Our team has significant hands-on experience advising Russian and foreign clients in all industries about the most sensitive issues caused by the recent changes in the Russian business landscape and sanctions.
We have gained unique expertise in assisting clients with urgently withdrawing from Russian assets, restructuring ownership in Russian assets or transferring them to management or third-party investors. This gives us a bird's-eye view of the whole situation and allows us to offer the most effective and suitable solution for each case.
As a full-service independent law firm with a strong Best Friends network, which includes top-tier law firms all over the world, we are uniquely positioned to assist our clients in handling the most complex multi-jurisdictional situations.
Our team advises various clients on the sale or purchase of Russian businesses in compliance with existing sanctions and counter-sanctions. Having strong international exposure and contacts at independent law firms across the world, our team is capable of advising clients and considering the purposes of transactions both in terms of international and Russian sanctions, while mitigating any associated risks.
With a strong project portfolio, our team is able to guide our clients in these complex market conditions and provide the leading market advice on various legal matters.
Selling a business to local management (management buy-out) is one of the most common solutions that foreign businesses employ to reduce their presence in Russia.
Our capabilities include analysis of possible sale and purchase scenarios, including with a buy-back option and retaining a certain degree of control over the business, conducting due diligence, negotiating and preparing all the necessary legal documentation under Russian or foreign law, obtaining regulatory approval and structuring the financing of a buy-out.
We also provide consultations on the risk of management’s personal liability and ways to effectively mitigate such risks.
Apart from negotiating and drafting legal documentation to establish separate or independent fiduciary management, we offer assistance as a legal counsel that deals with day-to-day inquiries by management to ensure compliance with the appropriate regime and minimize risk exposure.
The Russian authorities’ heightened attention to any signs of foreign businesses planning to leave the market triggers significant challenges associated with such decisions, especially for local management.
We are best positioned to ensure a detailed study and careful implementation of a multi-stage strategy that entails the lowest possible risks in a variety of aspects, starting from settlements with commercial counterparties and the tax authorities to dealing with the employers and resolving such issues as data protection and regulatory compliance.
We also closely monitor legislative initiatives about the withdrawal of foreign businesses and assess their impact on any possible strategies and tactical solutions.
on the sale of VimpelCom to Russian top management for RUB 130bn.
on the sale of its Russian companies, which are the largest producers of aluminium cans for drinks, as well as on the approval of the transaction with FAS Russia and the Government Commission.
the largest independent chain restaurant operator in CEE, on the sale of its business in Russia under KFC franchise with over 200 restaurants for EUR 100m.
one of the leading producers of food additives and components on the sale of its Russian businesses to a local management, including advising on structuring matters of post-disposal supplies to Russian and Belorussian markets.
on the loan swap transaction entered into with one of the state banks in Russia for the amounts exceeding EUR 750m, including on related Russian counter-sanctions restrictions and permits from Russian authorities for the transaction.
one of the world's largest publicly traded insurance brokers, on the acquisition of Russian businesses.
one of the largest communications group in the world, a leader in marketing, communication and digital business transformation, in the transaction on exit from Russia via MBO (management buy-out) as well as on foreign and Russian sanctions compliance when dealing with Russian entities / businesses.
in connection with sale of shares of the bank / disposal of Russian business.
with respect to sale of its stake to third party.
in connection with exit from CIS business. The deal included external financing from Russian credit institution and structuring independent CIS business operations from the global group.
in connection with restructuring of its Russian business and sale of the business to local management with an option to repurchase assets.
in relation to potential sale of the Russian business and assets.
in relation to restructuring its Russian business and transfer of assets to a company incorporated by local management.
in connection with sale of its Russian distributor to local management with an option to repurchase the company.
in connection with sale of its Russian production business.
involved in operating the quick-service restaurants under franchise agreement in connection with Russian sanctions compliance, restructuring and sale of business.
in course of the MBO from the global IT-consulting and system integration company.
in connection with Russian sanctions compliance and exit from the global JV having significant assets and business presence in Russia.
in course of restructuring the business in Russia and Russian sanctions regime.
in connection with transaction re. exit from Russian business, including, among others, consulting regarding foreign and Russian sanctions compliance when dealing with Russian entities / businesses, the deal included more than 25 targets.
in its exit from Russian market, including joint venture with one of the sanctioned entities.
on suspension of activities and transfer of its insurance portfolio with further step plan for liquidation or sale of the remaining Russian company.
on selling its Russian assets and business to a local partner with buy-back option.
in applying for specific permissions for effecting certain transactions restricted by Russian counter sanctions.
in management buy-out transaction in connection with exit of German shareholder from the Russian market.