Oil and Gas. Natural Resources

Ost Legal has an impressive track record in legal advising on oil and gas and other natural resources projects. 

The firm’s clients are engaged in the businesses of exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and selling of the natural resources: oil, natural gas, coal, metals, water resources. Among firm's clients are: the third-largest Russian oil company TNK-BP (ТНК-ВР) (now - a part of Rosneft (НК Роснефть), Russia's largest petrochemical holding company Sibur Holding (Сибур-Холдинг), a leading mining company SUEK (СУЭК) and the largest owner of hydroelectric power plants in the country RusHydro company (РусГидро).

Ost Legal advised on construction of oil refineries, gas treatment and processing plants, petrochemical plants. Also we provided legal support of activities connected with oil field development, construction of pipe lines, acquisition of gas stations and many other projects.

Completed projects

Consulting on largest project on deep modernization of Afipka oil refinery by the group of companies of Neftegazindustia
Consulting on largest project in connection with conclusion of EPC-contract on deep modernization of Afipka oil refinery by the group of companies of Neftegazindustia. Drafting of EPC-contract and consulting within negotiations with foreign contractors.
Advising TNK-BP
on development of contract documents (contract EPC open book), followed by conversion into EPC Lumpsum, and negotiations with leading international EPC-contractors) in view of the construction of a largest complex gas treatment plant (approx. $ 2 billion).
Advising Calic Group (a large Turkey construction group)
in connection with the construction of a network of gas stations in the Krasnodar region.
Advising TNK-BP
on the issues, connected with the construction of Bobrovskaya and Don-Syrtovskaya CGTP.
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Key clients

Pilkington Glass



"Group Energostroy"

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Key contacts:

Vladimir Lipavsky

Managing Partner

Experience: Vladimir Lipavsky advised and represented clients' interests on more than 50 largest projects in the fields of power industry, oil and gas processing, petrochemistry, microelectronics, civil construction. Vladimir is the author of a number of articles and legal opinions concerning legal regulation of industrial construction and power.
Among recent Vladimir's projects are:

  • preparation of legal position and representation of interests of M+W Germany GMBH (the international contractor with headquarters in Germany) on court proceedings on the customer's claim for penalty on the basis of EPC(M) contract  for total amount over 1 000 000 000 rubles;


  • representation of interests of CJSC Nizhnevartovskaya GRES, the client, in the claim to the contractor for application of the responsibility measures  provided by the EPC contract in the arbitration court for resolution of economic disputes at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and also representation of the client's interests during presentation of the requirement for the bank guarantee;


  • representation of interests of the contractor in arbitration court on the Federal  grid company claim for collecting penalties for the contract of project works implementation (total amount of the requirements – over 50 000 000 rubles);


  • consultation of JSC E.ON Russia during pre-judicial arbitration with EPC-contractors at construction of power units on Shaturskaya GRES and Surgut-1 Power Station.

Vladimir's Legal experience is more than 15 years. 

Specialization: Vladimir specializes on energy, industrial engineering, international financing (including project financing), international trade, litigation and arbitration.  

Languages: Russian, English.

Education: Graduated from the Russian School of Private Law under the President of Russian Federation (Institute), Moscow. Has studied at Far-Eastern State University. Juridical institute. International Law Faculty. Vladivostok, Russia; Master of Private Law.


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