Baker & McKenzie

  • July 01, 2009
Baker & McKenzie announces five new partners.


  • May 27, 2009
Alexander Kravtsov was appointed Vice President and Head of Client Services in the Moscow office of The PBN Company, the leading strategic communications firm specializing in Russia and the CIS.

Herbert Smith CIS LLP

  • May 25, 2009
Herbert Smith CIS LLP is pleased to announce that Artjom Buligin was promoted to partner in the banking and finance division. Artjom is based in the firm's Moscow office and specialises in banking and finance, including   syndicated lending, restructuring and insolvency, securitisations, project finance and acquisition finance. He has worked on many of the most significant finance transactions in Russia. Artjom experience covers a broad spectrum of sectors including oil and gas, metals and mining, aerospace and financial institutions.

Allen & Overy

  • May 20, 2009
Allen & Overy Moscow is pleased to announce the promotion of Anton Konnov and Elena Tchoubykina to the partnership Anton Konnov is a Corporate Partner in the Moscow office of Allen & Overy. He concentrates on corporate transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities issues, corporate governance and shareholder disputes and also has significant experience advising on infrastructure projects. Anton joined Allen & Overy Moscow as a trainee in 1997 and qualified as an associate in 1999. Anton graduated from the Law College of Moscow State University in 1999 with a degree in law and from the New York University School of Law in 2006 with an LLM in Corporate Law. He was admitted to practise in Russia in 1999 and to the Bar of the State of New York in 2007.   Elena Tchoubykina becomes a Banking Partner in the Moscow office of Allen & Overy. She has acquired substantial banking and capital markets experience. Elena has advised Russian and foreign financial institutions as well as Russian borrowers on a wide range of secured and unsecured banking transactions including structured finance, pre-export finance and general lending. She has also advised on Eurobond issues by Russian issuers (standalone and programmes). Elena joined Allen & Overy Moscow in 1997 as a trainee and upon graduation became an associate in its Banking Department. She graduated with honours from the Legal Department of Moscow State University in 1999. She also qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2004.

Debevoise & Plimpton

  • May 19, 2009
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is pleased to announce that Victor A. Snegirev has been appointed International Counsel to the firm. Victor A. Snegirev, based in the Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Moscow office, is a member of the Corporate Department, leading the firm's aviation practice in Russia. He has represented the firm's clients in many of the most important Russian aircraft financing projects to date and has extensive experience in operating and finance lease transactions, acquisition and disposal of aircraft, sale and leaseback transactions, financings, maintenance and registration issues. Mr. Snegirev joined the firm in 2005 after eight years spent with two leading U.K. law firms practicing in the area of aircraft finance, maritime law and cross-border equipment leases. In 1991 he graduated from the Moscow Institute for Electronics with a degree in physics and in 1996 received a law degree from the International Law Faculty of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO). * * * Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients around the world. The firm's Russian aviation practice has been consistently ranked in the top tier by Chambers Europe since the introduction of the Russian aviation category in its nominations. For more information please go to:

Debevoise & Plimpton

  • May 14, 2009
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is pleased to announce that Alyona N. Kucher will become a partner of the firm, effective July 1, 2009. Alyona N. Kucher, based in the firm’s Moscow office, is a member of the firms Corporate Department.  Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law, infrastructure projects and project financing with an emphasis on transactions in the oil and gas sectors and construction.  Ms. Kucher received a degree in legal translation from the Moscow State University (1999). She graduated with honors from the Moscow State University, Faculty of Law (2000) and was awarded a Candidate of Sciences degree (Ph.D.) in law (2002).  Ms. Kucher has authored several articles on foreign investments in Russia, as well as a book on contract negotiation and pre-contractual liability, and currently teaches a Civil Law course at Moscow State University.  Ms. Kucher joined the firm in 1998. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm now has approximately 750 lawyers. For more information, please visit

Bovis Lend Lease

  • May 11, 2009
Daniil Afremov has rejoined Bovis Lend Lease Russia as Business Development Director after spending a year, exchanging experiences with colleagues, in one of the offices of Bovis Lend Lease (Australia). Prior to 2008 Daniil was head of the Bovis Lend Lease office in St. Petersburg. Daniil was head of the Bovis Lend Lease office in St. Petersburg. Daniil has over 7 year's experience in Bovis Lend Lease and 10 years in the construction industry during which time he has held major positions in a number of Russian and International companies. Daniil has a diploma of St.Petersburg State Engineering and Architectural University.

Allen & Overy

  • February 19, 2009
Allen & Overy is pleased to announce that leading UK corporate M&A partner Tim Shilling has relocated from the London office of Allen & Overy to the firm’s Moscow office, which is headed by managing partner Tony Humphrey. Tim will be a partner in the corporate department of Allen & Overy Moscow, adding important strength to the department, which is led by partner Edwin Tham. Tim Shilling has more than 20 years cross-border M&A experience, including ten years as a partner at Deneys Reitz, one of the leading corporate law firms in South Africa, and 12 years as a corporate partner of Allen & Overy in London. Tim has extensive experience in a wide range of corporate transactions, with particular expertise in cross-border M&A and the energy and natural resources sectors. His recent experience includes advising Petroplus on its US$1.4 billion acquisition of BPs Coryton Refinery; BG on its exchange of upstream oil and gas field interests with BP (the largest transaction of its kind in the North Sea); Centrica on its £304 million acquisition from Dynegy of the rough gas storage facility; Sasol Limited on its US$800 million South Africa-Mozambique Pipeline Project and Maersk Oil on its US$2.95 billion acquisition of Kerr-McGees North Sea oil and gas assets. Tim, who is listed in Chambers UK 2008 as one of the leading UK oil and gas lawyers, will significantly strengthen the highly regarded corporate practice of Allen & Overy Moscow (which was ranked as “Best M&A Law Firm in Russia” in 2007).

DLA Piper

  • February 04, 2009
DLA Piper is pleased to announce that Alexey Kolegov was promoted to partner in its Moscow office effective January 2009. Alexey’s practice largely focuses on advising national and multinational companies on real estate, corporate and transactional matters, ranging from investment in construction, retail and office lease to cross-border acquisitions and joint venture structures. Alexey has served clients on a number of domestic and multijurisdictional real estate related mandates including structuring and transaction support of real estate acquisitions, property backed financing, investment contracts, acquisition of construction rights and rights to land. Alexey holds a law degree from the Syktyvkar State University and a Political Science degree from the Valdosta State University (USA). Natalia Kochergina was promoted to partner in DLA Pipers Kyiv office effective January 2009. Natalia leads the firms Kyiv Real Estate practice and has over 14 years of experience advising clients on real estate, land and construction law, as well as on M&A and transaction support matters. Natalia graduated from the National Law Academy of Ukraine in Kharkiv with honours. She also completed a Masters in Law degree from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) with a specialization in International Business Law.


  • January 26, 2009
Ethan Heinz, Elena Kourchuk and Anna Zvereva appointed of counsels at international law firm Salans Ethan Heinz specializes in mergers & acquisitions, private equity transactions and general corporate matters. Ethan received his B.A. in Russian and East European Studies in 1993 from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Chicago Law School. He also studied for one year at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Ethan is admitted to the New York state bar. Prior to joining Salans’ Moscow office in 2006, Ethan was an associate in the New York office of a major international law firm. He additionally served for two years as a law clerk to the Honourable Richard W. Goldberg of the United States Court of International Trade. Elena Kourchuk heads Salans’ Russian Competition Law Practice. She has broad experience in Russian competition law matters, ranging from analysis and follow-up on notification of concentrations, analysis of distribution and other commercial agreements, to representing clients in administrative proceedings before the Russian competition authorities. Elena also focuses on M&A, corporate law and securities regulations. She has assisted clients in structuring investments, public offers for securities, buy-outs of minority shares, reorganizations, information disclosures, securities issuances, acquisitions through auctions/tenders and regulatory issues. Elena graduated from Moscow Linguistic University in 1995 and received her law degree in 1998 from the Moscow State University of International Relations. Elena joined Salans’ Moscow office in 1997. Anna Zvereva specializes in tax law. She has extensive experience in accounting, tax due diligence reviews, tax audits, tax compliance projects, accounting and payroll outsourcing, accounting in accordance with Russian accounting standards and IAS, tax optimization, audits in accordance with RAS and advising on taxation and accounting. Anna graduated from the State Financial Academy of the Russian Federation, Tax Faculty (Degree, 1998), and is currently pursuing a degree at the ACCA in London. Prior to joining Salans’ Moscow office in 2007, Anna was a senior tax consultant at Alrud.

White & Case

  • January 26, 2009
White & Case LLC is pleased to announce a new partner in its Moscow office.

CMS announces new partner appointments in Russia

  • January 22, 2009
CMS, one of the leading international law firms in Russia, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners: Karen Young (banking and finance), Ivan Gritsenko (real estate) and Elena Zhigaeva (corporate). Karen Young specialises in banking and finance law and, in particular, project and property finance. Her 18 years experience includes advising various clients in relation to loans for the construction finance of commercial real estate property, development finance, loans refinance etc. With over six years of experience in the Russian market, in her new role Karen will continue to develop a growing banking and finance practice for CMS in Russia. Ivan Gritsenko has been specialising in all legal aspects of real estate projects for over seven years, including acquisition and development of land, acquisition of use rights for land, project-related due diligence, and development of model structures for joint venture projects with Russian partners. With this appointment Ivan becomes the fourth partner in the top-rated CMS real estate practice in Russia, comprising over 20 lawyers. Elena Zhigaeva has advised Russian and international companies on corporate law aspects of their business in Russia for over five years, including acquisitions and disposals, and on competition law issues. With her appointment, Elena joins the existing 11-partner corporate team. The growing CMS corporate department now has a total number of 48 fee-earners. These new partner appointments reinforce the leading position of CMS in the legal market in Russia. “We are delighted to welcome our new partners. The appointment of Ivan, Karen and Elena to the partnership recognises their professional success and input to our business. They are also evidence of our commitment to continuing to grow our business in the Russian market”, says John Hammond, Chairman of CMS in Russia.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

  • December 15, 2008
Partner to relocate to Moscow in january 2009. Skadden Arps is pleased to announce that their London-based corporate partner Linda Davies will transfer to the firm’s Moscow office in early 2009. Linda focuses on corporate matters, with a particular emphasis on private equity and restructurings, as well as mergers and acquisitions and public company takeovers. Prior to her transfer to Moscow, Linda has been an integral part of the London and Moscow-based Russian corporate team for the past ten years.

Herbert Smith

  • December 12, 2008
Edward Baring joins Herbert Smith Moscow office as a finance partner. Herbert Smith is pleased to announce that Edward Baring joins its Moscow office as a finance partner. He specialises in finance and banking and his experience encompasses bank lending, trade, acquisition and real estate finance and securitisation. Edward advises a range of the most active banks and borrowers in the Russian loan market. Edward is currently rated as a leading individual in the Russian banking market by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and IFLR 1000. Before joining the firm he worked at Allen & Overy, where he was a senior associate in the firm's Moscow office.


  • December 01, 2008
Elizaveta Ivanova joins Salans Moscow office as Of Counsel. Elizaveta Ivanova has joined Salans as of counsel from the Moscow office of Herbert Smith. Elizaveta has wide ranging experience advising on international investments in Russia.  A particular focus of her expertise is finance work, including syndicated structured receivables financings and project financing.  Elizaveta is also an expert on the Russian energy/natural resources sector, as well as on the new strategic investments regime.Elizaveta started her career at Clifford Chance in 1996. In 2002 she moved to Herbert Smith, where she worked in its Moscow and London offices as senior associate and of counsel. Elizaveta Ivanova graduated from the law faculty of Moscow State University (diploma with honours) in 1997, and obtained a master of law degree from the University of Cambridge in 2000.


  • October 30, 2008
Oleg Goshchansky appointed Regional Head of Audit for KPMG in Russia and the CIS. Oleg Goshchansky was born in Kiev in 1967. In 1991, he graduated from the Kiev Trade and Economics Institute, specializing in Trade Economics; in 1990-1992, he also studied in Germany at the University of Marburg, specializing in Economics of Enterprise. From 1992-1997, he was an auditor at Coopers&Lybrand in Frankfurt am Main. Oleg joined KPMG in 1997 as a senior auditor, and worked his way to partner (2002). From 2005 to 2008, he served as head of the industrial markets group. Oleg is a US Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of Great Britain. He has extensive audit experience in accordance with IFRS, US GAAP and RAP. Oleg is married and has one child.


  • September 15, 2008
Todd Culyba has joined international law firm Salans as a partner based in its Moscow office. Todd specializes in mergers and acquisitions and has extensive experience acting for sellers and buyers in complex Russian and cross-border transactions. Todd also advises clients on joint ventures and financing matters. Todd, formerly with Salans’ Moscow office from 2004 to 2006, returns to Salans after spending the last two years with Latham & Watkins. Todd began his career in 1999 with Altheimer & Gray where he worked in both Chicago and London.  Todd graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. cum laude, 1999) and the University of Michigan (B.A., 1995). He is a member of the Illinois Bar.  With over 120 lawyers in its Moscow and St. Petersburg offices, Salans has unrivalled coverage across Russia. Salans Russian practice increased its fee earners by more than 50% in 2007, while Salans as a whole grew to more than 750 lawyers across 19 offices, uniquely located in a combination of international financial centres and emerging market hubs.  

Herbert Smith

  • September 12, 2008
Herbert Smith LLP is pleased to announce that Evgeny Zelensky joins its Moscow office as a partner and will lead its capital markets practice. He specialises in equity and debt capital markets and securities law, particularly in IPOs and private placements. Evgeny worked on many of the most significant capital markets transactions that have ever been done out of Russia, establishing a reputation as one of the leading Russian capital markets lawyers.   Before joining the firm Evgeny was an executive director and co-head of legal and compliance department at Renaissance Capital, a leading emerging markets investment bank.


  • September 10, 2008
Igor Venediktov joins DLA Piper's Moscow office as a partner to lead the firm's Moscow Tax practice. Igor is one of the more reputed tax practitioners in the Moscow market and a recognized authority in real estate taxation. Prior to joining DLA Piper Igor was the Head of Ernst & Young's Real Estate Tax practice in Moscow and a Corporate Tax Partner specializing in Real Estate. Igor's practice encompasses advising on various inbound and outbound acquisitions, international tax and transfer pricing planning, real estate, international finance and leasing transactions. Igor has been involved in numerous foreign and domestic direct investment, M&A transactions and IPOs in the real estate, banking, metallurgical, chemical, and automotive industries. Igor graduated from State University of Management in 1986 and holds a degree in economics. He is also a National Certified Auditor. Michael Malloy has joined DLA Piper's Moscow office as Counsel and will head up the firm's Technology, Media and Commercial practice in Russia. Michael has over 15 years of practice experience. He has been working in Russia since 1994 and has wide ranging experience in corporate structuring, business law, franchising, commercial intellectual property and technology transfers. Prior to joining DLA Piper Michael was with Haynes and Boone. Before that he was practicing at Gowlings, Arthur Andersen and KPMG in Moscow. Michael received his LL.M. in 1997 from the Georgetown University Law Center and his J.D. in 1991 from the University of Florida College of Law. He also holds B.S. Degree in Economics (1984) and B.S. Degree in International Affairs (1984) from the Florida State University.


  • August 04, 2008
Karina Chichkanova graduated from the law department of the Leningrad State University in 1990. Ms. Chichkanova began her career at Salans in 1995. She was appointed the head of the St. Petersburg Real-Estate Practice in 2005. In May 2008, the Legal 500 named Karina Chichkanova “one of the leading professionals in the real estate market, and also one of the most recommended lawyers in Saint Petersburg”. Karina Chichkanova's specializations include directing projects implemented on both state and private land, and connected with construction “from scratch”, reconstruction of existing properties, lease or acquisition of property rights (including by means of acquiring the rights to the owner company), and co-investment deals. She has headed the legal teams for major industrial projects, projects for the construction of shopping complexes and hypermarkets, as well as projects regarding the development of business centers, hotels, and multi-apartment housing in Saint Petersburg and Russia's northwest region.