Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure

Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure


ALRUD was one of the first Russian law firms to establish a dedicated Energy, natural resources and infrastructure Practice. Our team consists of corporate, finance, regulatory and commercial lawyers with substantial experience and deep knowledge of Energy & Natural Resources industries, including Oil&Gas and Mining. For more than 20 years we provide full range of services to our Clients in these sectors (including both inbound and outbound projects).

The team regularly advice international and Russian clients on corporate (M&A, JV), commercial and infrastructure projects within the industry. Among ALRUD’s s clients are major international and Russian oil and mining companies, leading oil service companies and global commodity traders, engineering and construction companies. Our team assists them on all complicated legal issues arising during the implementation of their oil, gas (including LNG), metal, coal, platinum, gold and other non-ferrous and precious metals projects in Russia.

The team has also unique experience on advising Russian investors on acquisition of mineral exploration and mining rights and development of JV projects in China and Africa (inclduing in Zimbabwe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana).

Our success in establishing collaborative relationships with our overseas law firm partners enables us to deliver the highest quality service on international transactions. Our Clients greatly value our ability to assemble teams that are in tune with their specific needs, both commercially and culturally.

Andrey Zharskiy, ALRUD Partner heads the Practice. Before joining ALRUD Andrey worked in one of the major Russian oil companies, subsequently was a head of international legal department of a large international group, where he acquired vast experience in supporting energy and mining projects in Russia, China and Africa.

“We wanted a lawyer whom we can completely rely on and who understands our business. Andrey Zharskiy is a highly intelligent, professional, and experienced lawyer in the energy industry, and he is responsive and reliable. He understands our business and our true needs, and always evaluates our risks and pays attention to details, so that our interests and risks are always properly protected” – comments one of the Clients for Chambers & Partners research.

Our services

  • Full legal support of joint-venture projects for natural resources development and M&A projects in energy and natural resources area (oil&gas, LNG, mining);
  • Due Diligence of oil&gas and mining companies and their assets;
  • Advising on issues related to Russian subsoil regulation and the whole range of other regulatory issues arising in connection with exploration, production and sale of minerals;
  • Advising on projects for construction of infrastructure facilities in Russia, including power generation facilities, hydrocarbons transportation infrastructure and refineries (LNG terminals, pipelines etc.);
  • Legal support of financing of energy and natural resources projects, including project financing;
  • Advising on issues of environmental protection compliance with environmental quality standards, and other regulatory issues;
  • Advising on various commercial matters related to energy and mining activities, including contracts on sale of goods (oil, oil products, metals and other raw commodities), drilling agreements and other service agreements, transportation and contractor agreements;
  • Advising Clients engaged in energy and natural resources area with regard to antitrust legislation and strategic clearance requirements;
  • Legal support of day-to-day operations of companies engaged in energy and natural resources area in relation to corporate, tax, labour and other matters.
  • Advising Russian investors on matters related to acquisition of mineral exploration and mining rights, acquisition of shares/interests and implementation of energy and natural resources projects in Africa, China and Asia.

Highlights of recent projects include advising:

A multinational company, trading in commodities, metals and energy resources

on the acquisition of a 10% stake in Vostok Oil LLC, a subsidiary of a Russian oil company, including advising on financing and application of legislation on strategic investments.

Russia's largest oil company

on the establishment of a joint venture with a Russian gas company to develop the Severo-Vrangelevsky license area on the Russian continental shelf.

Russia's largest oil company

on the sale of 50% equity share in Meretoyakhaneftegaz to Lukoil and establishing a JV for the development of the oil & gas cluster in the Nadym-Pur-Tazovsky area.

China Gold

on the acquisition of a majority stake and the establishment of a joint venture to develop the Klyuchevskoye gold deposit in Russia.

Russkaya Energia

on the acquisition of Vorkutaugol, a coal assets company, from Severstal with the transaction value being RUB 15bn.

Mechel Group

on the RUB 89bn sale of its 51% participatory interest in the companies which operate the Elga coalfield project, estimated reserves are approx. 2,2bn tons: Elgaugol, Elga Doroga and Mechel Trans Vostok.

North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. and Seadrill Limited

on a long-term investment and co-operation Agreement with a Russian oil company and long-term drilling agreements.

Vi Holding

(international investment and industrial group) in respect of implementation of a JV green field platinum mining project in Zimbabwe (Africa) for US$3bn.

Tata Power (India)

on the development of a coal deposit in Russia’s Kamchatka Territory as well as related corporate, commercial, and regulatory issues.

A Japanese company

on a potential transaction to acquire a stake in an Arctic LNG 2 project.

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