Maxim Kobzev | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Maxim Kobzev
Maxim Kobzev

Maxim Kobzev

Partner, Moscow

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A leading lawyer with a focus on cross border projects, who is “always calm, clear and precise.”

Chambers Europe 2014


Maxim Kobzev has significant experience advising clients on cross border projects in a variety of sectors including energy, finance, telecommunications, metals and mining and manufacturing. He regularly represents corporate clients, finance organizations, governmental agencies, and commercial banks in their projects in CEE and the CIS.

Maxim has practiced in the region for over 10 years, and has particularly in-depth understanding of the local business environment. Clients look to Maxim for his ability to provide sophisticated advice on a wide range of complex transactions, to help them to realize their business objectives, and for his track record working on complex deals as part of multidisciplinary, international teams.

Undaunted by scale or complexity, he has been involved in a number of market 'firsts' and award-winning deals. His achievements have been recognised by leading professional directories such as Chambers and The Legal 500.

Bars and Courts

  • Russian Federation
  • England and Wales


  • JD, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, International Law Faculty, International Law Faculty


  • English
  • Russian


Project Finance
EuroChem's significant project financing

Maxim led the team which advised EuroChem on a project financing of up to US$750 million, provided by a syndicate of international and local banks, in connection with its Usolskiy potash project located within Verkhnekamskoe deposit.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China's US$400 million limited recourse financing

Maxim advised Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) on its US$400 million limited recourse financing to a joint venture between Territorial Generation Company No. 2 (TGC-2) and China Huadian Corporation, to finance the construction of a gas-fired combined cycle cogeneration plant, in order to sell electric power into Russia's wholesale market under long-term capacity sale agreements.

Manufacturing & Industrial

Represented EBRD in connection with the financing of a Polish and Russian production line development undertaken by a company belonging to the Rovese Capital Group (formerly Cersanit).

Portage equity investment to Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Advising EBRD on its portage equity investment to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Russia, a Russian subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan in connection with a project for construction of a passenger car assembly and manufacturing facility in the St. Petersburg region of the Russian Federation.

ENRC group

Advised a syndicate of international financiers on a US$500 million financing to ENRC group, a leading natural resources group with operations in Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Brazil and Africa.

Oil & Gas
Antipinsky Oil Refinery's project financing

Maxim advised Antipinsky Oil Refinery on a project financing of up to US$1.75 billion from Sberbank to increase its refining capacity in order to comply with Euro-5 standards.

Award-winning Nord Stream Pipeline Project

Maxim advised the joint venture project company Nord Stream AG on the construction and financing of its development of two 1,220 km subsea offshore gas pipelines that will link Russia and the European Union via the Baltic Sea.

Macquarie Russia & CIS Infrastructure Fund (MRIF)

Advised MRIF, Sumitomo and International Finance Corporation (IFC) on their participation in a US$100 million investment round in Russian Towers, a growing telecom tower infrastructure provider in Russia.

Lockheed-Martin Global Telecommunications

Representing Lockheed-Martin Global Telecommunications in the corporate restructuring of its holding in the Belcom group of subsidiaries in Russia.

Nordic Satellite

Assisting Nordic Satellite AB with negotiations of a transponder service agreement.

Financial restructuring
Chelyabinsk Pipe-Rolling Plant

Maxim represented Chelyabinsk Pipe-Rolling Plant in the large-scale refinancing of its existing portfolio of loans. The new loans provided to the company totalled approximately US$2.9. The project also contemplated a RUB bond issuance valued at the equivalent of US$265 million. The financing was partially secured by the state guarantee.


  • Global Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Guide, published by Çakmak Publishing, August 2016, (co-author)
  • New PPP Mechanisms, Oil, Gas and Law journal by LawTek, No. 5, December 2015, (co-author)
  • Lending & Secured Finance 2014: A practical cross-border insight into lending and secured finance, The International Comparative Legal Guide, Chapter 53 – Russia, April 2014, (co-author)
  • Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers: Russia, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Russian Chapter, Vol. 2, February 2014, (co-author)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individual ranking in Russia in practices: Energy and Infrastructure, Banking, Project finance, PPP/PFI – IFLR1000, 2015

Ranked / cited in Chambers Global, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 - 2015

"Up and Coming" ranking; "Maxim Kobzev is highly regarded by sources as "energetic and technical""

Ranked / cited in Chambers Europe, Legal 500, Best Lawyers - 2014

"Clients say Maxim is "always calm, clear and precise""

Ranked / cited in Chambers, IFLR, Legal 500 – 2013