Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Moscow, Russia

DLA Piper
LEONTIEVSKY PER., 25
125009 MOSCOW
Russia

Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere Tier 1

DLA Piper Rus Limited’s cross-practice team adopts ‘a creative and efficient’ multi-disciplinary approach to advising clients in the retail, real estate, automotive and financial services sectors. The team excels in cross-border matters, where its capabilities are additionally bolstered by the expertise of Natalia Vygovskaya, who is well-versed in Russian and English law. Department head Denis Sosedkin contributes significantly to the practice's M&A expertise, while Ruslan Vasutin handles the tax aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Denis Sosedkin

Testimonials

DLA Piper offers top-quality practical advice regarding both local and international matters. The team has excellent knowledge of the industry which clearly benefits us. We value lawyers in the team as reliable long-standing partners with great technical expertise. The team should also be praised for its responsiveness and availability.

We value highly the team’s creativity and business-oriented approach.

Denis Sosedkin is a smart lawyer, who is capable of seeing the whole picture at a glance and finding simple but creative solutions to complex matters. It is very important that he is readily available, attentive to details, and very knowledgeable of the industry.

Key clients

Avestra

Inditex

Dredging International

City Government of St. Petersburg

Veralia

Moody’s

TMD Friction

Philip Morris International

Rosatom

Sibeco

Kuehne + Nagel International AG

Transport Tier 1

The 'talented and market savvy' Anna Otkina 'manages a knowledgeable team of specialists' at DLA Piper. Core areas of expertise include the financing and leasing of aircraft and ships, corporate and commercial matters, customs, aviation and shipping regulations, and commercial dispute resolution. Philip Lamzin advises international and Russian leasing companies, banks, airlines, and helicopter and shipping companies on a range of finance and leasing transactions, as well as airlines and lessors on commercial contracts with manufacturers, suppliers and service providers.

Practice head(s):

Anna Otkina

Testimonials

‘Unique expertise and absolutely fabulous team – very diligent and client oriented’

‘Anna Otkina not only has a deep knowledge of the relevant markets and regulations, but she is a strong personality and an exceptionally efficient person who is reliable in every way. She is a talented and market-savvy leader who manages a knowledgeable team of specialists’

Key clients

Virgo Investment Group

Apollo Aviation Group

Alterna Aviation Capital

Ilyushin Finance Co

Seraph Aviation Management Limited

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

DLA Piper’s finance, projects and restructuring department is spread across the Moscow and St. Petersburg offices, and is led by the English-qualified Karen Young, who has 'a strong reputation in the local market'. The team handles lending transactions, particularly real estate and asset finance work, and also has expertise in the fintech, retail, energy and mining sectors. Philip Lamzin is a name to note in the asset finance space and acts for leading international and domestic leasing companies. The firm's expertise in project finance was strengthened following the arrivals of legal director Ivan Sezin from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and senior counsel Anastasia Klimova from a leading Russian bank. Legal director Alexei Kolesnikov is also noted. Dmitry Perekrestov departed to an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Karen Young

Testimonials

The team is focused on achieving results. It assisted us with optimizing the structure of a transaction, provided analysis of alternative options and schemes available for the lenders, and always replied promptly.

Alexei Kolesnikov is competent, easy to collaborate with, and always available for urgently needed advice.

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

Eximbank of Russia

Development Bank of Kazakhstan

Promsvyazbank

Raiffeisenbank

Rosbank

Sberbank of Russia and Sberbank Europe AG

Societe Generale

Joint Stock Company UniCredit and UniCredit SpA

RCB Bank Ltd

VTB Bank

Credit Europe Bank Ltd

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 2

DLA Piper’s transactional strength lies in the corporate restructuring space, and benefits from the team's knowledge of the transportation, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy and financial services industries. The practice also has English law capabilities due to the expertise of Julien Hansen. St. Petersburg-based Denis Sosedkin heads up the department, which also includes Kim Latypov in Moscow, who focuses on high-end M&A transactions. Regional CIS managing partner Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Denis Sosedkin

Testimonials

The team has very good business knowledge; it is also very quick and responsive.

The team remains flexible and is able to arrange matters within the budget of the client without affecting the quality of legal service.

DLA Piper Russia’s team has extraordinary strengths in tax and corporate restructuring work for multinational companies.

Julien Hansen is a first-class M&A lawyer, who is very focused on the needs of the clients and can understand their circumstances instantly.

Key clients

Yandex.Taxi

M.video

Evraz

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Rosneft

Elbrus Capital Fund II

Hines Global Reit Inc

Employment Tier 2

DLA Piper's experience spans domestic and cross-border employment-related restructurings, the employment aspects of acquisitions, outsourcing and business transfer projects, and internal compliance investigations, and it has also been active in employment litigation. Key figure Vladislav Mazur is 'a bright lawyer who provides quality legal advice'.

Practice head(s):

Vladislav Mazur

Testimonials

‘Very reputable and knowledgeable team assisting with complicated cross-border employment issues, taking into account the specifics of the Russian legal landscape.’

‘Vladislav Mazur is a very bright and knowledgeable lawyer. He is also very responsive and able to anticipate forthcoming issues and provide quality legal advice that is specifically tailored to the client’s current and possible future requirements.’

Key clients

ZeniMax

UCB Pharma

Sova Capital

LivaNova International

Coty Beauty

Seagate

Real estate and construction Tier 2

DLA Piper advises on the full scope of issues arising from real estate transactions and investments. Steffen Kaufmann is dual-qualified in England and Germany, and focuses on the transactional side of real estate matters as well as EPC contracts in the construction industry. Department leader Sergey Koltchin is a specialist in construction projects, land ownership rights and infrastructure development issues. The practice also has a strength in the hospitality sector, where legal director Pavel Elnikov is singled out by clients.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Koltchin

Testimonials

Team members truly work seamlessly as one.

Unique experience in the hotel industry; Pavel Elnikov is a unique expert in this sphere, a very dedicated person, who always comes up with thoughtful advice. Pavel is also very helpful in negotiations, due to his strong argumentation skills.

Key clients

Volgafert

China Chengtong International

Blagosostoyanie

Professional Logistics Technologies

KuibyshevAzot

Belaya Dacha Park

UniCredit Bank Russia

Inrusinvest

Tax Tier 2

With offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg, DLA Piper’s tax group has considerable strength in non-contentious tax work including tax planning and tax structuring mandates. In the transfer pricing arena, the group also benefits from team members’ experience in economics. Department co-heads Ruslan Vasutin and Igor Venediktov are seasoned tax practitioners, and St. Petersburg-based Elena Mikhailovskaia has substantial experience in the field.

Practice head(s):

Ruslan Vasutin; Igor Venediktov 

Key clients

Gett

Avestra Group

Inditex Group

Bank Saint Petersburg

Recordati Group

TDM Friction

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

DLA Piper’s finance, projects and restructuring practice is headed up by English-qualified real estate finance specialist Karen Young. Clients also single out senior counsel Anastasia Klimova, whose in-house experience brings additional credibility to the team's transactional capabilities. Legal director Alexei Kolesnikov acts on acquisition and trade finance matters, and is also regularly retained by fintech clients. Other sectors of focus for the team include the retail, energy and mining industries.

Practice head(s):

Karen Young

Testimonials

The team is very professional in focusing on the needs of the client. It is also very effective in analysing possible risks and complex legal issues.

Our main contact is Anastasia Klimova; we value her extensive experience, professionalism and her ability to reach a compromise in protecting the interests of her clients.

Key clients

AO Safmar

Raven Russia Property Group

Hines

AIG

GTLK

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

DLA Piper Rus Limited’s department is split across multiple Russian offices: commercial litigator Yaroslav Moshennikov heads up the national group from Moscow, while Oleg Skvortsov leads the dispute resolution team in St. Petersburg. The ‘very dedicated’ group works closely with the firm’s corporate practice, and also draws on the expertise of the litigation teams in London and other locations abroad. Areas of specific focus for the department include corporate, commercial, administrative and regulatory disputes.

Practice head(s):

Yaroslav Moshennikov; Oleg Skvortsov

Testimonials

DLA Piper’s team is very commercially oriented, responsive, highly professional, and has in-depth knowledge of the area. Its advice is also top-notch.

Team members are capable of seeing the whole picture at a glance and finding simple solutions to complex matters.

Key clients

Gazprom

MC Aviation Partners

Get

Awas

Linpac Packaging

Kärcher

InnerWorkings

Rossiya Airlines JSC

Pulkovo Airport JSC

Mario Frigerio S.p.A.

Mon’delez Rus

Bauer Media

Procter & Gamble

Nissan

A J Walter Aviation

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper is a go-to firm for domestic and international clients for corporate, commercial, administrative and regulatory disputes at all levels of the Russian judicial system. Commercial litigator Yaroslav Moshennikov heads up the national litigation and regulatory department, while former judge Oleg Skvortsov leads the team in St. Petersburg. Counsel Alexander Sergeev is also a key figure in the Moscow civil and IP ligation space, and director Angela Kolesnitskaya has a successful track record in tax and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Yaroslav Moshennikov; Oleg Skvortsov

Testimonials

DLA Piper’s team is very commercial, responsive and highly professional. Its advice is of top quality and the solutions offered are original and creative.

Key clients

Gazprom

MC Aviation Partners (MCAP)

Awas

Linpac Packaging

Kärcher

InnerWorkings

Rossiya Airlines JSC

Pulkovo Airport JSC

Mario Frigerio S.p.A.

Mon’delez Rus

Bauer Media

Procter & Gamble

Nissan

Mazda Motor

A J Walter Aviation

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

The team at DLA Piper is led by Feruz Fidaev, who specialises in project finance and acquisition finance in the field of oil and gas. He frequently advises foreign clients on investing in Russia and Central Asia, as well as on M&A, joint ventures, and share and asset purchase transactions.

Practice head(s):

Feruz Fidaev

Key clients

Enel Sp.

Evraz

Gazprom

Integrated Energy Systems Limited

Kyrgyzaltyn

TMT Tier 3

Leo Batalov leads the team at DLA Piper and focuses on cross-border corporate transactions in the TMT sector. Counsel Michael Malloy's practice spans IP and IT projects, franchising, data protection and media law, and technology transfers.

Practice head(s):

Leo Batalov

Key clients

ER Telecom

YandexTaxi (Yandex- Uber joint venture)

Adobe

GetTaxi (Gett)

PolPharma

Competition Tier 4

DLA Piper assists with antitrust investigations, compliance policy issues, contractual arrangements, merger control work and unfair competition matters. Senior associate Azamat Abdulmenov heads up the practice in Moscow, while senior associate Ilya Bulgakov and legal director Roman Golovatsky are the key contacts in St. Petersburg.

Practice head(s):

Azamat Abdulmenov

Key clients

Gett

Michelin

Savencia

Headhunter

Kvaerner

OneWeb

Accruent

Gordon Brothers

Accel-KKR

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

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Mr Alexei Kolesnikov  photo Mr Alexei Kolesnikov
Mr Philip Lamzin  photo Mr Philip Lamzin
Ms Anna Otkina  photo Ms Anna Otkina

At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com