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Over the last 30 years Allen & Overy has been supporting clients doing business in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and by delivering full-service expertise in the region.

The growing potential of CIS countries and a business-friendly climate for investment opportunities have attracted leading market players to the region and expanded access to international markets for local companies.

To satisfy our clients’ needs in this market, we have created a CIS hub in Dubai with Russian, English and U.S. law capabilities on the ground and with CIS-experienced lawyers. They have expertise in areas ranging from major bank financings (including acquisition, structured asset finance, trade, real estate and project finance), securitisation, bond issues and IPOs to cross-border mergers and acquisitions, derivatives, restructuring and insolvency and dispute resolution, including international arbitration. We act for both multi-national and local clients, including banks, manufacturers, transportation, TMT and energy and natural resources companies, to develop their business within the region and across the world.

The CIS team delivers coordinated legal advice to clients and has strong relationships with local counsel – we have all capabilities to support businesses across a broad range of transactions.

Our CIS Desk is supported by offices across our international network, particularly in Dubai, London, Frankfurt, Milan, Brussels, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Tokyo, New York and Central and Eastern Europe. These offices all have CIS experience and work closely together to provide our clients with the advice and deal-execution skills to achieve their commercial goals.

Countries covered

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan 

Awards and accolades

  • Pravo-300 International 2021


  • General Business Law – Tier 1

  • Banking & Finance – Tier 1

  • Corporate and M&A – Tier 1


  • General Business Law – Tier 1
  • Banking & Finance – Tier 1
  • Corporate and M&A – Tier 

Our global coverage

Click on the regions in the map below to find out more about the jurisdictions we cover across the world.

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America

In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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Global Experts and Markets

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Our Global Experts and Markets bring together lawyers from across Allen & Overy with significant experience of working on deals in key regions and markets – they support our clients with their business needs across any region by mobilising international teams as well as selecting and maintaining our ties with our chosen relationship law firms. As our network of relationship law firms has grown, we have committed to build an enduring bond that will bring value to them, us and ultimately to our clients.