Alexei Roudiak

Alexei Roudiak is our exclusively recommended Private Equity Law expert in the Russian Federation on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Alexei directly using the contact details listed above.

Alexei advises Russian and international clients on all aspects of M&A projects, private equity deals and corporate restructurings. He is highly skilled in dealing with complex joint venture issues (both formation and breakup), defending against hostile take-overs (both structuring and litigation strategies) and advising on investments that involve state participants and offshore structuring issues. Alexei has developed a particular expertise in the energy and natural resources and real estate sectors.

Alexei graduated from the international law department of the Moscow State Institute (University) for International Relations (MGIMO) where he now teaches law. He joined the firm as partner in 2007 after more than a decade of working at the Moscow and Paris offices of an international law firm and with a leading consultancy firm.

Firm Overview:

From 1992 as Russia transitioned to a market economy, we were helping businesses on deals, disputes and projects in Russia, gaining an in-depth understanding of the legal issues that arise. We opened our Moscow office in 1999 to provide full-service Russian, English and US law capability.

We work with domestic and foreign investors and financial institutions on a range of complex matters across multiple sectors drawing on our multi-jurisdictional network of knowledge and experience to provide a seamless advice for Russian and international clients.

We offer a full service practice with tier one rankings in the leading legal directories for corporate / M&A, private equity, dispute resolution, banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, PPP and energy.

We pride ourselves on consistently providing the highest quality service to our clients, which has been recognised by the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence – in particular, our Russian practice was honoured with a Client Service Award.

Anastasia Fomicheva

Anastasia Fomicheva is a Partner at LEGAL PRO heading Corporate practice. Anastasia advises clients on different complex business transactions including mergers and acquisitions. She also advises clients on Corporate and Antitrust law.

Anastasia has over 13 years of experience in advising clients on  Corporate and Commercial law. Together with her team she works on M&A projects which usually includes dealing with various Corporate, Employment, Antitrust, Commercial, Tax, Civil, Intellectual  Property and Real Estate law issues.

Anastasia thinks that her experience in such projects give her team and herself a room for permanent self – development. In its turn this allows her to help her clients in any complicated situations and suggest effective solutions. Anastasia also advises clients on Corporate law, including day-to-day corporate  compliance advice, corporate governance, facilitating start-ups, restructuring,  reorganisation and liquidation.

Firm Overview:

LEGAL PRO is a boutique law firm based in St. Petersburg Russia specialising on advising international and Russian companies on all aspects of Corporate, Employment, Commercial and Antitrust law.

Inara V. Blagopoluchnaya

Inara V. Blagopoluchnaya focuses on corporate finance transactions, including debt and equity offerings, and M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions. She also has practiced law in Skadden’s New York office, advising U.S. companies and other clients on a number of financings and investments.

Ms. Blagopoluchnaya’s experience includes advising:

– JSC Gazprom in its listing on the Singapore Stock Exchange effected by the introduction of up to 4 billion global depositary shares, representing up to 8 billion ordinary shares of JSC Gazprom. This was the first listing “by introduction” of depositary receipts on the Singapore Exchange and the first listing by a Russian company on the Singapore Stock Exchange;

– Endo International plc in connection with its US$8.1 billion acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc., which included the related acquisition financing, including a US$2.3 billion offering of ordinary shares, and a US$1.64 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield offering of 6% senior notes;

– the joint bookrunning managers in the initial public offering of Class A ordinary shares and listing on the New York Stock Exchange of Luxoft Holding, Inc., a provider of software development services and information technology solutions in Russia;

– SIBUR, the largest integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company in Russia/CIS/CEE, in connection with its debut five-year US$1 billion 3.914% Rule 144A/Reg S bond issue listed on the regulated market of the Irish Stock Exchange;

– the lead managers in an offering of senior unsecured notes in three tranches by VimpelCom Ltd.: US$600 million of 5.2% senior unsecured notes due 2019, US$1 billion of 5.95% senior unsecured notes due 2023 and RUB12 billion of 9% senior unsecured notes due 2018;

– Tele2 Russia in its merger with the mobile operations unit of Rostelecom OAO. This deal received the M&A Deal of the Year award from Mergers.ru in 2014;

– VimpelCom Limited in its US$30 billion exchange offer for OJSC VimpelCom and its business combination with CJSC Kiyvstar G.S.M., a Ukrainian telecommunications company; and

– Renault in its US$1 billion strategic acquisition of a 25 percent plus one share share stake in the leading Russian car manufacturer AvtoVAZ.

Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Ms. Blagopoluchnaya worked for another major U.S. law firm.

Education:

– Law Degree, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 2005

Admissions:

– Russian Federation

Languages:

– Russian
– English

Firm History:

Founded by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps and John Slate on April Fools’ Day in 1948, Skadden began as a scrappy upstart among a sea of established “white shoe” law firms in New York. Joe Flom was hired as the firm’s first associate later that year, and litigator Bill Meagher, the fifth partner to lend his name to the firm’s letterhead as it appears today, joined in 1959.

Our first two decades were marked by slow and steady growth of our client base as we set out to establish ourselves as the go-to firm for our clients’ most complex legal problems. Our willingness to handle proxy fights in the 1950s and early 1960s — matters deemed “ungentlemanly” by white shoe firms — positioned us to ultimately become the firm of choice for the hostile takeovers that dominated the M&A landscape beginning in the 1970s.

Recognizing the value of providing full-service advice to clients, from day one we sought to develop a range of complementary practices, like litigation, tax and antitrust. Client needs led us to open offices in other cities beginning in 1973, and the volume of work we were handling fueled exponential growth in the number of attorneys at the firm in the 1980s. That growth included a significant expansion of the practices we offered to clients, including restructuring, finance, real estate, mass torts and securities litigation, as well as the opening of offices in Europe and Asia.

In the nearly three decades since, we’ve built on that platform to provide advice to clients around the world on their most important matters. Our core values reflect the ideals of our history, and we remain committed to providing excellent lawyering and unrivaled client service in all our work.

Yuliya Barabash

Yuliya Barabash is our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Russia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Yuliya directly using the contact details listed above.

Using our international experience combined with knowledge of national conditions, the international legal firm SBSB provides high-end services to customers who are willing to conduct business outside of CIS countries.

Within five years we have been consulting our clients in the field of corporate law, international tax planning, finance, international licensing and complex business support in more than 40 countries.

SBSB monitors the latest trends and legal provisions in the field of operations with cryptocurrency and the use of electronic money in general, the organisation of stock exchanges and online currency exchange systems, the maintenance of the ICO procedure (initial coin offer).

Partnership with leading international companies enables us to provide services to our customers all over the world, including Great Britain, Czech Republic, Malta, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Baltic countries, the USA and the Southeast Asian countries.

The head office of SBSB is located in Kiev, where the main practitioners of the firm are concentrated, legal support is provided by more than 10 lawyers.

Genrikh Padva

Genrikh Padva is one of the most renowned Russian attorneys. Currently he is a member of the Central Council of the Russian Lawyers Association, member of the Academic Council of the Federal Chamber of Advocates of Russia, Board member of the Moscow Bar. He has broad experience in acting before courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of Russia.

He defends clients in criminal cases, both in preliminary investigation and in court; represents clients before Russian arbitrazh and general courts on a variety of matters, including anti-libel suits, shareholder rights and inheritance disputes; advises on a broad range of matters arising in corporate relations, including protection of investments, ownership rights, antimonopoly issues etc.

Genrikh Padva is the author of numerous publications on various legal topics and in particular, on advocacy in Russia. He is awarded the title of “The Honoured Lawyer of Russia”, is a laureate of the Badge of Honour “Public Recognition” and the Plevako Gold Medal. Genrikh Padva’s name has been listed many times at the top of Russian ratings of lawyers and in the international “Who’s Who of Professionals”. In 2001 Genrikh Padva was voted “Man of the Year” in the category “Law” by a Rambler poll.

Genrikh Padva has practiced as an advocate since 1953, having graduated in 1953 from the Moscow Law Institute with a law degree, and from the Kalinin Pedagogical Institute in 1961 with a degree in history. In 1971 he became a member of the Moscow Bar. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Padva and Partners

Law Firm Overview:

Padva and Partners is one of the oldest and most renowned attorneys’ offices in Russia.

Padva and Partners deservedly occupies a leading position among attorneys’ offices in Russia, representing clients before Russian arbitrazh and general courts of all levels, including the Constitutional Court of Russia, and before arbitration tribunals. The efforts of our attorneys have been instrumental in achieving judgments in the Higher Arbitrazh Court, Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of Russia that made a significant impact on law enforcement practices. Many attorneys of the Law Office have been rated best lawyers in various practice areas.

Many times our attorneys have been invited as Russian law experts, in particular, their opinions have been accepted by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, LCIA, International Court of Arbitration in Paris, Arbitration Tribunal of Zurich Chamber of Commerce, the Bermuda Supreme Court, district courts of the State of New York and Illinois, and other judiciary bodies abroad.

The Law Office practices in a wide variety of areas, including transaction support and advice on civil, land, tax, employment, administrative, corporate, customs law, real estate and construction, as well as subsoil use and energy, antimonopoly, banking, financial law and intellectual property. Professionals of the Law Office perform due diligence exercises, including compliance and anticorruption due diligence, and provide legal support in developing appropriate internal corporate policies.

The Law Office offers legal services on anti-libel suits and on all matters of family and inheritance law; our attorneys represent parties in cases involving the rights and interests of children of spouses of different nationalities and in disputes involving marital community property located in different jurisdictions.

Our attorneys represent individuals and legal entities in all stages of criminal proceedings involving all types and categories of charges, and in the course of pre-trial checks and special investigative measures performed by law enforcement authorities. Our attorneys have gained large experience in representing clients in extradition cases and before the European Court for Human Rights.

Ilya Dvorkin

Ilya Dvorkin is our exclusively recommended Aviation Law expert in Russia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ilya using the contact details above.

Ilya leads Allen & Overy’s Aircraft Finance practice in Russia and joined the Moscow office in 2008. He is a recognised expert in this field and acts for all of the leading players in the Russian market. He previously spent 18 months in Allen & Overy’s London office as a member of the Structured and Asset Finance team, acting for major lessors and financial institutions on complex cross-border asset finance transactions.

Ilya’s practice features a wide range of aircraft financing matters, including pre-delivery payment financing’s, ECA financing’s, portfolio sales and leasing, as well as related Russian tax, customs and regulatory issues.

Ilya was the first lawyer to successfully lead the repossession of aircraft from Russia on behalf of an international lessor. Among others, he advised leading international lessors on the KrasAir and KD Avia cases. He also represented major aircraft lessors and banks on their restructurings and on airline bankruptcy cases in Russia.