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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Maintains its strong reputation, supporting long-lasting relationships with leading oil and gas clients in the sector with Lukoil as a key client. Acts on high-stakes financing matters, joint ventures and M&A deals for blue-chip energy clients. Closely co-operates with the London and Houston offices, often assisting Russian clients with overseas projects in the CIS region and beyond.

Strengths The lawyers' solution-oriented approach and flexibility are especially valued by clients. "They don't just point out legal risks but try to find the solution to set the commercial process going, so the deal can be made," a client reports.

Sources also highlight the value of the firm's international expertise. A client says that the team's key strength is its ability to combine "the understanding of Russian business practice and industry" together with its international experience, adding: "They have a good domestic law practice with some American flavour."

Work highlights Advised Lukoil and Lukoil International Finance on a Eurobonds issuance valued at USD1 billion.

Significant Clients Tatneft, Statoil, Surgutneftegaz, ExxonMobil, Baker Hughes.

Notable practitioners

Natalia Baratiants advises clients on a wide range of oil and gas matters, including high-value transactions and regulatory issues. She regularly represents Lukoil, including in the company's international projects. "She is extremely client-oriented," enthuses a source, adding: "She is always willing and able to efficiently handle various legal issues all over the world."

Alexey Kondratchik is an experienced energy lawyer advising blue-chip companies on investments, joint ventures and other corporate projects in Russia and across the CIS region.

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Allen & Overy - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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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 corporate mandates in the energy sector. Represents banks in energy projects as well as such matters as pre-payment facilities. Also advises oil and gas giants on significant joint venture projects. Works closely with the London team.

Strengths Clients note the team's analytical skills. "We can often get advice on weaknesses and strengths of a deal and how fast it will go," a source says.

Sources highlight the team's negotiating skills, with an interviewee praising the lawyers for "seeking to find a common ground on the sloppy field of commercial negotiations," adding: "They are equally able to grasp the overall picture and concentrate on details."

Work highlights Assisted GLG Partners in connection with a USD350 million syndicated pre-export finance facility to Siberian Anthracite.

Significant Clients Rosneft, Inter RAO UES, Schlumberger, Evraz, Novatek.

Notable practitioners

Anton Konnov regularly acts on major transactions in the energy sector. One client singles him out for having "a very commercial and practical approach to negotiations."

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Baker Botts LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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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 excellent expertise in oil and gas, including involvement in LNG projects, 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 The lawyers' practical experience of handling oil and gas issues is noted as a key strength. "They are very familiar with regulatory issues and we consider their knowledge of the industry top-notch," reports a client.

Sources further praise the team for its "great negotiation abilities."

Work highlights Acted for Rosneft on the establishment of a joint venture, Zvezda-Keppel, with Keppel FELS and MHWirth for the design of mobile offshore units to operate in the Far East of Russia.

Assisted Rosneft with the establishment of a joint venture with Damen Shipyards and a local partner that is focused on the localisation of shipbuilding in the Far East of Russia.

Significant Clients IFC, EBRD, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Novatek, SIBUR.

Notable practitioners

Versatile managing partner Maxim Levinson assists the team with strategic aspects of energy M&A and finance deals. "He is an excellent M&A lawyer with strong industry knowledge," comments a source.

Mikhail Semyonov handles high-value M&A and joint venture deals in the oil and gas sphere, regularly assisting such Russian energy giants as Rosneft. "He has done interesting joint ventures, he's good technically," a source says, adding that he is "good at negotiations and very organised."

Up-and-coming Konstantin Litvinenko is an increasingly visible name in the energy sphere, often acting on large-scale joint ventures and M&A transactions. One source describes him as a "great team player and negotiator."

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Baker McKenzie - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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

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

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's clarity of advice, as one source observes: "They have done a good job summarising issues in a way we can understand and then make decisions to move forward."

Another source especially emphasises the lawyers' client-oriented approach: "We feel like we are their only client."

Work highlights Represented Gazprom Neft in establishing a joint venture with Mubadala Petroleum, RDIF and Gazprom Bank.

Assisted Rostec with its sale of a 49% of stake in Erdenet Mining Corporation and Mongolrostsvetmet to Mongolian Copper Corporation.

Significant Clients Weatherford, ArcelorMittal, Intergeo, Novatek, Shell.

Notable practitioners

Alexey Frolov advises clients on large M&A transactions in the oil and gas as well as mining sectors. Clients describe him as commercial and offering clients strong support in a decision-making process. He recently advised on the Russian aspects of National Oilwell Varco's USD41.4 million acquisition of Trican Well Service.

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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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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Anton Sitnikov, Vitaly Mozharowski and Alexey Gorlatov

What the team is known for Acts on a range of matters for energy clients including joint ventures, acquisitions and energy-related construction, with particular expertise in the power generation sector in Russia and across the CIS region. Assists with corporate governance matters. Additionally, involved in long-term strategic projects such as Nord Stream II and TurkStream. Also active in the mining industry.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the team's commercial approach. A source says the lawyers are "keen on finding solutions to issues and are good negotiators."

The team is also praised for its responsiveness and accuracy.

Significant Clients Kvaerner, Schlumberger, Uralkali, SIBUR, Severstal.

Notable practitioners

Anton Sitnikov, Vitaly Mozharowski and Alexey Gorlatov lead the department and are key contacts for clients.

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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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Clifford Chance - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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

What the team is known for Well-established as an adviser to lenders on large-scale financing matters. Also supports energy companies in joint venture projects. Assists with the project financing of high-value LNG projects. Regularly supports lenders on various forms of financing in the sector, including credit and pre-export financing facilities as well as debt restructuring.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's pragmatic attitude. "They have a very practical approach," a client says, adding that the team "works as a bridge between the banks and the borrower."

Work highlights Represented the joint lead managers in Lukoil's USD1 billion issuance of Eurobonds.

Significant Clients Integra, Mondi, PhosAgro, State Grid Corporation of China, Mizuho Bank.

Notable practitioners

Victoria Bortkievicha is a key contact for clients.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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

What the team is known for Noted for its track record in oil and gas. Active in power generation, particularly electricity. Assists with cross-border energy projects in Europe and the Far East.

Notable practitioners

Natalia Kozyrenko regularly 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. "Natalia Kozyrenko is highly experienced and a very good lawyer," comments one source, adding that she is "doing very well on the transactional side."

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Dentons - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Alexei Zakharko

What the team is known for Handles M&A transactions, joint ventures and financings on behalf of Russian and international energy companies and investment funds. Particularly active in the oil and gas sphere, often advising Chinese and other Asian investors on cross-border cases. Involved in LNG projects.

Strengths The team is praised for its global view of issues, with a client saying that it has "good knowledge of both Russian and international aspects of the business."

Work highlights Acted for ONGC Videsh on its USD1.268 billion acquisition of a 15% stake in the Vankorneft oilfield in East Siberia from Rosneft, as well as a USD930 million acquisition of an additional 11% stake in Vankorneft.

Represented Gazprom in a large-scale joint venture for the construction of an LNG terminal in the Leningrad region.

Significant Clients Halliburton, Total, Ruetgers Group, E.ON, SIBUR.

Notable practitioners

UK-qualified Doran Doeh is an eminent practitioner with a strong track record in the oil and gas sector. He advises clients on strategic investment in Russia and abroad.

About the Team (content provided by Dentons)

Energy and natural resources— a complex and constantly challenging sector— is one of Russia’s most important industries. At Dentons we understand the nature of this highly capital-intensive and results-driven sector and work alongside industry participants, helping to ensure that your projects are brought on stream as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

Benefit from our profound expertise and ability to handle intricate, multijurisdictional projects and transactions. A number of international and Russian companies operating in this sector approach us regularly for expert advice and intelligent solutions.

Turn to Dentons’ Russian Energy & Natural Resources team to provide you with comprehensive advice and handle your most complex deals across Corporate / M&A, Banking & Finance, Competition and Tax. We work closely with our offices in the CIS as well as our other offices worldwide. For in-depth local knowledge combined with seamless, cross-border legal assistance in the Energy & Natural Resources sector, look to Dentons.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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

What the team is known for Offers a solid oil and gas team as well as experienced mining lawyers, assisting blue-chip clients with cross-border corporate and strategic M&A matters, large joint ventures and restructuring cases. Also acts on energy infrastructure projects. Provides regulatory advice. Additionally, acts on significant financing matters, including project finance. Also regularly assists Russian blue-chip companies with their significant overseas projects.

Strengths The team is endorsed for its client-friendly approach, as one source says: "We especially value their flexibility, creativity and resourcefulness, which underpin their reputation as a truly solution-focused team." Another client adds that they value the team for "solving problems and the ability to defend the client."

Work highlights Acted for the Far East Development Fund in relation to the financing provided by Corporation for Development of the Sakhalin Region to construct an LNG plant to serve the needs of power stations in Sakhalin.

Acted for Polyus on its joint venture with RT Business Development in relation to the exploration and development of the Sukhoi Log gold deposits.

Significant Clients Alrosa, Severstal, Polymetal, Rosneft, Gazprombank.

Notable practitioners

Sergei Diyachenko is one of the leading energy experts in Russia, advising on transactional and corporate matters in the energy and mining sectors. He recently acted for Rosneft on its proposed joint venture with Pertamina in connection with the contemplated construction of the Tuban refinery in Indonesia. He is described by sources as a "seasoned" practitioner and someone who can be "constructive to move a transaction forward."

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Danila Logofet, Olga Davydava and Oleg Konnov

What the team is known for Highly reputed team, well known for its expertise in project finance instructions in the oil and gas sector. Also assists with joint ventures, M&A transactions and corporate and regulatory matters. Offers further expertise in high-stakes energy infrastructure projects as well as matters in the mining sector. Recently particularly active in cross-border deals with China and India, closely collaborating with its London and Far East offices.

Strengths The team's smooth co-operation on complex transactions is highly valued by clients. "The members are mutually complementary," comments one source, highlighting that the team delivered high-quality advice "on an extremely complicated deal which has been implemented in a very tight schedule."

The team stands out for its inventive approach, with one client pointing it out as one of the top choices "when a more creative approach is needed."

Work highlights Advised United Capital Partners, which together with Trafigura acquired a 49% stake in Eassar Oil while another 49% was simultaneously acquired by Rosneft with the overall transaction valued at USD12.9 billion.

Assisted Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk with a large-scale construction, procurement and financing project of a gas processing plant in Amur region.

Significant Clients Silk Road Fund, Polyus, Rosatom, CNPC, Mitsui & Co.

Notable practitioners

Dual-qualified in the UK and Russia, Danila Logofet shares his time between Moscow and Hong Kong, actively assisting Russian as well as Chinese and Japanese clients with inbound and outbound investments in the Russian energy market. He advises blue-chip clients on M&A transactions, project finance and energy infrastructure matters. "He is business-oriented, not just focused on purely legal issues," a source says, adding that he "suggested very interesting decisions."

London-based Alexander Currie focuses on project finance within the energy sphere. “Alexander shows huge theoretical knowledge and practical experience,” comments one source.

Olga Davydava heads the energy finance practice in Moscow. A client praises her in-depth understanding of the field, adding that "she has played a huge role in finding compromises with our counterparties," as well as describing her as "very hard-working." Another source highlights that she "listens to the other side."

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King & Spalding - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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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. Instructed on LNG projects. Also provides environmental law advice. Increasingly active in the mining sector.

Strengths Sources agree that the team is "incredibly experienced" in the oil and gas sector, with another interviewee adding: "I have seen them often on fairly complicated transactions."

Another client notes the team's local knowledge, adding that it was "very responsive and efficient."

Work highlights Represented Frank's International in a tender process and negotiations in respect of oilfield service contracts with major Russian oil companies.

Significant Clients Rosneft, GV Gold, Sakhalin Energy, Bashneft, SIBUR.

Notable practitioners

A leading expert in the oil and gas arena, Jennifer Josefson assists energy companies with M&A transactions, joint ventures and regulatory issues. Sources recommend her for her long-standing experience in the field.

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Linklaters CIS - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Matthew Keats and 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 LNG. Has long-standing experience of acting for blue-chip energy companies on M&A deals. Benefits from the close co-operation of London-based lawyers on cross-border mandates.

Strengths The team is praised for its cross-border capacity and experience, as one client states: "The key strengths include the breadth of experience of the team across a number of locations," adding that it helped to advance negotiations "in an efficient manner and with a very pressing schedule."

Sources compliment the lawyers on their understanding of the industry as well as commercial skills, with a client noting the "depth of knowledge and understanding of issues, as well as the ability to execute a deal."

Work highlights Assisted Gazprom and Gazprom Export with the development and financing of the Nordstream II gas pipeline project.

Advised Rosneft on the disposal of 23.9% of Vankorneft to the consortium of Indian investors comprising India Oil, Indian Oil Corporation and Bharat PetroResources.

Significant Clients Sberbank CIB, Sakhalin Energy.

Notable practitioners

London-based Matthew Keats acts on major financing projects in the Russian energy market, including recently representing Sberbank CIB in the USD800 million project financing of Norilsk Nickel's construction of the Bystrinsky mining processing plant in Zabaykalsky Kray. Sources note his skilful management of complex transactions.

London-based Daniel Tyrer is regularly involved in significant project financing deals relating to Russia, including major LNG and pipeline projects. "He quickly jumps in when a creative solution is needed," notes a client.

Grigory Gadzhiev has a strong reputation for acting on M&A transactions in the energy sector. He recently acted for Rosneft on the disposal of a 20% stake in Verkhnechonskneftegaz to Beijing Gas Group Co. and the establishment of a joint venture for further exploration of the Verkhnechonskoye field. He is noted for his "commercial and technical" knowledge.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Jonathan Hines, Roman Dashko and Dina Kzylkhodjaeva

What the team is known for Well-established team advising local and international blue-chip clients on M&A transactions and joint ventures, financing and project development in the oil and gas as well as mining and power sectors. Noted for specialist knowledge of upstream oil and gas projects. Strong expertise in cross-border matters across the wider CIS region.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's long track record in handling oil and gas matters.

Work highlights Assisted Gazprom Neft with its licensing of gas processing technology from Air Liquide.

Significant Clients OMV, Lukoil, Gazprom Neft, Korea National Oil Corporation, Statoil.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Hines is one of the leading energy lawyers in Russia, boasting decades of experience in the oil and gas, mining and metals sectors. "I trust his knowledge of law and understanding of culture to guide the deal," comments one interviewee, while another source adds: "He knows Russian mentality inside out." He is also regularly involved in deals relating to a broader CIS region, including Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

Alexander Marchenko is particularly well known for his expertise in upstream oil and gas matters. He has also handled energy projects in CIS countries, including Turkmenistan.

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NAFCO-Law & Tax Advisers - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Pavel Ikkert

What the team is known for A boutique firm representing major energy companies in high-value tax disputes. Regularly assists with disputing tax audit results in pre-trial stage.

Strengths Clients underline the firm's strong specialisation in energy tax disputes. Another client adds: "They are detail-oriented, think outside the box and are focused on results."

Work highlights Acted for Inter RAO UES on a pre-trial dispute of the audit results valued at RUB97 million.

Significant Clients Moscow United Power Grid Company, Tomskenergosbyt.

Notable practitioners

Pavel Ikkert leads the department and is a key point of contact.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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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. First port of call for clients seeking regulatory advice. Also represents companies in the power generation sector. Regularly acts for major Russian and global oil and gas companies. Assists clients with regional projects in the CIS region and countries further overseas.

Strengths Commentators readily recognise the team's regulatory expertise.

Work highlights Advised BP on establishing a joint venture with Rosneft, Yermak Neftegaz, for the exploration of the Yenisey-Khatanga basin and north-west Siberia.

In co-operation with the firm's other offices, acted for Rosneft on a long-term USD1.5 billion pre-paid export contract with PDVSA, to finance the purchase of oil.

Significant Clients Gazprom Neft, Barrick Gold, Rio Tinto, Petropavlovsk, Slavneft.

Notable practitioners

Anatoly Andriash focuses on M&A, corporate and joint venture matters in the energy and natural resources sector. He has acted for HOPU Investments on the completion of its USD100 million acquisition of a minority stake in the Bystrinskoye mine in the Zabaikal region of Russia from Norilsk Nickel.

Julian Traill is a well-regarded corporate lawyer who regularly advises on M&A and joint venture transactions in the energy sector. He assisted BP with the establishment of a joint venture with Rosneft, Yermak Neftegaz, to develop projects in the Yenisey-Khatanga basin and the north-west Siberia. A source recommends him for his strong technical ability.

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White & Case LLC - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Igor Ostapets

What the team is known for Highly regarded energy and natural resources team regularly representing Russian blue-chip energy companies and creditors in significant M&A and financing matters. Notable project financing work. Also assists with restructuring and regulatory issues. Closely co-operates with the London team.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its understanding of the practical application of Russian law.

Work highlights Acted for Sberbank CIB and VTB Capital as joint global co-ordinators and joint bookrunners on an USD812 million privatisation of the Russian Federation's 10.9% stake in Alrosa.

Advised MOL on the sale of Matjushkinskaya Vertical to four independent Russian investors.

Significant Clients EuroChem, Norilsk Nickel, Polymetal, SIBUR.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Igor Ostapets is recognised for his long track record in the energy sector and is well known for acting on high-profile oil and gas transactions as well as corporate structuring projects. He recently co-led the team acting for MOL Group on the disposal of Matjushkinskaya Vertical to four independent Russian investors.

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Eminent Practitioner

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

UK-qualified Doran Doeh is an eminent practitioner with a strong track record in the oil and gas sector. He advises clients on strategic investment in Russia and abroad.

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Eminent Practitioner

White & Case LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Igor Ostapets is recognised for his long track record in the energy sector and is well known for acting on high-profile oil and gas transactions as well as corporate structuring projects. He recently co-led the team acting for MOL Group on the disposal of Matjushkinskaya Vertical to four independent Russian investors.

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Sergei Diyachenko

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergei Diyachenko is one of the leading energy experts in Russia, advising on transactional and corporate matters in the energy and mining sectors. He recently acted for Rosneft on its proposed joint venture with Pertamina in connection with the contemplated construction of the Tuban refinery in Indonesia. He is described by sources as a "seasoned" practitioner and someone who can be "constructive to move a transaction forward."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jonathan Hines is one of the leading energy lawyers in Russia, boasting decades of experience in the oil and gas, mining and metals sectors. "I trust his knowledge of law and understanding of culture to guide the deal," comments one interviewee, while another source adds: "He knows Russian mentality inside out." He is also regularly involved in deals relating to a broader CIS region, including Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

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Jennifer Josefson

King & Spalding

From the Chambers Europe guide

A leading expert in the oil and gas arena, Jennifer Josefson assists energy companies with M&A transactions, joint ventures and regulatory issues. Sources recommend her for her long-standing experience in the field.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexey Frolov advises clients on large M&A transactions in the oil and gas as well as mining sectors. Clients describe him as commercial and offering clients strong support in a decision-making process. He recently advised on the Russian aspects of National Oilwell Varco's USD41.4 million acquisition of Trican Well Service.

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Linklaters CIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Grigory Gadzhiev has a strong reputation for acting on M&A transactions in the energy sector. He recently acted for Rosneft on the disposal of a 20% stake in Verkhnechonskneftegaz to Beijing Gas Group Co. and the establishment of a joint venture for further exploration of the Verkhnechonskoye field. He is noted for his "commercial and technical" knowledge.

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anatoly Andriash focuses on M&A, corporate and joint venture matters in the energy and natural resources sector. He has acted for HOPU Investments on the completion of its USD100 million acquisition of a minority stake in the Bystrinskoye mine in the Zabaikal region of Russia from Norilsk Nickel.

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Natalia R Baratiants

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Natalia Baratiants advises clients on a wide range of oil and gas matters, including high-value transactions and regulatory issues. She regularly represents Lukoil, including in the company's international projects. "She is extremely client-oriented," enthuses a source, adding: "She is always willing and able to efficiently handle various legal issues all over the world."

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Natalia Kozyrenko

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Natalia Kozyrenko regularly 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. "Natalia Kozyrenko is highly experienced and a very good lawyer," comments one source, adding that she is "doing very well on the transactional side."

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Versatile managing partner Maxim Levinson assists the team with strategic aspects of energy M&A and finance deals. "He is an excellent M&A lawyer with strong industry knowledge," comments a source.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mikhail Semyonov handles high-value M&A and joint venture deals in the oil and gas sphere, regularly assisting such Russian energy giants as Rosneft. "He has done interesting joint ventures, he's good technically," a source says, adding that he is "good at negotiations and very organised."

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olga Davydava heads the energy finance practice in Moscow. A client praises her in-depth understanding of the field, adding that "she has played a huge role in finding compromises with our counterparties," as well as describing her as "very hard-working." Another source highlights that she "listens to the other side."

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Feruz Fidaev of DLA Piper Rus Ltd is a well-regarded energy lawyer who advises Russian energy companies on transactions and joint ventures in Russia and overseas. He also has practical knowledge of handling transactions related to Uzbekistan.

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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, joint ventures and other corporate projects in Russia and across the CIS region.

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Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anton Konnov regularly acts on major transactions in the energy sector. One client singles him out for having "a very commercial and practical approach to negotiations."

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Alexander Marchenko

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Marchenko is particularly well known for his expertise in upstream oil and gas matters. He has also handled energy projects in CIS countries, including Turkmenistan.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julian Traill is a well-regarded corporate lawyer who regularly advises on M&A and joint venture transactions in the energy sector. He assisted BP with the establishment of a joint venture with Rosneft, Yermak Neftegaz, to develop projects in the Yenisey-Khatanga basin and the north-west Siberia. A source recommends him for his strong technical ability.

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Up and Coming

Konstantin Litvinenko

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Konstantin Litvinenko is an increasingly visible name in the energy sphere, often acting on large-scale joint ventures and M&A transactions. One source describes him as a "great team player and negotiator."

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