Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Excellent oil and gas team that predominantly advises lenders on high-stakes financing matters in energy projects, including high-profile LNG developments. Represents domestic energy giants in diverse corporate and commercial mandates ranging from cross-border M&A transactions through to the negotiation of off-take agreements with state authorities. Attracts attention for work on matters that follow the trend towards Chinese investment in the Russian energy sector. Benefits from close co-operation with London-based lawyers on cross-border mandates.

Strengths Sources are quick to praise the transactional strength of the firm. One interviewee notes that"it is a very strong and efficient transactional law firm," adding: "The firm acts for large oil and gas companies in mega projects."

Work highlights Advised the group of lenders that provided multi-sourced financing for the construction of the Yamal LNG project.

Notable practitioners

London-based partner Daniel Tyrer acts for major financial institutions on high-value financing matters in the Russian natural resources market. He is English law-qualified.

Grigory Gadzhiev advises domestic energy companies on high-value transactions and joint ventures. Sources appreciate his experience and pragmatism, with one reporting that he is "a good negotiator who is very smart." Another interviewee states that Gadzhiev is "versatile and adept at running international transactions."

English law-qualified and London-based Matthew Keats maintains a keen focus on the Russian energy market, where he advises major financial institutions on complex financing projects in both the oil and gas and mining sectors. He advised a consortium of lenders on the financing of Verkhnekamsk Potash Company's new Talitsky mining project.