Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Capital Markets Department

Russia
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Notable practitioners

US-qualified David Gottlieb is based in London and advises Russian issuers on capital markets mandates. Sources speak highly of him, with one impressed interviewee commenting: "He never misses a thing. He formulates exactly what we need. He organises and co-ordinates projects very well."

The well-regarded Murat Akuyev enjoys solid praise from market sources for his expertise. He is a US- and Russian-qualified lawyer representing blue-chip Russian clients in a range of DCM mandates. He is also well versed with equity capital markets. He acted on Magnit's USD750 million sale of shares by means of an accelerated bookbuild on the Moscow Exchange.

Raj Panasar is a partner located in the firm's London office and advises Russian clients on capital markets mandates. Sources describe him as a "very sharp and smart" lawyer.

Yulia Solomakhina moves up the rankings following a raft of praise from interviewees. She is experienced in representing Russian corporates in share placements and bond offerings. Clients particularly value her for constant availability. "You can call her any time, ask any question - she will always pick up," says one satisfied source.