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    • Ilya Skripnikov - EY Law
    • Grigory Smirnov - Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP
    • Julia Voskoboinikova - Linklaters

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Dentons has ‘unique expertise in PPP projects in Russia, and in-depth knowledge of the practical aspects of respective legislation’. The team advises on all stages of PPP and infrastructure projects, including financing, project agreements and issues related to construction, operation and maintenance. Karina Chichkanova is recommended. Ilya Skripnikov is now with EY Law.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides ‘an excellent level of service in all aspects, and has an in-depth understanding of PPP and banking issues’. Project finance specialist Innokenty Ivanov heads the team, where Fedor Teselkin advises Russian and foreign clients on transport projects across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Highlights included advising a consortium of lenders including Gazprombank, Sberbank and Eurasian Development Bank on the financing and construction of the central ring road in Moscow.

The ‘energetic, proactive’ team at Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP has ‘exceptional knowledge of the infrastructure and construction industry’ and ‘benefits from its strong network of global connections’. Practice head Olga Revzina is ‘a strong project manager with solid commercial skills’ and senior associate Grigory Smirnov is ‘highly experienced in construction matters’. Highlights included advising DSK Avtoban on the construction of the Moscow central ring road.

Hogan Lovells (CIS)’s ‘responsive lawyers’ provide ‘high-quality advice that is always tailored and clear’. The firm has strong cross-border capabilities, and regularly acts for investors from across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. ‘Talented managerAlexander Dolgovknows the markets in and out’, and recently advised Sberbank on a concession agreement for a number of projects in the utilities sector.

At Linklaters, highlights included acting for a consortium of investors including VTB Capital, Gazprombank and Vnesheconombank on the Western High-Speed Diameter project, a major toll road construction. The team is also acting for the lenders and bond holders on the financing of the M11 motorway project. Julia Voskoboinikova has been involved in a number of road construction projects. Matthew Keats heads the department.

Capital Legal Services’ team of ‘highly competent lawyers’ wins plaudits for its ‘strong understanding of the interests of each party’ and its ‘correct assessment of all risks’. Pavel Karpunin heads the practice, and regularly advises on projects aimed at improving Russian PPP legislation.

Clifford Chance acts for a mix of banks and international financial institutions on the large-scale financing of transportation, medical and sanitation projects. Led by Victoria Bortkevicha, the team recently advised Russian Communal Systems on the construction of water supply and disposal systems.

St Petersburg-based firm Kachkin & Partners recently advised North Caucasus Development on the construction of a medical cluster in the North Caucasus Federal District, and also acted for Regional Concession Company on its financing of the Khabarovsk bypass. Denis Kachkin is the key figure.

Vegas Lex has ‘an outstanding approach to concession project structuring’ and ‘does everything possible to ensure the launch of each project as soon as is practical’. The team is headed by Albert Eganyan, who ‘is highly efficient and committed to obtaining positive results’.

Andrey Zharskiy heads the department at ALRUD Law Firm, which recently advised Puma Energy Holdings on a joint venture between its parent company Trafigura and Airports of Regions. The team also advises Vi Holding on the redevelopment of the territory of former Moscow airfield Tushino.

CMS’ team is led by managing partner Jean-Francois Marquaire, who has strong expertise in construction projects, infrastructure and project finance. Key clients include Sibur Holding and Rosatom.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is ‘highly competitive in the PPP market’ and provides a ‘very high level of service’. The firm handles projects related to social infrastructure, territory development and transport, and recently advised a Russian company on its $4m reconstruction of a thermal power plant. Olga Mischenko is the name to note.

FBK Legal advises on legal risk assessment, tender procedures and project implementation, and has been notably active in the oil and gas and transportation sectors. Alexander Ermolenko heads the practice, which recently advised China Railway Rolling Stock on its investment in a Russian infrastructure project.

LeCap Law Firm primarily handles ecological projects related to waste processing and recycling across the Russian regions. Yury Tuktarov heads the practice, and is currently advising Ecology-Novosibirsk on its creation of a communal infrastructure system for the city of Novosibirsk.

Liniya Prava Law Firm advises on concession-based projects, PPP and corporate partnership projects in the automotive, aviation, public transport and healthcare sectors, among others. Managing partner Andrey Novakovskiy has notable expertise in financing and legislation drafting.

At Maxima Legal, highlights included advising Institute Stroyproekt on the construction of a toll road over the Ob River in the Altai region, and acting for Volgabus in a concession project for the construction of a gas-engine bus fleet in St Petersburg. Managing partner Maxim Avrashkov and recently promoted partner Natalia Diatlova are the key figures.

White & Case LLC is currently advising the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on several loans to Rosvodokanal Group for the modernisation of water supply and disposal facilities in central Russia. Maxim Kobzev has strong financing expertise, and Natalia Nikitina regularly advises on shipping and infrastructure issues.

The ‘efficient’ practice at YUST Law Firm is led by Anna Kotova-Smolenskaya, who recently advised Orion Confectionery on its construction of a food manufacturing plant in the Tver region. Other key clients include Gazprom Space Systems, Roscosmos and Russian Gas Society.

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