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Hogan Lovells (CIS)
MOSCOW 125009

Intellectual property Tier 1

Natalia Gulyaeva heads the IP department at Hogan Lovells (CIS), which provides contentious and non-contentious assistance to clients including Ford Motor Company, McDonald's, gambling company Novomatic and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. The team successfully acted for pharmaceutical company Novartis in obtaining a precedent-setting injunction against the threat of patent infringement. Recently promoted counsel Vironika Pilyugina and senior associate Julia Gurieva are also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

TMT Tier 1

Well known on the Russian TMT market, the team at Hogan Lovells (CIS) handles a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters. Natalia Gulyaeva heads the practice and leads in representing Comuto SA in court proceedings regarding the distribution of information within the unregulated ridesharing market. The firm also advises clients, including pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson and BBC Worldwide, on matters concerning data protection and privacy. Senior associate Serafima Pankratova assists TMT companies with corporate issues.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 2

Oxana Balayan chairs the Moscow office of Hogan Lovells (CIS), and has recently assisted Mubadala, part of a consortium of Russian and Middle Eastern investors, with indirectly acquiring a minority share valued at $300m in Russian Helicopters from Rostec. The team is active in the life sciences, energy, private equity and fintech sectors. In other highlights, it advised Sberbank on its acquisition of a 25% stake in Russian start-up VisionLabs and is assisting A1 Group with the sale of Formula Kino, to a privately owned investment fund. Also of note is counsel Maria Baeva, who is active in M&A, cross-border joint ventures and private equity deals, and Georgy Kalashnikov, who splits his time between the Moscow and London offices.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

At Hogan Lovells (CIS), practice head Alexei Dudko has extensive commercial litigation and corporate investigation experience in Russian and international courts. He is representing Rosneft in an ongoing $90m international fraud litigation in multiple offshore jurisdictions, including proceedings in Gibraltar, Russia, the Cayman Islands, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and Greece. Anna Belova is acting for an oil corporation in the enforcement of a Russian court judgment in a number of EU jurisdictions. In other work, Eugene Perkunov is representing British American Tobacco in a dispute with a minority shareholder in its Russian subsidiary for the recovery of nearly $300m.

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (CIS)’ expertise spans cross-border trade finance transactions, restructuring and aircraft finance transactions. Counsel and practice head Alexander Gasparyan is experienced in English and foreign law asset finance, trade, commodities and export financing, and has been notably active in aircraft leasing where he advised South African-based Nedbank on the multi-jurisdictional refinancing of its credit portfolio concerning three Boeing 777-200ER aircraft leased to VIM Airlines. In another highlight, he assisted Bank Otrkitie Financial Corporation and Rigensis Bank as lenders and facility agents with $100m-worth of financing granted to Med Sea Health, a major hotel operator in Greece, by way of issuance of the bond notes secured by the guarantees of Russian and Greek investors. Senior associate Oleg Gritsenko is recommended for structured finance and syndicated lending.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (CIS)' dispute practice is led by Alexei Dudko, who is 'an outstanding litigator and strategist’, and includes Denis Almakaev and Eugene Perkunov. The practice is notably involved in cross-border disputes in the white-collar crime, insolvency and product liability space, and counts Rosneft and as recent clients. The team is representing the Russian Deposit Insurance Agency in complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings relating to fraud and insolvency charges against a Russian individual.

Transport Tier 3

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.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

At Hogan Lovells (CIS), notable clients include Turkish real estate contractor Ant Yapi and Alibaba. The team advised Host Broadcast Services, the official broadcaster of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, on various contractor agreements as well as on the construction of the International Broadcast Centre for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The group also assisted another client with matters regarding the construction and operation of a large logistics complex in central Russia. Oxana Balayan is the key contact. Svetlana Sorkina left the firm in January 2019.

The firm

Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organisations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities.

Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

The firm’s lawyers are straight-talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

Moscow office

Hogan Lovells in Moscow provides clients with a vital strategic perspective as Russia continues to undergo a vast economic transformation. Its highly skilled lawyers understand Russia’s business dynamics. It helps Russian businesses and international companies navigate its complex regulatory environment. It has a solid track record working with clients in the metals and mining, telecommunications, financial, media and technology, pharmaceutical, and energy sectors. Along with the English-qualified lawyers in Moscow, the firm operates a dedicated Russia practice in the London office. The Hogan Lovells team in Moscow is consistently ranked by the major international legal directories as one of the leading providers of legal services in the Russian market.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking transactional
Corporate governance
Intellectual property
Automotive and mobility
Energy and natural resources
Financial institutions
Life sciences and healthcare
Real estate
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Alexei Dudko  photo Mr Alexei Dudko
Ms Natalia Gulyaeva  photo Ms Natalia Gulyaeva
Number of lawyers : 2,500+
at this office : 50+
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