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Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market — Russia


FBK Legal - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Alexander Ermolenko
- 1 partner
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active mid-market firm providing transactional and general advisory assistance. Well known for advising on significant deals, particularly in a due diligence capacity. Also assists clients with day-to-day general corporate issues, acting for local as well as notable international clients. Recently active in the domestic energy sector.

Strengths Clients are quick to praise the team's dedication and drive, describing the lawyers as "highly diligent and sensitive approach at any time, even at night, even during holidays if needed."

Another source appreciates its timely approach: "No delays, no excuses. Everything is on time."

Work highlights Assisted GT Energo with due diligence of its acquisition of a company producing gas pipes valued at USD400 million.

Advised Ranbaxy Laboratories on the Russian law aspects of its corporate restructuring.

Significant Clients Actavis, FANUC, Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits, Sberbank.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Ermolenko acts on a broad range of corporate matters, including M&A projects. "He can always get back to you quickly with what you need," a source reports.

About the Team (content provided by FBK Legal)

Key services

  • Due diligence
  • Legal support of merger and acquisition transactions (M&A)
  • Business restructuring
  • Corporate secretary
  • Ongoing corporate support
  • Services at the start-up stage
  • Incorporation of legal entities
  • Accreditation of foreign representative offices (branches)
  • Reorganization of legal entities
  • Liquidation of legal entities, representative offices (branches)

Key facts about practice

  • Our team: 1 partner and 22 lawyers
  • Our team provides services associated with full support of business acquisition, the sale of company’s assets (part of the assets), restructuring of companies as well as other services in the field of M&A.
  • We represent buyers, sellers, company’s shareholders, members and the investment funds.
  • FBK Legal lawyers provide services for the full corporate business support. We formulate legal decisions under specific stages of the company’s lifecycle, under certain commercial and management arrangements.
  • Our experience of working on the Russian market may order to prevent possible obstacles and to minimize the risks as well as if necessary to give practical advice and to suggest one-of-a-kind legal decisions.
  • Our principal goal is to ensure that our clients can achieve their objectives within the framework of a specific transaction.
  • We apply our experience at the Russian market to anticipate difficulties, mitigate risks and where necessary come up with practically focused advice and creative legal solutions.

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Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Mikhail Motritch and Alexander Zyuba
- 2 partners
- 7 lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading team focusing on mid-market transactions. Regularly provides domestic law support to M&A, joint venture and corporate structuring matters. Advises significant Russian companies from a range of industries, including the heavy industry and natural resources sectors. Also acts for a number of international clients. Clients benefit from the firm's prominent position in Russian dispute resolution.

Work highlights Advised Russian Direct Investment Fund on its shareholders' agreement with Basic Element and Changi Airport concerning their joint acquisition of the Vladivostok International Airport.

Acted for Mangazeya Mining on its purchase of the Ksenyevsky Priisk gold mine in Siberia.

Assisted Gerald Metals with its joint venture with Russian Copper Company to develop Mikheevskoye and Tominskoye mines.

Significant Clients Auchan, Forum Properties, Opus, Prodimex.

Notable practitioners

Mikhail Motrich regularly assists significant domestic clients with corporate structuring mandates as well as joint venture projects. He recently advised Forum Properties on a joint venture with a strategic investor.

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Recent experience:

  • Advise to Forum Properties in setting up a joint venture with the largest owner of office premises in Moscow, with combined assets exceeding USD 4 billion  
  • Advice to Russian Direct Investment Fund on shareholders agreement with Basic Element and Changi International Airports (operator of the Singapore Airport) concerning the reconstruction and development of Vladivostok International Airport
  • Phased sale of business of PTI, Russia's leading producer of food ingredients, to Frutarom, an Izraeli group listed on LSE. The transaction was closed in three stages and therefore lasted for several years.
  • Assisting Mangazeya Mining, a company listed in Canada, in the acquisition of the Ksenyevsky goldmine in Siberia, including advice on related corporate compliance and governance issues
  • Advising Auchan on corporate restructuring of some of their Russian subsidiaries
  • Advising Gerald Metals, one of the world's leading copper traders, on setting up a joint venture with Russian Copper Company with respect to the development of two Russia's largest copper deposits: Mikheevskoye and Tominskoye
  • Advising Prodimex on the asset swap transaction including agriculture lands (over 30,000 hectares in Central Russia) and elevators
  • Advice to Sistema regarding a joint venture in the technnology sphere  

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Ivanyan & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Khristofor Ivanyan and Maria Miroshnikova
- 3 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Increasingly visible practice group that advances in the rankings this year. Provides Russian law support on large-scale M&A projects, particularly on transactions in the energy market. Also advises on corporate governance and restructuring matters across a variety of industries.

Strengths Creative problem-solving is highlighted as a key strength of the team, with a client saying: "They spot the technical issues but are also highly innovative and commercial."

Significant Clients Crudex, Gazprombank.

Notable practitioners

Maria Miroshnikova advances through the rankings this year as a result of her increasing visibility and positive market feedback. She regularly advises clients on corporate governance and structuring matters as well as significant transactions. She often represents minority shareholders in M&A projects as well as joint venture structuring. "She works very hard," a source says, adding: "She comes up with things you wouldn't normally think of."

Founding partner Khristofor Ivanyan advises on the most important corporate issues, with sources reporting that he advises on "big-picture strategy."

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LECAP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm known for its focus on corporate restructuring and corporate governance matters. Also assists clients with transactional mandates. Has a core client base of large Russian real estate companies as well as domestic financial services providers.

Strengths Sources applaud the client-oriented approach of the team. "They're very responsive and available any time. Whenever we have an urgent issue to discuss they're readily available."

Work highlights Advised B&N Bank on its merger with MDM Bank.

Assisted Catalytic People with its corporate reorganisation.

Significant Clients CGGVeritas, Mikron, O1 Group, Sollers, Tele2.

Notable practitioners

Roman Belenkov is a well-known corporate lawyer who is also recognised for his knowledge of capital markets. "You cannot go wrong if you involve him," according to a source, who adds: "If there's a project he's involved in you can be completely sure the project is in the right hands."

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Lidings - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Tatiana Bicheva
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong mid-market advisory firm focused on advising Asian and European clients on corporate structuring and corporate governance matters. Also represents notable Russian business names. Regularly advises on corporate mandates across the IT, pharmaceutical and natural resource sectors.

Strengths Sources appreciate the clarity and speed of advice, with an interviewee saying: "They're very prompt, the feedback is very quick and clear; they are helpful."

Work highlights Assisted ISHVAN Pharmaceuticals with its Russian market entry, which included the establishment of a joint venture with a Russian company.

Significant Clients Itransition, Kokoc Group, Organo Gold, Valenta Pharm.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Andrey Zelenin is a well-regarded corporate lawyer active in assisting local and international clients with joint ventures, corporate structuring and transactions. He is particularly known for his in-depth expertise relating to the life sciences sector.

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Nektorov, Saveliev & Partners Law Firm - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Marat Davletbaev and Alexander Nektorov
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active on corporate restructuring and governance matters, the team predominantly represents significant Russian clients. Also provides Russian law support in cross-border transactions, representing both Russian and international corporate names. Assists clients from a broad range of industries.

Strengths Sources highlight the pragmatism and responsiveness of the team. "The lawyers react very quickly to changes in the given situation," a source says, while another interviewee notes their "practical approach to solving business problems."

Work highlights Assisted Promagro with corporate restructuring matters.

Significant Clients Abrau-Durso, RM Rail Holding, Zoomlion.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Alexander Nektorov is a well-recognised corporate lawyer. He regularly lends his expertise to complex corporate structuring projects, due diligence projects and transactional mandates.

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Pepeliaev Group - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Ilya Bolotnov and Nikolay Solodovnikov
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable team acting for a broad roster of blue-chip international clients as well as significant Russian corporates. Provides corporate structuring and governance advice and is also regularly instructed on due diligence projects. Particularly active in the consumer products and pharmaceutical sectors. Stands out for its excellent tax capabilities.

Strengths The team wins praise for its client-oriented approach. "They know our needs," a client says, while another describes the team as "fast and responsive."

Significant Clients Canon, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble, Wihuri.

Notable practitioners

Ilya Bolotnov is a key contact for clients.

About the Team (content provided by Pepeliaev Group)

This is one of the key practices within Pepeliaev Group and one of the best M&A teams on the Russian market. 

The practice includes 4 partners and over 25 lawyers. 

Our lawyers have experience of working in leading international law firms, including Magic Circle. 

They have assisted in more than 50 transactions worth between USD 10 million and 4 billion. 

Key services 

  • Preparing and conducting M&A transactions
  • Due Diligence
  • Providing legal support in reorganising and restructuring of businesses and their assets
  • Analysing the efficiency and transparency of corporate management structures, developing new management and ownership models
  • Providing legal support for share issues and transactions with securities
  • Providing legal support for various aspects of business in relation to corporate legislation
  • Providing support to clients at all stages of investment projects

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Vegas Lex - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of practice: Alexander Sitnikov

What the team is known for Visible on mid-sized M&A deals and joint venture projects. Represents a core client base of industrial, agricultural, real estate and construction companies. Also recognised for its expertise in infrastructural projects. The firm is active in a number of regions in Russia with offices in Volgograd and Krasnodar in addition to Moscow.

Work highlights Advised Vesna on its acquisition of the Sergach sugar factory from the AK BARS group of companies.

Assisted Alrosa with a corporate reorganisation of one of its companies, Burevestnik.

Significant Clients Russian Post, Gabion, Ruscompozit, Slavros, Russian Railways.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Alexander Sitnikov is the firm's key rainmaker and often assists with strategic issues related to corporate structuring and transactions.

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YUST Law Firm - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Anna Kotova-Smolenskaya
- 4 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Principally focused on domestic clientele, the team acts for clients on transactional and day-to-day corporate governance matters. Assists with due diligence and corporate advisory issues, and also handles corporate restructuring projects. Represents clients from a variety of industries, including domestic industrial, TMT and retail companies.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's responsiveness and business-friendly approach. "They are always available," a client says, adding: "YUST are very creative. In a situation that seemed hopeless to us, they proposed very unexpected solutions which worked."

Work highlights Advised Asseco Poland on its acquisition of R-Style Softlab for USD40 million.

Assisted RusGazDobycha with corporate issues relating to the development of oil and gas fields in Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district in co-operation with Gazprom.

Significant Clients Gazprom Space Systems, MTS, Rusnano, United Rocket and Space Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Anna Kotova-Smolenskaya enters the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback as an increasingly visible name in the practice area. Sources praise her dedication, availability and focus on solutions.

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Andrey Gorodissky & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Enters the rankings this year as a result of visibility and positive market feedback. Regularly provides Russian law support on cross-border and domestic transactions. Often instructed on due diligence and Russian law compliance relating to M&A and joint venture projects. Acts for both notable internationals and Russian-owned private corporate groups across a range of sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's pragmatic approach, with a source saying: "The team is diligent, accurate, responsive and very helpful. All the answers were commercial and tailored to our company."

Work highlights Advised Microsoft on Russian law as part of its global sale of entry-level feature phone assets to FIH Mobile.

Assisted Sistema and its subsidiary Binnopharm with an acquisition of Alpharm.

Significant Clients Chevron, IBM, Otkritie Holding, Samsung.

Notable practitioners

Alexei Gorodissky joins the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback for his work on corporate matters. Clients appreciate his hands-on involvement and effective handling of issues. A source describes him as "very efficient," adding that he "really wants to meet our needs."

About the Team (content provided by Andrey Gorodissky & Partners)

To exist and grow effectively, businesses need not only to comply with the organization and management procedures in place, but also quite often custom solutions to legal issues. A stable framework for corporate governance and contracting provides safeguards for the business interests of our clients. Involved legal relationships between the government, companies and individuals within corporations also need competent legal services. Drawing on our lawyers' many years of experience, legislative monitoring will help keep on track corporate relationships involving joint holdings or mergers, prevent a corporate conflict.

Leveraging its knowledge and experience, AGP provides advice on legal risks and competently helps bring disputes to a resolution, ensuring a balance between the parties' interests avoiding or minimizing financial losses. Our firm’s services are used by major Russian and foreign companies, for which we saw through M&As totalling 30+ billion US dollars. The professional excellence of our lawyers is evidenced by the scale of completed projects and feedback from our clients.

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Capital Legal Services International LLC - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Pavel Karpunin and Vladislav Zabrondin
- 2 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides Russian law support to international companies. Instructed by a broad client base of European clients as well as corporates from the USA and Asia. Also represents Russian corporate names. Regularly advises on due diligence projects, as well as corporate structuring and governance mandates.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's pragmatism and client-oriented approach, with one stating: "They look at projects from a practical point of view, delivering solutions made for us."

Work highlights Assisted Groupe Soufflet with its acquisition of Russian company Spherea.

Advised Perm Concession Company on a concession agreement for the construction of a road and a bridge crossing in the Perm region.

Significant Clients Agro-Invest Brinky, Cupquelan, Henkel, Next, Toyota.

Notable practitioners

Pavel Karpunin is a key contact for clients.

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Infralex - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Yulia Eremenko and Artem Kukin
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Visible domestic mid-market firm assisting with a broad range of corporate and transactional matters. Provides domestic law support to cross-border deals, often acting as local co-counsel to international law firms. Offers assistance with restructuring and corporate governance matters to a wide range of domestic clients.

Strengths Sources note the team's dedication, stating that "they work very hard for their clients and actually they have never wasted my time."

Work highlights Acted for Novaya Perevozochnaya on its USD37.5 million disposal of a subsidiary involved in real estate.

Notable practitioners

Artem Kukin enters the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback. He assists clients with a variety of corporate mandates, particularly due diligence and Russian law compliance of cross-border mandates. A source describes him as "a problem solver who takes a very commercial approach to all matters."

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Liniya Prava Law Firm - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Andrey Novakovsky
- 4 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Increasingly visible mid-market firm that assists clients with transactional mandates along with corporate governance and structuring issues. Regularly instructed by domestic corporate names, and also represents a growing number of international corporates from Europe and Asia from across a broad range of industries.

Work highlights Advised Anhui Anli Material Technology on its acquisition of a leather production facility in Chekhov.

Assisted Opitny Stekolny Zavod as part of its investment agreement with the Kaliningrad regional authorities for the construction of a glass manufacturing facility in Chernyakhovsk industrial park.

Significant Clients Agrowill Group, ChinaNetCenter, Gruma International Foods, Vnukovo International Airport.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Andrey Novakovskiy is a well-established name in the Russian legal market, providing strategic assistance to the team's corporate clients. A source notes his "deep understanding of what a client needs."

About the Team (content provided by Liniya Prava Law Firm)

LP Law Firm’s M&A, Сorporate and Commercial Law practice is recognized on the Russian legal market by an ability to grasp the full range of corporate and commercial law issues, providing a top-notch quality product to a client.

Key points and facts:

  • Experience – almost two decades of successful track record
  • Innovation – developing practice, using new legal instruments
  • Geography – representing major Russian corporations, as well as clients from Asia, Europe, Middle East and USA
  • Scale – advising Fortune 500 Global, LSE, NYSE, HKEX, SSE, SZSE and JPX listed companies, as well as SMEs
  • Scope of services – both transactional work and ongoing legal support of company’s life cycle

Services:

  • Share and asset deals
  • Joint ventures
  • Transactional documentation (SPA, SHA, JVA, LPA, Option agreements, etc.)
  • Legal due diligence
  • Corporate and tax structuring
  • Antitrust and strategic investment clearance
  • Post-M&A business integration
  • Shareholders’ rights protection
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Privatization
  • Commercial contracts
  • Regulatory matters
  • Procurements and compliance
  • Establishing business in Russia

Recent team news:

Vadim Konyushkevich, previously heading China desk in LIDINGS Law firm strengthened the practice as a partner in 2016.

Vadim is a recognized expert in supporting foreign business in Russia, having advised such companies as: CDB, CITIC, Emerson, Flydubai, Geely, GM, Huawei, Mitsui, Mizuho Bank, Sanofi, Şişecam Flat Glass, Turkish airlines, Yokogawa, ZTE, 3M and others.

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Band 1

Alexander Nektorov

Nektorov, Saveliev & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Alexander Nektorov is a well-recognised corporate lawyer. He regularly lends his expertise to complex corporate structuring projects, due diligence projects and transactional mandates.

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Band 2

Maria Miroshnikova

Ivanyan & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maria Miroshnikova advances through the rankings this year as a result of her increasing visibility and positive market feedback. She regularly advises clients on corporate governance and structuring matters as well as significant transactions. She often represents minority shareholders in M&A projects as well as joint venture structuring. "She works very hard," a source says, adding: "She comes up with things you wouldn't normally think of."

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Band 2

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mikhail Motrich regularly assists significant domestic clients with corporate structuring mandates as well as joint venture projects. He recently advised Forum Properties on a joint venture with a strategic investor.

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Band 2

Alexander Sitnikov

Vegas Lex

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Alexander Sitnikov is the firm's key rainmaker and often assists with strategic issues related to corporate structuring and transactions.

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Band 3

LECAP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roman Belenkov is a well-known corporate lawyer who is also recognised for his knowledge of capital markets. "You cannot go wrong if you involve him," according to a source, who adds: "If there's a project he's involved in you can be completely sure the project is in the right hands."

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Band 3

TRUBOR Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yuri Bortnikov is head of the TRUBOR law firm's corporate practice. He is experienced advising on Russian law aspects of M&A and joint ventures for international corporates active on the domestic market as well as assisting domestic clients with transactional mandates.

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Band 3

Branan Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Maxim Bunyakin of Branan Legal is highly regarded for his corporate structuring and governance expertise. He is particularly well regarded for his understanding of the energy sector, having worked in-house in the industry. "He knows what clients want and how to help," a client says.

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Band 3

Alexander Ermolenko

FBK Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Ermolenko acts on a broad range of corporate matters, including M&A projects. "He can always get back to you quickly with what you need," a source reports.

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Band 3

Khristofor Ivanyan

Ivanyan & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Khristofor Ivanyan advises on the most important corporate issues, with sources reporting that he advises on "big-picture strategy."

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Band 3

Andrey Novakovskiy

Liniya Prava Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Andrey Novakovskiy is a well-established name in the Russian legal market, providing strategic assistance to the team's corporate clients. A source notes his "deep understanding of what a client needs."

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Band 3

Lidings

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Andrey Zelenin is a well-regarded corporate lawyer active in assisting local and international clients with joint ventures, corporate structuring and transactions. He is particularly known for his in-depth expertise relating to the life sciences sector.

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Up and Coming

Alexey Gorodissky

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexei Gorodissky joins the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback for his work on corporate matters. Clients appreciate his hands-on involvement and effective handling of issues. A source describes him as "very efficient," adding that he "really wants to meet our needs."

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Up and Coming

Anna Kotova-Smolenskaya

YUST Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Kotova-Smolenskaya enters the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback as an increasingly visible name in the practice area. Sources praise her dedication, availability and focus on solutions.

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Up and Coming

Infralex

From the Chambers Europe guide

Artem Kukin enters the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback. He assists clients with a variety of corporate mandates, particularly due diligence and Russian law compliance of cross-border mandates. A source describes him as "a problem solver who takes a very commercial approach to all matters."

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Up and Coming

Zhanna Tomashevskaya

Tomashevskaya&Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Zhanna Tomashevskaya of Tomashevskaya&Partners is an increasingly visible figure on the domestic market. She advises on a broad range of corporate matters, including corporate structuring. Her clients include domestic and regional corporates and venture capital groups. "She is bright, dynamic, tireless and always solving problems. She is that rare combination of accuracy and responsiveness. She is available at all hours," a client says.

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