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Energy & Natural Resources: Mining — Russia


Baker McKenzie - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notable practitioners

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

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

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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 of syndicated facilities as well as restructurings and transactions. Has a particularly loyal client following in the mining industry. Boasts a strong track record in large asset spin-offs.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's knowledge and responsiveness, saying they received "creative, prompt answers." Another client adds: "They instantly react to our requests and give us possible solutions in accordance with risk analysis."

Work highlights Advised Uralkali on a USD530 million pre-export finance facility arranged by a syndicate of banks.

Assisted Norilsk Nickel with a RMB4.8 billion revolving credit facility provided by a group of Chinese banks.

Significant clients Norilsk Nickel, Polyus Gold, NLMK Group, T Plus.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Dmitri Nikiforov has many years of experience under his belt. He assists some major energy clients with financing, asset spin-offs and transactions.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

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

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

Significant clients Rosneft, ALROSA, Gazprombank, Sberbank.

Notable practitioners

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

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Goltsblat BLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

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

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

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

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

Notable practitioners

Anton Sitnikov and Vitaly Mozharowski are key contacts for clients.

Department profile by Goltsblat BLP

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

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



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





Herbert Smith Freehills - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notable practitioners

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

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

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

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notable practitioners

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

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

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notable practitioners

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

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

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

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

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White & Case LLC - Energy & Natural Resources

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
Head of department: Igor Ostapets

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notable practitioners

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

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Eminent Practitioner

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Dmitri Nikiforov has many years of experience under his belt. He assists some major energy clients with financing, asset spin-offs and transactions.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Alexander Gomonov

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Sergey Shapovalov

Shapovalov Petrov

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Sergey Shapovalov of Shapovalov Petrov is a highly respected authority on the subsoil tax regime. He offers consultancy as well as representing clients in disputes with the authorities before the courts. "His arguments are strong; court performance is smart, accurate and logically faultless," a client reports.

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