Firm Profile > Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton > Moscow, Russia

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
115054 MOSCOW

Russia > Capital markets Tier 1

At Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, the capital markets teams in Moscow and London act hand in glove on a regular basis, with the highly regarded Yulia Solomakhina and US-qualified David Gottlieb leading the groups respectively. The team’s recent workload demonstrates its established experience in the equity capital markets arena, as well as its debt practice including handling multiple notable buy-back mandates. The practice also acts for some of the biggest corporate and sovereign issuer-clients from Russia and CIS countries. Murat Akuyev retired in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Yulia Solomakhina

Other key lawyers:

David Gottlieb; Dina Iskanderova


‘Highly knowledgeable team of professionals, always one short call or message away. Very thoughtful and keen to dig deeper into issue to come up with the best solution to your issue or question.’

‘Particularly pleasant experience we had working with David Gottlieb and Dina Iskanderova.’

‘The team has high-quality expertise in transactions in the international capital markets, across a variety of aspects, and can work in a very short time frame, while maintaining the high quality of its work. A very flexible, client-oriented approach.’

‘High-quality and efficiency of tasks, adequacy of feedback to clients. Yulia Solomakhina especially stands out. She is distinguished by her high professionalism, systematic approach, efficient interaction.’

Key clients

Russian Railways JSC

Republic of Armenia


Mobile Telesystems PJSC


Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 2

Clients praise Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s ‘strategic understanding’ of M&A transactions, which is enhanced by the team’s access to the firm’s global in-house e-discovery capabilities and advanced AI document review tools. The practice has benefited from the market’s focus on the technology sector, particularly in the context of joint venture transactions, and is also noted for its high-profile work in the private equity arena; Scott Senecal acted for TPG Capital on its exit from Russian hypermarket chain Lenta. Senecal leads the department alongside Yulia Solomakhina and Mikhail Suvorov; clients also recommend associate Vladislav MiroshnichenkoMurat Akuyev retired in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Scott Senecal; Yulia Solomakhina; Mikhail Suvorov

Other key lawyers:

Vladislav Miroshnichenko


‘Available 24/7, very professional and comprehensive advice on all the matters that arise. Very good single point of contact for all kinds of issues. Very quick and responsive.’

‘Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s guys were working for us as a very small and super-effective team in a very complex M&A deal with 10-20 lawyers on the opposite side, always available for immediate and highly qualified assistance on legal and commercial matters. Mikhail Suvorov and Vladislav Miroshnichenko left no stone unturned in finding the best solutions on very complex and often dead-end matters.’

‘Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a firm we used several times for M&A and regulatory issues. Their advice is objective, based on law or common practice, it is wise, straight to the point, with caveats only when indispensable, and solution-oriented. They are part of an excellent international network.’

‘100%-dedicated partners having strategic understanding of M&A transactions.’

‘Yulia Solomakhina is a great adviser; she is capable to actively participate in a transaction rather than just follow instructions.’

‘Proactive, oriented to find and execute real-world solutions to legal challenges, quick to respond, available 24/7, able to tap into the expertise of different offices when needed.’

‘Mikhail Suvorov was the driving force behind the projects that we worked on. Smart, quick-witted, intelligent, with buckets of experience and knowledge of local market to boot.’

‘Vladislav Miroshnichenko has been the main player on our last file in Russia. During our last project, he has been very instrumental in the success of the deal: he has the knowledge, is able to express his opinions in a very smart and flexible way, is able to influence the negotiations path in such a manner that parties find interesting exit ways. Very reliable. He is among the reasons to choose Cleary Gottlieb in Russia versus other law firms.’

Key clients

MegaFon PJSC

TPG Capital

AFK Sistema

Rostelecom PJSC

Summa Group


Pomavia Holding

AB InBev Efes B.V.

Russia > TMT Tier 3

The team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is noted for its knowledge of the IT and telecoms sectors and is 'always ready to adapt to any tough situations during negotiations'. Practice head Yulia Solomakhina advises leading multinational corporations and high-growth companies on the commercial and regulatory aspects of M&A deals, joint ventures and other significant corporate transactions in the TMT space.

Practice head(s):

Yulia Solomakhina


‘The team is a long-term expert in the IT and telecoms sectors. Capable of providing advice concerning the most recent practices.’

‘Yulia Solomakhina is our first choice for telecoms related issues. She has deep knowledge of the legal issues combined with an understanding of business needs.’

‘This is a strong team of professional lawyers of high-capability. The team is responsive, and very attentive. What is common for big firm is that such firms often do not value their clients in the same manner as small- and mid- size firms do, but CGSH (Moscow office especially) really pays as much attention to your matter as possible.’

‘We work mostly with Yulia Solomakhina. She is a very strong lawyer, reliable and business-oriented. We appreciate Yulia.’

‘The Cleary team is very flexible and always ready to adapt to any tough situations during negotiations and stays effective under pressure. They are ready to quickly address any of our demands while keeping a favourable quality-cost balance.’

‘Yulia Solomakhina always very well understands our expectations about the final product which really helps us to timely complete any challenging task.’

Key clients



Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (MTS)

Rostelecom PJSC

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