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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team has ‘an in-depth understanding of the subject matter’ and ‘provides quality ongoing support throughout the entire transaction’. The group advised the arranger, Otkritie Capital International, on Peresvet Bank’s RUB8bn debut Eurobond issuance, and also acted for Russian Standard Bank on the restructuring of notes totalling $550m. Arthur Iliev and Tamer Amara head the equity and debt capital markets practices, respectively.

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Competition - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team is ‘highly intelligent, trustworthy and attentive to details’, and has ‘a deep knowledge of antitrust regulations’. Torsten Syrbe heads the practice, which recently represented GE in a major procurement-related cartel case.

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘well-known’ team has notable banking and finance expertise and ‘significant experience advising on complex matters’. Practice head Victoria Bortkevicha focuses on the oil and gas sector, Timur Aitkulov handles power-related matters, and Arthur Iliev ‘is the key contact for M&A issues’. The group advised Sinohydro on its joint venture with various Chinese investors.

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘proactive’ team advises banks and financial institutions on large-scale PPP developments, and has handled a number of transportation, medical and sanitation projects. Victoria Bortkevicha heads the practice.

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance acts for domestic and international investors in real estate transactions. Victoria Bortkevicha and Marc Bartholomy focus on banking and corporate matters, respectively; the latter advised O1 Group on a series of transactions totalling $520m.

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TMT - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team ‘stands out for its TMT expertise’. Torsten Syrbe advised VimpelCom on the Russian aspects of its international operations.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s tax practice works closely with the firm’s pensions and employment team, advising on matters including cross-border tax structuring, CFC regulations and employee incentive plans. The group has handled various matters for Citigroup, VTB Capital and Goldman Sachs. Alexander Anichkin is the key contact.

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Transport - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Headed by Victoria Bortkevicha, Clifford Chance’s team has ‘an excellent knowledge of aviation and local law’. The firm advised Sberbank on the $586m debt restructuring of UTair. Gunvor is also a client.

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Russia: Banking and finance

Borrower side
Banking and finance: borrower side - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, managing partner Victoria Bortkevicha specialises in asset, trade and project finance, and has been notably active in the energy and infrastructure sectors. London-based Logan Wright is recommended for cross-border matters, and counsel Vladimir Barbolin’s expertise includes handling syndicated lending, insolvency and restructuring matters. O1 Group is a key client.

Leading individuals

Victoria Bortkevicha - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Vladimir Barbolin - Clifford Chance

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Victoria Bortkevicha heads the practice at Clifford Chance, which recently advised Bank Austria on a $350m syndicated pre-export finance facility. Other key figures include cross-border finance specialist Logan Wright, who is based in London, and counsel Vladimir Barbolin, who is a key name for syndicated lending, insolvency and real estate finance.

Leading individuals

Victoria Bortkevicha - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Vladimir Barbolin - Clifford Chance

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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

Clifford Chance

Marc Bartholomy heads the ‘highly competent’ group at Clifford Chance, which provides ‘a professional and efficient service to clients’. Highlights included assisting Sinohydro with its joint venture with RusHydro International and various Chinese investors, including Zhefu Hydropower International Engineering and Powerchina Chengdu Engineering. Sanoma and Sberbank are also key clients.

Leading individuals

Marc Bartholomy - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Ella Omelchenko - Clifford Chance

Nick Diakoumis - Clifford Chance

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Russia: Dispute resolution

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance recently handled disputes for several major banks. Timur Aitkulov heads the practice, while counsel Julia Popelysheva is the key contact for international arbitration matters. Sberbank and Deutsche Bank are key clients.

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Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has been active in the oil and gas, banking, and technology sectors, among others. Practice head Timur Aitkulov handles domestic and international disputes, regulatory matters and white-collar crime defence. Julia Popelysheva is also noted.

Leading individuals

Timur Aitkulov - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Julia Popelysheva - Clifford Chance

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