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Head of Land, Real Estate and Construction Practice (St Petersburg)
Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction

Pepeliaev Group's lawyers offer the full package of legal services to both professional players on the real estate market and companies in other industries that need advice on land, real estate and construction issues. Our firm was one of the first in Russia to offer services that involve providing support in transactions with land, meaning that we now have proven, practical techniques at our disposal. At the root of these is our in-depth understanding of the legal realities in Russia.

We have substantially broadened the geographical scope of our services, providing support on projects in 34 prominent industrial and agricultural centres across Russia. Pepeliaev Group’s lawyers have been actively involved in drafting legislative amendments and preparing them for adoption. The items of legislation in question were the Land Code of the Russian Federation and the Law on Transactions with Agricultural Land.

The practice has been recommended by the ratings of the key international legal directories, including The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, and others. 

1. Real estate transactions

  • Structuring real estate sale and purchase transactions
  • Acquisition of title to land plots from state and municipal ownership
  • Due diligence on the buyer's or seller's side; drafting recommendations for mitigating risks
  • Registration of titles to real properties and real estate transactions

2. Leases

  • Support for lease transactions
  • Representing clients in court disputes relating to leases

3. Development and construction. Investment projects

  • Legal support during the implementation of greenfield and brownfield construction projects
  • Structuring development projects
  • Legal support when agreements are being negotiated and entered into (general contractor agreements, construction management agreements, general designer agreements and others)
  • Legal support during construction and connection to utilities
  • Defending developers and investors before state authorities, obtaining benefits
  • Providing support for public-private partnership projects (including entering into concession agreements)

4. Mineral resource use. Oil and Gas

  • Legal support for upstream projects (including under production sharing agreements (PSAs))
  • Due diligence of acquired assets
  • Support for licensing and other issues

5. Environmental protection regulation

6. Representing clients in litigation, including challenging a cadastral value

7. Legislative drafting in the areas of land law, real estate, construction, mineral resource use and environmental protection

Projects

Pepeliaev Group has successfully challenged the cadastral value of the central children's store on Lubyanka

Pepeliaev Group has successfully completed a project in which the law firm challenged the cadastral value that had been set for the premises of the Central Children's Store on Lubyanka. The project was ongoing for over a year, coming to an end when the Moscow City Court adopted its decision on case No. 3-0075/2015. That decision recently came into legal force.

The cadastral value for the premises of the famous store was unreasonably high. Moreover, the cadastral value for one of the premises was more than two and a half times greater than the cadastral value of the actual Central Children's Store building itself.

The outcome of the court proceedings was that the cadastral value was cut several fold. This substantially reduced the amount of the tax base for corporate property tax, helping the company to make significant savings.

IMMOFINANZ sells logistics portfolio to Blackstone IMMOFINANZ has signed a contract with Blackstone for the sale of its entire logistics portfolio. The transaction covers all 36 logistics standing investments with approx. one million sqm of rentable space, which are located for the most part in Germany (24 properties) as well as in Hungary (5), Romania (3), Poland (2), Slovakia (1) and Russia (1). Blackstone will also purchase three development projects with approx. 65,000 sqm currently under construction in Hamburg (DE), Bucharest and Ploiesti (RO), which will be completed by IMMOFINANZ, as well as land reserves. Blackstone will integrate all the assets into Logicor, its European logistics platform. Pepeliaev Group provided legal support within the Russian aspects of this transaction.

The Head of Pepeliaev Group’s team is Rustem Ahmetshin, Senior Partner. Ilya Bolotnov, Partner, Natalia Stenina, Head of Real Estate and Construction Practice, and Julia Zakharova, Senior Associate, also supported this transaction. 
Ilya Bolotnov, Partner said: “This a very notable transaction on the Russian market these days and we are very happy to be part of the international team, together with our long-term partner Luther Law Firm, assisting with the Russian aspects of this complex deal. It is certainly very clear that, despite Russia runs through challenges, major investors, such as Blackstone, do believe in the future of the Russian market.”

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