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Laura Brank

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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).


Banking and finance: Borrower side

Within: Banking and finance: Borrower side

Dechert Russia LLC‚Äôs well-regarded practice acts for Russian and foreign commercial banks, multilateral financial institutions and export credit agencies on multi-jurisdictional debt restructuring, project financings and the finance aspects of M&A deals. ‚ÄėRespected industry expert‚Äô¬†Laura Brank¬†¬†regularly handles project and structured financing throughout Russia and the CIS region, and has recently handled a number of debt restructuring mandates. Dual-qualified counsels Olga Watson¬†and Kirill Skopchevskiy¬†specialise in debt and equity finance transactions.

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Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side

Within: Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side

Dechert Russia LLC’s advises on restructuring debt and equity deals and is regularly instructed to represent the interests of banks and lenders in bankruptcy-related matters and in the enforcement of credit arrangements, often alongside the London office. Recent highlights include advising the EBRD on its secured loan to Olzha, a private freight wagon operator in Kazakhstan, to finance the acquisition of rail cars and to refinance existing debt. Laura Brank  is the main figure.

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Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow

Within: Leading individuals

Laura Brank - Dechert Russia LLC

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow

Dechert Russia LLC is frequently instructed by leading domestic banks, sovereign wealth funds and investment groups to handles sizeable acquisitions and joint ventures deals in the energy, mining and oil and gas sectors. Laura Brank  chairs the practice, which has recently advised Hyatt International on corporate matters and the negotiation of management contracts for its chain of hotels operating across Russia and the CIS regions. Other key figures include Evgenia Korotkova, who advises domestic and multinational companies on M&A transactions, joint ventures and divestitures.

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Dispute resolution: Litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: Litigation

Dechert Russia LLC¬†has 'a superb reputation for its advocacy in complex international litigation‚Äô. A key figure in the ‚Äėresponsive, experienced and value-for-money‚Äô team is¬†Yuri Makhonin,¬†who regularly assists managing partner Laura Brank ¬†in high-value cross-border disputes in the banking and finance and construction space. The team is representing Eurobank Ergasias in several bankruptcy-related domestic proceedings.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Dechert Russia LLC has expertise across a broad range of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. The team is headed by Laura Brank  and acts for leading domestic financial institutions and major players in the oil and gas, energy and mining sectors.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Dechert Russia LLC handles transactional work regarding investment structuring, real estate project development and financing, and rights arising from the sale, acquisition and lease of real estate objects. The team advised Kinross Gold Corporation on issues regarding subsoil rights and mining deposits. Practice head Laura Brank and Evgenia Korotkova are the key contacts.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

At Dechert Russia LLC, Moscow managing partner Laura Brank  is representing Hochtief Projektentwicklung in bankruptcy proceedings against its Russian subsidiary, as well defending against several claims initiated by the subsidiaries’ creditors. She is also representing Metrolit, as one of the creditors of a Russian ceramics plant, in a dispute arising out of the insolvency initiation proceedings initiated by another creditor. Yuri Makhonin focuses on disputes and regularly supports Brank in insolvency proceedings.

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