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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
127051 MOSCOW

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.

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

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.

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 2

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.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

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.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

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.

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 4

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
M&A Vasilisa Strizh
M&A Brian Zimbler
M&A Roman Dashko
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Ekaterina Abashina  photo Ms Ekaterina Abashina
Ms Ksenia Andreeva  photo Ms Ksenia Andreeva
Mr Alexey Chertov  photo Mr Alexey Chertov
Mr Roman Dashko  photo Mr Roman Dashko
Ms Anastasia Dergacheva  photo Ms Anastasia Dergacheva
Mr Dmitry Dmitriev  photo Mr Dmitry Dmitriev
Mr Oleg Egorov  photo Mr Oleg Egorov
Mr Alexander Geda  photo Mr Alexander Geda
Mr Jonathan Hines photo Mr Jonathan Hines
Mr Dmitry Ivanov  photo Mr Dmitry Ivanov
Ms Anastasia Kiseleva  photo Ms Anastasia Kiseleva
Mr Konstantin Kochetkov  photo Mr Konstantin Kochetkov
Mr Philip Korotin  photo Mr Philip Korotin
Mr Dmitry Kunitsa  photo Mr Dmitry Kunitsa
Ms Dina Kzylkhodjaeva  photo Ms Dina Kzylkhodjaeva
Ms Kseniya Lopatkina  photo Ms Kseniya Lopatkina
Mr Alexander Marchenko  photo Mr Alexander Marchenko
Mr Grigory Marinichev  photo Mr Grigory Marinichev
Ms Bela Yu Pelman  photo Ms Bela Yu Pelman
Ms Valentina Semenikhina  photo Ms Valentina Semenikhina
Ms Vasilisa Strizh  photo Ms Vasilisa Strizh
Ms Ekaterina Tsvetkova  photo Ms Ekaterina Tsvetkova
Mr Rodion Vizavitsky  photo Mr Rodion Vizavitsky
Mr Brian L Zimbler  photo Mr Brian L Zimbler
Number of lawyers : 1,960
at this office : 31
Contact : Vasilina Strizh
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