Ost Legal is a Russian boutique law firm operated under Western standards of quality and professional approach.
We specialize at energy & infrastructure and construction. Advising foreign clients makes a considerable part of our practice and we are well aware of needs and expectations of clients from outside of Russia.
We are particularly strong in advising on energy projects. During the last three years Ost Legal advised on more than 25 major projects each of them being worth from $160,000,000 up to more than $2 000,000,000. We supported construction of gas treatment and processing plants, power plants and power transmission lines, semiconductor fabs, petrochemical facilities, pipelines, petroleum depots, etc.
Ost Legal is the winner of the Corporate International Magazine Global Award for “Boutique Energy Law Firm of the Year in Russia" and "Construction Law Firm of the Year in Russia”.
Ost Legal is recommended for Energy and Natural Resources by the Legal 500.
Ost Legal also recommended for Energy and Infrastructure by IFLR1000 Energy Guide.
Vladimir Lipavsky, managing partner with Ost Legal is recommended by Chambers Europe 2015 as one of the leading lawyers in Energy and Natural Resources
Ost Legal is recommended for Energy and Natural resources by the Legal 500.
What the Legal 500 says:
"According to clients, Ost Legal ‘provides a very high-quality service’ and ‘is the best adviser on the electric power industry in Russia’. Vladimir Lipavsky is singled out for praise for his ‘good knowledge of the industry and ability to provide a service at an international level”
What IFLR1000 says:
Managing partner Vladimir Lipavsky is the firm’s principal specialist. His practice spans financing, litigation and development in energy and industrial engineering. One client says of him: “Mr. Lipavsky has de facto set an industry standard for power plant EPC contracts in Russia.”
Professional experience. All our lawyers have long-term experience in areas of our practice. We have no junior lawyers. We don't teach employees for the customer account.
International standards and Russian law. Thanks to practice of work with foreign clients, and also to experience of consultation on projects with foreign participation, we know how to adopt international legal decisions for the Russian reality. One of our clients in the field of industrial construction noted:
"... lawyers of Ost Legal have deep understanding of both the international practice, and features of the Russian legislation thanks to which construction process in Russia differs from the western. Besides, they show good knowledge of the construction process itself..."
Commercial approach. Our specialization allows us to understand an essence and subtleties of business of clients and at the expense of it to propose the legal solutions allowing to solve commercial problems facing the client.
Efficiency. At the expense of narrower, than the major companies have, we can offer specialization the help much quicker, keeping thus the highest quality.
Russian laws in the field of energy and infrastructure are different in many important aspects from international practices. The competitive advantage of Ost Legal is that we know how to implement the principles that are common for international players in the framework of Russian laws and court practice.