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Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides ‘a rare combination of deep legal knowledge and an awareness of the client’s business needs’, advising a mix of oil and gas, mining and fast-moving consumer goods clients on a range of real estate projects. Konstantine Kouzine heads the practice, where Maxim Kuznechenkov and Olga Anikina are also key figures.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP provides ‘high-quality legal advice’ and ‘responds to all queries quickly and attentively’. Led by Vitaly Mozharowski, the team has advised on a number of construction projects in the aviation, telecoms and oil and gas sectors.

Clifford Chance advises local and international investors on a range of projects and property-related transactions, and the team recently acted for O1 Group on its sale of CA Immo Austria to Immofinanz. Marc Bartholomy handles property acquisitions and disposals, construction projects, financing and leasing.

Dentons is ‘a market leader in the real estate sector’ and ‘combines deep expertise with a practical mindset and great efficiency’. Practice head Sergey Trakhtenberg is ‘a highly competent practitioner’ who recently advised UFG Real Estate on its acquisition of a Moscow office complex from Norilsk Nickel. Vladimir Sokov joined the firm in July 2018.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLPfinds a perfect balance between price and quality’ and is ‘strong under pressure, successfully closing transactions within short timeframes’. Alexei Roudiak heads the department, which is currently advising project company Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk on the construction of the Amur gas processing plant.

Led by Xavier Hunter, Linklaters’ department advises on acquisitions and disposals of retail, commercial and industrial property, and also handles development and construction work. Highlights included advising Charoen Pokphand Foods on the real estate aspects of its acquisition of an integrated poultry business from Agro-Invest Brinky.

The ‘responsive and committed’ team at Baker Botts L.L.P. is headed by Simon Elliott, who has significant transactional expertise in the real estate space. Konstantin Garmonin is the name to note for financing matters, and senior associate Natalia Guseva advises on the Russian aspects of cross-border transactions.

DLA Piper recently advised Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on its joint venture with Mubadala Investment, Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund, and on its acquisition of two warehouse assets in Novosibirsk. The team is also acting for Fosun International on its acquisition of an office and retail building in Moscow. Sergey Koltchin heads the practice.

Dechert Russia LLC handles real estate investment structuring, portfolio sales and acquisitions, and the full range of transactions involving commercial, industrial, residential and office space. Laura Brank heads the team, and is currently advising Hyatt International on the management of various hotels across Russia.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ Elena Gavrilina specialises in major privatisation deals, legal due diligence and projects involving public entities. Ivan Smirnov is the key figure in St Petersburg, and represents clients in real estate litigation before various administrative authorities. Key clients include Dubai-based company Limitless.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP wins praise for its ‘knowledge and experience of local law’; its ‘highly capable team’ is ‘able to keep several simultaneous matters moving appropriately’. Dmitry Kunitsa heads the team, which advises on real estate M&A, land development and construction projects.

Norton Rose Fulbright has notable expertise in title investigation and due diligence, real estate financing, property transactions and construction projects across a range of industry sectors. Valentina Gluhovskaya heads the team, which recently advised Hopu Investments on its acquisition of a stake in GRK Bystrinskoye from Norilsk Nickel.

Pepeliaev Group provides ‘comprehensive support and excellent advice throughout each stage of a project’, ‘pulling out all the necessary stops to ensure that the project is implemented’. Corporate partner Natalia Steninahas in-depth knowledge of Russian construction legislation’. Vladimir Sokov is now with Dentons.

White & Case LLC provides ‘a very high level of service’ and is ‘excellent at communicating with various stakeholders and mitigating risks’. Practice head Eric Michailov recently acted for Yandex on its acquisition of a central Moscow office complex, and is also advising Capital Partners on various construction projects within emerging markets.

ALRUD Law Firm is ‘a reliable partner in large-scale due diligence and M&A in the real estate space’. The ‘proactive, client-oriented and efficientAlexander Zharskiy is recommended along with Andrey Zharskiy, who has notable expertise in acquisitions and disposals of commercial and residential property.

Headed by Falk Tischendorf, Beiten Burkhardt’s group maintains a strong base of German clients across the automotive, aviation and engineering sectors. Kamil Karibov is also a key figure, advising Russian and foreign clients on real estate transactions, urban planning and public procurement.

At CMS, highlights included advising Coalco Development on its sale of Tsar Square, Presnya City and Basmanny to VTB Real Estate for the construction of luxury residential complexes. Artashes Oganov heads the practice, where Jean-Francois Marquaire is also a key figure.

Gide Loyrette Nouel Vostok’s ‘highly professional’ team provides ‘excellent advice’ and is ‘efficient and knowledgeable’. The firm advises on issues related to town planning, construction projects and the acquisition, sale and leasing of real estate assets. Ekaterina Vilenskaya is the name to note.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law) has ‘a great understanding of its clients’ and ‘offers good value for money’. Practice head Sergey Popov has ‘excellent analytical skills’ and ‘an in-depth knowledge of the real estate market’, and is currently representing Globus in construction-related damage recovery proceedings.

Kachkin & Partners recently advised Regional Concession Company on the drafting of a contract for the construction of the Khabarovsk Bypass – a project with investments in excess of RUB37bn – and is acting for Seven Suns on its purchase of land plots for a residential project. The team is led by Dmitry Nekrestyanov.

At King & Spalding LLP, highlights included advising Bahrain Sovereign Wealth Fund on six joint investment projects with RDIF in the agriculture, retail and mining sectors, among others. Olga Kozyr heads the team, and has notable expertise in greenfield and brownfield projects.

At Noerr, Thomas Mundry has significant expertise in infrastructure, greenfield and brownfield projects, and also advises on M&A, joint ventures and distribution structures. Senior associate Ekaterina Kalinina is the other key figure, focusing on inbound foreign investments. Active clients include Daimler, Bauer Maschinen and Continental.

Vegas Lexresponds to all queries in a clear and professional manner’ and has ‘profound knowledge of all aspects and pitfalls of the sector’. Igor Chumachenko heads the practice.

Led by Maya Petrova, Borenius’ practice recently advised EKE Finance Oy on its acquisition of a company with a legal title to land in central St Petersburg. The team also advised Telko on its acquisition of land for the construction of a chemical terminal.

Capital Legal Services’ ‘team of great experts’ is ‘well versed in land issues’ and is ‘always vigorous in finding practical solutions’. Elena Stepanova is ‘an excellent, results-oriented lawyer’ who is currently advising Leroy Merlin on its regional expansion plans in Russia.

Oxana Balayan is the key contact at Hogan Lovells (CIS), and has significant transactional experience in the real estate space. Clients include eBay and A&NN Retail.

Ivanyan & Partners advises on investment, construction and infrastructure projects, and also handles construction-related disputes. Led by Alexey Kozyakov, the team recently acted for Cryogenmash in a greenfield project for the construction of Western Siberia’s petrochemical facility.

Lidings provides transactional support and advises on the purchase and construction of real estate in Russia. The firm also has a strong track record in real estate litigation, and recently represented Trakya Glass in a construction contract dispute. Tatiana Bicheva is now sole practice head after Sergey Patrakeev joined Kovalev, Tugushi & Partners.

Real estate specialist firm Sirota & Partners is ‘well-established in the field’, and its ‘highly professional’ team provides ‘efficient and valuable advice’. Artem Sirota is ‘always aware of any changes within the market’ and is ‘readily available to discuss queries’. Zorlu Holding is a key client.

YUST Law Firm recently advised Sibur-Neftekhim on its agreement with the Government of Nizhny Novgorod for the reconstruction and upgrading of several railway lines and manufacturing plants. Anna Kotova-Smolenskaya heads the team, and has notable PPP and corporate law expertise.

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