Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure

Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure

Rankings and Awards

ALRUD was one of the first Russian law firms to establish a dedicated Energy, natural resources and infrastructure Practice. Our team consists of corporate, finance, regulatory and commercial lawyers with substantial experience and deep knowledge of Energy & Natural Resources industries, including Oil&Gas and Mining. For more than 20 years we provide full range of services to our Clients in these sectors (includind both inbound and outbound projects).

The team regularly advice international and Russian clients on corporate (M&A, JV), commercial and infrastructure projects within the industry. Among ALRUD’s s clients are major international and Russian oil and mining companies, leading oil service companies and global commodity traders, engineering and construction companies. Our team assists them on all complicated legal issues arising during the implementation of their oil, gas (including LNG), metal, coal, platinum, gold and other non-ferrous and precious metals projects in Russia.

The team has also unique experience on advising Russian investors on acquisition of mineral exploration and mining rights and development of JV projects in China and Africa (inclduing in Zimbabwe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana).

Our success in establishing collaborative relationships with our overseas law firm partners enables us to deliver the highest quality service on international transactions. Our Clients greatly value our ability to assemble teams that are in tune with their specific needs, both commercially and culturally.

Andrey Zharskiy, ALRUD Partner heads the Practice. Before joining ALRUD Andrey worked in one of the major Russian oil companies, subsequently was a head of international legal department of a large international group, where he acquired vast experience in supporting energy and mining projects in Russia, China and Africa.

“We wanted a lawyer whom we can completely rely on and who understands our business. Andrey Zharskiy is a highly intelligent, professional, and experienced lawyer in the energy industry, and he is responsive and reliable. He understands our business and our true needs, and always evaluates our risks and pays attention to details, so that our interests and risks are always properly protected” – comments one of the Clients for Chambers & Partners research.

Our services

  • Full legal support of joint-venture projects for natural resources development and M&A projects in energy and natural resources area (oil&gas, LNG, mining);
  • Due Diligence of oil&gas and mining companies and their assets;
  • Advising on issues related to Russian subsoil regulation and the whole range of other regulatory issues arising in connection with exploration, production and sale of minerals;
  • Advising on projects for construction of infrastructure facilities in Russia, including power generation facilities, hydrocarbons transportation infrastructure and refineries (LNG terminals, pipelines etc.);
  • Legal support of financing of energy and natural resources projects, including project financing;
  • Advising on issues of environmental protection compliance with environmental quality standards, and other regulatory issues;
  • Advising on various commercial matters related to energy and mining activities, including contracts on sale of goods (oil, oil products, metals and other raw commodities), drilling agreements and other service agreements, transportation and contractor agreements;
  • Advising Clients engaged in energy and natural resources area with regard to antitrust legislation and strategic clearance requirements;
  • Legal support of day-to-day operations of companies engaged in energy and natural resources area in relation to corporate, tax, labour and other matters.
  • Advising Russian investors on matters related to acquisition of mineral exploration and mining rights, acquisition of shares/interests and implementation of energy and natural resources projects in Africa, China and Asia.

Highlights of recent domestic and international work

CEFC China Energy Company Limited

in its proposed acquisition of a 14.2% stake in the Russian oil company Rosneft.

China Gold

in respect to acquisition of majority stake and joint development with the existing shareholder of the Klyuchevskoye gold field project in Russia (gold deposit of federal significance), including comprehensive legal due diligence and antitrust/strategic clearance matters.


as a part of consortium in acquisition of 49% stake in Mumbai-based Essar Oil Ltd.

Indian Power Company

in respect to developing a coal deposit in the Kamchatka Krai including separate agreements with authorities regarding establishment of special investment regimes and infrastructure financing.


in offering to Gazprombank AO the option to purchase 49% share in the Elga coking coal deposit development project.

Puma Energy,

in a JV project with Renova group regarding construction of the fuel terminal at the airport as a part of the World Cup 2018 infrastructure program.

South Tambey LNG

acting as general contractor in respect to Yamal LNG project in Russia.

North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. and Seadrill Limited

on co-operation agreement with Rosneft in the Russian offshore and onshore drilling market.

Vi Holding (Russian industrial and investment Group)

in respect of the acquisition of 50% shares and implementation of a JV green field platinum mining project in Zimbabwe, Africa.


in a variety of local and cross-border M&A transactions.

Nabors Industries Ltd.

with regard to acquisition of Tesco Corporation, a leading global provider of technology based solutions for drilling, servicing and completion of wells.


with regard to the various Russian law matters in respect to its coal assets in Russia.


in the sale of shares in Sibuglemet Group (a leading independent coke coal producer in Russia) to the group of investors.

Minority Shareholder of the coking coal mine

in respect to corporate dispute with Mechel Group involving multiples litigations in Russia and Cyprus.

Rankings and Awards

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2019

On March 12, 2019 worldwide-known international rating agency Chambers and Partners has published the results of the Chambers Europe 2018 research. AL...

ALRUD - Law Firm of the year 2019 in Russia

For a fourth consecutive year the international ranking Who’s Who Legal recognizes ALRUD Law Firm as Russian Law Firm of the Year. Since 1996 every y...

ALRUD took leading position in the Legal 500 EMEA 2019 rating

On April 10, Legal 500, one of the most influential international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. Annually, the agency a...

ALRUD in Chambers Global 2019 rating

International agency, Chambers and Partners, published rating results of leading law firms of the world – Chambers Global 2019. ALRUD is represented i...

Alrud strengthens its positions in the Legal 500 EMEA 2018 ratings

On April 12, Legal 500, one of the most authoritative international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. Annually, the agency...

ALRUD in Chambers 2018 rating

International agency, Chambers and Partners, published rating results of leading law firms of the world – Chambers Global 2018. Alrud is represented i...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2018

On March 8, 2018 worldwide-known international rating agency Chambers and Partners has published the results of the Chambers Europe 2017 research. ALR...

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