Vinson & Elkins established its Moscow office in 1991, one of the first international law firms to do so, to provide legal advice and counseling on challenging transactions and regulatory issues in the region. Since then, we have represented numerous Russian, U.S., European, and Asian companies on a multitude of energy, natural resources, infrastructure, and other projects in the Russian Federation and the CIS. We have followed closely the many changes in the region’s legal, regulatory, and geopolitical landscape and have helped our clients navigate through the challenging legal regimes, including the laws and regulations applicable to cross-border transactions and inward investment. We have advised our clients on their investments and business dealings in the region since the early 1970s.
Our Russia/CIS practice group comprises around 70 lawyers based in Moscow, London, and elsewhere and includes experienced lawyers qualified in Russia, the UK, and the U.S. Lawyers in Moscow work closely with their colleagues in London and Asia. V&E lawyers advise international clients doing business in the Russian Federation and the CIS, including Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan. They understand the business, the regulatory framework, the industry “norms,” and the contractual structures associated with M&A, joint ventures, infrastructure projects, and finance transactions. They have worked together on many transactions and provide an efficient combination of experience in the international energy and natural resources sectors, and international, English, and Russian law and practice.
The core practice areas of our Moscow office include the following:
Energy / Natural Resources
V&E lawyers have advised clients operating in the Russian and CIS energy and natural resources markets for more than 30 years, including on the acquisition and disposal of energy assets and companies, joint ventures, subsoil law and license compliance issues, oil and gas transportation, international hydrocarbon sales contracts (including long-term supply contracts and export financing), service contracts (including with Russian majors), and on developing and financing large-scale energy and infrastructure projects (including pipeline construction and liquefied natural gas projects).
Mergers and Acquisitions / Private Equity
We have significant experience in complex, high-value, domestic and cross-border M&A and private-equity investment transactions in a number of sectors, primarily in oil and gas, as well as in retail and consumer goods, food and drink, telecommunications, media, and advertising. Our clients include both domestic and international companies, and transactions include both inbound and overseas investments. We advise on the relevant regulatory requirements applicable to foreign direct investment, and have experience advising on the laws introduced in 2008 restricting foreign investment into strategic sectors of the Russian economy.
Corporate / Commercial
The Moscow office provides a wide variety of corporate and commercial advice, including in connection with investment structuring, establishing new businesses in Russia, obtaining necessary accreditations and registrations, entering into joint ventures, structuring corporate governance relationships between Russian and foreign shareholders, protecting shareholder rights, developing strategies to suit the demands of the Russian business environment, labor, and competition law issues.
Teaming up with lawyers from our London and U.S. offices, V&E has worked on a variety of capital markets transactions, representing issuers and underwriters in equity and debt offerings.
Vinson & Elkins attorneys have represented lenders and borrowers in a variety of financing transactions, including syndicated lending, acquisition, and project financing.
International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
Working closely with lawyers in V&E’s London and other offices, we advise international, and Russian clients on resolving disputes on matters involving Russia and the CIS.
Vinson & Elkins has a diverse, worldwide project development and finance practice, with particular depth of experience in power generation and other energy-related projects. Our project development and finance lawyers have participated in a broad array of power and non-power projects throughout the world, including projects involving refineries, petrochemical plants, oil, natural gas and products pipelines, LNG and LPG facilities, hospitals, telecommunications, roads, water systems, and other infrastructure. We have represented developers, lenders (governmental and private), governments, and advisors and have worked on numerous RFPs, privatizations, and greenfield projects.
In addition to these core practice areas, the Russia/CIS practice group regularly advises on other areas of Russian law, including intellectual property, immigration, and general tax.
Natalya Morozova is recognized as a leading lawyer for Russia: Energy and Natural Resources in Legal 500 EMEA 2013 and Chambers Global 2012 noted that Natalya “earns particular praise for her handling of Russian clients, but also has much experience of the international market.” In 2013, Chambers Global recognized Rob Patterson as a leading lawyer for Russia: Energy & Natural Resources and Chambers Europe 2013 describes Rob as “a well-regarded figure in the market.” Chambers Global 2012 also notes that he “is sought after for his M&A and financing skills regarding energy projects.” (View all firm rankings here.)
Vinson & Elkins Russia/CIS lawyers have extensive experience in areas including: Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Energy and Natural Resources, Finance, Capital Markets, Non-Oil and Gas Projects, and Dispute Resolution. (View our representative experience here.)
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