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The firm

Sirota & Partners law firm was founded in 2003 in Moscow by Artem Sirota, who had previously gained experience at international law firms. From the very beginning, the firm has focused on consulting and representing foreign investors, primarily from Germany and the rest of Europe. Feedback from the first projects showed that prominent foreign construction firms, design companies and developers operating on the Russian market approached the firm, thus establishing real estate and construction as the main focus of its practice. Following the progress of the work, sophisticated international companies and developers started to entrust their projects to the firm, building long-term relationships. For instance, it has been providing comprehensive legal support on various issues to an international holding constructing mines for a Russian potash company since 2009. One of its recent projects involves another international holding company investing in Russia’s energy sector and its Russian subsidiary operating power plants near Moscow.

Not only is the scope of its projects growing but also the firm itself. Over the years the firm has been selecting talented lawyers from the leading law schools. Today, it is a dynamic and innovative law firm that blends industry knowledge and legal sophistication. Furthermore, Sirota & Partners aspires to contribute to legal research and development in Russia by participating in discussions and conferences on the legal industry, moderating forums and talks, and publishing professional articles.

Areas of practice

Sirota & Partners‘ main focus is real estate and construction. The firm provides its clients with comprehensive representation, guiding and protecting its clients‘ interests through all their activities on the Russian market, as well as their international transactions, and produces results its clients want to achieve.

The firm’s practice of real estate and construction law involves a varied and highly complex set of activities centring on an understanding of the administrative component. It covers a broad range of areas such as land entitlement, land allocation for construction purposes, zoning and compliance, land use, structuring of acquisition transactions, environmental aspects of construction, as well as comprehensive due diligence at all stages of real estate and construction projects. It also represents the interests of its clients in disputes with regulatory authorities and complex litigation cases.

As a full-service real estate and construction law firm it offers expertise in the following areas:

Complex property acquisitions, purchase and sale of land of different categories, multi-purpose property units, leasing transactions, etc. The firm conducts assessment of the legal title of lessors/sellers on trade objects, analysis of the lease/purchase agreements, complex due diligence, risk assessment and compliance with anti-monopoly regulations as well as other relevant services.

Industrial and commercial construction projects, supporting hazardous industrial facilities, numerous issues concerning the acquisition of land plots and construction in industrial parks and special economic zones, as well as brownfield developments and compliance with environmental laws.

Complex law cases, including litigation, drafting legal opinions, and consulting on transactions.

  • Number of lawyers: 8
  • Languages
  • English
  • German
  • Russian
  • Member
  • Mackrell International

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  • What businessmen should know about legislative changes with major and interested transactions?

    It is well known that before making significant managerial decisions, the general director must obtain approval from the shareholders or the board of directors. Apart from that, if a director is personally interested in entering into a transaction, approval is also required to proceed with the transaction. In the absence of such an approval, the transaction can be challenged and, in certain circumstances, invalidated. In order to minimize such risks and to eliminate legal uncertainty for the parties to the transaction, the rules governing major transactions and interested transactions must be sufficiently clear. Previously, however, the application of these rules was associated with a large number of controversial legal issues, which were finally solved as a result of the legislative amendments, which will enter into force on January 1, 2017. According to the new amendments, the distinction between major and non-major transactions has been delineated more clearly, parties have been allowed more flexibility in relation to approving transactions, the burdensome obligation to obtain prior approval of interested transactions has been abrogated, and finally the procedure for challenging transactions in question has been made much more complex. Overall, the changes should have a positive influence on business, as they contribute to the establishment of firm legal certainty in this area of the law. 
    - Sirota & Partners

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