Firm Profile > Borenius > St Petersburg, Russia

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Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere Tier 2

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.

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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



Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials

Neste Corporation

Norebo Holding



Zyxel Communications

Vorwerk International Strecker & Co.


Real estate and construction Tier 4

Borenius handles contentious and non-contentious issues for its client base of leading domestic oil companies, large developers and other leading industrial players. The team also handles construction and development projects concerning facilities in multiple sectors including green and brownfield projects. Newly promoted specialist partner Arina Dovzhenko joined the firm from Dentons in 2019 and leads the practice following Maya Petrova's departure; her arrival significantly broadened the department’s expertise in real estate and land plot transactions.

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Key clients

EKE Group


Telko Oy


Heineken Russia

Paroc Group

Kesko Corporation

Borenius Russia has a strong track record in Russia and other countries of the former USSR for handling major deals for major international and domestic oil and gas, real estate and private equity players. Our team’s expertise, professionalism, and business thinking have been acknowledged by the leading international ranking institutions such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and The Best Lawyers.

Having a wide network of contacts, we often act as lead counsel for transactions performed in various jurisdictions in Europe and the CIS and coordinate the work of numerous legal teams.

Being headquartered in Helsinki, we are subject both to Finnish (EU) and Russian regulations on business conduct, ethics and compliance procedures, which entails the highest standards of advice and client approach. Borenius is the only Finnish top tier law form having a Russian office.

Department Name Email Telephone
Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation Andrei Gusev
Arbitration Anna Zabrotskaya
Asset tracing & recovery Andrei Gusev
Banking and finance Alexey Nikitin
Capital markets Alexey Nikitin
Commercial contracts Alexey Nikitin
Competition and public procurement Alexey Nikitin
Corporate advisory and compliance Andrei Gusev
Dispute resolution Anna Zabrotskaya
Employment Alexey Nikitin
Enforcement Anna Zabrotskaya
Fashion and lux Anna Zabrotskaya
Fishing Andrei Gusev
Intellectual property Andrei Gusev
Litigation Anna Zabrotskaya
M&A and private equity Alexey Nikitin
Private clients Andrei Gusev
Real estate and construction Arina Dovzhenko
Restructuring and insolvency Andrei Gusev
Sanctions Artem Zhavoronkov
Shipping, transport and insurance Andrei Gusev
Tax Andrei Gusev
Technology, media and telecommunications Andrei Gusev
White-collar crime and crisis management Andrei Gusev
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Artyom Berlin  photo Mr Artyom Berlin Artyom Berlin is a Senior Associate of Transactions & Corporate Law practice, and…
Ms Arina Dovzhenko  photo Ms Arina Dovzhenko Arina Dovzhenko is a Specialist Partner and the Head of the Real…
Mr Andrei Gusev  photo Mr Andrei Gusev Andrei Gusev is the Managing Partner, Russia since February 2013.  Andrei has…
Mr Alexey Nikitin  photo Mr Alexey Nikitin Alexey Nikitin is a Specialist Partner and Head of the Transactions &…
Ms Anna Zabrotskaya  photo Ms Anna Zabrotskaya Anna Zabrotskaya is a Specialist Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Head of the Dispute Resolution…
 Artem Zhavoronkov photo Artem Zhavoronkov Artem Zhavoronkov is a Specialist Partner at Borenius Russia. Artem specialises in…
Number of lawyers : 15
Number of Partners : 5
IBA (International Bar Association)
American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham Russia)
About us: : Borenius Russia is one of the largest business law firms in Northwest Russia. We advise local and foreign clients from various industries on all aspects of business law throughout Russia. Based on a thorough understanding of the Russian legal system and business environment we offer hands-on approach to work and efficient business solutions. Our team’s expertise, professionalism, and business thinking have been acknowledged by the leading international ranking institutions such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and The Best Lawyers. Borenius Attorneys Russia Ltd is a daughter company of Borenius Attorneys Ltd with headquarters in Helsinki. Borenius provides our clients easy access to more than 200 Finnish, Russian and US professionals.