Ekaterina Verle

Counsel

Ekaterina has extensive experience in providing comprehensive advice on various aspects of real estate and construction matters. She specialises in providing legal support for investment projects: construction, acquisition and operation of commercial and industrial real estate, town planning regulations and land relations. Ekaterina also provides legal support and comprehensive legal coordination of day-to-day operations for big manufacturing and commercial facilities of transnational corporations.

Ekaterina also focuses on construction and operation of utility networks (electricity, heating, gas, water and waste water systems), connection of capital structures to the utility infrastructure and supply systems. 

Ekaterina is well-versed in industrial safety aspects of properties under construction and their subsequent operation.

She also specialises in such matters as operation of the wholesale and retail electricity markets in Russia, recognition as a WECM player (obtaining Wholesale Electricity Market Participant status) and (both traditional and renewable) electricity and capacity purchases.

Ekaterina has an extensive track record of drafting and signing investment agreements for construction of big industrial facilities in the Russian regions, negotiating investment agreements with regional and municipal authorities and supporting their subsequent implementation. Ekaterina takes part in legislative work at the regional level, developing legislative regulations on investing (investment preferences and benefits).

For several years in a row, Ekaterina has been selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Russia in the field of Real Estate Law. The Expert Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers 2016-2017 issued by Euromoney Legal Media Group also selected Ekaterina as a leading practising lawyer in Russia in the real estate and construction area. Ekaterina was nominated as “one of the pre-eminent practitioners with expertise from Russia in Construction” by the Guide to Leading BRIC Practitioners 2013 annually produced by Euromoney Legal Media Group (this Guide identifies the elite legal and advisory professionals in the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China with expertise in local and international business and law).

Track Record

Below are some projects in which Ekaterina has been recently involved:

  • Provided comprehensive legal support to a Major pharmaceutical company for handling infrastructure issues during construction of a plant (constructing utility networks, connecting plant facilities to utility networks, developing network infrastructure of an industrial park, industrial safety matters, general contractor and general designer agreements (both drafting and performance matters), negotiations, helping in settling a dispute with the general contractor and a grid connection dispute, etc.)
  • Provided comprehensive legal support for implementing Mars Inc. investment projects in different regions of Russia (land rights, real estate construction, permission documentation, industrial safety, utility infrastructure arrangements, network connection for plant and facilities, road exits and junctions, licensing, building and construction contracts, negotiations , etc.).
  • Provided comprehensive legal support to Kronospan for a project involving the building of a woodworking facility in the Moscow Region (acquiring rights to land plots, public bidding, obtaining permission documentation, handling issues relating to construction, industrial safety, licensing, EBRD financing, plant connections to utility systems, etc.).
  • Provided advice to Komatsu on a project for building a construction machinery assembly plant in the Yaroslavl Region, drafting and signing of an investment agreement with regional and local authorities.
  • Advised a major industrial gas producer on siting its facilities in several Russian regions (land issues, construction, industrial safety, permission documents, etc.)
  • Provided advice to a major bank on infrastructure issues relating to acquired properties located within the boundaries of a technology park in Moscow (connecting to the utility infrastructure, developing and optimising contractual utility supply models for the properties within the boundaries of the technology park, re-distributing capacity).
  • Provided advice to Mars, Royal Canin, Guardian, Oriflame, Kronospan and Pushkino Logistic Park on connection of capital structures to engineering systems, including systems of industrial parks in different regions of Russia. Provided advice on construction of utility networks, acquisition of rights to land plots for utility networks, formalisation of buffer zones and areas with special land use conditions, as well as issues related to utility supply to capital structures and determination of fees payable for resources consumed. 
  • Advised two global FMCG leaders on various regulatory aspects of purchasing green power on the Russian wholesale and retail electricity markets.
  • Advised Mars, Royal Canin, Guardian, Kronospan, Raven, Adidas, etc. on industrial safety issues in HIF (hazardous industrial facility) operations;
  • Advised a major household equipment manufacturer on r/w infrastructure use.