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CORPORATE AND M&A

Lidings has an established full service Corporate and M&A practice advising major market players on a wide range of matters relating to cross-border transactions, local corporate and regulatory issues.

Our Corporate law practice is ranked by the leading international directory The Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers and Partners Europe and IFLR1000. The firm has become one of the two national firms that have been included in the league table of legal advisers in Russia and ranked by total number of accomplished deals by Mergermarket.

We advise on corporate issues, mergers and acquisitions, competition, and regulatory matters for a number of industries including automotive, aviation, banking, energy, telecommunications, and FMCG. We carefully monitor legislative developments to ensure that our clients are kept abreast of compliance obligations and contemplated amendments that might have impact on their business.

Our services in corporate law include:

  • Legal support to investment projects: incorporation, structuring, and regulatory compliance
  • Supporting M&A transactions, establishment of joint ventures, partnerships, and strategic alliances
  • Corporate finance and acquisition finance
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Drafting and analysis of sale and purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, and all related transactional documents
  • Full-scope legal due diligence
  • Legal representation in negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts
  • Advising on competition law and banking regulations
  • Procurement of licenses and permits, registration with state authorities
  • Advising on employment and labour law
  • Advising on corporate reorganization and winding-up
  • Representation in corporate disputes

Recent Deals

  • Advising Japanese pharmaceutical company Santen on day-to-day corporate matters in Russia
  • Advising Indian pharmaceutical company Ishvan Pharmaceuticals in the process of establishing a joint venture in Russia together with the National Immunobiological Company in order to set up full cycle manufacturing of medical products, as well as advising on the issues related to state procurement and obtaining single-supplier status
  • Advising a Russian subsidiary of a large international software development company, Itransition Rus, on alienation of 100% shares in the charter capital and completing due diligence
  • Legal support of the Russian part of the deal on alienation of 25% of shares of a holding company, member of the Kokoc Group, group of Internet-marketing companies, within corporate reorganization
  • Providing comprehensive legal support of the Tyre Manufacturers Association (TMA) and the Association of Trading Companies and Manufacturers of Electrical Household and Computer Equipment (RATEK) on the issues of substantive implementation of waste recycling standards
  • Providing legal support to the leading Russian manufacturer Biotiki of original metabolic drugs in connection with obtaining the extended manufacturing license (with inclusion of the new manufacturing site)
  • Advising PharmaKos, a company counseling pharmaceutical businesses around the world, on the issues regarding obtaining license for an American company purchasing crude drugs and starting materials in Russia and furnishing them to a Belorussian plant for further production of medicine, its bottling and packaging
  • Advising a Hong Kong airline company SkyWind on the issues of establishing a joint venture in Belgium and acquiring a Russian charter airline company
  • Advising an Indian pharmaceutical company Lupin, ranking among the top five pharmaceutical companies in the country and the top ten generics’ manufacturers in the world, on corporate restructuring and organization of operational activity in Russia
  • Advising leading Lithuanian agricultural industrial holding group Agrowill on sale of a grain production company registered in Republic of Crimea to the Russian private investor
  • Advising British Animal Care Products company on the issues of corporate management of a Russian production subsidiary
  • Advising China CAMC Engineering on entering the Russian market, admission to participate in self-regulatory organization (SRO) in construction industry, and obtaining work permits for foreign employees in Russia
  • Advising Russian Helicopters company on structuring a JV in China with local partner
  • Advising global leader of corn flour and traditional corn flour tortillas production worldwide Gruma International Foods S.L. on the issues of changing the company’s corporate structure
  • Japanese Mizuho Bank on corporate law issues including elaboration of documentation necessary to open and maintain accounts of the bank’s clients
  • Advising large Swiss railway equipment manufacturer Stadler on entering the Russian market and establishing a Russian subsidiary
  • Advising numerous members of Association of tyre manufacturers on the issues of applying new provisions of Federal law “About production and consumption wastes” introducing necessity to pay ecological fee
  • Advising Swedish packaging solutions company Tetra Pak on the issues of applying new provisions of Federal law “About production and consumption wastes” introducing necessity to pay ecological fee
  • Advising Petromarket Research Group providing comprehensive support to oil and gas businesses on a joint investment project with a multinational consulting agency
  • Advising leading Chinese investment management company CITIC Capital on contemplated acquisition by its client of indirect control over the Russian telecommunication company intending to offer McWiLL 4G-technology in Russia
  • Advising a large Chinese telecommunication holding on restructuring of its share in the Russian subsidiary company established to introduce complex high-speed mobile Internet communication network in Russia
  • Advising Anta one of the largest sportswear production companies in China on structuring a JV with its Russian partner
  • Advising the leading Baltic States pharmaceutical company Grindex on the issues of elaborating typical marketing agreement with the pharmacies and agreement for distribution of an original prescription drug with a narrow therapeutic index
  • Advising Swedish packaging solutions company Tetra Pak on all corporate law matters in connection with its daily business activity in Russia
  • Advising famous Chinese manufacturer of the dietary supplements Bing Han in the process of creating a legal framework necessary for the suchlike MLM company to function in Russia
  • Advising world famous frozen yogurt producer Goyogo on the issues related to entering the Russian market and registration of the company’s trademark.
  • Providing full-service legal advice to BA Finans on all aspects of operating in Russia
  • Advising US pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp on registration of medical products and market entry issues
  • Advising Petromarket Research Group providing comprehensive support to oil and gas businesses in search of a foreign partner and entering into investment agreement
  • Advising Beats Electronics a leading international audio equipment producer on setting up a website in Russia
  • Advising Nokia Solutions and Networks the client and its affiliated companies on certain aspects of commercial activity from the standpoint of Russian law
  • Advising US company Lonza Rus on the issues related to establishing a joint subsidiary with a large Russian company
  • Advising internationally established pharmaceutical company EVER Neuro Pharma on the issues of state procurement of drugs that have not been issued International Nonproprietary Name (INN) and providing thorough analysis of applicable Russian legislation
  • Advising large Chinese auto manufacturer Geely International Corporation on setting up its own production site in Russia
  • Supporting the largest oil and gas company in Republic of Belarus Belarusneft in the acquisition of 100% of the shares in the Russian oil producer company
  • Advising on the acquisition of Baxter's business by Nikkiso
  • Advising largest European low cost aircarrier Ryanair on various aspects of air transportation in the Russian Federation
  • Advising Chinese automobile manufacturing enterprise Changan Automobile on establishment of a Russian subsidiary
  • Advising Chinese automobile holding Brilliance Auto on entering the Russian market
  • Advising Chinese auto manufacturer Geely International Corporation on all aspects of its operations in Russia
  • Advising internationally established pharmaceutical company EVER Neuro Pharma in relation to new legislative initiatives regulating activities of medical organizations in Russia
  • Advising Chinese Zhuoda Group in regards to establishing a Russian subsidiary
  • Advising Finnish financing company Finnvera on the issues of ensuring its pledge agreements are in full compliance with Russian law
  • Advising Swedish pharmaceutical holding Meda Pharmaceuticals on the issues related to bringing the new product to the Russian market
  • Advising French hotel operator Accor Hotels in regards to establishing a Russian subsidiary
  • Legal support of an international pharmaceutical holding MB Quest in the process of establishing a Russian subsidiary for the purpose of conducting clinical trials
  • Advising the largest Chinese car manufacturer Beijing Automotive Industry Company (BAIC) in the establishment of a joint venture for the production and sale of passenger vehicles in the Ulyanovsk region
  • Advising German automotive components manufacturer TRW Automotive on legal regulation of industrial production and assembly of vehicles and automotive components in the Russian Federation
  • Advising a major Turkish producer of flat glass for the automotive industry Trakya Cam Sanayii A.Ş. in relation to establishment of a joint venture for production of goods located in a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of the Russian Federation
  • Advising an American franchise chain of restaurants Trader Vic’s on entering the Russian market
  • Advising Turkish catering company OrgaVita on accommodating a catering stall in a large shopping mall
  • Advising a restaurant holding company TigRus on business expansion issues in Russia
  • Development of a franchise model for the launch of an Australian fruit juice producer Boost Juice’s business in Russia
  • Legal analysis and development of an effective business model for the Belgian company Le Pain Quotidien’s operations in Russia, including advising on corporate structuring and protection of intellectual property rights
  • Supporting one of the largest Chinese automotive producers Lifan Motors in setting up a car manufacturing plant in Cherkessk jointly with a Russian large - scale automotive producer
  • Advising Latvian meat producing company Vainodes Bekons on the issues of reviewing current permission to export stock - raising products from Latvia to Russia
  • Advising French pharmaceutical company Ipsen Pharma in the project connected with the capital increase
  • Advising French Veolia Water on PPP project related to water supply in the city of Tomsk
  • Advising Turkish Airlines on the issues of outdoor advertising
  • Advising La Farga Group on establishment of a joint venture with a Russian counterparty
  • Advising ISS Group - one of the leading global providers of facility services on optimization of business processes of the client’s Russian subsidiary
  • Advising major French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Aventis in drafting and negotiating contracts in relation to the client’s daily business activities
  • Advising Turkish holding Boydak in acquisition of a Polish Fabric mebli Forte furniture factory in Vladimir
  • Advising Swedish manufacturer and supplier of automotive safety systems Autoliv on reorganization of its business in Russia
  • Advising Czech used car dealer AAA Auto in relation to establishment of the largest trade center for the sale of second-hand vehicles in the Moscow region
  • Advising major Turkish air carrier Turkish Airlines on various aspects of air transportation in the Russian Federation
  • Review and adjustment of a major international pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim's internal anti-corruption and anti-trust policies to bring them into compliance with the Russian legislation
  • Elaboration of a distribution agreement for a major Japanese company Kyocera Group for its operation in the Russian market in regards to distributing electronic equipment
  • Advising Japanese company Seiko Holdings in the process of entering the Russian market
  • Advising Japanese electronic equipment producer Pioneer Corporation with respect to its advertising campaign
  • Advising Chinese provider of telecommunications equipment ZTE Corporation in the process of establishing the company's research and development center in the Russian Federation
  • Advising one of the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Chinese Huawei Technologies on legal and regulatory issues relating to corporate reorganization of the company's business in Russia
  • Structuring the transactions of German integrated packaging solutions provider Multivac on import and export of packaging materials in Russia and the CIS
  • Advising American corporation 3M on product certification issues
  • Advising Finnish logistics company Haanpaa Group in relation to providing petroleum transportation services in Saratov region to a major Russian oil producer
  • Advising Austrian oil and gas company OMV Group on structuring transactions within its group of companies in connection with the sale of goods in Russia
  • Advising major chemical company INEOS on acquisition of a Russian subsidiary of Hydro Polymers
  • Advising US company Lonza Rus on regulations applicable to importing toxic and alcohol-containing products into Russia
  • Advising Czech company Ferrit on the issues of establishing joint venture with a large Russian mechanical-drive machinery construction holding
  • Advising oil and gas equipment distributor STEP Oiltools in regards to establishing a working unit Russia
  • Advising English company Parafix manufacturing self-adhesive products on joint venture establishment in Russia
  • Advising Korean holding CJ Europe on the office lease contract termination procedure
  • Advising Lebanese energy company Sakr Power in the process of entering Russian market
  • Advising Slovenia-based company Helios on the issue of the company's charter capital increase
  • Advising an international diversified technology corporation 3M in corporate reorganization of the company’s business in Russia
  • Advising Turkish company Ipek Jut in the delivery of a major consignment of packaging materials to Russian trading network Magnit
  • Supporting Turkish company Balsu in negotiations with Russian counterparty regarding the quality of supplied goods
  • Advising American Automation-X corporation in regards to representative office establishment
  • Supporting English company ARKEX in negotiations with Russian Scientific Research Institute with respect to manufacturing of hi-tech gyroscopic systems
  • Advising German company KAMUE Dachsysteme GmbH on fire safety standards applicable to roofing materials
  • Advising major oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell on legal and regulatory issues relating to corporate reorganization of the company's business in Russia
  • Advising French Sperian Safety on issues of advertising legislation and the use of comparative advertising in product promotion in Russia
  • Advising American group of companies Pharm-Olam International in regards to the operations of its Russian subsidiary which was established to conduct clinical research
  • Advising Franco-Swiss company Florange on modification of customer loyalty and rewards programs, ensuring full compliance with Russian law



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