Firm Profile > White & Case LLC > Moscow, Russia

White & Case LLC
4 Romanov Pereulok
125009 Moscow
Russia

Capital markets Tier 1

The full-service department at White & Case LLC has substantial strength in the debt capital markets arena, where it counts high-profile issuers including the Republic of Belarus among its clients, alongside a number of large domestic and international banks. The team also has extensive experience in debt restructuring and liability management work. It draws on the firm’s global capabilities, working closely with the UK-based team on dual listings on the London Stock Exchange and the Moscow Exchange; practice head Darina Lozovsky divides her time between London and Moscow. Dmitry Lapshin is a go-to adviser for securities regulation matters.

Practice head(s):

Darina Lozovsky

Other key lawyers:

Dmitry Lapshin; Renat Akhmetzyanov

Testimonials

‘White & Case has a fairly large capital markets practice in Moscow, which has been very active with us, not only on Russian law issues, but on international aspects of transactions (which is very valuable and saves time).’

‘We work with many partners in Moscow. On capital markets transactions , I would like to single out Dmitry Lapshin, who knows everything in this area due to his many years of experience, and I can be sure that not a single detail will be overlooked. Dmitry has an amazing risk filter – he thoroughly analyses all the pros and cons and is always ready to offer plan B.’

Key clients

Credit Bank of Moscow

The Republic of Belarus

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

VTB Capital

Uzpromstroybank

Kaspi.kz

Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 1

Forming an integral part of the firm’s global network, White & Case LLC’s full-service team handles multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions across a wide range of sectors, including the infrastructure, metals and mining, and pharmaceuticals industries. The team is also highly active in technology sector deals; it recently handled multiple high-value matters including acting on VTB Bank’s $2bn sale of its majority stake in Tele2 Russia to Rostelecom, an acquisition creating the country’s largest integrated operator of digital services. The group’s private equity strength is also recognised, and it provides end-to-end advice to large private equity houses. Practice co-heads Eric Michailov and Andrei Dontsov are both highly regarded practitioners; clients also single out managing partner Igor Ostapets, Nikolay Feoktistov and senior associate Evgeny Chernyavsky.

Practice head(s):

Eric Michailov; Andrei Dontsov

Other key lawyers:

Igor Ostapets; Nikolay Feoktistov; Evgeny Chernyavsky; Jonathan Langley

Testimonials

The team of lawyers has significant experience in complex transactions, knows how to apply their experience to a specific situation. Helps find legal ways to answer business inquiries. People who are able to solve various aspects of the transaction – corporate, tax, etc – work on the project. The entire team is supervised by a leader who understands the strategic objectives of the project.

Very polite, patient. High professionalism and effort to meet the wishes of the client and the counterparty, as much as possible.

Andrei Dontsov — vast experience, ability to reach a compromise and find the right solution in non-standard situations. Nikolay Feoktistov — energy, competence, desire to fight for the client to the end, ability to work in various industries.

I have worked with a large part of the M&A team, including partners Igor Ostapets and Eric Michailov. I have never seen any law firm in the Moscow market handling such complex matters and being as responsive, client-friendly and solution-orientated as they are. What I personally still remember is a pitch meeting with Eric Michailov who was dialling in at 5am in the morning local time. That is just an example of the level of commitment their M&A team has towards their clients.

Igor Ostapets and Eric Michailov are superstars. They get mandated some of the largest transactions in and outside Russia. They are strong on the business as well as the legal side of issues, very efficient and the to-go persons for any M&A deal. Their senior associate Evgeny Chernyavsky is a rising star and has a can-do mentality.

Andrei Dontsov is an outstanding professional who has long been much more than just a good lawyer.

Nikolay Feoktistov has the ability to quickly understand the essence of the task, to organise the team appropriately, making sure that it integrates into the client’s team as much as possible and provides the desired result on time. Flexible negotiation style with a focus on results. Helicopter-view persistence throughout the project. Nikolay is a very business-oriented partner, which is valuable.

Key clients

VTB Bank

VTB Capital

Takeda

Canon Medical Systems

Rostelecom

Stinn

Moscow Exchange

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 1

White & Case LLC brings a ‘unique combination of international expertise and Russian-language capabilities’ and has a stellar reputation at both national and international level. The group is known for acting for the Russian Federation, where it frequently works with the firm's London office, most recently racking up a victory in the state’s $14.5bn expropriation dispute with Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev brought pursuant to the France-Russian Federation bilateral investment treaty. Similarly, its unsurpassed strength in representing sovereign clients in investment treaty arbitration is reflected in its ongoing work for the Republic of Belarus on the country’s first-ever investment arbitrations. Julia Zagonek heads up the practice and is regularly assisted by counsel Pavel Boulatov and dual-qualified senior associate Oleg Todua.

Practice head(s):

Julia Zagonek

Other key lawyers:

Pavel Boulatov; Oleg Todua

Testimonials

‘This team is a top-tier player. Their key distinction is a unique combination of international expertise and Russian-language capabilities. While some firms can only offer either one or the other, White & Case combines these strengths and translates it into first-class work product. I am pleased to be able to work with globally recognised professionals in my native language.’

Key clients

The Russian Federation

The Republic of Belarus

Belgorkhimprom OAO

Dekhkanabad Potash Plant

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Under the leadership of Igor Ostapets, the team at White & Case LLC is able to leverage its global network to provide seamless cross-border expertise in the energy and natural resources sectors. The group is known for its proficiency in handling the highest value transactions, financings, disputes and competition law mandates. Natalia Nikitina is frequently instructed by major Russian banks to advise on acquisition finance, LBOs, derivatives and project finance matters. Ekaterina Logvinova is a key contact for mining issues, including restructuring and pre-export finance; she is also known for handling sanctions-related work.

Practice head(s):

Igor Ostapets

Other key lawyers:

Ekaterina Logvinova; Natalia Nikitina

Key clients

VTB Bank.

Russian Federation

Unipro.

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Lenders to Volgafert LLC

TMT Tier 1

White & Case LLC's offering is known particularly for its transactional expertise, but the team also leverages its 'unique international expertise' to advise TMT clients on the full gamut of cross-border issues relating to intellectual property, competition, finance, regulation and employment law matters. The practice is jointly headed by 'outstanding' practitioner Nikolay Feoktistov and Eric Michailov; the latter is frequently instructed by market-leading telecoms companies and their shareholders, and 'knows everything about doing business in Russia'. Andrei Dontsov and Jonathan Langley are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Eric Michailov; Nikolay Feoktistov

Other key lawyers:

Andrei Dontsov; Jonathan Langley

Testimonials

‘The team is very efficient, result oriented and proactive. Compared to other firms the reply time to clients’ queries is extremely short and the quality of the communications and the overall service is on the highest level.’

‘Nikolay Feoktistov is one outstanding partner. His professionalism, proactiveness and extremely fast replies exceed all expectations.’

‘Detailed study of all legal aspects of the transaction; high quality of documents; timeliness of preparation of documents.’

‘Nikolay Feoktistov has speed and high quality of reaction within the framework of the negotiation process; deep study of the case and preparation of legal documents. Andrei Dontsov has broad erudition, rich experience in similar transactions.’

‘I would point out their unique international expertise and ability to provide immediate support with any question at any time round the clock. They have a stable team which has remained unchanged for many years.’

‘Without a doubt, Eric Michailov is a unique personality and there is no other lawyer in Moscow with the expertise of his level. He is highly qualified in international law and knows everything about doing business in Russia.’

‘High commitment and quality of consultants and partners.’

‘Professionalism and commitment.’

Key clients

VTB Bank

Canon Medical Systems

Moscow Exchange

Rostelecom

Stinn

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Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

White & Case LLC handles the gamut of transactions in areas such as project, asset and acquisition finance. In addition to her experience in these fields, department head Natalia Nikitina is also noted for her strong reputation in the energy and utilities sectors. Further, the team stands out for its in-depth understanding of financial regulation, which recently manifested itself in its work on the standard loan documentation for leading housing development institution Dom.RF. The group is well-equipped to handle syndicated lending matters under the country’s newly introduced legislation; senior associate Rimma Izmaylova specialises in this space. Sanctions-related financial advice is also an area of focus, with Ekaterina Logvinova being the go-to expert.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Nikitina

Other key lawyers:

Ekaterina Logvinova; Rimma Izmaylova

Key clients

Dom.RF

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

VTB

Competition Tier 2

Notable clients from a range of specialist industries, including TMT, metals and mining, finance, oil and gas, power, and manufacturing frequently instruct the antitrust team at White & Case LLC; recently, the department has noted an increase in instructions from major pharmaceutical companies. Cross-border work is an area of particular expertise for the Moscow-based group, which is able to leverage the global strength of the firm to advise on merger control matters, cartel cases, and alleged abuses of dominance issues with a multijurisdictional dimension. Practice head Igor Ostapets is supported by senior associate Ksenia Tyunik.

Practice head(s):

Igor Ostapets

Other key lawyers:

Ksenia Tyunik

Key clients

Arconic

Takeda

Grupo Bimbo

Blue Water Energy

Canon Medical Systems

Moscow Exchange

Bpifrance

Metso Corporation

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Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

White & Case LLC has an unsurpassed strength in assisting high-net-worth individuals. Its work also includes multiple high-profile representations of international companies in courts of all instances, all the way up to the Russian Supreme Court. The team is noted for its extensive multi-jurisdictional work, where it collaborates with the firm's global office network, particularly in the UK and the US. The group’s workload also attests to its excellence in handling English law issues, often arising in the context of contractual and asset recovery disputes, among others; department head and arbitration specialist Julia Zagonek is also qualified in England and Wales. Furthermore, bankruptcy litigation is also among the group’s core areas of expertise, with counsel Pavel Boulatov being the key contact in this space.

Practice head(s):

Julia Zagonek

Other key lawyers:

Pavel Boulatov; Anton Vasin

Key clients

The Russian Federation

The Republic of Belarus

Credit Europe Bank

Dekhkanabad Potash Plant

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UniCredit Bank

Bank of Cyprus

Mikhail Vladimirovich Goryainov

Real estate and construction Tier 2

White & Case LLC houses a dedicated real estate group that specialises in high-end construction projects and the related disputes, acting for clients including EPC contractor Nipigas; Nikolay Feoktistov regularly takes the lead on mandates in this space. Real estate transactions are another mainstay of the practice; its recent commercial property financing work for financial institutions and large domestic companies particularly stands out. Notably, the team is well-equipped to handle both Russian and English law issues; M&A expert Eric Michailov and Jonathan Langley hold English law qualifications, and share leadership of the department with counsel Daria Plotnikova.

Practice head(s):

Eric Michailov; Jonathan Langley; Daria Plotnikova

Other key lawyers:

Nikolay Feoktistov

Testimonials

‘The team is 100% client-oriented; bringing results for the client is most important to them.’

Key clients

Nipigas

Sace

Unicredit

ING

Vi Holding

Dom.RF

Capital Partners

Dekhkanabad Potash Plant

The Republic of Belarus

Belgorkhimprom

Transport Tier 2

Tax and dispute resolution specialists join the experienced transactional experts at White & Case LLC to form a cross-departmental offering which excels at assisting with all aspects of global transportation deals. Notable clients across Europe, Asia and the US instruct the firm, which played a key role in the ratification and implementation of the Cape Town Convention in Russia. The group is under the leadership of Natalia Nikitina, who is noted for her able advice on asset finance matters and M&A deals in the transport sector.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Nikitina

Key clients

Vnesheconombank (VEB)

VTB

VTB Leasing

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Alongside its traditional strength in representing lenders, White & Case LLC is gradually acquiring a larger share of the borrower market as well. The team cements its strong position on the high-value acquisition financing and refinancing side, where it predominantly assists large domestic borrowers. Other core areas of expertise include project financing and real estate financing transactions, as well as regulatory advice regarding the international sanctions regime. Key contacts include practice head Natalia Nikitina, Ekaterina Logvinova and senior associate Rimma Izmaylova.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Nikitina

Other key lawyers:

Ekaterina Logvinova; Rimma Izmaylova

Key clients

PPF Group

Vi Holding

Leroy Merlin

Stinn LLC

Baring Vostok Capital Partners

NLMK

Tax Tier 4

The primary strength of the team at White & Case LLC lies in handling multi-jurisdictional structuring mandates from a mix of international companies and financial sector clients. The team’s ability to handle the tax aspects of high-value transactions is enhanced by its close collaboration with the wider firm’s corporate, banking and finance, real estate and construction groups. Irina Dmitrieva leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Irina Dmitrieva

Testimonials

‘High professionalism, efficiency, creativity, participation, customer focus.’

‘White & Case is a law firm which we always rely on, no matter the case, subject or jurisdiction. The Russian team provides high-quality tax advice, with detailed reports in a very clear manner for those not familiar with Russian law. The partners are available around the clock and speak perfect English. ’

‘Irina Dmitrieva is definitely our best support, and has proven to be a valuable asset in the firm, always going the extra mile to provide us with insight into a diversity of different matters.’

Key clients

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Rostelecom

MERA Switzerland AG

Stinn LLC

Uzpromstroybank

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