Energy & Natural Resources

Our team members have advised oil and gas companies, mining companies and energy clients on various matters, from large-scale M&A transactions to very complex disputes. Being a Russia-based practice, it is understandable that Energy & Natural Resources sector is one of the major focuses of our practice.
Members of our team have advised, among others, on the following deals, projects and disputes in the Energy & Natural Resources sector*.

Dispute resolution

  • Representing of Russia’s largest private heating and electricity generation company in Russian court proceedings to hold the former Russian minister M.A. Abyzov subsidiarily liable for the debts of a major engineering company in parallel with acting in several successful ancillary proceedings in a number of jurisdictions

  • Defending a prominent Russian businessman and a group of related foreign companies in two disputes regarding the imposition of anti-suit injunction orders to cease ongoing litigations in a number of jurisdictions and to restrict new claims globally before the state courts of Caribbean of all levels resulting in a final dismissal of both applications for anti-suit injunctions by the Privy Council

  • Representing a Russian nuclear company in a dispute with an energy company from CIS related to a supply contract in international arbitration proceeding under ICC rules

  • Representing PJSC Tatneft in US$380 million English litigation proceedings and a freezing injunction application in the High Court against four Ukrainian oligarchs – Messrs. Igor Kolomoysky, Gennady Bogolyubov, Pavel Ovcharenko and Alexander Yaroslavsky – in relation to huge and complex alleged cross-border fraudulent activities

  • Representing Russia's largest private business group, one of the major consortium members, on strategic issues related to a shareholder dispute with BP connected with the announced Arctic deal-and-share swap

  • Representing Russia's largest private business group in relation to two sets of disputes and arbitration proceedings connected to the management and operation of TNK–BP

  • Representing a Russian mining company in a significant victory through the annulment by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court of a multimillion-dollar arbitration award against the company

  • Representing a large Russian energy company in an asset recovery case worth more than US$1 billion with respect to a complex international fraud and corruption case involving eight jurisdictions

  • Representing one of the world’s largest metal companies in an asset tracing and recovery case against a former executive officer of the company who embezzled in excess of US$50 million

  • Representing a consortium of Russian power companies in connection with the investigation and recovery of a multimillion-dollar debt relating to the unlawful activities of the management and shareholders of the Energostream group


  • Advising a major consortium on the amendment and restatement of the shareholders’ agreement for TNK-BP

  • Representing Russia's largest mining and metallurgical company in connection with the US$970 million sale of its shares in Stillwater Mining Company

  • Representing Russia's largest private business group as a member of the major consortium in relation to the sale of consortium’s stake in TNK-BP to Rosneft for an all-cash consideration of US$28 billion

  • Advising the independent directors of Russia's largest mining and metallurgical company on the buyback of shares and various corporate transactions

  • Representing Sanors Holding on the 100% sale of JSC Novokuibyshevskaya Petrochemical Company to OJSC Rosneft

  • Advising Deutsche Bank in connection with the acquisition of Sibneft by Gazprom

  • Advising an independent Russian oil and gas producer in connection with the construction of an associated gas processing plant and the sale of corresponding carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol

  • Representing Urals Energy, a leading Russian independent oil company, in connection with the US$590 million acquisition of Taas-Yuriakh Neftegazodobycha, a privately-owned Russian exploration and production company

  • Advising an independent Chinese investor seeking to invest in the production of electricity in the Far East region of Russia for subsequent export to China

  • Representing a major international oil and gas service company in the acquisition of a Russian subsidiary

    *This includes experience of our team members prior to joining RGD.