Laura Brank > Dechert LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
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Laura Brank, the head of Dechert’s Russia practice, has been acting for domestic and multinational clients on matters throughout Russia and the FSU since 1995, supervising major local and cross-border M&A, joint venture, and syndicated, corporate, private equity and project finance transactions, and providing general and corporate/commercial advice to her clients on a wide range of matters.


Partner 2009.




Board of Directors, US-Russia Business Council.


University of Maryland, Munich (1986 BA cum laude); Georgetown University Law Center (1991 JD); Georgetown University Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service (1991 MS Foreign Service).

Lawyer Rankings

Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow

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Dechert Russia LLC is adept at handling M&A transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance issues, and matters pertaining to the establishment and restructuring of Russia-based operations. The team’s client roster consists of a varied mix of financial institutions, private equity clients, and companies active in the TMT, mining, real estate and leisure sectors. Its recent work stands out in the natural resources sector; practice head Laura Brank and Evgenia Korotkova assisted longstanding Canadian client Kinross Gold Corporation with the $283m acquisition of Chulbatkan.

Russia > Restructuring and insolvency

Dechert Russia LLC is particularly well-versed in the financial restructuring realm. Managing partner Laura Brank splits her time between London and Moscow.

Russia > Real estate and construction

Dechert Russia LLC has extensive experience in M&A and finance transactions in the real estate space. It is very active in the mining sector; it provides land law and construction advice to Kinross in relation to its mining activities. The team regularly draws on the firm’s global capabilities and works closely with London-based colleagues; practice head Laura Brank splits her time between Moscow and London.

Russia > Energy and natural resources

The workload of the team at Dechert Russia LLC comprises instruction from prominent players in the mining sector, mandates concerning power generation and issues regarding sanctions affecting the energy and natural resources industries. With sanctions expert Laura Brank at the helm, the group is regularly called on to advise major international and domestic mining and metals corporates on US and EU-related sanctions matters.

Russia > Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side

Dechert Russia LLC has extensive experience of cross-border acquisition financing, as well as financial restructuring and debt refinancing. Practice head Laura Brank splits time between London and Moscow. Senior associate Kirill Skopchevskiy, who is dual qualified in Russia and New York, is also a key figure in the team.