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Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited


Russia

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides β€˜high-quality service, good response times and strong business acumen’, and is considered β€˜great value for money’. The practice covers securitisation matters, liability management and domestic debt and equity capital markets transactions. The β€˜highly experienced’ Vladimir Dragunov heads the practice; other key figures include derivatives expert Dmitry Dembich and the β€˜business-oriented’ Sergey Samokhvalov. The team is advising Citigroup Global Markets on the issuance of RUB10bn-worth of loan participation notes to finance a loan to Alfa-Bank. Other active clients include Promsvyazbank, Transkapitalbank and Vozrozhdenie Bank.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides β€˜great support, combining a thorough knowledge of competition law with a deep understanding of the relevant industry’. Anton Subbot heads the team, which recently advised Safran on merger control clearance for the sale of its security business to Smiths.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s β€˜accessible’, β€˜extremely knowledgeable team of great litigators’ advises on legal compliance in human resources (HR) transactions, trade union matters and work safety issues, and has also handled a number of personal data protection matters. Igor Makarov heads the practice, where Whirlpool, Novo Nordisk and AstraZeneca are key clients.

Leading individuals

Igor Makarov - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited has notable expertise in the mining sector, and also receives strong mandates from oil and gas clients including Alliance Oil, Bashneft and Gazpromneft. Alexey Frolov heads the practice, and, together with Vladimir Dragunov, advised A.B. Aterra Resources on the refinancing of the Mangazeisky silver project in Yakutia.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides β€˜an excellent overall level of service’, and the team β€˜has a good understanding of the administrative system in Russia’. The firm advises on the full spectrum of IP matters including trade marks, copyright, anti-counterfeiting and domain name issues. Highlights included acting for Nissan Motor in a trade mark validity matter, and representing Les Laboratoires Servier in its bid to invalidate Bravadin, an international trade mark registration in the pharmaceutical sector. Practice head Eugene Arievich β€˜comes up with non-standard approaches to complex issues’, and counsel Darya Ermolina is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Eugene Arievich - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Next generation lawyers

Darya Ermolina - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited wins plaudits for its β€˜excellent service, quick response times, deep industry knowledge and high level of professionalism’. The team advises on the full range of private wealth matters including estate and business succession issues, investment strategies, immigration and charitable activity. Practice head Sergei Zhestkov provides β€˜crystal-clear explanations in response to complex questions’. Artem Toropov, who β€˜combines technical expertise with a commercial outlook’, recently joined from legacy firm Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Leading individuals

Sergei Zhestkov - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Next generation lawyers

Artem Toropov - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides β€˜a rare combination of deep legal knowledge and an awareness of the client’s business needs’, advising a mix of oil and gas, mining and fast-moving consumer goods clients on a range of real estate projects. Konstantine Kouzine heads the practice, where Maxim Kuznechenkov and Olga Anikina are also key figures.

Leading individuals

Konstantine Kouzine - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Edward Bekeschenko is the key contact at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited, which advises on M&A, technology litigation and various regulatory matters in the IT and telecoms space. Highlights included advising CondΓ© Nast on its restructuring following changes to Russian mass media law.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited is β€˜effective in identifying tax-saving opportunities’ and is β€˜able to explain Russian tax rules concisely, always following up with a more detailed response as required’. Headed by Alexander Chmelev, the team advises on domestic and cross-border tax structuring, VAT issues and M&A-related tax matters. Highlights included advising Repsol on tax matters connected with the financing of an upstream joint venture with Gazpromneft.

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Russia: Banking and finance

Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 3

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited covers all English and Russian law aspects of banking transactions, and regularly handles cross-border matters spanning Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) jurisdictions including Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Vladimir Dragunov heads the practice, and is involved in a number of securitisation transactions.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited advises a mix of Russian and international clients on transactions spanning the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and has been notably active in the hedge fund, distressed asset and infrastructure finance spheres. In a recent highlight, the team advised Far East Development Fund on the RUB5bn financing provided to RusAgro for the construction of a pig breeding complex in the Russian Far East. Vladimir Dragunov is the key figure.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Moscow
Commercial, corporate and M&A: Moscow - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

The β€˜pragmatic’ group at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited is β€˜always quick to respond’ and has β€˜an excellent knowledge of the local market and of the relevant sectors’. The firm recently handled a number of transactions in the pharmaceutical and mass-media sectors, and also maintains a strong base of oil and gas, mining and IT sector clients. Sergei Voitishkin heads the team, which recently advised Novaport on its acquisition of controlling stakes in two international airports, Khabarovo and Mineralnye Vody.

Leading individuals

Sergei Voitishkin - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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St Petersburg and elsewhere
Commercial, corporate and M&A: St Petersburg and elsewhere - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s β€˜service-oriented’ team is β€˜efficient at settling complex matters’ and provides β€˜valuable support to its clients’. The firm has advised on a number of domestic and cross-border projects across the real estate, oil and gas, food and retail sectors, and has also picked up a number of mandates from clients in the automotive industry. Managing partner and β€˜competent professional’ Maxim Kalinin advises on M&A, joint ventures and corporate issues, and counsel Olga Anikina is praised for her β€˜readiness to discuss all potential results’ and her β€˜enthusiasm in solving set problems’. Recent highlights include advising Kesko on the sale of its K-Ruoka food retail business, and acting for Power Machines on its joint venture with The Linde Group, a gas supplier and engineering company.

Leading individuals

Maxim Kalinin - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Next generation lawyers

Olga Anikina - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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Russia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s β€˜market-leading’ practice is headed by Vladimir Khvalei, who also acts as vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and has extensive expertise acting as counsel and arbitrator in forums across Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Asia. Other key figures include Edward Bekeschenko, who specialises in IT and telecoms-related proceedings, and Anton Maltsev, who focuses on commercial disputes across the automotive, oil and gas, and heavy machinery industries. Highlights included representing KazTransGas in investment arbitration proceedings.

Leading individuals

Vladimir Khvalei - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited has a strong track record across the full range of commercial disputes and cases against state authorities. The β€˜professional, knowledgeable’ team has significant expertise in IP, tax, employment and real estate matters. Practice head Edward Bekeschenko has handled a number of disputes in the IT and telecoms sector, and IP specialist Denis Khabarov recently represented DAF Trucks in a Russia-wide enforcement of trade marks. Vladimir Khvalei is a well-known figure in the arbitration space.

Leading individuals

Edward Bekeschenko - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Vladimir Khvalei - Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the β€œLease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the β€œObligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the β€œNew Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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