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Energy & Natural Resources — Russia


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Natalia Baratiants and Alexey Kondratchik

What the team is known for Maintains its strong reputation in the oil and gas sector, supporting long-lasting relationships with leading clients in the sector. Acts on high-stakes private equity, joint venture and M&A deals for blue-chip energy clients. Also regularly assists with corporate matters. Closely co-operates with the London and Houston offices.

Strengths Clients praise the team's expertise in the oil and gas sector and its international law capabilities: "They are very experienced in oil and gas in Russia," adding that the firm's lawyers can provide a "variety of legal support to formalise the legal structure of a deal, advising on both English and Russian law aspects."

Clients also highlight the team's commitment: "The team works 24 hours a day and offers prompt and comprehensive legal advice. The team is extremely hard working and passionate about delivering very high-quality legal advice and documentation."

Work highlights Advised Lukoil on a USD1.1 billion sale of its 50% share in Caspian Investment Resources to Sinopec.

Significant clients Tatneft, Surgutneftegaz, Statoil, ExxonMobil, Renova.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Natalia Baratiants advises clients on a broad range of oil and gas matters, including high-stakes transactions and regulatory issues. She regularly represents LUKOIL, including in the company's cross-border projects. A client highlights her "enormous knowledge of the Russian oil and gas sector," adding: "I appreciate her dedication, thorough understanding of our business and relationship and her partner-led approach."

Alexey Kondratchik is an experienced energy lawyer advising blue-chip companies on investments and joint ventures in Russia and across the CIS region. Sources note his in-depth understanding of regulatory matters, saying that the "regulatory framework is sophisticated and he is a guru." Another client highlights his "excellent industry knowledge, profound expertise in the Russian law and strong ability to provide efficient legal advice."

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Allen & Overy - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Anton Konnov, Stephen Matthews and Igor Gorchakov

What the team is known for Notable presence on financing and refinancing mandates in the energy sector, mostly representing banks. Advises oil and gas giants on transactions and joint ventures. Works closely with the London team.

Strengths Clients value the team's dedication, with one source highlighting its "proactivity, availability, good personal attitude and commitment to clients." Another client adds: "They are very practical, service-oriented lawyers, immediately available 24/7."

Work highlights Advised Rosneft on a joint venture with Alltech Group for the development of an LNG project in Nenets Autonomous District.

Assisted Morgan Stanley with a potential debt restructuring of Astrakhan Oil.

Significant clients LUKOIL, Gazprom Neft, Novatek, Inter RAO UES, Schlumberger.

Notable practitioners

Anton Konnov is a notable corporate lawyer who also acts on major transactions in the energy sector. "He has strong communication skills and a very commercial and practical approach to negotiations," a client says.

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ALRUD Law Firm - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andrey Zharskiy

What the team is known for Entering the rankings this year as a result of positive client feedback and increased visibility. Predominantly advises domestic and foreign energy companies on corporate, M&A and joint venture issues. Also provides assistance with restructuring. Recently won Mechel as a new client.

Strengths Sources particularly emphasise the team's commercial approach, saying that the lawyers "always try to understand the commercial background of the project and suggest effective approaches to negotiations and documents."

Another client notes the team's responsiveness and "very goal-oriented, practical and helpful advice."

Work highlights Advised Mechel on the sale of its significant coal assets to Gazprombank as part of the company's ongoing restructuring.

Significant clients Gazprom Neft, Rosatom, Western Siberian Petrochemical Complex, Vi Holding, RDIF.

Notable practitioners

Andrey Zharskiy is a corporate lawyer assisting Russian and international clients with their investments into energy companies in Russia. Clients say he is "result-driven," adding that he pays "great attention to detail." Another client appreciates that he provides a full and objective overview of a situation and "as a result, a client can choose the right way."

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Baker Botts LLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: John White and Mikhail Semyonov

What the team is known for Outstanding team with a strong presence in the oil and gas sector, advising leading Russian energy and natural resources players. Active on domestic and cross-border transactions, joint ventures and general corporate matters. Notable track record in project financing deals.

Strengths Sources praise their expertise in the oil and gas sector and responsiveness: "Baker Botts delivers excellent and timely service and has proper energy expertise, which is very important to us." Another client describes it as a "committed team that is able to meet tight deadlines with consistent high quality."

Sources also mention their commerciality. "They are easy to deal with, commercial. They don't waste our time," a source says.

Work highlights Advised Novatek on the sale of 9.9% of of Yamal LNG to Silk Road Fund.

Acts for Rosneft on the establishment of a joint venture with BP for the exploration of oil in several regions of Russia.

Significant clients SIBUR, SUEK, IFC.

Notable practitioners

Versatile managing partner Maxim Levinson provides strong support to the team, particularly in relation to the strategic aspects of energy M&A and finance deals.

Mikhail Semyonov is especially visible on joint venture transactions in the energy sector. Sources describe him as a "creative problem solver" who is "very strong in team management" and "always ready to go an extra mile" for his clients. "His commitment is second to none," a client adds.

Counsel Konstantin Litvinenko joins the rankings this year due to positive feedback. Interviewees describe him as "responsive and client-friendly."

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Baker McKenzie - Energy & Natural Resources

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Aleksey Frolov, Alexander Gomonov and Maxim Kalinin

What the team is known for Market-leading mining team, especially active in precious metals and coal sectors, assisting with M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate matters. Also advises on large transactions in oil and gas, offering strong regulatory support. In addition, assists with energy-related construction and IP issues. Relies on its strong global presence for cross-border matters.

Strengths Clients note the team's "vast experience in the natural resources" sector, as well as the firm's unique capabilities in multi-jurisdictional M&A deals. "They keep the same quality all across the world. I choose them when I have a complicated, multi-jurisdictional deal related to M&A," a client reports.

Clients also praise the team's special client care: "We really believe that Baker & McKenzie stands out among other legal companies for being more client-oriented."

Work highlights Advised Alliance Mining Group on the sale of Amur Zoloto to Petropavlovsk.

Assisted Alltech Group with establishing a joint venture with Rosneft in relation to the Pechora LNG project in the Nenets Autonomous District.

Significant clients Centerra Gold, ArcelorMittal, Intergeo, Novatek, Gazprom Neft.

Notable practitioners

Alexey Frolov advises clients on large M&A transactions in the energy and natural resources sector. "He is knowledgeable of the industry, he has worked in it for a long time. He is reasonable, co-operative in negotiations and understands both sides," a source says. Another interviewee praises his "availability at any time, and willingness to help as much as possible," adding: "He is extremely efficient in negotiations."

Alexander Gomonov is a transactional lawyer with significant experience in the mining sector. "He's very confident, client-oriented and very easy to reach even if he is on vacation or on a business trip," a client reports. He was a lead partner in advising Rostec Global Resources on establishing a joint venture that will operate in the mining industry.

Department profile by Baker McKenzie

With regard to industry sector specialization, mining law advice and supporting transactions in the mining area continue to be our key practice focus. We advise major clients in the mining and oil and gas industry on the range of other matters relating to their activities, including real estate and construction matters (EPC, EPCM contracts), IP, employment, tax and litigation. In the oil and gas sector, our second significant focus area, we provide comprehensive regulatory, corporate and securities advice on the entire range of the client's M&A, JV and capital markets transactions.

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Clifford Chance - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Victoria Bortkievicha, Arthur Iliev and Timur Aitkulov

What the team is known for Prominent adviser to energy companies and banks on financing, restructuring and joint ventures in midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors. Also involved in high-profile energy transportation projects and contentious construction-related matters.

Strengths Clients praise the commercial approach, saying the team "gives quality, technically accurate advice while at the same time being commercially minded and practical," adding that "they are active problem solvers and can be counted on to deliver."

Work highlights Represented Sinohydro in a joint venture with Chinese investors and Rushydro, the entity planning to act on the construction of the infrastructure in the power sector in Russia.

Advised UniCredit Bank Austria as an arranger on a USD245 million syndicated pre-export financing facility for Polymetal that can be increased up to USD350 million.

Significant clients Russian Standard Bank, Sberbank CIB, GE, Gunvor, Atomenergomash.

Notable practitioners

Amsterdam-based David Griston is specialised in M&A and finance in the energy and natural resources sector and has a long track record of activity in the Russian market.

Department profile by Clifford Chance

Our lawyers are regularly involved in the most important, complex and innovative oil, gas and power projects, deep offshore production, nuclear new-builds, upstream project financing and mining work in Russia


Acknowledged Experts

We have a team of acknowledged industry experts offering you depth of resource, local expertise, a long-term presence in and commitment to the key oil and gas markets across the globe.

Breadth of Experience

We have extensive experience advising on all types of projects, ranging from more traditional project development financing, financing oil rigs, platforms and pipelines, to the acquisition and disposal of interests in energy and natural resources fields around the world.

Dedicated Construction Group

We handle the most complex projects, construction contracts (whether FEED, EPCM or EPC), interface risk and technology licenses.

Market-leading Environment Group

We provide support in respect of all aspects of environmental law across the spectrum of transactional, regulatory advisory and dispute management contexts in the sector.

Integrated Dispute Resolution Practice

Our dispute resolution practice provides energy companies, project companies, suppliers, purchasers, contractors, governments and commercial lenders to the energy industry with dispute resolution experts wherever in the world they do business. We have particular experience in cross-border dispute settlement and large project-related disputes in the oil & gas sector.

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CMS - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Natalia Kozyrenko

What the team is known for Extensive track record in upstream oil and gas deals, including big offshore projects. Also assists domestic and international clients with setting up joint ventures for the exploration and development of resources. Has expanded its activity into infrastructure projects in the power industry, including energy efficiency and renewables. Active in cross-border energy projects in Europe and the Far East.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "speed and quality."

Work highlights Advised SIBUR Holding on contracts related to Arctic-2 LNG project.

Acts for EVN Group, assisting with the operation of combined heat and power plants in Kurjanovo and Ljuberzy.

Significant clients Repsol, E.ON, BP, Rosneft, Gazprom Neft.

Notable practitioners

Natalia Kozyrenko acts on behalf of major oil and gas and natural resources companies on cross-border projects, including setting up joint ventures to develop natural resources fields. "I like her, she is a solid lawyer," a source says.

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Dentons - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jane Tarassova

What the team is known for Expanding in the Russian energy market, the team assists major Russian and international energy companies and investment funds with M&A transactions, joint ventures, financing and regulatory matters. Particularly active in the oil and gas sphere, often advising Chinese and other Asian investors.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's availability and practical approach. A client says it provides "very commercial, user-friendly and punchy advice." Another source notes "almost 24/7 access" and "prompt responses."

Work highlights Advised Total on the sale of its majority interest in the Kharyaga oilfield by selling a 20% share to Zarubezhneft.

Represented a consortium of investors in the acquisition of SiburPortenergo from SIBUR Holding.

Significant clients Halliburton International, RÜTGERS Group, Enel, E.ON, Novolipetsk Steel.

Notable practitioners

Moscow-based, UK-qualified Doran Doeh is a seasoned and highly respected energy lawyer with a strong track record in the oil and gas sector. He has experience advising Chinese and Central Asian investors on conducting business in Russia.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sergei Diyachenko

What the team is known for Maintaining its leading reputation in the oil and gas sector, this established energy team assists with cross-border corporate and strategic M&A matters and large joint ventures. Also provides regulatory advice. Actively involved in the mining sector. Additionally acts on significant financing matters, including project finance. Predominantly advises blue-chip companies.

Work highlights Advised Polyus Gold on the sale of 50% of Uzhno-Verkhoyanskiy Gornodobyvauschchiy Combinat to Polymetal and the establishment of a joint venture with Polymetal for the development of Nezhdaninskoe gold deposit in Yakutia.

Significant clients Rosneft, ALROSA, Gazprombank, Sberbank.

Notable practitioners

Sergei Diyachenko is a highly respected lawyer in Russia actively involved in advising on transactional and corporate matters in the energy sector. Sources note his "very good reputation" and describe him as a "solid lawyer."

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Goltsblat BLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Anton Sitnikov and Vitaly Mozharowski

What the team is known for Provides a range of services to energy clients relating to joint ventures, acquisitions and energy-related construction matters with particular expertise in the power generation sector across the region. Active in contentious cases. Also has a presence in the mining industry.

Strengths Sources note its client-friendly approach, saying the team is "smart and creative in developing alternatives as well as loyal and friendly."

Work highlights Advised Rosimushchestvo on a shareholders' agreement with the Republic of Bashkortostan in relation to the shares in Bashneft.

Significant clients Novatek, SUEK, SIBUR, Schlumberger, Kvaerner.

Notable practitioners

Anton Sitnikov and Vitaly Mozharowski are key contacts for clients.

Department profile by Goltsblat BLP

Energy & Natural Resources is a core area of focus for Goltsblat BLP. We provide an integrated service to energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects globally and frequently advise large integrated energy majors, sponsors, lenders, contractors, financiers, buyers, suppliers, distributors, governments and regulatory authorities. The diversity of our client base provides us with a solid understanding of the key stakeholders in the market.

Our key differentiator on the market is ability to provide a genuinely full range of legal services to operators and investors in the sector with focus on corporate / M&A, upstream and project work, EPC, construction, project finance, securities, dispute resolution, regulatory aspects, etc.



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Members of our Energy & Natural Resources team have represented clients on high profile energy and oil and gas transactions in Russia/ CIS, UK, Continental Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Americas. Some of our most recent transactions have been performed within emerging markets such as Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Brazil, Egypt, Greece, Oman, Gabon, Nigeria, Poland and Qatar. 





Herbert Smith Freehills - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Olga Davydava and Oleg Konnov

What the team is known for Highly reputed London-Moscow team, especially well known for project finance instructions in the oil and gas sector. Also assists major energy clients with transactions, joint ventures, corporate and regulatory matters. Increasingly active in energy construction projects. Offers further expertise in the mining sector. Represents a number of Chinese and Japanese clients.

Strengths Sources note the commercial and technical skills demonstrated by the team. "We are impressed not only by their deep knowledge of Russian laws, but also by their familiarity with the Russian business environment," a client reports. Another source adds: "They understand a client, but don't just abide by everything and rather suggest solutions."

Work highlights Advised Silk Road Fund on the acquisition of a 9.9% stake in Yamal LNG valued at EUR1.087 billion.

Assisted Trisonnery Assets with its acquisition of Polar Lights from ConocoPhillips and Rosneft.

Significant clients Gazprom Neft, Polyus Gold, Auriant Mining, Mitsui, Sumitomo.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Currie is based in London and remains involved in Russian energy practice. He focuses on project finance in the energy sector and is recognised for his long-standing experience.

Danila Logofet is dual-qualified in English and Russian law and has recently relocated to the firm's Hong Kong office. He advises clients on a broad range of energy-related matters, including M&A, construction and projects. He recently advised Auriant Mining on a potential acquisition of a 50% stake in gold mining properties in Chukotka. Clients praise his commercial approach: "He was very helpful in assisting us with overcoming complex commercial and legal difficulties with practical yet thoughtful solutions."

Olga Davydava climbs up a tier as a result of extensive praise. She recently acted for UniCredit Bank Austria on a EUR300 million financing to Gazprom. Clients say she is "well organised and quite persistent, she really knows what she is talking about," with another client adding she is "good at explaining legal issues to someone with no legal background."

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King & Spalding - Energy & Natural Resources

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jennifer Josefson

What the team is known for Oil and gas-focused team, assisting large energy companies with high-end transactional and regulatory work in the energy sector. Offers expertise in financing matters, including loans and equity investments. Recently instructed on LNG projects. Also provides environmental law advice.

Strengths The team is noted for its business-friendly approach. Clients mention the "ability to work in extremely short timeframes and help to find solutions to complex legal and business issues." A source adds: "They are business-oriented, proactive, with high quality of advice and deep understanding of business process."

Work highlights Assisted SIBUR Holding with a deal related to an acquisition of the company's oil products terminal.

Advised GV Gold on its joint venture with a listed Swedish company to develop a major gold deposit site in Russia.

Significant clients Rosneft, Oil India, Sakhalin Energy, Bashneft, Eco Energy World.

Notable practitioners

Top-ranked energy lawyer Jennifer Josefson acts on market-leading transactions. She also assists oil and gas companies with regulatory issues. "She is always available to give advice; she anticipates clients' needs and focuses on big and crucial issues when providing a report," a client says.

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Linklaters CIS - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Grigory Gadzhiev

What the team is known for Excellent oil and gas team predominantly advising lenders on high-stakes financing matters in energy infrastructure projects, including in oil and gas and LNG sectors. Also acts for blue-chip energy companies on M&A deals.

Strengths Sources highlight their "most extensive track record experience in oil and gas" and experience in project finance as key strengths.

Clients rate the team's great performance, with a client saying: "I cannot speak highly enough about the Linklaters' team."

Work highlights Acts for the lenders and export credit agencies on a large and complex financing of an upstream production and LNG plant development project in Yamal.

Advised a group of banks on a EUR557 million SACE-covered project financing for EuroChem’s ammonia project in Russia.

Significant clients Gazprom, Rosneft, Sakhalin Energy.

Notable practitioners

London-based Daniel Tyrer is an invaluable team member regularly involved in project financing deals. "He is one of the strongest negotiators that I have ever seen. He has a good combination of Russian as well as global experience," a client says.

Grigory Gadzhiev is a well-respected corporate lawyer who specialises in M&A transactions in the energy sector.

London-based Matthew Keats leads major financing projects in the Russian energy market, including Yamal LNG project as well as Sakhalin 2 combined oil and LNG project. One client describes him as "very calm," adding he is also "very helpful and friendly."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jonathan Hines and Roman Dashko

What the team is known for Distinguished energy team advising local and international blue-chip clients on M&A transactions, financing, project development, joint ventures and exits in the oil and gas as well as mining and power sectors. Noted for specialist knowledge of upstream oil and gas projects.

Strengths According to one client, the distinguishing features of the team are their sophistication and the ability to "properly hedge legal risks that could not be easily detected."

Work highlights Instructed by OMV to assist with establishing a joint venture with Gazprom to develop the Achim gas condensate field in the Yamalo-Nenetsk region.

Representing Korean National Oil in its exit from an upstream joint venture with Rosneft.

Advised Skyland Petroleum Group on the proposed acquisition of stakes in four gas condensate fields in the Yakutia region.

Significant clients Statoil, Petrovietnam, Chevron, Gazprom Neft, Lukoil.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Hines is one of the most respected energy lawyers in the Russian and CIS markets, boasting decades of experience in the oil and gas, mining and metal sectors. "He is a very high-level lawyer with many years in this profession. He knows all sides of law, is proactive and honest, and gives adequate advice about our future perspectives and what we should expect," a client says.

Alexander Marchenko is particularly praised for his local expertise. "He is a good pair of hands," a source confirms. He also has practical experience in energy projects in Turkmenistan.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Energy & Natural Resources

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Anatoly Andriash and Valentina Gluhovskaya

What the team is known for Market-leading expertise in the mining industry, including subsoil matters. Provides a full range of services, including assistance with M&A transactions, joint ventures and financing. Particularly strong in regulatory issues. Additionally, has recently won high-value instructions from blue-chip oil and gas names. Represents clients in the power generation sector. Also assists clients with regional projects in CIS countries and beyond.

Strengths Clients note the team's in-depth thinking about issues. "They think broadly, seeing and analysing problems from various angles. They are aimed at meeting a client's expectations," a client reports.

Another client praises its "creative, deep thinking and client-oriented" approach.

Work highlights Advised BP on the acquisition of a 20% stake from Rosneft in Taas-Yurakh Neftegazodobycha.

Advised HOPU Fund on its USD100 million acquisition of a minority stake in the Bystrinskoye mine in the Zabaikal region of Russia from Norilsk Nickel and setting up a joint venture.

Significant clients Rosneft, Gazprom, BP, Rosatom, Barrick Gold, Petropavlovsk.

Notable practitioners

Aydin Jebrailov is recognised for his technical expertise in subsoil regulatory matters. He actively supports the team on M&A and joint venture transactions. "He is very good in oil and gas: he knows the subject matter, understands other people's point of view, doesn't waste others' time and is proactive and thinks ahead," a source says.

Levon Kocharyan has a particularly deep knowledge of the mining sector, including regulatory issues. He regularly advises a wide range of global and Russian natural resources companies. "He is very good on technical matters and very attentive to detail," a source says.

Anatoly Andriash specialises in M&A, corporate and joint venture matters and has recently acted for Rosneft and Gazprom.

Julian Traill enters the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback. BP is his key client and has instructed him on a number of high-stakes transactions. "He understands the commercial drivers of a transaction," a source says.

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White & Case LLC - Energy & Natural Resources

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Basic facts about the department
Head of department: Igor Ostapets

What the team is known for Well-reputed team acting on significant cross-border matters for blue-chip energy companies. Particularly noted for its project financing work, including mining industry. Also assists with transactions and restructuring as well as regulatory issues. Closely co-operates with the London team.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's cross-border capabilities, noting: "Terrific local expertise covered with wide international coverage which works for us as one-stop shop."

A client adds that the team is "ready to work long hours and meet tough deadlines."

Work highlights Represented EuroChem in its USD750 million pre-export facility provided by a group of banks.

Acted for Crédit Suisse on amending terms and conditions of its USD675 million project financing to Ust-Luga Oil.

Significant clients Fortum, RusVinil, Norilsk Nickel, Polymetal International.

Notable practitioners

Igor Ostapets is recognised for his long track record in the energy sector and has advised many leading companies on various aspects of their business in Russia. "He is very technical and at the same time quite creative when it comes to settling terms with our counterparts," a client says. He also often advises major Russian energy companies on their projects abroad.

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Eminent Practitioner

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Moscow-based, UK-qualified Doran Doeh is a seasoned and highly respected energy lawyer with a strong track record in the oil and gas sector. He has experience advising Chinese and Central Asian investors on conducting business in Russia.

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Eminent Practitioner

White & Case LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Igor Ostapets is recognised for his long track record in the energy sector and has advised many leading companies on various aspects of their business in Russia. "He is very technical and at the same time quite creative when it comes to settling terms with our counterparts," a client says. He also often advises major Russian energy companies on their projects abroad.

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Sergei Diyachenko

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergei Diyachenko is a highly respected lawyer in Russia actively involved in advising on transactional and corporate matters in the energy sector. Sources note his "very good reputation" and describe him as a "solid lawyer."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jonathan Hines is one of the most respected energy lawyers in the Russian and CIS markets, boasting decades of experience in the oil and gas, mining and metal sectors. "He is a very high-level lawyer with many years in this profession. He knows all sides of law, is proactive and honest, and gives adequate advice about our future perspectives and what we should expect," a client says.

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Jennifer Josefson

King & Spalding

From the Chambers Europe guide

Top-ranked energy lawyer Jennifer Josefson acts on market-leading transactions. She also assists oil and gas companies with regulatory issues. "She is always available to give advice; she anticipates clients' needs and focuses on big and crucial issues when providing a report," a client says.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexey Frolov advises clients on large M&A transactions in the energy and natural resources sector. "He is knowledgeable of the industry, he has worked in it for a long time. He is reasonable, co-operative in negotiations and understands both sides," a source says. Another interviewee praises his "availability at any time, and willingness to help as much as possible," adding: "He is extremely efficient in negotiations."

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Band 2

Linklaters CIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Grigory Gadzhiev is a well-respected corporate lawyer who specialises in M&A transactions in the energy sector.

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Aydin Jebrailov is recognised for his technical expertise in subsoil regulatory matters. He actively supports the team on M&A and joint venture transactions. "He is very good in oil and gas: he knows the subject matter, understands other people's point of view, doesn't waste others' time and is proactive and thinks ahead," a source says.

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anatoly Andriash specialises in M&A, corporate and joint venture matters and has recently acted for Rosneft and Gazprom.

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Band 3

Natalia R Baratiants

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Natalia Baratiants advises clients on a broad range of oil and gas matters, including high-stakes transactions and regulatory issues. She regularly represents LUKOIL, including in the company's cross-border projects. A client highlights her "enormous knowledge of the Russian oil and gas sector," adding: "I appreciate her dedication, thorough understanding of our business and relationship and her partner-led approach."

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Levon Kocharyan has a particularly deep knowledge of the mining sector, including regulatory issues. He regularly advises a wide range of global and Russian natural resources companies. "He is very good on technical matters and very attentive to detail," a source says.

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Band 3

Natalia Kozyrenko

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Natalia Kozyrenko acts on behalf of major oil and gas and natural resources companies on cross-border projects, including setting up joint ventures to develop natural resources fields. "I like her, she is a solid lawyer," a source says.

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Band 3

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Versatile managing partner Maxim Levinson provides strong support to the team, particularly in relation to the strategic aspects of energy M&A and finance deals.

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Band 3

Alexander Marchenko

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Marchenko is particularly praised for his local expertise. "He is a good pair of hands," a source confirms. He also has practical experience in energy projects in Turkmenistan.

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Band 3

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mikhail Semyonov is especially visible on joint venture transactions in the energy sector. Sources describe him as a "creative problem solver" who is "very strong in team management" and "always ready to go an extra mile" for his clients. "His commitment is second to none," a client adds.

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Band 4

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olga Davydava climbs up a tier as a result of extensive praise. She recently acted for UniCredit Bank Austria on a EUR300 million financing to Gazprom. Clients say she is "well organised and quite persistent, she really knows what she is talking about," with another client adding she is "good at explaining legal issues to someone with no legal background."

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Band 4

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Feruz Fidaev of DLA Piper Rus regularly advises on cross-border transactions involving Russian companies. "He's fantastic in the negotiations; he doesn't take the same approach every time," a client says, adding: "Sometimes we need to take the more business approach, sometimes we need to follow the theoretical approach, and he understands that." He also has practical experience of acting in transactions involving Uzbekistan.

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Band 4

Alexey Kondratchik

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexey Kondratchik is an experienced energy lawyer advising blue-chip companies on investments and joint ventures in Russia and across the CIS region. Sources note his in-depth understanding of regulatory matters, saying that the "regulatory framework is sophisticated and he is a guru." Another client highlights his "excellent industry knowledge, profound expertise in the Russian law and strong ability to provide efficient legal advice."

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Band 4

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anton Konnov is a notable corporate lawyer who also acts on major transactions in the energy sector. "He has strong communication skills and a very commercial and practical approach to negotiations," a client says.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julian Traill enters the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback. BP is his key client and has instructed him on a number of high-stakes transactions. "He understands the commercial drivers of a transaction," a source says.

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Up and Coming

Vladimir Lipavsky

Ost Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Lipavsky is the managing partner of Ost Legal and primarily advises on EPC contracts, largely in the electric power sector. He advised Neftegazindustriya Group on Afipka NPZ, an oil refinery modernisation project. His clients include Rusatom Overseas, E.ON Engineering and Gazprom Energoholding.

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Up and Coming

ALRUD Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrey Zharskiy is a corporate lawyer assisting Russian and international clients with their investments into energy companies in Russia. Clients say he is "result-driven," adding that he pays "great attention to detail." Another client appreciates that he provides a full and objective overview of a situation and "as a result, a client can choose the right way."

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Associates to watch

Konstantin Litvinenko

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Konstantin Litvinenko joins the rankings this year due to positive feedback. Interviewees describe him as "responsive and client-friendly."

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