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PPP — Russia


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - PPP

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Innokenty Ivanov and Fedor Teselkin
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptional team active on all sides of large-scale PPP projects. Acts as lead advisers for banks involved in financing, as well as representing contracting authorities and bidders in major projects. Instructions include significant ongoing projects in the transport sector.

Strengths Sources praise the team's market experience, describing them as "probably the most experienced in the Russian market in terms of PPP structures and projects. Their approach to work is business-oriented and their legal advice is always reliable." Another client adds: "They have the strongest team in Russia, they have been here from the very beginning," adding: "I know the team, they have good mid-level lawyers as well as strong partners."

The firm remains well known for its financing expertise. A client says: "They have a lot of experience, especially representing borrowers in concession agreements. It's all done at a very high level."

Work highlights Advised VTB Capital and Vinci Concessions on the construction and operation of sections 3 and 4 of the Central Ring Road in Moscow.

Significant clients Moscow Metro, RMP-Taman, Sberbank.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Innokenty Ivanov is one of Russia's most respected PPP lawyers, with sources saying: "Innokenty stands out as the true guru of Russian PPP." He lends his extensive experience to complex infrastructure deals. Sources add: "He has a strategic vision."

Top-ranked Fedor Teselkin advises on a broad range of PPP matters. A client reports: "He's very experienced and good at negotiating," adding that "he pushes us all to agree on a fair compromise" and "tries to match our interests to those of the other parties." Another client highlights his "hands-on approach to projects and creative thinking." He leads on the firm's most important long-running projects.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - PPP

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Olga Revzina
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-level team advising on all facets of PPP instructions. Boasts practical experience of all sides of PPP projects, including bidders, state bodies and lenders. Concession agreements and EPC contracts are particular areas of strength. Also advises domestic clients on PPP projects in the Russian regions.

Strengths The team's pragmatism is highlighted as a strength. A source says the team is "always seeking to find the most effective and quickest way to achieve practical results for the clients." Another client reports: "I value their ability to defend our interests and offer arguments which will change the alignment of forces in our favour, even in difficult situations."

Work highlights Advised the government of Moscow on the Kutuzovsky Northern Bypass, a road concession project in Moscow.

Assisted the local government of Novosibirsk with the RUB30 billion construction of a bridge.

Significant clients ARKS Group of Companies, Avtoban, Rosavtodor, Russian Railways, VTB Capital.

Notable practitioners

Olga Revzina is one of Russia's leading PPP lawyers. "She is active, she's done PPP historically, and she's still doing it now," a source reports. Interviewees also praise her experience working on projects outside Moscow and St Petersburg. "She is proactive and commercially sensitive. She has a good understanding of practical and political realities in dealing with Russian regional authorities."

Senior associate Roman Churakov is closely involved in the firm's key projects. "He readily goes the extra mile in order to secure his client's position," a source reports.

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Clifford Chance - PPP

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Marc Bartholomy and Victoria Bortkevicha
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established team known for representing lenders in major PPP projects. Active in significant Moscow-based projects as well as regional projects, including those in Russia's Far East. Client roster includes major domestic and international financial organisations.

Strengths One source confirms: "They have a very good banking team with PPP experience."

Sources note the team's commitment. "They were proactive and always met deadlines which were sometimes tough," a source reports, adding that he most liked "their confidence in what they are doing."

Significant clients Astaldi, Far East Development Fund, Sberbank, VTB Capital, I.C. İçtaş İnşaat - IC Holding.

Notable practitioners

Victoria Bortkevicha is a respected banking lawyer with significant project finance expertise. She regularly represents creditors in major infrastructure projects.

Department profile by Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has a long track record of successful PPP projects. Our work in this sphere has been recognised in leading international publications and ratings.

Our clients in PPP projects include:

  • government agencies and sub-federal entities (subjects) of the Russian Federation
  • project sponsors
  • financial institutions
  • project companies.

Our PPP group is directly involved in drafting and carefully monitors all amendments to the legislation regulating PPPs. Clifford Chance has been included into the Expert Council for PPP legislation of the State Duma Committee for Economic Policy and Business.

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Linklaters CIS - PPP

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Julia Voskoboinikova
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong finance-focused practice representing state-owned and international banks as lenders in high-value PPP projects in the Moscow region as well as other Russian regions. Particular experience of innovative financing products such as infrastructure bonds.

Strengths Sources highlight their financing knowledge: "Their strength is advising senior lenders; they have a lot of experience in that," a source reports.

Significant clients Gazprombank, VINCI, VTB Bank.

Notable practitioners

Julia Voskoboinikova is a financing lawyer who also has significant practical experience in project financing. Sources say she is a "very diligent and knowledgeable lawyer and a nice person to deal with." She regularly represents major domestic banks as lenders in large PPP projects.

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Capital Legal Services International LLC - PPP

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Pavel Karpunin and Vladislav Zabrodin
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established St Petersburg-based firm known for its activity in St Petersburg and its surrounds as well as other Russian regions. Best known for representing regional state bodies and state-owned companies. Assists with concession agreements and EPC contracts, mostly in relation to the transport sector. Active on significant projects in the St Petersburg and the North-West region. Also visible on projects in the Russian Far East.

Strengths Sources note the client-oriented approach of the firm and their market insight, saying: "I have been happy and impressed by their responsiveness," and: "They've been quite insightful, proactive in sharing market observations in addition to providing pure legal advice."

Another client appreciates the team's practical experience: "They're a solid team, easy to work with. We like their level of service. They have a lot of experience."

Work highlights Advised the government of the Khabarovsk region on the concession agreement for the construction of a toll road.

Significant clients Northern Capital Highway, Pulkovo Airport, Transport Directorate of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.

Notable practitioners

Pavel Karpunin principally represents contracting authorities in PPP projects implemented outside Moscow. "He offers suggestions on how to solve problems, and he's creative. I like that. And he's nice," a client reports.

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CMS - PPP

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jean-Francois Marquaire
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Predominantly acts for bidders and contractors on PPP projects. Waste, heating and power projects are particular areas of expertise. Also involved in major transport projects. Has a client base of domestic and European companies.

Strengths One source notes the cross-border strength of the firm. "They understand the international mentality, but they also know the Russian mindset."

Work highlights Assisted SYSTRA/SNCF International consortia with preparing a bid as technical adviser to High-Speed Rail Lines for the Moscow–Kazan section of a high-speed railway project.

Advised EVN Group on constructing and financing two heat and power plants in the Moscow region.

Significant clients SIBUR, Rosatom, WTE Wassertechnik.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Francois Marquaire is a key contact for clients.

Since publication, Artem Rodin has joined RODIN & PARTNERS.

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Dentons - PPP

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第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Karina Chichkanova
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a client roster of regional, local governments and state-owned companies for whom it acts on major infrastructure and transportation PPP projects. Also involved in Moscow-based projects. Assists with concession agreements, due diligence, contractual and financing matters.

Strengths Sources appreciate the client-oriented style of the team and note the "comfortable negotiation process between all parties involved."

Sources also highlight the team's extensive experience of PPP projects, particularly in relation to the transport sector.

Work highlights Assisted the government of the Komi Republic with a potential concession tender to reconstruct a regional road as well as building a new section.

Advised Belkomur on a feasibility study in relation to the construction of the Belkomur railway line from Archangelst to Perm.

Notable practitioners

Ilya Skripnikov assists clients with PPP projects and is particularly visible in new transport projects in Moscow as well as the Russian regions. "He's someone who knows the practicalities," a source says. Another client highlights his efficiency.

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Hogan Lovells (CIS) - PPP

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alexander Dolgov
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises both the public and private sides on a wide array of regional and federal PPP projects. Regional road and rail projects are an area of recent practical involvement. Sources note the expertise in related regulatory issues.

Work highlights Assisted the Russian Direct Investment Fund and Pizzarotti I.E. with preparing a tender regarding the financing and construction of toll railway overpasses in the Moscow region.

Advised Avtoban on a road concession in Komi Republic.

Significant clients Avtodor-Invest, Rostelecom, EBRD, China Petroleum Technology & Development Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Dolgov is a highly regarded PPP practitioner. Interviewees highlight his activity and "good track record," adding: "He understands the theoretical issues. He can talk easily about any aspect of PPP."

Senior associate Konstantin Makarevich is involved in the firm's key PPP projects. Sources note his speed and practical approach.

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Kachkin & Partners - PPP

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Denis Kachkin
- 1 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Domestic firm focused on projects in St Petersburg and the region. Principally acts for private companies and state bodies initiating PPP projects. The team advises on feasibility studies, due diligence, concession agreements and tender documentation.

Strengths Clients praise the team's abilities, stating: "We appreciate their excellent legal analysis of risks and their creative approach." Another client adds: "They are client-oriented and provide us with quick advice and clear and creative solutions."

Work highlights Assisted Regional Concession Company with the tender for the construction of the Khabarovsk toll road.

Advised XXI Century on its bid for a tender to reconstruct and operate a regional medical rehabilitation centre in the Leningrad region.

Significant clients Gazprombank, Government of the Pskov Region, Government of St Petersburg, North Caucasus Development Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Denis Kachkin is a well-recognised figure in PPP projects, particularly in relation to planned investment in St Petersburg as well as other Russian regions outside Moscow. "He's very thorough and has a very good understanding of how projects function in the Russian landscape." Another interviewee adds that he is "very knowledgeable of the realities of Russian regional PPP projects."

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Vegas Lex - PPP

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Albert Eganyan and Denis Shtirbu
- 1 partner
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Moscow-based firm known for its PPP focus. Acts for city and regional governments as well as state-owned companies. Has experience of acting on large transportation and healthcare-related projects.

Work highlights Acted for High-Speed Rail Lines on the concession agreement for the financing and construction of the Moscow–Kazan high-speed rail line.

Advised Investment Promotion Agency of the Novosibirsk Region on a healthcare concession project in the region.

Significant clients Moscow Transport Hub Directorate, Rostransmodernizatsiya, Sheremetyevo Airport, Rosavtodor.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Albert Eganyan is a well-respected figure in the PPP sphere. He oversees the department and is often instructed by contracting authorities and state-owned companies.

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Lecap - PPP

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Yury Tuktarov
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Enters the rankings as a result of positive feedback and increased market presence. Represents state-owned and private clients in mostly regional PPP projects in the heating, waste and power sectors. Provides due diligence, tender documentation and concession agreement support.

Strengths Clients note the team's pragmatic approach, reporting: "They were attentive to our needs."

Work highlights Assisted a Chelyabinsk utilities company, Waste Management, with the concession agreement relating to a waste management PPP project in the Chelyabinsk region.

Advised Capital Energy on the concession agreement for the reconstruction of the heating system of Osinovo town.

Significant clients Alor Invest, Diamond Fortune Holdings, Sberenergoservice-Ugra, United Innovation Corporation, Two Capitals Highway.

Notable practitioners

Yury Tuktarov joins the rankings for this year as a result of his increased visibility on PPP projects. Clients are complimentary about his assistance, saying: "He doesn't tell you what the problem is. He tells you what the solution is." Another client says: "What's most important, he's very patient. He can take the time to explain things to you as many times as necessary." He is most active on regional PPP projects.

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Liniya Prava Law Firm - PPP

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andrey Novakovskiy
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Local team that joins the rankings this year. Offers advisory services to public bodies, including feasibility studies and due diligence. Also acts for state-owned and private companies involved in concession projects.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's client-oriented attitude, praising its ability to handle "complicated issues," with "reasonable prices and round-the-clock availability when projects are underway."

Work highlights Advised Vnukovo International Airport on a concession agreement for maintenance and development of airfield infrastructure at Vnukovo airport.

Acted for Volgograd regional authorities, assisting with preparation for the concession of a water supply and sewage system in Volgograd.

Significant clients Federal Center for Project Finance, StroyServisCentr.

Notable practitioners

Andrey Novakovskiy is the key contact for clients.

Department profile by Liniya Prava Law Firm

Professional expertise of Liniya Prava’s Project Finance and PPP team comprise legal advice on elaborating financing structures of various complexity and drafting finance documentation, in particular security documentation, bonds issuing documentation, lender’s direct agreements. Within project finance and infrastructure finance LP Law Firm has experience of delivering advice both to private and public parties.

LP lawyers are also best known for ability to negotiate and structure complex PPP transactions, find creative solutions to such difficult issues as land, tax, antitrust issues.

LP experience includes:

  • more than 17 years of presence in the Russian market
  • more than 300 projects with state participation, including 25 PPPs
  • support on concession-based projects, PPPs, corporate partnership projects
  • amount of funds raised through offerings during the last 5 years is more than RUB 1.3 billion, including more than 60 billion raised in 2016
  • support on infrastructure projects in automotive, airport infrastructure, public transport, utilities, healthcare, fitness and sports, tourism and leisure, waste recycling etc.
  • advising private investors, state (municipal) authorities and financing parties on PPP projects

In the course of this practice LP Law Firm prepares a PPP project implementation proposal for consideration, including preliminary assessment of PPP risks and advantages.

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Eminent Practitioner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Innokenty Ivanov is one of Russia's most respected PPP lawyers, with sources saying: "Innokenty stands out as the true guru of Russian PPP." He lends his extensive experience to complex infrastructure deals. Sources add: "He has a strategic vision." 

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Band 1

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olga Revzina is one of Russia's leading PPP lawyers. "She is active, she's done PPP historically, and she's still doing it now," a source reports. Interviewees also praise her experience working on projects outside Moscow and St Petersburg. "She is proactive and commercially sensitive. She has a good understanding of practical and political realities in dealing with Russian regional authorities."

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Band 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Top-ranked Fedor Teselkin advises on a broad range of PPP matters. A client reports: "He's very experienced and good at negotiating," adding that "he pushes us all to agree on a fair compromise" and "tries to match our interests to those of the other parties." Another client highlights his "hands-on approach to projects and creative thinking." He leads on the firm's most important long-running projects.

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Band 2

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Dolgov is a highly regarded PPP practitioner. Interviewees highlight his activity and "good track record," adding: "He understands the theoretical issues. He can talk easily about any aspect of PPP."

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Vegas Lex

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Albert Eganyan is a well-respected figure in the PPP sphere. He oversees the department and is often instructed by contracting authorities and state-owned companies.

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Band 2

Kachkin & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Denis Kachkin is a well-recognised figure in PPP projects, particularly in relation to planned investment in St Petersburg as well as other Russian regions outside Moscow. "He's very thorough and has a very good understanding of how projects function in the Russian landscape." Another interviewee adds that he is "very knowledgeable of the realities of Russian regional PPP projects."

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Band 3

Victoria Bortkevicha

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victoria Bortkevicha is a respected banking lawyer with significant project finance expertise. She regularly represents creditors in major infrastructure projects.

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Capital Legal Services International LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pavel Karpunin principally represents contracting authorities in PPP projects implemented outside Moscow. "He offers suggestions on how to solve problems, and he's creative. I like that. And he's nice," a client reports.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ilya Skripnikov assists clients with PPP projects and is particularly visible in new transport projects in Moscow as well as the Russian regions. "He's someone who knows the practicalities," a source says. Another client highlights his efficiency.

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Julia Voskoboinikova

Linklaters CIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julia Voskoboinikova is a financing lawyer who also has significant practical experience in project financing. Sources say she is a "very diligent and knowledgeable lawyer and a nice person to deal with." She regularly represents major domestic banks as lenders in large PPP projects.

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Up and Coming

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Roman Churakov is closely involved in the firm's key projects. "He readily goes the extra mile in order to secure his client's position," a source reports.

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Up and Coming

RODIN & PARTNERS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Since publication, Artem Rodin has joined RODIN & PARTNERS.

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Up and Coming

Lecap

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yury Tuktarov joins the rankings for this year as a result of his increased visibility on PPP projects. Clients are complimentary about his assistance, saying: "He doesn't tell you what the problem is. He tells you what the solution is." Another client says: "What's most important, he's very patient. He can take the time to explain things to you as many times as necessary." He is most active on regional PPP projects.

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Associates to watch

Konstantin Makarevich

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Konstantin Makarevich is involved in the firm's key PPP projects. Sources note his speed and practical approach.

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