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Richard Cowie

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Dentons

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Russian Corporate/M&A Practice

Position

Richard Cowie is a partner and a member of Denton’s Global Corporate Practice. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity. For over 13 years he has led high profile transactions in a wide range of sectors in Russia and the CIS, including e:commerce, technology, media and telecom, energy, FMCG, retail, real estate and construction and financial institutions. Richard is consistently ranked by legal directories and his peers as a leading lawyer in Russia.

Career

Partner – Dentons Europe LLP (August 2015 to date); Partner – Hogan Lovells (2011-2015)

Languages

English Russian

Education

The College of Law, London, 1998, Postgraduate degree; University of Glasgow, 1996, M.A.


Russia

Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Dentons’ team is ‘always available’ and has ‘a deep knowledge of the oil and gas industry’. Highlights included acting for a consortium of investors including RDIF, Gazprombank and a Middle Eastern wealth fund on purchasing shares in Sibur-Portenergo from Sibur. Practice head Jane Tarassova, Maria Oleinik, who handles the full range of transactional matters, and Richard Cowie are the key names.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Moscow

Within: Moscow

Dentons’ team ‘takes the client’s business interests into consideration’, and ‘always finds practical solutions which work well for everyone’. Florian Schneider and practice head Mathieu Fabre-Magnan head the German and French desks, respectively. Other key figures include Richard Cowie, Alex Skoblo and ‘great adviserAlexei Zakharko. Christopher Rose joined the team from Squire Patton Boggs. Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Halliburton are clients.

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