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Dentons handles corporate and M&A transactions for a variety of clients spanning French, German, Japanese, Korean and Chinese companies. Clients praise the group’s market-leading expertise across multiple sectors, with particular emphasis on the pharmaceuticals industry; Richard Cowie stands out in this arena. Managing partner Alexei Zakharko focuses his practice on energy sector transactions. The team also recently expanded its M&A department following Konstantin Kroll's recruitment from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s office in London. Mathieu Fabre-Magnan heads up the department, where Vladimir Sokov and Maria Oleinik are also noted.
‘The team is very dedicated, very practical in its approach, and a pleasure to deal with. It is also strong in the pharmaceutical sector.‘
‘Lawyers in the team are proactive and available 24/7; they remain equally committed to the needs of the client in relation to transactions of any value.‘
‘Richard Cowie is very consistent and went above and beyond to solve our problems.‘
‘Alexei Zakharko is a reliable adviser and a superb lawyer with incredible corporate and M&A experience.‘
‘Maria Oleinik is irreplaceable when it comes to multi-jurisdictional projects.‘
‘Vladimir Sokov is very client-oriented: in dealing with clients, his goal is not to “sell” his deep legal knowledge, but to actually solve their issue in a most efficient manner.‘
Da Vinci Capital
Mitsui & Co
BV Investment Holdings
Intellectual property Tier 1
Dentons' full-service IP practice is spread across the Moscow and St Petersburg offices and advises on a myriad of IP matters, including trade marks and design, patents, computer software, trade mark portfolio management and licensing. Victor Naumov is the primary figure in St Petersburg, where he focuses on IP protection strategies, transactions involving IP assets and regulatory issues in the technology, media and artificial intelligence sectors. Moscow-based Denis Voevodin has extensive experience acting in trade mark and copyright litigation proceedings as well as advising on anti-counterfeit activity.
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Dentons’ real estate and construction practice provides 'first-class legal advice' on M&A, joint ventures and finance transactions in the real estate sector. On the construction side, the group is instructed by end-users of greenfield and brownfield construction projects, while the real estate practice draws on the expertise of the firm’s local tax team for tax issues arising from transactions. The team also has notable strength in the hotels and hospitality, retail, pharmaceuticals and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. The ‘outstanding and extremely efficient’ Sergey Trakhtenberg heads up the national real estate group from Moscow, where he is assisted by highly regarded senior associates Olga Elliott and Tatyana Petrykina. Karina Chichkanova leads the team based in St. Petersburg, which was bolstered by the arrival of associates Maria Obolenskaya and Anna Savkunova from Kachkin & Partners in 2019.
‘The team has the ability to complete an engagement that includes both legal and tax issues. It cooperates with professionals from other departments at the firm, without losing time and without compromising the quality of the end product.‘
‘Dentons is able to work quickly on projects involving the processing of a large amount of information, as the firm has quite unique capabilities, both in terms of quantity of lawyers and quality of legal services. The team covering more than simple real estate matters, which very helpful if a client is dealing with complex transactions and needs a big team for prompt due diligence as well as advice on finance or arbitration-related issues.‘
‘The team in St. Petersburg is extremely professional, business-oriented, and strongly involved in local legal developments.‘
‘Sergey Trakhtenberg demonstrates excellent leadership skills – he is great at utilising all available resources and at finding highly motivated lawyers to do their job with passion. He also has deep knowledge of the specifics of the industry.‘
‘Sergey Trakhtenberg is always available and ready to provide advice, even when such is needed within a tight time-frame.‘
‘Sergey Trakhtenberg is an outstanding lawyer who is available 24/7 for assisting a client. Sergey is personally involved in every matter and ensures that everything is completed smoothly and to the highest standard.‘
‘Tatyana Petrykina is a unique associate who has great experience in real estate. Tatyana is a very dedicated professional who does not drop a single idea until it is fully examined.‘
‘Olga Elliott showed us a distinguished level of expertise; she was also very patient, helpful and friendly.‘
UFG Real Estate
Sberbank Asset Management
Tax Tier 1Dentons’ tax and customs department provides the full scope of tax advice and includes specialists in finance, economics and accounting alongside its legal practitioners. While the team is traditionally focused on a wide range of sectors, it has been increasingly active in providing private wealth advice to high-net-worth individuals. Dzhangar Dzhalchinov heads up the department and has a strong track record in tax litigation. In 2019, counsel Anna Zvereva returned to the firm from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP. Lidia Charikova was a new arrival from LP Law Firm in 2020.
‘A brilliant level of service, fast response time, and great seminars for clients.‘
‘The team organises very interesting events, where the team members share their deep knowledge and trends with other professionals. Indeed, the team is open for communication.‘
‘The team stands out for the unique combination of a practical approach coupled with knowledge of the law and relevant court practice.‘
‘Our key contact at Dentons is Dzhangar Dzhalchinov. Dzhangar is an outstanding expert leading one of the best teams on the market. Dzhangar is always available and fully committed to our matters, and so is his team. We are delighted with his personal and professional qualities – he is bold, independently thinking and creative – a true rock star f the legal world.‘
Jaguar Land Rover
Orco Property Group
X5 Retail Group
TMT Tier 1
Dentons has a wealth of experience across the TMT space, particularly in the IT aspects of PPP projects, robotics and AI, smart contracts, fintech and innovative M&A deals. Core sectors of focus for the team include fast-moving consumer goods, luxury goods, automotive, hospitality and leisure, and retail. Victor Naumov is a seasoned expert in e-commerce, IT and data security, and in the regulation of video games, mass media and telecoms. He leads a 'team of specialists' which includes Georgy Pchelintsev on the transactional side and Vladislav Arkhipov, who is particularly recommended for data privacy.
‘Dentons’ professionals have exceptional expertise in the field of IT/IP and TMT law. They not only have sufficient knowledge to seek out innovative legal approaches, but are also skilled in the technical side of the issues. That means they can choose the best approach for their client’s business.’
‘Victor Naumov’s team is highly qualified in the fields of digital economy and TMT. We have no doubt that Dentons can solve any problem at the highest possible level using its worldwide branches and international network. Dentons has the most prominent IP/IT practice. It is led by a lawyer who truly loves his work and who inspires his team to reach great heights. Every team member is a distinguished professional ready to work non-stop to deliver the best results.’
‘Vladislav Arkhipov is the best data privacy law partner in Moscow. Vladislav demonstrates very detailed knowledge of the regulatory issues and shows real interest in our business.’
Skolkovo Foundation for Development of the Center for Elaboration and Commercialization of New Technologies
Ronavi Robotics, LLC
The banking and finance practice at Dentons has notable strength handling financing transactions in Russia and across the CIS. The ‘proactive and very reliable’ Timothy Stubbs heads up the department and has substantial experience in the regulatory space. Dividing her time between London and Russia, Evgenia Laurson focuses on transactions in the energy and natural resources sectors, and Andrei Strijak is a standout figure in the acquisition finance space. The practice also recently bolstered its capabilities with the arrival of capital markets specialist Tamer Amara and senior associate Filipp Petyukov from Clifford Chance.
‘The team is very commercially oriented and provides high-quality advice.‘
‘Timothy Stubbs is one of the best banking partners, who knows the specific characteristics of the Russian market very well.‘
‘Timothy Stubbs has a great commercial understanding, and is always available for clients.‘
Black Sea Trade and Development Bank
Eximbank of Russia
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
The Central Bank of the Russian Federation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Raiffeisen Bank International
Dentons assists its blue-chip clients with matters relating to the structuring of M&A deals and joint ventures, compliance work and corporate governance issues; all are key areas of expertise for Evgenia Teterevkova. For corporate matters arising from the international sanctions regime, the group works in conjunction with the firm’s offices in Brussels, Washington DC and Kiev. On the commercial side, managing partner and department head Victor Naumov handles the management of intangible assets and e-commerce issues. Associate Olga Krivosheykina and counsel Sergey Fedorov also attract praise.
‘The team has in-depth knowledge and a friendly approach to advising clients, and is always available and approachable.‘
‘We feel very comfortable with our competent team which communicates very well.‘
‘Dentons’ lawyers have developed very good working knowledge of our business and local business partners. This helps in keeping track of risks and problems across key areas of our activity.‘
‘Eugenia Teterevkova is my first contact. She is extremely qualified, knowledgeable, clear and friendly.‘
‘Counsel Sergey Fedorov is very strong professional with fast and clear reaction which is extremely helpful.‘
‘Associate Olga Krivosheykina is very dedicated and has a good grasp of the law.‘
Palfinger CIS GmbH
Palfinger Marine GmbH
Russian Venture Company
Competition Tier 2
Dentons’ competition department is led by ‘competition superstar’ Marat Mouradov and handles contentious and non-contentious work, with particular strength in antitrust investigations, dawn raids and competition litigation. The group also works in close cooperation with the competition practice in Brussels. Edward Borovikov and recently promoted counsel Valeria Ponomareva are key advisers on matters involving foreign investments and trade policy; Borovikov splits his time between Moscow and Brussels. Of counsel Radmila Nikitina's expertise in the pharmaceuticals sector also stands out.
‘A well-balanced team with a strong leader, experienced counsels and motivated senior associates. The sharing of knowledge and expertise from the huge network of offices across the world certainly adds points.‘
‘Marat Mouradov is a charismatic leader with a perfect knowledge of practical solutions and approaches.‘
‘Valeria Ponamoreva is very good in analytical work.‘
Dentons’ dispute resolution department focuses on high-value commercial disputes. Team members act for clients in the state commercial courts, among other legal forums, and are also adept at handling issues at the Eurasian Economic Union level. St. Petersburg-based Mikhail Ivanov heads up the wider dispute resolution group and specialises in claims between foreign investors and domestic companies. Roman Zaitsev leads the team in Moscow and is a seasoned practitioner in civil and corporate litigation.
Mikhail Ivanov; Roman Zaitsev
‘Dentons houses one of the strongest practices specialising in litigation and international arbitration in Russia, considering the knowledge and expertise of its lawyers, the success rate in handling disputes, and the high-profile nature of its clients.‘
‘Roman Zaitsev is a tough negotiator, who is able to develop successful litigation strategies even in the most complex disputes.‘
‘Mikhail Ivanov is a very reliable and reputable professional.‘
Employment Tier 2
Marina Ryzhkova heads the employment practice at Dentons, where she has extensive experience handling the full gamut of non-contentious and contentious employment law matters. Core areas of activity include drafting employment contracts, advising on employee benefits, assisting with issues arising in the course of an employer’s restructuring, and dismissals, among other matters. Ryzhkova is also frequently instructed to represent employers in the out-of-court resolution of individual and collective disputes.
‘Very diverse, very strong and with good connections on an international level; high level of availability; very good understanding of international corporate clients’
‘Highly qualified, very practical and flexible, strong in litigation’
Energy and natural resources Tier 2
Dentons' Moscow office was bolstered by the arrival of Konstantin Kroll, the former head of Russia and CIS at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, in July 2019. Kroll's practice covers M&A, joint ventures, debt and equity capital markets transactions, structured and project finance, and arbitration in the sector. The firm remains highly active in nationally significant projects across the CIS region. Recent mandates include advising Resero Power on the structuring and financing of waste-to-power plants in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Alexei Zakharko heads the energy practice.
Dentons' full-service practice advises on all aspects of PPP projects, including specialised concession legislation, legislation on public-private and municipal public-private partnerships, and corporate, M&A and tax issues. The multi-disciplinary team is jointly led by Karina Chichkanova and counsel Vladimir Kilinkarov from the St Petersburg office. In the infrastructure space, key areas of expertise include the financing, construction, operation and management of infrastructure facilities and advising on tender procedures.
Transport Tier 2
In the shipping sector, Dentons advises ship owners and charterers, shipyards and cruise lines, as well as financial institutions in Russia, the CIS region and Europe, on a wide range of banking, corporate and M&A transactions, international trade and maritime law issues. Andrei Strijak focuses on aircraft financing and operating leases. Corporate partner Alexander Skoblo and managing partner Alexei Zakharko are also prominent practitioners.
Dentons has significant capabilities in cross-border transactions and across a variety of financing mandates. Practice head Timothy Stubbs is qualified in the State of New York, and splits his time between the firm’s offices in London and Moscow. Evgenia Laurson also divides her time between London and Moscow and leads on project finance transactions in the energy and natural resources sectors.
EuroChem Group AG
EuroChem Group AG (Switzerland)
Capital markets Tier 3
Dentons acts for a varied client portfolio encompassing issuers, underwriters and trustees. Headed up by the ‘highly qualified and very experienced’ Tamer Amara, the department handles a range of debt capital markets transactions including Eurobond issuances, private placements and EMTN programmes. The practice is also a key name in the market for liability management mandates. Senior associate Filipp Petyukov is singled out.
‘Tamer Amara is our key point of contact on all capital markets transactions. Tamer is fully dedicated to nurturing his client relationships, in addition to being one the most qualified lawyers around.‘
‘Senior associate Filipp Petyukov is very helpful.‘
O1 Properties Finance
Domodedovo Airport Management Company
At Dentons, the dispute resolution group acts for national and international clients in matters involving Russian law. The practice’s work encompasses international arbitration, the enforcement of arbitral awards domestically and parallel proceedings. Benefitting significantly from the firm’s European network, the department cooperates closely with the London, Paris, Brussels and Berlin groups. In Russia, the practice is split between St. Petersburg and Moscow, with Mikhail Ivanov and Roman Zaitsev leading the teams respectively. Richard Cowie is also a key name to note and focuses on arbitration involving corporate and commercial issues. In mid-2019, the Moscow-based practice expanded its cross-border capacity with the arrival of corporate and financial law specialist Konstantin Kroll from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s London office.
Mikhail Ivanov; Roman Zaitsev
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3
Dentons has notable strength in the restructuring arena, and has recently experienced an increase in contentious bankruptcy instructions. The team acts for a varied mix of companies, investors in distressed businesses, banks and directors of potentially insolvent companies. Practice head Andrei Strijak is well versed in debt restructuring and insolvency work, and clients also recommend Timothy Stubbs, who is qualified in the State of New York.
‘Dentons Russia’s insolvency and restructuring team is a technically very strong team that stays abreast of all the key developments in that field in Russia and beyond. Team members apply their deep knowledge in a very commercial way, which makes it easy for clients to work with them.‘
‘We know that Dentons will think “outside the box” and the narrow confines of black-letter law in providing tailored and practical advice.‘
‘Tim Stubbs is very knowledgeable, and has a very hands-on approach and innovative ideas.‘
Dentons > Firm Profile
The firm: Dentons has been advising on client projects in Russia and the CIS for almost 30 years. The Firm has offices in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Georgia, with more than 240 lawyers. The Firm also works closely with law firms in Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Dentons provides a full spectrum of services to international and Russian companies, banks and other financial institutions, direct investment funds, state enterprises and non-commercial organisations.
Dentons is the world’s largest law firm*, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Enterprise, Dentons’ wholly owned subsidiary of innovation, advisory and technology operating units. Dentons’ polycentric approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.
With 180+ offices in over 70 countries, Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size.
Areas of practice: Dentons’ lawyers and professionals provide services in the following practice disciplines and industry sectors:
Banking and finance: Dentons covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions in the world’s leading financial centers. Dentons helps clients access and invest new sources of capital, develop and use financial products, structure financing transactions, comply with regulations, respond to investigations and resolve disputes.
Competition and antitrust: Dentons provides legal advice and judicial assistance in all aspects of national and EU competition law, consumer law, state aid, tender procedures and regulatory issues. Clients receive tailored, industry-focused advice on complex litigation, investigations by competition authorities, merger control, competition compliance, or commercial arrangements.
Corporate and M&A: Dentons provides clients with comprehensive legal advice on public and private M&A, joint ventures, corporate finance, private equity, disposals, corporate restructurings, and general commercial, antitrust and corporate governance issues.
Intellectual property: Dentons’ lawyers identify, protect and help commercialize IP in the most highly developed markets – and in jurisdictions where IP laws and enforcement are still evolving. They represent global corporations, academic and research institutions, inventors and artists, venture capital firms and others invested in patents, trademarks, copyrights and proprietary property.
Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration: Dentons’ highly reputable Litigation and Dispute Resolution lawyers are particularly well known for helping clients resolve disputes in energy, construction and engineering, banking, restructuring and insolvency, life sciences and retail. The team is also highly experienced in EU trade disputes, investigations and international arbitration.
Energy: With one of the world’s leading energy practices, Dentons guides clients on strategy, market entry, transactions, political and regulatory issues and dispute resolution. Its clients include oil majors, independents, distributors, power generators and utilities, financial institutions, public entities and large customers, new energy and old.
Real estate: Dentons’ Real Estate practice is the largest in the world. The firm advises real estate owners, investors and lenders on some of the most complex development, acquisition, disposition, debt and equity transactions in today’s market.
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy: Dentons’ teams formulate strategies for trustees, bondholders, investors, traders, debtors, creditors and creditor committees around the world as they pursue claims for clients through negotiation and litigation.
Tax: With experience in worldwide jurisdictions, Dentons provides comprehensive tax advice to individuals, private companies, multinationals and other entities on tax planning, compliance, M&A structuring tax-advantaged investing, transfer pricing, disputes with tax authorities and more.
|Banking and finance||Tim Stubbs|
|Capital Markets||Tamer Amara|
|Competition and antitrust||Marat Mouradov|
|Corporate and M&A||Mathieu Fabre-Magnan|
|Corporate and M&A||Alexei Zakharko|
|Employment and labour||Marina Ryzhkova|
|Environment and natural resources||Alexei Zakharko|
|Infrastructure and PPP||Karina Chichkanova|
|Intellectual property and technology||Denis Voevodin|
|Life sciences and healthcare||Sergey Klimenko|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Roman Zaitsev|
|Private equity||Chris Rose|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 10,000+ at this office : 120+
Languages70+ languages including: Arabic Afrikaans Azerbaijani Bulgarian Czech Dutch English French Georgian German Hungarian Italian Japanese Kazakh Mandarin Polish Romanian Russian Slovak Spanish Turkish Ukrainian Uzbek
OtherOther offices : Dentons now has 180+ offices in over 70 countries
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