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Clifford Chance
125047 MOSCOW

Work Department

Banking & Finance


Victoria Bortkevicha specialises in a variety of banking transactions related to financing of Russian corporate and banking entities, secured and unsecured financing, project financing transactions, real estate financing transactions, aircraft finance and PPP projects in the Russian Federation. Victoria also specialises in regulatory work related to the Russian banking and insurance activities.


Admitted as an advocate in Russia 1995
Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2008

Lawyer Rankings

Russia > Transport

(Leading individuals)

Victoria BortkevichaClifford Chance

The team at Clifford Chance is proficient at advising on all antitrust, banking, dispute resolution, tax, and regulatory matters in the transport sphere. Victoria Bortkevicha co-heads the asset finance group with senior associate Vadim Turtsev; the former is particularly noted for her expertise in the aviation sector, and is frequently instructed by both international and Russian lessors and financial institutions to assist with the most complex transactions. The firm has recently been involved in a number of aircraft repossession cases following the bankruptcies of major Russian airlines.

Russia > Restructuring and insolvency

The recent work of Clifford Chance’s cross-practice group showcases its impressive ability to handle complex debt restructuring matters in the banking sector; managing partner Victoria Bortkevicha is a key contact in this space. Insolvency litigation is also an area of focus; dispute resolution practice head Timur Aitkulov is the prominent practitioner. In addition, the group’s work stands out in the area of restructuring transactions necessitated by merger control issues. Bortkevicha, Aitkulov and finance expert Vladimir Barbolin jointly lead the department.

Russia > Energy and natural resources

Domestic and international banks, financial institutions, investors and developers regularly turn to the team at Clifford Chance, which is noted for its transactional expertise. The key contacts are banking and finance specialist Victoria BortkevichaArthur Iliev, who also heads up the firm’s equity capital markets group, and focuses on M&A work and public offerings of securities in the energy and natural resources sector; and dispute resolution expert Timur Aitkulov.

Russia > Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side

(Hall of Fame)

Victoria BortkevichaClifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance garners praise for its ‘brilliant teamwork and in-depth knowledge of international and local practices’. The team is equally well versed in acting for lenders and borrowers, with managing partner and practice head Victoria Bortkevicha ‘highly recommended for all types of finance work’. Clients draw particular attention to the firm’s expertise in syndicated lending; in this space, the team is also assisting VEB.RF with multiple projects involving the newly introduced Project Finance Factory mechanism. Real estate, acquisition, asset and commodity structured financing are also mainstays of the practice. The real estate sector in particular is an area of expertise for the ‘highly dedicated‘ Vladimir Barbolin; the team is also active in a variety of other sectors, including energy, metals and mining, transport and infrastructure. Counsel Igor Bichenkov is also noted.

Russia > Banking and finance: Borrower side

(Hall of Fame)

Victoria BortkevichaClifford Chance LLP

Led by Victoria Bortkevicha, Clifford Chance is equally well versed in acting for both borrowers and lenders across a wide array of financing transactions. The team is especially active in project and real estate financing. It is also well-placed to advise clients on syndicated lending, including transactions governed by Russian law, executed in accordance with the country’s newly adopted legislation from 2018. It is also noted for its innovative work on green finance mandates. Vladimir Barbolin stands out for his work in the real estate finance space.