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Dechert Russia LLC


Employment - ranked: tier 3

Dechert Russia LLC

Dechert Russia LLC advises on issues arising from employment contracts, dismissals, data protection matters and trade secret misappropriation. The group is led by Evgenia Korotkova, who has notable expertise in M&A- and joint venture-related employment issues.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 4

Dechert Russia LLC

At Dechert Russia LLC, the team is representing a large Russian mining company in two separate London Court of International Arbitration cases against a leading bank. The firm is also acting for a large Russian mining company in an arbitration against a Chinese construction company.

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

Dechert Russia LLC

Dechert Russia LLC handles real estate investment structuring, portfolio sales and acquisitions, and the full range of transactions involving commercial, industrial, residential and office space. Laura Brank heads the team, and is currently advising Hyatt International on the management of various hotels across Russia.

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TMT - ranked: tier 2

Dechert Russia LLC

Dechert Russia LLC handles a mix of M&A, joint ventures, financings and regulatory and licensing matters. The team recently represented a Russian screenplay writer in a dispute with a group of filmmakers arising from the alleged misappropriation of a draft script.

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Russia: Banking and finance

Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 4

Dechert Russia LLC

Dechert Russia LLC has notable expertise in cross-border project and acquisition financings, and regularly advises on the financing aspects of M&A transactions. Managing partner Laura Brank is the name to note, and recently cooperated with the firm’s London-based practice to advise an ad hoc group of bondholders in Far Eastern Shipping Company on a high-value financial restructuring. Dual-qualified counsel Olga Watson advises on a range of Russian and English law issues.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 4

Dechert Russia LLC

Dechert Russia LLC provides ‘good value for money’, advising a mix of domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks on project and acquisition financings. Laura Brank is ‘a pragmatic and astute dealmaker who always gives sensible advice’. Key clients include Alfa Bank, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Commercial, corporate and M&A: Moscow - ranked: tier 3

Dechert Russia LLC

The ‘responsive, knowledgeable’ team at Dechert Russia LLC provides ‘helpful, strategic advice’ and ‘great value for money’. Recent work includes advising Mechel on several corporate matters, including its listing on the New York Stock Exchange and its sale of a mining company in the US, and acting for J.H. Whitney Capital Partners on its acquisition of a Russian family business. Laura Brank is the key figure, and splits her time between London and Moscow.

Leading individuals

Laura Brank - Dechert Russia LLC

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Russia: Dispute resolution

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

Dechert Russia LLC

Dechert Russia LLC is ‘a go-to firm for commercial and cross-border disputes in Russia’, handling ‘all projects with due care’ and adopting ‘a client-oriented approach’. The team is currently representing a Russian mining company in two London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) cases against a leading bank, as well as in an arbitration with a Chinese company. The ‘unflappableYuri Makhonin heads the practice.

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Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Dechert Russia LLC

Dechert Russia LLC’s ‘fast, knowledgeable and responsive’ team is ‘worth every penny, especially when it brings you a favourable result in a high-stakes case’. The firm is currently acting for Eurobank Ergasias in a number of recovery and foreclosure proceedings against the Russian subsidiaries of a development conglomerate, and is also defending a high-profile businessman against an enforcement claim brought by a Russian oligarch. Senior associate Yuri Makhonin heads the practice, and is praised as ‘a diligent, fierce litigator who is absolutely fantastic in court’.

Next generation lawyers

Yuri Makhonin - Dechert Russia LLC

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Legal Developments in Russia

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