Stefan Wolfgang Weber

Lawyer, (Rechtsanwalt), Head of Moscow Office
Associated Partner
Practice Group: Banking & Finance
Practice Group: Antitrust & Competition

Stefan Weber advises multinational companies on Russian and German law with respect to finance and corporate transactions with deal volumes of up to several billion dollars. He has extensive experience regarding export, project and real estate financing as well as joint ventures and corporate restructurings/mergers and acquisitions.

In addition, Stefan provides antitrust and compliance advice to international businesses in Russia. He assists clients in merger control proceedings and strategic investment filings, setting up distribution structures, abuse of dominance constellations, compliance investigations, and antitrust compliance trainings and guidelines.

Stefan co-heads Noerr’s Banking & Finance practice in Moscow and heads the firm’s Antitrust & Competition practice in Moscow. Chambers Global and Chambers Europe (2014 – 2017), Legal 500 (2017) and Best Lawyers (2014 - 2018) rank Stefan among the leading practitioners in Russia. Legal 500 highlights that clients praise Stefan’s “business-oriented approach”. According to Chambers Europe, sources say Stefan brings “accuracy, speed and a commercial point of view” to transactions.

Expertise

  • Antitrust law
  • Banking and finance
  • Compliance
  • Corporate law

Career

  • Studied law at Humboldt-University of Berlin (Germany) and the University of East Anglia in Norwich (UK)
  • Secondment at an international firm in New York City (USA)
  • At Noerr since 2001
  • Co-head of Noerr’s New York office 2005-2008
  • In Moscow since 2008, Head of Moscow office since 2016
  • Admitted to the Dresden Chamber of Lawyers

Selected Projects

  • UniCredit Bank Austria AG: On project, pre-export and real estate financing in Russia
  • Fresenius Medical Care: On US$4.6 billion syndicated loan financing
  • Raven Russia: On financing facilities for various logistics centres
  • European bank: Conducting bankruptcy-related litigation for a European bank, resulting in the first ever legal precedent in Russia acknowledging a “parallel debt” structure under foreign law
  • US financial institution: Advising a major US financial institution on a comprehensive assessment with respect to the issuance of credit cards in Russia
  • Advanced Micro Devices: On >US$2.3 billion joint ventures and project financing for R&D and manufacturing facilities in Germany and their divestiture to Globalfoundries
  • NYK: Advising the Japanese logistics group in connection with the acquisition of 50% of the logistics business of Russia’s largest car dealer Rolf
  • International Japanese-German technology group: On the sale of its majority stake in a Russian technology company
  • Global machine tools manufacturer: On setting up its manufacturing and servicing facilities, Russian merger control filing in connection its worldwide restructuring and various other aspects
  • One of the world’s leading car and truck manufacturers: On merger control in Russia and CIS as well as numerous other antitrust issues in the context of a large joint venture in Russia
  • Google: On merger control filing with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service with respect to its Motorola Mobility division
  • Shanghai Electric: On merger control filing and filing under Russian foreign investment laws
  • Advanced Micro Devices: On tender procedures, antitrust aspects, interaction with the Russian antitrust authorities and court proceedings in connection with public procurement
  • Swiss watch maker: On antitrust aspects of the company’s distribution system in Russia
  • An Italian shoe manufacturer: On distribution in Russia, including M&A, real estate and antitrust aspects
  • Technology conglomerate: Conducting an internal compliance investigation for a major multinational technology conglomerate, including interviews with a Russian whistleblower
  • Multinational machinery producer: On internal compliance investigation and a dawn raid by the prosecutor’s office
  • Major US equipment manufacturer: On Russian legal aspects in connection with an SEC investigation

Distinctions

  • Recommended as a foreign expert for Germany in Russia, Chambers Global (2020)
  • Recommended for banking and finance in Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA (2017 – 2020)
  • Also noted for competition in Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA (2018 – 2020)
  • One of the leading banking and finance lawyers in Russia, Best Lawyers (2014 – 2020)
  • One of the leading corporate lawyers in Russia, Best Lawyers (2018, 2020)
  • One of the leading lawyers for Antitrust law in Russia, Kommersant (2020) 
  • Recommended for banking and finance in Russia and Germany, Chambers Europe & Global (2014 – 2018)  
  • Stefan Weber is noted for his “business-oriented approach and absolute commitment to agreed deadlines”, The Legal 500 EMEA (2018)
  • Clients report: “He has excellent expertise in German and Russian law and is very familiar with the banking and economic aspects behind the legal issues”, Chambers Global (2015)

Selected Publications

  • Russia: Merger control, Legal500: Merger Control Country Comparative Guide, The In-House Lawyer Magazine (with Tatiana Dovgan and Artem Kara), 11/2019
  • Russia: Merger control, Legal500: Merger Control Country Comparative Guide, The In-House Lawyer Magazine (with Tatiana Dovgan and Artem Kara), 11/2018
  • EU/US Sanctions vs. Russian antitrust laws, Lexology, Mondaq (with Tatiana Dovgan and Artem Kara), 09/2018
  • Vertrieb & Export: Auswirkungen des russischen Kartellrechts, OstContact, 07/2017
  • Russia: Antitrust legislation and enforcement practice 2016/2017 (in co-authorship), Lexology, 2017
  • Russian antitrust authority paying attention to IT, software and pharmaceuticals markets (with Tatiana Dovgan), CEE Legal Matters, 10/2016
  • Amendments to antitrust and competition law in Russia – The so-called "Fourth Antimonopoly Package", Ost/Mag, 06/2016
  • Banking regulation review in Russia, 6th edition (with Vladislav Skvortsov), Law Business Research, 06/2016
  • Special investment contracts: opportunity in crisis (with Dr Thomas Mundry), ILO, 05/2016
  • International insolvency, Russia chapter (with Evgeny Lisin), Practical Law Global Guide, 05/2015, 02/2017
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