Daria Plotnikova

Counsel, Dubai


“We like that she thinks about client needs, she places herself in the investor position. She is not focusing merely on the legal side of the question but takes into account commercial benefits.”
Chambers Europe


Daria is counsel in our Corporate/M&A, real estate and construction practice with more than 17 years of experience. She regularly represents international and Russian developers and investors across major Russian cities and regions. Daria advises on very broad range of real estate and construction projects, including major investment projects, real estate sale and purchase transactions and complex infrastructure projects. Daria is listed in Best Lawyers since 2014 and ranked in the Chambers Europe real estate ranking for Russia. Since 2008 Daria is a lecturer of the Real Estate course at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

Bars and Courts
Qualified to practice law in the Russian Federation
Law Degree
Moscow State University


Representation of Yandex on its acquisition of rights to an approximately four hectare plot of land situated at Kosygina Street in Moscow for the development of its new headquarters. The deal was recognized as "Best property deal in CEE" at Project Finance Awards 2018, organized by EMEA Finance magazine. Also represented Yandex on its proposed acquisition of the office complex in central Moscow. The complex is spread across approx. four hectares and includes seven buildings with around 80,000 square-meters of Class A and B office space. The Framework Agreement was signed in February 2016 and in September 2016, Yandex using contract break-up option terminated the deal due to changing of market conditions.

Representation of PPF Real Estate, the Czech Republic-based developer, investor and professional consultant, in connection with the acquisition of the 100% shares in Stockmann Nevsky Centre LLC from Stockmann plc.

Representation of a major logistics investor on its acquisition of a warehouse complex in the Moscow Region.

Representation of Radius Group, one of the leading developers of Class A warehouses in Russia, on the development and sale of the largest build-to-suit distribution centre in Russia (totalling 100,000 sq. m) to leading French retailer Leroy Merlin. The deal was named "Deal of the Year – Purchase-sale" at the CRE Moscow Awards 2015.

Representation of SIBUR, the leading Russian gas processing and petrochemicals company, on a project concerning the development of a new polymer processing cluster in the Kaluga region with KSS, a German logistics operator.

Representation of NIPIgazpererabotka (SIBUR Holding) in connection with the construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (including advice regarding the EPC contract).

Representation of POLIEF (SIBUR Holding) in connection with the reconstruction of the plant for the production of purified terephthalic acid.

Representation of OBI group on the sale and leaseback of hypercenters for retail in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, and in connection with its expansion strategy in the Russian regions, including the acquisition of a number of sites for further green-field development and construction of DIY-concept stores.

Representation of MOS CITY GROUP, a Russian real estate developer, on the sale of the 50% stake in the Eurasia Tower, a multifunctional center in the Moscow International Business Center, to a private investor.

Representation of Raiffeisenbank with the acquisition of an office building located at Nagatino i-Land, a large commercial property development in Moscow.

Awards and Recognition

Ranked in Chambers Europe 2021 –Russia – Real Estate

Ranked in Legal 500, 2021 – Russia – Real Estate 

“She knows the market practice and Russian specifics”.
Chambers Europe, 2021

“She is so good, she can handle tough negotiations without ruffling feathers.”
Chambers Europe, 2020

“Counsel Daria Plotnikova is very experienced in construction matters and complex negotiations, as well as cross-border cooperation. Daria is responsive, always gets straight to the point and is prepared to take action immediately.”
Legal 500, 2020

Ranked in Best Lawyers for Real Estate, Corporate/M&A (since 2014).