Our Russia/CIS team provides English law advice to businesses and individuals from the region investing in, or doing business with, the UK. We also advise English businesses on transactions involving Russia and the CIS countries, where these matters require English legal input or are undertaken under English law.

The team brings together lawyers from across our firm and includes a number of fluent Russian speakers, enabling us to provide legal know-how based on a practical understanding of similarities and distinctions in the legal systems and business cultures.

We advise on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, real estate transactions, construction and infrastructure projects, dispute resolution and international arbitration matters. We are experienced in fund raisings on capital markets worldwide and transactions in the M&A, investments and private equity fields.

The team handles cases of considerable size and complexity for corporate and individual clients for all forms of commercial dispute resolution, including high court litigation, international and domestic arbitration and mediation. Our lawyers are well-placed to advise on reputation management matters and have been involved in some of the most significant defamation cases in the UK.

In addition, our private capital team assists individuals who, through their wealth or family connections, have links to the UK or who are moving to or from the UK and need advice on wealth planning, tax structuring, immigration (including investor and entrepreneur visas), family and matrimonial matters and high value residential real estate.


  • Russian clients – international arbitration in relation to alleged breaches of a share purchase agreement.
  • Russian trader – representing a trader in claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud brought by a multi-national oil company including responding to a freezing order and an application for committal including in cross appeals to the Court of Appeal. The claim also involved associated proceedings in the BVI, Jersey and Latvia.
  • Russian owned company – acting for a company in a claim against HSBC Hong Kong which had unilaterally closed accounts but refused to release the balances.
  • High net worth individual – advising an individual from Ukraine in relation to her divorce from her British husband.
  • High net worth individual – advising an Armenian individual in relation to his Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application.
  • High net worth individual – acting for a Russian individual on the acquisition of a Cessna Citation X private jet from a seller based in the USA, registering the same in the Isle of Man, negotiating the management agreement with a Norwegian operator of jets and negotiating the funding of the acquisition with a bank in Switzerland.
  • Russian art seller – advising a seller of art at a Sotheby’s auction when the successful bidder failed to pay.
  • High net worth individual – advising a Russian individual in relation to tax restructuring and loans between his UK and European companies.
  • High net worth individual – providing acquisition and planning advice to a private Russian client in relation to a £10m house in Chalfont St Giles.
  • Russian family – providing advice on their £30m investment in London real estate.
  • High net worth individual – advising a Ukrainian individual regarding the ownership structure of his UK properties.
  • Central Asian airline – advising on operational matters.
  • Russian Time – drafting and negotiating various commercial arrangements for this GP2 motor racing team, including driver agreements, technical operations arrangements and event participation agreement.
  • Mentum Inc – advising this AIM company, an investment group specialising in the commodities sector, on the £27m acquisition of the gold and copper exploration and development operations of ASX-listed Robust Resources Limited in the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Roxi Petroleum Plc – advising on a US$40m equity financing, to provide funding to develop its key oil and gas assets in Kazakhstan.
  • Sanlam Securities – advising on the reverse takeover and listing of Kazakh focussed Kemin Resources.
  • Aurora Russia – advising the AIM listed CIS fund on disposals and its investment management arrangements.

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