Robin Wittering is an English law qualified partner in the firm’s Moscow office, and has worked on deals and disputes in Russia and the CIS since 2003.
Prior to joining Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, he was a partner at Herbert Smith.
Representative matters include acting for Sinopec on its groundbreaking USD 3.7bn acquisition of Udmurtneft, a Russian oil producer, from TNK-BP and the associated leveraged buyout and joint venture with Rosneft, and acting for the management of TNK-BP in the dispute between BP and Alfa Access Renova.
His time in Russia has been split between acting on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, corporate and shareholder disputes and special situations, and structuring and restructuring.
His representative experience in disputes includes:
- Representing the Russian Federation in a USD 500m international arbitration dispute with ExxonMobil in the SCC over production sharing agreement.
- Representing a Russian construction company in mediation of a multimillion construction dispute related to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games infrastructure. The opponent was a well-known Austrian construction company.
- Advising on settlement of an LCIA dispute over dissolution of a USD 47bn supply contract.
- Acting for the management of TNK-BP in the dispute between BP and Alfa Access Renova.
- Advising UC RUSAL on the High Court of Justice case against the London Metal Exchange related to the proposed rule change.
- Representing a client in a RUB 30+bn court case vs. the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation over the titles to land plots. Robin advised on the international part of this dispute.
The projects that Robin was involved in, have received two awards from The Lawyer magazine, listing them as the best European deals of 2014 and 2015:
- Energy, Infrastructure and Projects Deal of the Year – support of the Olympic facilities construction, including the settlement of a large-scale dispute between a contractor and its subcontractor on the eve of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.
- Corporate Deal of the Year – support of a complex transaction with Millhouse Capital and Interros in respect of MMC Norilsk Nickel over a long-standing shareholders’ dispute settlement.
Mr Wittering is recommended by a number of reputable legal guides. In particular, IFLR1000 lists Robin among the best lawyers working in Russia. Clients say "he is efficient and understands the business concepts of what we are trying to achieve. His opinions are useful not only in a legal context but also for our business strategy, plus he doesn't waste our time". Wittering is also recommended by a number of competitors, one of which says "he is very, very talented and very bright. Sometimes he's pushy and drives hard but he's one of the best", adding the English lawyer "has a very good knowledge of Russian related hurdles".
Chambers & Partners recommends Robin for M&A and Corporate, Energy and Private Equity. Wittering is described by sources as "an extremely smart, impressive corporate lawyer, combining English legal training with top-end Russian experience". He is "particularly active in both cross-border and domestic corporate matters".
According to Chambers, Robin is also among the best Energy lawyers. He is "a dynamic force on this team". "This UK-qualified lawyer earns widespread respect from commentators and...provides clients with a cohesive cross-border service". In addition, peers recommend Robin Wittering as an expert "who combines private equity with corporate and capital markets expertise".
Robin obtained his Bachelor and Master of Laws from Cambridge University. He is dual qualified and has practiced both as a solicitor and a barrister.