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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)

bar admissions

  • England & Wales (Solicitor)
  • California (U.S.)
  • District Of Columbia (U.S.)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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Brian L. Zimbler

Legend Business Center
Tsvetnoy Bulvar, 2
Moscow 127051 Russian Federation
Phone: +7.495.212.2511
Fax: +7.495.212.2400
Condor House, 5-10 St. Paul's Churchyard
London, EC4M 8AL
United Kingdom
Phone: +44.20.3201.5552
Fax: +44.20.3201.5001

Brian L. Zimbler is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice and Managing Partner of the firm's Moscow office. Mr. Zimbler focuses his practice on cross-border investment and financial matters, with an emphasis on emerging markets. His practice covers a wide range of industries, including energy and natural resources, manufacturing, retail and fast-moving consumer goods, real property, media, telecommunications, and technology.

Mr. Zimbler has more than 20 years of experience in matters dealing with Russia, Kazakhstan, and other countries of the former Soviet Union, and has advised on some of the largest foreign investments in the region during this time.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Zimbler was a partner in the corporate practice of another international law firm in its Moscow and London offices.

Mr. Zimbler earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his M.A.L.D. from Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, both in 1986. He earned his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1980. Mr. Zimbler is fluent in Russian and French and proficient in Portuguese.

Mr. Zimbler is admitted to practice in England and Wales as a Solicitor, the state of California (U.S.), and the District of Columbia (U.S.) and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Selected Representations

Note: This list includes engagements completed prior to joining Morgan Lewis.

  • Acting for a private seller of 11.9% of the shares of Vkontakte (“In Contact”), Russia’s largest social network, to Mail.Ru Group (LSE: MAIL), a leading Russian online communications and entertainment company, bringing its total ownership over 51%.
  • Advising a large international finance group on the sale of its Russian bank in an auction process.
  • Advising a prominent Russian private investment group on the acquisition of a substantial stake in an independent oil and gas company listed on the London Stock Exchange, and related regulatory issues.
  • 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, for total cash consideration of US$297 million (including assumed debt) from EN+ Group Limited.
  • Advising private equity funds on their investment in, the 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 in Kaluga, Russia, with Russian steel major Severstal.
  • Advising a number of international media compaies 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.


  • Harvard Law School, 1986, J.D., Cum Laude
  • Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1986, M.A.L.D.
  • Harvard University, 1980, A.B., Magna Cum Laude