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Dentons is ‘well regarded in the PPP space’ and provides ‘a business-oriented approach and tailored advice’. Karina Chichkanova heads the practice, and counsel Ilya Skripnikov is also noted as ‘a strong PPP and project finance adviser’. Highlights included advising the Republic of Komi on a concession tender for the reconstruction of a road. Vladimir Kilinkarov was a new arrival from Maxima Legal in 2017.

Innokenty Ivanov is the key figure at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which is advising VTB Capital and Vinci Concessions on a $2.5bn project to finance, construct and operate several sections of the Moscow ring road. Other clients include RMP-Taman, Sberbank and Moscow Metro.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP’s ‘stellar’ team advised DSK Avtoban on the RUB84bn construction of Moscow’s central ring road. Olga Revzina is ‘open-minded, very attentive and fully understands client needs’.

Hogan Lovells (CIS)’ team is ‘well equipped to provide PPP advice’ and has ‘unparalleled experience across a broad variety of infrastructure’. Practice head Alexander Dolgov is advising DSK Avtoban on its tender for the construction of the M3 federal highway.

At Linklaters, Andrei Murygin and counsel Julia Voskoboinikova advised Gazprombank on a loan from GBP Switzerland to Aeroexpress for the operation of passenger railway lines across three airports. Matthew Keats heads the department.

The team at CMS provides ‘advice that is professional, commercially oriented and always on time’. Artem Rodin, who is ‘a unique expert in waste regulation in Russia’, advised Sibur on the $9.5bn financing of a petrochemicals complex.

Capital Legal Services’ team ‘has solid experience in PPP projects and a profound knowledge of all related legislation’. Managing partner Vladislav Zabrodin and Pavel Karpunin are the key names; the latter advised the government of Khabarovsk on issues pertaining to toll road construction.

The lawyers at Kachkin & Partners have ‘in-depth expertise of PPP-related legal matters’. Notable clients include Gazprombank, Rise Capital and XXI Century. Managing partner Denis Kachkin is ‘an excellent negotiator who takes the specifics of the situation into account’.

At Vegas Lex, highlights included advising the Moscow Transport Hub Directorate on the $4.4bn implementation of a rapid transit project in the Moscow region. Albert Eganyan heads the practice.

ALRUD Law Firm’s team is ‘responsive and highly qualified’. Highlights included advising RDIF on a RUB2.7bn co-investment with Mubadala in the smart grids infrastructure project. Andrey Zharskiy is ‘a practical, commercially oriented and dedicated leader’.

Clifford Chance’s ‘proactive’ team advises banks and financial institutions on large-scale PPP developments, and has handled a number of transportation, medical and sanitation projects. Victoria Bortkevicha heads the practice.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ Yuri Savvin is ‘a capable, hands-on lawyer with deep expertise in PPP and infrastructure projects’. The team represented the City of St Petersburg in a dispute regarding the terminated Orlovsky Tunnel construction project. Elena Gavrilina is the practice head.

LECAP Law Firm’s team is ‘very attentive to client needs’, and is ‘professional, friendly and always eager to help’. Practice head Yury Tuktarov ‘can think outside the box and create innovative solutions’. Clients include Capital Energy, Alor Invest and Russian Railways.

Liniya Prava Law Firm’s ‘highly qualified’ team has ‘extensive experience of infrastructure projects’. It is advising Vnukovo International Airport on an investment programme for the development of airfield infrastructure. Andrey Novakovskiy heads the practice.

At Maxima Legal, highlights included acting for Russian Railways regarding the construction and operation of the high-speed railway line from the centre of St Petersburg to Pulkovo Airport. Maxim Avrashkov is noted. Since publication Vladimir Kilinkarov joined Dentons.

Natalia Nikitina and Maxim Kobzev jointly head the practice at White & Case LLC, which recently assisted the EBRD with its $21m loan to a number of Russian water utilities companies.

YUST Law Firm’s ‘team of real professionals’ provides ‘quick, to-the-point advice’. Practice head Anna Kotova-Smolenskaya, who has ‘detailed, exclusive knowledge of the PPP field’, advised Far East Development Fund on the Amur railway bridge project.

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