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from Losses and Risks in Russia
We assist companies from US, Europe and Asia-Pacific doing business in Russia for more than 10 years. With our wide legal experience, we can help you navigate Russian legal complexities.
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Why doing business in Russia
presents so many challenges
1. Non-transparent business models
  • Taking shortcuts and cheating the system are widespread in Russia
  • Engaging into certain seemingly common practices can present serious risks for the business
  • Local employees and contractors may not always be acting in the best interests of the company
2. Lack of accessible legal advice
  • Large international law firms' prices are unaffordable
  • Most Russian lawyers do not speak English and are unable to serve foreign businesses
  • Your Russian employees may not have a full understanding of the risks
3. Imperfect legal system
  • Russian laws are not always clear and sometimes conflict with one another
  • Many local Russian business practices differ from international standard
  • Outcomes in Russian courts are in many cases unpredictable
Who we are
Tertychny Agabalyan is a law firm in Moscow, Russia. We assist international clients doing business in Russia on all kinds of transactions and disputes. Our key team members have over 10 years of experience in international law firms and have advised on the most complex matters on the market.
What we can do for you in Russia
1. Full Russian law compliance check-up
  • Reviewing your Russian operations' compliance with local regulations
  • Advising on risk mitigation strategies
  • Making sure your Russian employees and contractors do not create major risks for the business
2. Ongoing advice and assistance
  • Planning, structuring and legal analysis on a project-based or ongoing basis
  • Drafting and reviewing commercial contracts with your interests in min
3. Projects and Transactions
  • Legal support on virtually every type of project or transaction, from pre-structuring to completion.
  • Drafting, negotiating and representing you in M&A, trade, real estate, financing and other matters.
4. Dispute resolution
  • Resolving difficulties and disputes with Russian partners and state authorities.
  • Assisting with all kinds of bankruptcy and liquidation procedures.
Why choose us
We regularly represent international clients doing business in Russia. All our lawyers and staff are fluent in English.
We have more than 10 years of experience in Big Law firms. We are independently recognised by IFLR 1000 directory as one of the recommended firms for Russia.
Reasonably Priced
We deliver international quality service with modest domestic pricing. We offer flexible fee arrangements depending on the type of project.
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Independent view
The guide to the world's leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers IFLR1000 in its 2018 Financial and Corporate Edition recognised Tertychny Agabalyan as a recommended law firm for Russia.

Below are quotations from clients surveyed by IFLR1000:
"Quite a small legal firm with highly professional lawyers who have a great business understanding. They are attentive to details and provide the best value for money ratio."
"The firm has been extremely helpful and innovative in facilitating a complicated real estate acquisition in Russia."
"Very qualified and experienced corporate legal advisory for English and Russian law."
"The firm provides great value for the money. They show very good knowledge of law and at the same time are business oriented. Attention to details is also their advantage. This firm is very good for projects in Russia."
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Meet the team
Our key team members have over 10 years of experience in major international law firms.
Ivan Tertychny
Managing Partner
Ivan is a Russian and English law qualified lawyer who has advised clients on raising finance, corporate law matters and commercial contracts for over ten years in transactions ranging from $3 million to $20 billion.

His broad experience includes various transactional and regulatory matters as well as mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, conducting due diligence, risk allocation & assessment.

Before starting at Tertychny Agabalyan, Ivan worked in Moscow offices of major international law firms.
Representative experience
Regulatory, M&A and Corporate Matters

  • Advising AXA Assistance Russia on various aspects of doing business in Russia
  • Advising AXA Travel Insurance UK on Russian insurance regulation
  • Advising AXA Partner CLP on Russian insurance regulation
  • Advising Royal Bank of Scotland on the development of standard contractual documentation
  • Advising HSBC and Northern Trust on their sub-custody arrangements with Russian banks
  • Advising minority shareholders of Uniastrum Bank on disposal of their shares to a Russian buyer
  • Advising a Russian company on implications of US and EU sanctions on their financial transactions
  • Advising majority shareholders of Unistream Bank on buyout of minority share of Aurora Russia Limited
  • Advising majority shareholders of Unistream Bank in negotiations with a potential buyer
  • Advising a Czech investor on the procedure for setting up an insurance business in Russia
  • Advising a Russian company on Russian insurance regulation
  • Advising Russian seller on disposal of a banking equipment distribution company
  • Advising a Venture investor on purchase of minority stake in a food-tech business
  • Advising an online payments aggregator on the implications of the enactment of Federal Law On National Payment System
  • Advising VTB Capital on the acquisition of its stake in the White Square business center and the White Gardens real estate project in Moscow from Coalco
  • Advising Commerzbank on the sale of its shares in PromSvyazBank
  • Advising EBRD and DEG on two rounds of capital raise in TransCapitalBank
  • Representing Credit Europe Bank with respect to recovery under promissory notes issued by a Russian bank
  • Advising a Medical equipment producer on parent guarantee for its Russian subsidiary
  • Representing UniCredit and IKB as creditors in the bankruptcy of Finance Leasing Company
  • Advising CoBank on implications of bankruptcy of AMT Bank
  • Advising Private investors in FC Otkritie subordinated debt on implications of the bank's takeover by the Central Bank of Russia
  • Representing Private investors in National Bank TRUST credit linked notes in Russian courts of various instances
  • Representing a syndicated loan lender in Russian court proceedings
  • Advising a Russian company top manager on various aspects of the company's bankruptcy

Financing Matters

  • Advising Sberbank on a number of bilateral loans to companies in the Russian oil sector totaling USD 1 billion
  • Advising Bank of Moscow on US$ 440 million senior facilities provided to O1 Properties Limited, one of the largest owners and managers of prime office properties in Moscow, for the acquisition of Silver City, a class A multi-purpose business centre
  • Advising the ECA lenders on the financing of new A330 and A321 Airbus aircraft for Aeroflot and UTair
  • Advising Italian export credit agency SACE and a group of banks comprising of Intesa Sanpaolo, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), Société Générale and KfW IPEX-Bank on an export credit financing package of around €500 million for VTB Bank to fund the development of the VTB Arena Park (Dynamo stadium) in Moscow
  • Advising Sberbank on a liquidity credit facility in connection with a proposed US$ 350 million high-yield bond issuance by RusPetro plc.
  • Advising a Russian forestry company on cross-border financing arrangements
  • Advising a Russian investor in buy-out of syndicated loan from a syndicate of foreign banks
  • Advising a Cement producer on intra-group financing arrangements
  • Advising a Medical equipment producer on parent guarantee for its Russian subsidiary
  • Advising Société Générale in relation to a US$800 million bilateral credit facilities to Interros
  • Advising EBRD, Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and European Investment Bank (EIB) on a EUR 60 million multi-stage financing of St. Petersburg Vodokanal (the St. Petersburg city water authority) for the modernization of the water treatment infrastructure project
  • Advising IFC on the US$119 million loan to Eurosib for the logistics terminals construction project
  • Advising HSH Nordbank AG on a EUR 49 million loan to Raven Russia in connection with the Class A warehouse complex construction project in a region outside of Moscow
  • Advising Nordea Bank on real estate financings in Moscow and St. Petersburg totaling over US$ 100 million n Advising DEG on a US$50 million financing of a Russian internet and IP telephony service provider
  • Advising ING Bank on a RUB 1.2 billion Russian law club syndicated financing to Russian World Studios
Moscow State Academy of Law
Specialist degree in law, graduated with distinction

University of San Diego
Course in International Business Transactions, passed with highest grade (A+)
Admission to practice
Ivan is admitted to practice in Russia as an Advocate and in England & Wales as a Solicitor.
Independent view
Clients surveyed by IFLR 1000 directory characterise Ivan as:

– Pro-active, detail-orientated, client-orientated, approachable

– Experienced and responsive lawyer with excellent knowledge of English and Russian corporate law

– Very professional, experienced, diligent and prompt
Marat Agabalyan
Marat specialises in dispute resolution and investment projects in Russia and abroad. In addition, he has extensive experience in employment and immigration law and personal data protection matters.

Marat also regularly assists clients with structuring and documenting investment projects, including construction projects, share and asset sales (including real estate), and the establishment of joint ventures. Marat also conducts negotiations with investors, vendors, potential partners and contractors, and advises on regulatory matters.

Before starting at Tertychny Agabalyan, Marat worked in Moscow offices of major international law firms.
Representative experience
Regulatory, M&A and Corporate Matters

  • Advising a Russian investor on the acquisition of gold assets in Ethiopia and on the establishment of a joint venture with Israeli partners
  • Advising a Russian private investor on the corporate reorganisation of its real estate companies and on establishing an investment fund
  • Advising an internet start-up on a share sale to a strategic investor

Dispute Resolution

  • Representing Pilkington Glass in a dispute over the rights to a land plot in the Moscow region
  • Representing seven individuals, holders of TRUST Bank credit notes, in a dispute before the courts of general jurisdiction in Russia
  • Representing a private investor in a dispute concerning the cadastral value of a land plot
  • Advising Leicht, a kitchen furniture producer, on infringement of its trademark
  • Representing IKEA in a dispute relating to the rental of diesel generators, including several court proceedings and criminal investigations
  • Representing a foreign bank in proceedings in the Russian courts initiated by an offshore company seeking to invalidate an assignment of rights under a credit agreement, and the related mortgage. Recovering damages in the amount of US$180 million, and obtaining anti-suit injunctions to prevent the claimant from proceeding with the Russian litigation, and simultaneously obtaining freezing orders in respect of the claimant's and other third party assets
  • Representing De La Rue, a British security printer and banking equipment producer, on a hostile change of senior management in Russia
Moscow State Regional University
Law school, 2002

Russian Academy of Advocacy
Postgraduate study, 2005
Admission to practice
Marat is admitted to practice in Russia as an Advocate.
Independent view
Clients surveyed by IFLR 1000 directory say the following about Marat:

– Professional and diligent.

– The work of Marat is in compliance with the highest international standards. It is true both in terms of quality and ethical standards.

The Legal 500 directory says the following about Marat:

– Clients notice his analytical approach to work on matters (The Legal 500 EMEA, 2015)

– Mr Agabalyan is well regarded for his strong experience advising clients on dismissals of senior employees (The Legal 500 EMEA, 2013)
Our Clients
International companies of all sizes
entrust their legal matters to us.
They trust our opinion
Leading Russian media outlets frequently ask us provide expert views on various legal issues.
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