Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Moscow, Russia

DLA Piper
LEONTIEVSKY PER., 25
125009 MOSCOW
Russia

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

The multi-disciplinary practice at DLA Piper Rus Limited acts for large domestic and foreign companies on the full scope of corporate and commercial matters. While clients rate its ‘unique’ fast-moving consumer goods expertise, the team is also active across a wide range of industries, including the financial services, manufacturing, TMT, retail and real estate sectors. Managing partner Denis Sosedkin sits at the helm of the department, Ruslan Vasutin and Elena Mikhailovskaia are experienced in general and corporate tax law matters; and Natalia Vygovskaya is a key contact for commercial contract work and English law issues.

Practice head(s):

Denis Sosedkin

Other key lawyers:

Natalia Vygovskaya; Ruslan Vasutin; Elena Mikhailovskaia; Leonid Kropotov; Marat Altynbaev; Roman Golovatsky

Testimonials

‘All services provided by DLA Piper Russia’s specialists were at a highly professional level, on time, with clear explanations and analysis of the situation.’

They are a very strong team of lawyers with a structured and original mindset and high level of knowledge in Russian and international law. Good understanding of the needs of the client, coupled with an ability to find suitable solutions in the short period of time.

‘DLA Piper are always in touch. Highly qualified in matters related to investment activities, real estate construction, and any interaction involving the Russian authorities.’

‘Leonid Kropotov is a highly qualified lawyer. The combination of his academic knowledge and extensive experience makes his advice unique.’

‘DLA Piper team is our trusted adviser on a variety of matters. Their FMCG sector expertise is unique, and we value their business-oriented approach to legal matters, in particular, in this heavily regulated environment. They always focus on finding practical solutions, not simply identifying the issues; this is very important for our business.’

‘Denis Sosedkin is our primary contact. We value his systematic problem-solving approach very much. He is very well aware of the industry specifics, and his advice is always creative, to the point and takes account of potential unintended consequences. I note specifically his incredible availability.’

‘We recommend Natalia Vygovskaya for her encyclopaedic knowledge, excellent education, vast work experience and flexible approach to clients.’

Key clients

Philip Morris

Rosatom Group

Dentsu Aegis Network

Dredging International / Deme Group

Rusfic LLC

Ariston Thermo

Burberry Limited

Government of St. Petersburg

Danaher Group

Russia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

DLA Piper handles a wide array of property transactions as well as the real estate aspects of larger M&A transactions. The group is active in the hospitality and leisure sectors – an area of specialism for legal director Pavel Elnikov. On the construction side, the team advises clients on EPC contracts and other types of contractual arrangements; English and German-qualified Steffen Kaufmann and senior associate Anna Sitas are both key contacts in the practice, which is led by Sergey Koltchin. In March 2021, the firm significantly strengthened its commercial property offering through the appointment of a team from Clifford Chance; the newly joined group includes Marc Bartholomy and common law-qualified legal director Nick Diakoumis.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Koltchin

Other key lawyers:

Steffen Kaufmann; Pavel Elnikov; Anna Sitas; Marc Bartholomy; Nick Diakoumis

Testimonials

‘When we choose a law firm / team of advisers, we expect them to be responsive to the needs of the client and business with consistently high standards, always meeting deadlines, and a creative approach so the solution we choose, taking into account their advice, is the most effective. These are the qualities we see in this team.’

Key clients

Jet Brains

Russia > Transport Tier 1

DLA Piper's offering provides the full gamut of legal services to notable clients from both the aviation and shipping communities in all areas which may be of relevance to players from these industries. Financing and leasing of aircraft and ships continues to be a key area of strength for the team, and the firm also has significant expertise in assisting clients with the acquisition, financing and operation of private jets, helicopters and yachts. Core practitioners Anna Otkina and Philip Lamzin were recently joined by associate Ilyana Scherbakova, formerly of White & Case LLC.

Practice head(s):

Anna Otkina; Philip Lamzin

Other key lawyers:

Ilyana Scherbakova

Testimonials

‘Customer focused, no stress.’

‘Philip Lamzin is always available to help clients.’

Key clients

Marathon Aviation

Carlyle

PSB Leasing

Ilyushin Finance Co

Seraph Aviation Management Limited

VEB.RF

SB Leasing Ireland Limited / Sberbank

GTLK Europe DAC / GTLK Asia Limited and GTLK Russia

UTair Aviation

Aviation Capital Group

Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 2

DLA Piper fields a practice split between St. Petersburg and Moscow, with Denis Sosedkin and Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili leading the groups respectively. The team has a well-established reputation for M&A work in the aviation and shipping, energy and natural resources, financial services, and telecoms sectors. The practice has a significant English law offering, reflected in the expertise of UK-qualified life sciences practice head Julien Hansen and US-qualified Kim Latypov. Notably, the group has experience in venture capital transactions; Leo Batalov is a go-to adviser in this space. Recent development includes the arrival of senior counsel Marc Bartholomy and legal director Nick Diakoumis who joined the team from Clifford Chance in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Denis Sosedkin; Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili

Other key lawyers:

Kim Latypov; Julien Hansen; Leo Batalov; Evgeny Glukhov; Maria Alterman; Marc Bartholomy; Nick Diakoumis

Testimonials

‘Kim Latypov – commercial awareness and amazing technical skills.’

‘Denis Sosedkin is our primary contact. We value very much his systematic problem-solving approach. He is very well aware of the industry specifics, and his advice is always creative, to the point and takes account of potential unintended consequences. I note specifically his incredible availability.’

‘Maria Alterman is the key associate in DLA team supporting us. Maria has exceptional technical legal skills, which coupled with her knowledge of our business / sector internal processes becomes a great value for us. Maria should be praised for her responsiveness and ability to quickly grasp the fast changing circumstances.

Key clients

Yandex N.V.

Pharmacy Holding

Aniforius Holding

Evraz

Eurasian Development Bank

Philip Morris

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Hines

Elbrus Capital Fund

Sberbank

Russia > Employment Tier 2

DLA Piper's employment practice has an impressive client roster, which includes key global corporates such as Dyson, Samsung and Spotify. Under the leadership of 'creative and strategic' practitioner Vladislav Mazur, the team advises on both individual and collective dismissals, assists with compliance-related investigations, and represents clients in employment litigation. The firm is also able to leverage its international capabilities to handle the labour aspects of cross-border transactions. In recent developments, the group has focused on advising its longstanding clients on practical remote working solutions. Senior associate Maria Gorlenko is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Vladislav Mazur

Other key lawyers:

Maria Gorlenko

Testimonials

‘Extensive experience of projects of varying complexity in the field of labour relations; a creative non-standard approach; the ability to depart from established conservative approaches to certain labour issues.’

‘For many years I have known Vladislav Mazur. He is very strong specialist capable of managing projects of any complexity from start to finish. Due to his extensive experience of participating in litigation, Vladislav is able to offer very creative and effective solutions.’

‘The person we worked with, Vladislav Mazur, has done a wonderful job in helping us deal with a particularly difficult employment situation. We have been dealing with someone who has been very creative in their approaches they have tried to use against our company and Vladislav has been able to adapt to the evolving situation to guide us through the law and successfully defend our position.’

‘Vladislav Mazur has been creative and strategic in his approach to dealing with a fairly unorthodox situation that has led to us to successfully defending our position. He has described the case status and options thoroughly, keeping us well informed and appropriately advised. We feel comfortable following his recommendations.’

‘Highly qualified employees, high standards of task performance.’

‘Vladislav Mazur is a very qualified lawyer and a very loyal person.’

‘High professionalism, prompt response, understanding of business processes and client needs.’

‘Vladislav Mazur shows a high level of competence in labour and corporate matters. Extensive accumulated experience that is effectively applied in practice.’

Key clients

Core Laboratories

IFF

Wizz Air

Extreme Networks

Dyson

Shure

Epson

LivaNova

Ecolab

LR

ARC

Russia > Tax Tier 2

At DLA Piper, the tax practice is split between St. Petersburg and Moscow, respectively headed up by Ruslan Vasutin and Igor Venediktov. The department is well-equipped to handle tax issues relating to M&A transactions; it is also increasingly focusing on restructuring mandates. Transfer pricing, tax audits and tax controversies are also areas of focus. The team has wide-ranging expertise in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare, retail, consumer goods and technology, among others. Clients also recommend Moscow-based senior associate Igor Arakelov.

Practice head(s):

Ruslan Vasutin; Igor Venediktov

Other key lawyers:

Elena Mikhailovskaia; Igor Arakelov

Testimonials

Very good knowledge of the Russian tax system and the mechanics around strategy for approaching the authorities on tax matters. Ruslan Vasutin has a very deep knowledge of Russian tax law. General tax advice and strategy advice have been very well prepared and of a very high standard, also taking into account senior management stakeholders.

Very stable, competent, dependable and reliable team.

The team stands out for its efficiency, its strict adherence to the deadlines for providing information, and its comprehensive approach to handling particular issues.

Rich experience in tax litigation. A creative approach to problem solving.

Igor Arakelov was involved in protecting our company’s interests in court. He is a brilliant lawyer with an understanding of the business processes, strategy and vision of the company, combined with an excellent knowledge of Russian legislation. Igor perfectly knows how to formulate and correctly convey a position, which leads to positive results for the clients.

‘Elena Mikhailovskaya is the tax litigation partner. Elena showed great strategy skills, and successfully managed our internal non-lawyers team, which helped us achieve the desired result. We praise her responsiveness and knowledge of the latest trends in the tax litigation field.’

Key clients

Familia

Ariston Thermo

Burberry

Gett

Rusfic

Kuehne+Nagel

Russia > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

DLA Piper leverages the firm’s global capabilities on cross-border transactions, but also houses a team with English law expertise on the ground. In particular, the department owes its strong track record in real estate financing matters to the expertise of UK-qualified practice head Karen Young. Asset finance and financial regulation are also mainstays of the group. Legal directors Ivan Sezin and Alexey Kolesnikov are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Karen Young

Other key lawyers:

Alexey Kolesnikov; Ivan Sezin

Testimonials

‘100% customer focus and immersion in the project or question. High degree of professionalism and qualifications. The entire DLA Piper team is distinguished by full involvement in the problems and specifics of the issue or project. At the same time, they see the whole picture as a whole, in a comprehensive manner, and are able to promptly attract specialists from various fields, which certainly ensures success in the end, taking into account the time factor, which is always extremely important in the preparation and implementation of complex-structured projects.’

‘We have been working with this team for more than four years; a high level of mutual trust has been formed, which affects the overall efficiency.’

‘Focus on client requests, respect for the client, work efficiency, speed of project implementation, quick feedback, intelligence, high level of culture of interaction with the client, a global approach to problem solving, analysis of related risks and project tasks.’

Key clients

AFI Development PLC

PJSC Acron

Amalgam Rail

AIG

Capital Group

Flywire (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Hines

PJSC KuibyshevAzot

Raven Russia Property Group Ltd.

Veon

Volgafert LLC

Russia > Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 3

DLA Piper has carved out a strong reputation for its real estate financing work; in this space, it benefits from the wealth of experience of practice head Karen Young and its close ties to large international banks, such as Aareal Bank and UniCredit, to name a few. Syndicated lending, loan restructuring and asset finance are additional areas of activity. Philip Lamzin is a go-to adviser for asset finance mandates and has niche expertise in the aviation and shipping sectors. Legal director Alexei Kolesnikov; senior counsel Anastasia Klimova and legal director Ivan Sezin are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Karen Young

Other key lawyers:

Philip Lamzin; Alexei Kolesnikov; Anastasia Klimova; Ivan Sezin

Testimonials

‘We have been working with this team for more than four years; a high level of mutual trust has been formed, which affects the overall efficiency.’

‘Focus on clients’ requests, respect for the client, work efficiency, speed of project implementation, quick feedback, intelligence, high level of culture of interaction with the client, a global approach to problem solving, analysis of related risks and project tasks.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

Alfa Bank

China Development Bank Corporation

Credit Europe Bank (Russia) Ltd.

Development Bank of Kazakhstan

Eximbank of Russia

Gazprombank

Magyar Export-Import Bank Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság

PJSC “Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation”

Promsvyazbank

RDIF

JSC UniCredit / UniCredit SpA

PJSC VTB Bank / VTB (Europe) SA

VEB.Ru

Russia > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

DLA Piper places an emphasis on enforcement work, as well as commercial arbitration initiated in relation to corporate, shareholder and contractual disputes. The team draws on the firm’s global resources; in one high-profile example, it acts in conjunction with its London-based colleagues in the high-profile representation of energy sector giant Gazprom in multiple sets of SCC arbitration proceedings. Yaroslav Moshennikov (‘one of the sharpest strategic minds’) leads the national dispute resolution group. Counsel Oleg Skvortsov heads up the practice in St. Petersburg.

Practice head(s):

Yaroslav Moshennikov; Oleg Skvortsov

Other key lawyers:

Leonid Kropotov

Testimonials

‘Based on my experience of working with the DLA Moscow disputes team, I would say that they are unique in their service-mindedness and availability for the client.’

‘I have never worked with a team that is so available and dedicated to the client, answering calls and emails late at night and traveling to remote corners of the world on short notice. Another unique feature of the team is that, if asked, they will turn every stone and investigate every angle to ensure that the client is exhausting all possible options.’

‘They are very creative and diligent and do not simply take advice from co-counsel or statements from opposing counsel at face value. Working with them means that you have to be extra diligent, because you know they will scrutinize your work.’

‘Yaroslav Moshennikov is one of the sharpest strategic minds I have ever worked with. I was very impressed with how he left no stone unturned and how he always managed to find an argument or angle that we may not have thought about. His straightforward, no-fuss style made it very easy to communicate and push the cases forward.’

Key clients

Gazprom

Mario Frigerio S.p.A.

Russia > Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Leveraging the expertise of a large team split between Moscow and St Petersburg, the offering at DLA Piper provides clients with the full range of transactional advice in all relevant sub-sectors, including electricity and power, mining and metals, oil and gas, pulp and paper. Feruz Fidaev leads the group, which also includes Leonid Kropotov and associate Maria Vinokurova.

Practice head(s):

Feruz Fidaev

Other key lawyers:

Leonid Kropotov; Maria Vinokurova

Testimonials

‘Prompt and qualified assistance. In a short time, substantiated answers to complex questions are provided, ways of solving non-standard tasks are proposed.’

‘Leonid Kropotov is a highly qualified lawyer. The combination of his academic knowledge and extensive experience makes his consultations unique. Maria Vinokurova is always ready to help, in touch around the clock, promptly provides advice on complex issues.’

‘Competence of specialists, access to a wide network of foreign jurisdictions. Customer focus and flexibility, willingness to meet halfway in terms of organisational issues, which is especially important given the bureaucracy of public sector companies.’

‘I would especially like to note Leonid Kropotov and Maria Vinokurova, it is always comfortable to communicate with them and effectively resolve the issues that have arisen.’

Russia > TMT Tier 3

Technology-related M&A deals and venture capital transactions form the bulk of the workload at DLA Piper. Another key area of focus for the team is commercialisation of intellectual property in the TMT space, including licensing, franchising and brand development. The firm acts for a notable roster of domestic and global clients. Counsel Michael Malloy leads the group, supported by experienced corporate specialist Leo Batalov.

Practice head(s):

Michael Malloy

Other key lawyers:

Leo Batalov

Testimonials

‘Highest professionalism, speed of work, speed of responses.’

‘Always available, immediately understand the problem and quickly solve it.’

Key clients

Busfor

Getintent

Ildar Bakeev Entertainment

OneWeb

Plarium

Revolut

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Sberbank

ZeniMax Media

Volkswagen

Russia > Competition Tier 4

Merger control, unfair competition issues, compliance matters, and Federal Antimonopoly Service investigations comprise a considerable part of the practice's workload at DLA Piper. The firm has a pan-Russian approach, with senior associate Azamat Abdulmenov heading up the team in Moscow, and legal director Roman Golovatsky and senior associate  Ilya Bulgakov taking the lead in St. Petersburg.

Practice head(s):

Azamat Abdulmenov

Other key lawyers:

Ilya Bulgakov; Roman Golovatsky

Key clients

Michelin

Philipp Morris

Headhunter

Aker Solutions

OneWeb

Novaya Vagonoremontnaya Kompaniya

Liberty Mutual

Ecolab

Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 4

Split between Moscow and St. Petersburg, DLA Piper’s ‘very creative and diligent’ team combines litigation and regulatory expertise in handling corporate, commercial and administrative disputes. It often relies upon the firm’s global network, cooperating closely with the teams in London, New York, Paris and Stockholm. Yaroslav Moshennikov leads the wider dispute resolution practice and legal director Oleg Skvortsov heads up the group in St. Petersburg.

Practice head(s):

Yaroslav Moshennikov; Oleg Skvortsov

Other key lawyers:

Leonid Kropotov; Mikhail Bychikhin; Veronika Demidova; Sergey Vasiliev; Roman Golovatsky

Testimonials

‘The optimal combination of price and quality.’

‘DLA Piper’s team is our trusted advisor on a variety of matters. Their FMCG sector expertise is unique, and we value very much their business-oriented approach. We also appreciate the multi-practice offering with top experts available in commercial, employment, and tax litigation fields.’

‘Roman Golovatsky is our top contact for local litigation and administrative proceedings. Roman has tremendous experience in the field of advertising and regulatory disputes, which is very appreciated. Roman manages to find out creative ways to deal with issues arising in connection with such disputes for us in 84 regions throughout Russia.

‘Based on my experience of working with the DLA Moscow disputes team, I would say that they are unique in their service-mindedness and availability for the client. I have never worked with a team that is so available and dedicated to the client, answering calls and emails late at night and traveling to remote corners of the world on short notice. Another unique feature of the team is that, if asked, they will turn every stone and investigate every angle to ensure that the client is exhausting all possible options. They are very creative and diligent and do not simply take advice from co-counsel or statements from opposing counsel at face value. Working with them means that you have to be extra diligent, because you know they will scrutinize your work.’

‘Yaroslav Moshennikov is arguably one of the sharpest strategic minds I have ever worked with. I was very impressed with how he left no stone unturned and how he always managed to find an argument or angle that we may not have thought of. His straightforward, no-fuss style made it very easy to communicate and push the cases forward.’

‘Mikhail Bychikhin is diligent, thorough and dedicated and very easy to work with. I have nothing but good things to say about him and I think he is going to have a brilliant legal career.’

‘DLA Piper’s team in St. Petersburg is unique in its staff and competencies. DLA Piper’s lawyers are commercially oriented, delving into the smallest details of cases. Lawyers are able to see the whole problem and find simple solutions to complex problems.’

Key clients

Gazprom

MC Aviation Partners

Topcon Positioning Systems

Construcciones Mecanicas Caballe S.A.

Mazda Motor Corporation

Wienerberger Kirpich

Linpac Packaging

Awas

Architectural Office Studio 44

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.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Igor Arakelov photo Igor Arakelov
 Marc Bartholomy photo Marc Bartholomy
 Nick Diakoumis photo Nick Diakoumis
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