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Energy & Natural Resources: Mining — Russia


ALRUD Law Firm - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Andrey Zharskiy, Alexander Zharskiy and Anton Dzhuplin

What the team is known for Developing mining practice with practical expertise in coal and precious metals-related matters. Advises domestic and foreign energy companies on corporate, M&A and joint venture issues. Active in outbound energy investment matters.

Strengths Commercial approach is noted as a particularly strength, as one source points out: "They understand the commercial substance of the deal. It is easy to deal with them on complicated commercial projects."

Work highlights Acted for China Gold on its acquisition of a Russian mining company engaged in the exploration and production of gold in the Trans-Baikal region.

Advised Coeclerici Commodities and its Russian subsidiary, Kuznetsk Investment Construction Company, on the development of a coal mine in the Kemerovo region.

Significant Clients Great Dyke Investments, DTZ-Ozgeo, Mechel.

Notable practitioners

Andrey Zharskiy is a corporate lawyer assisting Russian and international clients with their investments into energy projects. A client describes him as "very precise and pragmatic."

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Baker McKenzie - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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.

About the Team (content provided 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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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.

About the Team (content provided by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP)

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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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Dmitri Nikiforov and Alan Kartashkin

What the team is known for Particular strength in advising blue-chip mining companies on financing and refinancing as well as raising finance via capital markets tools. Boasts a strong track record in large asset spin-offs. Has a particularly loyal client following in the mining industry.

Strengths Clients enthuse over the comfort of working with the team as a result of its strong negotiation skills and efficiency, as one client points out: "They are good in negotiations with banks," adding: "They don't waste time. They are very deal-oriented."

Work highlights Represented Norilsk Nickel and its subsidiary GRK Bystrinskoe in a multimillion-dollar secured credit facility provided by Sberbank to finance the development of a gold and copper mining plant in Bystrinskoe.

Acted for Polyus on the issuance of Eurobonds valued at USD500 million.

Significant Clients Novolipetsk Steel, T Plus Group.

Notable practitioners

Versatile managing partner Dmitri Nikiforov has many years of experience acting for major energy clients, especially mining companies, on financing as well as asset spin-off deals.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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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Norton Rose Fulbright - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Versatile managing partner Dmitri Nikiforov has many years of experience acting for major energy clients, especially mining companies, on financing as well as asset spin-off deals.

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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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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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Band 3

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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Alexander Gomonov

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Gomonov moved to Latham & Watkins LLP from Baker McKenzie in late 2017. He is a transactional lawyer with significant experience in the mining sector. Sources note his strong attention to detail.

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Sergey Shapovalov

Shapovalov Petrov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergey Shapovalov of Shapovalov Petrov is a leading expert in the subsoil tax regime matters. He offers consultancy and represents mining companies in disputes with the authorities before the courts. "Sergey is the best specialist in mineral extraction tax. He works a lot with subsoil users, so he knows their problems well," comments one source, while another client adds: "He is aware of all the features of the customer's production process, which allows him to choose the most appropriate way to solve the problem in the field of mineral extraction tax."

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Band 4

ALRUD Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrey Zharskiy is a corporate lawyer assisting Russian and international clients with their investments into energy projects. A client describes him as "very precise and pragmatic."

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