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Clifford Chance

UL. GASHEKA 6, 125047 MOSCOW, RUSSIA
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Russia

Banking and finance: Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's team stands out for its ‘unique combination of professional and talented lawyers with strong expertise in English and Russian law aspects’ and is ‘a safe pair of hands’ for syndicated lending, structured financings, project financing matters and debt restructuring. Russia practice head Victoria Bortkevicha specialises in transactions with a nexus to the energy and infrastructure sectors. A notable highlight saw Bortkevicha and other members of a cross-office team act for Yamal LNG (a joint-venture between Novatek, Total, CNPC and Silk Road Fund) on the $19bn project financing associated with the development of a major new LNG liquefaction plant and related facilities on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia. Vladimir Barbolin, who heads up the real estate finance practice, made partner in June 2018.

Leading individuals

Victoria Bortkevicha - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Vladimir Barbolin - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, Victoria Bortkevicha has a strong track record in secured and unsecured financing, project financing transactions and real estate financing. Vladimir Barbolin is a key name for cross-border financing. The practice advised several Russian and international banks, including Société Générale (with Rosbank) and Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank on an $825m facility for Uralkali. Adam Fadian departed for Allen & Overy LLP.

Leading individuals

Victoria Bortkevicha - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Vladimir Barbolin - Clifford Chance

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, practice head Arthur Iliev and counsel Evgeny Soloviev have notable experience handling debt and equity offerings, eurobond issues and EMTN programmes, acting on behalf of arrangers, as well as issuers in the mining, aviation and finance sectors. Along with colleagues based in the London office, the pair advised the underwriters on the $800m secondary public offering by Polyus, and PhosAgro on two eurobond issuances totalling $1bn. Tamer Amara is now at Dentons.

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance s’ ‘unique understanding of the clients’ needs and goals’ results ‘in perfect drafting and communication’. The firm’s corporate expertise in cross-border transactions is highly sought after by major private equity and sovereign funds including China Investment Corporation and Morgan Stanley. Recent prominent mandates saw practice head Marc Bartholomy  acting as counsel for the Russian transactions arm of China Investment Corporation $14bn multijurisdictional acquisition of Logicor, the largest private equity real estate deal in Europe to date. In other highlights, Arthur Iliev is working alongside Tokyo-based Yusuke Abe in advising the Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund on the joint venture with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and other agencies on a platform to support Japanese investments in the Russian Far East.  Life sciences specialist Torsten Syrbe  advised Pfizer on its $200m investment and collaboration NovaMedica.

Leading individuals

Marc Bartholomy - Clifford Chance

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Headed by the ‘very experienced’ Torsten Syrbe, the competition department at Clifford Chance advises on significant antitrust, merger control and regulatory matters. The team is advising MediaMarktSaturn on the antitrust aspects, including regulatory clearance, of its €258m acquisition of a 15% stake in Russia's leading consumer electronics retailer M.video, sold by the majority shareholder Safmar Group. Other clients include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Pfizer. Senior associate Sardaana Nogovitsyna specialises in all aspects of Russian antitrust and strategic investments regulation.

Leading individuals

Torsten Syrbe - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Sardaana Nogovitsyna - Clifford Chance

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Dispute resolution: Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is best known for its involvement in precedent-setting cases; in one key example, practice head Timur Aitkulov, Alexander Anichkin and Dmitry Malukevich successfully represented Sberbank in an appeal against Transneft in a landmark derivatives case. The practice is also regularly instructed by major international clients to act on commercial, IP, white-collar crime and bankruptcy-related contentious matters. Julia Popelysheva departed for an in-house position at Yandex.

Leading individuals

Timur Aitkulov - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has been significantly active in energy-related disputes, particularly in London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) proceedings. Timur Aitkulov, an experienced arbitrator and a member of the ICC Court, is involved in high-value international arbitrations in the chemical, retail and transportation space. Olga Semushina and Dmitry Malukevich are names to note.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s expertise in large-scale financing continues to attract international lenders which regularly instruct the practice on corporate transactions, capital markets deals and financing mandates concerning high-value LNG projects. Banking and finance partners Victoria Bortkevicha and Vladimir Barbolin advised 18 international banks on the $2.5bn financing for a mining company.

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PPP and infrastructure projects
PPP and infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is well known for acting for major Russian and international financial lenders on large-scale PPP transportation and sanitation projects. Marc Bartholomy and Ella Omelchenko are the key contacts.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Headed by the ‘extremely experienced’ Marc Bartholomy, Clifford Chance’s ‘impressive’ real estate and construction practice focuses on property-related transactions. The team assists Vi Holding with a $1.5bn development project involving the construction of office spaces, residential buildings and social infrastructure. Other clients include Norilsk Nickel and the Far East Development Fund. Nick Diakoumis, who is ‘a pleasure to work with’, and senior associate Anna Krutik are also highly regarded.

Leading individuals

Marc Bartholomy - Clifford Chance

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, managing partner Victoria Bortkevicha is a specialist in banking transactions and also heads the insolvency practice. She and Vladimir Barbolin are advising long-standing client Sberbank on Utair’s debt restructuring. Dispute resolution partner Timur Aitkulov represents international clients in bankruptcy proceedings.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance provides comprehensive legal support to TMT companies with regard to M&A transactions and regulatory issues. Utilising its 'unrivalled experience in working on large, technologically complex projects', the team acted for ER-Telecom on the acquisitions of Strela and Columbia Telecom. Torsten Syrbe and Alexander Anichkin are key figures.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, practice head Alexander Anichkin focuses on the tax aspects of customs matters, capital markets and M&A, as well as tax structuring and acts for multinational clients in the media and telecoms, retail and manufacturing industries. Senior associate Dmitry Tolkachev frequently supports Anichkin and is experienced in domestic and international tax matters, currency controls and VAT. The team recently advised Vi Holdings on a real estate joint venture structuring project valued at $1.5bn.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Headed by Victoria Bortkevicha, the team at Clifford Chance is praised for its ‘ratio of quality to costs’. The team advised SMBC Aviation Capital on leasing eight A320neo aircraft to Siberia Airlines, as well as on the sale of 20 aircraft to Aircastle. Senior associate Anna Nikulina relocated to London. Senior associate Vadim Turtsev joined from Allen & Overy Legal Services; he is a specialist in aircraft finance transactions and is recommended for his ‘deep knowledge and great project management skills’.

Leading individuals

Victoria Bortkevicha - Clifford Chance

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