Baker Botts LLP

Energy & Natural Resources Department

Russia
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What the team is known for Outstanding team with excellent expertise in oil and gas. Advises blue-chip Russian energy and natural resources players on LNG projects. Instructed on joint ventures relating to the exploration and production of hydrocarbons as well as assisting domestic energy giants with significant cross-border M&A and joint venture mandates relating to a vast number of foreign jurisdictions. Domestic mandates, including the transfer of licences, corporate structuring, M&A and regulatory issues have been further areas of recent experience.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's pragmatism and commercial focus as key strengths. One explains: "We usually go to them in relation to complex projects which should be done quite quickly."

Work highlights Advised Novatek on the sale of a 10% stake in the Arctic LNG 2 project to Total.

Notable practitioners

Konstantin Litvinenko focuses on advising major Russian energy companies on the commercial and transactional aspects of the development of LNG projects, and also assists overseas companies interested in investing in the sector.

Managing partner Maxim Levinson acts for domestic energy giants involved in high-value transactions and joint ventures and subsequent corporate structuring mandates. Sources recognise his commercial acumen, reporting: "He knows our business very well. He is very responsive and reliable."

Practice head Mikhail Semyonov represents Russian oil and gas giants in a broad range of corporate matters, including large-scale M&A projects and joint venture structuring with international partners. Sources describe him as efficient and also report that "he's good in negotiations."