Herbert Smith Freehills

Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Highly reputed team well known for its expertise in project finance instructions in the oil and gas sector. Also assists with joint ventures, M&A transactions and corporate and regulatory matters. Offers further expertise in the mining sector, where the firm assists domestic blue-chips with corporate, financing and construction contract matters relative to projects in Russia and the CIS. Particularly active in cross-border deals with China and India, closely collaborating with its London and East Asian offices.

Strengths Sources particularly appreciate the firm's client-oriented approach to mandates. One interviewee highlights the lawyers'"deep understanding of the needs of the client" and their "high level of involvement."

Market commentators say that "thanks to the firm's strong position in Asia, in conjunction with the London office it is able to work with a lot of Asian companies that are active in Russia."

Work highlights Advised JOGMEC on a joint exploration project with the Irkutsk Oil Company in East Siberia.

Notable practitioners

UK-qualified Alexander Currie acts for Russian energy giants as borrowers on high-value financing mandates. He is based in the firm's London office.

Hong Kong-based Danila Logofet handles corporate and commercial mandates on behalf of significant Russian and Asian clients active in the energy sector. Sources commend his client-focused approach, with one interviewee explaining that "he dives into the specifics of the deal for the client and thinks everything through from a business point of view."He is qualified to practise in the UK, the USA and Russia.

Practice head Olga Davydava handles project finance matters for companies within the oil and gas and mining sectors. She stands out for her work on major international pipeline projects that have significant implications for the transportation of natural gas from Russia into Europe and East Asia.