Banks & Financial Institutions


Our Banking & Finance Practice is a part of our firm’s global Finance Practice made up over 300 dedicated lawyers worldwide, the majority being based in Moscow and London as well as in major global financial centers including Hong-Kong, Singapore and Frankfurt.

Our team is a fully-integrated practice providing transactional and regulatory advice to a broad range of clients, including domestic and international banks, corporates and sponsors, export credit agencies and private funds, multilateral and bilateral agencies, and other financial institutions. We act on many complex multijurisdictional transactions both in Russia and internationally.

IFLR 2020

A brilliant team, which respects deadlines, offers an amazing client relationship, and takes on a flexible and creative approach. Highly professional performance, wide range of services, deep expertise.

We have excellent international capabilities and deep knowledge of local specifics, this enabling us to advise our clients on every possible type of finance-related work, including international and domestic transactions with complex structures, structured finance and securitisation, project finance and PPP, restructuring and insolvency, real estate and acquisition finance, asset finance, trade and ECA-backed finance, derivatives and capital markets.

For several years running, Banking & Finance practice has been recommended by major international legal directories, such as The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, Best Lawyers and others.

The Legal 500 2019

Clients value Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s banking practice for its ‘accurate legal advice and commitment to invest its time and effort to build a long-term relationship’.

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Banks & Financial Institutions

EBRD, the US Export-Import Bank, JBIC and ECGD

Advised The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the US Export-Import Bank, JBIC and ECGD as secured lenders to the Sakhalin II PSA Project on Sakhalin Island, Russia.*

Da Vinci Capital Management

Advised Da Vinci Capital on the structuring and set-up of a new fund, Global Fintech Solutions (GFS) in Luxembourg. The fund manages the portfolio of Da Vinci Capital’s fintech projects.

ICBC International Leasing

Advised ICBC International Leasing in relation to restructuring and multiple amendments to operating leases of more than fifteen (15) aircraft to the Russian airline, followed by the increasing regulation of the Russian aviation market.

International Investment Bank (IIB)

Advising International Investment Bank (IIB), a multilateral development bank mainly operating in Eastern Europe and Asia, on RUB 3,6 and RUB 6 bn multi-asset secured facilities for financing and refinancing the acquisition of regional passenger jets Let L-410 Turbolet, Bell, Ansat and Mi-8 helicopters with medical modules and BELAZ coal mining trucks.

VTB Bank

Represented the client in an LCIA arbitration against a Cyprus company, under a loan agreement governed by English law. The total value of the claim was about USD 135 m. The project was exceptionally complex and we successfully pushed back against the opponents, who had adopted a very active stance. This was a unique case: the other side brought together a tremendous amount of diverse information from other overseas cases (in which we had not participated) in an attempt to prove that the bank suffered from systemic problems.

Russian Agricultural Bank

Advising Russian Agricultural Bank on international sanctions programmes and restrictions.

Moscow Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Represented Moscow Bank for Reconstruction and Development vs Finance Leasing Company. The USD 6 M claim under the loan agreement was satisfied in full.

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Advised Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in connection with overall regulatory, tax, customs, tariffs, permits and licences, spatial planning, land, environmental, public procedures, etc. matters applicable to PPP projects in Russia, and performed a case study review.

Sberbank of Russia

Represented Sberbank in arbitrazh (commercial) courts over alleged violation of the laws on procurement of goods, works or services by certain types of legal entity. The laws were allegedly breached by competition-restricting requirements set for participants. We devised a successful representation strategy, convincing the appellate court that the decision given by the FAS of Russia was unlawful.


Advised a syndicate of the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and International Investment Bank (IIB) on a project finance transaction for construction of two hydro-power plants with a total capacity of 49.8 MW in the Republic of Karelia (Russia). The RUB 8.15 bn facility will be repaid in 12 years. This is also a pilot project in Russia for the New Development Bank set up by the BRICS countries, as the creditors have used its resources for funding.

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