Herbert Smith Freehills

Energy & Natural Resources Department

Russia
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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 M&A and the construction of energy-related infrastructure and facilities. Maintains a client base of major domestic and international natural resource giants, including an active core of Chinese players. The team works closely with its London and East Asian offices.

Strengths Sources highlight the international strengths of the firm as a key benefit. "HSF is one of the usual suspects for project financing in a big Russian oil and gas project. They're always one of the candidates to work for the borrower or the lender. They definitely have the experience," a client reports, adding:"They're very efficient and easy to work with."

Further sources note the team's commercial focus, saying that "they have a strong focus on meeting deadlines," as well as praising the team's client-oriented and proactive approach.

Work highlights Advised Gazprom on the high-value financing of the Amur gas processing plant and on construction.

Notable practitioners

London-based Alexander Currie focuses on high-value infrastructure project financing in Russia's oil and gas sector.

US, UK and Russian-qualified, Hong-Kong-based Danila Logofet advises Chinese energy corporates on high-value Russia-bound transactional mandates. He additionally acts for major Russian energy clients involved in project development. Sources applaud his incisive approach, with one describing him as a "pragmatic and business-oriented person. He is also very responsive."

Olga Davydava advises Russian energy corporates on project financing mandates in the oil and gas sector. Sources note her ability to find solutions to complex issues as a strength, with a source saying: "She's efficient and straightforward. She can provide different options, which is helpful." She additionally advises Russian financial institutions on mining-related projects, including those in the CIS countries.