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DLA Piper

LEONTIEVSKY PER., 25, 125009 MOSCOW, RUSSIA
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Russia

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides ‘prompt, cost-effective and practical advice’, ‘showing a solid understanding of business and financial aspects in each task’. Karen Young is ‘a very skilled lawyer with extensive knowledge of cross-border transactions’; her recent work includes advising the Development Bank of Kazakhstan on two loan facilities totalling $832m provided by China Development Bank, and several international banks, including Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Deutsche Bank, respectively. Philip Lamzin focuses on asset finance, in particular on aircraft and shipping finance and leasing transactions.

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Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, highlights included acting for Credit Europe Bank, as mandated lead arranger, agent and security agent, on a loan facility to Delta and Soyuz-Invest concerning the secured financing of a logistics complex in the Moscow region. The group is also advising lender Sberbank on a loan facility for financing the construction of a multi-functional business centre. Karen Young is the main practitioner, and Philip Lamzin specialises in asset finance in the aviation and shipping sectors.

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Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow
Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is able to leverage expertise from its Moscow and St Petersburg offices to handle complex domestic and cross-border M&A, equity investment and venture capital transactions. High-value joint venture projects remain a key strength of the team; examples in this area include Julien Hansen advising the ADG Group on the establishment of a joint venture with South Korea’s CJ CGV, the fifth largest multiplex theatre company in the world. In other work, Igor Antonyan led a cross-border team that recently assisted NovaWind with a joint venture with Lagerwey, a Dutch wind turbine manufacturer, for the launch of the Russian wind energy programme. Leo Batalov, whose expertise includes M&A, securities and venture capital transactions, advised Yandex on the acquisition of FoodFox, a Russian online and mobile food delivery platform. Also of note are Kim Latypov and Steffen Kaufmann, who are dual qualified in the US and Germany, respectively. Denis Sosedkin heads the corporate practice from the St Petersburg office.

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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

DLA Piper

The ‘very responsive and commercially oriented’ team at DLA Piper acts for a strong international client base, counting Avestra Group and Bank Saint Petersburg among its roster. The practice is praised for ‘coming up with solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems’ and has recently advised Philip Morris on the launch and expansion of the company’s new products line, including assisting with the commercial operations of the client's factories in St Petersburg and the Krasnodar region. Natalia Vygovskaya ‘is a very experienced transactional lawyer and is always focused on the business objectives of her clients’. Ruslan Vasutin is experienced in industrial investment matters, cross-border M&A transactions and tax structuring. Denis Sosedkin heads the practice. Senior associates Maria Alterman and Rostislav Strigalev are also noted.

Leading individuals

Natalia Vygovskaya - DLA Piper

Next generation lawyers

Rostislav Strigalev - DLA Piper

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

The team at DLA Piper utilises its ‘solid knowledge of competition law and deep understanding of how businesses work’. The practice is headed by the ‘strong and experienced competition lawyer’ Azamat Abdulmenov, who assists companies with anti-monopoly investigations. Notable clients include Gett, TapTaxi and OneWeb.

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Dispute resolution: Litigation
Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Led by Yaroslav Moshennikov, DLA Piper’s litigation team recently represented Gett in ten proceedings across Russia concerning the acquisition of a regional taxi business and related damages claims. The practice has notable strengths handling contentious IP matters; in one example, Anna Otkina represented Utair Aviation in a trade mark dispute against Uniqlo. Denis Sosedkin acted for Bauer Media in a brand squatting dispute.

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

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, commercial litigator Yaroslav Moshennikov is representing Gazprom in two proceedings before the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce concerning gas supplies and transit through the Ukraine. Denis Sosedkin is also active in investment arbitration. Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili and Julien Hansen are other names to note.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s team has a focus on migration law, personal data protection, commercial secrecy and employment litigation. The department is headed by Vladislav Mazur, who also leads in providing general employment advice to high-profile clients, including batteries manufacturer Duracell, airline Emirates and Uber. The team is advising ride-sharing app Gett on a wide range of matters, such as the material liability of employees, the implementation of a bonus plan, and the development of a commercial secrecy policy. The group also assisted ITE Group, a leading organiser of exhibitions and conferences, with a restructuring project raising human resources issues.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has ‘a deep understanding of the energy sector’ and the ability ‘to deliver accurate and prompt advice'. Practice head Feruz Fidaev is assisting Rosneft with pre-transaction and licensing activities concerning its joint operations at the Patao and Mejillones fields with Petróleos de Venezuela. Kim Latypov is noted for M&A transactions.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, highlights included assisting real estate company Hines with the sale of a major logistics complex and acting for supermarket chain Billa on the acquisition of a portfolio of multiple retail stores. Practice head Sergey Koltchin and Steffen Kaufmann are key figures.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's TMT practice, which is led by Michael Malloy, is praised for its ‘extensive experience’ and ‘sophisticated approach towards solving the problems of its clients’. The firm acted for Yandex.Taxi on its ₽650m acquisition of FoodFox. Other notable clients include mobile-based transportation platform Gett, Service Telecom and BlaBlaCar.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's team has 'a strong understanding of the local and international tax environment and practice'.  Ruslan Vasutin, Igor Venediktov and Elena Mikhailovskaia jointly lead the Russia-wide practice and are regularly supported by associates Bogdan Tereshkevich and Damir Zinnatullin in international taxation and transfer pricing, and senior associate Zaurbek Timaev  in contentious tax. Recent mandates include Venediktov advising Gett on international tax restructuring matters and Mikhailovskaia assisting the Avestra Group with a restructuring project and associated currency control issues. In other work, Vasutin is assisting Zara CIS with setting up a tax-effective structure, which involved advising on domestic and cross-border tax regulations, VAT, customs and transfer pricing implications.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's team is ‘able to achieve positive results in a short time’ and stands out due to 'its efficiency, reliability and the exceptional quality of its services’. The group handles regulatory matters, financing, leasing and commercial dispute resolution in the fields of aviation and shipping. ‘Very experienced’ practice co-head Anna Otkina leads in advising AviaAM Leasing China on all matters regarding external financing and the sale-and-leaseback of aircraft to Aeroflot. Fellow co-head Philip Lamzin, who is ‘competent and trustworthy’, took the lead in assisting key clients Sberbank and Sberbank Leasing with the acquisition of high-value aircraft.

Leading individuals

Anna Otkina - DLA Piper

Next generation lawyers

Philip Lamzin - DLA Piper

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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