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Olga Anikina

Olga V. Anikina

Counsel
St. Petersburg Representative Office of Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Biography

Olga Anikina is a counsel in the St. Petersburg office of Baker McKenzie. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2008, Olga worked as a senior attorney for a major international audit and consultancy company in St. Petersburg, and as a senior legal consultant for another large international audit and consultancy company in St. Petersburg.

Chambers Europe 2020 stresses that "Olga is best known for her real estate expertise. She has extensive experience advising on the construction of major industrial facilities, as well as assisting developers with the construction of commercial property. Sources appreciate her business-minded approach to projects", commenting work with Olga as "I was very satisfied; she's a great commercial lawyer, I like her approach." Clients share that "Olga has niche expertise in corporate transactions with a real estate and infrastructure angle" (Legal 500 EMEA, 2020).

Practice Focus

Olga focuses her practice on real estate and infrastructure as well as M&A. She advised Russian and foreign companies on the legal aspects of real estate, corporate and commercial law matters including greenfield investment projects, with a focus on land and other real estate regulations, including the acquisition of sites as assets and share deals.

Olga conducts legal due diligence projects (including real estate due diligence investigations) and restructuring studies, the analysis and drafting of contracts and corporate documents. She has experience in pre-sale corporate restructuring and other M&A work.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Legal support to Kesko Corporation in the course of sale of 12 building and home improvement store properties in Russia to Leroy Merlin Vostok LLC, a Russian division of the French Leroy Merlin (Adeo Group). The transaction price paid for the properties in cash is approximately RUB 12 billion (some €169 million). Support included ongoing advice during the transaction, review of the draft transaction documents and negotiation support.  

  • Provided legal opinion to Baltic Pearl, a Chinese construction and development company which is implementing a strategic investment project for development of a new St. Petersburg district, on obtaining external finance for its development project.

  • Represented Renaissance Construction, as general contractor, in negotiations to conclude the main construction contract (under English law) with a major Russian oil and gas company for the construction of a modern social and business center to serve as the company’s headquarters.

  • Legal assistance to MAN Truck and Bus Production RUS on various legal matters arising in the course of the development of MAN's production facilities in Russia: legal due diligence of a land plot; consultancy on various aspects of construction and commissioning, including drafting a construction contract; advised on industrial waste handling issues, industrial and fire safety issues; advised on implementing an industrial assembly regime and some other ongoing administrative and labor issues.

  • Advised Joy P&H Mining Equipment on the acquisition of a land plot and construction of a service center in Kemerovo Region, Russia. The advice also included legal support in the course of a land privatization auction, as well as advised on various contractual aspects with respect to design, construction and supply contracts. Advising the client on the ongoing issues in the course of construction of a service center in Kemerovo Region. The legal work included consultancy on interactions with the general designer and general contractor, according to the design and construction contracts, as well as advice on electricity grids, including a review of respective connection agreements. Furthermore advised with regard to supply contracts for Joy Global Equipment.

  • Advised a major international construction company on a draft construction contract considered by the client for concluding with a Russian petrochemical company, the largest specialized enterprise in Europe, with respect to construction of ethylene production complex.   

  • Advised a major international construction company on a draft construction and supply contracts considered by the client for concluding with Russian mining and metallurgic company within sulfur project which is the reconstruction and refurbishment of production facilities in order to considerably decrease SO2 emissions.   

  • Advised a major international construction company оn a draft construction contract considered by the client for concluding with the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia with respect to construction of gas processing unit within LNG project.   

  • Advised a major international construction company on a draft construction contract considered by the client for concluding with welded pipe manufacturing enterprise in respect to construction of oil pipes production factory.   

  • Represented a major automotive company in litigation proceedings initiated by the client to establish a servitude over neighbouring land plots.

Professional Honors

  • Ranked in Construction Law and Real Estate Law, Best Lawyers Russia 2021
  • Highly Recommended in Real Estate in St. Petersburg, Chambers Europe 2020
  • Recommended in General Business Law in St. Petersburg, Chambers Europe 2020
  • Leading Individual in commercial, corporate and M&A in St. Petersburg, The Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • "Lawyer of the Year" in Construction Law in St. Petersburg, Best Lawyers Russia 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Baltic Bar Association - Member
  • Guild of Managers and Developers of Russia - Member, Legislation Committee

Admissions

  • Russia (2000)

Education

  • St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law (Law Degree) (2000)

Languages

  • English
  • German
  • Russian