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Europe Guide

Private Equity — Russia


Herbert Smith Freehills - Private Equity Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-notch team acting for domestic and international private equity houses and funds active in finance, real estate, energy and technology. Assists clients with a wide range of issues related to private equity, including fund formation as well as M&A, acquisition financing, dispute resolution and regulatory matters.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's ability to handle complex multiparty transactions, as one client points out: "They have a great ability to co-ordinate different parties and keep everyone up to date."

Other interviewees praise the group's "very commercial approach," with one commentator saying: "Their key strength is their ability to see commercial rationale behind all legal work."

Work highlights Advised Interros on a USD278 million sale of its 50% interest in the Rambler & Co group to its joint venture partner, A&NN Investments.

Notable practitioners

Evgeny Zelensky is a versatile and experienced lawyer with a strong track record of handling private equity transactions. He recently co-led a transaction where he represented Malltech in the high-value acquisition of LETO Mall. "Evgeny Zelensky is very hands-on, diligent and extremely hard-working," comments one client, adding: "He is a walking encyclopaedia with erudite knowledge of law, incredible negotiation skills and an exceptionally commercial approach."

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Clifford Chance - Private Equity Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong team representing investment banks, companies and private equity houses in investments, exits, financing and financial restructuring. Closely collaborates with the London office.

Strengths Sources underline the team's understanding of clients' needs, with one source saying: "They know what approach we want to take, and what we expect from them."

Another source adds that "they are very thorough and hard-working."

Work highlights Acted for the founders and shareholders of M.Video on their USD725 million disposal of the majority of shares in M.Video to the Safmar Group, a Russian private equity company.

Advised China Investment Corporation on its acquisition of Logicor from Blackstone.

Notable practitioners

Arthur Iliev is a capital markets and M&A lawyer who is also dedicated to private equity deals. One client enthuses: "He knows everything about what clients expect and what the market realities require," adding that "he is a great technical lawyer."

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



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Dentons - Private Equity Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Impressive private equity offering, strengthened by the arrival of top-ranked Christopher Rose in January 2017. Advises on private equity transactions, venture financing and restructuring. Enjoys an impressive client following from major private equity houses. Closely co-operates with offices in the CIS and across Europe and America on key private equity deals.

Strengths Clients particularly emphasise the team's dedication and efficient approach. "They defend our interests until the end and will not focus on unnecessary details," says one client.

Sources also praise the lawyers' commercial approach: "They try to give you a solution and think about client's business needs," adding: "They can cover any issue you have in a transaction."

Work highlights Acted for a consortium of private equity houses and funds, including Mubadala, Baring Vostok and RDIF, on an acquisition of a 25% stake in Pulkovo Airport.

Assisted RDIF, acting jointly with a number of Middle Eastern funds, with an acquisition of a minority stake in Russian Helicopters from Rostec.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Rose enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for his vast experience in a range of private equity and venture capital transactions, especially in the technology sector. According to interviewees, "he is very client-oriented and extremely time-efficient" and "he can assist in any difficult situation."

Richard Cowie enters the ranking table this year as a result of strong endorsement from market sources. He advises on M&A mandates, with an increasing focus on private equity and venture capital transactions. Clients commend him for his "robust negotiating style" and describe him as "commercial and efficient."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Private Equity Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established team advising on high-value transactional cases across a range of industries, including energy, real estate and technology. Acts for the market-leading private equity funds and represents private Russian investors on large-scale M&A tickets and investments. Utilises its international network to advise on cross-border transactions.

Strengths Sources note that the team is very client-oriented, for instance saying: "I am very impressed with the way the firm constantly puts the client first."

Another interviewee comments on the "high quality of legal work," which is also "very timely."

Work highlights Assisted Otkritie with its USD1.45 billion acquisition of Arkhangelskgeoldobycha from Lukoil.

Advised National CinemaChain on its disposal of Cinema Park to entities affiliated with A&NN Investments.

Notable practitioners

Dmitri Kovalenko is a standout M&A lawyer who has significant experience in assisting with private equity transactions. He recently advised Horus Real Estate Fund on the acquisition of Morton Group, and the subsequent sale of Morton Group to PIK Group. One client hails: "Dmitri Kovalenko is a superb all-round lawyer who has the skills and experience to deal with any situation and provide clear senior-level strategy advice."

Alexey Kiyashko is a versatile lawyer with experience in general M&A as well as private equity-driven transactions. One client compliments: "He's one of the most effective lawyers I have worked with," adding that he is "objective and resilient."

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Skadden advises private equity firms on the structuring and execution of large, cross-border and domestic private equity transactions, including the purchase and sale of portfolio companies. The firm combines leading transactional experience with sophisticated financing and tax techniques in relation to a range of matters, including leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and recapitalizations.

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Squire Patton Boggs Moscow LLC - Private Equity Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable track record in advising domestic, regional and global private equity and venture capital funds. Its offering includes fund formation, portfolio investments, exits and restructurings. Active in deals in online retail, media and technology as well as life sciences, among other sectors. Also benefits from its international network to provide a strong offering on cross-border deals.

Strengths The team receives credit for its fast responses and "effective communication."

Work highlights Assisted Baring Vostok with its acquisition of a 50% stake in one of the major independent mobile telecoms towers.

Notable practitioners

Patrick Brooks advises on M&A and is also visible on private equity deals across different sectors, such as telecommunications and financial services. One client mentions that "he understands our business model and is good in negotiations."

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White & Case LLC - Private Equity Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established presence in the private equity market. Strong offering in finance-related matters and large-scale M&A tickets. Represents private equity funds, investment banks and sovereign wealth funds across a number of sectors, including media and agriculture. Experienced in handling cross-border mandates, both in Europe and further afield.

Strengths A source says he likes having the team on the other side because the lawyers "work constructively and you know what they are doing."

The lawyers are especially praised for strength in financing, where they enjoy a "very strong reputation."

Notable practitioners

Eric Michailov is a well-established, versatile lawyer with a wealth of experience in transactional deals in Russia, including in private equity transactions. "He is very personable and helped enormously in negotiations with the counterparty," observes one source.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Private Equity Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acts for regional and Russian private equity funds on high-value M&A tickets and investments. Particularly active in deals in telecoms and media. Also active in retail and e-commerce.

Strengths A client highlights the "quick turnaround" times and solid quality of advice.

Work highlights Acted for UFG Private Equity Fund III on the acquisition of a 25% stake in the Animaccord Group.

Advised Sistema on the USD133.56 million disposal by its subsidiary CJSC DM Finance of a 23.1% stake in Detsky Mir to the Russia-China Investment Fund.

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Kouznetsov is a key contact for clients.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP - Private Equity Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acts for both international and domestic private equity funds and private companies. Also assists sovereign wealth funds and investment funds. Involved in acquisitions and disposals as well as in the creation of new ventures. Has a particular focus on the real estate sector.

Strengths Interviewees point out the team's "client-oriented" approach.

Work highlights Assisted Rossium Concern with its USD238 million acquisition of a 90.99% stake in Onexim's Opin.

Notable practitioners

Anton Sitnikov is a key contact for clients.

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The Private Equity Practice of Goltsblat BLP handles the most complex transactions by offering clients a fully integrated private equity service that is steeped in:

  • Private equity real estate
  • Leveraged finance
  • Restructuring
  • Structured products and securitisation
  • Tax
  • Infrastructure

Our lawyers span all aspects of the private equity transaction spectrum. We advise private equity houses, larger and mid-tier institutional investors and management teams on:

  • All forms of private equity investments
  • Corporate rescues / reconstructions and distressed / turnaround situations
  • Acquisition and disposition of portfolio companies
  • Exits
  • Debt facilities for transactions and private equity-backed corporates
  • Fund formation

Transactions in the built environment are a core strength of the firm and as a consequence, we act on some of the leading real estate equity investments in the marketplace including key transactions; as well as real estate funds where corporate private equity techniques are used on major real estate transactions.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Private Equity Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced team handling domestic and cross-border matters for large Russia-based blue-chip companies, as well as private equity funds and individuals. Transaction-oriented department, advising on joint ventures and private equity investments, and benefiting from its international network for cross-border deals.

Notable practitioners

Scott Senecal is a well-respected M&A lawyer who is also active in complex private equity deals. He is highlighted by sources as a good choice for cross-border work.

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd - Private Equity Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Particular strength in venture capital transactions, representing technology companies, entrepreneurs and venture funds. Acts on all stages of venture capital and private equity deals, as well as outbound investments. Its clientele includes some of the major Russian and foreign funds.

Strengths Clients are happy with the team's network and efficiency, with one source saying: "They have a global network of resources to solve any legal issue in a very timely and cost-efficient manner."

One source also highlights that the lawyers are "always quick and consider the interests and features of our business."

Work highlights Acted for Sberbank Investments on its USD177 million acquisition of shares in Verkhnekamsk Potash Company.

Advised Baring Vostok on its USD4.2 million investment in microfinance start-up Revo.

Notable practitioners

Leo Batalov enters this year's rankings in recognition of high praise from market sources, with one commentator describing him as "very commercial" and also "very good at drafting and proposing solutions." He represents Russian and foreign funds and investors in venture capital and private equity transactions, often in the technology sector.

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Eminent Practitioner

White & Case LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eric Michailov is a well-established, versatile lawyer with a wealth of experience in transactional deals in Russia, including in private equity transactions. "He is very personable and helped enormously in negotiations with the counterparty," observes one source.

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Band 1

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christopher Rose enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for his vast experience in a range of private equity and venture capital transactions, especially in the technology sector. According to interviewees, "he is very client-oriented and extremely time-efficient" and "he can assist in any difficult situation."

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Band 2

Dmitri V Kovalenko

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmitri Kovalenko is a standout M&A lawyer who has significant experience in assisting with private equity transactions. He recently advised Horus Real Estate Fund on the acquisition of Morton Group, and the subsequent sale of Morton Group to PIK Group. One client hails: "Dmitri Kovalenko is a superb all-round lawyer who has the skills and experience to deal with any situation and provide clear senior-level strategy advice."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Scott Senecal is a well-respected M&A lawyer who is also active in complex private equity deals. He is highlighted by sources as a good choice for cross-border work.

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Band 2

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evgeny Zelensky is a versatile and experienced lawyer with a strong track record of handling private equity transactions. He recently co-led a transaction where he represented Malltech in the high-value acquisition of LETO Mall. "Evgeny Zelensky is very hands-on, diligent and extremely hard-working," comments one client, adding: "He is a walking encyclopaedia with erudite knowledge of law, incredible negotiation skills and an exceptionally commercial approach."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Leo Batalov enters this year's rankings in recognition of high praise from market sources, with one commentator describing him as "very commercial" and also "very good at drafting and proposing solutions." He represents Russian and foreign funds and investors in venture capital and private equity transactions, often in the technology sector.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arthur Iliev is a capital markets and M&A lawyer who is also dedicated to private equity deals. One client enthuses: "He knows everything about what clients expect and what the market realities require," adding that "he is a great technical lawyer."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexey Kiyashko is a versatile lawyer with experience in general M&A as well as private equity-driven transactions. One client compliments: "He's one of the most effective lawyers I have worked with," adding that he is "objective and resilient."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Squire Patton Boggs Moscow LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Patrick Brooks advises on M&A and is also visible on private equity deals across different sectors, such as telecommunications and financial services. One client mentions that "he understands our business model and is good in negotiations."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Richard Cowie enters the ranking table this year as a result of strong endorsement from market sources. He advises on M&A mandates, with an increasing focus on private equity and venture capital transactions. Clients commend him for his "robust negotiating style" and describe him as "commercial and efficient."

^ See whole ranking table