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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides ‘top-notch energy law advice’; the ‘responsive, business-oriented team’ has ‘huge experience in the oil and gas industry’. The firm handles a strong pipeline of M&A, project development and financing mandates, and recently advised the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic on several agreements relating to the production of crude oil in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli fields. The ‘well-connectedJonathan Hines heads the practice, and is ‘always on top of developments in the relevant sectors and in the regulatory environment’.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Hines - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP wins praise for its ‘knowledge and experience of local law’; its ‘highly capable team’ is ‘able to keep several simultaneous matters moving appropriately’. Dmitry Kunitsa heads the team, which advises on real estate M&A, land development and construction projects.

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TMT - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides ‘smart, valuable and practical advice in a timely manner’. Clients include a mix of social network, media and technology companies, and the team is noted for its advice to Hollywood studios and film and television companies in Russia. Anastasia Dergacheva is ‘an experienced lawyer who takes a practical approach to all matters’ and has ‘a good understanding of media businesses’.

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Russia: Banking and finance

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Grigory Marinichev heads the team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, which recently advised ING Bank and Citibank on an $800m pre-export finance facility for EuroChem. The team also handled a $165m prepayment to SUEK on behalf of Sberbank (Switzerland).

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has ‘top-notch expertise’; its ‘smart, practical’ team is ‘well equipped to provide advice on multiple M&A deals at the same time’. The firm continues to attract high-profile M&A mandates, recent highlights including its advice to A&NN Investments on its acquisition of a controlling interest in Formula Kino. The team also assisted Rotex with a joint venture with Switzerland-based company Sulzer, and acted for Hitachi Construction on its repurchase of a stake in a Russian production subsidiary from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Managing partner Vasilisa Strizh is ‘highly motivated, with strong transactional experience and excellent negotiation skills’. Roman Dashko is the other key figure.

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Russia: Dispute resolution

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is ‘a truly integrated firm that provides solid support in major international disputes’. The team is praised for its ‘practical, business-savvy approach’ and its ‘understanding of the differences between various legal systems’. The department is led by the ‘sophisticatedDmitry Ivanov, who recently represented a prominent Russian individual in an LCIA arbitration concerning debt repayment. The team also has a strong track record in injunction relief, enforcement, investigations and compliance.

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Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is praised for its ‘quick response times, quality advice and contemporary approach to complex issues’. The team has handled a number of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, and also advises on compliance and white-collar crime issues in the energy, insurance and financial services sectors. Dmitry Ivanov and Grigory Marinichev are the practice co-heads.

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Legal Developments in Russia

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    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.
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  • 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. 
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    Author: Valentina Orlova, Head of Intellectual Property and Trademarks Practice, Pepeliaev Group
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    Authors: Sergey Klimenko, Head of Life Sciences Group; Yuri Yahin, Head of IP Group, Pepeliaev Group
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    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