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Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Corporate M&A and Energy


Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili's professional profile includes over 15 years' experience in the Commonwealth of Independent States. He is a general transactional practitioner with a strong industry emphasis on the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. He has handled some of the larger foreign direct investment, cross-border and M&A transactions in the CIS. His practice in Russia focuses on high-end corporate advisory and M&A work involving a broad based clientele of national and foreign companies. Constantine also does extensive project finance work for multilateral development institutions and advisory work for foreign sovereigns.


Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

The team at DLA Piper has ‘excellent depth of expertise’, and ‘is able to mobilise resources from various locations to address a variety of issues in complex cases’. Practice head Feruz Fidaev and Julien Hansen are advising the Kyrgyz government and Kyrgyzaltyn on restructuring the Kumtor project. Managing partner Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili handles foreign direct investment and M&A across the CIS region.

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Within: TMT

At DLA Piper, Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili is advising Verizon on various regulatory requirements applicable to the client’s telecom facilities. Counsel Michael Malloy leads the department and Leo Batalov focuses on corporate finance transactions.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A


Within: Moscow

DLA Piper is ‘well able to mobilise resources from various locations to address a variety of issues’. The group is advising MD Medical Group on its high-value acquisition of Medica Clinic and ArtMedGroup. Denis Sosedkin and Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili are the practice co-heads. Igor Antonyan is also noted.

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Russia: Dispute resolution


Within: Litigation

DLA Piper has ‘a highly experienced’ team. Practice head and ‘skilled court lawyerYaroslav Moshennikov specialises in commercial and tax disputes. Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili is representing Gazprom in disputes against Naftogaz regarding energy supplies across the Ukraine.

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