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Florian Schneider

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Dentons' Corporate / M&A Practice, Real Estate Practice, Retail Sector Group


Florian is Dentons Russia Managing Partner and Managing Partner of Dentons' Moscow office. He specializes in corporate / M&A and real estate law assisting clients in the automotive, chemicals, railway, retail, food, real estate development and construction sectors. Florian has experience advising Russian and European clients on general Russian corporate/ M&A, real estate, criminal, tax, labor and IP law matters. His background includes M&A, joint venture work, structuring acquisitions of rights to land plots and purchases of buildings, office premises, acquisitions of real estate portfolios, corporate restructuring as well as strategic advice during criminal proceedings.

Florian has also worked on greenfield and brownfield projects in various Russian cities and regions, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Kaluga, Ryazan, Ulyanovsk, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Veliky Novgorod, Cherepovets, Sochi, Samara, Tver and Volgograd.

Florian participates in German trade delegations and speaks frequently on Russian real estate law, corporate / M&A, Russian and German contract law and related matters. In addition to his responsibilities as member of the Management Board and Chairman of legal committee of the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce in the Russian Federation, Florian is a member of the Best Lawyers Advisory Board for the Russian Federation, member of the Association of European Businesses in the Russian Federation and a member of the Bar Association in Germany.


Russia Managing Partner, Dentons, 2016 – at present; Moscow Managing Partner, Dentons, 2012 – at present; Partner and Head of Global Retail Group, Dentons (legacy Salans), 2007 – 2012; Partner, Beiten Burkhardt, 2006 – 2007; Associate, Beiten Burkhardt, 2002 – 2005 Referendar, Beiten Burkhardt, 2001; Referendar, Warias & Kollegen, 2000 – 2001; Intern, Arthur Andersen, 1999; Praktikant, Consulate General of Germany in Seattle, 1997; Praktikant, Consulate General of Germany in New York, 1997


German, English, Russian, French.


Board member of the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK); Chairman of legal committee of the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK); A member of the Association of European Business in Russia


Harvard Law School, Executive Education, Leadership in Law Firms (2012); Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster / University of Münster, LL.M., Real Estate Law (2009 – 2011); OLG Düsseldorf, Second State Examination, Law (2002); Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, First State Examination, Law (1999); Admitted to the German Bar (2002)

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