With over 20 years of experience in complex international energy, infrastructure and M&A transactions, I have built my practice on exceptional client service, multi-disciplinary skills and legal acumen.
A fluent Russian speaker, I spent nearly 12 years based in Russia and havve a regular presence in the country.
My clients are very international and include both Russian and CIS corporates and smaller companies as well as western and other foreign investors globally. Some of the representative matters that I have overseen include:
- Oil and Gas: Represented the majority shareholders of a major Russian oilfield services company in the nearly US$2 billion disposition of the operating company and related companies to a consortium led by Gazprombank.
- Real Estate and Construction: Advised a leading construction and real estate company on its sale of grocery stores/hypermarkets in Russia.
- General Corporate and Commercial: Advised a major UK insurance company on a joint venture with a Russian insurer, as well as advising a major foreign logistics and freight company and a variety of commercial and civil matters in Russia.
In addition to transactional work, I also assist my clients and litigation specialists on contentious matters, including administrative matters.
I have been repeatedly listed as a leading lawyer for energy and international resources in Russia and the CIS in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 EMEA, where clients are quoted as saying I am "exceptional", that my "thinking is very proactive and imaginative" and that I am an "excellent lawyer with lots of oil and gas experience."
I am the author of numerous articles on legal and energy topics, as well as two published Russian-English legal dictionaries.
In addition to fluent Russian and my native English, I speak Dutch and Spanish and have some knowledge of Arabic.