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Maya Petrova

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Real estate, construction and development


Maya Petrova is a Specialist Partner of Borenius Russia since September 2013 and the company’s Head of Real Estate, Construction and Development practice in St. Petersburg. Maya assists international and domestic companies on local and cross-border real estate investment projects (including green- and brownfield developments) and project financing transactions, including warranty obligations. She has vast experience in the legal aspects of urban planning regulations, designing, construction, commissioning and operating real estate facilities, as well as in liaising with state authorities in the course of administrative procedures related to development and construction. Besides the above, Maya advises on M&A transactions, including legal due diligence and structuring advice. Maya also represents clients in arbitration courts and courts of common jurisdiction, as well as in commercial arbitration. She acts as an expert on real estate and construction in Russian issues in international arbitration proceedings, including in the city of Helsinki.


February 2013 – September 2013: Attorneys at law Borenius, St. Petersburg, Counsel; 2011 – 2013: Mannheimer Swartling (law firm), St. Petersburg, Counsel; 2008 – 2011: Mannheimer Swartling (law firm), St. Petersburg, Associate; 2007 – 2008: Pepeliaev, Goltsblat and Partners (law firm), St. Petersburg, Associate; 2006 – 2007: Managing company FREMM, St. Petersburg, Lawyer; 2002 - 2006: Balt-Trade oil company, St. Petersburg, In-house Lawyer; 1998 – 2001: Advocate FREMM (law firm), St. Petersburg, Lawyer


Russian, English


Guild of Managers and Developers (GUD); The St. Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA); International Bar Association (IBA)


1998 – 2001: St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law, Law Degree; 1990 - 1996: St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Degree in Systems Engineer


Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

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.

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