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Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited


Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited’s Vladimir Dragunov handled the structuring and execution of several securitisation transactions, and also advised on matters involving trade finance and derivatives. The group recently acted for Uralsib Leasing Company on a RUB2.2bn receivables securitisation, and is advising UniCredit Bank on the securitisation of its RUB4bn mortgage portfolio. Simon Morgan and Dmitry Dembich are also noted.

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Competition - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

Anton Subbot is the key figure at Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited, which has notable strength in antitrust investigations. Nadia Goreslavskaya heads the non-contentious practice, which advised Hitachi Koki and Kaba on acquisition and merger control issues.

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Employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited’s team has ‘a deep knowledge of labour law’, and ‘is able to analyse every situation from multiple points of view’. Key figures include practice head Igor Makarov and Elena Kukushkina, who is currently handling a number of conflict termination cases for UBS.

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

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited has significant mining sector expertise, and frequently provides regulatory, corporate and securities advice to its oil and gas sector clients. Alexander Gomonov has ‘a strong knowledge of the legal environment’ and Alexey Frolov is the practice head. Alltech Group, Alliance Mining and National Oilwell Varco are key clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

The team at Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited has ‘a deep knowledge of trade mark law’, and ‘is well able to resolve complicated IP matters’. Practice head Eugene Arievich represented Hotel Cipriani in its long-running dispute against Altinus Trading over the Cipriani trade mark. Denis Khabarov heads the IP litigation practice, and Margarita Divina is the key contact for non-contentious matters.

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

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

The team at Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited exhibits ‘a high level of professionalism, and is well able to solve non-standard problems’. Maxim Kuznechenkov advised PSN Group on its works contract pertaining to an upscale residential project in Moscow. Other notable clients include Ingram Micro, Siemens and Boeing. Konstantine Kouzine is the practice head.

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TMT - ranked: tier 3

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited’s Edward Bekeschenko specialises in technology litigation and arbitration, and also advises on regulatory issues. Alexander Monin handles corporate transactions and Arseny Seidov focuses on tax planning and restructuring.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited’s ‘client-oriented’ team handles cross-border tax planning and litigation, and recently represented FMCG in a number of disputes before the Russian tax authorities. Alexander Chmelev heads the practice, where Alexander Bychkov is also a key figure.

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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 Russian and English law aspects of complex, cross-border transactions. Practice head Vladimir Dragunov frequently handles securitisation matters and Simon Morgan focuses on loans and credit facilities.

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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 is increasingly active in the hedge fund, distressed asset and private equity space. Vladimir Dragunov handles secured lending, derivatives and project finance. Simon Morgan is the other name to note.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited has been notably active in the pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, mining and telecoms sectors, and frequently handles cross-border transactions for domestic and international clients. Practice head Sergei Voitishkin recently acted for Walgreens Boots Alliance during its sale of Alliance Healthcare Russia to a health and beauty retailer. Alexander Gomonov advised Rostec on the disposal of its stake in Erdenet Mining and Mongolrostsvetmet.

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

For some, Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited’s ‘highly reputable’ team provides ‘the best global advice’. Highlights included advising Orkla on the sale of its shares in LandGrand to Pioneer Group, a major real estate developer, and acting for a major European conglomerate on divesting its Russian snacks business. Managing partner Maxim Kalinin and counsel Olga Anikina are the key names.

Leading individuals

Maxim Kalinin - 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

Key figures at Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited include practice head and vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Vladimir Khvalei, who acts as an arbitrator across various jurisdictions in Asia and the CIS, and Edward Bekeschenko, who is notably active in the automotive, machinery, and oil and gas sectors. KazTransGas is an active client.

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’s highlights included representing Rosselkhoznadzor in challenging a verdict of anticompetitive collusion made by FAS. Edward Bekeschenko is the practice head and Vladimir Khvalei is ‘highly respected’.

Leading individuals

Edward Bekeschenko - Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

Vladimir Khvalei - Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

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