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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).


Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

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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Russia: Banking and finance

Borrower side

Within: Borrower side

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

Within: Lender or arranger side

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


Within: Leading individuals

Laura Brank - Dechert Russia LLC

Within: Moscow

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.

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