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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

The ‘responsive’ team at Hogan Lovells (CIS) provides ‘clear, well-tailored advice’. Department head Alexander Dolgovknows the market inside-out’, and recently acted for Aggreko Euroasia on the structuring of an investment project involving several diesel energy power plants.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Hogan Lovells (CIS) has ‘one of the strongest IP practices among international law firms in Russia’; its team ‘is very client- and solution-oriented, and has good market intelligence’. Key sectors of focus include electronics, media, life sciences and food and beverages; the team recently represented McDonald’s in several trade mark and copyright infringement disputes against Russian third parties, and is currently advising Lego on trade mark and copyright enforcement proceedings across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Practice head Natalia Gulyaeva is ‘a great lawyer with sound business acumen’.

Leading individuals

Natalia Gulyaeva - Hogan Lovells (CIS)

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PPP and infrastructure projects
PPP and infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Hogan Lovells (CIS)’s ‘responsive lawyers’ provide ‘high-quality advice that is always tailored and clear’. The firm has strong cross-border capabilities, and regularly acts for investors from across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. ‘Talented managerAlexander Dolgovknows the markets in and out’, and recently advised Sberbank on a concession agreement for a number of projects in the utilities sector.

Leading individuals

Alexander Dolgov - Hogan Lovells (CIS)

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

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.

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TMT - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Hogan Lovells (CIS) is ‘exceptional in all areas’ and can ‘translate complex law into practical and relevant advice’. Led by Natalia Gulyaeva, the team recently advised 21st Century Fox on various matters related to theatrical distribution, and also acted for Digital Assets, a Sberbank spin-off, on a joint venture to produce pre-installed tax software. Serafima Pankratova advises on corporate governance issues.

Leading individuals

Natalia Gulyaeva - Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Next generation lawyers

Serafima Pankratova - Hogan Lovells (CIS)

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Transport - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Hogan Lovells (CIS) handles the full spectrum of aviation, railway and road-related matters, advising on construction and project financing. Alexander Dolgov is currently advising Transport of Moscow on its RUB500m restructuring, and is also acting for Russian Direct Investment Fund on the construction and financing of several toll railway overpasses.

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Russia: Banking and finance

Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Hogan Lovells (CIS) is notably active in project finance, and has advised a number of Russian banks on infrastructure and investment projects across Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Managing partner Oxana Balayan is recommended along with Alexander Dolgov, who specialises in PPP and infrastructure matters.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Commercial, corporate and M&A: Moscow - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Hogan Lovells (CIS) has been significantly active in the TMT, life sciences and fintech sectors, advising a mix of Russian and foreign companies on the full spectrum of transactional issues. Managing partner Oxana Balayan is noted for her cross-border expertise, and, along with counsel Maria Baeva, is currently advising VTB Capital on the sale of a stake in Pulkovo Airport to a consortium of investors. Georgy Kalashnikov has handled a number of joint venture projects across the real estate, energy and aviation sectors.

Leading individuals

Oxana Balayan - Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Next generation lawyers

Maria Baeva - Hogan Lovells (CIS)

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Russia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

The ‘diligent and hardworking professionals’ at Hogan Lovells (CIS) provide ‘an excellent level of service, bringing a strong multicultural understanding to each matter’. The team utilises its ‘wide professional network of specialists to provide reliable legal advice on any subject matter’, and has received a number of mandates from clients in the finance and TMT sectors. Alexei Dudko is ‘a strong team leader with a deep knowledge of English and Russian law and excellent analytical skills’; Dudko recently represented Penwell Business in a company investment arbitration against the Kyrgyz Republic, a matter related to alleged expropriation of investments.

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Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Hogan Lovells (CIS) provides ‘an exceptionally high level of service, in terms of both responsiveness and quality of advice’; it also wins plaudits for its ‘proactive approach to all problems’. Practice head Alexei Dudko has ‘an outstanding ability to manage complex international projects’ and is ‘an effective organiser as well as a remarkable lawyer’. Key clients include BTA Bank, Chernogorneft and Vitol Group.

Leading individuals

Alexei Dudko - Hogan Lovells (CIS)

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Legal Developments in Russia

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  • The coming into force of the legislative package on the second stage of "Capital amnisty"

    On 19th February 2018, a legislative package on the extension of the tax capital amnesty and the tax-free liquidation of foreign companies came into force.
  • No More Linked In Russia?

    One of the biggest and most popular Internet companies, LinkedIn, has become the first target of the recent Russian data localization law. The legislation requires businesses operating online to keep Russian Internet users’ data on servers located within Russia. Read more...
  • New standards on the unjustified tax benefit included in the tax code

    The Federal Tax Service of Russia issued Letter № CA-4-7/ 6152 @ of 16.08.2017, in which it clarified to its subordinate tax authorities the application of new Art. 54.1 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation "Limits on the Exercise of Rights in Calculating the Tax Base and (or) the Amount of Tax, Levy, Insurance Contributions", which was included in the Tax Code of the Russian Federation by Federal Law № 163-FZ of 18.07.2017.
  • Information law for company participants – the search for a balance of interests

    At the present time, in various legal relationships there exists the acute problem of observing a balance of interests concerning the parties involved in these legal relationships, their legal rights, and their mutual economic needs. Judicial practice, when considering disputes between these kinds of parties, takes into consideration not only the formal requirements of legislation, but also the real economic and legal goals and interests of the participants.
  • 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. 
  • A Lessee’s Dream: the Drastic Devaluation of the Russian Currency Has Triggered New Discussions of

    The rent for leases, especially those in downtown Moscow and other large cities, is often based on the foreign currency exchange rate, which has recently increased almost threefold. Many businesses have been taken aback by this consequence of the economic crisis. Some of them have been put on verge of bankruptcy because of the increased rent and were forced to seek remedies in courts.
  • Amendments to Part IV of the Russian Civil Code in 2015

    Author: Valentina Orlova, Head of Intellectual Property and Trademarks Practice, Pepeliaev Group
  • Parallel Import of Medicines: High Time or the Wrong Time?

    Authors: Sergey Klimenko, Head of Life Sciences Group; Yuri Yahin, Head of IP Group, Pepeliaev Group
  • A Look at Russia's Antimonopoly Legislation

    Elena Sokolovskaya, Head of Antimonopoly Regulation Group, Pepeliaev Group The main areas covered by Russian antimonopoly legislation are prohibition of the abuse of a dominant position, regulation of prohibited agreements, antimonopoly requirements for bidding, merger control, and prohibition of unfair competition. In recent years more attention has been paid to the development of Russian antimonopoly legislation. For this purpose, the State Duma of the Russian Federation (the lower chamber of Russia's parliament) is considering draft measures billed as the 'Fourth Antimonopoly Package'. This comprises amendments to Law No. 135-FZ 'On Protecting Competition' (the "Law on Competition") as well as to the Russian Administrative Code. The measures have already been passed in the first reading and are expected to make it onto the statute book before the end of 2015.

    Pepeliaev Group Advises of Amendments to Article 178 of the Russian Criminal Code to Decriminalise Certain Offences and Introduce a New Condition for being Released from Criminal Liability for Restricting Competition