Global expertise

Founded in 1838, Linklaters is a leading international law firm headquartered in London with 180 years of history and expertise. Our 2,800 lawyers (including partners) around the world serve clients from 30 offices and have experience of working in more than 100 countries, including key jurisdictions across Asia, Emerging Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the CIS.

Linklaters in Russia

Since the foundation of Linklaters Moscow office in 1992, we have been at the forefront of financial, corporate and commercial developments in Russia. Our award-winning Moscow team comprises approximately 60 Russian, English and U.S. qualified lawyers. Our global reach, with teams accustomed to working together across borders, time zones and practices, allows us to combine Russian local expertise with global intellectual capital and infrastructure to provide our clients with efficient, seamless advice on most complex cross-border deals and domestic transactions.

Tier 1 practices

We have been, and continue to be viewed as, a leading international law firm in Russia. Our corporate/M&A, capital markets and energy and natural resources practices have been ranked Tier 1 in Russia by Chambers Global for each of the past 10 years.

Key sectors:

•  Oil and gas
•  Energy and utilities
•  Metals and mining
•  Chemicals
•  Infrastructure and transport
•  Industrials
•  Automotive
•  Pharmaceuticals and healthcare
•  Food and beverage/FMCG
•  Retail and e-commerce
•  Telecoms, media and technology
•  Real estate
•  Fintech
•  Banks and financial institutions
•  Investment managers

Market recognition:

•  No.1 for M&A in Russia by deal value 
   Mergermarket (2015 - 2018)

•  Law Firm of the Year in Russia for Capital
   Markets Law – 
The Best Lawyers 2019

•  Law Firm of the Year in Russia for Banking
   Law – 
The Best Lawyers 2018

•  Chambers Global 2018 – 
four top tier ranking
   in Russia: 
corporate/M&A, capital markets,
   banking and finance, energy and natural

•  Legal 500 2018 – six top tier rankings in
commercial, corporate/M&A, capital
   markets, banking: lender or arranger side,
   energy and natural resources, PPP and
   infrastructure projects, real estate and

•  IFLR 1000 2018 – seven top tier rankings in
M&A, debt capital markets, equity
   capital markets, banking, project finance,
   project development: power, restructuring
   and insolvency











We are proud to have one of the pre-eminent corporate/M&A practices in Russia covering the full range of corporate/M&A work. We have advised on many of the most complex and high-profile M&A/JV deals in Russia and the CIS. In particular, we assisted many of our international clients (including AXA, Bank of Cyprus, Barry Callebaut, BP, Charoen Pokphand, IKEA, KAZ Minerals, PepsiCo, RSA and Total) with entering and, in some cases, with exiting the Russian market, expanding their Russian operations, as well as setting up joint ventures with Russian partners.

Capital markets

Our capital markets practice in Moscow has an established reputation as a market leader. We advise international and Russian investment banks as well as issuers on all types of international securities transactions, covering equity (including IPOs, SPOs and ABBs), equity-linked (including convertible and exchangeable bonds), straight debt and regulatory capital (including Tier 2 and Tier 1/hybrid capital) transactions, structured finance transactions (including repos, stock lending, cross-border and local derivatives trading operations, bespoke commodities trades, CDSs, TRSs, plain vanilla and credit contingent domestic FX, interest rate and cross-currency swaps, FX options and forwards) and a full range of derivative products, securitised products and financial regulatory matters.


Our banking practice specialises in advising the world’s leading financial institutions and companies on their most challenging finance transactions. Clients benefit from our wide range of experience spanning the fields of banking and finance, including acquisition finance, debt refinancing and restructuring, pre-export financing, real estate financing, prepayment financing and ECA-backed financing.

Projects and infrastructure

Our projects and infrastructure team is renowned for its strength in advising on complex, international projects (including oil and gas, LNG, petrochemicals, mining and PPP projects). Our team has excellent relationships across the spectrum of financial institutions likely to provide financing to a project, including Russian and international banks and financial institutions, multilateral agencies, export-credit agencies and development banks.

Real estate

Our real estate team in Russia provides local and international clients (including AIG/Lincoln, Immofinanz, Ivanhoe Cambridge and Raven) with market-leading advice. Investors, developers, occupiers and financial institutions with major space requirements choose Linklaters to advise on their largest real estate transactions in the field of development and M&A (including through SPVs and direct sales, funding, acquisition, sale and leaseback, joint venture and development), leasing and pre-leasing, and a wide range of property investment and development financings.

Dispute resolution

We have an established track record of being trusted by the world’s leading companies and governments to handle their most challenging, complex, cross-border and high-value disputes. We have represented clients in disputes under the rules of all the major arbitral institutions, in ad hoc arbitrations, in investment arbitrations under bilateral and multilateral treaties and in disputes in state courts of all instances in Russia and the CIS. We offer solutions for any contentious situation, including M&A disputes, insolvency litigation, financial disputes and oil and gas disputes.


Our key practices enjoy full support of our dedicated employment, regulatory, competition/anti-trust, sanctions, intellectual property and tax specialists.


Linklaters CIS is incorporated with unlimited liability in England and Wales (registered no. 2931438) and has its registered office at One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ. The directors of Linklaters CIS are either solicitors or registered foreign lawyers. Linklaters CIS is affiliated with Linklaters LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC326345. Linklaters LLP is a law firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The term partner in relation to Linklaters LLP is used to refer to a member of Linklaters LLP or an employee or consultant of Linklaters LLP or any of its affiliated firms or entities with equivalent standing and qualifications. A list of the names of the members of Linklaters LLP and of the non-members who are designated as partners and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at its registered office, One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ, England or on Please refer to for important information on our regulatory position.

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