We’ve been assisting our clients in the Russia and CIS region for nearly two decades in areas of finance and banking, and in industries including communications, finance, transport, mining and energy. More recently we expanded areas in which we may assist from privacy and IP to commercial.
Our expertise, combined with our strong relationships with a number of well-regarded independent local firms in Moscow, St Petersburg and the CIS countries, allows us to assist clients looking to take advantage of the region’s attractive development opportunities, particularly in the technology and innovation sectors.
For more information about what we are doing in Russia and the CIS, please contact Andrew Hallgarth, Anna Shashina or Chris Holder, all based in London.
Recent highlights of work
We’ve been working with development banks on their projects in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for more than 15 years. Recently we represented a major development bank for work including:
> a US$105 million facility for the Kazakh railway company to build a fibre optic communications network
> RUB 531m portage equity subscription for the construction and operation of a machinery production plant in the Tver region of Russia
> project financing of the development of an iron-ore mine in the Gobi-Altai Region of Mongolia.
We’ve also handled numerous Russian law commercial, privacy and data protection and contractual mandates including:
> advising a leading internet search engine provider on complex issues of contractual enforceability as a part of a multi-jurisdictional survey
> advising a global engineering equipment manufacturer on Russian law implications of delivering and commissioning equipment for the oil and gas industry.
Our London Dispute Resolution team are successfully representing the Government of Guinea in negotiations with RUSAL, the Russian aluminium company concerning concession contracts in Guinea valued at $4.58bn.
We’ve also acted for the former CEO of Sibir Energy in an FSA investigation and continue to act for him in relation to the substantial Commercial Court proceedings relating to the diversion of $400m of Sibir's assets to one of its former oligarch shareholders.
We also recently advised a global pharmaceuticals research company Grünenthal GmbH on their biggest M&A transaction ever for the sale of a branded product portfolio to pharmaceuticals firm STADA AG in, Russia and Ukraine, among others.