Banking & Finance

Recommended by all Russian and international rankings Chambers Europe 2021,
Legal 500 2021, 2020 and IFLR 1000 2020


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.

The Legal 500 2021

The team of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is distinguished by its high professionalism, creative approach in solving non-standard tasks, depth of analysis of emerging legal issues and responsibility in decision-making.

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.

Chambers Europe 2021

Clients appreciate the team's clear guidance, with one saying: "They can tell what's good and bad and what's acceptable and what's not. These people tell you the risks which are more likely to happen in each situation and that's what distinguishes them."

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Banking & Finance

Leader-Invest / Etalon

Advised the combined company of Leader-Invest / Etalon – a Sistema major full cycle developer – on sale to Raiffeisenbank of an office building to be built as part of the high-rise urban development at Nagatino i-land. The new 16-floor business centre will have an area of 34,000 sq.m. 

Genser Group

Advising Genser Group and their restructuring agent Sberbank Investment on complex restructuring of all external financial indebtedness of the Genser Group provided by the following banks: Sberbank, VTB, Promsvyazbank, Svyazbank, Bank Soyuz, Moscow Credit Bank, Bank Rossiyskiy Capital and Belgorodsotsbank.


Advised VEB.RF on restructuring the debt of Ford/Sollers JV companies provided for the purposes of modernising production facilities in Naberezhnye Chelny, Elabuga and Vsevolzhsk and building an engine production plant. The project included a full update of the security package in various jurisdictions.


Advised CityJet on delivery of new generation jet from Sukhoi including negotiating a framework agreement for delivery of 15 firm and 16 optional Aircraft, leasing documentation and engine and airframe support services agreements. The contract value amounted to over USD 1 bn, including options and aftersales services.


Assisting GTLK Europe DAC with preparing a complex roadmap and advising on the legal and tax structures for establishing a leasing platform in Hong Kong for aircraft and ship leasing, in order to assess the benefits available to such platform under the concessionary aircraft leasing tax regime introduced in Hong Kong in 2017 for leasing aircraft and ships to different jurisdictions and implement the establishment of such platform.

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.

Raven Russia

Advised Raven Russia on two Euro 80 secured facilities from VTB Germany for refinancing the acquisition of the “Gorigo” class A warehouse complex located near St Petersburg and for leveraging three class A office centres (Kellerman, Pervomayskaya Zarya and Konstanta) in St Petersburg.

Russian Agricultural Bank

Advising Russian Agricultural Bank on international sanctions programmes and restrictions.


Advised Gett (GetTaxi) on its USD 100 m financing from Sberbank.

International Investment Bank (IIB)

Advising International Investment Bank (IIB) as the lender under a EUR 40 m secured three-tranche facility to Lysvenskiy Metallurgical Plant (LMZ) in order to refinance the existing facilities from VTB and Sberbank.

Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund

Acted for the Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund on a RUB 2 bn secured loan for construction of a new terminal at Khabarovsk International Airport servicing domestic flights and the airport infrastructure.

AFG National

Advised AFG National, a leader on the Russian agriculture produce market, on raising up to RUB 9 bn from the Russian Direct Investments Fund and a number of Middle East funds.


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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