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Denis Sosedkin

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Denis Sosedkin acts as the Managing Partner of St Petersburg office and leads the corporate practice at DLA Piper in Russia. He has considerable experience in corporate, M&A and investment law.


Denis has experience in M&A and has led several major sales and acquisitions in food and beverages, commercial real estate, manufacturing, retail and transportation, including a number of the largest deals in Moscow and north-west Russia. He provides a broad range of corporate and commercial legal support to many investors in the establishment of new manufacturing facilities as well as on the restructuring of existing operations. Denis has been heavily involved in several major start-up investment projects (both, greenfields and brownfields), throughout Russia, where he has advised clients on various issues during the initial investment stages (including, structuring, real estate and construction, corporate, tax and customs issues) and, subsequently, in relation to their operational stages.


Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow

DLA Piper Rus Limited is able to leverage expertise from its Moscow and St Petersburg offices to handle complex domestic and cross-border M&A, equity investment and venture capital transactions. High-value joint venture projects remain a key strength of the team; examples in this area include Julien Hansen advising the ADG Group on the establishment of a joint venture with South Korea’s CJ CGV, the fifth largest multiplex theatre company in the world. In other work, Igor Antonyan led a cross-border team that recently assisted NovaWind with a joint venture with Lagerwey, a Dutch wind turbine manufacturer, for the launch of the Russian wind energy programme. Leo Batalov, whose expertise includes M&A, securities and venture capital transactions, advised Yandex on the acquisition of FoodFox, a Russian online and mobile food delivery platform. Also of note are Kim Latypov and Steffen Kaufmann, who are dual qualified in the US and Germany, respectively. Denis Sosedkin heads the corporate practice from the St Petersburg office.

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Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere

The ‘very responsive and commercially oriented’ team at DLA Piper Rus Limited acts for a strong international client base, counting Avestra Group and Bank Saint Petersburg among its roster. The practice is praised for ‘coming up with solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems’ and has recently advised Philip Morris on the launch and expansion of the company’s new products line, including assisting with the commercial operations of the client's factories in St Petersburg and the Krasnodar region. Natalia Vygovskaya ‘is a very experienced transactional lawyer and is always focused on the business objectives of her clients’. Ruslan Vasutin is experienced in industrial investment matters, cross-border M&A transactions and tax structuring. Denis Sosedkin heads the practice. Senior associates Maria Alterman and Rostislav Strigalev are also noted.

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Dispute resolution: Litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: Litigation

Led by Yaroslav Moshennikov, DLA Piper Rus Limited’s litigation team recently represented Gett in ten proceedings across Russia concerning the acquisition of a regional taxi business and related damages claims. The practice has notable strengths handling contentious IP matters; in one example, Anna Otkina represented Utair Aviation in a trade mark dispute against Uniqlo. Denis Sosedkin acted for Bauer Media in a brand squatting dispute.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

At DLA Piper Rus Limited, commercial litigator Yaroslav Moshennikov is representing Gazprom in two proceedings before the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce concerning gas supplies and transit through the Ukraine. Denis Sosedkin is also active in investment arbitration. Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili and Julien Hansen are other names to note.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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