Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

FinTech Legal Department

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What the team is known for Debevoise & Plimpton is highly regarded for its excellent blockchain practice, where the team displays substantial capability across a wide range of applications, with a noted focus on the launch of blockchain-based tokens. The firm has a wealth of experience in advising on financial regulations, intellectual property rights and data protection compliance in the FinTech sector. Debevoise is also a member of the Russian Association of Cryptoindustry and Blockchain, where the team plays a pivotal role in helping draft the laws and regulations concerning cryptocurrencies.

Strengths"They've always had a good reputation here. The firm has great regulatory experience in the financial industry which probably helps a great deal. I know Debevoise works quite a lot with international banks who've got a subsidiary in Russia."

"It was high-quality work with thorough research done on various aspects of Russian law. The firm is very strong in the areas we involved them in, often corporate matters."

Work highlights Represented Alibaba in the joint venture of its AliExpress business in Russia with the Russian Direct Investment Fund, MegaFon and, aimed at integrating Russia’s key consumer internet and e-commerce platforms.

Notable practitioners

Anna Maximenko
is the "standout name at Debevoise for FinTech," says a market expert. Clients consider her to be "highly professional, responsible, customer-focused," "very attentive and oriented towards results and the client's business needs." Maximenko is an international counsel in the firm's Moscow office and is a member of the corporate department and blockchain practice group. She has a broad range of practice capabilities, ranging across antitrust, data protection, employment, financial regulatory and compliance.