Morgan Lewis’s Moscow office combines the resources of a global law firm with knowledge of the Russian legal system and local markets in Russia, the Central Asia/Caspian republics, and the other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries. Our team features seasoned lawyers with experience throughout the region. We coordinate closely with our two Kazakhstan offices (Almaty and Nur-Sultan) and have strong working relations with local counsel across Russia and the CIS.
Our team handles a variety of business and investment transactions, regulatory matters, and disputes. Notably, we have advised on some of the largest, most complex projects in the region, including major mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and joint venture transactions; private equity and sovereign wealth fund investments; financings and capital markets offerings; commercial property developments; intellectual property, data privacy, and employment law matters; compliance advisory and investigations; and commercial litigation and arbitration.
M&A, Private Equity & Sovereign Wealth, Joint Ventures
We advise on public and private M&A transactions, acting for both strategic and portfolio investors (including private equity and sovereign wealth funds) from across the globe in an array of sectors, including energy and natural resources; manufacturing; telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT); financial; transportation and logistics; life sciences; commercial property development; and retail. We also advise leading multinational and Russian companies on establishing and operating joint ventures, and on local regulatory issues.
Energy & Natural Resources
Our team advises on high-value projects in oil & gas (upstream, midstream, and downstream, including LNG), power (including renewable and nuclear), and mining and metals. Our clients include major global, Russian, and other CIS-country private and state-owned companies, independents, industrial service providers, and lenders.
Banking & Finance
We represent leading Russian and global private and state-owned banks and syndicates in matters involving corporate and commercial loans (including prepayment financings), structured finance, project finance, debt refinancing and restructuring, and bankruptcy.
Our team handles railway, aviation, roadway, power, refinery, petrochemical, LNG plants, and similar projects. We advise on financing, acquisition and sale of power companies, complex refinery modernizations and related engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements, and utilities regulatory work. We also handle a wide range of infrastructure-related and other commercial/industrial real estate development and investment matters.
Intellectual Property, Data Privacy
We offer fully integrated advisory and project-related services on all aspects of IP law, including copyrights, trademarks, and commercial secrets; domain names and internet-related services; information technology and databases; licensing, franchising, and anti-counterfeiting. Additionally, we advise regularly on personal data protection under local and European Union laws.
Disputes, Compliance, and Investigations
Our team handles disputes in Russian courts and international arbitrations in Russia and other jurisdictions. We assist on complex dispute clause drafting, pre-dispute contract analyses and settlement negotiations, mediations, and other alternative dispute resolution procedures, and provide counsel on corporate governance, disclosure, anti-corruption, and anti-money laundering rules and sanctions.
Labor & Employment
We advise on Russian labor and employment law, immigration and employee mobility, and workplace disputes. We counsel foreign investors on compliance issues arising in this sphere when establishing a presence or downsizing in Russia. We also provide advice on managing human resources issues in cross-border transactions.