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General Business Law: Real Estate — St Petersburg


Baker McKenzie - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leading team acting for blue-chip international and domestic corporates from a variety of sectors. Acts on joint ventures and transactions as well as offering broad advisory services, including corporate governance and day-to-day support. Real estate team has experience of assisting with industrial construction projects across a range of sectors, as well as advising on residential construction mandates. Also acts on sales and acquisitions of commercial property.

Strengths Sources applaud the service the firm provides, with one source highlighting "their focus on the interests of the client."

Work highlights Assisted Kesko with the RUB11.4 billion sale of its Russian food retail business, K-Ruoka, to Lenta.

Advised Jotun Paints on the construction of a production facility in the Leningrad region.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Maxim Kalinin is widely regarded as the key rainmaker of the office. He oversees the practice, lending his experience to transactions and corporate structuring mandates. "He is a very good negotiator," a source says.

Counsel Olga Anikina regularly advises international corporates on Russian corporate law issues. She is also a visible name on real estate transactions. "She is a very open-minded, business-oriented person," a client says, while another adds that she is always prepared to discuss many possible solutions.

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Borenius - General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for Strong team assisting international and local clients with a wide range of corporate instructions, often acting for Nordic companies. Handles M&A deals, corporate governance matters, project financing and restructuring. Houses an active real estate group that provides transactional and due diligence support to domestic and Finnish corporates. Also advises on construction-related topics.

Work highlights Assisted Dantherm with the Russian law aspects of its international acquisition of the Master Climate Solutions Group involving subsidiaries in Russia.

Advised Telko on the construction of a logistics centre in a business park located in the Leningrad region.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Andrei Gusev offers commercial law support to international clients involved in Russia-bound investments and transactions. "You know he wants to achieve the best solution for you, he's pragmatic and helpful," a client says.

Maya Petrova is widely regarded as one of the best real estate specialists in St Petersburg. She acts on commercial real estate projects including M&A and construction mandates. "She gives concise comments and recommendations and explains the specifics of how each would affect our business," a source says.

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Borenius Russia offers services to Russian and foreign clients in the fields of M&A and corporate law, encompassing all legal aspects of the rapidly changing Russian business environment. We have the comprehensive expertise in every stage of a deal and in-depth understanding of how to get a deal done.

Having headquarters in Helsinki, we combine Nordic manner and business culture with deep knowledge and understanding of Russian law and business environment. Also, Borenius Russia is subject both to Finnish (EU) and Russian regulations on business conduct, ethics and compliance procedures, which entails highest standards of advice and client approach.

The department advises on a wide variety of legal issues, including M&A deals on all project stages, corporate law, commercial contracts, shipping and insurance issues, employment law, antitrust advice. Our projects are located throughout Russia, which makes Borenius Russia a so-called federal player.

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Dentons - General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for Top-tier corporate team providing transactional support to an array of international and domestic companies. Also offers strong corporate governance and daily business support services. The firm's IP/TMT team is largely based in the St Petersburg office and works in close co-operation with its Moscow and global offices on significant matters. Represents many international businesses based in the North-West region. Houses a market-leading commercial real estate team advising international and domestic corporates on commercial, industrial and residential real estate and construction projects.

Strengths Sources praise the firm's pragmatic focus, explaining: "They can handle complex problems and find the best solutions to even unsolvable issues." Another source highlights "the simplicity and elegance of their proposed solutions."

Clients also appreciate the cross-border strength of the firm, with one individual reporting: "We appreciate their ability to provide quality legal advice in a wide variety of areas and in various jurisdictions."

Work highlights Provided corporate structuring and governance advice to Palfinger in relation to its two local joint ventures and six subsidiaries.

Acted as local counsel to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which was representing Stone Canyon Industries in its acquisition of Mauser Group from Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, which included Russian assets.

Significant Clients

Head of real estate Karina Chichkanova is considered one of the leaders in the St Petersburg real estate market. "She has been in the market over 20 years so she has a lot of experience. She can easily clarify issues related to authorities, and clients appreciate that," a source says. She advises clients on a broad range of commercial mandates, including M&A, lease agreements and construction-related issues.

Artem Zhavoronkov advises international clients on corporate business issues. "He has been extremely responsive and his turnaround time is impressive. I can always trust urgent matters to him," a source says.

Managing partner Victor Naumov assists international corporates with a broad range of commercial IP matters, including rights transfers, registration and licensing.

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd - General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for Strong and well-established firm advising blue-chip domestic and European clients. Has an on-the-ground tax capacity. Particularly active in contractual matters and structuring mandates for major international corporates. Houses a real estate team that focuses on construction matters, often related to PPP projects. Also assists with transactional mandates.

Strengths Sources laud the firm's client-oriented approach, and one states: "They have a genuine understanding of our problems, concerns and issues. They are effective lawyers who sincerely empathise and understand. They are truly invested in the client."

Another source adds: "They adapt fast to different requests and are flexible and diligent."

Significant Clients Advised Nikolskie Ryady on negotiating two hotel management agreements regarding the St Petersburg-based Meininger Hotel and Holiday Inn Express.

Assisted Bank Saint-Petersburg with establishing a venture capital fund focused on fintech companies, which included corporate structuring and tax issues.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Denis Sosedkin is considered one of the market-leading lawyers in St Petersburg. He acts for international corporates on transactional and corporate structuring mandates. "Denis is always responsive and commercially oriented," a client says, adding their appreciation of his ability to "plan complex steps ahead and assess the risks that may arise in their implementation."

Ruslan Vasutin advises international and domestic clients on tax structuring issues related to transactions and corporate mandates. He recently advised Bank Saint-Petersburg on tax planning issues related to establishing a venture capital fund.

Natalia Vygovskaya assists with a broad range of transactional and corporate mandates, including corporate structuring and cross-border M&A. Sources describe her as client-oriented and responsive.

About the Team (content provided by DLA Piper Rus Ltd)

Top Tier Client Base: The fact that our team has been able to earn repeat instructions from some of the leading corporate entities in Russia and around the globe, particularly in recent – quite challenging – years, speaks to its high standing in this market.


Full Service Capability and Understanding of Various Industry Sectors: The full service capability of our firm and multidisciplinary approach are highly valued by clients across a range of industry sectors including: automotive, manufacturing, hospitality, banks, telecoms & media, life sciences, consumer goods, retail, logistics and real estate.


Strong Academic Background of the Team: Capabilities of our team are backed by involvement of the prominent legal experts, who have received wide recognition in Russia and abroad, in almost all projects we carry out, which has become our unique feature distinguishing us from the other law firms in St Petersburg. Our team is supported by Dr Alexander Sergeev (Civil & IP Law), Dr Oksana Nogina (Tax Law), and Dr Oleg Skvortsov (Commercial & Investment Law).



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Eversheds Sutherland - General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for Former office of Hannes Snellman that became part of Eversheds Sutherland in September 2017. Provides local support to Scandinavian corporates active in the Russian North-West as well as Russian businesses. Assists with contractual, due diligence corporate governance and regulatory mandates. The real estate practice is largely transaction-focused, representing clients in mid-market deals as well as in contractual matters.

Work highlights Represented Sponda in the EUR4 million sale of a logistics centre to Nevskaya Logistika.

Advised Cherkizovo Group on its acquisition of NAPKO, an agricultural holding group.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Victoria Goldman oversees the practice, lending her considerable market insight to clients involved in M&A, investment projects as well as advising on compliance issues.

Head of real estate Yury Pugach advises predominantly Scandinavian clients on commercial real estate matters, including contractual mandates and M&A projects. A source describes him as "a good negotiator." He also assists with construction projects.

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Kachkin & Partners - General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for Notable local firm that provides commercial business support and also houses an impressive real estate team. Provides corporate structuring, tax advice and day-to-day business assistance. Also instructed on transactions. Acts on real estate M&A and construction mandates, including licensing as well as contentious matters. Predominantly represents mid-market and large regional Russian corporates. Has a growing client base of international corporates.

Strengths Sources praise the firm's real estate knowledge. "The team has broad experience of real estate projects, which allows them to plan ahead, be extremely business-oriented and comfortable to work with," a client says.

The firm is also recognised for its corporate practice. One source explains: "I like their devotion to the client's needs. I do appreciate their persistence in defining all the tiny details of an engagement, their ability to work hard and deliver an excellent result."

Work highlights Acted for Seven Suns on its acquisition of a large land plot for a residential development.

Assisted Explosivos Tecnologicos Argentinos with its entry to the Russian domestic market by setting up a local subsidiary for the manufacturing of explosives.

Notable practitioners

Dmitry Nekrestyanov acts on real estate and construction-related matters and is particularly well regarded for his practical experience in handling contentious cases. "He is a very good litigator in construction disputes. He's won some precedent-setting cases," a source says, adding: "He has a very practical approach, he's a very business-oriented lawyer."

Kirill Saskov heads the corporate practice within the firm. He principally advises clients on corporate governance and structuring matters, as well as providing advice on commercial issues. "He's very responsible and deliberate. Always on time, always in touch," a client says.

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Band 1

Karina Chichkanova

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of real estate Karina Chichkanova is considered one of the leaders in the St Petersburg real estate market. "She has been in the market over 20 years so she has a lot of experience. She can easily clarify issues related to authorities, and clients appreciate that," a source says. She advises clients on a broad range of commercial mandates, including M&A, lease agreements and construction-related issues.

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Band 1

Borenius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maya Petrova is widely regarded as one of the best real estate specialists in St Petersburg. She acts on commercial real estate projects including M&A and construction mandates. "She gives concise comments and recommendations and explains the specifics of how each would affect our business," a source says.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Olga Anikina regularly advises international corporates on Russian corporate law issues. She is also a visible name on real estate transactions. "She is a very open-minded, business-oriented person," a client says, while another adds that she is always prepared to discuss many possible solutions.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Maxim Kalinin is widely regarded as the key rainmaker of the office. He oversees the practice, lending his experience to transactions and corporate structuring mandates. "He is a very good negotiator," a source says.

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Band 2

Dmitry Nekrestyanov

Kachkin & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmitry Nekrestyanov acts on real estate and construction-related matters and is particularly well regarded for his practical experience in handling contentious cases. "He is a very good litigator in construction disputes. He's won some precedent-setting cases," a source says, adding: "He has a very practical approach, he's a very business-oriented lawyer."

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Band 3

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of real estate Yury Pugach advises predominantly Scandinavian clients on commercial real estate matters, including contractual mandates and M&A projects. A source describes him as "a good negotiator." He also assists with construction projects.

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