Lidings appoints new partner at its Moscow office


Lidings, the leading Russian law firm dedicated to advising foreign companies on all aspects of Russian law is pleased to announce the appointment of Stepan Guzey as Partner at the firm’s Moscow office with effect from 1 February 2013.

Stepan Guzey joined Lidings as Counsel in January 2012. Prior to this, Mr. Guzey worked as a senior associate in the Moscow offices of Vegas Lex and Hellevig, Klein & Usov. Stepan also acted as head of legal department for Energoprom Management, the world’s fifth largest supplier of carbon and graphite products.
As a certified tax adviser and an expert in Russian tax and customs law Stepan represented clients in complex projects including trade and export finance, corporate restructuring, project finance and PPP, and advised on tax aspects of M&A and regulatory matters across a wide range of industry sectors. His selected representative matters include: advising a major Chinese financial institution on its investment project in Russia; supporting acquisition of the minority stake in the AIM traded development company by a large Russian investor; representing the largest Russian mobile provider in a successful M&A project related to the acquisition of a cell-retail company; acting for the biggest Russian hydro-power energy operator in a large investment project in Russia, and other high-profile deals. A graduate of Chelyabinsk State University, Mr. Guzey received his Ph.D. from Moscow State Law Academy. He is a certified Tax Adviser and a contributing member in a number of professional legal associations. 
Sergey Aksenov, Managing Partner of Lidings’ Moscow office, commented on the new appointment: «Foreign companies are increasingly keen to explore investment opportunities in Russia. Rapid growth in the market demand for qualified legal expertise poses new ambitious goals for expanding the practice and reinforcing Lidings’ industrial expertise. Stepan is a highly skilled, top-rated lawyer whose election to partnership will further strengthen our domestic capabilities and enhance the firm’s position as the leading Russian law firm dedicated to advising foreign companies on all aspects of Russian law». 
«My new appointment is an indication and outcome of our clients’ immense loyalty and dedication rather than solely of my personal achievement. Our dispute resolution, tax, and finance practices have developed significantly over the course of the year. We are nowfacing many new challenges, and I look forward to contributing to the firm’s further growth», stressed Mr. Guzey.

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