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Allen & Overy Legal Services has notable aviation and asset finance expertise. It advised GTLK Europe on five aircraft lease agreements totalling $200m. Ilya Dvorkin is the practice head.

Headed by Victoria Bortkevicha, Clifford Chance’s team has ‘an excellent knowledge of aviation and local law’. The firm advised Sberbank on the $586m debt restructuring of UTair. Gunvor is also a client.

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Jurinflot International Law Office

Jurinflot International law firm is one of the oldest existing law firms in Russia, with over 25 years of unique experience – from its inception, Jurinflot specialised in maritime and transport law. Prior to 1991, the firm functioned as an in-house law department of V/O ‘Sovfracht’ – a Soviet state ship-broking company which dealt with commercial transactions of the Soviet merchant marine worldwide.

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DLA Piper’s Anna Otkina advised State Transport Leasing Company on the $700m sale and leaseback of five new aircraft to Aeroflot. Vyacheslav Khorovskiy handles banking and finance matters.

Dentons advises on banking, corporate, regulatory and trade law matters. Clients include Sovfracht, Fesco and Martec International. Andrei Strijak and Mikhail Dikopolski are the practice co-heads.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, key clients include Russian Railways, Sberbank, VTB Capital and Moscow Metro. Practice head Innokenty Ivanov retains a strong public sector client base.

Headed by Vitaly Mozharowski, the group at Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner is ‘very professional, sharp and timely’. Highlights included defending Freight One in a cartel case before the FAS.

At Norton Rose Fulbright, banking and finance partner Alexander Tsakoev handles asset finance matters and has significant aviation expertise. Horizon Investments is a client.

The team at White & Case LLC has ‘a deep knowledge of the peculiarities of deals in the transport sector’. Practice head Natalia Nikitina is ‘a high-level professional with excellent attention to detail’. Vnesheconombank is a notable client.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has ‘significant expertise in transport and administrative law’ and is ‘well able to handle the time pressures associated with competitive aviation project tenders’. Alexey Karchiomov and Andrey Porfiriev, who advises on regulatory matters in the aviation sector, are the key names.

At Hogan Lovells (CIS), Alexander Rymko advised Scat Airlines on a $40m finance lease restructuring, and is acting for a major aviation company in a plane crash investigation at Vnukovo Airport. Alexander Dolgov is the key contact for projects and infrastructure matters.

Jurinflot International Law Office has notable contentious and advisory shipping expertise. Alexander Mednikov is the key name.

Sokolov, Maslov and Partners has strong maritime law expertise, and also attracts mandates from the aviation sector. Sergey Seliverstov handles energy and transport matters. Iftikhar Pirov is the other name to note.

At maritime boutique Law Firm “Stepanov and Aksuk”, Inna Makarova has significant litigation and arbitration expertise. Highlights included representing vessel crew members in a debt collection dispute against a shipowner.

Vegas Lex advises on the full gamut of transport matters including tax, customs, foreign currency and international transportation laws. PPP and infrastructure practice head Denis Shtirbu is the key figure and Albert Eganyan is also noted. Clients include Sheremetyevo International Airport and Rosavtodor.

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