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SADOVAYA PLAZA, 7 DOLGORUKOVSKAYA STREET, 127006 MOSCOW, RUSSIA
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Work +7 495 970 1090
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Fax +7 495 970 1091
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Helsinki, Moscow, St Petersburg

Elena Stepanova

Tel:
Work +7 (495) 970 10 90
Email:
Capital Legal Services

Work Department

Real Estate and Construction, Land Legislation, Contract Law

Position

Elena Stepanova is a Partner in Capital Legal Services and a Head of Real Estate practice at the Moscow office. Elena has developed a specialization in projects tied to legal regulation of real estate, land and town planning legislation and construction.

Career

Elena joined Capital Legal Services in 2005. Elena has extensive experience supporting transactions on acquiring or leasing land for construction purposes, conducting legal assessment of whether land plots are suitable for construction, elaborating legal schemes on acquisition of title to land plots and resolving issues related to changes in land zoning and permitted use. Elena supported complex and large-scale projects on construction of various real estate items “from scratch” to “turnkey” in various Russian regions, including in accordance with standards of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). Elena has unique experience in implementing projects related to lease relations in the course of operating multi-functional shopping and office centers. Broad expertise in real estate, together with experience in protecting client’s interests in court, enables Elena to effectively assess potential legal risks attributable to the clients implementing various real estate projects.

Languages

Russian and English

Education

Russian State Tax Academy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, Law Department, 2005 (law degree with highest honors).

Leisure

Elena is author of a number of publications in various periodicals dedicated to practical aspects of doing business in the field of commercial real estate, issues of acquiring rights to land plots for constructing real estate and other issues of real estate legal regulation.


Russia

Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

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.

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