|«This ambitious firm attracts a respectable stream of general corporate instructions» Chambers||«A solid and reliable choice for due diligence and commercial-type work for all sizes of Russian companies and foreign investors»Chambers||«The firm, which was conceived as a litigation boutique, has blossomed to include a respectable corporate practice, further adding merit to its leading position»Chambers|
We manage a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial work including M&A, Securities & Finance, Taxation and Antitrust.
We regularly advise on highly complex domestic and international commercial transactions, often working with our clients' in-house legal people as a single, integrated, team.
Mergers & Acquisitions ↓
We support the most complex cross-border acquisitions of Russian assets, and have advised and led on M&A transactions valued in hundreds of millions of Euros. Our advice covers not just transactional representation and legal due diligence, but also provides related in-depth advice and assistance on taxation, registration procedures and antimonopoly clearance (see below). We were counsel to SIA International, Russia's largest pharmaceutical distributor, in its proposed $800 million sale to TPG, which was the largest private equity investment deal in Russia at the time.
Securities & Finance ↓
Our expert legal advice in the field of securities, investments and finance covers many aspects of the Russian economy.
Thanks to strong relationships with the international banking community, we help clients raise finance in a variety of ways, from conventional loans to more innovative forms of funding. We also advise some of the leading banks, domestic and international, on the various types of investment banking transactions.
MZS is expert at helping clients achieve business control and asset management - to the point where we have combined our Securities & Finance and Financial Services practices to provide clients with truly integrated and cohesive advice.
Derivatives & Capital Markets ↓
This is a booming practice area for MZS. Through our involvement with the leading industry associations, the regulators and the leading market players, our firm is at the forefront of the regulatory change in this field. We advise and represent the principal players across the entire spectrum of the market: some of Russia’s and global largest investment banks and broker-dealers on the sell-side, institutional investors on the buy-side as well as some of the largest Russian end-users of financial products and services. We advise some leading Russian and international banks, institutional investors and end-users on the most innovative financial products for the Russian market, including cross-currency foreign exchange swaps and options, commodity derivatives, inflation swaps and credit default swaps, “exotic” and “hybrid” financial products, structured notes, security interest- and title transfer-based collateral and other credit support arrangements accommodating for variable exposure arising under financial transactions. The notional amount of transactions we have represented our clients on exceeds several billion dollars.
The tax situation in Russia is a constantly moving target - and is another area where our international experience and knowledge comes into play. Our team gives clients the best advice, navigating the intricacies of Russian rules and regulations - and taking advantage of international double tax treaties and other legal ways of limiting tax liability.
Our work in this growing field covers everything from obtaining antimonopoly clearance in cross-border and domestic acquisitions, to unfair competition and advertising. Our track record covers everything from helping a major automobile manufacturer establish a retail distribution network to successfully advising on the complicated issues surrounding advertising legislation (for example, representing several of the world's largest tobacco companies).
General Corporate Services ↓
We advise on a range of day-to-day activities including company law, corporate restructurings, procedures and governance, and other corporate services.