Recent Deals

"Coming up with hidden critical issues."
Nalco Company
Vaclav Harant, General Director for Russia and CIS
"The team of real professionals, each of them capable, when necessary, of providing robust legal support for achieving any business objective."
Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)
Alexander Redkin, Legal Director
"We would like to note the impeccable quality of the services provided to us and the high standard of professionalism demonstrated by the team, together with a profound understanding of our business specifics and strategic mission."
Sibur
Aleksey Nikiforov, Legal Support,
"… a profound understanding of how the Russian energy industry ticks and an impressive track record of energy and infrastructure projects, including with an international footprint."
RusHydro
Dmitry Panchenko, Legal Director
"An undeniable strength of the firm is its high level of competence and the ability to find the best solution to complex legal challenges."
United Metallurgical Company (OMK)
Vladimir Markin, President

IMC Montan

Energy, Natural Resources, Mining & Infrastructure

Acted for IMC Montan, an international consulting group in the geological, mining and mineral processing sector, in a dispute over recovery of debt and penalty from Nornickel, under a consultancy agreement for preparation of a feasibility study on integrated development of a mine. The dispute centred on the quality of the reports and models developed by IMC Montan under the agreement. We won the case so all of the debt and also the penalty were recovered from the opponent. The court also dismissed in full the Nornickel counter-claims against our client for late performance penalty under the agreement.

PSA Group

Advised PSA Group on obtaining Russian antitrust clearance for its merger with FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).

Coral Energy

Represented Coral Energy, an oil-trading company registered in Singapore, in an arbitration over prepayment recovery against CJSC Kaspi-1, a petroleum supplier based in the Republic of Dagestan. The claim was filed with the International Commercial Arbitration Court under the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The sole arbitrator granted the Coral Energy’s debt recovery and damages claim in full, including full compensation for the claimant’s fees. The award was enforced by the Commercial Court of the Republic of Dagestan triggering bankruptcy proceedings against the supplier, during which Coral Energy was able to object to other creditors’ claims.

Gazprom Neft

Energy, Natural Resources, Mining & Infrastructure
TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)

Advising Gazprom Neft on launching JV with ZYFRA to develop oil and gas digital industrial platform and promoting new process solutions.

Volga-Sport

Entertainment & Media
Representing the client in a complex, multi-stage dispute arising from failure by the grantor (a Russian constituent entity) to meet its obligations to reimburse the concessionaire (our client) for costs incurred in constructing the region’s biggest sports infrastructure facility under a concession agreement.

HeadHunter Group PLC

We have been advising HeadHunter Group PLC (the leading online recruitment platform in Russia and the CIS focused on providing comprehensive talent acquisition services) on various tax issues related to the group restructuring, while the company was engaged in the IPO process, including relocation to Russia in terms of effective management and tax residence status obtained by foreign companies, advice on various intragroup financing and profit repatriation issues, employee option plan taxation.

Gazpromneft-Snabzhenie

Energy, Natural Resources, Mining & Infrastructure
TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)

Advising Gazpromneft-Snabzhenie LLC on launching JV to develop the first integrated platform for supply chain management in Russia.

Kopy Goldfields AB (publ)

Energy, Natural Resources, Mining & Infrastructure

Acting as a legal consultant in Russia for Kopy Goldfields AB (publ) in connection with its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Amur Gold Company Limited, a medium-sized gold producing company based in Russia, through a reverse takeover.

ITE Expo International

Entertainment & Media
We represented the client in a complex dispute over its rent rocketing almost 16-fold to RUB 2.5 bn on the basis of a literal interpretation of the contract. Our opponents insisted on raising the rent in view of revenue targets achieved (“turnover charge”).Our team drafted and implemented a court strategy on the basis of several parallel litigations. During the proceedings, we convinced the court that the contract provisions entitling the landlord to raise the rent had to be interpreted broadly rather than literally. As evidence, we submitted a linguistics expert’s opinion and documents reflecting the client’s financial performance.As a result, the parties signed an amicable settlement agreement on terms permitting them to retain their business relations.