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Lidings bolsters banking and finance practice with the new hire from Norton Rose

Lidings law firm expands the capabilities of its banking and finance practice with the hiring of Dmitry Gravin, a recognised practitioner in the field and former counsel at Norton Rose’s Moscow office.

In the last two decades Dmitry Gravin was involved in a wide range of Russian financings and cross border projects including syndicated and bilateral lending, structured and secured lending, trade and export finance, project finance and PPP, real estate and construction finance, restructuring, debt recovery and insolvency, M&A and regulatory matters in banking sector, hard and soft commodities financings. Dmitry Gravin regularly acted for major European export credit agencies such as SACE, Hermes, COFAS, ECGD in relation to their projects in Russia. His extensive experience includes sovereign, banking and corporate debt restructuring in the areas of international finance and investment, he advised on various international debt and equity capital markets, corporate M&A and private equity transactions, as well as general corporate finance. His experience also covers energy, mining and minerals, and he is recommended as an expert in the field of transportation including ship finance, rolling stock and aircraft financing including finance and operating leases, export credit financings, securitisation and pre-delivery payment financings.

“Lidings has built a well-established practice and its client portfolio that counts over 200 international companies is something that truly impressed me. In my new role I expect to further contribute to strengthening the firm’s reputation as dedicated legal advisers to foreign businesses in Russia”, Dmitry said.

Dmitry’s arrival demonstrates the importance of developing finance capabilities for Russian law firms. It is said that Russia plans to broadly overhaul foreign investment laws in an effort to reverse capital outflow and encourage foreign companies to invest. The Russian Civil Code is also facing substantial review in an effort to make it more compatible with the country’s foreign investment needs.

“Russia has long overcome the economic crisis and with the recovery comes an obvious need for qualified local adviser in the field of banking and finance. We are ready to compete with large international practices and Dmitry, with his experience in acting for many of the world's pre-eminent financial institutions and private companies doing business in Russia, is an excellent addition to our team”, commented Lidings’ managing partner Sergey Aksenov.

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