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Managing Partner: Valentin Petrov
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 19
Languages: English, German, Russian

Firm Overview:
Founded in 2011, the firm has been growing organically with a focus on high market standards. Gained legal expertise in its key practice areas has made the EMPP’s team an outfit with capabilities to support major cross-border or domestic projects and challenging private matters. EMPP has a proven track-record in complex corporate M&A, private equity, banking and finance, capital markets, energy and natural resources, dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring and insolvency and white-collar investigation matters. The firm also benefits from a strong academic background of its partners who are lecturers at Russia’s leading universities.

Main Areas of Practice:

3 partners, 12 fee earners.
M&A and corporate law are core to EMPP’s services. The firm’s professionals advise major domestic and international companies and their shareholders on all matters — from choosing the form of business set-up, subsequent control over assets and implementation of internal control system to very complex national and cross-border transactions. EMPP’s partners are recognised pioneers in corporate and JV agreements under Russian law. Cooperation with lawyers from other practice areas (including dispute resolution, finance, insolvency and white-collar) allows the firm to offer thorough and tailor-made legal support to entire projects and to identify appropriate protection. The team assists strategic and financial investors in all aspects of private and public M&A deals.
Contacts: Ivan Semenkin ([email protected]), Valentin Petrov ([email protected])

Dispute Resolution/Arbitration:
2 partners, 9 fee earners.
Domestic litigations and complex arbitration proceedings comprise a substantial part of the firm’s legal practice. EMPP has a successful track of hearings in Russian courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. In international arbitrations the firm becomes a link between foreign counsels and domestic institutions. EMPP is frequently engaged for corporate disputes and their settlement, protection or challenging of asset transfers, debt collection and security foreclosures, IT/IP, supply, industrial construction and white-collar related disputes.
Contacts: Mergen Doraev ([email protected]), Petr Shevtsov ([email protected])

Banking & Finance:
2 partners, 5 fee earners.
EMPP advises major domestic and international corporates, banks and HNW individuals on all key matters relating to financings, security arrangements and regulatory matters. The firm is amongst a very few domestic firms who provides complex financial regulatory advice assisting clients from banking, insurance, asset management and capital markets sectors.
Contact: Ivan Semenkin ([email protected])

Capital Markets:
2 partners, 5 fee earners.
EMPP advises issuers, domestic and international investment banks and investors on all matters relating to equity and debt offerings, derivatives, stock exchanges and other capital markets matters. Key services cover a broad area, including public offerings and listings, private placements, structured debt products. The firm has a particular expertise in offerings of securities by regulated entities, including banks and insurance companies. EMPP is also amongst a very few domestic firms who provides complex financial regulatory advice.
Contact: Ivan Semenkin ([email protected])

Energy & Natural Resources:
4 partners, 11 fee earners.
ENR practice unites strengths of other firm’s key practice areas. The firm has a particular experience in oil & gas, steel, gold and coal mining, nuclear energy and heating sectors, serving major Russian conglomerates and corporates in their corporate/M&A deals, equipment supply, technology transfer, industrial safety and environmental matters. The practice substantially benefits from the firm’s dispute resolution team who is frequently involved in industrial safety and accident investigations, in particular in mining industry.
Contacts: Valentin Petrov ([email protected]), Mergen Doraev ([email protected])

Restructuring & Insolvency:
4 partners, 12 fee earners.
EMPP provides complex crisis and restructuring advice. The firm’s clients include banks and financial institutions as well as corporates, shareholders and top-management. The firm assists them in the fields of debt re-financing, settlement of claims, smooth enforcement and in acquisition of companies in distressed situation to avoid insolvency proceedings. The firm has extensive sub-practice related to subsidiary liability of individuals previously owning or controlling companies being under receivership.
Contacts: Mergen Doraev ([email protected]), Ivan Semenkin ([email protected])

White-Collar/Corporate Crime:
2 partners, 5 fee earners.
The team is experienced in representing corporates, financial institutions and their executives on a wide range of white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. Matters involving business fraud and financial crime are particular areas of EMPP’s expertise. The team is known for involvement in insider trading, anticorruption, cybercrime and criminal tax investigations.
Contact: Sergey Egorov ([email protected])

Telecom, Media & Technology:
2 partners, 6 fee earners.
The firm’s activities in M&A, commercial law and IP-related disputes have formed TMT into its separate industry practice. Regular involvement in transactions related to software development, payment systems, online education, content and technology transfers recognizes the EMPP’s capabilities and commitment to the TMT sector.
Contacts: Mergen Doraev ([email protected]), Ivan Semenkin ([email protected])

Private Equity:
2 partners, 7 fee earners.
The firm’s private equity practice is complementary to and benefits from its core corporate and M&A profile. Recently, the team acted for major domestic IT companies, corporates and mutual funds on their investments in various sectors, including IT, education, transportation, pharmaceuticals and life sciences. EMPP’s exposure to high-profile M&A and IPO mandates allows the firm to bring related knowledge and expertise into private equity sector with a view on follow-on growth and exist strategies.
Contacts: Ivan Semenkin ([email protected]), Petr Shevtsov ([email protected])

Recent Projects:
■ Acting on several major asset swaps and cross-border dispute resolution settlements in gold mining sector, port infrastructure and coal mining sectors
■ Acting on financing and investments from two major Russian banks into innovative IT and transportation company
■ Transactional counsel in acquisition by one of the largest Russian IT companies of controlling stock in the largest online education company
■ Acting on a sale and purchase of a major Russian coal mining company
■ Acting on a sale and purchase of shares of a major Russian energy company and related asset swap between shareholders, including antitrust and strategic company matters
■ Representing a major state corporation in high-profile disputes related to supply of equipment and application of international sanction restrictions
■ Acting on a purchase by an international public company of a gold-field mining company
■ Representing a private individual in various proceedings concerning allegations over oil pipe-line
■ Acting on the refinancing and restructuring of debt and ownership of a major oil refinery
■ Acting for a major Russian aircraft company on development, construction and distribution of a new airplane
■ Sale and purchase of shares in a major Russian energy company and asset swap between its shareholders which involved antitrust and strategic companies matters
■ Acting on debt restructuring and follow-on acquisition of shares in an independent oil processing company
■ Acting for investment funds and private investors on various private equity and JV transactions, including cross-border deals

Key Clients:
Mail.ru Group, Rostec Corp., Sberbank, VTB, Roscosmos Corp., SAP, Whoosh, Renaissance Insurance Group, Skillbox, Ksenyevskiy Priisk, Sukhoi, Sputnik Group, Severstal etc.