Orion Partners
Professional legal team

We help clients in difficult situations


Our specialists have advised clients on many complex transactions involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and investor protection. Overall, we have represented Russian and international investors in virtually all types of structures involving foreign and Russian holdings.

We provided legal support on acquisitions and various transactions in the structured finance, debt capital and equity capital markets. In addition, Orion Partners' lawyers have extensive experience in providing legal support for financing transactions, including LMA and Russian loans, employee stock options, options transactions, and derivatives.

Recent projects by Orion Partners include
the following:

Advised a private Russian petrochemical holding company in connection with the defence of its rights in foreign courts and arbitration regarding the terms of the purchase of an oil production unit;

Advised a Russian private petrochemical holding company in connection with due diligence and the purchase of a petrochemical business in a public procurement procedure;

Advised a Russian privately-owned petrochemical holding company on the sale of one of its chemical divisions;

Advised a Russian private financial group in connection with the acquisition of a group of Russian gold mining companies;

Advised a Russian private financial group in connection with the acquisition of land plots for development in Moscow;

Advised a Russian private financial group in connection with the financing of a purchaser of an airport in St. Petersburg;

Advised a private digital technology company in connection with an internal forensic audit and the prosecution of officers;

Advised a private digital technology company in connection with the sale of a share to a Russian Pre-IPO fund;

Advised a private digital technology company in connection with re-domiciliation from Cyprus to the Kaliningrad FEZ;

Advised a private digital technology company on the acquisition of a share in a Russian IT developer and protection of minority investor rights;

Advised a private international transportation aggregator on sale of a share to a group of private investors and protection against hostile takeover;

Advised a private Russian financial group on the construction of a pharmaceuticals substance manufacturing plant and involvement of a foreign financial and strategic investor.

We have extensive practical experience
and expertise in resolving corporate disputes
List of services
Financial transactions support
  • Legal advice on entering into loan agreements for corporate and project finance, including LMA and Russian syndicated loans

  • Structuring and implementing various options programmes, options transactions and derivatives

  • Drafting of documents and legal support of transactions for the purchase of shares in Russian and foreign companies

  • Drafting of documents for the issue, registration and offering of equity and debt securities

Protection of rights

  • Development and implementation of the litigation strategy for Russian and international state courts and arbitration proceedings

  • Defending the rights of minority shareholders in corporate disputes and protecting the rights of majority shareholders from minority shareholders' bad faith actions
Corporate restructuring
  • Legal support of corporate reorganisations and group restructurings

  • Drafting documents for incorporation and management of joint ventures
Other legal services
  • Legal advice on Russian corporate law

  • Legal advice on Russian labour law issues, including specifics of entering into employment agreement with General director and top managers, agreements with employees working remotely; termination of employment contracts, protection of employees from illegal dismissal, bringing employees to civil liability for violations, creation of employee options and other incentives and benefits, representing companies in court on labor disputes

  • Providing advice on local regulatory acts of the companies: codes of conduct, disciplinary policy, non-disclosure policy, personal data protection policy, conducting internal investigations on compliance by employees with local rules of the company

  • Legal due diligence and forensic analysis of companies' activities

  • Legal advice on participation in tenders and public procurement

  • Legal advice on the ownership and management of the intellectual property

  • Advising on acquisition of land plots, construction of industrial, commercial, residential real estate, on lease of land plots, retail and office premises

  • Advising pharmaceutical and medical devices companies, including but not limited to various contractual and regulatory issues: conduct of clinical trials, registration of medicines and medical devices, manufacturing and distribution, personal data protection related to the above

  • Advising multi-level marketing and direct sale companies distributing cosmetics, specialized food products and biologically active food supplements; representing companies in court hearings in disputes with distributors

  • Advising clients on issues of environmental law, including internal environmental control, audit of compliance with environmental laws, legal support of M&A of green energy companies

Konstantin Olefir

Konstantin Olefir is the founder and managing partner of Orion Partners, head of our corporate practice. He advises Russian and international companies, specialising in matters such as mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, joint ventures, private equity, international corporate arbitration and corporate restructuring. His clients include investment funds, real estate, industrial and financial services companies.

Before establishing Orion Partners, Konstantin was head of legal departments at Otkritie Group, Russian Direct Investment Fund, Deutsche Bank, and Russian Aluminium. Prior to that, he worked as a legal associate for international law firms Skadden Arps and Cleary Gottlieb.

Founder and managing partner of Orion Partners
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