Firm Profile > Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited > Moscow, Russia

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited
125196 MOSCOW

Capital markets Tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s capital markets team has a strong offering in the areas of securitisation and derivatives, while also handling equity and debt capital markets. Recent highlights include advising Eurasian Development Bank on an update of its $3.5bn notes programme in accordance with Regulation S and Rule 144A and issue of loan participation notes (LPN) under the programme. Dmitry Dembich and London-based Roy Pearce assisted UBS Investment Bank with an issue of $500m 6.95% subordinated Tier-1 compliant perpetual LPNs under Alfa-Bank’s $5bn euro medium-term note programme (EMTN) programme. In other highlights, Vladimir Dragunov is advising Absolut Bank on the early termination of a securitisation transaction concerning mortgage-backed securities issued in March 2013 for $183m.

Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere Tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s ‘highly experienced’ team work ‘in close collaboration and has a solid understanding of the clients’ needs’. The firm has notable expertise in big-ticket domestic and cross-border transactions across the real estate, retail, manufacturing and automotive industries. Led by Maxim Kalinin, the practice advised Swedish food manufacturer Lantmännen on its acquisition of Orient Products, and Kesko Corporation on the €169m divestiture of 12 buildings and retail stores in Russia to a Russian division of French-headquartered Leroy Merlin. Counsel Olga Anikina is experienced in M&A transactions with a real estate and infrastructure element; Roman Ishmukhametov is ‘a very knowledgeable and committed associate’.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited's team, headed by Vladimir Khvalei is best known for leading counsel on high-profile commercial arbitration cases in arbitration proceedings under the International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and across the CIS regions. Standout mandates include acting for Manolium Processing in investment arbitration under Uncitral rules against the Republic of Belarus valued at $250m. Others to note are Edward Bekeschenko, is experienced in tech and telecom-related disputes, and associate Taisiya Vorotilova, who is active in commercial and insolvency-related disputes.

Employment Tier 1

Igor Makarov heads the employment practice at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited, which has ‘exceptional litigation experience’ and is considered by one client to provide ‘the best advice tailored to the client’s culture and its values’. Elena Kukushkina is ‘reliable and a pleasure to work with’. Heading the employment group in St Petersburg, associate Alexander Korkin has ‘a unique combination of superb legal expertise and business ethics’. Also recommended are associates Elena Pitirimova and Georgy Mzhavanadze. Clients include Whirlpool and Pfizer, among others.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Covering the full range of IP matters concerning patents, trade marks and copyrights, Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited ‘provides the most pragmatic legal advice’ and ‘responds extremely quickly’. In 2017, the team won a major public tender by Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation pertaining to patent portfolio management and prosecution. The practice is jointly headed by the ‘highly skilled’ Denis Khabarov and Eugene Arievich, who is ‘extremely nice to cooperate with’ and has ‘great commercial awareness combined with immense IP experience’. Associate Marianna Grigorova and counsel Darya Ermolina are also recommended.

Private client Tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s private client practice provides 'a top service' and is regularly assists Russian high-net-worth individuals with private wealth matters including estate and business succession, tax planning and investment strategies and immigration issues. Tax specialist Sergei Zhestkov focuses on wealth management and designing cross-border tax efficient structures, and is supported by Artem Toropov on international tax planning and corporate restructurings mandates.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Providing ‘highly reliable and well-targeted strategic advice, which is up-to-date with all recent market trends’, Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited handles all legal aspects of real estate and construction. The ‘exceptionally strong’ team is led by Konstantine Kouzine, who is ‘a brilliant real estate expert and problem solver’. Maxim Kuznechenkov has ‘remarkable market knowledge and negotiation skills’ and ‘understands real estate matters from the perspective of corporate occupiers’. Highlights included assisting the Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending with the $400m acquisition of a 42-storey office tower.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s practice continues to attract international and Russian clients, for which it handles restructuring matters and bankruptcy proceedings and disputes. Litigation partner Edward Bekeschenko is representing European subsidiaries of a Russian bank and a number of international corporations in ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. Maxim Kuznechenkov is advising real estate and construction sector clients on the recovery of debt from an insolvent contractor and liquidation procedures. Pavel Novikov frequently acts alongside Bekeschenko in bankruptcy litigation.

Tax Tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s tax practice has substantial expertise across a diverse range of areas including cross-border tax planning and structuring, the tax-related aspects of M&A, tax disputes and VAT, customs and transfer pricing. The team, which is headed by Alexander Chmelev, also includes Alexander Bychkov, who is a specialist in custom; Sergei Zhestkov, who is experienced in designing the tax efficient structures and M&A-related matters; and Arseny Seidov, who is noted for tax planning and the restructuring of cross-border transactions. Other key figures are Maria Kostenko, who leads on tax disputes and transfer pricing, and recently promoted partners Vladimir Efremov and Kirill Vikulov, who focus on corporate tax, cross-border tax planning and audits.

White-collar crime Tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s full-service white-collar crime practice assists clients with a variety of matters including criminal defence and the initiation of proceedings, as well as assisting with investigations and seizures.  Expert litigator Edward Bekeschenko has been highly active in a number of the team's most significant cases. Oleg Tkachenko is a name to note for criminal proceedings and investigations, as are Pavel Novikov and Vladimir Khvalei.

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited handles secured and unsecured finance transactions, advising on both Russian and English law; in one notable example, the Moscow and Frankfurt practices advised ING Bank on the Russian law matters related to an export credit agency-covered $88m loan facility agreement granted to a major Russian pulp and paper manufacturer. Vladimir Dragunov heads the department. Simon Morgan has notable expertise advising on loans and credit facilities, securitisation and structured finance, and Max Gutbrod handles restructuring and financial regulatory matters.

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited is ‘uniquely positioned to provide advice in respect to multiple jurisdictions’ and provides ‘comprehensive and client friendly advice within the set deadline’. The firm recently handled a number of significant inbound and outbound acquisitions, including the sale of a 75% stake in Alutech to German company, the Hörmann group, and Severgroup's acquisition of a controlling share in the capital of AVA-Peter, a private healthcare company operating several medical clinics and pharmacies. Key practitioners include ‘corporate and commercial experts’ Andrey Afanasiev, Sergey Krokhalev and Dmitry Marchan.

Competition Tier 2

The team at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited is praised for its ‘very strong expertise, deep knowledge of the industry and highly pragmatic approach’. ‘A reliable partner with a great skill set and experience’, practice head Anton Subbot led the team in advising Monsanto on its high-profile acquisition by Bayer. Senior associate Nadia Goreslavskaya is ‘highly competent and efficient’.

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited maintains its position as the ‘go-to’ practice for leading multinational corporations across a range of industries, and has a strong track record for its involvement in the most significant commercial, competition and IP disputes. Practice head Edward Bekeschenko focuses on IT and telecoms-related disputes and well-regarded arbitration specialist Vladimir Khvalei is active in disputes across the CIS jurisdictions. Denis Khabarov and Anton Subbot are the key practitioners for IP and competition disputes.

TMT Tier 2

Led by Edward Bekeschenko and Alexander Monin, the 'stable' team at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited is 'well positioned on the Russian market due to its deep knowledge and close familiarity with the IT industry'. Highlights included contentious and non-contentious matters, including complex technology litigation, advice on regulatory matters, and M&A work. Clients include multinational conglomerate Sony Corporation and computer technology company Dell. Associate Vadim Perevalov is noted. Counsel Alevtina Kamelkova departed to join Ivanyan & Partners.

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s expertise in the mining sector saw the practice advise Kopy Goldfields on the establishment of joint ventures for gold exploration at several subsoil plots in the Russian Far East. In the oil gas sector, Sergey Krokhalev and practice head Alexey Frolov are assisting Gazprom with the establishment of an upstream joint venture with a foreign investor with regards to the exploration and development of oil and gas fields in Eastern Siberia. Alexander Gomonov departed to Latham & Watkins LLP.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited handles all Russian and English law aspects of the largest and most complex secured and unsecured finance transactions. The Moscow practice is led by Vladimir Dragunov and draws on the strengths of colleagues in the London and Hong Kong offices to advise Chinese clients on acquisition finance. Simon Morgan is the other key figure.

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