Firm Profile > Debevoise & Plimpton LLP > Moscow, Russia

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
OKO Tower, 21 First Krasnogvardeysky Drive, Bldg. 1
Floor 41
Moscow, 123112
Russia

Russia > Capital markets Tier 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides a wide range of equity and debt capital markets-related advice, and has carved out a reputation for acting for Russian blue-chip companies as issuers. It draws on the capabilities of the group in London for standard and premium listings on the London Stock Exchange. The department’s extensive recent work in the debt capital markets space demonstrates its ability to advise on Euro and other types of bonds; buybacks and tender offers are also a particular area of strength. Key contacts include practice head Alan Kartashkin and Natalia Drebezgina.

Practice head(s):

Alan Kartashkin

Other key lawyers:

Natalia Drebezgina; Maxim Kuleshov; Dmitry Karamyslov

Key clients

TMK

Norilsk Nickel

MegaFon

NLMK

Polyus

Fletcher Group Holdings Ltd

Citibank

Renaissance Capital

Whiteleave / Interros

HMS Group

Russia > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s recent work stands out most in the syndicated lending and acquisition financing space. The team also counts structured finance, refinancing work, and project finance among its key areas of focus. Its client portfolio includes high-profile Russian clients, including Novolipetsk Steel; indeed, sector-specific expertise include the metals and mining, as well as TMT and transportation industries. Practice head Alan Kartashkin has credentials in the aircraft finance realm. International counsel Dmitry Karamyslov and associate Daria Serebrova are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alan Kartashkin

Other key lawyers:

Dmitry Karamyslov; Daria Serebrova

Testimonials

‘Debevoise has a well developed practice and great expertise in financial matters. First choice for capital markets and financial issues. The team has deep knowledge of both English and Russian law specifics and realities, which helps to get a perfect result.’

‘Alan Kartashkin is a partner with a strategic approach and helicopter view. Daria Serebrova is a highly professional and reliable lawyer.’

‘High level of competence and high speed of work. Very extensive experience.’

‘Debevoise’s lawyers are distinguished by their undeniable qualifications, business-oriented approach and lightning-fast response. Their many years of experience in the field of borrower financing allows them to be confident in the quality of the proposed contractual structures, taking into account all aspects of the client’s business.’

‘Debevoise’s lawyers are in touch 24/7, ready to get ready for a call and give a qualified, balanced answer within a short period of time. The speed and quality of execution is not affected by the interdisciplinarity of the issue or the need for expertise in the law of different jurisdictions: all Debevoise practices around the world work as a well-coordinated mechanism, with the client’s interests being an absolute priority.’

‘Another advantageous distinguishing feature of Debevoise is the consistency of the team: for all three years, specialists who participated in the deal from the first day worked with us, which made it possible not to waste time and money on explaining the background to new participants and made it possible for Debevoise to offer solutions based on many years of experience and mutual cooperation.’

‘Daria Serebrova was the lead finance lawyer on our deal. Daria has been working in the firm for a long time, which allows her to freely operate with knowledge of the entire variety of financial transactions, offering creative solutions based on best market practice, effectively organizing the team’s work and skilfully managing the transaction schedule. Together with colleagues from the corporate practice, Daria demonstrated the well-coordinated work of a close-knit team.’

Key clients

Freight One

Novolipetsk Steel

Norilsk Nickel

MegaFon

Sberbank of Russia

Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 3

Acting for a number of prominent Russian public companies, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP focuses on M&A transactions and the related corporate governance issues. The team’s recent workload showcases its ability to handle matters in the energy, mining, telecoms and transport sectors. In addition, the department is well-versed in assisting clients with matters relating to the international sanctions regime; clients also praise its work on force majeure contractual issues arising in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. Natalia Drebezgina, Alan Kartashkin and Alyona Kucher lead the department, which includes practitioners qualified in the UK and the US.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Drebezgina; Alan Kartashkin; Alyona Kucher

Testimonials

‘The team has many years of extensive experience in various industries, the work is carried out in compact working groups, contact persons are always in touch. There is never any difficulty in obtaining additional advice or assistance on force majeure issues.’

‘The team stays in touch, ready to help with any questions, very loyal to customers.’

‘The team is able to cover almost any issue and is highly qualified for complex transactions. Partners keep their helicopter view and provide advice on the most difficult scenarios. Very professional and great to work with. Always meet deadlines and provide useful advice.’

‘Natalia Drebezgina is a great M&A and capital markets expert. She does not just oversee, but also actively participates in the deals, which is extremely important. She is familiar with both Russian and English law, which allows us to handle complex cross-border transactions.’

‘Alan Kartashkin – the best person to navigate a client through sensitive issues and communication with  board members and regulators.’

Key clients

Alibaba Group

Freight One

MegaFon

N-Mining

Titan Group of Companies

Sberbank of Russia

Russia > Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Working closely with the London office, the Moscow-based team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP handles a wide spectrum of complex transactions, including M&A deals, joint ventures, project financings and securities offerings, on behalf of some of the most prominent international natural resources corporations and investors. Managing partner Alan Kartashkin is the name to note for Russian metals and mining companies, and Alyona Kucher is the key contact for clients from the oil and gas sector. Natalia Drebezgina is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alan Kartashkin; Alyona Kucher

Other key lawyers:

Natalia Drebezgina

Testimonials

‘Strong market knowledge and legal expertise.’

‘A unique combination of practical knowledge and theory, the ability to think outside the box in difficult situations.’

‘Alyona Kucher is a professional of the highest standard with a wide range of practical knowledge and theory.’

‘Exceptional work quality and speed.’

Key clients

N-Mining

Norilsk Nickel

Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK)

Polyus

Tatneft

TMK

Uralkali

Lukoil

Independent Oil Company

Irkutsk Oil Company

HMS

Russia > Real estate and construction Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is noted for its strength in high-value real estate transactions, a space in which it counts Sberbank of Russia among its longstanding clients. Additional areas of expertise include due diligence work, advice on contractual arrangements, and land law matters. Alyona Kucher heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alyona Kucher

Other key lawyers:

Vadim Kolomnikov; Roman Sadovsky

Testimonials

‘Strong specialists who operate as a close-knit team focused on results.’

‘Alyona Kucher has a comprehensive understanding of the market, the economy of our industry, and the legal issues that affect us. She has extensive experience managing a wide variety of transactions.’

Key clients

Sberbank of Russia

Norilsk Nickel

PPF Real Estate

Metalloinvest

Private investors

Arena Star Group

Russia > TMT Tier 4

The team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP regularly handles the most complex legal matters in the content production and information transmission and distribution industries, including broadcast and cable television, online media, telecoms, radio and print media. Transactional experts Alan Kartashkin and Natalia Drebezgina are the core team members.

Practice head(s):

Alan Kartashkin; Natalia Drebezgina

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of up-to-date materials and IT developments. Special knowledge of licensing and software, data protection issues.’

‘Natalia Drebezgina is great in managing deals involving IT and media.’

Key clients

Alibaba Group

MegaFon

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Yandex

MTS

Sberbank

Debevoise’s Moscow office is one of the strongest in the region, regularly advising Russian companies and global corporations on a range of internationally significant matters. It is at the center of the firm’s work in Russia and the CIS.

The office is led by a team of senior partners who are consistently recognized as among the most prominent and trusted advisors in the region. They advise on both corporate and contentious matters, and have particularly strong sector experience.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Alan V Kartashkin akartashkin@debevoise.com
Corporate Alyona N Kucher ankucher@debevoise.com
Corporate Natalia A Drebezgina nadrebezgina@debevoise.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Natalia Drebezgina  photo Ms Natalia Drebezgina Natalia Drebezgina is a partner based in the Moscow office. Her practice…
Mr Dmitry Karamyslov  photo Mr Dmitry Karamyslov Dmitry Karamyslov is an international counsel. His practice focuses on corporate and asset…
Mr Alan Kartashkin  photo Mr Alan Kartashkin Alan Kartashkin is a partner based in the Moscow office. Mr. Kartashkin…
Mr Alyona Kucher  photo Mr Alyona Kucher Alyona Kucher is a partner based in the Moscow office. Ms. Kucher…
Mr Maxim Kuleshov  photo Mr Maxim Kuleshov Maxim Kuleshov is an international counsel. His practice focuses on public and private…
Ms Anna Maximenko  photo Ms Anna Maximenko Anna Maximenko is an international counsel, and leads the firms Russian regulatory…
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