Real estate & construction

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year in Russia – Best Lawyers Awards 2017 - 2020 
and in the UK – The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019

WHAT WE DO/ SPECIFIC AREAS OF FOCUS

Our global market-leading team of Real Estate & Construction Practice consists of over 700 dedicated and experienced lawyers in 30 offices throughout the world including offices in Moscow and London. It is one of the biggest practices in Russia and the United Kingdom.

The practice is widely recognised within the professional community and has a brilliant reputation as one of the teams in most demand on the market:

  • Real estate and Construction practice of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) for several years has been top-ranked / highly recommended (Band 1) by major international legal directories the Legal 500, Chambers & Partners 2011 – 2020.
  • Many times winner of Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, including Best Lawyers Russia 2017, 2019 and 2020.
  • Twice named the Real Estate Firm of the Year by the Legal 500 UK Awards (in 2019 and 2013). 
  • Practice specialists are recognised as leading professionals in the field of real estate and project development (including power and mining) by Best Lawyers and IFLR 1000 2019 and 2020. 

IFLR 2020

Profound knowledge of legislation, pro-active approach.

The practice is widely recognized both in Russia and in UK as the first real estate port of call for many high-profile international companies established or investing in Russia. As one of the teams in most demand on the market the practice has over 25 years of experience advising on the most challenging and complex domestic and cross-border real estate & construction matters, landmark projects and strategic deals many of which have been recognised as Deals of the Year and the biggest in their segment:

  • High-profile acquisitions and disposals of commercial property assets
  • Complex commercial property leasing matters
  • Large-scale construction and development projects
  •  Social infrastructure projects
  • Day to day operational legal advice

The Legal 500 2020

A very practical and thoughtful team which covers the whole spectrum of real estate issues. All team members are very creative, client-oriented and dedicated to completing a task.

What makes us stand out?

We value each individual client and invest time in really studying your business and providing well-thought-out, strategic recommendations.

We listen carefully to your problems, helping you sort out unfamiliar issues and selecting the most effective solutions for the entire gamut of your business tasks.

We use our years of extensive practical experience and profound knowledge of sectoral specifics and the latest trends in our clients’ interests to guarantee your success in implementing the most complex and large scale projects. Our clients know that we measure success according to their standards, not our own.

We provide comprehensive, all-round support, working in constant contact with experts in taxation, financing, corporate law/ M&A, arbitration proceedings, currency regulation, labour law and more, taking into account the complex nature of most real estate projects.

The Practice is widely recognised within the professional community and has a brilliant reputation as one of the teams in most demand on the market, including thanks to references given by our clients, who note exclusively positive collaboration with us and an excellent price to quality correlation.

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Chambers Europe 2019

The team is recognised as one of the leaders in the market, with clients describing their experience as "very positive; they go the extra mile for the client," as well as offering "excellent value for money."

Experience

Real estate & construction

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.

Major international companies

Acted for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, eBay, Kimberly-Clark, Motorola, Nike, Philips, Procter & Gamble, PVH (Tommy Hilfiger & Calvin Klein), Saint-Gobain, Toyota Bank, Volkswagen on national HQ office leases.

Westminster Property Ventures

Advised Westminster Property Ventures on sale of the Tsentralnaya Hotel, the famous 19th century Filippov house on Tverskaya Street, to IHI plc, owners of the Malta-based Corinthia Hotels Group, and its Russian partners. The Buyer plans to renovate the building into a luxury Corinthia Hotel and branded serviced apartments for sale.

Invest AG

Advised Invest AG on the sale of a Class A Business centre on the Rublevo-Uspenskoye Highway to the Moscow Region Government.

UFG Real Estate Russia and Orientir Development

Represented UFG Real Estate Russia and Orientir Development (former Logopark Development) in a sale transaction of the Sever-2 logistics park to Raven Russia.

Georgian Co-investment Fund

Advised a joint venture partner of the Georgian Co-investment Fund on development and operation of a hydro power plant in Georgia, including bespoke structuring analysis based on advice on the laws of 5 jurisdictions (Russia, Georgia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK), as well as analysis of Georgian and European tax treaty policy developments, in order to anticipate possible treaty renegotiations that might affect the structure.

Mistral Wine

Advising Mistral Wine, a major food and alcohol producer and distributor, a part of the Mistral group, on its acquisition of 200 ha of vineyards and a winery with a designed output of 840,000 litres per year in Russia’s Krasnodar Krai. The deal is the first big-ticket investment by the Group, one of the leading domestic alcohol importers, in its own wine estate in Russia.

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. 

Nord Stream AG, Nord Stream 2 AG

Advised Nord Stream AG, Nord Stream 2 AG on the legal aspects of construction of the Russian component of the submarine gas pipeline. Matters advised on included international law, environmental aspects, re-categorisation of forest and agricultural land, liaisons with government authorities, permission documentation, construction, permits, authorisations and licences.

Raven Property Group Limited

Advised Raven Property Group Limited on a conditional agreement for the acquisition of a completed and fully let warehouse of 64,375sqm in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, together with 21.5ha of adjacent land, from a fund managed by Amstar. Consideration for the acquisition is Roubles 2.8 bn (circa USD 41,5 m). The matter had significant importance for the Russian real estate market as Raven Property Group Limited is one of the few western funds continuing to consistently develop its business operations in Russia.

Mars Inc.

Provided comprehensive support for Mars Inc. projects in Russia, including the construction of nine plants in four Russian regions, major acquisitions (for example, Royal Canin, Wrigley and Korkunov), permission documentation, land use, land re-categorisation and permitted use issues, environmental aspects, representation in state arbitration courts, engineering infrastructure, and public tenders.

South/ TurkStream

Advised South/ TurkStream on construction of the Russian Sector of the South/TurkStream Offshore Pipeline project from Russia to Turkey: land acquisition, spatial planning, environmental, corporate, financing arrangements, constructions, permitting and regulatory, liaisons with government authorities, authorisations and licenses, etc.

Globus

Advised Globus, a German hypermarket chain, on its expansion on the Russian market, specifically on acquiring a land plot and properties in north-east Moscow for a new hypermarket.

Sheremetyevo International Airport

Comprehensive legal support on the USD 1 bn reconstruction of Sheremetyevo International Airport: construction of two passenger and one cargo terminals, demolition of an old terminal and construction of a unique tunnel under the runway to connect the passenger terminals. We are also advised on supply of passenger and luggage transport equipment and relocation of the existing utilities and infrastructure, and are provided support for construction of a new fueling facility. Our mandate also included consolidation of the airport’s asset consolidation, project finance and preparation of the airport for privatisation, corporate, finance and tax matters, etc.

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