Ms Karina Chichkanova > Dentons > St Petersburg, Russia > Lawyer Profile

Jensen House 5th Floor, lit. A
32-34 Nevsky Prospect
191011 St Petersburg

Work Department

Dentons' Russian Infrastructure and St. Petersburg Real Estate Practices


Karina Chichkanova has worked in Dentons’ St. Petersburg office since it was founded in 1993. She is a leading real estate, construction and infrastructure expert and has gained a high standing among clients and the professional community.

Karina Chichkanova also has extensive experience as an advisor to leading Russian and international corporate clients with regard to general corporate, civil and commercial law, foreign investment, M&A, structuring of real estate transactions, acquiring ownership of and leasing properties.

Karina has led a team of lawyers in a number of international investment projects implemented in Russia, including strategic investment projects in St. Petersburg and the Northwest Region, as well as PPP projects for the construction/reconstruction of multifunctional shopping centers, office buildings, hotels, major industrial facilities and residential developments. During the implementation of these projects, Karina has taken an active role in negotiations with the administrative authorities of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region and with the representatives of municipal authorities.
Since 2010, Karina has been co-chair of the Executive Committee of the St. Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA).

Karina has authored various articles and given numerous presentations on PPP, real estate, construction, privatization and investment issues.


Partner, legacy Head of the Russia Infrastructure practice, legacy Head of St. Petersburg Real Estate and Construction practice, Dentons (formerly Salans), St. Petersburg, 2008–present

Of Counsel, Dentons (formerly Salans), St. Petersburg, 2005–2008

Associate, Dentons (formerly Salans), St. Petersburg, 1993–2005


English, Russian


Co-Chair, SPIBA Executive Committee, 2010–present


Leningrad State University, 1990, Law degree

Lawyer Rankings

Russia > Real estate and construction

The ‘brilliant’ team at Dentons handles the full gamut of real estate and construction matters, with a particular emphasis on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions involving high-value real estate assets, an area in which department head Sergey Trakhtenberg is a recognised leading practitioner. In addition, the firm fields a top construction practice with a strong reputation in green and brownfield projects; in a matter led by Florian Schneider, the group is assisting Raiffeisenbank with the first built-to-suit acquisition of an office building. Headed up by Karina Chichkanova, the St. Petersburg-based team demonstrates strength in retail sector construction work. Other sectors of principal focus for the national group include the hospitality, pharmaceuticals and fast-moving consumer goods industries. Senior associate Olga Elliott is also noted.

Russia > PPP and infrastructure projects

Dentons is known particularly for its ‘impressive presence within the Russian infrastructure market‘, providing legal support for economic and social infrastructure projects, including concessions and other PPP projects in Russia and the CIS. Construction expert Karina Chichkanova oversees the infrastructure practice and counsel Vladimir Kilinkarov takes the lead on advising public authorities and investors on various aspects of PPP work. Kilinkarov is also a member of the team of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe involved in preparing a model law on public-private partnerships, and was invited by Uncitral to work on its legislative guide and model provisions concerning PPPs.