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The team at Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited exhibits ‘a high level of professionalism, and is well able to solve non-standard problems’. Maxim Kuznechenkov advised PSN Group on its works contract pertaining to an upscale residential project in Moscow. Other notable clients include Ingram Micro, Siemens and Boeing. Konstantine Kouzine is the practice head.
Clifford Chance acts for domestic and international investors in real estate transactions. Victoria Bortkevicha and Marc Bartholomy focus on banking and corporate matters, respectively; the latter advised O1 Group on a series of transactions totalling $520m.
Dentons fields ‘one of the strongest real estate teams in the market’ and is ‘able to find efficient solutions to issues of the highest complexity’. Practice head Sergey Trakhtenberg is ‘an excellent practitioner’, and Anna McDonald advised Auchan on acquiring a land plot in the Moscow region.
At Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner, the ‘highly competent’ team is advising Mosfilm on a $500m development project, which involves the construction of movie production studio facilities, a cinema and a concert hall. Practice head Vitaly Mozharowski advises on financing, infrastructure and environmental issues, among others.
Led by Xavier Hunter, the team at Linklaters provides ‘strong legal counsel’. Matthew Keats divides his time between Moscow and London, and recently advised a group of banks on a €557m financing of EuroChem’s ammonia project.
Baker Botts L.L.P.’s ‘high-quality’ team advises investors on joint ventures and transactional matters in the real estate sector. Hines and Baring Vostok are clients. Simon Elliott is the name to note.
Laura Brank heads the department at Dechert Russia LLC, which advised IPG Photonics on acquiring a multi-storey office building in Moscow, and also assisted Hyatt with the management of various hotels around Russia.
Ivan Smirnov and Andrey Vorobyev jointly lead the team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, which provides ‘a turnkey approach to tough matters’, and ‘fully understands the client’s business objectives, targets and strategy’. The team is representing Rushwell in various real estate disputes.
Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP’s ‘professional’ team has ‘brilliant legal and industry knowledge’. It advised Rusatom Overseas on subcontracting arrangements for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland. Alexei Roudiak heads the practice.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s Dmitry Kunitsa has ‘strong management skills and is great at communicating with his clients’. The team advises on real estate transactions, land development and project financing, among other matters.
At Norton Rose Fulbright, highlights included advising Lhoist on a range of issues related to the construction of a lime plant in the Sverdlovsk region. Senior partner Valentina Gluhovskaya is the key practitioner.
White & Case LLC’s ‘high-quality real estate practice’ finds ‘effective solutions’ and ‘adopts a practical approach to challenging situations’. Practice head Eric Michailov is ‘particularly brilliant’ and advised Yandex on its proposed acquisition of a Moscow office complex.
ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘professional team of lawyers’ is ‘highly experienced in Russian and international projects’, and has ‘a great understanding of practical business issues’. Andrey Zharskiy heads the team and Anton Dzhuplin handles infrastructure-related matters.
Beiten Burkhardt provides ‘proactive, professional and timely advice’. The group frequently assists with the financing and implementation of major infrastructure projects. Falk Tischendorf is the key name.
KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law) has gained a number of new clients recently, including EuroChem, Diageo and Lenhart. Sergey Popov is ‘highly qualified in real estate matters’.
At King & Spalding LLP, highlights included advising Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat, on four joint ventures with RDIF. Olga Kozyr heads the team.
Lidings handles contentious and non-contentious real estate matters. Sergey Patrakeev represented Trakya Glass in a dispute arising from a RUB2.9bn construction contract. Tatiana Bicheva advises foreign companies operating in Russia.
Thomas Mundry is the key contact at Noerr, which advises on greenfield and brownfield projects, infrastructure matters and M&A transactions. Highlights included assisting Deutsches Historisches Institut with a lease agreement for a library building in Moscow.
Orrick (CIS) LLC has notable expertise advising Russian and international investors on large-scale real estate transactions. Washington DC-based Olga Sirodoeva focuses on cross-border acquisitions and financing in Russia and Eastern Europe. Sberbank, Raiffeisenbank and Espro are key clients.
Pepeliaev Group’s ‘professional and business-oriented’ team is advising Leroy Merlin on purchasing land plots for the construction of retail centres. Natalia Stenina heads the practice, and Vladimir Sokov is noted for corporate and regulatory matters.
At Vegas Lex, Igor Chumachenko and Maxim Grigoryev are ‘true professionals’, who ‘always ensure the best results for the client’. Highlights included representing Crocus Group in a RUB1.2bn debt recovery dispute pertaining to the construction of the Far Eastern Federal University, and advising Claas on the construction of an agricultural machinery plant.
Vladimir Kouznetsov and Suren Gortsunyan are the leading figures at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, which recently advised Phoenix Fires on the $282m sale of its office and retail centre to MegaFon.
Banking practice head Stephen Matthews is the key name in Allen & Overy Legal Services’ team, which has significant expertise in real estate-related financings and transactions.
At CMS, Artem Rodin ‘always considers the specifics of the case’ and ‘has an excellent understanding of the industry’. Highlights for the firm included defending Austrian energy company EVN in proceedings concerning a long-term land lease agreement.
Vladislav Zabrodin is the key practitioner at Capital Legal Services, which has a strong client base in the retail sector. The group assisted Leroy Merlin with due diligence on several dozen land plots.
Hannes Snellman acts primarily for Nordic investors, and has advised on numerous residential, warehousing and infrastructure projects. Yury Pugach heads the team.
The ‘high-quality’ team of ‘real estate specialists’ at Hogan Lovells (CIS) is ‘very structured, thinks one step ahead and always has the next topic in mind’. Managing partner Oxana Balayan advised AN&N Retail on a property operational and management contract, and also assisted eBay with an office sublease in Moscow.
Kachkin & Partners’ lawyers have ‘a great technical knowledge of the real estate and construction sphere’ and are ‘very efficient in managing client matters’. Practice head Dmitry Nekrestyanov is ‘an exceptionally knowledgeable expert’. Clients include Navis, Shell Neft and Seven Suns.
Sirota & Partners’ Artem Sirota ‘provides practical legal solutions’ and ‘is capable of solving the most challenging problems’. Highlights included advising Deilmann-Haniel on various contentious issues arising from a mine shaft sinking project.