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Linklaters - London
  • Paveletskaya sq.2 bld. 2
  • Moscow
  • Moscow
  • Russia
  • 115054
  • www. linklaters.com
  • Senior Partner: Robert Elliott
  • Managing Partner: Simon Davies
  • Global Head of Corporate: Jeremy Parr
  • Global Head of Finance & Projects: Jim Rice  
  • Global Head of Commercial: Arnaud de La Cotardière
  • Number of partners worldwide: 450
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: 2200
  • International Offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington DC

Firm Overview:
Linklaters LLP is a leading global law firm, supporting clients in achieving their strategies wherever they do business. The firm uses its expertise and resources to help clients pursue opportunities and manage risk across emerging and developed markets around the world.

Main Areas of Practice:

Comprehensive experience spanning the fields of banking and finance, including acquisition and leveraged finance, bilateral and syndicated credit facilities, financial structuring, high yield, real estate finance, trade and emerging markets finance, restructuring and insolvency and asset finance.

Capital Markets:
Expertise across international capital markets, covering: debt, equity, equity-linked, regulatory capital, liability management, high yield, RMB financings, derivatives and structured financings.

Expertise in competition law, merger control, state aid, public procurement, utility regulation, market investigations, cartels, abuse of dominance and any related litigation. Specialist lawyers in key jurisdictions in Europe, the USA and Asia.

Corporate & M&A:
Advice on finance and commercial transactions including complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, major listings on stock exchanges around the world, joint ventures, restructuring and privatisations.

Corporate Tax:
Expertise across all tax aspects of corporate transactional (including private equity), finance (including structured finance), international tax planning, contentious, real estate and investment funds work.

Employment, Pensions & Incentives:
Global advice on all employment issues, pensions, for both trustees and companies, covering contentious, advisory and transactions and share plan, tax and legal advice including plan design and structure, tax (both individual and corporate), regulatory issues, trusts and data protection.

Employment & Incentives:
Global advice on all employment and incentives matters. Employment work includes regulatory investigations, restructurings and redundancies, governance, board/senior executive appointments, terminations, disputes, whistleblowing and discrimination issues. Global share plans expertise covers areas such as plan design and structure, corporate transactions, regulatory issues, governance, trusts and corporate/individual tax.

Energy & Infrastructure:
Advice across the resources sectors: oil and gas, petrochemical, power, renewables, mining projects, water, PPP/PFI projects - project financing, acquisitions, joint ventures, refinancing, funds, commodities trading and finance, hybrid and structured financing, regulatory advice and all other aspects of energy and infrastructure-related advice.

Environment & Climate Change:
Advice on all aspects of environmental and climate change regulation, carbon trading, sustainability and governance, the allocation of environmental assets and risks in M&A, project finance, funds and real estate, and regulatory and environmental dispute resolution.

Financial Regulation:
Advice on financial markets and their regulation for investment and commercial banks, international fund managers and private equity houses.

Expertise across all aspects of the insurance sector including M&A, joint ventures, rights issues, securitisations, demutualisations, complex capital markets transactions, reorganisations, portfolio transfers and regulatory.

Intellectual Property:
Expertise in contentious and non-contentious aspects of intellectual property rights.

Investment Management:
Global expertise advising sponsors, investors and service providers on all aspects of structuring, establishing, marketing and investing into private and listed investment funds and investment management arrangements across asset classes, including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, debt, hedge and other alternatives, asset managers and on the establishment, operation and transactions involving investment management businesses.

Litigation & Arbitration:
Dispute resolution services in a wide range of areas including litigation, arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR. Sectors of experience include litigation in banking, competition and antitrust, derivatives and structured products, fraud and white-collar crime, insolvency, contentious tax, energy and infrastructure disputes, regulatory investigations, pensions, property and finance.

Advises both trustees and corporates on the full range of pensions issues, including tailored funding solutions, regulatory, governance and investment issues.

Private Equity:
Expertise in all aspects of the industry, from establishing the fund and making investments, to ongoing portfolio assistance including restructuring advice, to exiting from those investments.

Real Estate:
Expertise in all aspects of real estate sector work including: premium real estate investment, M&A, development and leasing advice, sale and leasebacks, joint ventures, real estate funds, financing and tax, real estate investment trusts, construction advice, planning/ zoning law, policy and practice, rent review and real estate-related disputes.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Leading expertise across an exceptional spread of transactions covering a wide range of jurisdictions and complexities, including debt restructuring and rescheduling, equity capital raising and restructuring, distressed M&A activity, debtor advisory work, formal insolvency procedures and contingency planning and investigation, asset tracing and insolvency litigation.

Technology, Media & Telecommunications:
Expertise in commercial and regulatory advice on outsourcing; data protection; IT, e-commerce, telecoms, satellites, media and broadcasting. International Work: International work is handled in all commercial languages and local languages of countries in which Linklaters has offices.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition/Antitrust
  • Corporate & M&A
  • Corporate Tax
  • Employment & Incentives
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Financial Regulation
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Management
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Pensions
  • Private Equity
  • Projects
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications


  • One Silk Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2Y 8HQ
  • Tel (020) 7456 2000
  • Fax (020) 7456 2222
  • DX 10 London City EC3
  • Website : www.linklaters.com

Banking & Finance - Russia

UK and US expert Michael Bott commands an outstanding market reputation due to extensive experience and a wide skill set. He led on the most commented-on matter of the year, the Rosneft/TNK-BP deal. Sources say that "he is one of the best lawyers working in our segment of the market."

Dmitry Suschev advises on a wide range of banking and finance matters, and has recently worked on loan facilities for Rosneft and Vnesheconombank. Market commentators highlight that "he is very good at the technical issues of Russian law."

London-based Mirthe van Kesteren co-heads the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) desk and has extensive experience in the emerging markets.

Capital Markets - Russia

Described by a source as the "jewel in the crown of Russian ECM," Dmitry Dobatkin is a leading individual with a fantastic reputation for his expertise across the full range of capital markets work.

Andrew Burge is known in the market as a very strong debt capital markets individual. Market commentators are impressed: "He's extremely knowledgeable and a standout individual."

Sources recommend Alexandra Karachourina as a "very hard-working and smart" individual. She works not just on equity and debt capital markets, but also on privatisations, public M&A and regulatory capital transactions.

Highlighted for his good securitisation and derivatives expertise, Andrei Murygin is described as a "very knowledgeable and technical lawyer."

Jason Manketo, who works on a variety of cross-border capital markets transactions, acts on Russian deals from the London office. He recently co-led on the secondary public offering of Sberbank.

Cecil Quillen is a London-based adviser, frequently acting with the Moscow team on Russian debt and equity deals. He recently advised for the joint lead managers on the USD7 billion triple-tranche bond issued by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.

Corporate/M&A - Russia

The highly regarded Dominic Sanders has a broad practice covering corporate and financial matters. Back in Moscow after a brief stint in London, he heads the department and is widely recognised as a leading individual offering an outstanding depth of knowledge in the CEE, Russia and the rest of the CIS.

Grigory Gadzhiev is recommended as a "commercial, sensible and calm" negotiator. He focuses on the oil, gas and electricity sectors, and his excellent experience includes acting as one of the leading partners on the sale of BP's stake in TNK-BP.

Maintaining a very strong reputation, Denis Uvarov works for both international and domestic clients on high-value corporate matters. He recently led Sberbank's acquisition of Denizbank.

Hugo Stolkin works between London and Moscow and is recommended as a bridge between the common law and Russian law, as demonstrated by his recent experience co-leading BP's disposal of a stake in TNK-BP.

UK-based Daniel Tyrer routinely advises on joint ventures, acquisitions, project financings and acquisition financings. He also handles Russia-based transactions in the oil and gas, power, petrochemical and infrastructure sectors.

Energy & Natural Resources - Russia

Grigory Gadzhiev is a highly regarded practitioner who routinely handles corporate and M&A mandates for large energy corporates.

Managing partner of the Moscow office Matthew Keats heads the energy and infrastructure practice group.  He advises on major oil and gas transactions in CEE and the CIS.

London-based Daniel Tyrer handles a variety of energy financing transactions. Clients appreciate that "he is focused, easy to talk to and approachable." 

Restructuring/Insolvency - Russia

Michael Bott heads the Moscow banking team and has an excellent reputation for his restructuring and insolvency work. Sources describe him as "a very clever lawyer, with many years of solid deal experience."

Tax - Russia

Department head Victor Matchekhin is a "skilled and seasoned lawyer, who is highly technically experienced," say sources. Matchekhin's abilities on international tax transactions are also highlighted.