Roman Suslov

Head of practice
Ph.D in Law
  • The team is very focused on the needs of the client and treats every client as if they are the most important one
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • A unique team of highly professional lawyers and attorneys
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • Highly skilled, reliable, friendly and always available to react to clients’ queries – the team provides excellent advice and achieves great results
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • This firm stands above the rest as it sees solutions where other lawyers see problems
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • High level of service, excellent client focus, unmatched in terms of industry knowledge
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • A rare mix of high professionalism, intellect and modesty - this can be said about every lawyer at KIAP
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • The lawyers keep clients up to date on key changes to the law and are on top of risks associated with our business
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • It is impressive how quickly KIAP manages to get into an issue and turn things around for the client
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • The lawyers keep clients up to date on key changes to the law and are on top of risks associated with our business
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • KIAP is one of the most reliable and transparent firms on the market, which also has valuable professional experience
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • They are not afraid of unknown issues and keep up with progress in the industry
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • When you engage KIAP for any matter, you can be sure that the legal opinion, agreement or court documents will be on a par with the standards of a top international law firm for a fair price
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • KIAP is one of the most reputable Russian law firms on the market
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • They're very strategic in their planning, they're very clear and open with the client
    Chambers Europe 2020
  • When we need immediate support, it’s good to know that our counsel is always available
    Chambers Europe 2020
  • They don’t miss a single email and always return every call
    Chambers Europe 2020
  • Litigation practice represents clients from a variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing and financial services
    Chambers Europe 2020
  • Leading mid-market contentious practice, representing both international clients and notable local names
    Chambers Europe 2020
  • The main figure of the Banking and Finance practice of KIAP
    Legal 500 EMEA 2019
  • They are flexible and everything they provide is highly detailed. We appreciate the commercial approach and personalised attention of KIAP lawyers
    Chambers Europe 2019
  • KIAP has notable expertise in the gold and oilfield sectors, and regularly advises on tax compliance, VAT, and tax disputes with state authorities
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • The experienced, professional Banking and finance team provides practical solutions to all issues and has a good understanding of its clients
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • The team is praised for their ability to resolve complex cases quickly
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • KIAP team provides comprehensive legal advice that combines a strong breadth of resources with deep knowledge of the client’s business
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • The team has a very practical and can-do attitude
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • Represents clients from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail and pharmaceuticals
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • KIAP areas of expertise include financial liability and insurance disputes as well as debt recovery claims. Acts on contractual disputes and assists with local enforcement proceedings
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • A top choice for mid-market cases, representing both international clients and notable local names
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • The team demonstrated a very commercial approach: hands-on partners that helped clients to achieve their goals
    Chambers Europe 2016
Head of Banking & Finance practice. Recommended by Best Lawyers 2021 (Banking and Finance Law, Information Technology Law), Legal 500 EMEA 2019 international legal directories, as well as by Russian "Kommersant" rating (in 2019 entered Top-10 of individually ranked lawyers in the area of Banking and Finance law). Roman is experienced in structuring major asset-backed securitisation transactions, debt financing and M&A. Part-time teacher of Department of Civil and Business Law of Higher School of Economics. Has completed PhD course at Graduate School of Law at Higher School of Economics. Also has served apprenticeship at English and International Business Law Summer School organised by the Faculty of Law, Governance and International Relations at London Metropolitan University. 

Education:

  • Higher School of Economics National Research University, PhD student at International private law department (2013 – 2018)
  • Higher School of Economics National Research University, Master’s Programme in Legal informatics (2013 – 2015)
  • Higher School of Economics National Research University, Faculty of Law, Business Law Department (2008 – 2013)

Projects:

Banking and Finance:

  • Advising a large Baltic bank on options for the settlement and enforcement of the debt of a Russian borrower.
  • Drafting documentation for one of the largest Russian retail banks financing acquisition of electricity company’s stocks.
  • Legal support regarding application of investment funds in restructuring of business, managing of real estate and investing in bonds.
  • Successful legal support of  the largest securitisation transaction in respect of the portfolio of residential mortgage loans originated by VTB 24, one of the largest banks in Russia, in the total amount of 46 bln roubles. Additional security for the bonds was provided in the form of surety stood by the Housing Mortgage Lending Agency.
  • Advising a client on restructuring and amortisation procedures of cross-border securitisation of automobile loans under English law, and legal support of an SPV's activities.
  • Legal support of securitisation transaction in respect of the portfolio of residential mortgage loans originated by VTB 24 (PJSC) in the total amount of 28.9 bln roubles. Moody’s has assigned Baa2 (sf) rating to the class A securities.
  • Advising on financial services and electronic commerce issues for Russian and foreign companies, including banks, micro-financing institutions, e-payment service providers and companies which are carrying out commercial activity via online platforms.
  • Participation in litigations relating financial issues. 

Corporate / M&A:

  • Advising on restructuring of a large Russian restaurant chain and creation of an action plan to reach its targetted structure.
  • Representation of an international paper mill holding company in the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS) in obtaining approval for establishing control over a Russian enterprise.
  • Representation of a French agricultural holding company in the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS) in obtaining approval for purchase of shares of a Russian malt producer.
  • Carrying out due diligence of large-scale industrial forest holding company in the course of its acquisition by an international holding company, one of the major producers of wooden houses.
  • Representation of a Russian oil company on a shareholders agreement with an international manufacturer of fuel products.

Tax practice:

  • Development of the operational structure of a real estate project in the context of the successive demolition of dilapidated buildings and construction of new real estate (investments in an amount of 8 billion rubles).
  • Pre-trial settlement of tax claims worth more than 500 million rubles submitted against a client based on the findings of a repeated field audit by the Federal Tax Service Department (FTSD) for the Kostroma Region.
  • Advising Russian private investors on tax and currency control consequences of opening a business abroad.

Commercial practice:

  • Drafting of commercial agency agreements and distributor agreements for large Russian manufacturing company.
  • Evaluation and development of contractual framework for a global hotel chain.
  • Advising a large manufacturer of drinks on holding a public event in the Russian Federation.  
  • Advising an international manufacturer of electronic devices on requirements for import and turnover of encryption tools under Russian legislation.
  • Advising on the development and review of documentation for carrying out marketing campaigns for games, lotteries and competitions.

Administrative practice:

  • Advising an international manufacturer of clothes and household goods on labelling requirement under Russian law.
  • Advising international companies on the certification of goods imported into Russia.
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