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Banking and finance: Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 3


Dentons’ banking practice has benefited from the recruitment of cross-border finance specialist Tamer Amara, who joined from Clifford Chance in July 2018. The team is led by the dual-qualified Timothy Stubbs, who counts European Investment Bank, VTB Capital and Rosgosstrakh as clients. Evgenia Laurson advises on project finance and pre-export facilities, while Andrej Strijak and counsel Dennis Montgomery are experienced in acquisition and export finance. Highlights included advising Eurochem on a $750m five-year unsecured club financing with a group of banks, including mandated lead arrangers BNP Paribas Bank and Citibank (London branch), and assisting Raven Russia with a $65m secured loan facility for the refinancing of a warehouse complex near Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg.

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Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 1


Dentons' ‘market-leading’ practice continues to be at the forefront of financing transactions across Russia and the CIS regions owing to its expertise in finance regulation, project financings and acquisition and export finance. Following the firm's merger with Chinese firm, Dacheng, the Moscow practice is also uniquely positioned to handle various cross-border Chinese-CIS deals. Notable highlights include acting for UniCredit Bank on the financing of Nordgold group under a $75m facility agreement. Regulatory expert Timothy Stubbs advised The Central Bank of Russia on the drafting and development of consumer rights protection standards concerning the self-regulatory organisations of microfinance institutions. Other key figures include Evgenia Laurson and Andrei Strijak.

Leading individuals

Timothy Stubbs - Dentons

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3


Dentons significantly bolstered its capital markets capabilities by recruiting Tamer Amara and Filipp Petyukov from Clifford Chance. Department head Amara has extensive expertise in debt capital markets, margin lending and repos, restructuring and liability management across Russia, the CIS, and Central and Southern Europe. Clients include Export Insurance Agency of Russia, Agricultural Bank of China (Luxembourg branch) and Santander.

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Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow
Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow - ranked: tier 1


Dentons has strengthened its team with the recruitment of Vladimir Sokov, formally head of corporate practice at Pepeliaev Group in June 2018. The practice acts for an impressive list of leading clients from a diverse range of industries including Russian Direct Investment Fund and Gazprom, among others. The firm’s strong capabilities acting on high-value energy transactions are evident in Alexei Zakharko advising Gazprom on a joint venture with Shell for the construction and operation of an LNG terminal in Leningrad Region, and Maria Oleinik is assisting EuroChem with the sale of 100% equity in Severneft-Urengoy to the Novatek Group. In in-bound transactions, Richard Cowie is acting for a consortium of private equity and sovereign wealth funds concerning the acquisition of a 25% stake in the holding company of Pulkovo Airport. Christopher Rose is advising Sberbank Investments on the acquisition of an equity stake in Genser Group, one of Russia’s largest car dealers.

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Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere
Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere - ranked: tier 1


Dentons’ team demonstrates ‘great initiative and out-of-the-box thinking’ and has broad coverage advising on large-scale projects in the North West and other major cities in Russia, with a strong focus on cross-border M&A deals, the competition aspects of transactions and risk assessments related to sanctions. Recently promoted to head of the corporate department, Evgenia Teterevkova focuses on the structuring of local and cross-border M&A deals, corporate restructuring and joint ventures; in one recent example, she assisted AmRest with structuring the transaction to acquire a KFC franchise business in the Krasnodar region. Counsels Sergey Fedorov, Oleg Lovtsov  and Anton Poddubny ‘are extremely helpful and knowledgeable in all aspects of the transaction’. Artem Zhavoronkov is now with Borenius.

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Competition - ranked: tier 2


Dentons’ team is headed by the ‘remarkably experienced’ Marat Mouradov and assists clients with complex issues regarding compliance, anti-monopoly investigations and merger filings. In June 2018, Radmila Nikitina, Vladimir Sokov, Sergey Klimenko and associate Ksenia Kozhina joined the firm from Pepeliaev Group.

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Dispute resolution: Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 2


Standout matters for Dentons include representing a Romanian insurance company in a dispute over the invalidation of a reinsurance agreement. Roman Zaitsev is the key practitioner in the Moscow office, while St Petersburg-based Mikhail Ivanov has significant court experience representing foreign investors and major Russian companies in commercial litigation. Others to note are Maria Mikheyenkova, Andrey Neznamov and Ilya Kuzmin.

Leading individuals

Mikhail Ivanov - Dentons

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 2


Dentons has notable capabilities in competition, private equity, finance and energy-related disputes. Mikhail Ivanov heads the Russia-wide dispute resolution practice, where he specialises in disputes between foreign investors and major Russian companies. Corporate partner Richard Cowie is active in private equity-related LCIA proceedings.

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Employment - ranked: tier 1


Dentons provides ‘clearly reasoned and well-structured legal advice, which is always supported by references to the most up-to-date developments and case law’. ‘Incredibly experienced and knowledgeable’ practice head Marina Ryzhkova successfully represented multiple prominent companies in negotiations and disputes with employees alleging unfair dismissals and breaches of working duties. Associate Dmitry Slyusarev ‘always reacts quickly'and is 'very efficient in giving advice and reaching highly practical solutions’.

Leading individuals

Marina Ryzhkova - Dentons

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2


Dentons is active in M&A transactions, joint ventures and financing for Russian and international oil and gas companies.  Practice head Alexei Zakhrko recently advised an oil company on a joint venture for the construction and operation of an LNG terminal in the Leningrad region. In other highlights, Maria Oleinik assisted EuroChem with the sale of Severneft-Urengoy to the Novatek Group, and St Petersburg-based Evgenia Teterevkova advised an energy company on the purchase of three separate solar power plants in Russia.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1


Dentons, according to one client, has ‘the strongest IP practice, which is able to quickly develop a winning strategy and find creative solutions allowing clients to meet any challenge successfully’. Practice co-head Victor Naumov, who has ‘a brilliant legal mind’ and ‘understands the specifics of the business’, led the team in representing First HD TV in copyright infringement proceedings against Kartina TV. Denis Voevodin is ‘a very experienced litigator’ and heads the IP department in Moscow. Counsel Tatiana Nikiforova ‘combines great expertise with incredible dedication’.

Leading individuals

Denis Voevodin - Dentons

Victor Naumov - Dentons

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PPP and infrastructure projects
PPP and infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 1


Dentons is a popular choice for major federal and regional PPP projects, as well as local concessions and infrastructure projects. The team is also active in PPP projects in the IT sector. The department is led by Vladimir Kilinkarov, who was a recent hire from Maxima Legal. St Petersburg-based PPP and real estate expert Karina Chichkanova is also highly regarded, as is Tair Suleymanov.

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


The real estate lawyers at Dentons ‘always manage to find the best solutions to clients’ problems and assist them in a timely manner’. The team advised Raven Russia on the $120m acquisition of Logopark Sever-2. Practice head Sergey Trakhtenberg has ‘an outstanding client-oriented approach and uses his extraordinary legal skills efficiently’. Based in St Petersburg, Karina Chichkanova has ‘extensive knowledge on infrastructure issues’. Vladimir Sokov joined from Pepeliaev Group in July 2018.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3


Dentons' team acts for international lenders on restructuring secured cross-border commercial property loans and export trade debt, as well as handling Russian insolvency proceedings. Roman Zaitsev specialises in commercial disputes; he is currently representing Sita International as the service provider and grantor of a license relating to to the bankruptcy proceedings of Russian airline Transaero. He is also acting for Commerzbank Eurasia in recovering debt under a credit agreement. In other work, he and Timothy Stubbs are advising The Polish Export Credit Insurance Corporation on recourse claims against a Russian borrower. St Petersburg-based Mikhail Ivanov is also active in disputes in the space.

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TMT - ranked: tier 1


The ‘strong team of excellent specialists’ at Dentons utilises ‘its unparalleled technical understanding of Russian data privacy law’ and ‘client-oriented focus in finding solutions’. Practice head Victor Naumov, ‘a true expert in technology’ with ‘out-of-the-box ideas’, and counsel Tatiana Nikiforova supported Prosveshcheniye Publishers with the creation and implementation of a unique IP management system. Naumov led the team in advising the Russian eSports Federation on issues regarding computer sports in Russia. Other notable clients include the Skolkovo Foundation, First HD TV and Otello AS. Vladislav Arkhipov focuses on the videogame industry and ‘moves through complex legal analysis with an uncommon degree of precision’. Counsel Yana Chirko is recommended for her ‘solid technical background and business intuition’.

Leading individuals

Victor Naumov - Dentons

Next Generation Partners

Tatiana Nikiforova - Dentons

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Tax - ranked: tier 1


Dentons significantly expanded its tax practice with the hire of Vasilii Markov and his team from Deloitte Legal and four other practitioners from various firms, including transfer pricing specialist Natalia Bulygina, who joined from KPMG Russia. The 'professional' team, which is led by Dzhangar Dzhalchinov, is praised for 'analysing not only the case but the problem as a whole', 'understanding the needs of a business' and for 'providing sound and reliable legal advice through a tailored approach'. Dzhalchinov has a strong reputation as a tax litigator, in one example he represented Suek before the Supreme Court in a landmark thin capitalisation case, and was able to reverse the earlier judgments of the lower courts. In other matters, he represented Cargill in a dispute concerning the recovery of VAT related to the construction of a public infrastructure project. Markov heads the St Petersburg tax practice where he specialises in domestic tax regulation, corporate taxation and restructuring. Counsel Igor Schikow focuses on cross-border transactions and defence in tax audits and is lauded for his 'attention to detail and outstanding personalised support and involvement at every stage'. Of counsel Anna Zvereva was a new arrival from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP in March 2019.

Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

Anna Zvereva - Dentons

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Transport - ranked: tier 2


At Dentons, Andrei Strijak, Andrey Tarapov and Alexander Skoblo jointly head the department and focus on aviation, shipping and automotive matters, respectively. The firm represents Sita International in debt recovery claims regarding the bankruptcy of Russian airline Transaero. Other highlights include assisting Alrosa Air Company with aircraft lease agreements.

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2


Dentons is a popular choice for corporations and senior executives in criminal proceedings and investigations, and also advises on potential risks and compliance with anti-corruption legislation. Lead partner Konstantin Tretyakov’s expertise spans various areas of criminal law including tax, fraud and money-laundering defence work and violations of anti-corruption laws. He also has a strong track record defending individual and corporate clients in criminal proceedings. Konstantin Elfimov is another name to note.

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