Vitaly Mozharowski

Partner, Real Estate and Construction

Vitaly Mozharowski has 20 years’ experience of rendering legal support to investment, infrastructure and construction projects, transactions involving land and real estate (sale and purchase, lease, mortgage), commercial development of agricultural and forestry lands, land and other realty privatisation, acquisitions of Russian companies by foreign direct investors, project finance and advising on subsoil use, environmental law and other matters.

Vitaly was named 2019 and 2016 Construction Law Lawyer of the Year, 2017 Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year, and 2014-2015 Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year, according to Best Lawyers.

For many years running, The Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers & Partners and Who’s Who Legal, have top-ranked Vitaly as a real estate, construction and environmental law expert (Band 1): "Vitaly Mozharowski enjoys a strong reputation for his regulatory expertise and solid track record in large-scale construction and development projects. Interviewees describe him as "very easy to work with" and commend his ability to "always find a solution." (Chambers Europe 2017).

According to The Legal 500 EMEA 2016, "Headed by Vitaly Mozharowski, the team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is very client-oriented and to-the-point".

For more than ten years, Vitaly has invariably been one of the top three advisors according to CRE 100. 100 Market Makers in the Legal Practice chapter (one of the most well-known rankings held annually by Commercial Real Estate Magazine).

Track record:

  • Advised Nord Stream AG and Nord Stream 2 AG on legal aspects of laying the Russian part of the Russia-EU gas pipeline along the bottom of the Baltic Sea: forestry and farm land use limitations, land allocation, change of land category, environmental aspects, water use and protection, government and international matters, public procedures, construction, regulatory, permits and licences, etc.
  • Comprehensive legal advice on construction of the South/TurkStream Offshore Pipeline project from Russia to the EU under the Black Sea: land use and acquisition, change of land category, public procedures, environmental aspects, international and corporate law, project finance, construction, permits and authorisations, etc.
  • Sheremetyevo International Airport: comprehensive legal support for the Airport reconstruction project: demolition of the old air terminal, construction of a new passenger terminal, cargo hub and a unique tunnel under the two runways to connect the South and North Terminal Complexes. Our contribution to this USD 80 m project included, among other assistance, advising on supply of passenger and luggage transport equipment, relocation of the existing utilities and infrastructure and construction of a new fuelling facility. Advised the client on Airport asset consolidation, project finance and pre-privatisation processes, corporate, financial and tax aspects.
  • Legal support for construction of a car assembly facility for Nissan Motor in St Petersburg: investment agreement with the Russian Government, land acquisition, construction, utilities, customs and tax advice.
  • Advising Komatsu on erection of its assembly plant for construction equipment in the Yaroslavl Region, i.e., land acquisition, conversion to another land category and re-zoning, investment agreement, permits and authorisations, construction issues, utility infrastructure, environmental and ecological aspects, etc.
  • Contributed to legislative work on the Sochi-2014 Winter Olympics Federal Laws (corporate law, tax and customs benefits, investments, real estate, re-zoning, land reservation, etc.).
  • Numerous greenfield industrial projects (land management, construction, utilities, infrastructure, government relations, environmental aspects, investment, financing, etc.), including for Mars, Danone, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Guardian Industries, Kronospan, Kimberly-Clark, Saint-Gobain, Lafarge, Oriflame, etc.
  • Advised Toyota Bank, Procter & Gamble, Motorola, Rolf, Alfa Bank, Saint-Gobain, Kimberly-Clark, Philips, Nike, Volkswagen, etc. on national HQ office leases.