Vinson & Elkins has represented clients in the region for more than 40 years and has maintained an office in Moscow since 1991, providing clients investing both in and out of the region with comprehensive legal and business focused advice, particularly in the energy and natural resources sector. Our lawyers advise on international, English, and Russian law.
We have extensive experience in
all types of oil and gas-related transactions and are particularly strong in liquefied
natural gas projects and in the upstream and downstream arenas. Our lawyers
have advised clients on the acquisition, development, financing, and/or disposal
of upstream and downstream assets in virtually every material basin in the
A number of our projects are award
winning, notably the joint venture among Korean Gas Corp, Lotte Chemical, STX
Energy, and Uzbekneftegas on the Surgil upstream gas and petrochemicals project, which has five awards, including being named Project Finance International's "Petrochemical Deal of the
Year 2012," Infrastructure Journal's
"Oil and Gas Deal of the Year 2013," and The American Lawyer's "Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project
Finance (Asia) 2014."
Additionally, the State Oil
Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has won praise for its development
and financing of a $5.3 billion greenfield oil refinery in Turkey, including being
named “Middle East and Africa Refinery Deal of the Year 2014” by Project Finance International, “European
Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2014” by IJGlobal,
and GTR “Best Deals of 2014”.
Our Russia and Central Asia practice
includes international dispute resolution lawyers who maintain an active and
extensive arbitration and litigation practice coming out of projects in the region.