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

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s team attracts praise for ‘its in-depth understanding and perfect knowledge of laws applicable at both Russian and international levels’. The department is also recommended for the efficiency of its cross-practice approach, and works in conjunction with other teams on tax, merger control and employment mandates. The practice also has notable strength in corporate transactions with a real estate and infrastructure angle; department head Maxim Kalinin and counsel Olga Anikina have niche expertise in these arenas.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Kalinin

Testimonials

Great support and timely management of issues

Key clients

International Paper

Ford Motor Company

A.S. Watson

Baltic Pearl

Peter-Service

Bank Saint Petersburg

Baltika Brewery

Smiths Heimann Rus

Jotun

Joy Global

Ford Sollers Holding

Man Truck and Bus Rus

Liburdi Turbine Services

Autogrill Group / HMSHost

Renaissance Construction Group

Egger Group

Charity foundation Raoul

Amcor Specialty Cartons Saint Petersburg

Constructor Rus

Russian Guild of Managers and Developers

Work highlights

  • Advised Gazprom Neft on the establishment of a joint venture with Shell to develop licence blocks in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
  • Advising Jotun Paints, the Russian subsidiary of a global manufacturer of paints and powder coatings, on corporate and other issues relating to its production facility in the Leningrad region.

Capital Legal Services

The St. Petersburg-based corporate practice at Capital Legal Services works closely with its office in Moscow; the group is spearheaded by Vladislav Zabrodin in Moscow and Pavel Karpunin and Dmitry Churin in St. Petersburg. Clients also single out the expertise of associate Vadim Kovalyov. The group advises on a wide range of issues including M&A deals, company reorganisations, audits and corporate governance mandates. The team is also increasingly handling instructions relating to corporate law and issues concerning the applicable sanctions regime.

Practice head(s):

Vladislav Zabrodin; Pavel Karpunin; Dmitry Churin

Testimonials

A diversified practice with deep knowledge of GDPR and foreign laws

This is team of real professionals, to whose expertise we are easily return.

I admire Capital Legal Services’ client-oriented approach and responsiveness. They are always keen and ready to support us and our clients with tailor-made legal solutions. What is equally important is that the team inspires confidence.

Dmitry Churin stands out for his profound knowledge of the business as well as Russian law, flexibility and responsiveness, and the high quality of his services.

Dmitry Churin and Vadim Kovalyov stand out for their swift reaction, great communication skills, and professional and candid approach.

Vladislav Zabrodin has a great sense of strategic thinking and cultivates initiatives and independence within the firm.

Associate Vadim Kovalyov adopts a highly pragmatic approach to issues.

Key clients

Aspen Healthcare

Aspo

Hoffmann Group

Ingka Centres

Kiilto Oy

Leroy Merlin

Next Plc

Omnilife

Profireal Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Pesa with audit and governance advice.
  • Advising Kiilto Klei on corporate governance issues.

DLA Piper Rus Limited

DLA Piper Rus Limited’s cross-practice team adopts ‘a creative and efficient’ multi-disciplinary approach to advising clients in the retail, real estate, automotive and financial services sectors. The team excels in cross-border matters, where its capabilities are additionally bolstered by the expertise of Natalia Vygovskaya, who is well-versed in Russian and English law. Department head Denis Sosedkin contributes significantly to the practice's M&A expertise, while Ruslan Vasutin handles the tax aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Denis Sosedkin

Testimonials

DLA Piper offers top-quality practical advice regarding both local and international matters. The team has excellent knowledge of the industry which clearly benefits us. We value lawyers in the team as reliable long-standing partners with great technical expertise. The team should also be praised for its responsiveness and availability.

We value highly the team’s creativity and business-oriented approach.

Denis Sosedkin is a smart lawyer, who is capable of seeing the whole picture at a glance and finding simple but creative solutions to complex matters. It is very important that he is readily available, attentive to details, and very knowledgeable of the industry.

Key clients

Avestra

Inditex

Dredging International

City Government of St. Petersburg

Veralia

Moody’s

TMD Friction

Philip Morris International

Rosatom

Sibeco

Kuehne + Nagel International AG

Work highlights

  • Assisting Philip Morris International with issues relating to its conventional business, and the expansion of its activities in Russia.
  • Advising VF International on the cross-border structure for its import operations.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Elena Agaeva leads Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners ’ corporate department in St. Petersburg, which advises a client base of primarily international companies. The group advises on the full range of corporate work including issues relating to M&A deals and corporate structures, and handles the related employment and data protection mandates. The team has also been notably active advising on the newly adopted capital amnesty programme. Senior associate Evgenia Evdokimova has expertise in contract law; associate Elena Kvartnikova is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Elena Agaeva

Testimonials

Great understanding of the client’s needs, quick response, great professional skills, and out-of-the-box thinking.

Experienced professionals which get the job done quickly and provide top-notch advice.

This is a team of lawyers which has the ability to cover the most complicated, multi-jurisdictional matters as well as matters with a regulatory element that other law firms cannot cope with.

Practice head Elena Agaeva leads a team which works as accurately and precisely as a Swiss watch.

It is a pleasure to work with Elena Agaeva – she is very supportive and always focused on the task I have to solve.

Client-oriented, open-minded and clear, Elena Agaeva is a unique lawyer who specialises in a wide range of corporate law issues.

Key clients

Spectracom Sas

Johnson Controls

Tenneco

Calderys

Gruma

EDS Group AS

Work highlights

  • Advising Johnson Controls Power Solutions on negotiations, due diligence, corporate and contractual issues relating to a planned battery production project.
  • Assisted a global manufacturer of oilfield equipment with the sale of its business in Russia.
  • Advised Gruma Group on a wide range of corporate issues regarding the expansion of its business in Russia.

Borenius

The M&A and corporate department at Borenius is led by Alexey Nikitin, who works closely with associate Artyom Berlin. The team attracts mandates from clients active in the oil and gas, property development and private equity sectors, and is also regularly instructed to act as local counsel on high-value multijurisdictional M&A transactions. The group also provides an increasing amount of sanctions-related advice; its sanctions expertise was strengthened in 2019 by the arrival of Artem Zhavoronkov from Dentons. Managing partner Andrei Gusev  is also key name to note and handles strategic boardroom issues, cross-border M&A, structuring work and tax planning matters as well as white-collar crime cases.

Practice head(s):

Alexey Nikitin

Testimonials

A diligent and reactive team which delivers legal advice to the point and does so in a timely manner.

The team provides pragmatic, practical and clear advice whilst explaining the Russian legal framework and the requirements applicable locally.

The team is able to work to tight deadlines and provide practical solutions even when matters do not initially go according to plan.

Alexey Nikitin and associate Artyom Berlin understand our issues, explain clearly what may be required from a Russian legal perspective, and make a deal happen when other lawyers have proven unable to do so.

Key clients

Pioneer Group

Konecranes

Reltio

Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials

Neste Corporation

Norebo Holding

Tensar

Wintershall

Zyxel Communications

Vorwerk International Strecker & Co.

Tikkurila

Work highlights

  • Acting for Neste Corporation on the sale of its subsidiary Neste St. Petersburg LLC to PJSC Tatneft.
  • Assisted Konecranes with the reorganisation of its Russian business unit.
  • Advised Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials on its acquisition of a Russian group operating a bitumen terminal in a Russian region.

Dentons

Dentons assists its blue-chip clients with matters relating to the structuring of M&A deals and joint ventures, compliance work and corporate governance issues; all are key areas of expertise for Evgenia Teterevkova. For corporate matters arising from the international sanctions regime, the group works in conjunction with the firm’s offices in Brussels, Washington DC and Kiev. On the commercial side, managing partner and department head Victor Naumov handles the management of intangible assets and e-commerce issues. Associate Olga Krivosheykina and counsel Sergey Fedorov also attract praise.

Practice head(s):

Victor Naumov

Testimonials

The team has in-depth knowledge and a friendly approach to advising clients, and is always available and approachable.

We feel very comfortable with our competent team which communicates very well.

Dentons’ lawyers have developed very good working knowledge of our business and local business partners. This helps in keeping track of risks and problems across key areas of our activity.

Eugenia Teterevkova is my first contact. She is extremely qualified, knowledgeable, clear and friendly.

Counsel Sergey Fedorov is very strong professional with fast and clear reaction which is extremely helpful.

Associate Olga Krivosheykina is very dedicated and has a good grasp of the law.

Key clients

Fyffes

Palfinger CIS GmbH

Palfinger Marine GmbH

Russian Venture Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Fyffes on corporate, commercial and tax issues relating to its planned expansion in Russia and its day-to-day operations.
  • Assisting Palfinger Group with establishing its marine business in Russia, including providing advice on its business strategy and pricing models.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland provides advice on M&A deals and general corporate law matters with demonstrable strength acting for buyers on high-value transactions; the group is also increasingly instructed by sell-side companies. The team works seamlessly across its national offices; managing partner Victoria Goldman and Mikhail Timonov jointly head up the corporate and commercial department, and divide their time between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Helsinki-based Anu Mattila also contributes to the group and specialises in joint ventures and fund structures. Counsel Anton Bakov and associate Leyla Ibragimova are also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Goldman; Mikhail Timonov

Testimonials

Friendly, very quick and professional advice on commercial and corporate M&A matters

I would definitely like to honour the team’s high level of knowledge and also its responsiveness. Lawyers always deliver high-end legal advice and pay particular attention to understanding the client’s needs.’

The team has wide experience of different matters. All our needs are met by one firm.

Victoria Goldman is an outstanding lawyer and a brilliant negotiator. She has extensive experience and she always handles every situation elegantly. Victoria truly cares about our business and it is always a pleasure to work with her.

Mikhail Timonov has been most helpful. He is very accessible, diligent, and dependable.

Counsel Anton Bakov is simply amazing.

Associate Leyla Ibragimova is pedantic and professional.

Key clients

Cherkizovo Group

Rolls-Royce

YIT

SRV Russia

Valmet Automation

Ahlstrom-Munksjö

Anna Höglund Productions Ab Oy

Work highlights

  • Advised the Cherkizovo Group on its ₽4.5bn acquisition of Altaisky Broiler.
  • Advised Anna Höglund Productions on its entry into the Russian market.

Kachkin & Partners

At Kachkin & Partners, the corporate department focuses on regulatory corporate work and corporate governance issues; the group also assists international clients with establishing their business in Russia. Kirill Saskov leads the team and has standout expertise in contentious corporate work. The team's recent work also demonstrates its strength in high-value M&A transactions in the real estate sector, which is an area of focus for Dmitry Nekrestyanov.

Practice head(s):

Kirill Saskov

Testimonials

The team handles the issues of clients individually, on a case-by-case basis, instead of adopting a cliché solution. Lawyers are highly motivated and also have significant expertise in investment in the real estate sector.

It is always possible to ask the team complex questions and to get a quick response.

Kirill Saskov is certainly a key figure on the local market.

Key clients

Seven Suns Development

Domino’s Pizza

Explosivos Tecnológicos Argentinos

Ruhealthnet

Charity Foundation for the Support and Promotion of Tavricheskaya Cappella

Work highlights

  • Advising Seven Suns Development on the purchase of a company owning land plots.
  • Advising Domino’s Pizza on the company’s structure and franchising matters.
  • Assisting RosStrojInvest with issues relating to obtaining a developer status and launching sales.

Maxima Legal

Maxima Legal advises on a wide array of general corporate and business law issues; the specialised group is dedicated to handling international investments and projects. The department is jointly led by Maxim Avrashkov, Natalia Diatlova and senior associate Sergei Bakeshin. Clients also single out associate Anastasiya Samusenko.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Avrashkov; Natalia Diatlova; Sergei Bakeshin

Testimonials

Maxima Legal is the firm with which I am pleased to work. I would be glad to recommend the team of lawyers headed by Natalia Diatlova for corporate law work related to international business restructuring. The law firm has extensive experience in managing such projects, a well-established network of foreign partners, and an excellent understanding of Russian and international commercial and corporate law.

Comprehensive support of our project, excellent knowledge of the relevant legislation, high level of availability of specialists, and promptness.

Maxima Legal is one of the leading consulting companies across a number of areas of law, particularly commercial and corporate law. When working with the firm, I valued the prompt responses and the ability to work to tight deadlines.

We have been working with Maxima Legal since 2017. Lawyers have an excellent knowledge and skills, and are well-versed in national and foreign law.

We work with Natalia Diatlova. Natalia showed herself as a competent specialist, it is easy to negotiate with her, and she responds to our requests in a timely manner. I would also like to mention associate Anastasiya Samusenko, who assists Natalia and has excellent knowledge of corporate law.

Natalia Diatlova feels confident during all stages of negotiations, copes with a large volume of various legal work, thinks systematically, and is always open for communication. The memoranda and agreements which she prepares reflect her many years of experience working with large international businesses.

Key clients

Gatchina Gardens

Avestra  Group

Fareva Croup

Marine Geology Services

Meratech Rus Group LLC

The D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia

Zodiaq

Anse

Work highlights

  • Advising the Fareva Group on issues regarding M&A transactions.
  • Assisting Marine Geology Services LLP with corporate issues relating to its projects.

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group excels in joint venture transactions, foreign direct investment work and corporate governance issues. On the contentious side, the team also represents clients in corporate and commercial disputes. Department head and recently promoted senior partner Sergey Spasennov has niche expertise in transactions with land and real estate elements. Sergey Sosnovsky is also recommended and is a noteworthy adviser for tax advice relating to corporate restructuring work.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Spasennov

Testimonials

Very business-oriented, good and practical advice, very professional

Sergey Sosnovsky utilises his exceptional commercial understanding to meet the needs of his clients.

Key clients

Almaz-Antey

Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg

Fazer

Habasit

Lenta

Procter & Gamble

SNF Vostok

Ursa Eurasia

Etalon LenSpecSMU

Mertens House

Work highlights

  • Assisted a leading Russian investor with its acquisition of a large Russian steel enterprise.
  • Assisted a  Russian asset trust management company with conducting comprehensive due diligence of a potential target of acquisition – a leading Russian company that leases out warehouse facilities.

Castrén & Snellman St Petersburg’s practice focuses on domestic and international M&A deals, corporate governance issues and private equity projects. Practice head Heidi Paalanen-Koev is based in Helsinki and is a key name for clients seeking assistance with cross-border transactions and commercial agreements. In St. Petersburg, Sergei Lee also specialises in M&A transactions and general business law, and works alongside senior associate Alexander Rostovsky, who is another name to note.

GRATA International

GRATA International assists a mix of clients including small and medium-sized enterprises, international commercial structures and governmental organisations. The team advises on issues regarding general corporate matters, corporate structures, business strategies and investment issues. Managing partner Vladimir Komarov and Oleg Shevtsiv jointly head up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Komarov; Oleg Shevtsiv

Testimonials

A good team of professionals who work quickly, clearly and without frills.

The team has a good reputation not only across a number of practice areas in the Northwest, but also across Russia and other CIS countries.

The team respects the wishes of clients and invests effort in truly understanding them.

Vladimir Komarov is an excellent business partner and a real expert in his field.

Vladimir Komarov has put together a successful, client-oriented team.

Key clients

LabMed Konsalt LLC

Seitenberg LLC

Line LLC

Radiograd LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Chocolate Factory of Provence with issues relating to its assets and corporate structure.
  • Advised Radiograd on issues regarding its structure and performed an audit of its concluded contracts.
  • Advised Seitenberg LLC on the creation of a closed-end mutual investment fund.

Prime Advice

Prime Advice has notable expertise in the insolvency arena, alongside significant experience in M&A transactions, corporate due diligence and general corporate law issues. Managing partners Inna Vavilova and Ekaterina Mikhalskaya, and Anastasia Morozkova are key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Inna Vavilova; Ekaterina Mikhalskaya; Anastasia Morozkova

Testimonials

A highly reliable, quick and friendly team

There is a genuine spirit of cooperation and shared goals all revolving around helping the customer that I have not found at other organizations. The firm also advised me and kept me updated at all stages of the process.

The team is particularly good at prioritising the needs of the client,  at making itself available, and at sticking to the agreed deadlines.

Key clients

Ivax Paper Chemicals

JSC Kondopoga

JSC Teya

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ivax Paper Chemicals with creating a joint Russian-Indian venture.
  • Assisting JSC Kondopoga with creating a joint-stock company.
  • Advising JSC Teya on the acquisition of a dental services business.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal)

At PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal)Daria Tarasova and Evgeniy Gouk jointly lead the corporate team, which advises clients on issues relating to business models, corporate governance and due diligence matters. Clients also single out senior associate Andrey Odabashian, who has vast experience in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Practice head(s):

Daria Tarasova; Evgeniy Gouk 

Testimonials

We have received high-quality advice on multiple strategically important projects.

The team brings quick results and focuses on the client.

Evgeniy Gouk is very experienced.

Key clients

Angelini Pharma Rus LLC

Ikea Dom LLC

B&N Bank

Octapharma Nordic AB

Bonduelle-Kuban OOO

Bridgestone Corporation

Essity

Ferrero Russia CJSC

Gazprombank AO

Hitachi

Kefir! Studio

Ipsen Pharma LLC

Unipharm LLC

Double Data

Work highlights

  • Advising Ipsen Pharma LLC on issues relating to its advertising of pharmaceutical products.
  • Assisting a large taxi-operating company with developing a new business model.

S&K Vertical

Liubov Duyko and Andrey Mikoni jointly lead S&K Vertical’s department in St. Petersburg. The team assists commercial entities and public organisations with issues relating to business strategies and day-to-day operations. The department also has the ability to handle contentious commercial and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Liubov Duyko; Andrey Mikoni

Testimonials

The department has the ability to quickly solve problems, while retaining a sense of tact and professionalism.

A team of professionals which provides services at the highest level within the agreed time frame. We appreciate the experience and impeccable reputation of this firm, as well as the personalised approach to our issues.

Corporate and M&A is a key area of practice for S&K Vertical. We needed lawyers who are able to truly understand our case and to solve problems quickly and efficiently. That is why we chose S&K Vertical.

Key clients

Keystone Logistics LLC

Phenomen Films

Stanislavsky Electrotheatre Foundation

Alma Mater Foundation

Saint Petersburg Fund for Brodsky Museum Creation

Charitable Foundation “Ostrova”

Muzyka Aeterna

Work highlights

  • Representing Maxim Moskalev, a beneficiary of Aspect-Finance and Aspect Bank, in a lengthy corporate dispute.
  • Acting for Keystone Logistics LLC in corporate litigation proceedings.
  • Assisting Alma Mater Foundation with general corporate advice concerning its day-to-day activities.