More Than Two Decades of Practical Commercial Guidance
Dechert’s Moscow team includes some of the leading advisors on both domestic and cross-border corporate, real estate and financing transactions, and domestic and international dispute resolution in the region. Our senior partners have advised on matters in Russia and involving Russian companies since the early 1990s.
With lawyers fluent in English and Russian – and qualified to practice in Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom – we provide legal expertise, commercial judgment and cross-border capabilities together with an appreciation of the region’s political and cultural sensitivities and regulatory and administrative practices.
Areas of Focus
As part of Dechert’s globally recognized antitrust/competition practice, our Russian team advises clients on the full range of competition issues, including general competition advisory, merger clearance, competition compliance audits, cartel and other competition investigations, and competition disputes before the FAS. We also handle complex Strategic Sectors Law approvals and notifications; indeed, we were one of the first law firms to obtain such an approval on behalf of a client.
Banking and Finance
A recognized leader for banking and finance in Russia, our Moscow team serves domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, multilateral financial institutions, export credit agencies, investment funds and corporations as arrangers and lenders, and multinational corporations and financial institutions as sponsors and borrowers. We have particular experience with complex cross-border project and acquisition financings. Together with Dechert’s global emerging markets practice, we also advise on the restructuring of debt by issuers from Russia and the former Soviet Union as well as on bank regulatory matters.
Capital Markets and Securities Regulation
Corporate and sovereign issuers, underwriters, financial sponsors, investors and selling shareholders rely on us for all types of public and private debt, equity, equity-linked and other securities offerings. Our lawyers are noted for handling some of the most innovative transactions by governments, banks and multinational corporations in emerging markets, including debut/first-of-a-kind issuances by issuers throughout the region. We also advise clients on ADR listings and securities regulations in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Corporate/M&A and Joint Ventures
Navigating the complexities of corporate transactions in Russia requires an innovative approach that takes into account costs and practical viability. Dechert’s top-ranked Moscow corporate team has been recognized by independent legal journals and industry-specific publications, and has received numerous awards for its cross-border M&A and financing work.
We handle transactions involving entities from small start-ups to multinational giants. We advise joint ventures in various industries on structuring, establishing, reorganizing, unwinding and day-to-day operations. Our lawyers work with the relevant governmental authorities in the context of corporate transactions, including both the RF Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) and the Federal Government Commission for Control over Foreign Investment in Russia, as well as antimonopoly authorities in the United States and European Union.
Domestic and International Litigation and Arbitration
Our Russian- and English-qualified lawyers have successfully guided clients through the complexities of local state court litigation in Moscow and the Russian regions, as well as represented major Russian and international clients in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under various ad hoc and institution rules, including The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), The International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC) (MKAS) and The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). We have particular expertise on construction and shareholder disputes.
We also have extensive experience litigating against Russian administrative authorities at all levels of the Russian court system, including before the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.
General Corporate and Commercial Matters
We provide general corporate and commercial advice to Russian and multinational companies on operations in Russia and throughout the CIS, including on establishing a local presence in Russia, receiving accreditation for a representative office, conducting board and shareholder meetings, and other corporate governance matters. Our Moscow lawyers also advise on the full range of commercial contracts from supply and distribution to sales and franchise agreements.
Developers, owners, licensors, licensees and buyers of intellectual property rights rely on us for a comprehensive range of IP commercial advice and litigation services. We guide clients through IP issues involved in strategic alliances, collaborative developments, joint ventures, licenses, service agreements, and mergers and acquisitions.
International Sanctions and Compliance with Anti-Corruption Laws and Internal Investigations
The regulatory risks associated with international economic sanctions represent a major compliance challenge for companies worldwide. Working together with Dechert’s international trade and government regulation team in Europe and the United States, our Moscow lawyers regularly advise clients on the jurisdictional reach of sanctions regulations, providing clear, commercially focused assessments of the risks associated with current and potential business opportunities, all while identifying commercial possibilities among the prohibitions. On export controls, we assist in developing internal procedures that are tailored to a company’s structure, resources, exposure to export-related risks and commercial objectives. We also conduct due diligence regarding third party partners and acquisition targets, and leverage our deep relationships with government officials in Europe and the United States to clarify complex compliance requirements.
Corporate criminal and regulatory enforcement actions are on the rise worldwide, with reputations and access to capital at stake. Corporations now face heightened requirements for corporate compliance programs changing expectations of voluntary disclosure of employee misconduct, the erosion of the attorney-client privilege and powerful incentives for companies to cooperate in government investigations.
Our Moscow lawyers have advised numerous Russian and multinational companies with operations in Russia on anti-corruption matters such as the production of compliance manuals, commercial bribery, price fixing and Russian customs and tax rules. Dechert is also recognized among the top advisors on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.
Labor and Data Privacy
Our Moscow team advises multinational companies and individuals on the full spectrum of employment issues. We handle employment contracts, guidelines for hiring and dismissal of staff, cross-border transfer of data, management services agreements, temporary employment and independent contractors’ agreements, compensation policies, expatriate packages and stock option programs, and employment disputes. We also prepare internal regulations and handle issues related to data privacy and internal investigations.
Private Equity and Investment Funds
Working with our colleagues in Dechert’s globally recognized financial services practice, we have advised dozens of private equity, hedge, alternative investment, exchange-traded and mutual funds on their acquisitions and divestitures of shares in Russian public and private companies as well as on regulatory and securities matters. Our Moscow team has advised funds on shareholder disputes and other matters regarding the operations of Russian companies.
We also assist funds on Russian, U.S. and English securities laws, asset management agreements under Russian, English and U.S. law, the establishment of foreign entities and the creation of global platforms to provide services to investors.
Real Estate and Construction
We have significant experience acting for both international and domestic clients in real estate transactions in Russia. Our work includes:
- Advising on structuring investments into real estate and real estate transactions.
- Structuring, establishing and promoting real estate investment funds.
- Buying and selling real estate portfolios using onshore or offshore corporate structures.
- Advising owners and developers on greenfield and brownfield projects.
- Assisting with all types of transactions involving commercial, industrial, office, residential real estate, land and hotels.
- Advising on construction law, real estate development and environmental law.
- Financing real estate projects.
Our lawyers regularly conduct due diligence of target properties, represent clients in negotiations with other parties and governmental authorities, advise on structuring of transactions and draw up all necessary agreements and other legal documents.
Energy and Natural Resources
From oil, gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power generation, distribution and sale, Dechert’s Moscow team is recognized as a leading advisor on energy and natural resources matters. We worked on one of the largest proposed LNG plants in the region and have advised on upstream, midstream and downstream operations. In the power sector, we have advised on EPC contracts, offtake agreements and various supply side contracts as well as on the financing of captive power plants and the sale of shares in energy companies.
Our lawyers also assist producers, financial institutions, contractors and other related parties on financings, restructurings, permitting and other project-related concerns, including pipelines, refineries, carbon credits and the use of techniques for enhanced recovery of marginal hydrocarbon reserves.
Food and Beverage
Acknowledged for our in-depth experience in the food and beverage industry, Dechert represents some of the world’s leading food and beverage companies. We provide comprehensive representation in a wide range of areas, including corporate and securities transactions, antitrust and merger structuring and clearances, consumer fraud and product liability litigation, distribution and sales arrangements, and the full range of marketing, promotional, labeling and intellectual property issues.
Our Moscow team represents pharmaceutical, biotech and other life sciences clients on a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters, including distribution and sales contracts, competition matters, licensing and other IP issues and corporate matters. We also advise on advertising, labeling and other regulatory matters.
Some of our most significant work in the life sciences sector includes representing companies in disputes with commercial parties as well as with the Russian government, advising on counterfeiting matters, and assisting leading pharmaceutical companies with clinical trial agreements with Russia-based laboratories.
Dechert’s Moscow lawyers advise Russia and multinational companies, including major automobile, pharmaceutical, mining and metals, electronics and consumer goods companies, on numerous matters in connection with their manufacturing operations in Russia, including real estate and construction, transactional, commercial, dispute resolution, distribution, sales and financing matters.
Mining and Metals
Recognized as leading advisors on mining and metals, our Moscow lawyers handle mining and metals matters, with sector experience including aluminum, coal, copper, diamonds, gold, iron ore, nickel, palladium, platinum, silver, steel and uranium. We have extensive experience advising producers, financial institutions, contractors and other related parties on all aspects of mining operations. We also assist clients engaged in all aspects of post-extraction processing and manufacturing and also with commodities trading. For nearly two decades, our lawyers have handled corporate, regulatory and commercial matters for one of the largest foreign mining companies operating in Russia.
Dechert’s lawyers in Moscow have advised Russian and multinational clients on a wide spectrum of matters relating to the retail sector in Moscow and the Russian regions. We have assisted with the establishment of subsidiaries, real estate issues, acquisition and sale of retail assets, banking and finance (including debt restructuring) and litigation, as well as customs issues and general corporate compliance. Our clients include major retailers, banks and private equity funds.
Technology, Media and Telecommunications
Dechert’s Moscow team is recognized as a leading advisor on technology, media and telecommunications matters in Russia. We handle a wide range of matters for Russian and international clients in the TMT sector, including:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Joint ventures and financings
- Intellectual property matters
- Commercial agreements
- Dispute resolution
- Regulatory and licensing matters
- Establishment or liquidation of representative offices, branches and subsidiaries
- Broadcasting agreements
- Construction of telecommunications networks
- General corporate matters
We also regularly advise multinational companies on issues concerning establishing a presence and launching operations in special economic zones, including in Skolkovo.
Dechert Russia LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dechert LLP US, is a Delaware Limited Liability Company with a registered branch in Moscow.