VEGAS LEX has improved its ranking in traditionally strong categories of The Legal 500 EMEA 2019. In particular, the
firm ranks first in PPP and infrastructure projects category.

VEGAS LEX's activities are recognised within
the following categories:

  •  Competition (tier 3)
  • PPP and infrastructure projects (tier
  • Dispute resolution: Litigation (tier
  • Commercial, corporate and M&A: Moscow
    (tier 4)
  • Real estate and construction (tier
  • Tax (tier 3)
  • TMT (tier 4)
  • Transport
    (tier 3)
  • Energy and natural resources (tier

Many experts of VEGAS LEX have been recommended in the ranking. The
following experts have been named in the individual ranking in the PPP and
infrastructure projects category:

  • Denis Shtirbu (leading individual)
  • Irina Dolgikh (next generation lawyer)

Below are some
quotes about experts and firm.

corporate and M&A: Moscow

strong focus on M&A and joint venture deals in the PPP and infrastructure
space, and recently advised Fortum on a joint venture with a major Russian
investment fund to build wind farms. Other clients include Russia Post and
Sberbank Capital. Alexander Garmaev and Alexandra Vasukhnova are the main practitioners.


VEGAS LEX focuses
on anti-monopoly cases, compliance projects and regulatory advice. Alexander Sitnikov heads the practice, which handles
work for key clients such as pipe producer TMK and Roche Diabetes Care Rus.

resolution: Litigation

managing partner Alexander Sitnikov’s extensive experience in the
corporate space covers conflicts relating to investment projects, the
protection and recovery of business assets, corporate governance and
restructuring. Department head Victor Petrov has a strong track record in
commercial, corporate, insurance and bankruptcy disputes. Evgeniy Rodin is recommended for energy disputes. The
practice represents a mix of clients from the aerospace, energy, life sciences
and retail sectors.

Energy and natural

Specializing in
power generation projects, VEGAS LEX regularly represents clients such as OGK-2
and Irkutsk Electric Grid Company in contractual, commercial and tax-related
disputes. Evgeniy Rodin and Alexander Sitnikov are the main practitioners.

PPP and
infrastructure projects

According to one
client, VEGAS LEX has ‘the leading practice in the Russian PPP sector’; the
team is known for its strong focus on large-scale PPP projects in the energy,
transportation, ports and healthcare-related areas. The ‘highly reputable’
practice is led by ‘industry expert’ Denis Shtirbu and is well known for advising federal and
regional governmental agencies and state-owned companies including Russian
Railways and the Ministry of Transport of the Novosibirsk region. Irina Dolgikh
‘demonstrates exceptional knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail’.

Real estate and

Headed by the
‘diligent and responsible’ Igor Chumachenko, the real estate department at
VEGAS LEX provides ‘high-quality and cost-effective legal services’ and is
recommended for its ‘deep familiarity with the Russian regulatory framework and
the local implementation of EPC projects’. The team supported the Development
Corporation of Kamchatka with the implementation of the modernisation project
concerning the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo) airport.


The TMT practice
at VEGAS LEX is headed by Alexandra Vasukhnova and advises on regulatory,
contractual and e-commerce matters. Natalia Abtseshko is also noted. Clients
include animation studio Sky and creative digital marketing agency Jami, among


expertise across a broad range of tax matters including domestic and foreign
tax structuring, tax support for major infrastructure projects and M&A
transactions and customs. Yuriy Ivanov specializes in contentious tax and tax planning;
he recently advised Russian Post on taxation and customs clearance matters
pertaining to international mail and cargo operations. Denis Kozhevnikov
assists Ivanov with contentious tax matters.


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.


The full ranking table is available on the
official Chambers Europe Awards website at

For more
information on recognitions and awards won by VEGAS LEX, please visit our
recognition and ratings page 

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