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Maria Oleinik

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Russian Corporate / M&A and Energy and Natural Resources Practices

Position

Maria Oleinik is a partner at Dentons’ Moscow office and a member of Global Corporate and Energy Practice. Her corporate experience spans a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, mining and heavy industry sectors. Maria focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals, and financings. Qualified in Russia, the UK and the US, Maria has represented financial institutions, media companies and state corporations.

Maria leads clients through the various stages of a transaction from planning and structuring right through to completion. She helps clients navigate the challenges of what can be highly detailed matters, while remaining focused on securing the best possible results.

Maria is a partner in the Firm’s Energy practice and has gained extensive experience and knowledge of the Russian market through involvement in major transactions for some of the largest companies in this sector. She is frequently called upon to advise leading Russian corporations engaged in the energy and natural resources sector on their investments in Russia and abroad.

As well as working with domestic clients, Maria has also advised international companies making acquisitions in Russia, including an international oil and gas company and a leading European energy concern.

Career

Partner – Dentons, Moscow (August 2015 to date); Partner – White & Case, Moscow (2010-2015); Counsel – Clifford Chance, Moscow (2007-2010); Senior Associate – CMS Cameron McKenna, Moscow (2002-2007)

Languages

English, Russian

Education

LLM, Duke University, School of Law, 1997; JD, Tyumen State University, 1996


Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Moscow

Within: Moscow

Dentons provides ‚Äėexcellent value for money and strong client support‚Äô, and utilises its foreign desks in complex, cross-border transactions across a range of sectors. Richard Cowie is ‚Äėa real fighter‚Äô and ‚Äėsomeone you want on your side when negotiations become tough‚Äô; he is praised by clients for ‚Äėthinking outside the box and coming up with fast, workable solutions under time pressure‚Äô. Other key figures include Alexei Zakharko, who has notable expertise in the energy sector, and Maria Oleinik, whose experience spans oil and gas, mining and heavy industry. The team is currently advising Gazprom on its joint venture with Shell.

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