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Real Estate — Russia


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading domestic team boasting a full-service real estate offering. Excellent track record in large-scale construction and development mandates, including major infrastructure projects. Active in high-value acquisitions and disposals of commercial property portfolios. Also regularly instructed on leasing issues and advises on real estate financing and contentious matters. Acts for major global and local companies from a variety of sectors as well as real estate developers and investors.

Strengths Clients highly value the quality of advice, with one emphasising: "They are very accurate at analysing tasks and they give very practical advice," while another client describes the lawyers as "creative and client-oriented."

Work highlights Represented Raven Russia in the USD86 million acquisition of a warehouse and two office buildings in St Petersburg from EPI Russia I Ky.

Advised Rossium Concern on the acquisition of a 90.99% stake in OPIN from ONEXIM Group.

Notable practitioners

Vitaly Mozharowski is one of the leading real estate practitioners in Moscow advising clients on investment projects as well as real estate development and construction, including land law matters. "He always offers solutions," a client says, adding that "he is quite creative."

Rustam Aliev is an experienced partner advising clients on real estate transactions. A client describes him as "very accurate, polite and knowledgeable."

Yuri Chernobrivtsev is particularly experienced in representing both landlords and tenants in lease negotiations and transactions. "He is very calm and friendly, but in moments when we had negotiations, he would always support our commercial interests and defend our interests very firmly," a client says.

About the Team (content provided by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP)

Property-related projects are often non-core business for many of our clients. We help them navigate through unfamiliar and complicated matters to find a viable solution. The resources and practical experience accumulated by our real estate team over many years furnish a solid foundation for our clients, providing them with quality legal services in the commercial real estate area. In addition to our established legal expertise, we have developed innovative management systems and sophisticated information systems, enabling us to implement complex engagements effectively.

Specific expertise includes:

  • Asset acquisition and disposal
  • Greenfield / brownfield projects
  • Development and redevelopment
  • Construction /reconstruction
  • Infrastructure and utilities
  • Law making
  • Leases
  • Asset management
  • Privatisation /public tenders
  • Due diligence
  • Agricultural and forest land use and transactions
  • Zoning and public procedures
  • Subsoil use matters
  • Permits and licences
  • Litigation in real estate

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Clifford Chance - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding transaction-focused team handling some of the biggest real estate M&A, joint ventures and real estate finance deals in the market. Popular choice for cross-border and high-value cases. Also assists with construction-related matters and acts for landlords on leasing issues. Particularly experienced in advising on real estate assets in the office and retail sectors. Prominent client base features domestic and international investors and a number of leading banks. Assists private equity funds with investment into real estate.

Strengths Clients distinguish the department for its pragmatic approach. "They are easy to communicate with, find solutions when in deadlocks and are fast to respond," a client says, adding: "They work efficiently under a significant amount of pressure."

Work highlights Advised Norilsk Nickel on the USD100 million sale of the Class A Legion II office in Moscow to UFG Real Estate.

Represented Vi Holding in the sale of a 25% stake in a joint venture that will undertake a high-value residential development to a consortium of investors.

Notable practitioners

Marc Bartholomy is a highly praised expert with a strong track record in assisting with all aspects of real estate, including construction, financing, leasing and acquisitions. "His huge expertise is very impressive. He knows how to assess risks and behaviour, and how to find solutions," a client says.

Nick Diakoumis is a notable practitioner advising clients on real estate M&A and joint ventures. He also assists with private equity investments in the sector. A client highlights his "ability to find a solution" as well as his creative and unorthodox thinking.

Anna Krutik is an experienced senior associate active in real estate acquisitions as well as development and construction projects. A source describes her as "a very hard-working and reasonable lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Clifford Chance)

Having advised clients across the range of legal issues Clifford Chance is uniquely positioned to anticipate all of the legal, regulatory and contractual issues that can arise, including real estate, construction, finance, corporate and other legal areas. ​

Based on our experience advising parties on the full range of Real Estate-related transactions, we understand the perspectives and interests of all stakeholders and participants including developers, financiers, investors, governmental bodies, sponsors.

Our Moscow office is part of an integrated network of leading individuals, that have the commitment,
resources and know-how to get deals done, whatever and wherever they are.

Forward thinking and commercial in our approach, with a recognised ability to deliver complex deals, we handle the entire property 'life-cycle' from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and
financing through to the divestiture.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in all areas, including:

  • acquisition/disposal
  • joint ventures
  • construction/development
  • financing/refinancing
  • land issues
  • leasing
  • PPP.

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Baker McKenzie - Real Estate Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded team advising on a broad range of real estate matters. Strong track record in representing prominent corporates as landlords and tenants in leasing mandates of offices and industrial premises. Boasts established positions in industrial development projects and is also experienced in construction-related matters. Additionally, assists clients with disputes and insolvency cases involving real estate assets. Handles real estate M&A deals. Acts for notable developers, construction companies and significant domestic and international corporate names, including a number of clients from the pharmaceutical, retail, consumer goods and automotive industries.

Strengths Sources like the team's availability, with a source saying: "We could always contact them and they would advise on appropriate ways of solving issues."

Interviewees also like that advice is presented clearly.

Work highlights Advised Radius Group on a contract regarding the development of a new distribution centre for Auchan.

Advised ASICS as a tenant on the lease of a new Class A office in central Moscow.

Notable practitioners

Konstantine Kouzine is a distinguished real estate specialist advising on M&A transactions and leasing matters. Peers call him an "excellent lawyer" and "a very visible star."

Maxim Kuznechenkov is a well-known real estate lawyer focusing on real estate development and construction mandates as well as property leases. "He tries to find a solution," a client says in summing up his approach.

Alexander Chudnovsky is a senior associate active on construction mandates and real estate transactions. "He is never tired and very supportive, which is exactly what is needed in long, complex transactions," a client says.

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Dentons - Real Estate Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly reputable team with extensive experience in real estate M&A and investment projects. Particularly sought after for large-scale development and construction mandates. Regularly advises on joint ventures and acquisitions and is increasingly active in leasing matters. Represents domestic and international property developers, investors and corporates. A popular choice for cross-border work in the CIS and CEE regions as a result of its extensive network. Notable track record in the hotel, residential property and retail sectors.

Strengths Clients like the team's business-friendly attitude, with a client praising the "practical approach and balanced assessment of risks," while another source notes the team's 24/7 availability.

Work highlights Advised VTB Group on the acquisition of a 90% share in three prestige residential development projects in Moscow from Coalco.

Assisted UFG Real Estate with the USD100 million acquisition of the Class A Legion II office in Moscow from Norilsk Nickel.

Notable practitioners

Sergey Trakhtenberg is an experienced transactional lawyer with a specific focus on real estate M&A, advising both domestic and international funds as well as developers. A client describes him as "very proactive and creative," while another source appreciates his pragmatic and flexible approach to negotiations.

Anna McDonald is a well-experienced real estate lawyer whose track record also includes construction mandates.

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd - Real Estate Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice group covering a range of real estate issues. Advises on real estate M&A and related disputes. Involved in real estate development projects, including construction. Represents major international and local real estate investment funds and retailers, as well as big names in the hospitality sector.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the team's all-encompassing approach, with a client saying: "They are responsive, commercially minded and take the time to understand our needs," adding that "they are technically strong and understand all aspects of the real estate market."

Work highlights Advised a joint venture of Russian Direct Investment Fund and Mubadala on the acquisition of two warehouses in the Novosibirsk and Moscow regions from the PNK Group.

Assisted Fosum International with the acquisition of a retail building and historical office in Moscow, Voentorg.

Notable practitioners

Steffen Kaufmann is a well-regarded lawyer mainly focusing on transactional aspects of the real estate sector advising both local and multinational clientele. "Steffen is a true industry specialist who knows the real estate market inside out, adding a lot of value to our business," comments one of his clients.

Sergey Koltchin has a specific focus on construction, development and land matters, including representing clients in construction of industrial facilities and related conflicts.

Alexey Kolegov supports the team in real estate due diligence, including in construction projects and land rights. An interviewee describes him as "very patient and thoughtful," adding that "he can listen. It's easy to negotiate with him."

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Capital Legal Services International LLC - Real Estate Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed team at a domestic firm that is active in Moscow and the Russian regions. Often instructed on leasing mandates and has a solid track record of assisting with due diligence of land plots as well as construction matters. Popular with domestic and international retailers, developers and other corporates from a range of industries.

Strengths Several clients highlight the team's strong analytical skills, with one of them elaborating: "If we need a detailed response, we would go to them."

Work highlights Assisted an industrial packaging company with the construction of a factory that will produce polythene packaging.

Advised ADG Group on the redevelopment of 39 cinemas into shopping and leisure centres.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Elena Stepanova has notable expertise in land due diligence and assists clients with greenfield construction and turnkey projects. She is also active in the retail sector. "She can apply both theoretical and practical knowledge," a client says, adding: "She can offer solutions." Other sources note her availability and willingness to help.

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Pepeliaev Group - Real Estate Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded domestic team advising international and local clients across a spectrum of real estate matters. Acts on real estate transactions, construction projects and lease agreements. Notable real estate litigation capabilities complemented by its stellar tax practice. Provides due diligence support and day-to-day regulatory advice. Boasts a diverse client base, demonstrating a particularly solid track record in the retail sector. Also acts for companies in the manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths Clients highlight the clarity of advice, with one of them noting: "They explained everything in great detail – all risks and consequences."

Work highlights Assisted Bionorica with the planning for the construction of a pharmaceutical plant in the Voronezh region.

Notable practitioners

Alexey Konevsky advises clients on construction and investment matters, including greenfield and brownfield projects.

Natalya Stenina enters the rankings this year on the back of positive feedback. She assists with transactional and construction matters. "She really knows how to speak," a client says, praising the clarity of advice.

About the Team (content provided by Pepeliaev Group)

Pepeliaev Group's lawyers offer the full package of legal services to both professional players on the real estate market and companies in other industries that need advice on land, real estate and construction issues. Our firm was one of the first in Russia to offer services that involve providing support in transactions with land, meaning that we now have proven, practical techniques at our disposal. At the root of these is our in-depth understanding of the legal realities in Russia. 

We have substantially broadened the geographical scope of our services, providing support on projects in 34 prominent industrial and agricultural centres across Russia. For the past three years the practice's lawyers have succeeded in implementing around 450 projects. The most expensive deal was valued at $ 700m.

Pepeliaev Group’s lawyers have been actively involved in drafting legislative amendments and preparing them for adoption. The items of legislation in question were the Land Code of the Russian Federation and the Law on Transactions with Agricultural Land. 

Key areas of the Practice's activity

  • Real estate transactions
  • Leases
  • Development and construction. Investment projects
  • Mineral resource use. Oil and Gas
  • Environmental protection regulation
  • Representing clients in litigation
  • Legislative drafting in the areas of land raw, real estate, construction, mineral resource use and environmental protection




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    White & Case LLC - Real Estate Department

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    Band 3

    第三等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    What the team is known for Notable team with significant experience of large construction projects, including industrial developments and property for retail, advising on construction, financing and general real estate issues. Provides transactional support, handling the sale and purchase of real property. Also advises on leaseback deals and on construction disputes. Represents real estate-focused private equity funds, developers, retailers and banks.

    Strengths Client are particularly impressed by the lawyers' depth of analysis, with one explaining: "They are deeply involved in each project and they help to develop the most beneficial strategy."

    Clients also highlight their proactive approach and high availability.

    Notable practitioners

    Eminent practitioner Eric Michailov holds substantial expertise in the real estate sector, advising international and local clients on acquisitions and real estate development.

    Counsel Daria Plotnikova focuses on real estate matters assisting clients with transactional mandates and construction projects. "We like that she thinks about client needs, she places herself in the investor position. She is not focusing merely on the legal side of the question but takes into account commercial benefits," a client says.

    About the Team (content provided by White & Case LLC)

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    Herbert Smith Freehills - Real Estate Department

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    第四等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    What the team is known for Well-respected group advising on a range of issues in the real estate arena. Active in refinancing and M&A deals and assists with leases. Also visible in construction projects and related disputes. Represents industrial clients, investors and lenders.

    Strengths Clients value the team's responsiveness and availability. "They reacted to our enquiries very fast," a client says, while another adds: "They are ready to work outside normal working hours."

    Work highlights Assisted ONEXIM Group with the sale of a 90.99% stake in the Russian real estate development company OPIN.

    Continues to advise Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk on the construction, procurement and financing of the Amur Gas Processing Plant.

    Notable practitioners

    Alexei Roudiak is a key contact for clients.

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    Linklaters CIS - Real Estate Department

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    第四等

    Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

    What the team is known for Well-regarded team predominantly representing financial institutions and project developers. Notable track record in advising on commercial and industrial construction and development projects. Handles project finance issues and has experience of real estate asset and share deals.

    Strengths A client praises the team's responsiveness, saying: "I get very prompt and qualified advice even if deadlines are quite strict."

    Work highlights Represented Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat in negotiations with a contractor in respect to the construction of a production facility.

    Notable practitioners

    Lev Loukhton is a key contact for clients.

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    Eminent Practitioner

    White & Case LLC

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Eminent practitioner Eric Michailov holds substantial expertise in the real estate sector, advising international and local clients on acquisitions and real estate development.

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    Band 1

    Clifford Chance

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Marc Bartholomy is a highly praised expert with a strong track record in assisting with all aspects of real estate, including construction, financing, leasing and acquisitions. "His huge expertise is very impressive. He knows how to assess risks and behaviour, and how to find solutions," a client says.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 1

    Konstantine Kouzine

    Baker McKenzie

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Konstantine Kouzine is a distinguished real estate specialist advising on M&A transactions and leasing matters. Peers call him an "excellent lawyer" and "a very visible star."

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    Band 1

    Vitaly Mozharowski

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Vitaly Mozharowski is one of the leading real estate practitioners in Moscow advising clients on investment projects as well as real estate development and construction, including land law matters. "He always offers solutions," a client says, adding that "he is quite creative."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 2

    Maxim Kuznechenkov

    Baker McKenzie

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Maxim Kuznechenkov is a well-known real estate lawyer focusing on real estate development and construction mandates as well as property leases. "He tries to find a solution," a client says in summing up his approach.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Clifford Chance

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Nick Diakoumis is a notable practitioner advising clients on real estate M&A and joint ventures. He also assists with private equity investments in the sector. A client highlights his "ability to find a solution" as well as his creative and unorthodox thinking.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    DLA Piper Rus Ltd

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Steffen Kaufmann is a well-regarded lawyer mainly focusing on transactional aspects of the real estate sector advising both local and multinational clientele. "Steffen is a true industry specialist who knows the real estate market inside out, adding a lot of value to our business," comments one of his clients.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    DLA Piper Rus Ltd

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Sergey Koltchin has a specific focus on construction, development and land matters, including representing clients in construction of industrial facilities and related conflicts.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 3

    Sergey Trakhtenberg

    Dentons

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Sergey Trakhtenberg is an experienced transactional lawyer with a specific focus on real estate M&A, advising both domestic and international funds as well as developers. A client describes him as "very proactive and creative," while another source appreciates his pragmatic and flexible approach to negotiations.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Rustam Aliev is an experienced partner advising clients on real estate transactions. A client describes him as "very accurate, polite and knowledgeable."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Yuri Chernobrivtsev

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Yuri Chernobrivtsev is particularly experienced in representing both landlords and tenants in lease negotiations and transactions. "He is very calm and friendly, but in moments when we had negotiations, he would always support our commercial interests and defend our interests very firmly," a client says.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    DLA Piper Rus Ltd

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Alexey Kolegov supports the team in real estate due diligence, including in construction projects and land rights. An interviewee describes him as "very patient and thoughtful," adding that "he can listen. It's easy to negotiate with him."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Pepeliaev Group

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Alexey Konevsky advises clients on construction and investment matters, including greenfield and brownfield projects.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    King & Spalding

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Olga Kozyr of King & Spalding is a recognised real estate practitioner advising foreign investors and domestic companies on investments and joint ventures as well as greenfield and brownfield projects in real estate.

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    Band 4

    Dentons

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Anna McDonald is a well-experienced real estate lawyer whose track record also includes construction mandates.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Band 4

    Capital Legal Services International LLC

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Practice head Elena Stepanova has notable expertise in land due diligence and assists clients with greenfield construction and turnkey projects. She is also active in the retail sector. "She can apply both theoretical and practical knowledge," a client says, adding: "She can offer solutions." Other sources note her availability and willingness to help.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Up and Coming

    Clifford Chance

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Anna Krutik is an experienced senior associate active in real estate acquisitions as well as development and construction projects. A source describes her as "a very hard-working and reasonable lawyer."

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Up and Coming

    White & Case LLC

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Counsel Daria Plotnikova focuses on real estate matters assisting clients with transactional mandates and construction projects. "We like that she thinks about client needs, she places herself in the investor position. She is not focusing merely on the legal side of the question but takes into account commercial benefits," a client says.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Up and Coming

    Pepeliaev Group

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Natalya Stenina enters the rankings this year on the back of positive feedback. She assists with transactional and construction matters. "She really knows how to speak," a client says, praising the clarity of advice.

    ^ See whole ranking table

    Associates to watch

    Alexander Chudnovsky

    Baker McKenzie

    From the Chambers Europe guide

    Alexander Chudnovsky is a senior associate active on construction mandates and real estate transactions. "He is never tired and very supportive, which is exactly what is needed in long, complex transactions," a client says.

    ^ See whole ranking table