK Legal utilises its tax litigation expertise in the energy sector and represents key client Gazprom in its tax disputes, as well as providing non-contentious advice on tax structuring and regulations. Other clients include SUEK and Transneft. Team head Nadezhda Orlova and tax expert Tatiana Matveicheva are recommended.
Goltsblat BLP advised key clients Inter Rao and RusHydro on a loan agreement and joint venture, respectively. Other clients include Nord Stream and Gazprom. Team head Kyle Davis was promoted to the partnership in August 2012.
Alexander Borouhin joined Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law in March 2012 to head its energy and utilities team, bringing with him electricity expertise and impressive experience in-house at Lukoil subsidiaries. The team successfully acted for a Russian electrical power company in the Supreme Commercial Court.
Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners acts for major Russian players in litigation and arbitration, including proceedings against the Federal Antimonopoly Service. The firm is representing Rosneft in its major litigation against Yukos Capital in the Dutch courts. Managing partners Alexander Muranov and Dmitry Chernyakov lead the team.
Noerr has been advising on a range of matters including joint venture agreements, customs law and EPC contracts. Highlights included advising White Bear Resources on its acquisition of Everest Capital in a transaction structured as a reverse merger.
Ost Legal’s impressive energy experience, particularly in the electricity sector, includes having advised Inter Rao on a joint venture with General Electric as well as on several power plant construction projects. The main contact is managing partner Vladimir Lipavsky.
Pepeliaev Group utilises its considerable tax expertise to advise Russian clients on contentious issues, transfer pricing and deal structuring. The firm has also been advising a multinational oil and gas company on emission allowances. Corporate head Vladimir Sokov and head of tax Rustem Ahmetshin are the key contacts.
A mainstay for energy developments in Russia’s Far East, Russin & Vecchi LLC has offices in Vladivostock and on Sakhalin Island, and is involved in the Sakhalin I, II and III projects. Jonathan Russin is highly respected, and Sergei Lazarev is recommended for his work on the Sakhalin projects. Clients include several Korean multinationals.
Vegas Lex Law Firm’s contentious-oriented energy practice has an impressive track record winning cases for Russian energy companies, including against the Federal Antimonopoly Service. In a major coup, the firm also won instruction to advise Adler on the construction of a thermal power plant in preparation for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.