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Latham & Watkins LLP
125047 MOSCOW

Capital markets Tier 1

Clients value Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘combined knowledge of Russian, English and US legal legislation and market practices’ and their ‘ability to handle domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions with great expertise from the Moscow office’. The firm has strong capabilities in debt and equity capital markets and in recent work advised RusHydro on its issuance of $360m 7.4% LPNs due 2021. Other highlights include assisting Obuv Rossii with its IPO listed on the Moscow Stock Exchange. ‘Well-known figure’ David Stewart has significant experience advising issuers, underwriters and financial advisers on securities offerings, IPOs and global depository receipts (GDRs), and Mikhail Turetsky has a strong track record of advising on eurobonds and other securities transactions by CIS issuers.

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's well-organised, efficient and knowledgeable’ practice specialises in advising domestic and international banks on acquisition finance, syndicated loans and restructuring in the oil and gas and mining sectors. The responsive and practical’ Ragnar Johannesen ‘knows the market very well’ and is the main practitioner along with recently promoted counsel Elizaveta Bacheyeva.

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 3

At Latham & Watkins LLP, corporate specialist Alexander Gomonov was a new arrival from Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited. Gomonov’s expertise spans the full range of commercial and joint venture deals, with a particular focus in the oil and gas and mining sectors. Olga Ponomarenko is likewise experienced in M&A and financial and corporate transactions. Working alongside colleagues in the Dusseldorf office, the team advised Uniper, a leading German energy company, on divesting its Russian gas operations to Austrian oil and gas company OMV, including its stake in the Yuzhno-Russkoye gas field.

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP's transactional expertise was strengthened by the hire of corporate partner Alexander Gomonov from Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited; his recent work includes advising Yaisky Oil Refinery on a RUR55bn refinancing of a Sberbank loan. Ragnar Johannesen specialises in banking and corporate finance. Elizaveta Bacheyeva is noted for cross-border finance transactions.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Christopher J Allen  photo Mr Christopher J Allen
Ms Yulia Dementieva  photo Ms Yulia Dementieva
 Ragnar Johannesen  photo Ragnar Johannesen
Mr Edward R. Kempson  photo Mr Edward R. Kempson
 J David Stewart  photo J David Stewart
Mr Mikhail Turetsky  photo Mr Mikhail Turetsky
Number of lawyers : 2,600+
Contacts : Mikhail Turetsky (office managing partner)
Contacts : Christopher Allen (partner)
Contacts : David Stewart (partner)
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