The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

White & Case LLC


Russia

Banking and finance: Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLC

With a network of global offices, White & Case LLC is well placed to act for borrowers on major cross-border acquisition finance transactions, pre-export financing and restructuring, while the firm also maintains a dedicated sanctions desk. In recent work, a cross-border team advised Siberian Anthracite on a $570m pre-export financing facility provided by several international banks including ING, Credit Suisse and Sberbank, among others. The practice is also handling the project financing of infrastructure projects in Russia and Kazakhstan. Natalia Nikitina and Ekaterina Logvinova are the main contacts. Maxim Kobzev has left the practice for an overseas legal position.

[back to top]

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC has a strong track record acting as lead counsel across a wide range of transactions in acquisition and project financing, real estate finance and restructuring. The firm has recently advised Japan Bank of International Cooperation on conventional project finance and infrastructure transaction structures. Key practitioner Natalia Nikitina is also active in legislative matters, and has contributed to the drafting of the legislation regulating syndicated lending in Russia, which was adopted in early 2018. Ekaterina Logvinova is the other key figure.

[back to top]

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLC

Known for its strength in IPOs, the capital markets practice at White & Case LLC advised En+ Group on the offering of GDRs on the London Stock Exchange and the Moscow Exchange. The team is lauded for ‘always willing to go the extra mile’ and for ‘providing real value’ and is jointly headed by Dmitry Lapshin  and Darina Lozovsky who divides her time between the Moscow and London offices. The group is has expertise in debt and equity deals; associate Renat Akhmetzyanov  is particularly active in debt capital markets transactions.

Leading individuals

Dmitry Lapshin - White & Case LLC

[back to top]

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow
Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC's ‘outstanding corporate practice’ continues to play a prominent role in standout M&A deals in the TMT sector; in one example, the team advised Telia on the $1bn sale of 19% of its shares in MegaFon to Gazprombank. Other significant highlights include assisting Rostelecom with the acquisition of 75% stakes in Votron and Open Mobile Platform, as well as advising Yapi Kredi, the fourth largest publicly-owned bank in Turkey, on the sale of its Russian subsidiary to Expobank. Andrei Dontsov, Eric Michailov  and Nikolay Feoktistov ‘have strong business acumen combined with strategic thinking and strong legal expertise’.

Leading individuals

Andrei Dontsov - White & Case LLC

Eric Michailov - White & Case LLC

[back to top]

Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC deals with issues regarding merger control, abuse of a dominant market position and cartel investigations. Highlights included advising Shanghai Aero Auto Electromechanical on anti-monopoly matters and assisting charter airline Travel Service with acquiring a controlling interest in České Aerolinie. Practice head Igor Ostapets and associate Ksenia Tyunik are key contacts.

Next Generation Partners

Ksenia Tyunik - White & Case LLC

[back to top]

Dispute resolution: Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC is highlighted for its ‘teamwork, flexibility and the ability to quickly respond to changing circumstances’. The ‘client-oriented’ team is active in insolvency proceedings, debt recovery, real estate disputes and the enforcement of arbitral awards. Julia Zagonek heads the department, which includes counsel Pavel Boulatov and associate Anton Vasin, who advise domestic and international clients on commercial, insolvency and antitrust litigation.

[back to top]

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLC

Clients praise White & Case LLC for its ‘flexibility, expertise in a wide range of legal systems and the ability to quickly respond to changing circumstances’. Julia Zagonek and Pavel Boulatov form ‘an incredible tandem’ and combine ‘strong knowledge in procedural and substantive law’ with ‘an innovative approach’. The practice is notably active in investment arbitrations where it represents the Russian Federation. In other work, Zagonek and Boulatov are representing a Russian manufacturer in an ICAC commercial dispute against an automobile manufacturer.

Leading individuals

Julia Zagonek - White & Case LLC

Next Generation Partners

Pavel Boulatov - White & Case LLC

[back to top]

Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC has a strong track record acting for Russian energy companies and creditors on M&A, financing and energy sector disputes. Practice head Igor Ostapets  and capital markets partner Dmitry Lapshin worked alongside the London team to advise Sibur on a tender offer of $1bn in guaranteed notes worth $172m. On the contentious side, the team is representing Belaruskali in a dispute concerning a supply agreement and the insolvency of a chemical equipment manufacturer. Maxim Kobzev left the firm.

[back to top]

PPP and infrastructure projects
PPP and infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC's practice advises Russian financial institutions on project finance and infrastructure transactions. Natalia Nikitina and Ekaterina Logvinova are the main contacts.

[back to top]

Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLC

The real estate lawyers at White & Case LLC handle a wide range of transactions for all types of real estate asset classes. Headed jointly by Eric Michailov and recently promoted counsel Daria Plotnikova, the team assisted major retail company X5 Retail Group with the acquisition of 32 supermarkets sold by food retailer O’Key.

[back to top]

TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC's TMT practice focuses on transactional work and is led by Eric Michailov. Highlights included acting for telecoms operator Telia Company on the $1bn sale of its holding in MegaFon to Gazprombank, as well as assisting Sonera Holding, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telia Company, with the $390m offering of a stake in MegaFon to institutional investors. Andrei Dontsov led the team in advising Russia’s largest digital services provider Rostelecom on the acquisition of stakes in Votron and Open Mobile Platform.

Leading individuals

Eric Michailov - White & Case LLC

[back to top]

Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC is best known for advising domestic and multinational corporations on the tax aspects of cross-border and domestic M&A transactions and major infrastructure projects. Highlights included advising Telia Company on the tax aspects of the US$1bn sale of its 19% holding in MegaFon, a leading mobile telecoms operator in Russia, to Gazprombank. Key contact Irina Dmitrieva focuses on international tax.

[back to top]

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC assists a wide range of clients with financing, leasing and the delivery of aircraft. Practice head Natalia Nikitina handles aviation issues and was recently appointed to the Aviation Working Group's legal advisory panel. The team assisted Vnesheconombank and export credit agency Exiar with financing the purchase of 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft.

Leading individuals

Natalia Nikitina - White & Case LLC

[back to top]


Further information on White & Case

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about White & Case in other jurisdictions.

United Arab Emirates

Offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Australia

Offices in Melbourne and Sydney

Belgium

Offices in Brussels

China

Offices in Beijing and Shanghai

Czech Republic

Offices in Prague

Germany

Offices in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, and Dusseldorf

Algeria

Egypt

Offices in Cairo

Spain

Offices in Madrid

Finland

Offices in Helsinki

France

Offices in Paris

Ghana

Hong Kong

Offices in Hong Kong

Indonesia

Offices in Jakarta

Latin America: International firms

India

Italy

Offices in Milan

Japan

Offices in Tokyo

Kazakhstan

Offices in Astana

London

Offices in London

Morocco

Mexico

Offices in Mexico City

Philippines

Poland

Offices in Warsaw

Qatar

Offices in Doha

Russia

Offices in Moscow

South Africa

Offices in Johannesburg

Sweden

Offices in Stockholm

Singapore

Offices in Singapore

South Korea

Offices in Seoul

Slovakia

Offices in Bratislava

Saudi Arabia

Offices in Riyadh

Switzerland

Offices in Geneva

Turkey

Offices in Istanbul and Istanbul

United States

Offices in Washington DC, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Boston, Houston, and Chicago

Legal Developments in Russia

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to