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General Business Law — 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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Capital Legal Services International LLC - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for St Petersburg firm with a strong corporate advisory practice. Assists with corporate structuring, including supporting joint venture deals and establishment in Russia, as well as transactions. Clients include domestic corporates and internationals with business assets in the North-West region.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Vladislav Zabrodin is a "very prominent figure" in the St Petersburg legal market. He lends his experience to corporate structuring and governance mandates, often advising international corporates.

Head of the firm's corporate practice Pavel Karpunin advises clients on a broad range of matters, including corporate structuring, employment and investment projects. He is also active in the PPP sector.

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Castrén & Snellman - General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for Well-established Finnish-born firm representing a core client base of Finnish and other international companies. Regularly advises on transactional mandates, acting on both acquisitions and disposals across a variety of industries. Assists with all manner of corporate mandates, including due diligence, local law advice and regulatory issues.

Strengths Clients appreciate the client-oriented approach of the firm. "We like that before anything there is always a very deep analysis of the issues at hand, and then they give a prognosis and provide solutions."

Another source reports the team is "very helpful, responsive and business-oriented."

Work highlights Acted for CapMan on its investment in pharmaceutical company Medisorb, providing due diligence and transactional support.

Advised Mitsubishi Materials on the Russian aspects of its global acquisition of Luvata's Special Products division.

Notable practitioners

Sergei Lee is a well-regarded name in St Petersburg's legal market. He advises a client base of Finnish and Nordic clients on a broad range of corporate matters, including M&A, market exits and cross-border investment mandates. "

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Your Nordic Coach in the Russian Arena.
 
The vast Russian market with its high potential is right next door to the Nordic countries. As your trusted advisor, we are here to help you make the most of this attractive market. We have a proven track record of supporting our clients’ success in Russia since 1994 – Russia is in our DNA. We know the local business environment like the back of our hand, making us the ideal partner to identify and minimise your risks.
 
Whether you are looking to enter, expand or exit, we have the right solutions.

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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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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.

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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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Duvernoix Legal - General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for Local firm with a strong track record in M&A and corporate advisory support. Assists notable domestic corporates and holding companies. Also instructed by a number of international names as well as individual shareholders.

Strengths The firm is recognised for its long presence in St Petersburg and the representation of its loyal clients.

Notable practitioners

Igor Guschev is a corporate lawyer who is well recognised in St Petersburg's legal market.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for A strong office of a large Russian firm offering transactional advice to major international clients, including advising on local law aspects of cross-border M&A. Also assists with corporate and commercial issues, as well as compliance mandates.

Strengths One enthusiastic source praises the team's experience and business-oriented approach. "They get deals done," the source says.

Work highlights Assisted National Media Group with a transaction involving a share sale deal.

Advised Danone on IP rights to a popular Russian cartoon and its plan to develop further series.

Notable practitioners

Counsel Elena Agaeva advises international clients on corporate structuring issues. She also assists with M&A projects. One source notes her "strong client-oriented approach and aspiration to fully satisfy all the client’s needs," adding that "she can easily cope with tricky issues."

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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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Maxima Legal - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Local firm offering advisory and day-to-day business support services to domestic corporates as well as local law regulatory support to international clients. Predominantly acts on mid-market M&A mandates. Clients from pharmaceutical and chemical industries have been particularly active of late.

Strengths Clients recognise the firm's dedication, with one reporting: "They prepare various solutions to problems, and we appreciate their willingness to discuss issues and always be available 24/7."

Work highlights Advised Avestra Group on a restructuring of the holding company.

Assisted Alta Vina with corporate restructuring and governance matters.

Notable practitioners

Natalia Diatlova heads the corporate team.

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Pepeliaev Group - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for St Petersburg-based outfit of a well-known Russian domestic firm. Advises on due diligence and compliance matters as well as tax issues. Clients include both international and domestic corporates from a wide range of industries.

Work highlights Advised an international manufacturer set up in Russia on the corporate and commercial structure of its operations.

Notable practitioners

Sergey Sosnovsky is a well-regarded tax specialist advising international and domestic corporates on the tax elements of transactions, including cross-border M&A and corporate structuring. He also assists with tax issues related to investment projects.

Managing partner Sergey Spasennov is a well-known name in St Petersburg's legal market. He oversees the corporate team and leads on corporate structuring and M&A mandates.

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Description: 

The team responsible for handling business law issues works closely with business owners and CEOs to provide high-quality advice on a broad array of issues including: 

  • corporate law, including M&AS and corporate restructurings, 
  • tax aspects of companies’ business activities;real estate and construction advisory;
  • drafting and negotiating all types of commercial contracts;
  • regulatory compliance;
  • employment; 
  • data protection, etc. 

Our clients are mostly large and medium-sized Russian and international companies from the industrial, production, oil and gas, retail, banking and financial sectors. We have supported and represented lots of our long-term clients since their start and have been a part of their growth and success. 

We are best known for: 

- Ability to assess the clients’ assignments not only from legal but also from practical point of view. We offer realistic schemes and solutions that actually work.

- Outstanding expertise in handling non-standard issues with respect to which legislation is sometimes unclear and ambiguous. 

- Excellent results in resolution of complex conflict situations involving corporate, employment and other issues. We helped lots of clients to restore control of their businesses, avoid reputational risks and introduce new business practices and policies to achieve a better level of performance.

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Prime Advice Law Offices - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Domestic firm especially active in corporate matters. Frequently acts on mid-market transactions, assisting with due diligence and advisory services on joint venture as well as transactional mandates. Predominantly represents Russian clients.

Strengths Sources are quick to highlight the firm's practical approach. "They have a good understanding of the details of legislation and their effects on business. I trust their advice," a client says.

Work highlights Advised NBK Construction on a RUB1 billion acquisition of a large land plot from Bank Saint-Petersburg.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Inna Vavilova is a well-regarded name in the St Petersburg market. She is particularly highlighted for her visibility in bankruptcy-related cases. One source describes her as "an experienced specialist who it is comfortable to work with."

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Eminent Practitioner

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Eminent Practitioner

Vladislav Zabrodin

Capital Legal Services International LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Vladislav Zabrodin is a "very prominent figure" in the St Petersburg legal market. He lends his experience to corporate structuring and governance mandates, often advising international corporates.

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Band 1

Borenius

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 1

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 1

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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Band 2

Castrén & Snellman

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergei Lee is a well-regarded name in St Petersburg's legal market. He advises a client base of Finnish and Nordic clients on a broad range of corporate matters, including M&A, market exits and cross-border investment mandates. "

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Band 2

Artem Zhavoronkov

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 3

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Elena Agaeva advises international clients on corporate structuring issues. She also assists with M&A projects. One source notes her "strong client-oriented approach and aspiration to fully satisfy all the client’s needs," adding that "she can easily cope with tricky issues."

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Band 3

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 3

Duvernoix Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Igor Guschev is a corporate lawyer who is well recognised in St Petersburg's legal market.

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Band 3

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Band 3

Kachkin & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

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 3

Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergey Sosnovsky is a well-regarded tax specialist advising international and domestic corporates on the tax elements of transactions, including cross-border M&A and corporate structuring. He also assists with tax issues related to investment projects.

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Band 3

Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Sergey Spasennov is a well-known name in St Petersburg's legal market. He oversees the corporate team and leads on corporate structuring and M&A mandates.

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Band 3

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 3

Natalia Vygovskaya

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 4

Capital Legal Services International LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the firm's corporate practice Pavel Karpunin advises clients on a broad range of matters, including corporate structuring, employment and investment projects. He is also active in the PPP sector.

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Band 4

Prime Advice Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Inna Vavilova is a well-regarded name in the St Petersburg market. She is particularly highlighted for her visibility in bankruptcy-related cases. One source describes her as "an experienced specialist who it is comfortable to work with."

^ See whole ranking table