Retail & Real Estate

Our lawyers have worked for retail companies and their owners in various stages, from growth acquisitions and the creation of employee stock option plans to restructurings, joint ventures and disposals and our team members have had in-depth exposure to the business context of this industry in Russia and beyond.

On real estate, while we understand leasing and land regulation, our team’s practice focus is on complex M&A transactions, corporate finance transactions involving commercial, office and residential real estate or real estate projects, including structured finance and forward sales of real estate. Our lawyers have advised on some of the ground-breaking deals, projects and disputes in the industry.

Members of our team have advised, among others, on the following deals, projects and disputes in the Retail & Real Estate sector*.

Dispute resolution

  • Defending Russian subsidiaries of an Austrian largest retail holding in more than 35 disputes and a number of bankruptcy proceedings, which related to the misappropriation of certain retail assets in more than 30 supermarkets in Moscow and Tula worth tens of millions of dollars and the pledge of those assets to top Russian banks

  • Defending claims arising out of business dealings involving allegations of fraud, dishonesty, conspiracy, economic duress, unfair advantage and breach of contract; negotiating, documenting and implementing a multimillion-dollar settlement; representing the defendant in LCIA arbitration proceedings

  • Providing strategic advice to the shareholders and senior management of one of the largest consumer electronics retailers in Russia, which has been subject to several hostile takeover attempts

  • Representing claimants in LCIA arbitration proceedings for the recovery of a multimillion-dollar debt under a loan agreement

  • Representing claimants in Stockholm arbitration proceedings under the terms of a contract for the transfer of real estate in Florida


  • Advising Etalon Group, one of the Russia’s top 10 major developers, in connection with the acquisition of a 35% shareholding in QB Technology,  a UK-based innovative construction company and acquiring a set of IP rights in order to establish a similar hi-tech construction project in Russia

  • Advising a confidential client on the creation of a US$300 million joint venture with a significant Russian food industry player

  • Representing a major international fast-food chain on the restructuring of a financing arrangement with its Russian franchisee

  • Representing Russia's largest private business group on the sale of 100% of shares in its logistics and storage business, Multinational Logistics Partnership (MLP), one of Russia and Ukraine’s largest and most successful logistics operators, and on the consolidation of the group’s shareholding in MLP

  • Advising Finstar on the acquisition of Rive Gauche and, subsequently, on the disposal of a strategic stake in Rive Gauche

  • Representing a Russian real estate developer in connection with the sale of a retail and office centre in St Petersburg to a strategic investor and the creation of a joint venture with such investor for these purposes

  • Advising a Russian investor on a joint venture with a Russian state-owned bank to acquire and operate a retail and office centre in Moscow

  • Providing legal advice to the shareholders of a large Russian vodka producer in a structured sale of their majority equity stake to a major Western alcoholic beverage producer and the subsequent sale of the remaining minority stake

  • Advising on the sale of a juice business, including a governmental foreign investment committee permit

  • Advising a major Russian investment company on the acquisition of a major office complex in Moscow

  • Representing Cersanit, Magellan Pro-Equity Fund, in connection with US$61 million acquisition of Lira Ceramica group, a major Russian ceramic tile producer

  • Advising the shareholders of Mosmart on its restructuring with a major Russian bank

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