Legal support for foreign direct investment projects in Russia

WHAT WE DO/ SPECIFIC AREAS OF FOCUS

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) lawyers have unique and practical experience of providing comprehensive legal support for foreign direct investment projects in Russia since the early 1990s. The lawyers of the team were among the first in Russia to serve big multinationals entering the Russian market.

We assist big multinational investors in structuring and implementing complex investment projects from ground level to day-to-day operational legal support. Our lawyers have outstanding experience in dealing with federal, regional and municipal authorities at all levels.

Over the last 20 years, we have assisted in structuring and implementing a considerable number of such projects in different regions, most of them associated with setting up manufacturing facilities in Russia, including for Mars, Kimberly-Clark, Danone, etc. We are proud to continue providing legal support to many of them to this day. Now a substantial part of our client base consists of major international companies.

Our experience and in-depth knowledge of Russia's legal system and practice, social, economic and political processes, local culture and mentality help us in understanding very well the expectations and concerns of foreign investors in Russia and in ensuring that they can make use of our experience to achieve their outcomes.

We have handled over 600 real estate and construction projects in the last ten years, predominantly associated with setting up manufacturing facilities for major multinational investors in different regions of Russia.

Experience

Legal support for foreign direct investment projects in Russia

Mars Inc

For over 20 years, continuous comprehensive support for Mars Inc’s investment projects in different parts of Russia since the company entered the Russian market, including construction of nine plants in four Russian regions, major acquisitions (e.g., USD 23 bn. Wrigley acquisition, Royal Canin, Korkunov, etc.) and day-to-day legal issues.

OOO MVTs 2012

Advised OOO MVTs 2012 (subsidiary of OAO North Caucasus Development Corporation, VEB Group), including development of a model of relations between a developer and the construction owner’s technical representative, drafting of agreements on fulfilment of the functions of the construction owner’s technical representative, contractor agreements for performance of engineering surveys, preparation of draft documents and construction of a multi-profile exhibitions centre in the Stavropol Territory.

Kimberly-Clark

Comprehensive full scale support for Kimberly-Clark in its project for constructing a manufacturing complex in the Moscow Region.

Nissan Motor

Provided comprehensive advice to Nissan Motor on car assembly plant construction in St. Petersburg covering: the investment agreement, acquiring title to the land plot, change of permitted use thereof, permission documentation, construction aspects, infrastructure and environmental issues.

Lafarge Cement

Provided comprehensive advice to Lafarge Cement on construction projects for industrial facilities in five Russian regions. This included subsoil use, licensing, the acquisition and re-categorisation of land plots (forest and agricultural land), representing the client in state arbitration courts, turnkey construction, infrastructure and environmental aspects.

Saint-Gobain

Advised Saint-Gobain on construction projects for industrial facilities in four Russian regions, including: subsoil use, licensing, asset acquisition, acquisition and re-categorisation of forest and agricultural land, representation in state arbitration courts, construction, infrastructure and environmental aspects.

Kronospan

Provided comprehensive support for Kronospan on a construction project for a timber processing facility in the Moscow Region. This covered a subordinated loan to finance the project from the EBRD and the IFC, acquisition and re-categorisation of land plots, permission documentation, construction, engineering infrastructure, environmental aspects representation in state arbitration courts and public tenders.

Guardian Industries

Supported Guardian Industries on construction projects for two float glass plants in the Ryazan and Rostov Regions, which included: an EBRD lending facility for the project, the acquisition of land plots, re-categorisation and change of permitted use of the land, construction, engineering infrastructure, environmental aspects, permission documentation, representation in state arbitration courts and public tenders. Advised Guardian Industries on receiving a RUR 4.3bn loan facility from the EBRD.

Komatsu

Provided comprehensive advice to Komatsu on a construction project for a building machinery assembly plant in the Yaroslavl Region including: site acquisition, re-categorisation and re-zoning, investment agreement, permission documentation, construction, engineering infrastructure, and environmental aspects.

Oriflame

Provided comprehensive support for Oriflame on plant construction projects in the Moscow Region and the construction of service centres in several other Russian regions. This included the acquisition of sites and land plots, re-categorisation and re-zoning, permission documentation, construction, engineering infrastructure, environmental aspects and representation in state arbitration courts.

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Legal support for foreign direct investment projects in Russia