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Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability — Russia


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Murat Akuyev and Scott Senecal
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading team acting on major domestic and cross-border transactions. Represents blue-chip natural resources, TMT and retail companies in large-scale corporate transactions and joint venture agreements in Russia and abroad. Maintains a client roster of significant domestic corporates as well as foreign names, including Middle Eastern companies. Strategic investment in energy companies has been a particularly active side of the practice lately.

Strengths Clients praise the diligence and commercial outlook of the team, with one source describing them as "outstanding," elaborating: "They picked up the work very quickly and were very proactive. They are very efficient and practical, they understand our business needs and their advice was reliable." The client adds that the lawyers were also "good in negotiations."

Work highlights Acted for the Qatar Investment Authority on its co-acquisition with Glencore of a 19.5% stake in Rosneft for EUR10.2 billion.

Represented SIBUR in the disposal of a 10% shareholding in the company to the Silk Road Fund.

Significant Clients Gazprom, MegaFon, Nexans, Owens Corning, Lenta.

Notable practitioners

US-qualified Scott Senecal is described as "a quality lawyer with a lot of energy and dedication to his client." Sources highlight his exceptional market insight: "He brings added value to the client beyond just legal advice, he's a fount of knowledge." He boasts extensive experience in high-value, cross-border transactions.

Murat Akuyev is a top-ranked capital markets lawyer who enters the corporate/M&A ranking as a result of regularly handling significant M&A matters. He receives recognition for his pragmatic and business-oriented approach and is also described as "creative, solution-oriented and fast."

Interviewees describe Yulia Solomakhina as someone who "can find solutions." She regularly assists domestic blue-chip companies with large-scale transactions. A source says she has "a deep understanding of Russian peculiarities, the way decisions are made," adding: "You can always talk through the problem with her, it's not just a box-ticking exercise."

Clients appreciate Mikhail Suvorov's commercial and pragmatic problem-solving skills. "He's very business-oriented; he listens to the client's needs and then helps us to find the solution to the issues we have." He is an M&A lawyer and recently acted for Nexans on its sale of a Russian subsidiary to Impex Electro.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Innokenty Ivanov
- 7 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptional team principally acting for major Russian corporations on cross-border and domestic transactions and joint venture agreements. Often works for domestic clients in the industrial and energy sectors. Additionally, active in the infrastructure and financial sectors, where the team typically represents international clients. Recent activity included advising on strategic investment into several Russian airports.

Strengths Sources are quick to note the team's pragmatism, with one stating: "They focus on getting deals done. They have a flexible and pragmatic approach to solving complex legal matters."

Clients also appreciate the industrious nature of the team. "They're able to transform unrealistic deadlines into real timelines whilst also maintaining attention to detail," an interviewee admires.

Work highlights Advised a consortium of Fraport, VTB Capital and Copelouzos Group on the EUR239 million sale of a 24.9% stake in Thalita Trading to the Qatar Investment Authority.

Acted for Changi Airports International on the acquisition of shares in Vladivostok International Airport that was carried out in a consortium with RDIF and Basic Element.

Significant Clients Polyus, Severstal.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Igor Gerber is a highly respected M&A lawyer noted for his "strong commitment and understanding of the transactional environment in Russia." He regularly acts on high-value transactions and assisted SAFMAR Financial Group with its acquisition of an online retailer, Eldorado, from Emma Omega and PPF Group.

Dmitry Surikov has a strong reputation for his transactional experience. He regularly acts for major domestic industrial corporates as well as retailers on high-value cross-border and domestic projects.

Anthony Walker joined the firm from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in March 2017. He is a UK-qualified partner assisting the team with English law transactions.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Allen Hanen, Alexei Rudiak and Evgeny Zelensky
- 6 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding M&A team active boasting a vibrant cross-border transactional practice alongside its market-leading domestic track record. Acts for global companies and financial institutions as well as Russian corporations, including a number of Russian privately-owned company groups. Recent client wins include major Chinese corporates. Strong track record in significant cross-border and domestic joint ventures as well as private equity transactions.

Strengths Clients applaud the team's commercial approach, describing it as "very flexible and always adapts to our needs. They are always able to efficiently get the deal through to signing, even in the tough and challenging negotiations environment."

The international credentials of the team are also highlighted as a key strength, with sources noting the team's "good combination of Russian and English law on the ground, and they have good ties to the Asian markets."

Work highlights Advised Beijing Gas Group on its USD1.1 billion acquisition of a 20% stake in Verkhnechonskneftegaz from Rosneft.

Represented the Silk Road Fund in its purchase of a 10% stake in SIBUR.

Acted for Russian pharmacy chain 36,6, on its acquisition of the Walgreens Boots Alliance's Russian distribution business.

Significant Clients Kraft Heinz, Marubeni Corporation, United Capital Partners, VTB Capital.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Alexei Roudiak is a highly respected transactional lawyer. "He has top-quality negotiation skills. He is an exceptional strategic adviser and a good-humoured team leader too," a source says. He maintains a client roster of major domestic corporates, which he represents in domestic and cross-border mandates. He advised Onexim Group on the sale of its 20% stake in Uralkali to Dmitry Lobyak.

London-based Tomasz Wozniak focuses on the Russian market and is regularly instructed by Russian corporates. He acted for Interros on its USD278 million sale of a 50% stake in Rambler & Co.

Evgeny Zelensky is best known for his credentials in the private equity sector and also assists with general M&A and corporate matters. "If we have a problem I always think of him and he always has an idea," a source says, while another interviewee describes him as "very hands-on, diligent and extremely hard-working." He recently represented shareholders of Morton Group in the sale of the company to Horus Capital.

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Linklaters CIS - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Denis Uvarov
- 5 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptional team with an enviable cross-border transactional practice. Advises international and Russian corporates on acquisitions and disposals of Russian assets. Works with clients from a variety of sectors, including finance and pharmaceuticals. Particularly active of late in energy deals, where the team represents leading Russian corporate names.

Strengths Clients particularly appreciate the team's dedication, stating: "You know you'll always get a response; they're prompt, they never delay. So they're a big asset in terms of reliability and commitment."

Work highlights Acted for Rosneft on the sale of a 20% stake in Verkhnechonskneftegaz to Beijing Gas Group.

Represented Rosneft in the sale of a 23.9% stake in Vankorneft to the consortium of Indian investors comprising India Oil, Indian Oil Corporation and Bharat PetroResources.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Dominic Sanders is a UK-qualified M&A lawyer involved in high-value and complex mandates, lending his experience to significant international corporates active in the Russian market.

Grigory Gadzhiev is highly noted for his experience of handling transactions in the natural resources market. He regularly acts for major Russian energy corporates on cross-border transactions. Sources describe him as "a highly thought of, very strong lawyer."

Denis Uvarov acts for a broad range of clients, across the pharmaceutical, energy and retail sectors. He regularly assists clients with both joint venture structuring and transactional projects. Sources widely acknowledge him as "a recognised figure" and a long-established name in the market.

US-qualified Lev Loukhton represents a broad range of international clients active on the domestic market. "He doesn't just highlight the risk, he comes to you with the solution at the same time," a source says, while another interviewee adds: "He's really calm and always has a cool head."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Alexey Kiyashko and Dmitri Kovalenko
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-tier highly integrated London-Moscow team acting on major M&A and going-private transactions. Representing global companies with interests in Russia as well as Russian corporates from the natural resources and technology sectors. Acts for a number of privately owned company groups. Benefits from its strong standing in private equity-driven deals.

Strengths Clients appreciate the commercial-minded approach of the team, with one stating: "We use Skadden when we need lawyers who do more than just provide legal advice. They understand business and commercial needs inside out, and are real experts in creating and executing strategies that are practical as well as effective."

Sources note the team's dedication. "They make sure everyone is happy all the time, they always provide a high quality of legal work; they're very timely, very responsive and very practical. They tailor their legal advice to us," a client says.

Work highlights Advised Otkritie Holding on its USD1.45 billion acquisition of Arkhangelskgeoldobycha from LUKOIL.

Assisted Horus Real Estate Fund with its acquisition of Morton Group and the subsequent sale of Morton Group to PIK Group.

Notable practitioners

Dmitri Kovalenko advises major domestic and international corporates on a wide array of transactional matters. "He offers strategic advice, like how to address a particular scenario considering his market knowledge," a source says, adding: "He's very approachable, very practical and can distil concepts into clear recommendations."

UK-qualified managing partner of the London office Pranav Trivedi receives universal praise for his close involvement in the firm's Russian practice. One impressed source says: "He's the man you want to work with on any international deal." Another interviewee highlights his vast experience in the region: "He has decades of experience in Russia and is brilliant on anything requiring a US or international angle."

Alexey Kiyashko regularly acts for Russian companies on transactional mandates and is reputed by international clients for his insight into the Russian market. A source says: "He can marry the international expectations with the Russian reality, he's the man you want on a large-scale M&A."

UK-qualified counsel Robin Marchant enters the rankings this year. He principally assists Russian corporates with domestic transactions as well as acting on cross-border joint-venture mandates for both international and domestic clients. "He's diligent and very responsive and he knows how to reflect Russian business needs," a client says.

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White & Case LLC - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Andrei Dontsov
- 6 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Remarkable transactional and advisory team which represents clients in complex high-value transactions as well as corporate structuring and joint venture projects. Acts for TMT clients as well as energy and financial services companies. Particularly strong standing among Russian blue-chip natural resources companies.

Strengths Clients are quick to comment on the cross-border strength of the department. A client highlights the team's "innovative approach, multi-jurisdiction experience, 24/7 support." Another client adds: "They have a great team in the Moscow office and have great connections globally."

Work highlights Acted for Rosneftegaz on the sale of a 19.5% stake in Rosneft to a consortium of global investors comprising Qatar Investment Authority and Glencore.

Represented MegaFon in the USD740 million acquisition of a majority stake in Mail.Ru.

Significant Clients Credit Suisse, MIH Russia Internet, Mubadala, Rostelecom, SIBUR.

Notable practitioners

Australian, UK and US-qualified Eric Michailov is a towering figure in the Moscow market. He lends his knowledge to international corporates involved in complex transactions who say he is "always responsive." Another source says: "Eric knows everything about everything in Moscow." He splits his time between the Moscow and London offices.

Igor Ostapets focuses on transactions in the energy sector, regularly working for blue-chip domestic oil and gas corporates. He brings his depth of experience to high-value, large-scale transactions. "He's client-oriented, he co-ordinates projects very well and he's very responsive," a source says.

Andrei Dontsov is a top-ranked transactional lawyer assisting clients with strategic transactions in a variety of sectors.

Düsseldorf-based, UK and German-qualified Hermann Schmitt remains an active figure in the Moscow market, advising European clients on Russia-bound transactions and joint ventures. He assists European financial institutions with transactions and joint ventures as well as German corporates, including automotive firms, on corporate matters in Russia.

Nikolay Feoktistov enters the rankings this year. He wins praise for his client-oriented and pragmatic approach: "When he comes across difficult issues, he will not say it does not work, he will look for creative solutions."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of practice: Natalia Baratiants, Suren Gortsunyan and Vladimir Kouznetsov
- 3 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong team providing high-quality advice to major Russian corporate names in the natural resources and TMT sectors. Acts on high-value M&A transactions, joint venture projects and private equity-driven deals.

Strengths Clients applaud the well-rounded team, appreciating that "they have high-quality staff below the partners, and they're efficient and good at drafting." A client highlights the "quick turnaround" times and solid quality of advice.

Sources also note the team's international offering: "They have a good domestic law practice with some American flavour."

Work highlights Acted for USM Holdings on its sale of a USD740 million stake in Mail.Ru to MegaFon.

Advised UFG Private Equity on its acquisition of a 25% stake in the Animaccord Animation Studio.

Assisted Sistema with its USD133.5 million sale of a 23.1% share in Detsky Mir Group to the Russia-China Investment Fund.

Significant Clients Baring Vostok, LUKOIL, O1 Properties, UTair, Trivon Communications.

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Kouznetsov acts for a client base of major domestic corporates from a variety of industries, with particular activity in the telecoms sector. Sources state: "He's very good in negotiations and drafting; overall he's a very talented lawyer."

UK-qualified Suren Gortsunyan is an established corporate practitioner, acting on transactions, joint ventures and advisory mandates for a broad range of clients. One enthusiastic source says: "He's very business-oriented, he's very pragmatic and very commercial," adding: "He gives us very specific, tailored advice."

UK-qualified Daniel Walsh is a London-based partner who remains focused on the Russian market. He regularly offers cross-border support and international advice to major Russian corporates. He has particular experience in the natural resources and telecoms markets. "He has real expertise in Russia and the CIS doing M&A," a source confirms.

Natalia Baratiants specialises in the natural resources sector. She regularly acts for major domestic oil and gas corporates on high-value transactions as well as providing joint venture structuring and advisory services. She frequently advises LUKOIL.

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ALRUD Law Firm - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Alexander Zharskiy
- 3 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected domestic firm that is a popular choice for co-operation among international law firms without a Russian presence. Regularly provides high-level domestic law support on cross-border and domestic transactions and joint ventures. Additionally, advises a broad Russian client base from a variety of industry sectors, including acting on corporate restructuring and governance matters.

Strengths Sources highlight the client-focused approach of the team, with one client describing it as "methodical, constructive, very much involved and available."

Work highlights Advised Kansai Paint on the Russian law aspects of its cross-border acquisition of Helios Group.

Assisted Puma Energy with the creation of a joint venture with Rostovairoinvest.

Significant Clients Mechel, OBI, Schlumberger, TOTVS, Gazprom Neft.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Vassily Rudomino principally acts for major, blue-chip international clients from a variety of industries. He provides strategic insight into the domestic market, advising on transactions, joint ventures and corporate matters.

Alexander Zharskiy is a well-regarded corporate practitioner. "You need to be able to see the commercial picture of the negotiations and to be able to weigh the client interests against the risks and he's one of the best at this," a client says, while another adds: "He was very protective of our interests and was very tough in negotiations."

Anton Dzhuplin advances through the rankings this year. He acts on corporate mandates, representing local and international clients in transactions and joint venture projects. A source describes him as "hard-working, client-oriented and always ready to help," while another adds that "he was able to deliver on very short notice."

About the Team (content provided by ALRUD Law Firm)

ALRUD Corporate and M&A team is one of the largest and strongest on M&A market in Russia. Corporate and M&A work is at the heart of our firm practice. The leading local and international ranking agencies recognize the outstanding quality of our advice and claims our lawyers as leaders on the market.
Alexander Zharskiy, ALRUD Partner and Head of the practice is recognized as leading expert in this area.
For more than 25 years, we are involved in many of the largest, most complicated M&A transactions in Russia and abroad. The mainstream of our Corporate practice is buying and selling companies and supporting M&A and JV transactions.
We offer full range of legal services on corporate matters: M&A, public takeovers, private equity, on-shore and off-shore joint ventures and partnerships/alliances, direct foreign investments and business set-up, corporate reorganization and group restructuring, corporate governance and directors’ liability, advice on shareholders rights and their protection.
Our lawyers are supported by strong teams in other practice areas. Hence we are able to thoroughly evaluate all details of the transaction and ensure that each topic in financing, taxation, employment, intellectual property, real estate, antitrust and other regulatory fields is well covered.
Our clients include blue-chip multinationals, privately owned companies and Russian State-owned enterprises. Outside of our domestic market, our clients are spread across Europe, Asia, North and South America.

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Baker McKenzie - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of practice: Maxim Kalinin and Sergei Voitishkin
- 11 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A highly regarded team known for representing international clients in cross-border M&A. Strong sector expertise in pharmaceuticals, natural resources and TMT. Maintains a strong client roster of Russian corporates, particularly in the natural resources sector. Benefits from its global and regional presence in CIS and CEE countries.

Strengths Client care is highlighted as a key strength of the team: "They explain to us how the law works, so they helped us to understand the process. They were good at building a rapport with the other side. They helped make the process friendly."

Work highlights Advised Walgreens Boots Alliance on the sale of its Russian wholesale business, Alliance Healthcare, to a Russian pharmacy chain 36,6 in a share swap transaction which resulted in Walgreens Boots Alliance owning a 15% stake in 36,6.

Acted for Egmont on the sale of its Russian company to the Russian management.

Significant Clients ArcelorMittal, Cargill, Condé Nast, Novatek, Renault.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Sergei Voitishkin oversees the practice, providing advice on more complex mandates. He lends his expertise to corporate restructurings and high-value, cross-border transactions. Sources note his extensive knowledge: "When we had some big problems, he was involved. He has a lot of experience of how things work in Russia."

Dmitry Marchan advances through the rankings as a result of increased visibility and positive feedback. "He understands what we want and he explains to us the right way to work in Russia," a client says. He often works for aerospace and media clients on a wide range of corporate mandates.

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Baker McKenzie’s lawyers have helped clients structure and execute complex corporate transactions in Russia for over 25 years. The Firm works on every stage of a deal, from structuring, due diligence investigations and negotiation through execution, implementation and post-deal integration. Baker McKenzie has recently closed a number of high-profile deals in the Russian market, including in the pharma sector and the mass-media. Its Corporate and M&A team includes leading practices in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare, oil and gas, mining, and IT and communications areas. The Corporate and M&A team works closely with the Firm’s non-transactional practices (e.g. antitrust and competition, compliance, intellectual property, real estate and tax) to serve as a one-stop shop for all types of M&A, joint ventures, reorganizations and other transactions for the world’s biggest corporations and their financial advisers, as well as local companies. The Moscow team regularly advises clients on outbound investments. With its reach to more than 4,250 locally admitted lawyers in 77 offices across the Firm's worldwide network, the Moscow M&A team is able to efficiently coordinate work on large-scale multi-jurisdictional projects, remaining main point of contact for the client.

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Baker Botts LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of practice: Maxim Levinson
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent team focused on transactional mandates. Advises a client pool of predominantly Russian blue-chip companies on M&A and joint venture projects across a wide range of sectors. Visible across industries such as banking, natural resources, TMT and agriculture.

Strengths Sources praise the team's commercial approach. "They really provide support not just from the purely legal perspective, but with some commercial insights that they can offer from their experience," a client says, adding: "I like their very fast implementation of what we want from them." Another source adds: "They have a broad legal and commercial view. They are not afraid of tough deadlines."

Work highlights Advised Sovcombank on its USD354 million acquisition of Metcombank.

Assisted Belaya Dacha with establishing a joint venture with Lamb Weston/Meijer.

Significant Clients Gazprombank, IFC, Rosneft.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Maxim Levinson is a market-leading M&A lawyer acting for clients across a variety of industry sectors. "He thinks several moves ahead. He brings a lot of commercial experience to the negotiation room and helps to resolve issues in a constructive and non-confrontational manner," a source reports, while another adds: "He's always elbow-deep in projects and always knows the details of the deal."

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Clifford Chance - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of practice: Marc Bartholomy
- 3 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid team acting on significant cross-border and domestic transactions as well as advising on large-value joint venture agreements. Represents blue-chip clients from a variety of sectors, including private equity funds, real estate, pharmaceutical and energy companies. Retains its sterling reputation among financial services clients.

Strengths Clients appreciate the group's client-focused approach. "We like their team, their approach, their abilities and their understanding of us as a client," a source says, while another adds that the team was "very engaged in the negotiations" and also adapted to tight deadlines.

Work highlights Advised ER-Telecom on its RUB3.9 billion acquisition of WestCall from Russia Partners.

Acted for Mondi on its EUR41 million acquisition of Beepack.

Significant Clients GE, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, State Grid Corporation of China, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

Notable practitioners

German-qualified Marc Bartholomy is a well-established name in the Moscow market and is best known for his work on M&A involving real estate assets. "He can build this cultural bridge between us and the local environment," a client says, adding: "He's very good at negotiating and solving issues."

Arthur Iliev provides transactional and corporate support to a core client base of major domestic corporates. "He's always available, always ready to help, he knows everything about what clients expect and what the market realities require," a source says.

About the Team (content provided by Clifford Chance)

Our market-leading corporate team applies our significant local and international experience to a broad range of corporate activities, including the most complex M&A transactions, equity offerings, joint ventures and partnership structures in Russia.

Mergers & Acquisitions

We advise on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, disposals, mergers, de-mergers and are frequently involved in high-value and groundbreaking transactions. We also advise international corporates on all aspects of doing business in Russia, including establishing a presence in various regional
jurisdictions.

Joint Ventures

We advise on the creation, operation and termination of joint ventures and strategic alliances, adding value by combining our experience of structuring complex joint ventures with relevant legal expertise.

Private Equity

We advise international and local private equity funds, investment houses in relation to their acquisitions and disposals, providing corporate, structuring and financing advice. Our global private equity practice is the recognised market leader, and we are at the forefront of developments in the global private equity market.

Corporate Restructuring

We advise on all aspects of restructuring Russian corporate entities, including mandatory letter offers, squeeze-out rules and statutory mergers.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Dmitri Nikiforov
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable team best known for assisting an impressive roster of loyal domestic clients from the natural resources, industrial and aviation sectors with transactional and restructuring mandates. Works in close co-operation with its strong capital markets practice and has particular expertise in assisting with cases that require both M&A and capital markets expertise. Known for acting for many public companies.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's client-oriented approach. "They always meet deadlines, the quality of their work is superb, and they're very flexible in finding solutions for us."

Work highlights Advised Polyus Gold International on its agreement to sell up to a 15% stake in Polyus for USD1.4 billion to a consortium led by Fosun International that also includes its two subsidiaries, Hainan Mining and Zhaojin Mining Industry.

Acted for Norilsk Nickel on the USD158 million sale of a 0.79% stake in the company to Crispian Investments.

Significant Clients Petro Welt Technologies, Polyus, Transneft, Uralkali.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Dmitri Nikiforov remains a towering figure in the Moscow market. He oversees the practice, providing strategic insight and assistance on especially complex transactions and projects.

Alan Kartashkin is known for his hands-on approach to corporate mandates. "He has real attention to detail but still doesn't lose the big picture on a deal, so clients can be sure nothing is lost on the way," a source says. He acts on a broad range of transactional projects.

Natalia Drebezgina predominantly acts for major domestic corporates on large transactional and corporate projects. "She's very diligent and helpful; she's available 24/7. She provides extremely high-quality results and keeps very tough deadlines for us. She is always there to help us," a client says, while another also praises her strategic approach.

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Dentons - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of practice: Mathieu Fabre-Magnan
- 14 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for One of the biggest M&A teams in Moscow, the practice has a broad coverage assisting Russian and global clients with a variety of local and cross-border engagements. Acts on high-value transactions and joint venture deals. Benefits from its extensive global network, housing a number of foreign-qualified lawyers and French and German-speaking teams. Recently assisted a number of Asian clients, including Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean companies. Also regularly instructed by Russian blue-chip companies and acts for industrial, energy, real estate and pharmaceutical companies.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's ability to sum up difficult points. "They are able to explain very difficult Russian law issues in very simple words," a client says.

Work highlights Advised ONGC Videsh on its USD1.3 billion acquisition of a 15% stake in Vankorneft.

Assisted Naspers and Mail.ru with the USD110 million acquisition of Delivery Club.

Significant Clients EuroChem, Expobank, Gazprom, Marubeni, Rusnano.

Notable practitioners

UK-qualified Richard Cowie regularly represents Russian and international financial institutions as well as investment funds on corporate mandates, including transactions and joint venture projects. "He's robust in negotiations and he understands the law well and how it applies commercially. I'd rather have him on my side than against me," a client says, while another adds: "He knows what Russian legal solutions can solve our business needs."

Maria Oleinik acts for major domestic corporates on high-value transactions. "She takes care of relationships, her clients are very loyal," a source says.

US-qualified Christopher Rose boasts a depth of experience in private equity-focused M&A transactions. He divides his time between the Moscow and London offices.

Alexei Zakharko regularly assists financial institutions with transactional mandates, including his recent representation of Expobank in its acquisition of RBS's Russian business. Clients note his strong administrative skills.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Arkady Krasnikhin
- 4 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sizeable team regularly involved in high-profile domestic mandates. Assists with complex restructurings, cross-border joint ventures and M&A deals. Acts for major Russian companies as well as closely co-operating with international law firms. Team includes UK-qualified lawyers.

Strengths Sources are quick to note the client-oriented approach and dedication of the team, with one stating: "They don't just consult, but they work out the best solution and all the documents to see that option through."

A client highlights the team's market insight: "They handle tough schedules very well and provide very good advice from different perspectives and their legal research is very good; they're good at explaining the information they discover."

Work highlights Represented a major energy company in its RUB70 billion acquisition of a 40% stake in Irkutskenergo from Inter RAO UES.

Acted for a major industrial group on its acquisition of a stake in the Vladivostok International Airport together with a consortium.

Significant Clients Cisco Systems, Rosgeologia.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Dimitry Afanasiev lends his vast experience to major domestic clients involved in complex restructurings and transactions. Sources laud his experience and the depth of his insight. "He's very bright, he's very creative and he's very good at organising difficult and complex legal projects," a client reports.

UK-qualified Robin Wittering advises on the English law aspects of corporate mandates. He is particularly focused on structuring mandates including joint ventures, corporate restructurings and advisory projects for large multinational corporates.

US-qualified Arkady Krasnikhin assists with a broad range of corporate matters, including structuring, transactions, joint ventures and advisory matters. A source says he is "fast-thinking and provides practical legal solutions. He's creative when required."

Senior associate Vyacheslav Yugai assists with corporate structuring and advisory support, acting for the firm's major clients.

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Allen & Overy - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Anton Konnov
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Reputable team focusing on high-value M&A matters and joint venture projects, particularly in the financial services and energy sectors. Acts for Russian and international names. Works in close co-operation with the London office.

Strengths Clients praise the team's advice. "They're very good at explaining the risks and advising on the best course of action," a client says, while another adds: "They're very commercial and proactive. They led the process and helped us significantly in the areas where we felt uncomfortable."

Work highlights Acted for the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which within a consortium acquired a stake in the Vladivostok International Airport.

Advised Black Earth Farming on the USD184 million sale of its Russian assets to Volgo-DonSelkhozInvest.

Significant Clients Inter RAO UES, Mubadala Development Company, Sistema, VEB-Leasing, Rosneft.

Notable practitioners

US and Russian-qualified managing partner Anton Konnov acts for clients on domestic and international transactions and joint ventures. Sources appreciate his hands-on approach to mandates: "He's available 24/7, he's good in negotiations and very good at organising the team."

London-based Gareth Irving is an English law counsel who remains involved in Russian transactions. "I love working with him," a client enthuses, adding: "He's very academic but at the same time he keeps the real-world business in mind," and: "He picks up on all the little details that might impact a transaction and he always bears in mind the risks in the future for the client."

Counsel Bulat Zhambalnimbuev enters the rankings for the first time on the back of plenty of positive feedback and visibility on significant transactions. "He really tries to help the client get the best position possible," a source says, with another client adding: "He may actively lead the process or stay behind the scenes, as you wish. Equally, he may negotiate aggressively or play softly, depending on the circumstances."

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Anton Sitnikov
- 5 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-recognised team that benefits from a unique combination of a famous local brand as well as the international capacities of the Berwin Leighton Paisner network. Has a strong corporate advisory practice, providing Russian law and restructuring assistance. Represents international IT, hospitality and retail names as well as acting for major Russian financial, real estate and TMT companies. Regularly assists with cross-border deals.

Strengths Sources note the depth of support offered by the department, with a client listing "commitment to the client, hard-working staff and full involvement from a dedicated project partner."

Interviewees note the team's commercial attitude. "They are constructive and consistent in their approach and deliver good quality on a constant basis. They understand our needs and are always keen to meet our expectations," a source reports.

Work highlights Acted for Severgroup on the RUB2.9 billion sale of Metcombank to Sovcombank.

Represented FM Logistics in establishing a joint venture with RosAgroMarket.

Significant Clients AFG National, CITIC Group, Raven Russia, TechnoNICOL, Toyoko Inn.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Andrey Goltsblat is a highly respected name in the Russian legal market. He is often a go-to choice for major domestic clients for complex corporate advice. He lends his significant experience to high-value transactions and corporate mandates.

Matvey Kaploukhiy focuses his practice on transactional mandates. He acts for a client base of predominantly domestic corporates involved in M&A, joint ventures and investment projects. "He is dedicated and driven," a client says.

Anton Sitnikov is recognised by clients for his in-depth understanding of the Russian market. He regularly works with international corporates on Russia-bound transactions. "He's extremely client-oriented and pragmatic. He always tries to achieve exactly what we want, regardless of the budget, deadline or scope," an interviewee reports.

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Goltsblat BLP's Corporate / M&A Practice has an unrivalled position on the Russian legal market as part of BLP’s global network housing one of the strongest truly domestic teams in Moscow, meaning it has a genuine international presence and local pre-eminence. We have the best Russian talent combined with international capabilities.

Our corporate team includes competition and antitrust, finance and international tax specialists and this cross-functional approach enables us to address our clients’ individual needs and specific project requirements in the most effective way. This is a massive advantage over competitors and a completely different offering.

Whether opting for Russian, English or other relevant governing law in any particular case, our team is able to identify the best solution for our clients based on our understanding of how the relevant legal models and mechanisms work in practice and, in particular, how they apply to Russian deals.




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DLA Piper Rus Ltd - Corporate/M&A Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili and Denis Sosedkin

What the team is known for Respected team advising on international and local M&A and corporate restructurings. Represents local companies as well as famous international brands. Clients include energy, TMT and pharmaceutical companies.

Strengths Clients appreciate the detailed, result-oriented approach of the team. "They did the work quickly, they understood the nuances and sorted out the difficulties. They were flexible and able to help us to forge our position," a client reports.

Sources praise the team's commercial style: "They are knowledgeable, practical and results-oriented."

Work highlights Acted for Groupon on the disposal of its Russian business.

Represented Biotek Group in its sale of Biosyntex to Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries.

Significant Clients ABH Holdings, DEME, Egis Pharmaceuticals, Philip Morris, Saint-Gobain.

Notable practitioners

Kim Latypov acts for a variety of significant domestic corporates, providing support on high-value transactions. "He's very well organised and good in negotiations; he worked round the clock when we needed," a client says, while another source adds: "It takes someone with excellent people skills and a good sense of humour to succeed in this environment. Kim is a real star."

US-qualified up-and-coming Leo Batalov enters the rankings this year as a result of increasing market recognition. He is well regarded for his experience of advising technology start-ups as well as assisting with a broader scope of e-commerce issues. "He's very good; he's commercial, good in negotiations. He builds rapport with both sides, which helps get deals done," a source says.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Roman Dashko and Vasilisa Strizh

What the team is known for Notable team acting on cross-border and domestic M&A. Represents Russian and international natural resources and media clientele.

Strengths Clients are quick to note the team's pragmatism. One source states: "They give very practical advice, which we need. They don't just give theoretical advice."

Work highlights Advised Trican Well Service on the Russian law aspects of the USD41 million sale of its tools business to National Oilwell Varco.

Significant Clients Alstom, CTC Media, Eastern Property Holdings, GE Transportation, Valartis Group.

Notable practitioners

US and UK-qualified Brian Zimbler is a long-standing figure in the Russian market and now divides his time between the Moscow and Washington, DC offices. He advises inbound clients on the Russian market, providing high-level advice on complex transactions. "He is involved in Russian deals from a very senior perspective," a source says.

Vasilisa Strizh provides Russian law support to international corporates involved in joint ventures and Russia-bound transactions. She regularly supports clients in the media and transportation sectors. Sources describe her as "very good: extremely thorough and conscientious."

Roman Dashko regularly acts for significant energy and TMT clients. "He's calm, measured and balanced, and he does a good job of understanding issues and explaining Russian law," a source reports.

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CMS - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Vladimir Zenin
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients on general corporate governance matters, joint ventures and M&A deals. Experienced in advising companies in the energy, industrial and life sciences sectors. Houses German and French-qualified lawyers in Moscow.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the team is able to deliver under pressure. "All legal advice was clear and consistent and provided solutions in tight deadlines," a client says.

Sources point out the broader support the team provides: "They have been more than a legal advisor, advising us as well on how to conduct negotiations.'"

Work highlights Acted for Coalco on the sale of a 90% stake in Tsar Square, Presnya City and Basmanny 5 projects to VTB Real Estate.

Significant Clients Rosneft.

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Zenin assists clients with transactional as well as general commercial issues. Clients appreciate his market insight and experience.

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Dechert Russia LLC - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Laura Brank
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles cross-border transactions across a variety of sectors, frequently acting for international clients. Corporate governance and joint venture structuring are also areas of recent activity. Particularly active of late on deals in the travel industry.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's commercial approach. "They have a goal-oriented approach and put client interests first," a client says. Another adds: "We were very pleased, they were available 24/7."

Work highlights Acted for Travel Leaders Group on its acquisition of a 50% share in a Russian travel retailer.

Significant Clients Dufry, Eutelsat, Kinross Gold, Mechel, VimpelCom.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Laura Brank is a notable corporate lawyer who divides her time between Moscow and London. "She sees things from the investor's point of view, and then figures out the legal solution to solve the business's needs," a source reports.

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Hogan Lovells (CIS) - Corporate/M&A Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Oxana Balayan
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known for assisting media, technology, e-commerce and pharmaceutical companies in addition to a broader client base. Instructed on transactions and joint ventures and also helps with general commercial matters.

Strengths Sources highlight the client-focused approach of the team. "I appreciate their capability to react very quickly and adapt to clients' needs," a client says.

Work highlights Advised Discovery Communications on a joint venture with Russian media company, National Media Group, to acquire the Russian media businesses of Turner Broadcasting System.

Assisted Polymetal International with the structuring of its joint venture with Polyus for the development of Nezhdaninskoye gold deposit in the Yakutia region in Siberia.

Significant Clients Acmero Capital, Alibaba.com, Dell, Dow Jones, InVenture Partners.

Notable practitioners

UK and Russian-qualified managing partner Oxana Balayan advises international and domestic clients on a wide range of corporate matters, including assisting with cross-border transactions and joint ventures across a wide range of industries.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: David Stewart
- 1 partner
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Transaction-focused team primarily representing both Russian and international natural resources, financial and TMT clients. Active of late for Southern Asian clients in significant deals. Also assists clients with corporate restructuring matters.

Strengths Sources note the team's client-oriented and diligent approach: "They have good experience, they're reliable, we trust them. They're diligent and they also understand what we want and how to deliver it."

Work highlights Advised Bharat PetroResources, Indian Oil Corporation and Oil India on their USD1.12 billion acquisition of a 29.9% stake in the Taas-Yuriakh oilfield from Rosneft.

Acted for Sheremetyevo International Airport on the sale of a share in Vladivostok International Airport to a consortium of investors.

Significant Clients Invest, MTS, Solway.

Notable practitioners

David Stewart is a key contact for clients.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Anatoly Andriash and Valentina Gluhovskaya
- 2 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known for representing a core client base of global and Russian oil and gas as well as mining companies in M&A and joint venture matters. Additionally active assisting Russian and international financial investors.

Strengths Interviewees recognise the client-oriented approach the team offers.

Work highlights Advised HOPU Investments on its acquisition of a minority stake in the Bystrinskoye mine from Norilsk Nickel and related joint venture matters.

Significant Clients Barrick Gold, BP, Rio Tinto, Rosneft, Tigers Realm Coal.

Notable practitioners

Konstantin Konstantinov recently joined the firm from Chadbourne & Parke as a result of the global merger between the firms.

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Squire Patton Boggs Moscow LLC - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Patrick Brooks
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Known for its experience in private equity transactions, the team also maintains a solid advisory practice. Acts for Russian and international clients from a variety of sectors, with particular activity in the media and financial services areas of late.

Strengths Clients are quick to highlight the diligence, client-oriented approach and attention to detail the team offers.

Work highlights Acted for ru-Net on its acquisition of the Russian Groupon business.

Significant Clients Baring Vostok, Blagosostoyanie, Timken Company.

Notable practitioners

US-qualified Patrick Brooks acts on general corporate and M&A mandates as well as assisting with private equity-driven deals. "He's good in negotiations and he's efficient," a source says.

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Eminent Practitioner

Dimitry Afanasiev

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Dimitry Afanasiev lends his vast experience to major domestic clients involved in complex restructurings and transactions. Sources laud his experience and the depth of his insight. "He's very bright, he's very creative and he's very good at organising difficult and complex legal projects," a client reports.

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Eminent Practitioner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Andrey Goltsblat is a highly respected name in the Russian legal market. He is often a go-to choice for major domestic clients for complex corporate advice. He lends his significant experience to high-value transactions and corporate mandates.

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Eminent Practitioner

White & Case LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Australian, UK and US-qualified Eric Michailov is a towering figure in the Moscow market. He lends his knowledge to international corporates involved in complex transactions who say he is "always responsive." Another source says: "Eric knows everything about everything in Moscow." He splits his time between the Moscow and London offices.

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Eminent Practitioner

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Dmitri Nikiforov remains a towering figure in the Moscow market. He oversees the practice, providing strategic insight and assistance on especially complex transactions and projects.

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Eminent Practitioner

White & Case LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Igor Ostapets focuses on transactions in the energy sector, regularly working for blue-chip domestic oil and gas corporates. He brings his depth of experience to high-value, large-scale transactions. "He's client-oriented, he co-ordinates projects very well and he's very responsive," a source says.

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Eminent Practitioner

ALRUD Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Vassily Rudomino principally acts for major, blue-chip international clients from a variety of industries. He provides strategic insight into the domestic market, advising on transactions, joint ventures and corporate matters.

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Eminent Practitioner

Linklaters CIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Dominic Sanders is a UK-qualified M&A lawyer involved in high-value and complex mandates, lending his experience to significant international corporates active in the Russian market.

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Eminent Practitioner

Sergei Voitishkin

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Sergei Voitishkin oversees the practice, providing advice on more complex mandates. He lends his expertise to corporate restructurings and high-value, cross-border transactions. Sources note his extensive knowledge: "When we had some big problems, he was involved. He has a lot of experience of how things work in Russia."

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Eminent Practitioner

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

US and UK-qualified Brian Zimbler is a long-standing figure in the Russian market and now divides his time between the Moscow and Washington, DC offices. He advises inbound clients on the Russian market, providing high-level advice on complex transactions. "He is involved in Russian deals from a very senior perspective," a source says.

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Band 1

White & Case LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrei Dontsov is a top-ranked transactional lawyer assisting clients with strategic transactions in a variety of sectors.

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Band 1

Dmitri V Kovalenko

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmitri Kovalenko advises major domestic and international corporates on a wide array of transactional matters. "He offers strategic advice, like how to address a particular scenario considering his market knowledge," a source says, adding: "He's very approachable, very practical and can distil concepts into clear recommendations."

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Band 1

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Maxim Levinson is a market-leading M&A lawyer acting for clients across a variety of industry sectors. "He thinks several moves ahead. He brings a lot of commercial experience to the negotiation room and helps to resolve issues in a constructive and non-confrontational manner," a source reports, while another adds: "He's always elbow-deep in projects and always knows the details of the deal."

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Band 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

US-qualified Scott Senecal is described as "a quality lawyer with a lot of energy and dedication to his client." Sources highlight his exceptional market insight: "He brings added value to the client beyond just legal advice, he's a fount of knowledge." He boasts extensive experience in high-value, cross-border transactions.

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Linklaters CIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Grigory Gadzhiev is highly noted for his experience of handling transactions in the natural resources market. He regularly acts for major Russian energy corporates on cross-border transactions. Sources describe him as "a highly thought of, very strong lawyer."

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Igor Gerber is a highly respected M&A lawyer noted for his "strong commitment and understanding of the transactional environment in Russia." He regularly acts on high-value transactions and assisted SAFMAR Financial Group with its acquisition of an online retailer, Eldorado, from Emma Omega and PPF Group.

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Band 2

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alan Kartashkin is known for his hands-on approach to corporate mandates. "He has real attention to detail but still doesn't lose the big picture on a deal, so clients can be sure nothing is lost on the way," a source says. He acts on a broad range of transactional projects.

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Band 2

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexey Kiyashko regularly acts for Russian companies on transactional mandates and is reputed by international clients for his insight into the Russian market. A source says: "He can marry the international expectations with the Russian reality, he's the man you want on a large-scale M&A."

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Band 2

Vladimir Kouznetsov

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Kouznetsov acts for a client base of major domestic corporates from a variety of industries, with particular activity in the telecoms sector. Sources state: "He's very good in negotiations and drafting; overall he's a very talented lawyer."

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Band 2

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Alexei Roudiak is a highly respected transactional lawyer. "He has top-quality negotiation skills. He is an exceptional strategic adviser and a good-humoured team leader too," a source says. He maintains a client roster of major domestic corporates, which he represents in domestic and cross-border mandates. He advised Onexim Group on the sale of its 20% stake in Uralkali to Dmitry Lobyak.

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmitry Surikov has a strong reputation for his transactional experience. He regularly acts for major domestic industrial corporates as well as retailers on high-value cross-border and domestic projects.

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Band 3

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

From the Chambers Europe guide

UK and Russian-qualified managing partner Oxana Balayan advises international and domestic clients on a wide range of corporate matters, including assisting with cross-border transactions and joint ventures across a wide range of industries.

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Band 3

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

German-qualified Marc Bartholomy is a well-established name in the Moscow market and is best known for his work on M&A involving real estate assets. "He can build this cultural bridge between us and the local environment," a client says, adding: "He's very good at negotiating and solving issues."

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Band 3

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

UK-qualified Richard Cowie regularly represents Russian and international financial institutions as well as investment funds on corporate mandates, including transactions and joint venture projects. "He's robust in negotiations and he understands the law well and how it applies commercially. I'd rather have him on my side than against me," a client says, while another adds: "He knows what Russian legal solutions can solve our business needs."

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Band 3

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

UK-qualified Suren Gortsunyan is an established corporate practitioner, acting on transactions, joint ventures and advisory mandates for a broad range of clients. One enthusiastic source says: "He's very business-oriented, he's very pragmatic and very commercial," adding: "He gives us very specific, tailored advice."

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Band 3

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arthur Iliev provides transactional and corporate support to a core client base of major domestic corporates. "He's always available, always ready to help, he knows everything about what clients expect and what the market realities require," a source says.

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Band 3

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Europe guide

US and Russian-qualified managing partner Anton Konnov acts for clients on domestic and international transactions and joint ventures. Sources appreciate his hands-on approach to mandates: "He's available 24/7, he's good in negotiations and very good at organising the team."

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Band 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vasilisa Strizh provides Russian law support to international corporates involved in joint ventures and Russia-bound transactions. She regularly supports clients in the media and transportation sectors. Sources describe her as "very good: extremely thorough and conscientious."

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Band 3

Linklaters CIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Denis Uvarov acts for a broad range of clients, across the pharmaceutical, energy and retail sectors. He regularly assists clients with both joint venture structuring and transactional projects. Sources widely acknowledge him as "a recognised figure" and a long-established name in the market.

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Band 3

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

UK-qualified Robin Wittering advises on the English law aspects of corporate mandates. He is particularly focused on structuring mandates including joint ventures, corporate restructurings and advisory projects for large multinational corporates.

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Band 3

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evgeny Zelensky is best known for his credentials in the private equity sector and also assists with general M&A and corporate matters. "If we have a problem I always think of him and he always has an idea," a source says, while another interviewee describes him as "very hands-on, diligent and extremely hard-working." He recently represented shareholders of Morton Group in the sale of the company to Horus Capital.

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Band 3

Alexander Zharskiy

ALRUD Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Zharskiy is a well-regarded corporate practitioner. "You need to be able to see the commercial picture of the negotiations and to be able to weigh the client interests against the risks and he's one of the best at this," a client says, while another adds: "He was very protective of our interests and was very tough in negotiations."

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Band 4

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Murat Akuyev is a top-ranked capital markets lawyer who enters the corporate/M&A ranking as a result of regularly handling significant M&A matters. He receives recognition for his pragmatic and business-oriented approach and is also described as "creative, solution-oriented and fast."

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Band 4

Natalia R Baratiants

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Natalia Baratiants specialises in the natural resources sector. She regularly acts for major domestic oil and gas corporates on high-value transactions as well as providing joint venture structuring and advisory services. She frequently advises LUKOIL.

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Band 4

Squire Patton Boggs Moscow LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

US-qualified Patrick Brooks acts on general corporate and M&A mandates as well as assisting with private equity-driven deals. "He's good in negotiations and he's efficient," a source says.

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Band 4

Natalia A Drebezgina

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Natalia Drebezgina predominantly acts for major domestic corporates on large transactional and corporate projects. "She's very diligent and helpful; she's available 24/7. She provides extremely high-quality results and keeps very tough deadlines for us. She is always there to help us," a client says, while another also praises her strategic approach.

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Band 4

ALRUD Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anton Dzhuplin advances through the rankings this year. He acts on corporate mandates, representing local and international clients in transactions and joint venture projects. A source describes him as "hard-working, client-oriented and always ready to help," while another adds that "he was able to deliver on very short notice."

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Band 4

Matvey Kaploukhiy

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Matvey Kaploukhiy focuses his practice on transactional mandates. He acts for a client base of predominantly domestic corporates involved in M&A, joint ventures and investment projects. "He is dedicated and driven," a client says.

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Band 4

Konstantin O Konstantinov

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Konstantin Konstantinov recently joined the firm from Chadbourne & Parke as a result of the global merger between the firms.

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Band 4

Arkady Krasnikhin

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

US-qualified Arkady Krasnikhin assists with a broad range of corporate matters, including structuring, transactions, joint ventures and advisory matters. A source says he is "fast-thinking and provides practical legal solutions. He's creative when required."

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Band 4

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kim Latypov acts for a variety of significant domestic corporates, providing support on high-value transactions. "He's very well organised and good in negotiations; he worked round the clock when we needed," a client says, while another source adds: "It takes someone with excellent people skills and a good sense of humour to succeed in this environment. Kim is a real star."

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Band 4

Linklaters CIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

US-qualified Lev Loukhton represents a broad range of international clients active on the domestic market. "He doesn't just highlight the risk, he comes to you with the solution at the same time," a source says, while another interviewee adds: "He's really calm and always has a cool head."

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmitry Marchan advances through the rankings as a result of increased visibility and positive feedback. "He understands what we want and he explains to us the right way to work in Russia," a client says. He often works for aerospace and media clients on a wide range of corporate mandates.

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Band 4

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maria Oleinik acts for major domestic corporates on high-value transactions. "She takes care of relationships, her clients are very loyal," a source says.

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Band 4

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

US-qualified Christopher Rose boasts a depth of experience in private equity-focused M&A transactions. He divides his time between the Moscow and London offices.

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Band 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anton Sitnikov is recognised by clients for his in-depth understanding of the Russian market. He regularly works with international corporates on Russia-bound transactions. "He's extremely client-oriented and pragmatic. He always tries to achieve exactly what we want, regardless of the budget, deadline or scope," an interviewee reports.

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Band 4

Yulia Solomakhina

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees describe Yulia Solomakhina as someone who "can find solutions." She regularly assists domestic blue-chip companies with large-scale transactions. A source says she has "a deep understanding of Russian peculiarities, the way decisions are made," adding: "You can always talk through the problem with her, it's not just a box-ticking exercise."

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Band 4

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate Mikhail Suvorov's commercial and pragmatic problem-solving skills. "He's very business-oriented; he listens to the client's needs and then helps us to find the solution to the issues we have." He is an M&A lawyer and recently acted for Nexans on its sale of a Russian subsidiary to Impex Electro.

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Band 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anthony Walker joined the firm from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in March 2017. He is a UK-qualified partner assisting the team with English law transactions.

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Band 4

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexei Zakharko regularly assists financial institutions with transactional mandates, including his recent representation of Expobank in its acquisition of RBS's Russian business. Clients note his strong administrative skills.

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Up and Coming

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

US-qualified up-and-coming Leo Batalov enters the rankings this year as a result of increasing market recognition. He is well regarded for his experience of advising technology start-ups as well as assisting with a broader scope of e-commerce issues. "He's very good; he's commercial, good in negotiations. He builds rapport with both sides, which helps get deals done," a source says.

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Up and Coming

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roman Dashko regularly acts for significant energy and TMT clients. "He's calm, measured and balanced, and he does a good job of understanding issues and explaining Russian law," a source reports.

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Up and Coming

Nikolay Feoktistov

White & Case LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikolay Feoktistov enters the rankings this year. He wins praise for his client-oriented and pragmatic approach: "When he comes across difficult issues, he will not say it does not work, he will look for creative solutions."

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Up and Coming

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers Europe guide

UK-qualified counsel Robin Marchant enters the rankings this year. He principally assists Russian corporates with domestic transactions as well as acting on cross-border joint-venture mandates for both international and domestic clients. "He's diligent and very responsive and he knows how to reflect Russian business needs," a client says.

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Up and Coming

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Zenin assists clients with transactional as well as general commercial issues. Clients appreciate his market insight and experience.

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Up and Coming

Bulat Zhambalnimbuev

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Bulat Zhambalnimbuev enters the rankings for the first time on the back of plenty of positive feedback and visibility on significant transactions. "He really tries to help the client get the best position possible," a source says, with another client adding: "He may actively lead the process or stay behind the scenes, as you wish. Equally, he may negotiate aggressively or play softly, depending on the circumstances."

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Associates to watch

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Vyacheslav Yugai assists with corporate structuring and advisory support, acting for the firm's major clients.

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