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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
LEGEND BUSINESS CENTER
TSVETNOY BULVAR 2
127051 MOSCOW
Russia

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's CIS team, under the leadership of experienced practitioner Jonathan Hines, continues to attract instructions from prominent global corporates, development and exploration companies, and international traders in the energy, mining, and power sectors. With the recent arrival of Jennifer Josefson and senior associate Alexandra Rotar from King & Spalding LLP, the firm significantly strengthened its expertise in the oil, gas, LNG, petrochemicals, and natural resources industries. For structured and project finance, syndicated lending and insolvency issues, Grigory Marinichev is the name to note. Of counsel Alexander Marchenko advises clients on onshore and offshore acquisitions and divestitures of exploration and production assets.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hines; Jennifer Josefson

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Marchenko; Grigory Marinichev; Alexandra Rotar

Testimonials

‘The Energy and Natural resources practice of the Moscow Office has highly qualified lawyers (especially, Jennifer Josefson and Alexandra Rotar) advising on various complicated matters at all phases of energy related projects on very short notice, if required by the client. They are active in knowledge sharing with clients via various events and aware of, and, to some extent, form today’s trends of regulation in various energy related matters and may easily provide solutions and necessary drafting of project documentation.’

‘Jennifer Josefson is a very sharp lawyer and a great negotiator. She has a deep understanding of the Russian market as well as of the needs of non-Russian investors.’

‘Always top quality, client orientation, industry knowledge.’

‘Jenifer Josefson stands out for her understanding of the client’s needs, ability to deal with complex and sensitive matters as well as to drive the project efficiently.’

‘We are extremely grateful for their exceptionally focused analysis, clear recommendations, opinions and arguments. Deep knowledge of the specifics of the Russian oil and gas industry. At the same time, assistance in finding common ground with international practice.’

‘The highest professionalism (the office team from Russia gives seminars for European colleagues), creativity, understanding of the client’s interest and focus on results, attentiveness, openness, confidentiality.’

Key clients

Chevron

China National Petroleum Company (CNPC)

Enel

Fosun International Ltd, Zhaojin Mining Ltd., China-Eurasian Cooperation Fund (CEF)

Gazprom Neft

Norilsk Nickel

Petronas

Russian Copper Company

State Oil Company of Azerbaijan [Russia project, for SOCAR Rus – the Russian subsidiary]

Vitol

Eni

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

The lawyers at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP are qualified in Russia, the US and the UK. The team’s cross-border offering is enhanced by its regular collaboration with the firm's London office, predominantly in the area of project financing. The practice is gaining additional ground in the prepayment finance space; Konstantin Kochetkov typically leads on assisting large Russian oil industry clients. The group is also very active handling repurchase transactions in the commodities sector, with department head Grigory Marinichev being a go-to expert in this space. Senior associate Alexey Chertov and associate Yaroslav Smorodin are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Grigory Marinichev

Other key lawyers:

Konstantin Kochetkov; Alexey Chertov; Yaroslav Smorodin

Testimonials

‘The team has unique and extensive experience in the Russian project finance and prepayment finance markets and are involved in most prominent and complex trade finance deals. The team has significantly extended their project finance practice in Moscow and London with the arrival of Ayesha Waheed.’

The team is committed, creative, solution-oriented and responsive.

Grigory Marinichev leads the practice, is a standout figure on the Russian market with great commercial understanding and extensive client base.

‘Alexey Chertov is an expert in project finance and prepayment finance. Alexey is creative, professional and solution-oriented.’

Konstantin Kochetkov is an expert in trade finance. Yaroslav Smorodin is experienced in acquisition finance.

‘High speed, professionalism, a focus on results.’

Key clients

Evraz

GV Gold

Aeon Group

Delo Group

Gazprom

Russian Copper Company

Sistema Group

EuroChem Northwest, JSC

NewCoal Trading

Cetracore Energy GmbH

Sodrugestvo Group S.A.

Traxys (Shanghai) Trading Co. Ltd

Sierentz Global Merchants SA

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is regularly instructed by both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of financing transactions in Russia and across the CIS region. The group often acts seamlessly with its UK office, with recent standout examples in the syndicated lending, prepayment finance and project finance space; London-based duo Bruce Johnston and Ayesha Waheed are key names here. The department’s strength in prepayment finance is significant, often involving mandates in the oil and gas sector; practice head Grigory Marinichev and senior associate Alexey Chertov are both highly regarded in this space. Konstantin Kochetkov is a key contact for sovereign debt and infrastructure-related transactions. Associates Alexander Geda and Yaroslav Smorodin also have significant cross-border experience.

Practice head(s):

Grigory Marinichev

Other key lawyers:

Konstantin Kochetkov; Alexey Chertov; Yaroslav Smorodin; Alexander Geda; Ayesha Waheed; Bruce Johnston

Testimonials

‘The team has unique and extensive experience in the Russian project finance and prepayment finance markets and are involved in the most prominent and complex trade finance deals. The team has significantly extended their project finance practice in London with the arrival of Ayesha Waheed.

‘Alexey Chertov is an expert in project finance and prepayment finance; Alexey is creative, professional and solution-oriented.’

‘Grigory Marinichev leads the practice and is a standout figure on the Russian market with great commercial understanding and extensive client base.’

‘Ayesha Waheed from their London office is one of the best project finance experts on the market who works on the most complex project deals in Russia.’

‘Konstantin Kochetkov is an expert in trade finance. Yaroslav Smorodin is experienced in acquisition finance.

‘Highly professional team with a vast area of expertise and developed international network with a problem-solving hands-on approach, always thorough and available 24/7.’

‘I am most impressed with Alexey Chertov. We have been working on many deals over the last five years, and his quality of work has always been nothing but exceptional. Alexey is highly professional, extremely hardworking, supportive and reliable, and clearly stands out among of the lawyers I have been working with. ’

‘The promptness, expertise, and precision differentiate them from the competition.’

Key clients

VTB Bank / VTB Bank (Europe) SA

VTB Capital

Sberbank CIB / Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Vitol

Gazprombank

Société Générale

Natixis

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Sistema Group

Russian Copper Company

Russian Regional Development Bank

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Traxys

SB Commodity Trading

HSBC

ING Bank N.V.

Euro-Asian Oil SA

Bank GPB International S.A.

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is recognised for its high-profile transactional work in the technology industry, where it acts for the firm’s key client Yandex. Multi-jurisdictional M&A and joint ventures are a mainstay of the practice, which regularly draws on the expertise of teams in London and Washington DC; Brian Zimbler splits time between Moscow and Washington DC. Managing partner Vasilisa Strizh, who also leads the department, stands out in the telecoms sector, where she counts Comtech Telecommunications Corp. among her clients. Other key contacts include Anastasia Dergacheva and Roman Dashko. In late 2019, the group bolstered its energy sector offering with the arrival of Jennifer Josefson from King & Spalding LLP.

Practice head(s):

Vasilisa Strizh

Other key lawyers:

Anastasia Dergacheva; Roman Dashko; Brian Zimbler; Valentina Semenikhina; Philip Korotin; Jennifer Josefson

Key clients

Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

Delo Group

Dyckerhoff GmbH

Eastern Property Holdings

Gazprom Neft

Hearst Corporation

Media-1

R-Pharm

Veon Ltd.

Yandex N.V.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

According to energy industry clients, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's team ‘displays a broad and excellent knowledge of the sector’; the group's recent caseload also includes a number of disputes in the financial services and pharmaceutical sectors. The team acts for a mix of domestic, European and international companies in international commercial arbitration; its cross-border offering is bolstered by its full integration within the firm’s global dispute resolution network. Dmitry Ivanov heads up the department.

Practice head(s):

Dmitry Ivanov

Other key lawyers:

Grigory Marinichev; Alexey Chertov

Testimonials

‘Effective and commercial team of arbitration lawyers and litigators; they set clear steps and stick to them. They display a broad and excellent knowledge of the sector, and a go-getter attitude which breeds success!’

‘Grigory Marinichev is a responsive and effective commercial lawyer; a go-to lawyer who never disappoints. Alexey Chertov provides exceptional-quality work and has an enviable ability to keep cool and perform successfully in complex and pressured situations.’

‘The team has unique and extensive experience both in Russian and international arbitration proceedings as well as in Russian insolvency proceedings.’

‘Alexey Chertov is an expert in Russian dispute resolution. Alexey is creative, professional and solution-oriented. Grigory Marinichev is a standout figure on the Russian dispute resolution market involved in major arbitration proceedings.’

Key clients

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

East-West United Bank

Heta Luftfahrzeuge Leasing GmbH

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Amsterdam Trade Bank (ATB) NV

TMT Tier 2

Practitioners at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP are 'very deeply immersed in the issues they advise on', which include licensing, outsourcing, regulatory matters, and M&A deals. As well as maintaining its longstanding reputation in the media and entertainment sectors, the firm continues to expand into software, telecoms, e-commerce and online gaming. Vasilisa Strizh and Brian Zimbler bring their corporate expertise to the team, while Ksenia Andreeva oversees IP-related work. Anastasia Dergacheva, who is also a core member of the global technology industry group, 'has great knowledge of the industry and the media landscape in Russia'.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Dergacheva; Brian Zimbler

Other key lawyers:

Vasilisa Strizh; Ksenia Andreeva

Testimonials

‘The lawyers at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP are very deeply immersed in the issues they advise on.’

‘Anastasia Dergacheva is excellent and there is good strength in depth across the firm. I feel confident in the advice I get from the Russian office, without having to check anything with other offices.’

‘Anastasia Dergacheva has great knowledge of the industry and the media landscape in Russia.’

Key clients

ABBYY Software

Arts & Entertainment Television Network (AETN)

Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

Infor Global Solutions

Media-1

NVidia Corporation

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Stars Group

The Walt Disney Company CIS

Veon Ltd.

Viacom

Yandex

Intellectual property Tier 3

A broad advisory service is offered by the team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; the practice is best known for assisting corporations with a nexus to technology with transactional IP matters. Practice head Ksenia Andreeva has significant experience of multijurisdictional software licensing, as well as franchising and services agreements involving intellectual property.

Practice head(s):

Ksenia Andreeva

Testimonials

‘The lawyers at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP are very deeply immersed in the issues they advise on.’

‘The firm has experience both in cross-border transactional work and in purely “technical” issues. Perhaps the best practice for the protection of personal data on the market. Good knowledge of the various areas of IP, and there is always an opportunity to get the position of the regulator on your question.’

‘Ksenia Andreeva is a very strong practitioner, she always sees the commercial essence of the issue, does not practice a formal approach, and is very pleasant in communication.’

Key clients

VEB.RF

NVIDIA

VTB Bank

21 Century Fox

Yandex

Home Box Office (HBO)

Nike Russia

NBC Universal

ABBYY

Veon

Viacom

Warner Bros.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is adept at handling restructuring transactions and bankruptcy-related claims for clients from Russia, CIS countries and Central Asia. The team works closely with its London and New York colleagues on cross-border contentious issues, such as debt repayment disputes. Large banks and investors rely upon the expertise of practice head Grigory Marinichev for restructuring work.

Practice head(s):

Grigory Marinichev

Other key lawyers:

Alexey Chertov

Testimonials

‘An international law firm with a perfect understanding of the local Russian requirements.’

‘Grigory Marinichev is the partner to look for’

‘Morgan Lewis Moscow’s restructuring and insolvency team are our first choice for any Russian and cross-border insolvency proceedings and major restructurings. The have extensive experience and are well-equipped to ensure smooth and successful completion of the most complicated cross-border proceedings. They are quick, professional and reliable partners.’

‘Alexey Chertov is once of the most experienced insolvency experts in Russia who delivers thoughtful and strategic advice within tight time frame. Alexey is smart, proactive and committed.’

‘Grigory Marinichev leads the team. Grigory is a recognised star on the R&I market. He is creative, efficient, and also a great negotiator.’

Key clients

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

Amsterdam Trade Bank (ATB) NV

LLC ATB-Leasing

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Ben Oldman Special Situation Fund

Barclays plc

VTB Bank PJSC

HETA Luftfahrzeuge Leasing GmbH

Sberbank Europe AG

East-West United Bank

BB Energy (Gulf) DMCC

Vitol S.A.

Traxys Europe SA

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘quick, professional and reliable’ team is noted for its ability to handle complex cross-border insolvency claims. This manifested itself in its cooperation with colleagues in London and New York in representing East-West United Bank in $75m cross-border insolvency proceedings; department co-head Grigory Marinichev took the lead and was assisted by associate Alexey Chertov. The department is at the forefront of litigation in the financial and pharmaceutical sectors. Practice co-head Dmitry Ivanov stands out for his recent work on multi-jurisdictional parallel proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Dmitry Ivanov; Grigory Marinichev

Other key lawyers:

Alexey Chertov

Testimonials

‘Morgan Lewis’s litigation team is our first choice for any litigation involving Russian courts and arbitral tribunals. They have extensive experience and well-equipped to ensure smooth and successful completion of the most complicated Russian and cross-border proceedings. They are quick, professional and reliable partners.’

‘Grigory Marinichev and his team stand out because they come up with solutions to problems that no other law firm has thought of, and that creativity always puts their clients ahead. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with them for over 10 years and will continue to recommend them.’

‘Grigory Marinichev is extremely responsive and always the first to identify a good technical and commercial strategy Alexey Chertov is bright, commercial and easy to work with.’

‘Experience and available resources to participate in disputes of any complexity. The efficiency and flexibility of lawyers, the ability to maintain a strategy based on the client’s capabilities and taking into account his opinion, the ability to use the experience of foreign colleagues and create international project teams.’

‘Dmitry Ivanov stands out for his understanding of the client’s needs, good knowledge of the market, deep professional experience.’

‘Alexey Chertov is smart and experienced. Grigory Marinichev leads the team. Grigory is creative, efficient and excellent public speaker.’

Key clients

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

Sun Eurasia LLC

Terumo Corporation

Ben Oldman Special Situation Fund / Barclays plc

East-West United Bank

Heta Luftfahrzeuge Leasing GmbH

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Amsterdam Trade Bank (ATB) NV

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 Ksenia Andreeva
Corporate and business transactions Anastasia Dergacheva
Corporate and business transactions Artem Tamaev
Labour and employment Bela Pelman
Energy transactions Jon Hines
Energy transactions Jennifer Josefson
Energy transactions Alexander Marchenko
Intellectual Property Ksenia Andreeva
M&A Vasilisa Strizh
M&A Artem Tamaev
M&A Brian Zimbler
M&A Roman Dashko
Capital markets Vasilisa Strizh
Corporate finance Grigory Marinichev
Corporate finance Konstantin Kochetkov
Technology, media and telecommunications Ksenia Andreeva
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 Ksenia Andreeva  photo Ms Ksenia Andreeva Ksenia is a partner whose corporate business transactions practice focuses on business…
Mr Alexey Chertov  photo Mr Alexey Chertov Alexey is an associate on Morgan Lewis’s finance team who advises clients…
Mr Roman Dashko  photo Mr Roman Dashko Roman is a partner in the firm’s Moscow Office. He advises international…
Ms Anastasia Dergacheva  photo Ms Anastasia Dergacheva Anastasia is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s corporate business transactions practice who…
Mr Oleg Egorov  photo Mr Oleg Egorov Oleg is an associate in Morgan Lewis’s Moscow office who counsels clients…
Mr Alexander Geda  photo Mr Alexander Geda Alexander is an associate who advises clients on banking and finance law…
 Jon Hines  photo Jon Hines Jon is a partner in the firm’s energy transactions team. He represents…
Mr Andrey Ignatenko  photo Mr Andrey Ignatenko Andrey represents international and domestic clients in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint…
Mr Dmitry Ivanov  photo Mr Dmitry Ivanov Dmitry is a partner in the firm’s Moscow office and is head…
Ms Anastasia Kiseleva  photo Ms Anastasia Kiseleva Anastasia is an associate in the firm’s Moscow office who represents clients…
Mr Konstantin Kochetkov  photo Mr Konstantin Kochetkov Konstantin is a partner in the firm’s Moscow office who focuses his…
Mr Philip Korotin  photo Mr Philip Korotin Philip is an associate in the firm’s corporate business transactions practice who…
Mr Alexander Marchenko  photo Mr Alexander Marchenko Alexander is of counsel in the firm’s energy transactions team, whose practice…
Mr Grigory Marinichev  photo Mr Grigory Marinichev Grigory is a partner in the firm’s Moscow office who represents international…
Ms Bela Yu Pelman  photo Ms Bela Yu Pelman Bela is of counsel in the firm’s Moscow office, she counsels clients…
Ms Alexandra Rotar photo Ms Alexandra Rotar Alexandra focuses on advising companies investing and operating in the oil and…
Ms Valentina Semenikhina  photo Ms Valentina Semenikhina Valentina is an associate in the firm’s Moscow office. With a Ph.D.…
Mr Emil Shagiakhmetov  photo Mr Emil Shagiakhmetov Emil advises public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint…
Ms Vasilisa Strizh  photo Ms Vasilisa Strizh Vasilisa is the managing partner of Morgan Lewis’s Moscow office. She represents clients in cross-border…
Mr Artem Tamaev photo Mr Artem Tamaev Artem represents public and private companies and private equity sponsors on mergers…
Mr Brian L Zimbler  photo Mr Brian L Zimbler Brian is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s corporate business transactions practice who…
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