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

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited is recommended by clients as ‘an excellent choice for legal advice in Russia’. The group is well-equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional corporate and M&A transactions through its collaboration with colleagues split across offices in 46 countries. Team members also have specialist expertise in the real estate and construction sectors, as well as regulatory and employment matters. Managing partner Maxim Kalinin leads the practice, and counsel Olga Anikina and senior associate Alexander Korkin are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Kalinin

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Korkin; Olga Anikina

Testimonials

‘I like the team in St. Petersburg for their openness, willingness to cooperate and proactive position.’

‘Maxim Kalinin and his team stand out for their availability, responsiveness, problem-solving approach, team diversity, speed. All of this makes them an excellent choice for legal advice in Russia.’

‘These lawyers are distinguished by competence, professionalism, attention to detail, a high level of presentation skills, the ability to involve experts from different industries, companies and countries in the discussion of problems in order to illuminate issues from all angles. The ability to see situations from above. Meticulousness (in the best sense of the word), clarity and ability to be in touch with clients all the time.’

Key clients

Ford

A.S. Watson

Baltic Pearl

Kesko Group

Bank St. Petersburg

Baltika Breweries

Smiths Heimann Rus

Gazprom Neft

Jotun A/S

Joy Global

Liburdi Turbine Services

Autogrill Group / HMSHost

Renaissance Construction Group

Egger Group

Four Seasons

Neste

Sveza

Charity Foundation Raoul

Amcor Specialty Cartons Saint Petersburg

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ford with the restructuring of its Russian joint venture business with Sollers PJSC.
  • Advised Kesko Corporation on the sale of a land plot in Ryazan in Russia.
  • Advised Joy Global, a division of Komatsu Mining Corp., on various contractual issues.

Capital Legal Services

In early 2020, Capital Legal Services significantly expanded its market presence in St. Petersburg through its merger with Castrén & Snellman's Russian offices, leading to prominent practitioners, including Sergei Lee, joining the firm. The group is regularly sought out for advice on a wide range of matters, including M&A transactions, shareholder agreements governed by English and Russian law, and due diligence assignments. Pavel Karpunin heads up the practice; recently promoted partner Dmitry Churin and senior associates Vadim Kovalyov and Gleb Apenkin are also key figures.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Karpunin;

Other key lawyers:

Dmitry Churin; Sergei Lee; Vadim Kovalyov; Gleb Apenkin

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

  • Assisted Petrokholod with the sale of its ice cream business in St. Petersburg.
  • Advising GHW International on its initial public offering on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
  • Asissted Cupquelan with a liquidation action plan.

Dentons

Dentons assists multiple blue-chip clients with domestic and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions in sectors of traditional strength for the team including the pharmaceuticals and IT industries; additional areas of focus include labour and competition law issues. Practice head Evgenia Teterevkova is ‘a really knowledgeable, experienced partner, who is committed to her clients’, while counsel Sergey Fedorov is adept at handling currency control and customs issues. Clients also recommend managing partner Victor Naumov for issues at the intersection of corporate and IP law.

Practice head(s):

Evgenia Teterevkova

Other key lawyers:

Victor Naumov; Olga Krivosheykina; Sergey Fedorov; Anton Poddubny; Viacheslav Gareev; Aleksei Eliseenko

Testimonials

‘One of the strongest teams in mid-market deals. Has a unique experience in Russian law. They always offer practical solutions and always strive to protect the interests of the client.’

‘Dentons in St. Petersburg is very strong in IP. Viktor Naumov is very well known across the country, not only in St Petersburg. He is great for IP-related corporate work.’

‘Evgenia Teterevkova is a really knowledgeable, experienced partner, who is committed to her clients. Evgenia works on acquisitions of tech start-ups, but is generally a very good corporate lawyer, well-known in the market.’

‘Very efficient and easy to get to deal with the partner. Always back within a couple of hours. Very consistent advice and hold the line in our company’s interests.’

‘Evgenia Teterevkova is a commercial partner. Superb, considered, very hardworking and balanced in her advice. Excellent at helping us deal with our local partners and ensuring we all understand each other. We feel safe under her guidance. Olga Krivosheykina is our main day to day contact. Very attentive, hardworking and always in good humour with a positive outlook. Works very well with our partners while we feel she represents and explains our interest well.’

‘The team has a very good and deep knowledge of the life sciences industry; it is also highly motivated.’

Key clients

Stada Arzneimittel AG

Nizhpharm AO

Zyfra

Lyudani OOO

Avito.ru

Fund of Infrastructural and Educational Programs

Fyffes Limited

Avielen / Warimpex Group

Palfinger CIS GmbH

Palfinger Marine GmbH

MoneyMan

Fortum Oyj

VisionLabs

Work highlights

  • Advising pharmaceuticals manufacturer Stada Arzneimittel AG on the acquisition of selected products from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.
  • Assisting Zyfra with its acquisition of Geosteering, a digital start-up company specialised in software design development for the oil and gas sector.
  • Assisting Avito with the acquisition of a controlling stake in MaxPoster.

DLA Piper Rus Limited

The multi-disciplinary practice at DLA Piper Rus Limited acts for large domestic and foreign companies on the full scope of corporate and commercial matters. While clients rate its ‘unique’ fast-moving consumer goods expertise, the team is also active across a wide range of industries, including the financial services, manufacturing, TMT, retail and real estate sectors. Managing partner Denis Sosedkin sits at the helm of the department, Ruslan Vasutin and Elena Mikhailovskaia are experienced in general and corporate tax law matters; and Natalia Vygovskaya is a key contact for commercial contract work and English law issues.

Practice head(s):

Denis Sosedkin

Other key lawyers:

Natalia Vygovskaya; Ruslan Vasutin; Elena Mikhailovskaia; Leonid Kropotov; Marat Altynbaev; Roman Golovatsky

Testimonials

‘All services provided by DLA Piper Russia’s specialists were at a highly professional level, on time, with clear explanations and analysis of the situation.’

They are a very strong team of lawyers with a structured and original mindset and high level of knowledge in Russian and international law. Good understanding of the needs of the client, coupled with an ability to find suitable solutions in the short period of time.

‘DLA Piper are always in touch. Highly qualified in matters related to investment activities, real estate construction, and any interaction involving the Russian authorities.’

‘Leonid Kropotov is a highly qualified lawyer. The combination of his academic knowledge and extensive experience makes his advice unique.’

‘DLA Piper team is our trusted adviser on a variety of matters. Their FMCG sector expertise is unique, and we value their business-oriented approach to legal matters, in particular, in this heavily regulated environment. They always focus on finding practical solutions, not simply identifying the issues; this is very important for our business.’

‘Denis Sosedkin is our primary contact. We value his systematic problem-solving approach very much. 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.’

‘We recommend Natalia Vygovskaya for her encyclopaedic knowledge, excellent education, vast work experience and flexible approach to clients.’

Key clients

Philip Morris

Rosatom Group

Dentsu Aegis Network

Dredging International / Deme Group

Rusfic LLC

Ariston Thermo

Burberry Limited

Government of St. Petersburg

Danaher Group

Work highlights

  • Acting as general corporate and commercial counsel to Philip Morris.
  • Advised Mordraga LLC on a contract relating to the construction of port facilities in the Ob Bay.
  • Assisting Dentsu Aegis Network with multiple acquisitions in Russia, including the recent acquisition of an international multichannel network group.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners' recent work testifies to its ability to handle the full array of corporate and commercial issues; the group recently experienced an uptick in instructions relating to investment projects and data protection issues. As part of the firm’s EPAM Coronavirus Task Force efforts, the team has been providing extensive advice on commercial contracts and corporate governance issues. Clients praise department head Elena Agaeva for her ‘emotional intelligence, superior communication skills, proactivity and professionalism’, and counsel Alexey Karchiomov heads up the international trade and customs practice. Senior associate Evgenia Evdokimova departed to an in-house role in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Elena Agaeva

Other key lawyers:

Alexey Karchiomov; Elena Kvartnikova

Testimonials

‘EPAM partners are professionals with a proven track record in the industry. Given her solid expertise in complex M&A transactions, Elena Agaeva is indeed a great asset to the St. Petersburg team. Despite challenging market conditions in Russia, Elena is definitely bringing added value to client development and perspective of the firm thanks to her emotional intelligence, superior communication skills, proactivity and professionalism.

‘The attorneys are not only highly skilled and specialised in their areas of expertise but this expertise is coupled with excellent client care, knowledge and attention to detail in respect of the business needs of their clients.’

‘Elena Agaeva is technically excellent and shows a deep understanding not only of her specialised areas of the law but also really understands her clients needs and goals.’

‘Very approachable team, excellent quality.’

‘Elena Agaeva is a superstar. Very good, nice to work with, and fast.’

‘EPAM is a team of professionals. All advice and solutions come ready for immediate implementation, with clear consistency, arguments and documentation.’

‘Elena Agaeva is ready to answer any question or organise a meeting with a specialised lawyer of EPAM. It is thanks to her that our company has a feeling of  having a “family lawyer”.’

Key clients

TPV CIS

Blago Group

Calderys CIS

Quest Software

Clarios

Clemco Baltic LLC

Gruma Group

Industrial & Marine Projects

Spectracom

Foundation Asset Management AB

Work highlights

  • Assisting TPV CIS and multiple other companies with corporate issues arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising Clarios on corporate issues relating to its battery production project with a new Russian partner.
  • Providing Gruma Group with corporate and M&A advice regarding the client’s long-term strategy to expand its presence in the Russian market.

Eversheds Sutherland

Recommended for its ‘incredible knowledge and experience’, Eversheds Sutherland focuses on cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions, with additional strength in corporate governance and restructuring work. ‘Very experienced and knowledgeable’ practice head Mikhail Timonov splits time between Moscow and St. Petersburg, and managing partner Victoria Goldman is praised for her ‘incredible strategic abilities and outstanding legal knowledge’. Counsel Anton Bakov is a key contact for TMT sector mandates, and senior associate Leyla Ibragimova is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Timonov

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Goldman; Natalia Ivolgina; Anton Bakov; Leyla Ibragimova

Testimonials

‘A qualified team with incredible knowledge and experience. The most spectacular feature is that the team always goes above and beyond for clients.’

‘Extremely experienced and professional. The team has sophisticated talent. Their outstanding teamwork meets all our expectations. It’s always a pleasure to work with these people.’

‘Victoria Goldman is a fantastic lawyer! She has incredible strategic abilities and outstanding legal knowledge. Victoria always puts people first, we can rely on her at any moment. Natalia Ivolgina is a high-quality lawyer, she is exceptionally efficient and commercial.’

‘Extremely pleased with the services provided by Eversheds Sutherland. Their corporate M&A team is the strongest. They are really helpful and always available. When we require immediate responses, they are very cooperative.’

‘Victoria Goldman is an excellent lawyer who provides in-depth legal analysis and adopts a commercial approach. Working with her is always a good experience, she has deep sector understanding and understands our needs quickly.’

‘Good lawyers with a good reputation, they are efficient and proactive.’

‘Victoria Goldman is an extremely qualified and experienced partner.’

‘Mikhail Timonov is a very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer.’

Key clients

YIT

Warwick Holdings

Indutrade Flödesteknik AB

Cherkizovo Group

Trackmobile, Cornelius

Tenneco

Nurminen Logistics

CHBC

Voodoo

ITW

Work highlights

  • Assisted YIT with establishing a joint venture with Russian developer Brusnika.
  • Assisted investment company Warwick Holdings with the sale of its controlling stake in a Russian timber enterprise.
  • Assisted Indutrade Flödesteknik AB with selling its Russian business to the current management of the company.

Borenius

Distinguished by a flexible approach and efficiency’, Borenius advises large companies in the oil and gas, property development and private equity sectors. It focuses on corporate and M&A transactions, including acting on the Russian law aspects of cross-border mandates. Alexey Nikitin leads the practice, and clients also recommend managing partner Andrei Gusev. Other key team members include senior associates Artyom Berlin and Irina Dudareva.

Practice head(s):

Alexey Nikitin

Other key lawyers:

Andrei Gusev; Artem Zhavoronkov; Artyom Berlin; Irina Dudareva

Testimonials

‘They counsel with a high degree of certainty, which is much appreciated when you know as little about Russian law as I do. All this applies to Alexey Nikitin.

‘The firm’s practice is distinguished by a flexible approach and efficiency in the provision of legal services. I would also like to note the depth of expertise of the team members, they have unique experience and knowledge.’

‘Andrey Gusev has vast experience, legal wisdom and many connections with legal experts abroad, which is important for the implementation of our projects. Andrey offers non-standard ways to solve problems.’

Key clients

Neste Corporation

Norebo Holding

ZyXel Communications

Tensar

Wintershall

Vorwerk International Strecker & Co

LSF X Investment

Sponda

Reltio

Harvia

Triton Investment Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Harvia Plc, one of the leading companies operating in the sauna and spa market globally, on the acquisition of EOS Group Germany.
  • Advised Neste Corporation on the divestment of its fuel retail business in Russia to Tatneft PJSC.
  • Acted as Russian counsel to Triton Investment Management on the acquisition of Lamina Technologies Group.

Kachkin & Partners

Kachkin & Partners has an excellent reputation for its work on M&A transactions in the real estate and construction sectors, where it counts Seven Suns Development and Baltic Commerce among its clients. Corporate governance and restructuring work are also mainstays of the practice. Department head Kirill Saskov and Dmitry Nekrestyanov are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Kirill Saskov

Other key lawyers:

Dmitry Nekrestyanov

Testimonials

‘We use Kachkin & Partners when the issue at hand is too complex and our lawyers find it difficult to give a definite answer. Their reactions are always immediate, their advice is practical and helpful, and their risk assessment is accurate and realistic.’

‘Kirill Saskov has excellent knowledge of corporate law, coupled with the ability to effectively structure commercial transactions, including in the field of project finance.

‘Kachkin & Partners have extensive experience in M&A transactions. Dmitry Nekrestyanov thinks strategically, takes into account the specifics of the market, as well as the specifics of our business.’

‘Dmitry Nekrestyanov is a real estate professional with extensive experience in advising construction companies. We also highly appreciate his attitude to our business – an active and thoughtful approach to resolving issues, taking into account the possible consequences and development prospects of each project.’

Key clients

RosStrojInvest

Baltic Commerce

Seven Suns Development

Domino’s Pizza

Explosivos Tecnológicos Argentinos

Ruhealthnet

Charity Foundation for the Support and Promotion of Tavricheskaya Cappella

Work highlights

  • Advising RosStrojInvest on gaining the status of developer and launching sales, including legal support for corporate and tax issues related to the client’s project in Moscow.
  • Assisting Baltic Commerce with the acquisition of land plots for the purpose of implementing a high-value housing project.
  • Assisting leading Russian construction company Seven Suns Development on its acquisition of construction rights through the purchase of a separate company.

Maxima Legal

The ‘very skilled and attentive’ lawyers at Maxima Legal assist domestic and international companies with M&A transactions, corporate restructuring issues and contentious corporate work. Industry-specific expertise encompasses the retail, construction and healthcare sectors. The department is jointly led by Maxim Avrashkov, Natalia Diatlova and Sergei Bakeshin.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Avrashkov; Natalia Diatlova; Sergei Bakeshin

Other key lawyers:

Anastasia Samusenko

Testimonials

‘First of all, I was very calmed by the fact that all the work is done by qualified specialists. All their experience brings great results. I was confident in the reliability of my colleagues. The lawyers are very skilled and attentive.’

‘I can describe this practice in three words: qualifications, experience, attentiveness.’

‘We have been cooperating with Maxima Legal team since 2012. Our lawyers have provided numerous consultations on a number of corporate issues (including corporate governance, an acquisition of a company with a research vessel, amendments to corporate policy) related to several projects. We consider Maxima Legal to be a highly professional law firm.’

Key clients

AltaVina Wine Boutique

Ilim Group

Seven Refractories

Avestra Group

Fareva Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ilim Group with the acquisition of several companies that are lessees of large logging sites.
  • Assisting a company in the petrochemical sector with the establishment of an effective group structure for the purposes of its work across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group is adept at handling contentious corporate issues, corporate governance matters, due diligence assignments and investment projects. The department has also acted on multiple recent mandates in the oil and gas industry. Sergey Spasennov leads the practice; tax practice head Sergey Sosnovsky and real estate specialist Elena Krestyantseva are also key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Spasennov

Other key lawyers:

Ksenia Kulikova; Sergey Sosnovsky; Elena Krestyantseva

Testimonials

‘All lawyers were very professional, prompt, responsive and polite in communicating with us.’

‘Excellent adherence to deadlines; a full-fledged immersion of the firm in the client’s issue; a thorough study of all nuances of the project.’

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

SNF Vostok

Container Terminal St. Petersburg

SCA Hygiene Products Russia

Ursa Eurasia

Fazer

Lenta

Duvernoix Legal

Duvernoix Legal assists both domestic and international clients with M&A transactions, as well as establishing and developing business in Russia. Due diligence assignments and restructuring work are also mainstays of the practice. Led by managing partner Egor Noskov, Igor Guschev and Alexander Arbouzov, the team is experienced in the real estate, manufacturing, IT and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Practice head(s):

Egor Noskov; Igor Guschev; Alexander Arbouzov

Other key lawyers:

Anna Yakovleva; Regina Dugaeva

Testimonials

Duvernoix Legal are strong, professional and energetic young experts. I would especially note the proactive approach of this team to solving business cases.

Egor Noskov is an excellent specialist with a broad view of the situation. He can provide very reasonable business advice.

The team has contacts with law firms in foreign jurisdictions, which expands opportunities for Russian clients in solving corporate issues.

Key clients

Aegean

Osara

Kraftvaerk

Polyandria

New City Investments

GATR JSC

Laguna LLC

Alumni Association of St. Petersburg State University

Work highlights

  • Advised US company Osara on the secured purchase by its special purpose vehicle of the Russian company that owns a large land plot in the centre of Kazan.
  • Assisted GATR JSC with its issuance of shares and registration.
  • Advised the Alumni Association of St. Petersburg State University on the registration of its new articles of association.

GRATA International

GRATA International combines expertise in M&A transactions, corporate tax issues and restructurings, and it often acts on mandates in the construction, oil and gas, and financial services sectors. Managing partner Vladimir Komarov leads the practice out of St. Petersburg, where Oleg Shevtsiv is a key contact for registration and administrative matters. The firm also has significant market presence in Rostov-on-Don and Samara, where Igor Stepanov and Dmitry Samigullin are based, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Komarov

Other key lawyers:

Oleg Shevtsiv; Igor Stepanov; Dmitry Samigullin

Key clients

Rokip LLC

Seitenberg.Finance LLC

Diameno Holding

Seitenberg LLC

Line LLC

Akvainzh LLC

Rustoplivo LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Digital Care sp. z o.o. on regulatory competition and consumer protection issues.
  • Advised Rokip LLC on contractual matters.
  • Assisted Akvainzh LLC with the implementation of contracts for the supply of sewage treatment plants to localities in the Leningrad region.

Legal to Business

Legal to Business has a solid track record in assisting retail and real estate clients with both contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice is a popular choice for contractual, regulatory and restructuring work. Managing partner Svetlana Guz and Daria Filina jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Svetlana Guz; Daria Filina

Other key lawyers:

Tatyana Grushko

Testimonials

First-class specialists who really help. They know everything, but also take into account my plans and wishes for the project. High level of service and customer focus + excellent knowledge + experience = the formula for their success.

In addition to the high professionalism of the team, we were also attracted by the prompt response to the questions raised, the proposal of alternative solutions to the case, the availability of partners for discussion.

The strengths of the law firm are: the presence of specialists with diverse knowledge and experience; negotiation skills; the ability to hear the client’s needs and come up with creative ways to implement them; the ability to see and calculate risks in advance. I work most often with Svetlana Guz and Daria Filina. They are very pleasant to talk to.

Our project was led by managing partner Svetlana Guz and Daria Filina. Svetlana and Daria’s partnership is a perfect example of legal professionalism. Svetlana’s creativity is balanced by Daria’s thoughtful approach. Both partners possess knowledge in their field of law and the current trends in the application of legal mechanisms and instruments. They also remain mindful of the interests of the client.

Key clients

Narvskaya Zastava LLC

PSB Zhilstroy, LLC

Finex LLC

Renta Group

Gastrobistro LLC

Lider-A LLC Construction Company

Work highlights

  • Assisted multiple owners of restaurants, bars and cafes with regulatory issues arising out of the newly introduced regulation in the sector.
  • Advised Finex LLC on a due diligence assignment regarding its acquisition of a large enterprise located in Novgorod Oblast.
  • Advising Renta Group on contractual arrangements relating to its retail business.

Nortia GKS

With expertise in corporate, commercial and tax law, Nortia GKS is particularly known for its work for the Russian subsidiaries of Korean and Chinese companies. The team notably focuses on contractual and regulatory issues, M&A transactions, and the establishment of joint ventures. Practice co-heads Roman Tarasov, Yaroslav Karnakov and Aleksei Melnikov are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Yaroslav Karnakov; Aleksei Melnikov; Roman Tarasov

Other key lawyers:

Daria Yurchenko

Testimonials

Client focus, understanding of the critical role of deadlines, prompt decision-making, ability to make useful recommendations.

Roman Tarasov is a professional. Clear organisation of work and not a single missed deadline. Pleasant to talk to.

Key clients

Weichai Power Co.

Rive Gauche

Pulp Mill Holding

RBI Holding

Geropharm LLC

Junwex Media Holding / Rusjewelerexpert

Ecovacs Rus

Hlebprom JSC

Akvilon Invest

Mantsinen Russia

Carprice.ru

Marelli Rus

Shakhtspetzstroy

Work highlights

  • Advised Weichai Power Co. on setting up Kamaz Weichai, the first-ever Sino-Russian joint venture in the engine manufacturing industry.
  • Advised Hlebprom on the re-domiciliation of the client’s holding company from Cyprus to Kaliningrad.
  • Advised Geropharm on concluding a special investment agreement relating to the construction of a new factory for the production of insulins.

Prime Advice

Prime Advice houses ‘an amazing team of lawyers who offer flexible, practical and rational advice’. The team acts for large domestic clients on M&A and joint venture transactions, due diligence assignments, insolvency matters and corporate governance issues. Managing partner Ekaterina Mikhalskaya leads the department with Denis Khimilyayne, who divides his time between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Former managing partner Inna Vavilova retired from the partnership in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ekaterina Mikhalskaya; Denis Khimilyayne

Other key lawyers:

Vitalii Karpenko; Elena Golubeva

Testimonials

‘We have been cooperating for several years, during which Prime Advice has repeatedly proved its professional competence. An amazing team of lawyers who offer flexible, practical and rational advice.’

‘Ekaterina Mikhalskaya is proactive, creative, talented, purposeful, excellent specialist, truly versed in business, always finds a solution, supervises a multifaceted team of specialists, first-class.’

‘Complete professionalism in all matters. Clarity, diligence, professionalism, flexibility. This applies to Ekaterina Mikhailskaya.’

‘The company’s specialists are distinguished by a high level of professionalism, creativity, ability to work in a team, a positive attitude, due to which high performance is achieved. Managing partner Ekaterina Mikhalskaya is a professional manager, with her ability to coordinate the activities of specialists in various fields. Managing partner Denis Khimilyayne is a strategist, with a focus on results, comprehensive problem solving, non-standard approach to situations.’

Key clients

Ivax Paper Chemicals LLC

Kondopoga JSC

Konstantin Porechny

Work highlights

  • Assisting Ivax Paper Chemicals LLC with the establishment of a joint Russian-Indian enterprise for the purpose of building a chemicals plant in the Leningrad region.
  • Advised Karelia Pulp LLC on the acquisition of a majority stake in a forestry business in Russia.
  • Assisted Konstantin Porechny, owner of a 50% stake in a restaurant, with corporate governance issues relating to the management of the restaurant.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal)

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal) ‘understands the level of compliance which clients require’; it is also well-versed in contractual matters and restructuring transactions. Industry-specific expertise encompasses the pharmaceuticals, automotive and retail sectors. Daria Tarasova and Evgeniy Gouk jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Daria Tarasova; Evgeniy Gouk

Other key lawyers:

Andrey Odabashian; Maria Nevzorova

Testimonials

‘The team provides practical advice and understands the level of compliance which clients require.’

‘Daria Tarasova is very reliable; she gives quick responses and keeps clients posted.’

‘The practice includes lawyers specialising in various areas of law. Moreover, each of them is a professional in their field and has experience working on complex and often unique projects. You can trust them with a project of any complexity and be sure of the high quality of the support you receive.’

‘I worked with different lawyers of the team on various issues and I was very pleased with the results of the work. I love their proactiveness, their commercially balanced approach to problem solving, and their creativity in solving complex problems.’

Key clients

Angelini Pharma Rus LLC

Bridgestone Corporation

Essity

Gazprombank AO

Hitachi Ltd.

Ikea Dom LLC

Ipsen Pharma LLC

Kefir! Studio

Mazda Motor Rus LLC

SC Johnson LLC

Octapharma Nordic AB

Orion Pharma LLC

Unipharm LLC

Uniqlo (Rus) LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisting Unipharm LLC with a broad range of regulatory issues.
  • Assisted Uniqlo (Rus) LLC, the Russian subsidiary of an international clothing apparel company, with the update of its IP licensing and production agreements to facilitate the manufacturing of branded goods in Russia.
  • Assisting a large foreign automotive company with a standard dealer sales and service agreement between the client and its Russian 3S dealers.

S&K Vertical

S&K Vertical has extensive experience in handling M&A transactions in the region. The team is also increasingly instructed by companies and private investors on restructuring and corporate governance issues. Managing partner Liubov Duyko acts for clients on real estate transactions and cultural projects. Andrey Mikoni, Sergey Slagoda and Konstantin Krutilnikov jointly lead the group.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Mikoni; Sergey Slagoda; Konstantin Krutilnikov

Other key lawyers:

Liubov Duyko

Testimonials

‘The specialists of S&K Vertical provide powerful support during social, cultural and charitable projects. They promptly respond to incoming requests and implement them with maximum efficiency.’

Key clients

Project “Activedevelopment”

Sportlife Project

Rublyovka Project

Stanislavsky Electrotheatre Foundation

Saint Petersburg Fund for Brodsky Museum Creation

Charitable Foundation “Ostrova”

Muzyka Aeterna

Work highlights

  • Assisted investors with agreements relating to the implementation of Sportlife Project.
  • Advised an investor on corporate and other risks relating to a possible contestation of the ownership of rights to the shares in AO Rublyovka.
  • Assisted Charitable Foundation “Ostrova” with various corporate documents relating to its activities.