Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow in Russia

ALRUD Law Firm

In the three decades since its launch, ALRUD Law Firm has established stable relationships with its ‘best friends’ network of international law firms; it is a popular option for overseas clients seeking assistance with the corporate law aspects of their operations in Russia. Building on its traditional excellence in assisting Asian clients, the team is handling corporate transactions for a growing number of large Russian companies and financial institutions. It also routinely works closely with the competition team on sizeable M&A transactions. Alexander Zharskiy leads the practice, who has recently focused on gaining ground in the pharmaceuticals, life sciences and IT sectors. Anton Dzhuplin counts the Russian Direct Investment Fund and VTB Group among his clients; and senior associate Sergey Khanaev focuses on private equity and joint venture transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Zharskiy

Other key lawyers:

Anton Dzhuplin; Sergey Khanaev; Andrey Zharskiy

Testimonials

‘High-quality work, an excellent choice for supporting transactions. The team has extensive experience working with various private and public clients, which gives them a good understanding of the interests and work standards of various involved parties.’

‘Anton Dzhuplin offers high quality and speedy work on projects.’

‘A wonderful, well-coordinated team from Anton Dzhuplin. The guys work very well together.’

‘Polite, competent, pleasant. Ideal lawyers.’

Key clients

VimpelCom

TJX Companies

China National Gold Corporation

Elanco Animal Health Inc.

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Mechel

Vi Holding

Gazpromneft

CFC Management

Elbrus Capital Fund

CTrip

VTB Capital

Munich Re / Ergo Group

Taisho Pharmaceuticals Co.

X5 Retail Group

Gazprombank

LSC Communications

Accel

Trafigura

Olam International

Eksmo

Nidec

Sberbank CIB

Black Dragon Capital

Aeon Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Mechel on the ₽89bn sale of a 51% participatory interest in the companies operating the Elga coalfield project.
  • Assisting VimpelCom with the establishment of a joint venture between four federal operators-competitors, aiming at the joint development and use of 5G radio-frequency in Russia.
  • Advising TJX Companies, the leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the US, on the $225m acquisition of a 25% stake in Russian low-cost clothing retailer Familia.

Dentons

Widely recognised as one of the largest teams in the Russian market, Dentons provides the full range of corporate and M&A advice across a variety of sectors, including the pharmaceuticals and healthcare, retail, financial services, and energy and natural resources industries. The group has been involved in multiple significant cross-border investment transactions; managing partner Alexei Zakharko regularly leads the work and acts for clients including VTB Asset Management. The group is also prominent in the private equity arena, where it advises a number of private equity houses; UK-qualified Richard Cowie and Christopher Rose, who splits time between Moscow and Dubai, are the key contacts in this space. Konstantin Kroll took over as practice head in early 2021 from Mathieu Fabre-Magnan, who is the global co-head of the firm's retail group. Clients also recommend life sciences practice head Sergey Klimenko and Vladimir Sokov.

Practice head(s):

Konstantin Kroll

Other key lawyers:

Alexei Zakharko; Richard Cowie; Christopher Rose; Sergey Klimenko; Vladimir Sokov; Florian Schneider; Mark Withey; Dmitry Mikryukov; Sergey Gurdzhian; Mathieu Fabre-Magnan

Testimonials

‘Dentons’ commercial practice is very pragmatic and fast. They recommend solutions that adequately fit our business strategy.’

‘Extensive practice on non-standard commercial and regulatory issues. Expertise and readiness to understand the grey areas of legislation. Representing clients’ relations with government bodies and supporting the work of in-house lawyers in their communication within the group of companies, including in other countries where the client and the law firm are represented, which makes the cooperation truly global.’

‘Sergey Klimenko is distinguished by his deep knowledge of the industry and an understanding of the logic of regulators.’

‘Vladimir Sokov! An excellent partner who understands the clients’ business processes. He thinks outside of the box and finds a solution to any issue that may arise in the course of the deal.

‘Alexei Zakharko stands out for his attention to commercial issues, deep study of all possible scenarios and risks.’

‘Amazing client-oriented experience. The team went above and beyond our expectations. In-depth knowledge of the European real estate M&A market practice.’

‘Availability of team and experienced professionals in all areas of law. Strong tax and M&A practice.’

‘A client-oriented practice, Everything is done quickly and efficiently, at the first request of the client. Deep knowledge of the subject, highly qualified team members. In-house lawyers are definitely supported with knowledge.’

Key clients

Maxim Vorobyev / CFC Management

LifeScan

Stada Arzneimittel AG

VTB Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Maxim Vorobyev and CFC Management on the structuring and acquisition of a 40% stake in Ultramar, a seaport terminal in Ust-Luga and a joint venture with the seller.
  • Advised a consortium of investors on the acquisition of Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan.
  • Advised Stada Arzneimittel AG on the execution and closing of an asset purchase agreement for over 20 prescription and over-the-counter drugs assets from Takeda Group in 11 countries.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Cementing its market-leading position for M&A transactions, Herbert Smith Freehills has a strong reputation in handling complex deals requiring corporate reorganisations or debt restructurings. The team’s M&A work also leverages the expertise of the highly regarded Alexei Roudiak, who leads the practice and also manages the firm’s EMEA group. The team remains very active in the private equity space; its recent work in the retail sector stands out, and a team led by US-qualified Evgeny Zelensky advised target company Familia Trading Sarl and four shareholders on the acquisition of a 25% stake by US-based company TJX Companies. The group also regularly acts for Chinese investors in the infrastructure sector, utilising China’s Belt and Road Initiative; recently promoted partner Evgeny Yuriev takes the lead on Asia-related mandates. Tax specialist Oleg Konnov is also a key figure in the department.

Practice head(s):

Alexei Roudiak

Other key lawyers:

Evgeny Yuriev; Evgeny Zelensky; Oleg Konnov

Testimonials

‘Great team, valuable approach to solving the client’s issues; fast in providing feedback; amazing in offering different solutions; 24/7 accessibility.’

‘We felt that the team was very interested in solving our issues. They laid out all different approaches and solutions with the goal of finding a solution which fits the interests of the client and the situation best.’

‘The team’s dedication to the project is excellent; they provided their input in accordance with the (sometimes tight) timeline set by the client.’

‘A super-professional team featuring excellent expertise, outstanding experience, client-oriented approach and overall flexibility, reasonable pragmatism, great project coordination skills, well-rounded capabilities.’

‘Alexei Roudiak is a highly knowledgeable lawyer, efficient project manager who provides constructive advice, truly devoted.’

‘Dedicated team with seamless coverage – ensures continuity and smooth execution.’

Key clients

Delo

Enel Russia

Bryankee Holdings

Familia Trading Sarl

Goldman Sachs

Baring Vostok

Gazprom PJSC

Zarubezhneft JSC

Schneider Electric Industries SAS

Onyx Stone Fund

Ax Girişim Danışmanlığı A.Ş.

Mitsubishi Corporation

Sberbank of Russia

Onexim Group

CNODC Dawn Light

VTB Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Delo on the acquisition of a 50% stake plus two shares in PJSC TransContainer via a public auction, as well as the subsequent mandatory public offer to acquire remaining shares in the company.
  • Advised Enel Russia on the sale of Reftinskaya Gres, structured as an asset deal of more than 6000 pieces of property, coal and spare parts stock, as well as handling various contractual arrangements for the post-completion joint operation of the plant.
  • Advised Familia Trading Sarl as a target, as well as four selling shareholders including Goldman Sachs and Baring Vostok, on the sale of an aggregate 25% stake to The TJX Companies, Inc., a US-based listed company and global leader in the off-price retail sector.

White & Case LLC

Forming an integral part of the firm’s global network, White & Case LLC’s full-service team handles multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions across a wide range of sectors, including the infrastructure, metals and mining, and pharmaceuticals industries. The team is also highly active in technology sector deals; it recently handled multiple high-value matters including acting on VTB Bank’s $2bn sale of its majority stake in Tele2 Russia to Rostelecom, an acquisition creating the country’s largest integrated operator of digital services. The group’s private equity strength is also recognised, and it provides end-to-end advice to large private equity houses. Practice co-heads Eric Michailov and Andrei Dontsov are both highly regarded practitioners; clients also single out managing partner Igor Ostapets, Nikolay Feoktistov and senior associate Evgeny Chernyavsky.

Practice head(s):

Eric Michailov; Andrei Dontsov

Other key lawyers:

Igor Ostapets; Nikolay Feoktistov; Evgeny Chernyavsky; Jonathan Langley

Testimonials

The team of lawyers has significant experience in complex transactions, knows how to apply their experience to a specific situation. Helps find legal ways to answer business inquiries. People who are able to solve various aspects of the transaction – corporate, tax, etc – work on the project. The entire team is supervised by a leader who understands the strategic objectives of the project.

Very polite, patient. High professionalism and effort to meet the wishes of the client and the counterparty, as much as possible.

Andrei Dontsov — vast experience, ability to reach a compromise and find the right solution in non-standard situations. Nikolay Feoktistov — energy, competence, desire to fight for the client to the end, ability to work in various industries.

I have worked with a large part of the M&A team, including partners Igor Ostapets and Eric Michailov. I have never seen any law firm in the Moscow market handling such complex matters and being as responsive, client-friendly and solution-orientated as they are. What I personally still remember is a pitch meeting with Eric Michailov who was dialling in at 5am in the morning local time. That is just an example of the level of commitment their M&A team has towards their clients.

Igor Ostapets and Eric Michailov are superstars. They get mandated some of the largest transactions in and outside Russia. They are strong on the business as well as the legal side of issues, very efficient and the to-go persons for any M&A deal. Their senior associate Evgeny Chernyavsky is a rising star and has a can-do mentality.

Andrei Dontsov is an outstanding professional who has long been much more than just a good lawyer.

Nikolay Feoktistov has the ability to quickly understand the essence of the task, to organise the team appropriately, making sure that it integrates into the client’s team as much as possible and provides the desired result on time. Flexible negotiation style with a focus on results. Helicopter-view persistence throughout the project. Nikolay is a very business-oriented partner, which is valuable.

Key clients

VTB Bank

VTB Capital

Takeda

Canon Medical Systems

Rostelecom

Stinn

Moscow Exchange

Work highlights

  • Advised VTB Bank on the $2bn sale of a 55% stake in Tele2 Russia to Rostelecom and its further acquisition of up to 30% of the shares of Rostelecom.
  • Advised VTB Capital in its role as the financial adviser and auction manager in connection with ₽60.3bn sale of 50%+two shares in the charter capital of PJSC Transcontainer by UTLC, the subsidiary of Russian Railways.
  • Advised Takeda in connection with its agreement to divest a portfolio of select over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceuticals assets exclusively in Russia, Georgia and across the CIS, to Stada Arzneimittel AG.

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited regularly assumes a coordinating role in multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions and reorganisations. The team also focuses on joint venture work in the IT, oil and gas, and pharmaceuticals sectors. Key contacts include competition law expert Andrei Afanasiev and Dmitry Marchan. Clients also recommend commercial contracts specialist Alexander Monin. Max Gutbrod retired from the partnership in 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Andrei Afanasiev; Dmitry Marchan; Alexander Monin; Dmitry Yeremin; Denis Ezhov; Olga Komleva

Testimonials

‘Alexander Monin is always ready to help, find the right contact inside or outside the firm, give useful advice and provide all necessary information. Alexander constantly keeps me updated on the latest developments in the IT field, shares know-how, insights and new information relevant to us.

‘Constant contact, flexibility, personal approach to clients.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Alliance Oil Company

ArcelorMittal

Atos

Baxter

Conde Nast

Gazprom Neft

Google

Invitro

Kopy Goldfields AB

NovaWind

Repsol

Rhône Capital / Wellbore Integrity Solutions

Rostec

Severstal / Severgroup

Smith & Nephew GmbH

Synergetic

Thai Union Group

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Weatherford

Yum!

Work highlights

  • Advised PAO Severstal on the acquisition of AO Vologdametalooptorg by the client’s subsidiary, AO Severstal Distribution.
  • Advised Thai Union Group on the acquisition of a 45% stake in TUMD Luxembourg S.ar.l.
  • Advised Synergetic on the sale of a minority stake in its holding company to private equity fund Baring Vostok.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

Praised for its ‘legal expertise, industry knowledge and sound business judgement’, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP handles a wide range of M&A and joint venture transactions. The group has a strong offering in the energy and natural resources industry, and has been notably active in the mining sector, where it attracts mandates from large clients including Swedish gold exploration company Kopy Goldfields; group head Anton Sitnikov and Matvey Kaploukhiy both have extensive energy sector experience. The team has also seen an uptick in technology sector mandates; clients single out TMT practice head Ekaterina Dedova in this space. Managing partner Andrey Goltsblat is a key contact for investment law matters.

Practice head(s):

Anton Sitnikov

Other key lawyers:

Andrey Goltsblat; Matvey Kaploukhiy; Nikolay Kholshev; Ekaterina Dedova; Anton Panchenkov

Testimonials

‘The team brings legal expertise, industry knowledge and sound business judgement.’

‘Anton Sitnikov is personable, measured, and very on-the-ball on legal matters. Nikolay Kholshev is noted both for his skills and expertise.’

‘A very strong and large team of professionals who are ready to help with any complex problem at any time. Extensive knowledge in all areas of law and excellent understanding of business aspects.’

‘Ekaterina Dedova is our key contact. A knowledgeable and very professional lawyer. Very business-oriented and able to focus on really important aspects of work.’

‘Anton Sitnikov – professionalism, honesty, reliability.’

Key clients

Mars LLC

Siberian Generating Company

Joom

ESN Group

Sovcombank

Da Vinci Capital Management

Mobile TeleSystems

RusHydro

Far East and Arctic Development Fund

Sberbank Investments

Kopy Goldfields

Cofix

Work highlights

  • Advised Yenisei TGK, a subsidiary of Siberian Generating Company, on the acquisition of Krasnoyarskaya Gres-2 power plant from OGK-2.
  • Advised Sovcombank on the acquisition of Sovest from Qiwi plc.
  • Advised Sberbank Investments on acquiring a 50% stake in Mayak and Prima building.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Clients praise Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s ‘strategic understanding’ of M&A transactions, which is enhanced by the team’s access to the firm’s global in-house e-discovery capabilities and advanced AI document review tools. The practice has benefited from the market’s focus on the technology sector, particularly in the context of joint venture transactions, and is also noted for its high-profile work in the private equity arena; Scott Senecal acted for TPG Capital on its exit from Russian hypermarket chain Lenta. Senecal leads the department alongside Yulia Solomakhina and Mikhail Suvorov; clients also recommend associate Vladislav MiroshnichenkoMurat Akuyev retired in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Scott Senecal; Yulia Solomakhina; Mikhail Suvorov

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Golovkin; Vladislav Miroshnichenko

Testimonials

‘Available 24/7, very professional and comprehensive advice on all the matters that arise. Very good single point of contact for all kinds of issues. Very quick and responsive.’

‘Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s guys were working for us as a very small and super-effective team in a very complex M&A deal with 10-20 lawyers on the opposite side, always available for immediate and highly qualified assistance on legal and commercial matters. Mikhail Suvorov and Vladislav Miroshnichenko left no stone unturned in finding the best solutions on very complex and often dead-end matters.’

‘Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a firm we used several times for M&A and regulatory issues. Their advice is objective, based on law or common practice, it is wise, straight to the point, with caveats only when indispensable, and solution-oriented. They are part of an excellent international network.’

‘100%-dedicated partners having strategic understanding of M&A transactions.’

‘Yulia Solomakhina is a great adviser; she is capable to actively participate in a transaction rather than just follow instructions.’

‘Proactive, oriented to find and execute real-world solutions to legal challenges, quick to respond, available 24/7, able to tap into the expertise of different offices when needed.’

‘Mikhail Suvorov was the driving force behind the projects that we worked on. Smart, quick-witted, intelligent, with buckets of experience and knowledge of local market to boot.’

‘Vladislav Miroshnichenko has been the main player on our last file in Russia. During our last project, he has been very instrumental in the success of the deal: he has the knowledge, is able to express his opinions in a very smart and flexible way, is able to influence the negotiations path in such a manner that parties find interesting exit ways. Very reliable. He is among the reasons to choose Cleary Gottlieb in Russia versus other law firms.’

Key clients

MegaFon PJSC

TPG Capital

AFK Sistema

Rostelecom PJSC

Summa Group

Sucden

Pomavia Holding

AB InBev Efes B.V.

Work highlights

  • Assisted MegaFon PJSC, a leading Russian integrated telecoms operator, with corporate matters relating to its AliExpress Russia joint venture.
  • Advised TPG Capital on the $599m exit sale of its sole 34.45% holding in Lenta to Severgroup LLC.
  • Acted for Sistema on a $689m set of three structured M&A transactions.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper fields a practice split between St. Petersburg and Moscow, with Denis Sosedkin and Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili leading the groups respectively. The team has a well-established reputation for M&A work in the aviation and shipping, energy and natural resources, financial services, and telecoms sectors. The practice has a significant English law offering, reflected in the expertise of UK-qualified life sciences practice head Julien Hansen and US-qualified Kim Latypov. Notably, the group has experience in venture capital transactions; Leo Batalov is a go-to adviser in this space. Recent development includes the arrival of senior counsel Marc Bartholomy and legal director Nick Diakoumis who joined the team from Clifford Chance in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Denis Sosedkin; Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili

Other key lawyers:

Kim Latypov; Julien Hansen; Leo Batalov; Evgeny Glukhov; Maria Alterman; Marc Bartholomy; Nick Diakoumis

Testimonials

‘Kim Latypov – commercial awareness and amazing technical skills.’

‘Denis Sosedkin is our primary contact. We value very much his systematic problem-solving approach. He is very well aware of the industry specifics, and his advice is always creative, to the point and takes account of potential unintended consequences. I note specifically his incredible availability.’

‘Maria Alterman is the key associate in DLA team supporting us. Maria has exceptional technical legal skills, which coupled with her knowledge of our business / sector internal processes becomes a great value for us. Maria should be praised for her responsiveness and ability to quickly grasp the fast changing circumstances.

Key clients

Yandex N.V.

Pharmacy Holding

Aniforius Holding

Evraz

Eurasian Development Bank

Philip Morris

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Hines

Elbrus Capital Fund

Sberbank

Work highlights

  • Advising the Russian Direct Investment Fund on the acquisition of a stake in Car Price, as well as its acquisition of a stake in PickPoint.
  • Advised Evraz Group on the €40m sale of Evraz Palini e Bertoli to Marcegaglia Group.
  • Advising 2GIS on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Sberbank.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Rated for its unique business-oriented mentality’, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ lawyers are adept at handling large-scale domestic M&A and joint venture transactions, as well as regulatory matters. Particular sectors of focus include the energy, mining, financial services and real estate industries. US-qualified Arkady Krasnikhin and Dimitry Afanasiev jointly lead the department. Dividing her time between Kiev and Moscow, European desk head Ilona Zekely is recommended by clients alongside St. Petersburg-based counsel Elena Agaeva.

Practice head(s):

Arkady Krasnikhin; Dimitry Afanasiev

Other key lawyers:

Ilona Zekely; Elena Agaeva; Alexander Mandzhiev; Daria Ilyina

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic approach to due diligence. High availability.’

‘Ilona Zekely and St. Petersburg-based counsel Elena Agaeva have been very proactive in assisting us, guiding us through the specifics of Russian law. Truly valuable assistance.’

‘We have received exceptional services from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, the quality of their deliverables has been outstanding from a legal perspective. They also have a unique business-oriented mentality that has helped us overcome obstacles and has make us feel comfortable when trying to understand the complexity of Russian law and the country’s regulatory framework. From our perspective, what makes Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners different from other law firms is that they really get involved in the transaction and know what is best for the company, not only from the legal standpoint, but also bearing in mind how to improve the client’s overall business.’

‘We have been working mostly with Arkady Krasnikhin and his team. Arkady is a very reliable expert who can gets things done.

Key clients

Uzhuralzoloto Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Uzhuralzoloto with its acquisition of a 22.37% stake in Petropavlovsk Plc.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Linklaters

Linklaters garners praise for its ‘top-level professionalism’; it is noted for handling high-value domestic and international M&A deals, restructuring matters, and general corporate law issues. The team has benefited from the activity in the technology and e-commerce sectors, having acted for the Russian Direct Investment Fund on several high-profile joint venture transactions; Grigory Gadzhiev took the lead on these matters, assisted by managing associate Ivan Chuprunov. Additional sectors of focus include the retail, transport and financial services industries. Practice head Denis Uvarov stands out for his wealth of corporate and M&A experience, and New York-qualified Lev Loukhton is a key contact for cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Denis Uvarov

Other key lawyers:

Grigory Gadzhiev; Lev Loukhton; Ivan Chuprunov

Testimonials

‘The top-level professional quality of the team is very consistent across all levels of seniority; partners and senior lawyers have a very hands-on approach and remain involved in each step.’

‘Lev Loukhton is a great professional.’

‘Linklaters’ corporate team has very good knowledge of business. They are quick, responsive and flexible.’

Key clients

Ant Financial

AvtoVaz

Axa

Bahrain Mumtalakat

Bank of Cyprus

Charoen Pokphand

DiDi

Elis

Eurocement

GTLK

LetterOne

MTS

RDIF

Rosneft

Sberbank

Sistema

Sovcomflot

Thomas Cook

Work highlights

  • Advised the Russian Direct Investment Fund on the joint venture between RDIF, Alibaba, MegaFon and Mail.ru.
  • Advised the Russian Direct Investment Fund and Ant Financial Services Group on the joint venture between RDIF, Ant Financial, USM, Mail.ru and MegaFon in relation to financial and payment services.
  • Advised PJSC Sberbank on the joint venture between Sberbank, A&NN and Era Capital in relation to Rambler Group, a leading Russian media and entertainment company.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is recognised for its high-profile transactional work in the technology industry, where it acts for the firm’s key client Yandex. Multi-jurisdictional M&A and joint ventures are a mainstay of the practice, which regularly draws on the expertise of teams in London and Washington DC; Brian Zimbler splits time between Moscow and Washington DC. Managing partner Vasilisa Strizh, who also leads the department, stands out in the telecoms sector, where she counts Comtech Telecommunications Corp. among her clients. Other key contacts include Anastasia Dergacheva and Roman Dashko. In late 2019, the group bolstered its energy sector offering with the arrival of Jennifer Josefson from King & Spalding LLP.

Practice head(s):

Vasilisa Strizh

Other key lawyers:

Anastasia Dergacheva; Roman Dashko; Brian Zimbler; Valentina Semenikhina; Philip Korotin; Jennifer Josefson

Key clients

Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

Delo Group

Dyckerhoff GmbH

Eastern Property Holdings

Gazprom Neft

Hearst Corporation

Media-1

R-Pharm

Veon Ltd.

Yandex N.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Yandex N.V. on its complex reorganisation.
  • Advised Comtech Telecommunications Corp. on the acquisition of UHP Networks Inc. and its Russian company.
  • Advised Yandex N.V. on the acquisition of Vezet Group’s IP assets and call centres by the client’s joint venture MLU BV.

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, the corporate team is praised by clients for its ‘deep understanding and vast experience in financing and M&A transactions’; it is also particularly active in joint venture and restructuring matters. The group stands out for its wide-ranging expertise, spanning the technology, transport, real estate, energy and natural resources sectors. Valentina Gluhovskaya and Anatoly Andriash jointly lead the practice; US-qualified Konstantin Konstantinov and UK-qualified Julian Traill are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Valentina Gluhovskaya; Anatoly Andriash

Other key lawyers:

Konstantin Konstantinov; Julian Traill; Janna Smirnova; Vera Shaftan; Daria Litvinova; Maxim Meaker

Testimonials

‘Deep understanding and vast experience in financing and M&A transactions.’

‘Konstantin Konstantinov is always available, including on weekends if necessary; responds to requests almost instantly, regardless of the number of projects he works on; focuses on really important issues; does not waste time on unnecessary things; identifies risks and weaknesses from afar.’

Key clients

Rosneft Oil Company

BP Exploration Operating Company

Shell

Novatek

BlaBlaCar

VTB Capital

PJSC Tatneft

Rosatom

Monopoly

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Gazprom

Barrick Gold Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised VTB Capital on the deferred sale, via a put and call option arrangement, of its 26% stake in Russ Out of Home B.V to the owners of Vera–Olymp.
  • Advised Paris-headquartered BlaBlaCar on its acquisition of Busfor, Russia and Ukraine’s largest online bus ticketing platform.
  • Advised Shell on its planned Meretoyahaneftegaz joint venture with Gazprom Neft.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is a top performer in M&A transactions, both in Russia and across the CIS. The team is noted for its ability to handle English law issues; recently, it advised Yandex N.V. on the its exit from Yandex.Money, as well as its $607m acquisition of the remaining 45% stake in Yandex.Market from Sberbank. Multiple recent cross-border mandates involved close cooperation with the London-based team, especially in the private equity realm; Pranav Trivedi is the key contact for Russia-facing mandates in London. Sector-specific expertise spans the financial services, technology and automotive industries. Dmitri Kovalenko and Alexey Kiyashko lead the department, where counsel Robin Marchant is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Dmitri Kovalenko; Alexey Kiyashko

Other key lawyers:

Robin Marchant; Pranav Trivedi; Sergey Chapaev

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of Russian law; wide international network; understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘Dmitri Kovalenko is more than a lawyer, he is a business-oriented adviser.’

‘My key contact is partner Dmitri Kovalenko: he is the one I rely on to assist me with the most significant matters. Dmitri is an authority in the Russian legal market, his name is linked to a number of landmarks corporate deals that took place in Moscow in recent years. Besides being very experienced and a top level legal expert who is always at the frontline of what is happening in the legal sector, Dmitri also distinguishes himself for his understanding of our business.’

‘Skadden is a brilliant firm to handle any corporate or capital markets matters in Russia. I have been working with them for several years now and their services are always excellent, irrespective of the type of transaction. The top-level professional quality of the team is very consistent across all levels of seniority.’

‘Dmitri Kovalenko is a truly outstanding lawyer and adviser, and one of the finest lawyers with whom I have worked in any jurisdiction. Robin Marchant and Sergey Chapaev are also outstanding.’

Key clients

Yandex

Fortiana Holdings

Renault

Shareholder of Luxoft Holding Inc.

Vesper Group

Amalgam Rail

Hg

The Washington Companies

Coty

Work highlights

  • Acting for Yandex N.V. on two M&A transactions: the purchase of a 45% stake in Yandex.Market from Sberbank for $607m, and the sale of a 25% stake in Yandex.Money to Sberbank for $35m.
  • Advising Fortiana Holdings on its £437m acquisition of a 40% interest in Highland Gold Mining and its £1.1bn bid for the entire company.
  • Acted for Renault on matters concerning its initial investment in and subsequent acquisition of a controlling interest in AvtoVaz.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Acting as a hub for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s work across Russia and the CIS, the Moscow-based team significantly benefits from its seamless integration into the wider firm network. The practice adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to handling all types of M&A transactions; for cross-border matters, it routinely acts in conjunction with colleagues in London and Washington DC. Managing partner Natalia Baratiants leads the department. Svetlana VolevichVladimir Kouznetsov and counsel Alexander Shalaev are also standout practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Baratiants

Other key lawyers:

Svetlana Volevich; Vladimir Kouznetsov; Alexander Shalaev

Testimonials

‘Capable counsels. Understanding of both Russian and English law.’

‘Svetlana Volevich is a partner you can rely on all the time. Her dedication, availability and collaborative approach are outstanding.’

Key clients

Lukoil

Mail.ru Group

UTair Aviation

Surgutneftegaz

Dow Chemical Company

UFG Private Equity

PJSC MegaFon

Cable Technologies

Thaler

Work highlights

  • Advised Mail.ru Group on its joint venture with Sberbank, aimed at creating an online-to-offline consumer platform focused on food delivery, ride-hailing and other related services.
  • Advised PJSC Lukoil on its $800m agreement to acquire a 25% stake in the Marine XII license in the Republic of Congo from New Age M12 Holdings.
  • Advised Mail.ru Group on the formation of a joint venture with Alibaba Group and the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

Allen & Overy Legal Services

Allen & Overy Legal Services handles M&A and corporate transactions in the TMT, financial services and energy sectors. For cross-border deals, it relies on the firm’s global capabilities across over 40 jurisdictions. Notably, the team includes dual-qualified practitioners, who stand out for their ability to handle US and English law issues. Anton Konnov and Bulat Zhambalnimbuev jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Anton Konnov; Bulat Zhambalnimbuev

Other key lawyers:

Aleksey Mareev; Yanis Peters; Gareth Fenney

Testimonials

‘Flexible, individual approach to solving client’s problems. Willingness to quickly and efficiently invest resources in new areas of law in order to deliver the correct result to the client as fully and promptly as possible. Aleksey Mareev and Bulat Zhambalnimbuev should be mentioned in this regard.’

‘Very professional and responsive team. Deep legal knowledge and understanding.’

‘Bulat Zhambalnimbuev is our key contact. He is very hands-on and responsive. Business-oriented and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Sberbank

Highland Gold Mining

Alfa Group

Gazprom

Rosneft

Schlumberger

PayPal

Russian Direct Investment Fund

VTB Group

Etalon Group

O2O Holding

Work highlights

  • Advised Sberbank on the establishment of a strategic partnership with Mail.ru Group, focusing on digital technologies, food and transportation services.
  • Advised Highland Gold Mining on its $15m sale of a licence concerning the Kayenmivaam project involving early-stage gold exploration.
  • Advised the founders of market-leading off-price retailer Familia on the company’s sale of a 25% stake to US department store company TJX Companies.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is known for its strength in M&A transactions in the financial services sector, where it is adept at assisting a variety of Russian and international banks and financial institutions. The team’s high-profile client portfolio includes Sovcombank, the third-largest privately held domestic bank and a key source of repeat work; the practice regularly collaborates with its London-based colleagues on matters involving Sovcombank as well as other clients. Key contacts include department head Maxim LevinsonKonstantin Garmonin and senior associate Dmitry Kolomeets.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Levinson

Other key lawyers:

Konstantin Garmonin; Dmitry Kolomeets

Key clients

Sovcombank

Gazprombank

VEB.RF

Suek

PS Yandex Money

Tsifrovye Aktivy

EBRD

IFC

DEG

Work highlights

  • Advised VEB.RF on its equity investment into VolgaTekhnoOl, a subsidiary of KuibyshevAzot.
  • Advising Sovcombank on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Liberty Insurance JSC.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s corporate team stands out for its English law expertise and its ability to act on both domestic and cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions; for multi-jurisdictional work, it draws on the firm’s global capabilities. Key sectors of focus include the real estate, private equity, healthcare, energy and financial services industries; Arthur Iliev is routinely instructed on energy sector transactions. The team also regularly acts in conjunction with the competition department; Torsten Syrbe is the key contact. The team lost Marc Bartholomy and Nick Diakoumis who left to join DLA Piper in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Torsten Syrbe

Other key lawyers:

Arthur Iliev; Andrew Robinson

Key clients

ER-Telecom

Vi Holding

Far East Development Fund

VTB Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Mumtalakat, a sovereign wealth fund of the federal government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, on entering into a joint venture alongside a Russian investment consortium in respect of a high-value minority investment relating to an integrated dairy complex in a number of Russian regions.
  • Advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on three sales of its equity stake in Lenta.
  • Advised ER-Telecom on the acquisition of a majority interest in Telekom Romania.

CMS

CMS is at the forefront of M&A transactions in the energy industry, where it acts for a mixture of high-profile domestic and international clients, including OMV, BP and Rosneft Oil Company; Natalia Kozyrenko is a key practitioner in this area. The group's energy sector strength is complemented by the extensive M&A experience of practice head Vladimir Zenin in the technology and healthcare industries. The team's cross-border work also benefits from its access to the firm’s network spanning 76 offices worldwide. It also leverages CMS EquIP, an international programme aimed at assisting IP start-ups with training and legal advice regarding early-stage business needs.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Zenin

Other key lawyers:

Natalya Kozyrenko; Jean-François Marquaire

Key clients

Orpea SA

S8 Capital

Rosneft Oil Company

OMV

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Constantia Flexibles

CTS Eventim

Dufry International AG

Basil-Aktiv LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lone Star in connection with the Russian aspects of its takeover of BASF’s construction chemicals business.
  • Advised global private equity house Advent International and its portfolio company, Zentiva, on its acquisition of the CEE business of global generic and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals manufacturer Alvogen.
  • Acted as legal counsel to a leading Russian developer on the sale of a residential development site in downtown Moscow to Pik Group.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Acting for a number of prominent Russian public companies, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP focuses on M&A transactions and the related corporate governance issues. The team’s recent workload showcases its ability to handle matters in the energy, mining, telecoms and transport sectors. In addition, the department is well-versed in assisting clients with matters relating to the international sanctions regime; clients also praise its work on force majeure contractual issues arising in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. Natalia Drebezgina, Alan Kartashkin and Alyona Kucher lead the department, which includes practitioners qualified in the UK and the US.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Drebezgina; Alan Kartashkin; Alyona Kucher

Testimonials

‘The team has many years of extensive experience in various industries, the work is carried out in compact working groups, contact persons are always in touch. There is never any difficulty in obtaining additional advice or assistance on force majeure issues.’

‘The team stays in touch, ready to help with any questions, very loyal to customers.’

‘The team is able to cover almost any issue and is highly qualified for complex transactions. Partners keep their helicopter view and provide advice on the most difficult scenarios. Very professional and great to work with. Always meet deadlines and provide useful advice.’

‘Natalia Drebezgina is a great M&A and capital markets expert. She does not just oversee, but also actively participates in the deals, which is extremely important. She is familiar with both Russian and English law, which allows us to handle complex cross-border transactions.’

‘Alan Kartashkin – the best person to navigate a client through sensitive issues and communication with  board members and regulators.’

Key clients

Alibaba Group

Freight One

MegaFon

N-Mining

Titan Group of Companies

Sberbank of Russia

Work highlights

  • Advised Sberbank on its acquisition of a 75% stake in 2GIS.
  • Advised N-Mining on the sale of a 100% stake in LLC “Third Mining Exploration Company” to Kinross Gold Corporation.
  • Advised Alibaba Group on the joint venture of its Russia-based AliExpress business with the Russian Direct Investment Fund, PJSC MegaFon and Mail.ru Group.

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Hogan Lovells (CIS) has an impressive client roster encompassing some of the largest domestic and international names in the TMT, energy and natural resources, fintech, and automotive sectors. It handles a wide range of M&A transactions in regulated industries, often backed by the firm’s global capabilities in cross-border deals. Key figures include counsels Leonid Ervits and Maria Baeva, as well as senior associate Maria Kazakova. Former managing partner and practice head Oxana Balayan left to found her own firm; Georgy Kalashnikov took over the leadership of the practice and splits his time between London and Moscow.

Practice head(s):

Georgy Kalashnikov

Other key lawyers:

Leonid Ervits; Maria Kazakova; Maria Baeva

Testimonials

‘One of the strongest practices in Russia in the area of complex transactions involving English or Russian law.’

‘Maria Kazakova is a rising star.’

Key clients

PJSC “VimpelCom”

PJSC Sberbank

Discovery Communications Europe

Polymetal International plc

Kismet Holdings

Daimler AG

Lynwood (Schweiz) AG

Otkritie PJSC

Work highlights

  • Advised VimpelCom on its acquisition of a stake in National Service Company JSC.
  • Assisted PJSC Sberbank with the establishment of a joint venture with Cogntive Technologies.
  • Advised Lynwood AG on its $185m sale of a Swiss helicopter manufacturer, Kopter Group AG, to Leonardo S.p.A.

Ivanyan and Partners

Ivanyan and Partners is rated for its ‘very diligent work’ and ability to be ‘all over the commercial implications of transactions’; its transactional experience encompasses domestic and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, joint venture projects, structuring work and corporate governance mandates. The firm also has a ‘super-impressive’ client roster, including key clients Gazprombank and Sibur Holding. Corporate practice founder Maria Miroshnikova and recently promoted partner Daria Semenikhina jointly lead the group. Other key contacts include Sergey Kushnarenko and founding partner Khristofor Ivanyan.

Practice head(s):

Maria Miroshnikova; Daria Semenikhina

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Kushnarenko; Khristofor Ivanyan; Yuri Arkhipov; Mikhail Marnachev

Testimonials

Ivanyan & Partners are very well-connected. They have a super-impressive client list and their average deal size probably rivals the Magic Circle in London. They are very commercial – they are all over the commercial implications of transactions, as well as spotting the legal issues, whether Russian law or English law issues.

Very diligent work and every stone gets turned to reach the target safely.

Daria Semenikhina is extremely responsive and gets the issues immediately.

Maria Miroshnikova is a persistent and very skilful negotiator.

Key clients

BTK Group

GPB Leasing

Rockwell Capital

VEB.RF

Sibur Holding

Gazprombank

Ilim Group

OMZ

REP-Holding

Cryogenmash

Work highlights

  • Advised Rockwell Capital on a $2.1bn project for setting up a joint holding with VEB.RF to construct a pulp-and-paper mill in Siberia.
  • Advised Colgate-Palmolive on the Russian law aspects of a global acquisition of the skin care business Laboratoires Filorga Cosmétiques by Colgate-Palmolive.

Latham & Watkins LLP

The Moscow-based corporate group at Latham & Watkins LLP acts as a hub for the firm’s work across the CIS region. Its main streams of work encompass domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and disposals. For transactions involving distressed assets, the team leverages the strength of the finance group. Its recent work is particularly focused on the retail, pharmaceuticals, telecoms, oil and gas, and mining sectors. David Stewart sits at the helm of the practice and splits his time between Moscow and London. Alexander Gomonov and Olga Ponomarenko are also noted.

Practice head(s):

David Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Gomonov; Olga Ponomarenko; Timur Bayramov

Key clients

Sistema

Mobile TeleSystems

Gazprom Neft

Work highlights

  • Assisting Mobile TeleSystems with its sale of Preludium, a Netherlands-based telecoms company, to NEQSOL Holding.
  • Acting for the sellers on the sale of a controlling stake in a bookstore chain.
  • Advising Mobile TeleSystems on the acquisition of a 51% interest in Zelenaya Tochka.

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners’ strength is in its ability to assist clients with complex due diligence projects, strategic planning issues relating to the contractual structuring of corporate transactions, and negotiating and drafting transactional documentation. The group’s recent work is particularly prominent in the financial services sector. Dmitri Lubomudrov and Alexey Gorodissky jointly lead the practice, where Jose Tobar is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Dmitri Lubomudrov; Alexey Gorodissky

Other key lawyers:

Jose Tobar

Testimonials

‘They are very client-oriented, ready to find non-standard solutions to problems, to help with both legal and practical and technical issues.’

‘Jose Tobar is a lawyer with whom we have worked closely on three transactions. He is always friendly, responsible, ready to answer any questions that arise, has excellent legal knowledge, is ready to consider and implement non-standard solutions.’

Key clients

Sberbank Investments LLC

AV Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sberbank Investments LLC with restructuring its obligations relating to its joint venture with Rostelecom.
  • Advised local developers of surgical robots on the negotiation and drafting of transactional documents regarding The Russian Direct Investment Fund’s investment.

Dechert Russia LLC

Dechert Russia LLC is adept at handling M&A transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance issues, and matters pertaining to the establishment and restructuring of Russia-based operations. The team’s client roster consists of a varied mix of financial institutions, private equity clients, and companies active in the TMT, mining, real estate and leisure sectors. Its recent work stands out in the natural resources sector; practice head Laura Brank and Evgenia Korotkova assisted longstanding Canadian client Kinross Gold Corporation with the $283m acquisition of Chulbatkan.

Practice head(s):

Laura Brank

Other key lawyers:

Evgenia Korotkova; Kirill Skopchevskiy; Pavel Dunaev

Key clients

ABBYY

Aton

Dufry

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

American Express Global Business Travel

Hyatt International

Kinross Gold

Mechel

Raytheon

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Trust Bank

Sinopec

Work highlights

  • Assisted Kinross Gold Corporation, the largest foreign investor in Russia’s gold mining industry, with the $283m acquisition of heap leach development project Chulbatkan from N-Mining.
  • Advised Sinopec on the Russian law aspects of its purchase of a significant equity interest from Russian petrochemicals company Sibur in relation to the joint development of the Amur petrochemical complex.
  • Advising Hyatt International on the corporate and commercial issues relating to the operation of its existing hotels in Russia and across the CIS.

Eversheds Sutherland

Ever since the firm’s entrance into the Russian market in 2017, Eversheds Sutherland’s corporate group has been notably active in domestic and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions; it leverages the firm’s Europe-wide resources for cross-border mandates. Particular areas of recent activity include joint venture projects and share purchase agreements governed by Russian law. Key team members include practice head Mikhail Timonov, managing partner Victoria Goldman and Anu Mattila.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Timonov

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Goldman; Anu Mattila; Leyla Ibragimova; Nikita Butenko; Anton Bakov

Testimonials

Their corporate and M&A team is recognised in the Russian market. They are known for good-quality work, pragmatic advice and a client-oriented approach.

Eversheds Sutherland has excellent knowledge of the market, international experience, and it always works with high professional standards. Its hardworking and solution-oriented team handles high-profile transactions, has a good reputation and provides client-tailored advice.

From start to finish, we felt our requests were handled professionally, delicately and with utmost care and concern to protect our wishes and needs. We appreciate the work put together by the entire team led by Victoria Goldman.

I think that Eversheds Sutherland’s corporate team is highly qualified and takes the initiative to do what is needed for clients. The most impressive feature is the team always goes beyond offering formalistic legal advice, and provides services specifically for each client.

Victoria Goldman is a very business-oriented practitioner who can always think of intelligent solutions for her clients.

We were supported by Mikhail Timonov and Leyla Ibragimova from Eversheds’ Russia team on this process. They did an excellent job, offering strong professional advice and always acting in the best interests of their client.

Victoria Goldman is a star! Incredible woman and fantastic lawyer. She is dedicated and incredibly responsive. I love working with her. Also, their head of corporate and M&A Mikhail Timonov is well known in the market. Mikhail is a pragmatic deal-maker and an excellent negotiator.

Key clients

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc.

Cherkizovo Group

Eaton

Ingersoll

eShopWorld

Manitowoc

Mattel

Kering group

Rockwell Collins International

Scorpio

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Cherkizovo Group with its acquisition of Compas Foods LLC.
  • Assisted Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. with the Russian segment of its acquisition of Pro Farm Technologies Oy.
  • Assisted Ingersoll with the liquidation of its Russian subsidiary.

Infralex

Infralex attracts praise for its ‘clear, concise, pragmatic and result-driven’ approach. The team assists both domestic and international clients with M&A and joint venture transactions, reorganisations, and general corporate matters; it also particularly strong in due diligence projects. Yulia Eremenko heads up the practice, where clients also single out Artem Kukin and Arthur Rokhlin.

Practice head(s):

Yulia Eremenko

Other key lawyers:

Artem Kukin; Arthur Rokhlin

Testimonials

We love working with Infralex. The work product is always clear, concise, pragmatic and result-driven.

Very high professional approach, deep knowledge of Russian and European law.

The Infralex team is focused on our business goals and always provides a deep and comprehensive approach to corporate and commercial issues.

Artem Kukin is the standout partner here.  He has a strong and sensitive approach and is very well attuned to the local market.

Mr. Kukin and his team are always one step ahead in advising European companies in the Russian market.

We are working closely with Arthur Rokhlin. Arthur is an expert on a wide range of legal issues in our industry and ensures the work of the team of lawyers is high-quality and a comprehensive analysis of situations. Yulia Eremenko has experience and knowledge of large business reorganisations and restructuring projects, including the cross-border aspects of these transactions.

Key clients

United Aircraft Corporation of Russia

Cnooc Limited

Ilyushin Finance Co OJSC

Blagosostoyanie

Avia Center

Etex SA/NV

Maschinenfabrik LASKA GmbH

Contur

Work highlights

  • Assisted United Aircraft Corporation of Russia with reorganisation matters.
  • Assisted Cnooc, the largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas, with its acquisition of a stake in Novatek (Arctic LNG 2).
  • Assisting Avia Center with the sale of a 25% share in the client to Chinese company Ctrip.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law acts for a strong roster of domestic and international clients, and is increasingly acting on mandates in the logistics, railway, TMT, and real estate sectors. Anton Samokhvalov heads up the department, which is well positioned to handle pre-transactional work including due diligence projects, mid-size M&A transactions and restructuring issues. Senior associate Ekaterina Spakhova is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Anton Samokhvalov

Other key lawyers:

Ekaterina Spakhova; Alexey Gurin

Testimonials

‘Flexible approach to solving problems, creativity, the ability to find a way out of any situation.’

The corporate KIAP team is distinguished by its unique approach. KIAP always gives extremely practical advice that meets the interests of the client and always takes into account the specifics of the client’s business. KIAP is well versed in the current judicial practice and always advises by taking into account the current judicial realities. KIAP lawyers are always in touch and ready to give prompt and qualified advice.’

‘The most prominent lawyers include Anton Samokhvalov and Ekaterina Spakhova. Anton has excellent experience in various areas of business, which helps him to comprehensively assess the situation and see not only the legal side of the project, but its commercial aspects as well. Ekaterina is an excellent professional who has deep knowledge, and her advice always hits the target, which is what any client needs.’

‘A smaller corporate and M&A team, which also works on litigation at the same time. As a key contact, I would like to highlight Anton Samokhvalov, who is a talented lawyer in the field of transactional work. Anton is distinguished by his deep expertise, attention to detail and quick professional response.’

Key clients

Atol

SNC Lavalin

DSV Panalpina

Westrock

Work highlights

  • Assisted DSV Panalpina with the merger of two large logistics market players.
  • Advised one of the largest Russian property development companies on the pre-purchase due diligence review of a Moscow-based target company owning multiple land plots in the city.
  • Successfully represented a Russian private investor in relation to a significant corporate dispute with its business partner.

LECAP Law Firm

LECAP Law Firm has extensive experience in general corporate law and corporate governance matters, with additional strength in the drafting of corporate documentation. Restructuring work is also a forte of the practice. Roman Belenkov and Michael Malinovskiy lead the group; clients also recommend counsel Sergey Volkov. Elizaveta Turbina departed to an in-house position in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Roman Belenkov; Michael Malinovskiy

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Volkov; Alexander Kudrin

Testimonials

The team has extensive experience and adopts a client-oriented approach.

An experienced team with good working contacts with regulators. Extensive experience in projects in the securities market.

Roman Belenkov has an integrated approach to solving problems, as well as attention to detail; he remains in constant contact with the client.

Michael Malinovskiy and Sergey Volkov are highly qualified professionals engaged not only in solving specific problems, but also in the development of legislation.

Key clients

Sollers PJSC

PJSC “PhosAgro”

JSFC Sistema

JSC Freight One

Tele2

Pik Group

Work highlights

  • Advising JSC Freight One on general corporate law matters and placement of securities.
  • Advising JSFC Sistema on the setting up of a joint venture in the investment sector.
  • Advising PJSC PhosAgro on general corporate issues and corporate governance matters.

LP Law Firm

LP Law Firm’s practice encompasses complex due diligence assignments, joint venture establishments in Russia, and general corporate law matters. The team focuses on work in the TMT, fast-moving consumer goods, construction and financial services sectors. The department is jointly led by Ruslan Nagaybekov, Andrey Novakovskiy and Valeriya Kachura.

Practice head(s):

Ruslan Nagaybekov; Andrey Novakovskiy; Valeriya Kachura

Key clients

JSC Ruselectronics

Mobile TeleSystems

LLC “NPO Techanalitika”

PJSC “Nitel”

Bella Raevskaya

LLC “Combinat-K”

Otkritie FC Bank

Concern Tractor Plants

JSC  “Mosvodokanal”

Work highlights

  • Advised Mobile TeleSystems on the acquisition of a group of companies, providing internet and telecoms services in the Russian regions.
  • Assisted PJSC “Nitel” with due diligence matters and regulatory issues regarding its activities.
  • Providing general corporate law advice to a shareholder of a 50% stake in a large company active in the IT sector.

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners

The corporate practice at Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is recognised for its work on mid-market M&A and joint venture transactions. Led by Mikhail Motrich and Alexander Zyuba, the team is also well-versed in domestic and cross-border restructuring matters. Senior associate Alena Shubina is also a key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Motrich; Alexander Zyuba

Other key lawyers:

Alena Shubina

Noerr

Recommended for its ‘excellent knowledge of both Russian and German law’, Noerr is regularly instructed on corporate restructurings and in-bound investment transactions. In addition, the team is well-versed in assisting international blue-chip companies with the sale of domestic subsidiaries. Vyacheslav Yugai leads the practice with Björn Paulsen, who splits his time between Moscow and Hamburg.

Practice head(s):

Björn Paulsen; Vyacheslav Yugai

Testimonials

The team has a remarkable understanding of the local market and is extremely skilled in translating this knowledge into effective and useful advice.

The team has an excellent knowledge of both Russian and German law. They have good understanding of the project and clients’ needs. They are always in hands-on mode. Just perfect.

Björn Paulsen possesses an intuitive business acumen and is able to translate even the most complex legal issues into practical business solutions.

I worked mostly with Vyacheslav Yugai. I found his approach very pragmatic and commercially-minded. He managed to co-ordinate a cross-border deal that involved a number of complex factors and personalities.

Key clients

Bombardier Transportation

Bauer Media Group

Rocket Internet

Sephora

Mondadori

Swatch Group

Alfa-Bank

Palmer Hargreaves

Work highlights

  • Advised Bauer Media Group on the sale of its interest in Russian publishing companies.
  • Advised Harvia Plc on the acquisition of EOS Saunatechnik.

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners assists a well-balanced mix of large Russian and foreign companies with M&A and joint venture transactions, typically in its core sectors of expertise, including the financial services, energy, transport, real estate and TMT industries. Managing partner Suren Gortsunyan heads up the department; private equity practice head Oleg Isaev is also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Suren Gortsunyan

Other key lawyers:

Oleg Isaev; Vadim Kukushkin; Konstantin Mineev

Testimonials

‘RGP is an excellent team, certainly among the most experienced corporate practices in the market. I can always count of them for timely and commercially minded legal advice on the most complex issues of corporate law.’

‘This is by far the most innovative firm I have come across in Russia. On the one hand, they are a new-generation independent Russian firm, but on the other hand, all key members of their team have 10+ years of experience working for large UK and US firms, and they are doing a great job at combining the best practices of both cultures.’

‘A new Russian law firm that has assembled a very experienced and diversified team.’

‘My main contacts at RGP are partners Oleg Isaev and Suren Gortsunyan. Oleg is my go-to lawyer. He is a top-notch corporate expert who has worked on some of the highest-profile transactions in Russia, yet he remains very dedicated, responsive and approachable whenever my company is facing a challenging legal task. Suren is one of the heavyweights of the Russian corporate scene. He has a solid track record in successfully closing deals and his level of expertise deserves the highest praise.’

Key clients

Aeon Corporation

CSKA

Finstar

Papa John’s International

Petrowelt Technologies

Tatneft

Transcomponent

Upfield

Aeon Corporation

Vance

Work highlights

  • Advising PFC CSKA on the sale of a 75% stake in PFC CSKA to VEB.RF.
  • Advised PJSC Tatneft on the acquisition of shares in JSC Togliattisintez and a stake in the charter capital of Sibur Togliatti.
  • Advised Aeon Corporation on a transaction related to the sale of ordinary shares and Eurobonds convertible into ordinary shares by Petropavlovsk PLC to JSC “Yuzhuralzoloto Group of Companies”.

VEGAS LEX

VEGAS LEX assists a growing client portfolio of Russian companies and international investors with various stages of M&A and joint venture transactions. The team has additional expertise in corporate governance and restructuring work, as well as contentious corporate matters. Key contacts include practice head Alexander Garmaev and managing partner Alexander Sitnikov in Moscow, as well as Maxim Grigoryev in Krasnodar.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Garmaev

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Sitnikov; Alexandra Vasukhnova; Igor Chumachenko; Maxim Grigoryev

Testimonials

Excellent specialists, they have extensive experience in both Russian and foreign transactions. They are focused on the results, not only the procedural side of things.

Exceptional client focus, a proactive and creative approach to project support, a high level of professional competence.

It is worth highlighting Alexander Sitnikov and Alexander Garmaev. Both are experts in their field, always thinking of the practical aspects of a deal. They work 24/7.

Key clients

AFG National

Alrosa Group

Rosatom Group

Fortum

Russian Post

Sberbank Capital

Claas

State Transport Leasing Company

Rostec

STEKLONiT Group

NPF Blagosostoyanie

Sojitz Corporation

Tatenergo

Work highlights

  • Advised Transcontinental Holding on the acquisition of the largest auto dealer business in the Rostov region from Gedon Vostok Group.
  • Advising NPF Blagosostoyanie, one of Russia’s largest non-state pension funds, in relation to an equity investment.
  • Assisted Red Stone Capital with a comprehensive vendor legal due diligence of one of the key assets of Red Stone Capital fund.

ALTHAUS Legal

Practice head(s):

Rostislav Shatenok; Ilya Smirnov; Anatoly Fabrichnov

Testimonials

‘Althaus has a great advantage: it is really a client-oriented firm. They always listen to the client and understand what are your needs. It is easy to communicate with them and discuss any of your concerns.’

‘I think this practice is unique in its ability to handle clients’ requests professionally and in a speedy way. You always feel that your matter is in good hands and your interests are protected. Ilya Smirnov often works on the request himself; that makes you feel like you are the only client of the firm as you receive great attention from the team.’

‘Althaus is a reliable firm, very attentive, very professional. They are always flexible and ready to offer what will meet your expectations.’  

‘Both Anatoly Fabrichnov and Ilya Smirnov are helpful, professional and extremely attentive.’

‘Ilya Smirnov works hard and selflessly. His work is always of the highest quality, he is able to easily deal with international matters and works well in a multi-cultural environment.’

Key clients

Rosneft

Sberbank Capital

Beijing Gas

Rostelecom

MTS

Zarubezhneft

Damate

ChelPipe

Rusnano

APS Energia Group

IBS Group

Rambler Group

Trinfico

Momentum Technology LLC

EMA Invest

Altera Capital LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising AV Group on the acquisition of a large regional mining and transport company.  
  • Advising a private equity fund on the acquisition of a major Russian gold mining group.
  • Assisting Beijing Gas with various corporate and commercial law matters related to a Russian joint venture.

BEITEN BURKHARDT

Practice head(s):

Falk Tischendorf; Bilgeis Mamedova; Alexey Kuzmishin; Vasily Ermolin

Testimonials

‘Fast, efficient and informal communication. Reliable delivery of results on time – even under time pressure. Outstanding network of contacts within the industry. Ability to assess issues from the start, in a timely manner.’ 

‘Great teamwork among the team members. Very organised manner of communication with their clients.’

‘Falk Tischendorf is a distinguished professional with strategic vision and expertise in industrial regulation, localisation, mergers and acquisitions. Falk enjoys a well-deserved reputation among representatives of international businesses operating in the Russian Federation, as well as among representatives of government agencies.’

‘Bilgeis Mamedova is a lawyer with extensive experience in various fields; she is able to find solutions in difficult situations when it is necessary to take into account a large number of factors and act in conditions of uncertainty.’

Key clients

Wilo Group

Branan Legal

Practice head(s):

Maxim Bunyakin; Yulia Nenasheva; Tatyana Bunyakina

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Serkin

Testimonials

‘A big thank you for the contribution of each member of the team working on our project – they can offer the most effective solutions. An integrated approach to solving clients’ problems, understanding Russian business practices and industry specifics, deep knowledge of the applicable legislation, bringing the result that the client needs.’

‘A stable team with many years of experience; extensive contacts and reputation.’

‘Maxim Bunyakin – competent management; many years of experience; combines extensive practice in the field of corporate governance with deep theoretical knowledge.’

‘Yulia Nenasheva – personal involvement in the project; enthusiasm to solve unusual issues; a mix of an excellent theoretical base with many years of practical experience in raising capital.’

‘Sergey Serkin – excellent project supervision; strict adherence to the agreed schedule; proactive approach to identifying problematic areas of the project, accompanied by practical proposals and recommendations for their solution.’

Key clients

JSC PFC CSKA

Gazprom Energoholding

VTB Bank

LLC ABB

X5 Retail Group

JSC Chemical Producing Engineering Company

Far East High Technology Fund

LLC Non-Stop Production

JSC Yamskoe Pole

Work highlights

  • Advised JSC PFC CSKA on restructuring the client’s debt with a bank.
  • Assisted Gazprom Energoholding with a due diligence project regarding three Russian companies.
  • Assisted VTB Bank PJSC with a due diligence assignment.

Capital Legal Services

Practice head(s):

Vladislav Zabrodin; Pavel Karpunin; Dmitry Churin; Mikhail Dikopolsky

Key clients

Petrokholod

YIT

Aspo

Digital Evolution Ventures Investment Fund /  Orbita Capital Partners LLC

Hoffman Group

Far Eastern High Technology Fund LLC

Clintec International

Kiilto Oy

Iron Mountain

Leroy Merlin

Next Plc

PLC Vladivostok

GHW International

Cupquelan

Omnilife

Pesa

Profireal

Work highlights

  • Advised Iron Mountain, an industry leader in storage and information management services, on its acquisition of a stake in OSG from Elbrus Capital.
  • Assisted Vladivostok Plc with corporate and commercial law issues relating to the establishment and implementation of a petroleum product logistics facility project in the Russian Far East.
  • Advised Sherwin-Williams on issues related to the expansion of its sales operations in Russia.

Danilov & Partners

Practice head(s):

Andrei Danilov

Other key lawyers:

Svetlana Emelianova

Testimonials

Danilov & Partners’ team is distinguished by its experience in the best international law firms and the ability to apply this experience, as well as its willingness to seek solutions upon request and in the interests of the client.

Individual approach to solving issues, detailed study of each project.

Andrei Danilov provides quick and first-class advice, is very friendly, and has professional negotiation skills.

Key clients

Baker Hughes

Work highlights

  • Advising Baker Hughes on restructuring matters.

EMPP Law Firm

Practice head(s):

Valentin Petrov; Ivan Semenkin

Key clients

Translom Group

KrasTsvetMet

O3 Group

LLC Maria Furniture Factory

Private Person

United Aircraft Corporation

Private Investors

Empirix

Shareholders of Kuzbazskaya Toplivnaya Company

Mail.ru Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Translom Group with the due diligence and preparation of legal documentation regarding the acquisition of OAO VRK 3, one of the largest Russian rail repair companies.
  • Assisted Krastsvetment JSC with its acquisition of a controlling stake in unique technology company ARMD.
  • Advised O3 Group on its sale of a 25% stake in the company to VEB Ventures.

FBK Legal

Practice head(s):

Alexander Ermolenko; Nina Boer; Sergey Ermolenko

Other key lawyers:

Elena Shigidina

Testimonials

‘One of the best when it comes to transactional work.’

‘Elena Shigidina is a great specialist. Sergey Ermolenko is a unique lawyer.’

Key clients

Gazprom

Gazprombank

Sberbank Group

Russian Helicopters

Yamaha Motor

Ranbaxy

Fanuc

Sesderma

Kronospan

Harbin Electric Corporation

Central Geological Company

Roland Music

Russian Fishery Company

Aviaexport

Evraz

TVEL

KGK Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Harbin Electric Corporation on the formation of a joint venture with other Chinese, Singaporean and Russian investors.
  • Assisted Nucmed Innovation B.V. with Russian law issues relating to a $500m M&A deal in the medical high-tech industry.
  • Assisted State Space Corporation Roscosmos with due diligence matters.

King & Spalding LLP

Practice head(s):

Sergey Komolov

Testimonials

Excellent personal contact, efficiency in answering questions, comprehensive advice.

Key clients

GV Gold

Urgula Platinum

Mubadala Petroleum

Turner Broadcasting System Europe

Norilsk Nickel

Interstate Corporation for Development

Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation

A&NN Group

IFC Bank

Alfa-Bank

Fishman Group

Yandex N.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Urgula Platinum on issues relating to the EBRD’s exit from its equity investment in Promsvyazbank.  
  • Advising a client on corporate, patenting and licensing matters related to novel golf field technology.
  • Assisted Mubadala Petroleum with its acquisition from Gazprom Neft of a 44% stake in Gazpromneft-Vostok.

KPMG in Russia and the CIS

Practice head(s):

Irina Narysheva; Olga Yasko

Testimonials

‘KPMG’s corporate practice is one of the strongest in Russia. It is distinguished by a personalised approach to clients, the ability to understand the client’s needs and meet them exactly. The corporate practice is well versed in English and Russian law.’

Key clients

PJSC Oil Company Rosneft

Moscow Credit Bank

JSC Engineering Company AEM-Technologii

Etalon Group

Novorossyisk Commercial Sea Port

Atomstroycomplex

PJSC Lukoil

Cherkizovo Group

JSC Gazpromneft-Aero

JSC Interrao

Oteko

PJSC Transneft

JSC Zarubezhneft

Hitachi Hi-Tech

Avelar Solar Technology

Trust Bank

Vneshtorgbank

Hitachi High-Tech

Work highlights

  • Assisted JSC Engineering Company AEM-Technologii with a due diligence assignment with respect to “Izhorskie zavody”.
  • Advised one of the largest state-owned Russian banks on its acquisition of a stake in an IT company owned by private individuals.
  • Advised Caspian Oil & Gas Company on its investment into a $40bn cross-border project in the Caspian Sea.

Lidings

Practice head(s):

Andrey Zelenin

Other key lawyers:

Polina Vodogreeva; Julia Kuzmenko

Testimonials

‘The team is diligent, accessible and dependable. Their immediate response during late hours and professionalism have been an asset to our company.’

‘Lidings is a great partner to foreign companies doing business in Russia; they are able to relate and translate the legal complexities in a way that is easy for us to understand.’ 

‘Andrey Zelenin and Polina Vodogreeva provide invaluable support when it comes to protecting our company’s needs. Their attention to detail and knowledge of laws are unsurpassed. We would highly recommend them.’

‘Julia Kuzmenko and Andrey Zelenin are very knowledgeable individuals, approachable and reliable.’

Key clients

Essilor

Nintendo

Glenmark

Belorusneft

Ashok Leyland

Interglobe Aviation

Hydroscand Group

Naton Medical Group

Fraikin

IXcellerate

Work highlights

  • Advising leading ophthalmic optics company Essilor on the $1bn acquisition and post-closing integration and compliance issues associated with its absorption of Grand Vision.
  • Advised Belarusian state oil company Belorusneft on the $28m acquisition of a new asset in Russia.
  • Advising Hydroscand Group on corporate governance matters in Russia, the CIS and Baltic regions.

Magnusson

Practice head(s):

Igor Porokhin; Pavel Solovyev

Key clients

Sony Mobile Communications

Tomra Sorting

Nice Systems

Vagabond

InSpace Communications

VisitSweden

Fis Global Trading

Wabtec Group

VF CIS

Väderstad

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sony Mobile Communications with general corporate law issues.
  • Advising Wabtec Group on various commercial and corporate matters.
  • Advising Nice Systems on general corporate and commercial law issues.

Nektorov, Saveliev & Partners

Practice head(s):

Alexander Nektorov; Ilia Rachkov

O2 Consulting

Practice head(s):

Olga Sorokina; Karen Shakhnazarov; Natalya Kuznetsova

Testimonials

‘O2 has assembled a very competent team capable of providing the necessary expertise on a very wide range of issues in a high-quality, timely manner. In addition to its excellent legal knowledge and skills, O2’s team are able to take part in negotiations and achieve fantastic success, finding non-standard solutions to the satisfaction of clients.’

‘I highly appreciate Olga Sorokina as the leader of the O2’s team. Olga is always prepared to personally take part in any aspect of interactions with a client. Olga possesses impressive negotiating skills and an extensive network of contacts that allows her to comfortably cooperate both on legal issues and on a wider range of activities – from meeting important people to organising events in various countries around the world.’

Key clients

Cifra

Era Capital

Humans Net Group of Companies

Gagarin Capital Partners

iTech Capital

PJSC Gazprom Neft

IBS Expertise LLC

RT-Business Development LLC

LLC Skolkovo Ventures

VTB Capital JSC

Work highlights

  • Advised Wellington Properties on all matters relating to its acquisition of a 60% stake in Regstaer Vnukovo.
  • Advised Prisma Labs, Inc. on all matters related to Prisma’s round A financing.
  • Assisted Russian Venture Company with a due diligence process relating to 15 potential general partners of the client.

Pepeliaev Group

Practice head(s):

Ilya Bolotnov; Nikolay Solodovnikov; Sergei Shorin

Key clients

Aeromar

Barilla Group

Brother LLC

KrasAvia

Lego Russia

Proxima Capital Group

Skolkovo – Venture Investments

Steccom

Valartis Group

Weichai Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Skolkovo – Venture Investments on a venture capital transaction to acquire a minority share in a joint venture.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal)

Practice head(s):

Artem Moyseenko; Gennady Odarich; Daria Tarasova

Other key lawyers:

Vladimir Krupin; Igor Shalumov

Testimonials

‘Very professional and responsive – meeting international investors’ requirements.’

‘The practice is part of PwC Legal, PwC’s division providing legal advice. The lawyers of the practice are able to provide advice on a vast range of issues and supporting projects of any scale. Artem Moyseenko, Vladimir Krupin and Igor Shalumov are particularly recommended.’

‘The PwC team demonstrates well-coordinated work and provides timely high-quality services. Separately, it should be noted not only a good technical elaboration of positions and the appearance of the sent documents, but also a business-oriented approach to the provision of services. For us, the most important distinguishing feature of the PwC team, which distinguishes them favourably from others, is precisely this focus on results, including through deep immersion into the task at hand.’

Key clients

Hitachi, Ltd.

Far East Development Fund

Bayer

Management Company PIK STR, LLC

ITE Group Plc

Zapadnaya Gold Mining Limited

National Bank Trust

Micro Focus LLC

TE Connectivity

Work highlights

  • Assisting Micro Focus with general corporate law matters.
  • Advising TE Connectivity on general corporate law matters.

Rodin & Partners

Practice head(s):

Artem Rodin

Testimonials

‘The practice provides effective solutions to structure our holding’s corporate relations, which includes Russian and international issues, including in the EU (Germany and other EU members), Asia and Africa. They have a good commercial understanding of our goals and provide strategic advice.’

‘Artem Rodin leads the practice and has a clear and commercial approach to legal issues. He is supported by a team of associates, but he keeps contact with the client and is involved in the details of each project.’

‘Artem Rodin is a brilliant lawyer with many years of experience in corporate and commercial law. He is an effective negotiator in joint venture transactions due to his commercial sense and significant experience. He leads the projects personally and is assisted by a growing team of associates.’

‘Rodin & Partners is effective in advising on joint venture transactions between foreign investors in Russia and Russian companies due to decades of experience in such transactions and contract negotiations.’

Key clients

Sibur Holding

Europapier

Motorherz GmbH

Lisar SpA

Mary Kay (US)

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG

Urbaser S.A.

Credendo-Ingosstrakh Credit Insurance

EVN AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Hitachi Zosen Inova AG on a joint venture with RT-Invest to implement a project for the financing, design, construction and operation of five waste-to-energy plants in Russia.
  • Advising Urbaser S.A. on a joint venture project with a Russian direct investment fund to implement projects for developing waste management facilities in Russia.
  • Advising Infrainvest Limited on a joint venture in the infrastructure sector.

Squire Patton Boggs

Practice head(s):

Patrick Brooks

TA Legal Consulting

Practice head(s):

Marat Agabalyan; Ivan Tertychny

Other key lawyers:

Daniil Ruderman

Testimonials

‘TA Legal Consulting is a great, commercially led practice; they are quick and adjust their advice according to the scenario in question. Pleasure to work with!’

‘Marat Agabalyan and Ivan Tertychny (the founding partners) are great lawyers with vast experience and knowledge of the local market in Russia and beyond. They are trusted advisers and highly admired by clients and peers alike.’

‘I work with Marat Agabalyan and Daniil Ruderman. Their combination of skills is unique: easy communication, clarity in explaining very complex and even confusing issues, high speed, willingness to receive and analyse new information when it appears.’

‘Professionalism and competence, coupled with an ability to negotiate and maintain a reasoned legal position. We worked with Marat Agabalyan and Daniil Ruderman.’

Key clients

Idram / IDBank

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Microlife AG

R.A.W. Life

Work highlights

  • Advising Idram, the leading internet payment system in Armenia, and IDBank, a major Armenian bank, on a joint venture with Sovkombank to create an international express payment system.
  • Advising a Russian industrial and financial conglomerate on a high-value joint venture to create a new fintech product.
  • Advising Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, India’s second largest pharmaceuticals company, on Russian regulatory issues in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Tomashevskaya & Partners

Practice head(s):

Victor Shmakov

Other key lawyers:

Zhanna Tomashevskaya; Olga Khokhlova

Testimonials

‘Skilled professionals experienced in the M&A field, but most importantly, they have knowledge and expertise in successfully grounding familiar Western M&A concepts in the Russian regulatory framework.’

‘The team has extensive experience in implementing transactions.’

‘They are very business-oriented, they immediately tell you how to solve the problem; they do not endlessly analyse the risks, thereby shifting the solution of the issue to us.’

‘I sincerely believe that Zhanna Tomashevskaya is the best business lawyer I have ever met. Viktor Shmakov is also very attentive.’

‘Work executed according to Western standards. Everything is very fast and to the point. Zhanna Tomashevskaya is a strong strategist and negotiator. Olga Khokhlova is a great tactician. I trust their opinion. As a bonus, they are available 24/7.’

Key clients

MaximaTelecom

Efko Group

Inventive Retail Group

Lanit Group

Sistema Joint Stock Financial Corporation

Transfin-M Public Joint Stock Company

Cargill Inc

Walnut Capital

Advance Capital

Forbes Russia

GS-Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Lanit on complex restructuring matters.
  • Advising Maxima Telecom on the corporate aspects of a $204m bond issuance and related corporate governance issues.
  • Advised GS-Invest on its $83m joint venture with Gazprombank.

VK Partners

Practice head(s):

Vadim Konyushkevich

Other key lawyers:

Gleb Bazurin

Testimonials

‘The team is great at foreign direct investment work and Russian-related cross-border transactions. They are able to provide practical advice on projects which is what our client is looking for.’

‘The nature of the project required fast action and full and undivided attention of the counsels for this short-term but demanding matter. The team was very efficient in terms of timing and end result. VK Partners performs excellent on a day-to-day basis and impressed us not only with their competence but also with their communication skills. They truly care about client’s interests and bring this passion into every stage of work.’

‘Vadim Konyushkevich is very responsible. He is great to work with and always available to share his knowledge and expertise on the transaction which is of great help.’

‘Vadim Konyushkevich and Gleb Bazurin – both are extraordinary lawyers with immense understanding of the markets and realities they get to work in. Vadim’s strong expertise in corporate law, combined with Gleb’s deep knowledge of transactional regulation, provides the fullest coverage of the client’s business needs. The team is very commercially oriented, which tremendously helps to achieve the best results possible while working with them.’

‘Uniquely driven and ambitious; not afraid to think out of the box; refreshingly approachable. This applies to both the practice in general, as well as to Vadim Konyushkevich who drives the practice forward. Gleb Bazurin is highly capable and commercially astute.’

Key clients

Fancy Show

China National Gold Group HK

Bosal Nederland B.V.

Skywind International

CDN-Video

Nivak Development

Tek- Pak LLC

Fly Dubai

Supremia International

Wangsu Science & Technology Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Fancy Show on the structuring of a joint venture in the form of an investment partnership for staging the musical ‘Chess’.
  • Assisted Skywind International with the acquisition of three Boeing 777 aircraft from an international leasing company.
  • Advised Supremia International on the sale of businesses of Supremia International in the US and Russia.

Westside Law Firm

Practice head(s):

Sergey Vodolagin; Natalia Vodolagina; Yegor Kravchenko

Key clients

Hilong Group of Companies

Geely Motors

Pfisterer

Vanke

Polish Investment and Trade Agency

Comita Group of Companies

Movchans Group

KWV Russia

Work highlights

  • Advised Hilong Group on the corporate restructuring of its Russian business.
  • Acted for Pfisterer Holding in a corporate conflict with its former management.
  • Advised Comita Group on the structuring of a new business for the construction of a protein-producing plant.

YUST Law Firm

Practice head(s):

Anna Kotova-Smolenskaya; Roman Cherlenyak; Alexander Rudyakov; Igor Kostennikov

Testimonials

‘Yust’s team consists of very strong, experienced and well-known specialists in the field of corporate law and M&A, as well as in other areas of law, especially in financial law. Moreover, they are strong in solving complex matters that require the highest expertise not only in many areas of law, but also in the ability to solve problems in multiple jurisdictions, taking into account interests of all parties. They are ready to provide their legal assistance as soon as possible.’

‘Alexander Rudyakov is a well-known lawyer in the Russian legal community. He perfectly evaluates situations, often many steps ahead, and offers effective and working solutions. I was very pleased to work with him – he is always in touch, never ignores our comments, and is ready to work 24/7 to solve our issues.’

Key clients

MTS PJSC

TÜV Austria

Sberbank of Russia

Invasta Capital

Baltic Gas Chemical Company

X5 Retail Group

Hadassah Medical

DOM.RF JSC

Commerzbank AG

Murom Switch Plant

Work highlights

  • Advising a group of private investors in the petrochemical sector in Russia on various general corporate law issues.
  • Carried out a pre-transactional series of due diligence assignments for MTS PJSC.
  • Advised TÜV Austria on the partial acquisition of SilaKalite Group operating in Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and other countries.