Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner



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Financial and corporate

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is renowned in the Russian market for its work in the M&A and projects space.  

The banking team is strong across the board and has expertise in matters such as asset finance, structured finance and securitisation. The firm acts for a mix of borrowers and lenders on its financing transactions. 

The M&A team was particularly active in acting for clients seeking cross-border acquisitions, sales, mergers and joint ventures during the research period. A notable mandate saw the firm represent OBL Pharm on its complex sale, where two separate legal teams from the firm worked for two separate parties of the transaction at once. 

In the projects space the firm is involved in several ongoing infrastructure projects of national significance, working for clients ranging from oil and gas corporates to international development banks. Recent highlights include airport-related work, where it is acting for a regional fund on the development of Khabarovsk International Airport, and the airport itself in the expansion of Sheremetyevo International Airport. 

The firm’s restructuring and insolvency team regularly acts for creditors and borrowers on a mix of international and domestic restructurings, loan workouts, distressed sales and bankruptcies. 

Recent Deal Data highlights 

  • HMS Group restructuring
  • IRC $210 million refinancing
  • Khabarovsk International Airport expansion
  • Miratorg $27.3 million acquisition of RAV Agro Oryol
  • Nord Stream 2
  • Sheremetyevo International Airport redevelopment
  • Sistema / VTB $240 million acquisition of a take in OBL Pharm 
  • TurkStream offshore gas pipeline

Client feedback

"A brilliant team, which respects deadlines, offers an amazing client relationship, and takes on a flexible and creative approach." – Banking

"Has particular experience in finance." – Banking

"Highly professional performance, wide range of services, deep expertise." – Banking

"Excellent service and solid advice." – M&A

"Excellent team of professionals, which is available around-the-clock, and is always ready to find solutions and respond to client's requests." – M&A

"Takes a practical approach." – M&A

"The team is always available with solutions and suggestions on how to resolve an issue." – M&A

"Very professional and supports clients." – M&A

"Professional and relevant legal advice." – Project development

"Profound knowledge of legislation, pro-active approach." – Project development

"A comprehensive service." – Restructuring and insolvency

"Appreciated the attention to detail of the team working on the deal, as well as timely responses on any queries we had." – Restructuring and insolvency