Allen & Overy Legal Services focuses on aircraft finance. Practice head Ilya Dvorkin led in assisting GTLK Europe with the acquisition of CBM Ireland Leasing. The team also handles contentious issues and currently represents Aurora Airline, a subsidiary of Russia’s largest airline Aeroflot, in proceedings concerning customs and antitrust matters. Other clients include Gazprombank and VTB Leasing.
Transport in Russia
Headed by Victoria Bortkevicha, the team at Clifford Chance is praised for its ‘ratio of quality to costs’. The team advised SMBC Aviation Capital on leasing eight A320neo aircraft to Siberia Airlines, as well as on the sale of 20 aircraft to Aircastle. Senior associate Anna Nikulina relocated to London. Senior associate Vadim Turtsev joined from Allen & Overy Legal Services; he is a specialist in aircraft finance transactions and is recommended for his ‘deep knowledge and great project management skills’.
DLA Piper's team is ‘able to achieve positive results in a short time’ and stands out due to 'its efficiency, reliability and the exceptional quality of its services’. The group handles regulatory matters, financing, leasing and commercial dispute resolution in the fields of aviation and shipping. ‘Very experienced’ practice co-head Anna Otkina leads in advising AviaAM Leasing China on all matters regarding external financing and the sale-and-leaseback of aircraft to Aeroflot. Fellow co-head Philip Lamzin, who is ‘competent and trustworthy’, took the lead in assisting key clients Sberbank and Sberbank Leasing with the acquisition of high-value aircraft.
The transport department at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is headed by Vitaly Mozharowski. Highlights included providing legal support to the Sheremetyevo International Airport during its $1bn reconstruction, as well as advising the International Investment Bank on the acquisition of multiple passenger and special purpose aviation assets.
At Dentons, Andrei Strijak, Andrey Tarapov and Alexander Skoblo jointly head the department and focus on aviation, shipping and automotive matters, respectively. The firm represents Sita International in debt recovery claims regarding the bankruptcy of Russian airline Transaero. Other highlights include assisting Alrosa Air Company with aircraft lease agreements.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Innokenty Ivanov heads the transport practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which ‘provides high-quality, well-targeted targeted legal advice’ and 'understands what the client needs'. The team assists companies with major transport infrastructure projects, such as the construction of the Western High Speed Diameter and the regeneration of Sheremetyevo International Airport’s runways. Senior associate Fedor Teselkin is also recommended for his 'excellent legal expertise'.
White & Case LLC assists a wide range of clients with financing, leasing and the delivery of aircraft. Practice head Natalia Nikitina handles aviation issues and was recently appointed to the Aviation Working Group's legal advisory panel. The team assisted Vnesheconombank and export credit agency Exiar with financing the purchase of 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft.
Law Firm “Stepanov and Aksuk”
The team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is recommended for its ‘deep understanding of the law, which makes the firm a perfect choice for regulatory matters’. Based in St Petersburg, ‘impressive’ senior associate Alexey Karchiomov heads the practice and ‘is able to comprehend and resolve complex legal issues in a swift manner’. The group advised Yandex on establishing its joint venture with Uber International and represented BlaBlaCar in proceedings appealing a ban imposed by local authorities affecting rides shared through BlaBlaCar.
Hogan Lovells (CIS) focuses on asset finance, trade and export finance and regulatory work in the areas of railway, aviation and transport infrastructure. The ‘quick and competent’ team is jointly led by Oxana Balayan and recently promoted counsel Alexander Gasparyan, who is assisting Scat Airlines with the purchase of aircraft.
Sokolov, Maslov and Partners
Led by practice head Iftikhar Pirov, the ‘responsive’ team at Sokolov, Maslov and Partners is ‘very dependable and goes the extra mile in providing unique advice regarding the shipping offshore area’. The ‘highly focused and extremely efficient’ Sergey Seliverstov QC advised Farostransflot on matters regarding the chartering of vessels and carriage of goods. ‘Great problem-solver’ Elena Popova defended insurance companies in proceedings regarding a sunken floating dock that occurred during towage.
At VEGAS LEX, Denis Shtirbu heads the transport practice, which assists clients with major railroad infrastructure projects. The team advised the Ministry of Transport of the Novosibirsk Region during negotiations with government agencies regarding a high-value railway concession initiative. Dorogi Rossii is another notable client, among others.