Firm Profile > Latham & Watkins LLP > Moscow, Russia

Latham & Watkins LLP
125047 MOSCOW

Capital markets Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice has ‘cutting-edge’ expertise in debt capital markets and is instructed by issuers and managers on high-profile debt offerings across the CIS and other emerging markets; the group is also singled out for its focus on liability management transactions. Dividing his time between London and Moscow, US-qualified securities specialist David Stewart leads the department and is recommended by clients for cross-border transactional work including ECM offerings. Managing partner Mikhail Turetsky is noted for his experience advising on transactions involving Eurobonds and other debt instruments. Counsel Yulia Dementieva is also singled out.

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A key advantage is that Latham’s lawyers have legal skills and knowledge relevant to three jurisdictions — the UK, the US and Russia.

An outstanding department across all levels — in terms of expertise, responsiveness, the ability to staff projects at the optimal level, so there are never drops in service levels nor is there any sign of overmanning. The team is also able to manage bringing in lawyers from various locations seamlessly and efficiently.

David Stewart and Yulia Dementieva are our key go-to team on all capital markets transactions. This team always sounds pleased to hear from us and remains fully committed to our needs, even when its workload must be crushing.

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP fields a team of Russian and English-qualified lawyers, who have significant experience in handling transactions in the commodity and real estate finance space. Ragnar Johannesen heads up the practice, which acts for high-profile Russian and international banks and financial institutions. Counsel Elizaveta Bacheyeva contributes to the team’s capabilities in cross-border financing transactions and financial services regulatory expertise. Managing partner Mikhail Turetsky is also a key contact for project finance, structured finance and financial restructuring advice.

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 3

Led by David Stewart, Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its work on high-value M&A transactions and has notable strength in the corporate restructuring space. The group's sector-specific expertise spans the healthcare, telecoms, oil and gas, metals and mining, and automotive industries. The team is experienced in cross-border mandates, particularly across the CIS region. Alexander Gomonov and Olga Ponomarenko are also key figures in the team.

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Very motivated, very flexible and always happy to help

Latham & Watkins acted as an opposing counsel on our deal. It was a great reassurance to have the team on the other side of the table, as these are among the best negotiators we have ever worked with. The team is very efficient and knowledgeable, which allowed all parties to execute the deal in an extremely challenging time frame.

We appreciated the team’s ability to pool knowledge and resources in timely manner, particularly in terms of the seamless coordination of lawyers in Moscow and Hong Kong.

Alexander Gomonov is a very diligent and very professional partner with exceptional knowledge of Russian law.

Olga Ponomarenko is very easy to work with; she is a brilliant lawyer and gets on well with people. We also worked with associate Timur Bayramov, who is very strong technically.

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP continues to be involved in high-end M&A transactions in the energy sector, such as advising a potential buyer of a stake in the Arctic 2 LNG project. Alexander Gomonov handles local and cross-border acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures in the energy and mining sectors. He is also experienced in assisting companies and executives with a range of regulatory, compliance and general corporate law matters. Banking partner Ragnar Johannesen is the other key figure in the practice.

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The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s global platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham’s lawyers offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex business and legal matters.

Founded in 1992, Latham & Watkins’ Moscow office, with over 20 legal professionals qualified to practise US, English and Russian law, helps Russian companies access international capital markets around the world, and assists Russian corporate clients, as well as multinationals and other foreign investors, on all aspects of their business ventures in Russia. Latham’s Russian practice advises on a wide range of transactional matters, including capital markets, M&A and finance. It also provides ongoing advisory assistance on Russian regulatory matters.

The firm’s Moscow-based lawyers have industry-focused Russian law expertise in oil and gas, mining and metals, telecommunications, FMCG, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, utilities, manufacturing, transportation and infrastructure and real estate.

Areas of practice: The Moscow capital markets team has a strong track record of advising on initial public offerings (IPOs), Eurobonds and other securities offerings by Russian issuers on the markets in Russia, the UK, the US, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg and other jurisdictions. Latham & Watkins is also among the first firms in the Moscow market advising on Hong Kong IPOs by Russian issuers.

The firm’s Moscow M&A practice advises multinationals, strategic and financial investors, as well as targets and selling shareholders, on their acquisitions and disposals in Russia/CIS, over a wide range of industries. Latham & Watkins has assisted corporate clients in some of the largest and most high-profile cross-border and domestic M&A transactions in Russia.

In addition, Latham’s Moscow-based lawyers have significant experience in assisting PE funds with the many challenges involved in structuring, documenting and closing complex portfolio investments and exits.

The Latham & Watkins finance team in Moscow is fully equipped to advise on all types of financing transactions, from a regular bilateral loan to complex syndicated financings with extensive security packages. Latham lawyers are equally comfortable acting on behalf of international and local lenders as well as for borrowers, ECAs or other coverage providers. In addition to new money deals, the team also has significant experience with financial restructuring transactions in Russia and the CIS.

The Moscow office works in close co-operation with Latham & Watkins’ lawyers from offices across the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East to draw on the knowledge and experience of the firm’s global network.

Department Name Email Telephone
Capital markets
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
International dispute resolution
Economic sanctions
Number of lawyers : 2,600+
Contacts : Mikhail Turetsky (office managing partner)
Contacts : Christopher Allen (partner)
Contacts : David Stewart (partner)
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