Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Well-established team advising local and international blue-chip clients on M&A transactions, joint ventures and financing projects in the oil and gas and renewables sectors. Noted for specialist knowledge of upstream oil and gas projects and the negotiation of related commercial agreements. Has strong expertise in cross-border matters across the wider CIS region.

Strengths Sources appreciate the support and breadth of resources the firm can provide. One describes the team as consisting of"very experienced lawyers offering in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, ample resources and total availability."

Work highlights Represented Gazprom Neft in its entry into a joint venture agreement with Mubadala Petroleum to develop oil projects in the Tomsk and Omsk regions.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Marchenko acts for international and domestic oil and gas giants on joint venture structuring mandates and production sharing agreements. Sources appreciate his regulatory knowledge, with one noting he is "a good technical lawyer and very knowledgeable."

US-qualified practice head Jonathan Hines acts for major international oil and gas companies in Russia and the CIS on a variety of corporate mandates. Sources are quick to praise his direct involvement in matters and his experience, with one describing him as "a very experienced, innovative lawyer with excellent negotiation skills and who works hard to achieve the best results for his client. He demonstrates an international approach to matters and has local knowledge and language skills."