Firm Profile > Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP > Moscow, Russia

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
127051 MOSCOW

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields a highly skilled team of Russian, US and UK-qualified lawyers, with notable experience advising on major multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, joint ventures, project development and financings across the power, oil and gas, mining and natural resources sectors. Jonathan Hines chairs the CIS-wide energy practice and has significant expertise in projects across Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Grigory Marinichev represents international lenders and borrowers in structured finance, syndicated lending and debt restructuring transactions. Alexander Marchenko is another figure to note for upstream oil and gas projects. Cross-border energy transactions specialist Jennifer Josefson joined the team from King & Spalding LLP in November 2019.

Key clients

Oil India

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)

State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR)

GV Gold


Euro-Asian Oil

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

Clients praise Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s expertise in prepayment finance and trade finance work. Grigory Marinichev heads up the practice, which assists a growing roster of lender clients encompassing leading Russian state-owned banks, large international banks, development institutions and international traders. The department fields US and UK-qualified lawyers, and cooperates extensively with the firm’s office in London, where Bruce Johnston is a key contact for CIS-related transactions. Also singled out is Konstantin Kochetkov, who has expertise in project finance, sovereign debt and infrastructure transactions. Senior associate Alexey Chertov is highly recommended in the prepayment financing space.


The team has good knowledge of the financial products which we work on, and is able to deliver high-quality documentation. The finance team seeks advice from other department at the firm, which allows us to get the fuller picture of all legal issues.

A client-oriented and professional team, which is quick, responsive, and available 24/7.

The team has a good track record in prepayment finance. There is no need to have long discussions explaining our position, as the team is very experienced and efficient, which saves us time.

The finance department has expertise in various matters of international law, prepayments, participations, transfers, and other non-trivial transactions. Lawyers remain open-minded and motivated to solve various legal problems.

Excellent level of expertise in the field of banking and finance, one of the best teams in trade finance and commodities in Russia, which benefits from the strong expertise of the firm’s corporate practice as well.

Grigory Marinichev and Alexey Chertov are always available to answer any questions and deliver documents on time.

Konstantin Kochetkov is available even when he is on a different continent and time zone. This is very helpful when your client is difficult and suddenly decides to make last-minute change of plans. There are many good lawyers but not all of them are ready to work with you 24/7.

Alexey Chertov is very experienced, always ready to help, responsive and diligent.

Alexey Chertov has deep expertise in various types of financing, including project finance, trade finance, restructurings, corporate finance and commodities. This diversity of knowledge and experience allows him to lead complex transactions involving various types of instruments, thereby providing the client with professional feedback in the shortest time possible.

Key clients

Sberbank CIB


VTB Bank / VTB Bank (Europe)

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Société Générale




European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Russian Regional Development Bank

BB Energy Trading

UniCredit Bank

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

NewCoal Trading AG

Cetracore Energy GmbH

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles the full scope of corporate and M&A work and private equity transactions including the related finance, IP, antitrust, regulatory and contentious matters. The department attracts praise for its significant strength in cross-border deals; Brian Zimbler is active in the Moscow and Washington DC offices, while Roman Dashko splits his time between Moscow and New York. Managing partner and newly appointed department head Vasilisa Strizh assists domestic and globally recognised investors with deals in the media and telecoms, financial services, energy, and pharmaceuticals sectors. Senior associate Philip Korotin and associate Valentina Semenikhina are also noted. Artem Tamaev was also hired from Herbert Smith as a new Partner in March 2020.


Extremely competent and skillful, the team is always up to date with all legal developments and is always available to help clients.

One of the few international teams in the market with decades of experience in the region, including advice on cross-border M&A deals. The group has a full arsenal of capabilities, having very experienced lawyers, both in Moscow and globally, whose expertise can quickly be drawn on any matter from any jurisdiction.

Vasilisa Strizh is a very knowledgeable lawyer, very responsive, always focusing on a client’s problem and addressing it with her pragmatic approach. She also finds time to work on pro bono matters and is known for this on the market as well.

Senior associate Philip Korotin has great project management skills. He has brought us success on three of our more significant project from 2016 until today.

Key clients

Gazprom Neft


Yandex N.V.





Dyckerhoff GmbH

Oil India, Ltd.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

The team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP operates as part of the firm’s global dispute resolution group and represents clients in significant cross-border arbitration proceedings in the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce and domestic arbitration forums. The practice also handles enforcement matters in jurisdictions spanning Russia, the UK, the US and offshore jurisdictions. Team members are praised by clients for their depth of expertise across the financial services, real estate and construction, chemicals and energy sectors. The ‘dynamic and commercially mindedDmitry Ivanov and the ‘tireless and experiencedGrigory Marinichev are joint practice heads.


A very dedicated, supportive and client-minded team of professionals

An engaged and available team, which is well-connected not only due to the firm’s office network but also with specialist firms across the CIS region.

The team sees the bigger picture and is creative in its approach.

The team is very strong in energy and finance matters. When necessary, the team works with London- and US-based teams seamlessly on cross-border cases.

The team stands out for multiple reasons: its sophisticated international client base, its highly trained and multilingual attorneys, its highly professional work ethic, and its outstanding reputation on the market.

Working with the Moscow office of Morgan Lewis is similar to working with their London office — top-quality services, first-rate advice and excellent work product.

Dmitry Ivanov demonstrates creativity and out-of-the box thinking in the face of challenges. He also keeps calm under pressure.

Dmitry Ivanov has been educated abroad and demonstrates an excellent command of English and French, apart from the Russian language. He is a very sophisticated lawyer with great experience, very business-savvy, pragmatic, and sensitive to clients’ concerns. It is a pleasure to work with Dmitry.

Grigory Marinichev is a lawyer with a straightforward approach, who pays great attention to his clients’ needs.

Key clients

Schlumberger Logelco

VTB Bank

Public Interest Registry

Sun Eurasia LLC

Terumo Corporation

TMT Tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is best known for its strong client base in the media and entertainment industry, counting CBS Television Studios and Home Box Office (HBO) among its clients. The firm also regularly acts for software and IT companies, advising on M&A transactions, licensing and outsourcing. E-commerce, gaming, data privacy and media regulatory work are the team's other areas of specialisation. Anastasia Dergacheva, Ksenia Andreeva and office managing partner Vasilisa Strizh are the key partners.


‘Morgan Lewis’ team has deep knowledge of the regulatory environment in Russia. Their advice is usually based on practice and understanding of business needs – when they structure the deal or advise on corporate governance they usually suggest the most workable options and avoid scenarios that are too complex or theoretical.’

Key clients

ABBYY Software

Arts & Entertainment Television Network (AETN)

CBS Television Studios

Home Box Office (HBO)

Infor Global Solutions

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Leveraging the firm’s strong global market position, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's finance practice in Moscow handles complex cross-border work for its varied client base, which includes domestic and international companies, leading Russian state-owned banks, large international banks, development institutions and international traders. Grigory Marinichev heads up the practice and is regularly retained by international clients. Senior associate Alexey Chertov has a specialism in prepayment financing work and is praised by clients as ‘always professional and available when needed’. Konstantin Kochetkov focuses on project finance, sovereign debt and infrastructure transactions.


Great expertise and extensive experience

Professional, quick and responsive, available 24/7. Team members are open-minded and ready to solve various problems of legal nature.

The main strength of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team lies in finding and keeping the right balance between the interests of lenders and borrowers. The second most important advantage is lawyers’ prompt attention to all issues of their clients, which facilitates closing a deal in the shortest time possible.

We have worked with highly competent experts who have answered all our questions promptly and comprehensively.

Konstantin Kochetkov is one of the best in this sector.

Alexey Chertov is hardworking, responsive, supportive, and pleasant to work with.

Alexey Chertov is able to efficiently take the lead on complex negotiations on trans-border transactions, thereby enabling lenders and borrowers to align their positions on critical issues.

Key clients

GV Gold


Delo Group

Nord Gold


NewCoal Trading AG

Sistema Group

Sierentz Global Merchants SA

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Grigory Marinichev heads up Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s restructuring and insolvency department, which draws on the expertise of the firm’s global group and works closely with the group's in New York and London. The practice has particular experience acting in claims alleging fraudulent activity and disputes arising out of M&A transactions in Russia. Associate Alexey Chertov is also noted.


Solution-oriented, proactive and attentive to details

The team is dedicated, extremely quick and competent, particularly competent in corporate restructuring.

The team is strong at both local and international level; it also has good knowledge of both theory and practice.

Grigory Marinichev is an excellent negotiator and a recognised star on the Russian market. He is able to solve issues of any complexity.

Alexey Chertov stands out for the depth of his knowledge and the high quality of his work.

Key clients


VTB Bank

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

VTB Debt Center

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Sberbank CIB

Sberbank Europe AG

SIB (Cyprus)


Ben Oldman

East-West United Bank


Amsterdam Trade Bank

Heta Luftfahrzeuge Leasing GmbH

BB Energy

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 4

The Moscow-based litigation group of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is fully integrated in the firm's global offering, and the department works closely with it's London-based counterpart. The group focuses on issues concerning the enforcement of judgements, bankruptcy and insolvency-related litigation, and claims arising out of contractual breaches. Dmitry Ivanov and Grigory Marinichev jointly head up the practice.


The team is strong in representing creditors, as well as in enforcing Russian judgements abroad. Usefully, it is using its network of offices across many countries as well as working with local law firms in jurisdictions where the firm does not have any offices.

Key clients

Schlumberger Logelco


Public Interest Registry NGO

Sun Eurasia LLC

Terumo Corporation

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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