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Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited


Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides ‘high-quality service, good response times and strong business acumen’, and is considered ‘great value for money’. The practice covers securitisation matters, liability management and domestic debt and equity capital markets transactions. The ‘highly experiencedVladimir Dragunov heads the practice; other key figures include derivatives expert Dmitry Dembich and the ‘business-oriented’ Sergey Samokhvalov. The team is advising Citigroup Global Markets on the issuance of RUB10bn-worth of loan participation notes to finance a loan to Alfa-Bank. Other active clients include Promsvyazbank, Transkapitalbank and Vozrozhdenie Bank.

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Competition - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides ‘great support, combining a thorough knowledge of competition law with a deep understanding of the relevant industry’. Anton Subbot heads the team, which recently advised Safran on merger control clearance for the sale of its security business to Smiths.

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Employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s ‘accessible’, ‘extremely knowledgeable team of great litigators’ advises on legal compliance in human resources (HR) transactions, trade union matters and work safety issues, and has also handled a number of personal data protection matters. Igor Makarov heads the practice, where Whirlpool, Novo Nordisk and AstraZeneca are key clients.

Leading individuals

Igor Makarov - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited has notable expertise in the mining sector, and also receives strong mandates from oil and gas clients including Alliance Oil, Bashneft and Gazpromneft. Alexey Frolov heads the practice, and, together with Vladimir Dragunov, advised A.B. Aterra Resources on the refinancing of the Mangazeisky silver project in Yakutia.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides ‘an excellent overall level of service’, and the team ‘has a good understanding of the administrative system in Russia’. The firm advises on the full spectrum of IP matters including trade marks, copyright, anti-counterfeiting and domain name issues. Highlights included acting for Nissan Motor in a trade mark validity matter, and representing Les Laboratoires Servier in its bid to invalidate Bravadin, an international trade mark registration in the pharmaceutical sector. Practice head Eugene Arievichcomes up with non-standard approaches to complex issues’, and counsel Darya Ermolina is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Eugene Arievich - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Next generation lawyers

Darya Ermolina - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited wins plaudits for its ‘excellent service, quick response times, deep industry knowledge and high level of professionalism’. The team advises on the full range of private wealth matters including estate and business succession issues, investment strategies, immigration and charitable activity. Practice head Sergei Zhestkov provides ‘crystal-clear explanations in response to complex questions’. Artem Toropov, who ‘combines technical expertise with a commercial outlook’, recently joined from legacy firm Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Leading individuals

Sergei Zhestkov - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Next generation lawyers

Artem Toropov - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides ‘a rare combination of deep legal knowledge and an awareness of the client’s business needs’, advising a mix of oil and gas, mining and fast-moving consumer goods clients on a range of real estate projects. Konstantine Kouzine heads the practice, where Maxim Kuznechenkov and Olga Anikina are also key figures.

Leading individuals

Konstantine Kouzine - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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TMT - ranked: tier 3

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Edward Bekeschenko is the key contact at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited, which advises on M&A, technology litigation and various regulatory matters in the IT and telecoms space. Highlights included advising Condé Nast on its restructuring following changes to Russian mass media law.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited is ‘effective in identifying tax-saving opportunities’ and is ‘able to explain Russian tax rules concisely, always following up with a more detailed response as required’. Headed by Alexander Chmelev, the team advises on domestic and cross-border tax structuring, VAT issues and M&A-related tax matters. Highlights included advising Repsol on tax matters connected with the financing of an upstream joint venture with Gazpromneft.

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Russia: Banking and finance

Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 3

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited covers all English and Russian law aspects of banking transactions, and regularly handles cross-border matters spanning Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) jurisdictions including Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Vladimir Dragunov heads the practice, and is involved in a number of securitisation transactions.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited advises a mix of Russian and international clients on transactions spanning the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and has been notably active in the hedge fund, distressed asset and infrastructure finance spheres. In a recent highlight, the team advised Far East Development Fund on the RUB5bn financing provided to RusAgro for the construction of a pig breeding complex in the Russian Far East. Vladimir Dragunov is the key figure.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

The ‘pragmatic’ group at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited is ‘always quick to respond’ and has ‘an excellent knowledge of the local market and of the relevant sectors’. The firm recently handled a number of transactions in the pharmaceutical and mass-media sectors, and also maintains a strong base of oil and gas, mining and IT sector clients. Sergei Voitishkin heads the team, which recently advised Novaport on its acquisition of controlling stakes in two international airports, Khabarovo and Mineralnye Vody.

Leading individuals

Sergei Voitishkin - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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St Petersburg and elsewhere
Commercial, corporate and M&A: St Petersburg and elsewhere - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s ‘service-oriented’ team is ‘efficient at settling complex matters’ and provides ‘valuable support to its clients’. The firm has advised on a number of domestic and cross-border projects across the real estate, oil and gas, food and retail sectors, and has also picked up a number of mandates from clients in the automotive industry. Managing partner and ‘competent professionalMaxim Kalinin advises on M&A, joint ventures and corporate issues, and counsel Olga Anikina is praised for her ‘readiness to discuss all potential results’ and her ‘enthusiasm in solving set problems’. Recent highlights include advising Kesko on the sale of its K-Ruoka food retail business, and acting for Power Machines on its joint venture with The Linde Group, a gas supplier and engineering company.

Leading individuals

Maxim Kalinin - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Next generation lawyers

Olga Anikina - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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Russia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s ‘market-leading’ practice is headed by Vladimir Khvalei, who also acts as vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and has extensive expertise acting as counsel and arbitrator in forums across Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Asia. Other key figures include Edward Bekeschenko, who specialises in IT and telecoms-related proceedings, and Anton Maltsev, who focuses on commercial disputes across the automotive, oil and gas, and heavy machinery industries. Highlights included representing KazTransGas in investment arbitration proceedings.

Leading individuals

Vladimir Khvalei - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited has a strong track record across the full range of commercial disputes and cases against state authorities. The ‘professional, knowledgeable’ team has significant expertise in IP, tax, employment and real estate matters. Practice head Edward Bekeschenko has handled a number of disputes in the IT and telecoms sector, and IP specialist Denis Khabarov recently represented DAF Trucks in a Russia-wide enforcement of trade marks. Vladimir Khvalei is a well-known figure in the arbitration space.

Leading individuals

Edward Bekeschenko - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Vladimir Khvalei - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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Legal Developments by:
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  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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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