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Laura Brank

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Laura Brank, the head of Dechert's Russia practice, has been acting for domestic and multinational clients on matters throughout Russia and the FSU since 1995, supervising major local and cross-border M&A, joint venture, and syndicated, corporate, private equity and project finance transactions, and providing general and corporate/commercial advice to her clients on a wide range of matters.


Partner 2009.




Board of Directors, US-Russia Business Council.


University of Maryland, Munich (1986 BA cum laude); Georgetown University Law Center (1991 JD); Georgetown University Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service (1991 MS Foreign Service).


Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Dechert Russia LLC acts for clients including EBRD, Mechel and Kinross Gold. Managing partner Laura Brank recently represented Commerzbank in a $55m insolvency case against Russian steelmaker Amurmetall. Shane DeBeer joined Fieldfisher in London in January 2017.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Laura Brank heads the department at Dechert Russia LLC, which advised IPG Photonics on acquiring a multi-storey office building in Moscow, and also assisted Hyatt with the management of various hotels around Russia.

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Within: TMT

Dechert Russia LLC’s Laura Brank is advising IPG Photonics on real estate and corporate issues, and is also assisting Karo Film with various potential acquisitions. BearingPoint, NBC Universal and VimpelCom are also clients.

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Russia: Banking and finance

Borrower side

Within: Borrower side

Dechert Russia LLC advises multinational corporations and financial institutions, as borrowers, on obtaining cross-border and acquisition financing. Laura Brank heads the practice. Mechel is a key client.

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Lender or arranger side

Within: Lender or arranger side

At Dechert Russia LLC, highlights included advising Eurobank Ergasias in several recovery and foreclosure proceedings in connection with a defaulted loan, successfully obtaining a €40m judgment in favour of the client. Laura Brank heads the practice.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A


Within: Leading individuals

Laura Brank - Dechert Russia LLC

Within: Moscow

At Dechert Russia LLC, managing partner Laura Brank advises on cross-border M&A and joint ventures. Clients include Mechel and VimpelCom.

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Russia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation

Within: Arbitration and mediation

Dechert Russia LLC’s Yuri Makhonincombines top legal intellect with an ability to translate his expertise into practical and commercial advice’. Managing partner Laura Brank heads the practice, which acts for clients such as Alfa-Bank and Willis CIS.

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