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

First-band ranking for Corporate/M&A in Russia since 2002
Chambers Global and Europe

#1 for Capital Markets in Russia
The Legal 500 2018

#1 by number of IPOs in Eastern Europe
Bloomberg 2014 to 2018

Tier 1 for International Arbitration in Russia
The Legal 500 2018

#2 for Banking & Finance
Chambers Global 2018

#2 for Energy & Natural resources
Chambers Global 2018

ECM Deal of the Year in CEE, Russia and the CIS for EN+ Group IPO
GlobalCapital 2018

Best in Russia
Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2018

The only law firm with a track record of five sale and purchase transactions each awarded "Deal of the Year" for five consecutive years
CRE Awards, 2012-2016

Experience

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

US$1.16 billion investment in an online service platform
Representation of Naspers, a global internet and entertainment group and one of the world's largest technology investors, on its US$1.16 billion acquisition of an additional 29.1% shareholding in Avito, the leading Russian online classifieds site.

Acquisition of property site for Moscow headquarters by one of Europe's largest internet companies
Representation of Yandex, one of Europe's largest internet companies and the leading search provider in Russia, on its acquisition of rights to an approximately four hectare plot of land situated at Kosygina Street in Moscow for the construction of its new headquarters.

US$1 billion sale of stake in MegaFon
Representation of Nordic telecoms operator Telia Company on the US$1 billion sale of its approximately 19% holding in MegaFon, a leading federal mobile telecoms operator in Russia, to Gazprombank, the third-largest bank in Russia.

Kazatomprom IPO
Representation of a syndicate of banks on the US$451.3 million initial public offering of Kazatomprom, the world’s largest producer of uranium. Kazatomprom’s ordinary shares have been admitted to trading on the newly established Astana International Exchange (AIX) and GDRs on the LSE and AIX.

Republic of Belarus sovereign bonds
Representation of the Republic of Belarus as issuer in connection with the issue of US$600 million 6.20% Notes due 2030. We also represented Belarus in connection with its issue of the dual-tranche Regulation S/Rule 144A Senior Unsecured US$800 million 6.875% Notes due 2023 and US$600 million 7.625% Notes due 2027.

The Republic of Belarus investment arbitrations
Representation of the Republic of Belarus in investment treaty claims commenced by: (i) Manolium Processing under the UNCITRAL Rules concerning a real estate project in the centre of Minsk; (ii) Grand Express under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules concerning insolvency of a railcar producing plant; and (iii) Delta Belarus Holding under the ICSID Rules concerning insolvency of Delta Bank in Belarus.

EuroChem financing
Advising the lenders on a new US$820 million unsecured finance facility provided to EuroChem Group AG, a leading global fertilizer company.

VTB
Advising VTB as a senior lender on a number of key financing transactions on the Russian market, including acquisition finance transactions in metals & mining sector and retail sector, PPP financing and real estate financing.

Acquisition of retail supermarket chain
Representation of the leading Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group, in the acquisition of the supermarket business currently operating under the O’KEY brand, one of the largest retail chains in Russia.