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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Energy and natural resources Tier 1
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a strong reputation for M&A transactions, joint ventures and project development in the energy and natural resources space and is particularly active in upstream oil and gas projects. The team's extensive expertise in high-value cross border transactions saw practice head Jonathan Hines, alongside Alexander Marchenko and Kseniya Lopatkina, advise Gazprom Neft on its entry into a joint venture with Mubadala Petroleum and Russian Direct Investment Fund and assisted Oil India with its intended acquisition of a minority stake in the Vankor cluster oilfields in the Krasnoyarsk region from Rosneft. Finance specialist Grigory Marinichev advises on refinancing, bond issues, export financing, loans and loan restructurings for major energy, oil and gas, and mining clients. Jennifer Josefson was a new arrival from King & Spalding LLP in November 2019.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team has ‘profound legal knowledge and is innovative, proactive and has vast experience both in international financings and in restructuring and insolvency’. ‘Innovative and efficient’ practice head Grigory Marinichev is ‘the go-to expert for complex Russian, CIS and international finance transactions’; his recent highlights include advising ING Bank on a $570m pre-export finance facility for Siberian Anthracite, and assisting UniCredit Bank (London branch), as agent, with a $750m syndicated financing for EuroChem Group. Senior associate and ‘rising star’ Alexey Chertov has ‘extensive knowledge of the Russian prepayment finance market’ and regularly supports Marinichev on the practice’s largest transactions.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's ‘outstanding’ department is best known for handling high-value domestic and cross-border transactions and joint venture projects in the media, IT, life sciences and transportation sectors. In one of Russia’s largest e-commerce transactions, the Moscow and London offices collaborated in advising Yandex on the establishment of a $1bn joint venture with Sberbank to form the Yandex.Market e-commerce platform. Department head Roman Dashko advises international and domestic clients on M&A deals, joint ventures and capital markets transactions. Vasilisa Strizh is another key name; she handled Delo Group's acquisition of 30.75% of Global Ports Investments. Jennifer Josefson was a new arrival from King & Spalding LLP in 2019.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘highly professional and very well-connected’ team is led by Dmitry Ivanov, who is a ‘first-rate international lawyer with great strategic skills who always remains calm under pressure'. He and finance partner Grigory Marinichev are representing a major European bank in debt recovery LCIA proceedings. The team maintains close contact with its London office to advise on cross-border proceedings and is particularly active in debt recovery, restructuring and insolvency-related disputes and in the enforcement of arbitral awards.
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 'advises clients equally efficiently on both smaller and bigger real estate projects'. The firm recently assisted telecom company Veon with the split of all existing retail stores between its Russian subsidiary VimpelCom and MegaFon, which resulted from the termination of their joint venture. Practice head Dmitry Kunitsa is highly praised for ‘understanding his clients' goals and needs’. Associates Rodion Vizavitsky and Ekaterina Tsvetkova are also noted.
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s restructuring practice is supported by a cross-border team of finance and dispute resolution experts, and is regularly instructed by leading Russian banks as well as international institutions and their Russian subsidiaries. Practice head Grigory Marinichev specialises in advising international lenders and borrowers on debt restructuring transactions and insolvency matters. He and London-based litigation partner Peter Sharp are representing VTB Bank, as part of a syndicate of international banks, in the bankruptcy proceedings of various entities within the Red October metallurgical group.
TMT Tier 2
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advised Yandex on its joint ventures with Uber and commercial bank Sberbank. The team is led by heads of department Anastasia Dergacheva and Brian L Zimbler, who splits his time between Washington and Moscow. Ksenia Andreeva is also noted. Clients include Veon, Abbyy Software and NBCUniversal.
At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, head of banking and finance Grigory Marinichev is, according to one client, ‘the top choice for any international transaction within Russia and the CIS’ and also stands out for his ‘excellent negotiation skills and wide network of connections’, where his practice spans structured finance, syndicated lending, debt restructuring transactions and insolvency matters. He and London-based Bruce Johnston advised Nord Gold on a $325m financing by Sberbank. Senior associate Alexey Chertov is 'a committed and efficient lawyer with extensive experience in prepayment and pre-export finance’.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's ‘client-focused and responsive’ team has notable strengths in representing financial institutions, investment funds and energy sector companies in high-value litigation. Led by Dmitry Ivanov, who is ‘a very reliable project manager’, the team is currently advising a Russian investment fund on several cross-border disputes concerning the bankruptcy of a German bank. Other highlights include acting for a global media company in a high-value IP dispute, and representing a transportation services company in competition, contractual and IP disputes.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP > Firm Profile
|Corporate and business transactions||Vasilisa Strizh|
|Corporate and business transactions||Brian Zimbler|
|Corporate and business transactions||Roman Dashko|
|Corporate and business transactions||Anastasia Dergacheva|
|Labour and employment||Bela Pelman|
|Energy transactions||Jonathan Hines|
|Energy transactions||Dina Kzylkhodjaeva|
|Energy transactions||Alexander Marchenko|
|Capital markets||Vasilisa Strizh|
|Capital markets||Carter Brod|
|Corporate finance||Grigory Marinichev|
|Corporate finance||Konstantin Kochetkov|
|Real estate||Dmitry Kunitsa|
|Technology, media and telecommunications||Vasilisa Strizh|
|Technology, media and telecommunications||Brian Zimbler|
|Technology, media and telecommunications||Anastasia Dergacheva|
|Dispute resolution||Dmitry Ivanov|
|Ms Ekaterina Abashina||View Profile|
|Ms Ksenia Andreeva||View Profile|
|Mr Alexey Chertov||View Profile|
|Mr Roman Dashko||View Profile|
|Ms Anastasia Dergacheva||View Profile|
|Mr Dmitry Dmitriev||View Profile|
|Mr Oleg Egorov||View Profile|
|Mr Alexander Geda||View Profile|
|Mr Jonathan Hines||View Profile|
|Mr Dmitry Ivanov||View Profile|
|Ms Anastasia Kiseleva||View Profile|
|Mr Konstantin Kochetkov||View Profile|
|Mr Philip Korotin||View Profile|
|Mr Dmitry Kunitsa||View Profile|
|Ms Dina Kzylkhodjaeva||View Profile|
|Ms Kseniya Lopatkina||View Profile|
|Mr Alexander Marchenko||View Profile|
|Mr Grigory Marinichev||View Profile|
|Ms Bela Yu Pelman||View Profile|
|Ms Valentina Semenikhina||View Profile|
|Ms Vasilisa Strizh||View Profile|
|Ms Ekaterina Tsvetkova||View Profile|
|Mr Rodion Vizavitsky||View Profile|
|Mr Brian L Zimbler||View Profile|