Firm Profile > White & Case LLC > Moscow, Russia
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Capital markets Tier 1
White & Case LLC’s ‘superb’ team stands out for complex capital market transactions, particularly relating to IPOs and the establishment of EMTN programmes; the team also excels in capital markets and securities regulations, where Dmitry Lapshin is a standout figure. Department head Darina Lozovsky divides time between Moscow and London, and regularly handles dual listings on the London Stock Exchange and the Moscow Exchange.
‘The team simply ticks all the boxes: it is always reliable and easy to reach, updates clients promptly, and adopts a constructive approach by focusing on solutions rather than problems.‘
‘The team consists of professionals with in-depth knowledge of the relevant regulatory frameworks and of the market practice.‘
‘Darina Lozovsky possesses all relevant knowledge and skills needed to give a quick and definite answer. Darina is also great at finding solutions in fast-changing situations.‘
BCS Global Markets
Credit Bank of Moscow
Republic of Belarus
Republic of Uzbekistan
Sonera Holding B.V.
White & Case LLC fields a substantial team, which is ‘unique and innovative in its understanding of international arbitration’. The department is praised for its ability to handle significant cross-border work and advise on issues arising under Russian and English law. The team also has notable strength in representing states in high-value investment treaty arbitration proceedings; recent examples include representing The Republic of Belarus in three sets of arbitral proceedings. Julia Zagonek jointly heads up the department with David Goldberg, who splits his time between Moscow and London. Counsel Pavel Boulatov is also a key name to note in Moscow.
‘Valuable practical experience, coupled with the ability to exchange experience and ideas between members of White & Case’s network around the world‘
‘Team members are reliable partners, who are also sociable, highly organized and responsible.‘
‘The team finds innovative solutions in difficult situations and works effectively, which includes matters involving the application of foreign law. It also has a clear understanding of the business needs of its clients.‘
‘Julia Zagonek is a highly qualified professional, a strong team leader and a brilliant speaker. She has the ability to handle multiple matters at the same time while also preserving a high standard in providing legal services.‘
‘Pavel Boulatov thinks outside the box.‘
‘Julia Zagonek and Pavel Boulatov are very efficient, fantastic professionals.‘
The Republic of Belarus
The Russian Federation
TMT Tier 1
White & Case LLC provides end-to-end support to major international and Russian clients in the TMT sector, with 'vast experience' in commercial M&A transactions, competition, finance, tax, procurement, litigation, regulation and employment law matters. The practice is jointly led by Eric Michailov and Nikolay Feoktistov, who both focus on complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions and joint ventures.
‘The team has vast experience and understands the details of telecoms operations. They also understand the commercial essence of the deals and pay attention to important factors.’
‘Eric Michailov is a brilliant lawyer with strong commercial skills, and is equally as strong in terms of local issues as in foreign law matters. He can solve any problem and is easy to work with and very responsive.’
Industrial Investors Group
White & Case LLC is singled out for the expertise of its banking and finance group worldwide. The team counts large domestic financial institutions and leading overseas lenders as clients, and has notable focus on project finance, real estate finance and acquisition finance matters. The group also has strong capabilities in US and EU sanction issues, which the team utilises when advising clients on a variety of banking and finance documents. ‘Creative’ department head Natalia Nikitina specialises in asset-based finance, acquisition finance and trade and pre-export finance work; Ekaterina Logvinova is also recommended. Natalia Kraslyanskaya departed to Herbert Smith Freehills in 2019.
‘White & Case is a reliable partner to our business; when we go with the firm’s finance team, we always meet proactive lawyers with experience relevant to our issues.‘
‘The team demonstrates a great understanding of the law and the context in which it operates, good attention to detail, and professionalism in delivering high-quality legal services.‘
‘White & Case’s lawyers are very efficient and very quick to react to the client’s needs. You can call them on a Thursday with an urgent and non-standard query, and have a document ready for review over the weekend. The firm pulls international resources together and genuinely works as a well-functioning organism, each office and team contributing to the project. I feel that I can rely on the team to get the work done on schedule and without detriment to quality.‘
‘Natalya Nikitina is a great partner to work with — she is leading a team of great professionals, but always finds time to be involved herself as well to find lawyers with the most suitable expertise to cover the topic.‘
‘Ekaterina Logvinova is a very professional and reliable partner in all senses of the word: she understands our priorities and requirements, makes sure that our transactions are prioritised and we get the work product delivered on time, and quickly draws on the expertise of the wider network of the firm to get us the result we need.‘
Czech Export Bank
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Savings Bank of the Russian Federation
At White & Case LLC, UK-qualified Eric Michailov and Andrei Dontsov jointly lead the multi-disciplinary corporate and M&A practice, which has strong English law capabilities. The team also works closely with the firm’s global network, particularly the corporate team in Kazakhstan. The department has a transactional strength and focuses on the TMT, energy and natural resources, financial services, private equity, agriculture, mining and real estate sectors. Nikolay Feoktistov and Jonathan Langley also attract praise from clients.
‘The team has in-depth knowledge of the market and a hands-on approach; partners remain involved in clients’ projects.‘
‘White & Case’s lawyers are responsive, extremely smart and diligent. They can work day and night in order to examine each and every aspect of an issue. This is the team of lawyers we feel very confident with.‘
‘Andrei Dontsov is highly qualified, has a great business-oriented approach, and is available to address any issue of ours.‘
‘Nikolay Feoktistov has been our main contact for a couple of years. He is a first-class corporate lawyer, equally strong on the business as well as the legal side of issues, very efficient and always on point. This makes Nikolay the right person to go to for any corporate or M&A project.‘
‘Jonathan Langley is very intelligent and experienced, and an effective negotiator. He is our preferred adviser for M&A deals governed by English law. He devotes a lot of time and attention to a deal and knows documents concerning transactions in great detail.‘
Sberbank/ Sberbank CIB
VTB/ VTB Capital
X5 Retail Group
Competition Tier 2
The competition and antitrust department at White & Case LLC excels in complex merger control filings, and cases arising out of alleged abuses of dominance. The team has extensive experience across a wide range of sectors including the oil and gas, technology, manufacturing, financial services and mining industries. Igor Ostapets heads up the department, where senior associate Ksenia Tyunik is also noted.
‘White & Case’s competition law team has the following competitive advantages: deep knowledge of competition law, coupled with extensive practice; an ability to provide solid and straightforward advice; and experience in navigating the complex Russian antitrust landscape.‘
Led by UK-qualified practice head Julia Zagonek, White & Case LLC has a notable success rate in cases at the Supreme Court level. The litigation team is particularly recognised for acting for creditors and debtors in domestic and cross-border insolvency proceedings; counsel Pavel Boulatov is the key contact in this area. The team also has a strong general commercial and competition litigation practice thanks to the expertise of senior associate Anton Vasin.
Credit Europe Bank
Dekhkanabad Potash Plant LLC
Energy and natural resources Tier 2
White & Case LLC's energy practice predominantly focuses on advising international banks and well-known players in the energy and natural resources industries on project financings, capital markets transactions and M&A deals, supported by its network of partners in the Kazakhstan, London and New York offices. The firm is also experienced in advising on US and EU sanctions. Key figures include Ekaterina Logvinova, who is an expert in the mining sector with a focus on pre-export and project finance; project finance partner Natalia Nikitina; and practice head Igor Ostapets.
Nord Stream AG
Resource Capital Fund
Real estate and construction Tier 2
White & Case LLC’s cross-practice group acts on high-value mandates relating to corporate and M&A transactions in the real estate sector, which is a key area of specialism for department co-head Eric Michailov. Fellow co-head Jonathan Langley is recommended for his English law expertise and acts on high-value commercial property matters, while counsel Daria Plotnikova is a key adviser for construction-related work.
‘Unique experts, with great coverage of all areas we need, including finance, arbitration, and even English law expertise.‘
‘This is a solid practice of true professionals, who always remain business-oriented. We choose the team because lawyers have deep knowledge of both English and Russian applicable laws and of the relevant court practice, which they combine with a lot of experience.‘
‘We were looking for a law firm with particularly strong construction expertise; the team’s experience in the petrochemical industry was also a plus.‘
‘Eric Michailov is an exceptional person. He is very experienced, as he has been living in Russia for decades and has witnessed many significant changes in the local real estate market.‘
‘Jonathan Langley has perfect knowledge of relevant areas of English law. He is also very brilliant at contract drafting.‘
‘Counsel Daria Plotnikova is very experienced in construction matters and complex negotiations, as well as cross-border cooperation. Daria is responsive, always gets straight to the point and is prepared to take action immediately.‘
Sberbank/ Sberbank CIB
VTB Bank/ VTB Capital
PPF Real Estate
Transport Tier 2
White & Case LLC has an 'excellent reputation' for finance and M&A transactions in the transport sector, leveraging the cross-border transactional and industry expertise of its Europe, Asia and US transport departments, which are able to advise on Russian, English and US law. Natalia Nikitina advises on a wide range of finance transactions, including traditional commercial lending and structured and acquisition finance, as well as asset-based financings and project and pre-export finance.
‘White and Case’s transportation team was able to handle a unique and challenging situation involving multilateral legislation within international aircraft leasing deals.’
‘Commercial, quick responses, excellent reputation.’
White & Case LLC's team works with the practice in London and attracts acquisition financing and refinancing mandates. The department also applies its strong capabilities in US and EU sanctions to financing mandates, and utilises its traditional sector strengths to advise borrowers on debt restructuring matters across the mining and metals, transportation and shipping and ports industries. Department head Natalia Nikitina is praised for being 'proactive, accessible and always in control', while Ekaterina Logvinova handles project finance mandates for lenders and borrowers.
‘Excellent quality of services, coupled with quick speed in providing feedback and reacting to clients’ requests‘
‘Nice people who are also easy to work with‘
‘Natalia Nikitina is a real expert; she is proactive, accessible and always in control‘
Air Lease Corporation
Tax Tier 4
At White & Case LLC, the tax department acts on the Russian tax aspects of complex cross-border transactions. The group provides standalone tax advice and also works in conjunction with the firm's corporate and M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, and real estate and construction teams. The ‘highly regarded’ Irina Dmitrieva heads up the practice.
‘White & Case is well known for its sophisticated tax structuring work, particularly in relation to big-ticket M&A deals and greenfield construction projects. The team has an outstanding leader – Irina Dmitrieva, who is highly respected.‘
‘The team is small but highly qualified and has suitable expertise to assist foreign companies which require English-speaking lawyers. Although the team is focused on tax, it is also able to work on issues arising in other practice areas as well. The department always goes the extra mile to provide detailed reports and opinions, explained in a clear manner to those who are not familiar with Russian tax law.‘
‘Irina Dmitrieva has demonstrated her deep knowledge of both domestic and international tax law. She is always available for urgent requests. Her high-level technical skills show during face-to-face meetings.‘
Telia Company AB
Nord Stream AG
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