Dechert is a global law firm. Focused on sectors with the greatest complexities, legal intricacies and highest regulatory demands, we excel in delivering practical commercial judgmentS and deep legal expertise for high-stakes matters. Our work is widely recognized. We have 32 standout practices noted by Chambers Global, including global-wide rankings for arbitration, corporate investigations, anti-corruption, investment funds and life sciences. A Dechert settlement won the Global Dispute of the Year Award from The American Lawyer. In an increasingly challenging environment, clients look to us to serve them in ways that are faster, sharper and leaner without compromising excellence. We developed a first-of-its kind legal project management department, which uses technology, people and processes to drive efficiency and deliver value for our clients.
Laura M. Brank, the head of Dechert’s Russia Practice, has been acting for domestic and multinational clients on matters throughout Russia and the FSU since 1995, supervising major local and cross-border M&A, joint venture, and syndicated, corporate, private equity and project finance transactions, and providing general and corporate/commercial advice to her clients on a wide range of matters. Ms. Brank has been ranked by The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Global since 2007. In the 2017 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, Ms. Brank is noted for her corporate/M&A work in Russia and for her "pragmatic, business-oriented and astute advice." In 2017 and 2016, she is noted by The Legal 500 EMEA for her work in Russia in the categories of banking and finance, corporate/M&A, dispute resolution, energy & natural resources and TMT, among other categories. Ms. Brank is recognized Chambers Global, 2015 for corporate/M&A and banking and finance in Russia.
Yuri Makhonin is the head of dispute resolution of the Moscow office of Dechert focusing on insolvency, commercial, real estate, construction, corporate, debt recovery and administrative disputes. Mr. Makhonin is noted for his work in dispute resolution in the 2017 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. In The Legal 500 EMEA, 2017, Mr. Makhonin is recognized for his "top legal intellect with an ability to translate his expertise into practical and commercial advice" and has been praised as "a rising star in the Russian market." He is cited as a "go-to lawyer with great commercial acumen and a pragmatic approach", as well as a "top-notch litigator, who commands great respect in court" in The Legal 500 EMEA, 2016, and is noted for his work in domestic and international dispute resolution in the 2016 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.
Alexander Lazarev focuses on litigation and arbitration in the Russian Federation. He advises clients on commercial, real estate, construction, corporate, debt recovery and administrative disputes. He also has experience in advising Russian and international clients on real estate, development and labor issues in Russia. The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 and 2017 recognise his work in litigation and cite him as ‘a strategic thinker with a very pragmatic approach'. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Lazarev worked in the Moscow office of another international law firm.