Moscow team of four moves to Hogan Lovells

Partner Alexander Dolgov leads an exodus from law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel as three colleagues also make the same switch.

Alexander Dolgov has joined the Moscow office of Anglo-US law firm Hogan Lovells as a partner in its global infrastructure, energy, resources and projects group.

Dolgov joins from the Moscow office of French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel. Three colleagues – associates Konstantin Makarevich and Fedor Kovatev, plus trainee Grigory Fedorov – are following Dolgov in making the same move.

Alexander had spent four years at Gide Loyrette Nouel having joined the firm in 2010 from Allen & Overy as a partner to develop and lead its public-private partnerships (PPP) and projects practice. He has been described by Legal 500 as “a rainmaker” and “one of only a few leading PPP experts in Russia”.

Dolgov has worked with clients including Sberbank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), BNP Paribas, the Moscow Region and other public authorities, as well as a “range of international sponsors and financiers”.

According to EBRD estimates, Russia will require infrastructure investment of $753 billion over the next 10 years. The country has 80 projects in its medium- to long-term deal pipeline.

As well as PPPs and infrastructure, Dolgov has debt capital markets experience which Hogan Lovells said in a statement would be “very valuable given the increasing focus on the use of capital markets financings to fund infrastructure and PPP projects globally and in Russia”.