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Russia

About

Our Firm has established itself as one of the leading law firms in Russia.

The Russian market demands reliable and knowledgeable lawyers who understand the constantly evolving landscape. Our lawyers not only offer this vital base of knowledge to our clients but, even more importantly, provide pragmatic commercial insight gained from almost a quarter of a century of hands-on experience in the region.

Our lawyers are qualified to practice law in Russia, England and Wales and the United States. This unique combination of Russian and internationally qualified lawyers on the ground in Moscow allows us to provide integrated advice for all of our clients' needs.

Our lawyers pay special attention to understanding the commercial objectives of our clients, and we help them reach those objectives in the most efficient and effective manner.

In the course of our work, we provide advice on the issues at hand and strive to gain insight into our clients' prospective business goals, incorporating them into the overall picture. Our aim is to build long-term partnerships based on adaptability and attention to our clients' needs—not a quick profit from one-off deals.

To serve the best interests of our clients, our lawyers act in close cooperation with our other offices throughout the world, combining the Firm’s global cross-practice and industry-specific experience with deep knowledge of local law.

Further, we have been a long-time supporter of legal education in Russia. We collaborate with leading universities to produce partner-led seminars, a hands-on summer internship program for university students and sponsorship of the Jessup program in Russia.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Cross-Border Law Firm of the Year
M&A Advisor 2016

Arbitration Firm of the Year
Who's Who Legal 2016

No. 1 globally for international arbitration
Global Arbitration Review 2015

No.1 law firm for project finance
Project Finance International – Legal Report 2015

Best firm in Russia
6th Euromoney Legal Annual Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2016

No. 1 legal advisor for M&A work in Russia by deal volume
Mergermarket H1 2016

Top-quality M&A firm providing blue-chip Russian and global clients with cross-border and domestic assistance in deals
Chambers Europe 2016

Global M&A Deal of the Year and M&A Deal of the Year
The American Lawyer 2013, IFLR European Awards 2014
(for AAR Consortium's sale of 50% stake in TNK-BP to Rosneft)

Deal of the Year: Purchase-sale
Commercial Real Estate Moscow Awards 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Experience

US$5.2 billion acquisition transaction
Representation of Rosneft in the acquisition of a 50,08 per cent stake in Bashneft Public Joint Stock Company for RUB 329,7 billion (approximately US$5,2 billion), owned by the Russian Federation.

US$1.2 billion investment in an on-line service platform
Representation of Naspers, the South African-based global internet and media company, in its US$1.2 billion investment to become the largest shareholder in Avito, the leading online classified platform in Russia.

China – Russia mining joint venture
Representation of China Shenhua, China's largest coal-based integrated energy company, in the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture Razrez Ugol with EN+ Group, a leading Russian diversified mining, metals and energy conglomerate, to bid for licences, explore and develop the Zashulanskoye Coal deposit in the Transbaikal territory of Russia.

Landmark Russian Privatization
Representation of Sberbank CIB as agent to the Russian Federation, and Sberbank CIB and VTB Capital as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners, on the US$812 million privatization of the Russian Federation's 10.9 percent stake in the charter capital of ALROSA, the world's leading diamond mining company in terms of diamond production. The deal is Russia's largest privatization since the 2013 IPO of ALROSA, on which we advised the agent and the underwriters.

Debut pre-export financing of PhosAgro
Advised a syndicate of international banks on debut pre-export financing of up to US$250 million to PhosAgro, one of the world's leading vertically-integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers.

EuroChem US$750 million pre-export finance
Representation of EuroChem Group AG in a US$750 million pre-export finance facility from a group of leading international banks.

Largest M&A deal in Russia to date
Representation of AAR Consortium formed by three of Russia's leading investment, financial, and industrial groups - Alfa Group, Access Industries, and Renova on the US$28 billion sale of its 50 percent stake in TNK- BP, a leading Russian oil company and one of the world's top ten privately-owned oil companies in the world, to Rosneft, an oil and gas exploration and production company listed in Russia. The deal was awarded "Global M&A Deal of the Year 2013" by The American Lawyer and was also named "M&A Deal of the Year" at the 2014 IFLR European Awards.

Corporate restructuring and tax support
Advising a group of individual shareholders with joint interest in a number of software development companies on restructuring (including, in light of a potential future IPO) of the group by setting up global and European headquarters centered on management and sale operations.

+US$50 billion arbitration
Representation of the Russian Federation in connection with resisting the enforcement of the +US$50 billion Yukos arbitration award, the largest award in the history of arbitration.

Precedent-setting victory in the Russian Supreme Court for the Uniastrum Bank
Representation of Uniastrum Bank in insolvency proceedings of two companies of Gamma, a Russian hotel operator. We represented the client in three instances as well as in the Russian Supreme Court. We managed to convince the Russian Supreme Court to rule that secured creditors may reduce their secured claims without releasing assets of the pledge thus obtaining the right to vote during receivership.

Introducing the Sukhoi Superjet to western markets
Representation of Vnesheconombank (VEB) and Natixis, as lenders, in connection with the export credit financing (by COFACE and SACE) and parallel financing by VEB for nine Sukhoi Superjet aircraft to Interjet, a Mexican airline. This significant transaction was the first export credit supported financing of the Sukhoi Superjet, and, in many ways, is thought to pave the way of the aircraft to the western market.

Award-winning real estate transaction
Representation of Capital Partners, a market-leading real estate investment and development company focusing on pioneering projects in emerging markets, in the sale of two office buildings in the Metropolis Complex with a combined gross leasable area of 80,000 m², to a real estate fund managed by Hines, a US-based, privately owned, global real estate leader. The deal was named "Deal of the Year: Purchase-sale" at the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Moscow Awards 2016.

Aerospace joint venture deal
Representation of Alcoa, the world's leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, in establishing a joint venture with VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, one of the largest global titanium producers, to manufacture high-end aerospace goods at Alcoa's plant in Samara, Russia.