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White & Case LLC


Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC has ‘unique experience in advising Russia-based issuers on international capital markets transactions’. The ‘proactive, efficientDarina Lozovsky heads the team and is supported by Dmitry Lapshin, who ‘strikes the right balance between the highest possible amount of knowledge and a bright, business-driven and commercial approach’. Highlights included representing the Republic of Belarus in its dual eurobond issuance worth $800m and $600m respectively, and advising Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, VTB Capital and Aton on a $175m secondary public offering of shares in PAO TMK.

Leading individuals

Darina Lozovsky - White & Case LLC

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Competition - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLC

Igor Ostapets is the key practitioner at White & Case LLC, and has recently handled a number of abuse of dominant position cases. Other highlights included representing Evergreen Marine in an appeal against a concerted practice decision.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC’s wide-ranging practice covers M&A, financings, tax issues and energy sector disputes. The team recently represented Rosneftegaz on its sale of a stake in Rosneft to a consortium of global investors, and also acted for Mol Group on its sale of Matjushkinskaya Vertical to four independent Russian investors. Igor Ostapets heads the practice; Maxim Kobzev is also a key figure.

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PPP and infrastructure projects
PPP and infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC is currently advising the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on several loans to Rosvodokanal Group for the modernisation of water supply and disposal facilities in central Russia. Maxim Kobzev has strong financing expertise, and Natalia Nikitina regularly advises on shipping and infrastructure issues.

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

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC provides ‘a very high level of service’ and is ‘excellent at communicating with various stakeholders and mitigating risks’. Practice head Eric Michailov recently acted for Yandex on its acquisition of a central Moscow office complex, and is also advising Capital Partners on various construction projects within emerging markets.

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TMT - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC provides ‘efficient, high-quality service’, advising on a broad range of TMT sector transactions. Recent highlights include assisting Telia on its $740m acquisition of a controlling stake in, and acting for Natixis on several technology-related regulatory matters. Eric Michailov is a key practitioner along with Andrei Dontsov, who ‘knows Russian business very well and is an expert at finding commercial solutions’.

Leading individuals

Eric Michailov - White & Case LLC

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC advises primarily on the tax aspects of major transactions in the financial services space. Recent highlights include advising Garanti Bank on the tax aspects of its $40m sale of share capital to Sovcombank. Irina Dmitrieva heads the department.

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Transport - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC has notable expertise in the transport sector, advising a mix of clients including Aeroflot, Natixis Transport Finance and NPO Saturn on financing, restructuring and transactional issues, along with leasing and repossession. Natalia Nikitina is the key figure.

Leading individuals

Natalia Nikitina - White & Case LLC

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Russia: Banking and finance

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

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC provides ‘swift and clear advice’. Its ‘highly professional’ banking and finance team ‘always sticks to agreed deadlines, and often works ahead of schedule’. Maxim Kobzev recently advised Unicredit, Société Générale and Rosbank on a $250m facility extended to PhosAgro.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC has ‘comprehensive knowledge of the industry’, and the team ‘is available for support 24/7’. Key individuals include Eric Michailov, who has handled a number of deals in the media and banking sectors; Igor Ostapets, who advises on insolvency and restructuring matters; and Nikolay Feoktistov, who is ‘very familiar with the specifics of each client’s business’ and ‘always has things under control’. The team recently advised MOL Group on its sale of oil company Matjushkinskaya Vertical to four independent Russian investors. Andrei Dontsov is the other name to note.

Leading individuals

Andrei Dontsov - White & Case LLC

Eric Michailov - White & Case LLC

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Russia: Dispute resolution

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

White & Case LLC

At White & Case LLC, recent highlights include acting for the government of Russia in an enforcement resistance case against the ex-majority shareholders of Yukos, who were seeking to enforce a $50bn arbitral award issued at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands. The team is also representing the government of Russia in arbitration proceedings against a Russian oligarch regarding allegations of expropriation and denial of justice. The practice is headed by Julia Zagonek, who has significant asset recovery expertise.

Leading individuals

Julia Zagonek - White & Case LLC

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Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC has ‘a profound level of practical, academic and business-oriented knowledge’, and ‘always has a strong understanding of the client’s goals’. The firm has significant expertise in bankruptcy-related disputes, acting for lenders and borrowers in domestic and multi-jurisdictional cases across various sectors. Julia Zagonek heads the practice, and recently represented the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania in a compensation claim filed by a private individual.

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Legal Developments in Russia

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