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PPP — Russia


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - PPP Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Exceptional team active on all sides of large-scale PPP projects. Acts as lead adviser to banks involved in financing, as well as representing contracting authorities and bidders in major projects. Assists with project refinancing and the sale of PPP assets. Particularly active in the transportation and utilities sectors.

Strengths Many sources confirm the team's leading role in PPP, with one elaborating: "They are, in our view, the most experienced legal team for Russian infrastructure projects in the market," adding: "Their advice is always reliable, business-oriented and very practical."

Work highlights Advised International Airport Sheremetyevo on the USD500 million project to renew parts of infrastructure of the airport.

Represented football club Zenit in the USD1 billion project for the construction and operation of the football stadium Zenit-Arena.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Innokenty Ivanov is a highly recognised, long-established name in the Russian PPP sector. He has extensive experience in structuring and implementing major infrastructure projects in the transportation, energy and utilities sectors.

Fedor Teselkin is a leading practitioner advising key players on major infrastructure projects. In addition to his in-depth knowledge of the sector, sources note his pragmatic approach and describe him as "a great negotiator and great leader."

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Herbert Smith Freehills - PPP Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-level team advising on all facets of PPP instructions, representing bidders, state bodies and lenders. Concession agreements and EPC contracts are particular areas of strength. Holds substantive expertise in transportation, utilities and socially oriented projects.

Strengths Sources recognise the team as one of the best in the market. "They are the leaders in the Russian infrastructure market," a client says, adding that the strength of the team is the "ability to combine PPP expertise with other practices, specifically private equity and project finance."

Clients distinguish the team for its strategic approach, with one specifically noting: "They know how to meet our current business needs and manage to focus on the bigger picture at the same time."

Work highlights Represented Bashkir Concession Company in a tender regarding the construction of a road network in the city of Ufa valued at RUB24.6 billion.

Notable practitioners

Department head Olga Revzina is a top-ranked practitioner with many years of proven expertise in infrastructure development projects. She advises public clients as well as lenders and subcontractors. Sources praise her constructive approach and extensive experience.

Roman Churakov is a senior associate who assists both private and public sector clients with a variety of PPP projects.

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Capital Legal Services International LLC - PPP Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established PPP team particularly active in regional projects. Represents both state-owned companies and private clients. Assists with concession agreements and EPC contracts, mostly in relation to the transport sector. Visible in PPP projects related to the development of healthcare facilities and is also involved in several federal projects.

Strengths Sources note the team for its pragmatic approach. "They understand the specific interests of each side and know what risks are involved," a client says.

Interviewees highlight the team's attention to detail. "They are very meticulous when it comes to detail," a source says admiringly.

Work highlights Advised VTB Capital on the implementation of the construction of the Perm bypass road.

Represented Novaport in a PPP project for the reconstruction of airfield facilities of Perm International Airport.

Notable practitioners

Department head Pavel Karpunin has a strong track record in assisting with significant PPP projects across the Russian regions. He also handles federal projects, particularly those based in the firm's home ground of St Petersburg. "He tries to solve problems in the right way and reduce legal risks," a client says.

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Hogan Lovells (CIS) - PPP Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assists both the public and private sides with a wide array of regional and federal PPP projects. Acts on projects in various industries, including transportation and waste disposal, as well as the development of sports and healthcare facilities. Advises on concession agreements and project financing issues. Represents municipalities and purpose-created funds, government-owned companies and creditors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the responsiveness and focused advice, with a source saying: "Their advice is always straight to the point and tailored to our commercial needs."

Work highlights Assisted Sberbank with the drafting of model legal documentation to be used for concession projects financed by the bank.

Advised Fund for Development of Khanty-Mansy Autonomous District on the development of documentation to be used for PPP projects in the region.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Dolgov is a well-established lawyer offering significant expertise in PPP projects, including project financing aspects. Sources appreciate his proactive approach and strong leadership skills.

Konstantin Makarevich is a senior associate who is highly involved in the team's key projects.

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Kachkin & Partners - PPP Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for St Petersburg-based team at a domestic firm with extensive experience in 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. Represents clients in a variety of projects ranging from road and railway construction to development of social and healthcare facilities.

Strengths Clients value the team for its practical knowledge of PPP projects, with one of them emphasising: "The team has broad experience of PPP projects, which allows them to plan ahead and be extremely business-oriented and comfortable to work with."

Work highlights Advised North Caucasus Development Corporation on the project to develop a health tourism destination and infrastructure in the region valued at RUB160 billion.

Assisted XXI Century with its bid submission for the project on the reconstruction and operation of the Leningrad Regional Medical Rehabilitation Centre.

Notable practitioners

Denis Kachkin is a well-regarded PPP lawyer who is active in regional as well as federal projects. Sources note his involvement in the development of the legislative framework for PPP projects.

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Clifford Chance - PPP Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established team known for representing lenders in major PPP projects. Acts on Moscow-based as well as regional matters, developing strategic projects in energy, healthcare and transportation. Client roster includes major domestic and international financial organisations.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's dedication, with one saying that the team is "proactive, and they always meet deadlines."

Work highlights Advised VTB on the financing side of the development of a prenatal centre in Surgut.

Notable practitioners

Victoria Bortkevicha is an established banking lawyer with significant expertise in the financial side of PPP projects. She represents major lenders in federal-level PPP projects.

About the Team (content provided 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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Dentons - PPP Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Maintains a client roster of regional and city governments as well as state-owned companies and investors. Acts on major infrastructure and transportation PPP projects. Assists with concession agreements, due diligence, contractual and financing matters. Increasingly visible in regional projects.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's dedication and quick turnaround times. "It's a very hard-working team: they can dig into documentation very fast and they were extremely helpful," a client says, adding: "They worked long hours, even during weekends."

Work highlights Advised the government of Arkhangelsk region on issues connected with a potential concession tender to design, finance, build and operate a new seaport in Arkhangelsk.

Advised China Shandong International Economic & Technical Co-operation Group on a potential acquisition of shares in the existing concessionaire for the third section of the Central Ring Road in the Moscow region.

Notable practitioners

Karina Chichkanova is a key contact for clients.

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Linklaters CIS - PPP Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong finance-focused practice group 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. Has substantial expertise in transport infrastructure projects.

Strengths Sources recognise the team's ongoing involvement in PPP on the lender's side. "They have a dedicated team that deals with PPP," a source confirms.

Notable practitioners

Julia Voskoboinikova is a finance lawyer with a track record of assisting creditors with significant transport infrastructure projects. Sources describe her as "a good negotiator."

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Vegas Lex - PPP Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 Assisted Russian Railways with the preparation of infrastructure proposals to the government in a high-value Northern Latitudinal Railway project.

Notable practitioners

Albert Eganyan is an experienced practitioner recognised for his long-established presence in PPP field, often assisting government-owned companies and regional authorities with the development of significant projects.

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CMS - PPP Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded PPP practice group predominantly acting for bidders and contractors. Increasingly visible in the renewable energy and waste sectors. Also involved in major transport projects. Has a client base of domestic and international companies.

Work highlights Advised WTE Wassertechnik on the EUR50 million project concerning the modernisation of the potable water treatment facility West Water Treatment Plant in Moscow.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Francois Marquaire is a key contact for clients.

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LECAP - PPP Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Represents state-owned and private clients in mostly regional PPP projects. Particularly active in projects relating to waste disposal and recycling systems as well as heating. Provides due diligence, tender documentation and concession agreement support.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's responsiveness, stating that "they are very fast" and "very effective."

Work highlights Advised Ecology-Novosibirsk on the creation of a communal waste disposal infrastructure system for the city of Novosibirsk and the region that included four waste management facilities.

Notable practitioners

Department head Yuri Tuktarov is a well-regarded lawyer with notable experience in acting on regional PPP projects in waste disposal. One client praises him for his understanding of commercial PPP aspects, saying: "He often generates ideas and solutions that are based on several considerations, not merely legal."

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Liniya Prava Law Firm - PPP Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers particular expertise in financial instruments used in PPP projects. Provides advisory services to public bodies, including feasibility studies, risks analysis and due diligence. Also acts for state-owned and private companies involved in concession projects.

Strengths Clients note the team's availability, with one saying: "They are ready to react immediately. It is always a pleasure to work with this team. "

Notable practitioners

Andrey Novakovskiy is a key contact for clients.

About the Team (content provided 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 a highly recognised, long-established name in the Russian PPP sector. He has extensive experience in structuring and implementing major infrastructure projects in the transportation, energy and utilities sectors.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Olga Revzina is a top-ranked practitioner with many years of proven expertise in infrastructure development projects. She advises public clients as well as lenders and subcontractors. Sources praise her constructive approach and extensive experience.

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Band 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fedor Teselkin is a leading practitioner advising key players on major infrastructure projects. In addition to his in-depth knowledge of the sector, sources note his pragmatic approach and describe him as "a great negotiator and great leader."

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Band 2

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Dolgov is a well-established lawyer offering significant expertise in PPP projects, including project financing aspects. Sources appreciate his proactive approach and strong leadership skills.

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Band 2

Vegas Lex

From the Chambers Europe guide

Albert Eganyan is an experienced practitioner recognised for his long-established presence in PPP field, often assisting government-owned companies and regional authorities with the development of significant projects.

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Band 2

Kachkin & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Denis Kachkin is a well-regarded PPP lawyer who is active in regional as well as federal projects. Sources note his involvement in the development of the legislative framework for PPP projects.

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Band 3

Victoria Bortkevicha

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victoria Bortkevicha is an established banking lawyer with significant expertise in the financial side of PPP projects. She represents major lenders in federal-level PPP projects.

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Band 3

Capital Legal Services International LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Pavel Karpunin has a strong track record in assisting with significant PPP projects across the Russian regions. He also handles federal projects, particularly those based in the firm's home ground of St Petersburg. "He tries to solve problems in the right way and reduce legal risks," a client says.

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Band 3

RODIN & PARTNERS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Artem Rodin of RODIN & PARTNERS is a well-regarded lawyer advising both domestic and international clients on all legal aspects of PPP projects in the energy, transportation, public utilities and healthcare sectors.

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Band 3

EY

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ilya Skripnikov of Ernst & Young is a reputable practitioner involved in major infrastructure projects, offering notable expertise in the technical and financial aspects of PPP projects. Market sources recognise his long involvement in the sector and note his "encyclopaedic knowledge."

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Julia Voskoboinikova

Linklaters CIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julia Voskoboinikova is a finance lawyer with a track record of assisting creditors with significant transport infrastructure projects. Sources describe her as "a good negotiator."

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Up and Coming

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roman Churakov is a senior associate who assists both private and public sector clients with a variety of PPP projects.

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Up and Coming

Konstantin Makarevich

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Konstantin Makarevich is a senior associate who is highly involved in the team's key projects.

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Up and Coming

LECAP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Yuri Tuktarov is a well-regarded lawyer with notable experience in acting on regional PPP projects in waste disposal. One client praises him for his understanding of commercial PPP aspects, saying: "He often generates ideas and solutions that are based on several considerations, not merely legal."

^ See whole ranking table