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Clifford Chance’s dispute resolution team handles arbitration proceedings across a wide range of sectors including the financial services, construction and oil and gas industries. The department acts for companies in matters relating to investment treaty and commercial arbitration, and is equally adept at representing public sector clients. Clients value the expertise of ‘competent’ practice head Timur Aitkulov, and single out ‘knowledgeable’ senior associate Olga Semushina. Senior associate Dmitry Malukevich is another name to note.
Real estate and construction Tier 1
The real estate department at Clifford Chance has a solid reputation for property-related transactions. Led by ‘exceptional’ practice head Marc Bartholomy, the team acts for national and international investors on commercial property matters, and the Moscow-based group is able to rely on the construction law expertise of its London counterpart. Counsel Nick Diakoumis has specialist expertise in M&A, private equity, and joint venture transactions with a real estate element. Clients also single out counsel Ella Omelchenko and senior associate Anna Krutik.
‘A well-rounded practice with tons of experience‘
‘In the area of real estate and construction, the team’s main strengths are its high qualifications, effectiveness, efficiency, and its client-oriented approach. Lawyers in the team always demonstrate enthusiasm to help clients.‘
‘The team has a long history on the Russian real estate market — it has participated in some key deals over the years and seems to have built a fantastic knowledge of both law and practice in Russia.‘
‘Marc Bartholomy is an absolutely outstanding lawyer with a sharp eye for detail and unparalleled business acumen.‘
‘Marc Bartholomy successfully manages any project. He is particularly good at settling and resolving issues, notwithstanding their difficulty. Bartholomy is extremely helpful in complicated business negotiations.‘
‘Counsel Nick Diakoumis is efficient and high experienced; he respects his client’s interests and intents and proposes effective solutions. Nick is an excellent draftsman, possibly the best I have ever come across in the real estate M&A sector.‘
‘Senior associate Anna Krutik is qualified, efficient and experienced. Anna is an extremely helpful transactional lawyer, whom a client can fully rely on.‘
‘Anna Krutik and Ella Omelchenko are both hard-working and detailed in their analysis.‘
VTBC-Ashmore Real Estate Partners
Sberbank of Russia
Baikal Mining Company
Transport Tier 1
Clifford Chance has expertise across the full breadth of aviation matters, including financing, leasing, portfolio sales, security, sale and purchase transactions, insolvency issues, regulatory matters, litigation, tax and customs matters, and repossessions. The cross-disciplinary team led by Victoria Bortkevicha has also been active in transactions involving private jets and yachts. Bortkevicha, who specialises in asset finance as well as trade and project finance, is frequently accompanied by associate Vadim Turtsev, who is experienced in transactions, financing and regulatory matters in the aviation and shipping sectors.
‘Vadim Turtsev was always available to discuss any issue arising in the process. He is very client oriented and professional.’
CDB Aviation Lease Finance
China Aircraft Leasing Group
Holdings Limited (CALC)
GE Capital Aviation Services
GTLK Europe DAC
DVB Bank SE
Goshawk Aviation Limited
SMBC Aviation Capital Limited
Standard Chartered Bank
Managing partner Victoria Bortkevicha heads up Clifford Chance’s banking and finance department, which assists banks and borrowers with high-value transactions. Recent work includes handling issues in the infrastructure and energy arenas, which are key areas of knowledge for Bortkevicha. Vladimir Barbolin heads up the real estate finance group and has niche expertise in cross-border finance work. The team also has capabilities in Russian and English law, which were additionally bolstered following the move of English-qualified counsel Igor Bichenkov to Moscow from the firm’s Dubai office.
Clifford Chance is noted for its strength in advising on Russian law syndicated lending; the team also handles asset finance, structured finance, real estate finance, project finance and debt restructuring mandates. The department focuses on the real estate, mining and metals, oil and gas, and aviation sectors. Victoria Bortkevicha heads up the department, and clients single out Vladimir Barbolin.
‘The friendliest and most responsible team on the market‘
‘The team has excellent expertise and experience, particularly in the real estate sector.‘
‘A client can call Vladimir Barbolin at any time for his comments and help.‘
Capital markets Tier 2
Clifford Chance has had a steady stream of mandates relating to Central and Eastern Europe sovereign bonds. The team also acts on equity and debt capital markets matters including EMTN programmes, Eurobonds and primary and secondary equity offerings and block trades. In addition, the group works with the firm's London office on liability management issues, where it assists a varied client base of issuers, managers and investors. Arthur Iliev heads up the practice and works closely with counsel Evgeny Soloviev.
Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation
Domodedovo International Airport Group
Competition Tier 2
Led by Torsten Syrbe, Clifford Chance sits as part of the firm’s global antitrust group and handles a wide range of matters including high-profile merger clearances, general antitrust advice and investigations regarding cartels and abuse of dominance issues. The practice also has strength in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors. Senior associate Olga Mizikova is a specialist in merger control and public procurement matters. Sardaana Nogovitsyna departed to an in-house position in 2019.
Led by Marc Bartholomy, who is ‘very well known in the market’, the corporate practice at Clifford Chance fields a team of Russian and foreign-qualified lawyers to advise on domestic and English law issues. Notably, the group handles outbound and inbound M&A and joint venture transactions, and team members have expertise spanning the real estate, retail, private equity, energy, healthcare and financial services sectors. Arthur Iliev and competition law specialist Torsten Syrbe are also key contacts to note, and clients single out senior associate Vitaly Koloskov.
‘Marc Bartholomy is very well known in the market and has experience with big-ticket transactions.‘
‘Vitaly Koloskov is very dedicated to the client, always available and thoughtful; he provides very good client service as well.‘
Far East Development Fund
Clifford Chance’s varied sector experience makes it a destination for clients in the oil and gas, banking and financial services, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, transport and consumer goods industries seeking representation in disputes. The department is led by ‘reputable litigator’ Timur Aitkulov, while senior associates Dmitry Malukevich and Olga Semushina are other key names to note.
‘The team punches above its weight in providing support to clients during high-profile litigation.‘
‘Olga Semushina is a senior associate who is very dedicated to the client and the cases that she handles. Olga provides thoughtful advice and has the ability to run very complex regulatory disputes.‘
Energy and natural resources Tier 3
Banking and finance partner Victoria Bortkevicha leads the department at Clifford Chance, specialising in trade and project finance, pre-export and import finance, and asset finance in the oil and gas sector. The full-service firm also offers complementary expertise in construction, capital markets transactions, corporate and M&A work, and dispute resolution.
Sakhalin-1 consortium members (Exxon Neftegaz, Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development Co. and ONGC Videsh)
Baikal Mining Company
Clifford Chance advises a mix of private investors, developers and international financial institutions as lenders on large-scale regional and federal PPP projects in the transportation, healthcare, mining and energy sectors. The practice assists in the drafting of concession/PPP agreements, financial documentation and construction contracts, including EPC and design and build contracts. Managing partner Victoria Bortkevicha is the main figure in the practice.
Far East Development Fund
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3
Clifford Chance adopts a cross-practice approach to contentious and non-contentious issues, particularly relying on the strength of its banking and finance and dispute resolution teams. The Moscow-based group also works closely with the firm’s insolvency experts in London. The particular sector-specific expertise of the practice spans the mining, metals and transport industries. Managing partner Victoria Bortkevicha, dispute resolution practice head Timur Aitkulov and Vladimir Barbolin are all key contacts for the team’s client base, which encompasses banks, financial institutions and companies.
Victoria Bortkevicha; Timur Aitkulov; Vladimir Barbolin
TMT Tier 3
Focusing on M&A transactions in the TMT space, Clifford Chance's team is led by Torsten Syrbe, who primarily advises on joint ventures, corporate transactions and competition matters. Alexander Anichkin focuses on regulatory issues, personal data processing and payment systems infrastructure.
‘Clifford Chance seem to have a special level of responsiveness. Their comments are detailed and focused on our inquiries, but they also elaborate on the general legal environment and possible consequences of different approaches. They maintain a clear logic in their responses and are always available to provide further clarifications or to discuss the technical details.’
Tax Tier 4
Alexander Anichkin heads up Clifford Chance's tax department, which is regularly instructed by foreign investors and domestic companies on Russian and international tax matters. The team is also adept at handling indirect tax work and tax litigation. Senior associate Dmitrii Tolkachev is now at the firm's London office.
Clifford Chance > Firm Profile
The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.
Types of work undertaken:
Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.
Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.
Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.
Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.
Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.
Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.
The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.
The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.
International offices:Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**
*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance
**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh
Staff FiguresNumber of partners : 550 Number of other fee-earners : 3,300
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Germany: Real Estate
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France: Real Estate
Published: November 2019
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United Kingdom: Real Estate
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United Kingdom: Merger Control
Published: December 2019
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Germany: International Arbitration
Published: December 2019
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United States: Real Estate
Published: November 2019
Authors: Ness Cohen Eddie Frastai
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Spain: Real Estate
Published: November 2019
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