Firm Profile > Allen & Overy Legal Services > Moscow, Russia

Allen & Overy Legal Services
DMITROVSKY PEREULOK 9
107031 MOSCOW
Russia

Russia > Transport Tier 1

A wide range of clients including banks, financers, lessors, export credit agencies and manufacturers instruct the well-known international asset finance practice at Allen & Overy Legal Services, which stands out for its 'extremely broad expertise in aviation and shipping'. In Moscow, the lead is taken by Ilya Dvorkin, whom one client describes as 'one of the best aviation lawyers in the Russian market'. The group is also able to call on the firm's London team for additional support on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Ilya Dvorkin

Testimonials

‘They have extremely broad expertise in aviation and shipping. They are good in the transactional work, especially in complex large scale transactions, know well regulatory framework such as tax, customs, sanctions issues related to the transport area and have very good capabilities when it comes to restructuring and dispute resolutions (which has now become extremely important in the current environment).’

‘They have one the biggest teams in Russia. Always deliver quality advice on time and on budget.’

‘Our main point of contact is Ilya Dvorkin. He is an excellent negotiator and has very deep knowledge of the market and the legal framework. I consider him to be one of the best aviation lawyers in the Russian market.’

Ilya heads a team of several lawyers and so far our experience was always good.’

Key clients

Pobeda Airlines

Rossiya Airlines

GE Capital Aviation Services

VEB-Leasing

AerCap

VTB Leasing

AerSale

State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK)

Aurora Airlines

Red Wings Airlines

Nordavia – regional airlines

Russia > Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

Allen & Overy Legal Services combines Russian and English law expertise, which, coupled with its access to the firm’s global networks, makes it a key destination for large domestic and international banks. The team regularly takes lead roles on mandates involving the energy, mining and natural resources sectors, and has seen recent activity in the acquisition finance space. In a standout highlight, the practice acted for VTB Bank on backing up Fortiana Holdings as a buyer of a 40.06% stake in Highland Gold Mining from Roman Abramovich. Igor Gorchakov and Ilya Dvorkin head up the department with Oleg Khomenko, who splits time between Moscow and London. Counsel Sergey Blinov is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Igor Gorchakov; Ilya Dvorkin; Oleg Khomenko

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Blinov

Key clients

VTB Group

Sberbank of Russia / Sberbank Europe AG

Gazprombank / GPB International S.A.

AO Raiffeisenbank / Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Morgan Stanley

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

ING Bank N.V.

Credit Suisse AG

Goldman Sachs International

Russia > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Distinguished by its English law capabilities on the ground, Allen & Overy Legal Services has a core focus on handling cross-border structured finance transactions. Syndicated lending is also a mainstay of the practice; in this space, it benefits from its collaboration on Russian law standard documentation with the Association of Regional Banks of Russia. The department is led by Igor Gorchakov, asset finance specialist Ilya Dvorkin, and Oleg Khomenko, who splits his time between Moscow and London. Counsel Sergey Blinov is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Igor Gorchakov; Ilya Dvorkin; Oleg Khomenko

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Blinov

Testimonials

‘An excellent, balanced team with competencies in various fields.’

Key clients

Renaissance Capital

NLMK Group

Rosneft Oil Company

GeoProMining

State Transport Leasing Company

Novatek

Sistema Public Joint Stock Financial Corporation

GTLK Europe DAC

Lukoil

Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 3

Allen & Overy Legal Services handles M&A and corporate transactions in the TMT, financial services and energy sectors. For cross-border deals, it relies on the firm’s global capabilities across over 40 jurisdictions. Notably, the team includes dual-qualified practitioners, who stand out for their ability to handle US and English law issues. Anton Konnov and Bulat Zhambalnimbuev jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Anton Konnov; Bulat Zhambalnimbuev

Other key lawyers:

Aleksey Mareev; Yanis Peters; Gareth Fenney

Testimonials

‘Flexible, individual approach to solving client’s problems. Willingness to quickly and efficiently invest resources in new areas of law in order to deliver the correct result to the client as fully and promptly as possible. Aleksey Mareev and Bulat Zhambalnimbuev should be mentioned in this regard.’

‘Very professional and responsive team. Deep legal knowledge and understanding.’

‘Bulat Zhambalnimbuev is our key contact. He is very hands-on and responsive. Business-oriented and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Sberbank

Highland Gold Mining

Alfa Group

Gazprom

Rosneft

Schlumberger

PayPal

Russian Direct Investment Fund

VTB Group

Etalon Group

O2O Holding

Russia > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

At Allen & Overy Legal Services, the appointment of ‘outstanding’ counsel Andrey Panov at the end of 2019, formerly at Norton Rose Fulbright, was recognised by clients and peers alike as a ‘significant move’. Indeed, this new arrival significantly bolstered the team’s ability to act as counsel in international commercial and investment arbitration, with a demonstrable strength in arbitration instituted under the rules of the LCIA and the SCC. It has a particular focus on sectors including financial services, energy and telecoms. Igor Gorchakov heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Igor Gorchakov

Other key lawyers:

Andrey Panov

Testimonials

‘Hiring Andrey Panov was a significant move to strengthen the dispute practice and increase its capabilities.’

‘Andrey Panov is simply an outstanding lawyer. He has excellent working ethics and is able to analyse any matter in a profound manner.’

‘A distinctive feature – the team professionally and competently navigates the client’s relevant requests. It is possible to quickly get specific answers at an early stage of the request from the client, which many large firms are not ready to do.’

‘I would especially like to note the work of Andrey Panov. An impeccable reputation, fundamental knowledge of theory and practice, a very responsible attitude to the timing of assignments, a responsible attitude and deep study of issues. We recommend this contact to all our clients without a doubt.’

‘High performance, speed and adequacy. I would like to separately note the work of Andrey Panov. His work is distinguished by a high level of professionalism, adequacy, the ability to use the results of his work, willingness to help as soon as possible, provide maximum assistance, share experience, information and achieve good results.’

Russia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Allen & Overy Legal Services is noted for its capacity to handle restructuring matters for both debtor and creditor clients, with an unsurpassed strength in the banking sector. The team relies upon the wider firm’s global resources for cross-border transactions; recent work has involved close cooperation with the firm's offices in places such as London and Warsaw. Igor Gorchakov and Ilya Dvorkin share leadership of the practice with Oleg Khomenko, who splits time between Moscow and London. Counsel Sergey Blinov is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Igor Gorchakov; Ilya Dvorkin; Oleg Khomenko

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Blinov

Key clients

HSH Nordbank AG

UniCredit Bank AG

ING Bank

AustroFIN

Citibank

Morgan Stanley Bank International

Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 4

Clients prize Allen & Overy Legal Services’ ‘excellent preparation’, ‘great proactivity and clear advice’. The team is well-equipped to handle bankruptcy proceedings, particularly in the financial services sector. It also works on cross-border matters with the firm's wider network; its recent work involves the teams in Warsaw and London. Igor Gorchakov sits at the helm of the practice. Counsel Andrey Panov (‘outstanding specialist in dispute resolution’) joined the group from Norton Rose Fulbright at the end of 2019.

Practice head(s):

Igor Gorchakov

Other key lawyers:

Andrey Panov; Sergey Blinov

Testimonials

‘Ability to propose several alternative options for action. Ability to show your client the strengths and weaknesses of each option. Ability to clearly describe potential risks, the likelihood of their occurrence, the degree of risk, the amount of losses.’

‘The team is small, yet complies with high-level standard of client service. It provides its clients with efficient decisions of their problems.’

‘Andrey Panov is an outstanding specialist in dispute resolution who can be characterized by deep knowledge, high-level client service and exceptional attention to details.’

‘Excellent preparation and knowledge of the market. Great proactivity and clear advice always provided on time.’

‘I have great feedback to share with regard to Igor Gorchakov and Sergey Blinov. They have successfully assisted us in several proceedings and their work has always met the highest professional standards.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley Bank International

UniCredit Bank AG

VTB

Aurora Airline

AustroFin Mineralöl- und Derivate HandelsgesmbH

Takko Fashion GmbH

mBank S.A.

Kuke S.A.

Russia > Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Allen & Overy Legal Services fields a capable cross-departmental team, which comprises specialists from a number of the firm's core practices. Anton Konnov and Bulat Zhambalnimbuev are jointly responsible for overseeing corporate and regulatory mandates, while Ilya Dvorkin focuses on work which intersects with the transport sector. Igor Gorchakov and Oleg Khomenko handle matters relating to the financing of energy and natural resources projects.

Practice head(s):

Anton Konnov; Igor Gorchakov; Bulat Zhambalnimbuev; Ilya Dvorkin; Oleg Khomenko

Testimonials

‘The Moscow team acted on a unique energy project in Russia. The team demonstrated a high level of proficiency and delivered advice which was absolutely pragmatic and detailed.’

‘The lawyers and partners impressed us with their strategic vision, efficiency, and client-oriented approach. The team was an excellent choice for the transaction, and proved its extensive experience .’

Key clients

Gazprom

Rosneft

Highland Gold Mining Limited

Schlumberger

Evraz

Novatek

Yamal LNG

INTER RAO UES

Uralkali

The firm: Allen & Overy is one of the largest international legal practices with approximately 5,500 staff including 550 partners worldwide. Since opening our first office in London in 1930, we have grown into a global organisation with over 40 offices across Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Central & South America, Africa and the Middle East. Our network combines broad international cover with deep local roots, and we are present in those locations which are the source or destination of the major international capital flows and in the financial centres that handle those flows. Our lawyers are qualified to practise in some 30 countries and speak 41 languages, ensuring our clients receive consistency of quality wherever they work with us.

Office in Russia: Allen & Overy has over 40 years of experience advising on transactions concerning the former Soviet Union and has been particularly active in Russia since 1993 when Allen & Overy Legal Services opened its Moscow office. Allen & Overy Legal Services in Moscow has
five partners and over 20 lawyers who are capable of advising on all aspects of English, Russian and U.S. law focusing, in particular, on banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, international arbitration, antitrust/competition, employment and benefits, capital markets, restructurings and projects.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Corporate and M&A, Private Equity, Energy and Natural Resources, TMT, Mining and Metals, Projects Anton Konnov
Partner/Advocate, Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution, Restructuring, Projects Igor Gorchakov
Partner/Advocate, Aircraft Finance, Transport, Dispute Resolution, Restructuring Ilya Dvorkin
Partner, Corporate and M&A, Private Equity, Energy and Natural Resources, TMT Bulat Zhambalnimbuev
Partner, Banking and Finance Oleg Khomenko
Counsel, Banking and Finance, Restructuring, Projects Sergey Blinov
Counsel, International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution Andrey Panov
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sergey Blinov photo Sergey Blinov Sergey Blinov is a counsel in Banking practice. He is an all-round…
 Ilya Dvorkin photo Ilya Dvorkin Ilya Dvorkin is a partner and the head of the Structured and…
 Igor Gorchakov photo Igor Gorchakov Igor Gorchakov is a partner in Banking and Dispute Resolution practices. He…
 Anton Konnov photo Anton Konnov Anton Konnov is the Managing partner of the Moscow office and Head…
 Andrey Panov photo Andrey Panov Andrey Panov is a counsel in Dispute Resolution practice. He has over…
 Bulat Zhambalnimbuev photo Bulat Zhambalnimbuev Bulat Zhambalnimbuev is a partner and co-head of the Russian corporate practice.…
ICC Russia
Association of European Businesses (AEB)
Russo-British Chamber of Commerce
Russian Arbitration Association

The world needs different. It’s by bringing together varied lived experiences, perspectives and thoughts that generate ideas and build creative solutions.

We all thrive when what makes us different is embraced. At Allen & Overy, we know we can’t be advanced as a firm by all being the same, which is why diversity and inclusion is one of our strategic priorities. It is central to the kind of firm we want to be.

That’s why Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is one of A&O’s global strategic business priorities.

We’re committed to supporting a culture that drives diversity and inclusion. Every day, we are working hard to create an environment where everyone feels that they can bring their authentic selves to work. To be comfortable and confident to be who they are in the workplace. To feel like they belong. To be All In.

We’re proud of the progress we’ve made, but we’re not there yet. We will keep asking hard questions and making brave decisions until we are.

We have a particular focus on where we can make the biggest impact, including:

  • Achieving a better gender balance at the top levels of our organisation
  • Improving our racial and ethnic representation to better reflect the diversity in the countries in which we work
  • Promoting even greater LGBTQ+ inclusion in our offices
  • Better including and valuing those from different social backgrounds; and
  • Supporting our disabled colleagues

We look beyond A&O with our focus on D&I and work with our clients, the legal sector, and a number of other external organisations to bring about change. For example, we are founding signatories of the Race Fairness Commitment and the Charter for Black Representation in Finance and the Professions. We are also a lead partner for General Council for Diversity & Inclusion, supporting its drive to increase diversity in the legal sector.

Our clients demand diversity. And we demand it of ourselves. We can only deliver the best and most effective solutions and service, by having a team comprised of the best and most effective people. Powered by the differences that each of them brings.