Brian L. Zimbler advises on cross-border investment and financial matters, primarily in emerging markets. He has more than 25 years of experience with transactions involving Russia, Kazakhstan, and other countries in the former Soviet Union. Brian serves as the Managing Partner of the Moscow office, and has advised on some of the largest foreign investments in the region. Brian represents clients in a wide range of industries, including energy, manufacturing, media, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, real property, retail, and technology.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Brian was a partner in the corporate practice of another international law firm, working out of its Moscow and London offices. He is fluent in Russian and French, and conversant in Portuguese.
Note: This list includes engagements completed prior to joining Morgan Lewis.
Representing a leading Russian online advertising firm in obtaining equity financing from an investment fund.
Acting for a private seller of shares in Russia’s largest social network.
Advising a U.S. financial institution on the sale of its Russian bank in an auction process.
Advising on the acquisition of a substantial stake in an independent oil and gas company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Advising an international television network on arrangements to cover the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Advising a public company on acquisitions of high-profile commercial property in Moscow.
Advising a Swiss-listed investment fund on the sale of a majority stake in two prominent commercial properties in Moscow.
Advising a global satellite company on the establishment of new broadband and Ka-band telecommunications services in Russia, and the sale of a Russian subsidiary providing fixed satellite services.
Advising a consortium of investors on the $625 million purchase of a 26% stake in OJSC Enel OGK-5, a leading Russian power producer.
Advising one of the world's largest companies on a joint venture with Inter RAO and Russian Technologies to manufacture gas turbines in Russia.
Advising one of the world's largest companies on a joint venture with Russian Technologies to manufacture sophisticated healthcare equipment in Russia.
Acting for a leading Japanese manufacturer of construction and mining equipment in establishing a greenfield production facility in Tver, Russia, and obtaining related financing.
Advising one of France's largest companies on a strategic joint venture with Transmashholding, Russia's largest producer of locomotives and rail cars, and JSC Russian Railways, the national railway company.
Advising the world's largest canmaker on its acquisition of two Russian companies that manufacture aluminum cans.
Advising private equity funds on their investment in a leading Russian online shopping club.
Advising one of China's leading companies on its acquisition of a 50% stake in JSC Mangistaumunaigas, a major oil producer in Kazakhstan, through a joint venture with KazMunaiGas.
Advising one of China's leading companies on its $4 billion acquisition of PetroKazakhstan, a Canadian-listed company and prominent oil and gas producer in Kazakhstan.
Acting for a leading international automotive parts supplier in establishing a manufacturing joint venture Russia with steel major Severstal.
Advising a number of international media companies on various issues relating to the distribution of films, television programs and related merchandise in Russia, including antipiracy and regulatory matters.
Advising one of the world's leading software companies on a trademark infringement dispute with Russian software vendors, resulting in termination of the infringement.
Advising international pharmaceutical companies on their business in Russia, including commercial and regulatory matters.
Harvard Law School, 1986, J.D., Cum Laude
Harvard University, 1980, A.B., Magna Cum Laude
Tufts University, 1986, M.A.L.D.
District Of Columbia (U.S.)
England & Wales (Solicitor)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Awards and Affiliations
Recipient, International Law Office's Client Choice Award: "Russia M&A Lawyer of the Year" (2010)
Listed, Legal 500 (2014)—Leading Individual (Corporate and M&A, Russia)
Listed, Chambers Global (2014)—Band 1 (Corporate/M&A, Russia)
Listed, Chambers Europe: Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business (2014)
Former President, Moscow International Lawyers Group (1996–1998)
Editor-in-Chief, Harvard International Law Journal (1983–1984)