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Capital Markets Department

Russia
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What the team is known for Market-leading London-Moscow team best known for representing blue-chip international and Russian underwriters in high-value debt capital markets products, particularly in relation to complex bonds matters. Additionally, assists with equity and structured finance mandates. Increasingly active in representing major Russian companies. Also well versed in financial regulatory mandates. Active in CIS countries, including Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Strengths The group is considered one of the top choices in the market, with a source saying: "They have a bigger team on the ground. They dominate in debt capital markets."

"We have a very positive impression of the firm: they have a very strong bench in both the London and Moscow offices. They have a strong cross-border capability on Eurobond issues and IPOs," a client says, adding: "We found them one of the most knowledgeable and highly regarded law firms operating in the capital markets space."

Work highlights Represented VTB Capital as a lead manager in regard to a sovereign bonds issuance by the Russian Federation valued at EUR1 billion.

Notable practitioners

UK-qualified
Andrew Burge
has developed an excellent reputation in advising on debt capital markets products, regularly assisting the underwriters with high-value bond offerings. "He provided us with very thorough and clear advice. He's very efficient and responsive," a client says. Another source notes: "He's very practical and knowledgeable."

London-based, US-qualified
Cecil Quillen
receives praise from market sources for his debt capital markets work representing both Russian and international banks. "He is a big name. He has been around for quite a long time," a source says.

Managing partner and stellar practitioner
Dmitry Dobatkin
regularly represents clients in complex, cross-jurisdictional capital market mandates, including sovereign bond issuances. "He is very experienced and a great practitioner," a source says.


Jason Manketo
is a London-based US-qualified equity capital markets specialist advising international banks on Russia-related deals.


Sasha Karachourina
draws praise from interviewees, with a source saying: "She is very constructive, she's asking the right questions." Her key focus is equity capital markets, including IPOs as well as equity-linked transactions, including delistings.

UK-qualified and recently made partner
Simon Few
is involved in debt capital markets deals representing both Russian and international banks. He is described by a source as "attentive to questions"and possessing "strong team management skills."The interviewee adds: "From a commercial perspective, he is a very strong and good person to deal with."

Managing associate
Vladimir Gogokhia
enters the rankings this year as a result of his increasing visibility and positive market feedback. A client describes him as "very attentive and always available," adding that he was "ready to provide quick and detailed advice."Hespecialises in debt capital markets and is active on the team's key bond-related instructions.