Stefan Wolfgang Weber

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer), 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 financings 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 of distribution structures, abuse of dominance constellations, compliance investigations, antitrust compliance trainings and guidelines.

Stefan Weber co-heads Noerr's banking & finance practice in Moscow, and he heads the antitrust and competition law practice of Noerr in Moscow. Chambers Global and Chambers Europe (2014-2017), Legal500 (2017) and Best Lawyers (2014-2018) rank Stefan among the leading practitioners in Russia. Legal500 highlights that clients praise Stefan's "business-oriented approach". According to Chambers Europe, sources say Stefan Weber brings "accuracy, speed and a commercial point of view" to transactions.

Expertise

  • Antitrust law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Compliance
  • Corporate law

Career

  • Studied law at Humboldt-University of Berlin (Germany) and 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
  • Since 2008 in Moscow, Head of Moscow Office since 2016
  • Admitted at the Dresden Chamber of Lawyers

Selected Projects

  • UniCredit Bank Austria AG on project-, pre-export- and real estate financings in Russia
  • Fresenius Medical Care on 4.6 billion USD syndicated loan financing
  • Raven Russia on financings for various logistics centers
  • Bankruptcy-related litigation for a European bank, resulting in the first ever legal precedent in Russia acknowledging a "parallel debt" structure under foreign law
  • A major U.S. financial institution on a comprehensive assessment with respect to the issuance of credit cards in Russia
  • Advanced Micro Devices on USD >2.3 billion joint ventures and project financings for R&D and manufacturing facilities in Germany and their divestiture to Globalfoundries
  • Japanese logistics group NYK in connection with the acquisition of 50% of the logistics busi-ness of Russia´s largest car dealer Rolf
  • An international Japanese-German technology group on the sale of its majority stake in a Russian technology company
  • A 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 
  • A Swiss watch maker on antitrust aspects of its distribution system in Russia
  • An Italian shoe manufacturer on its distribution in Russia, including M&A, real estate and antitrust aspects
  • Internal compliance investigation for a major multinational technology conglomerate, including interviews with Russian whistleblower
  • Multinational machinery producer on internal compliance investigation and dawn raid by the prosecutor's office
  • A major U.S. equipment manufacturer on Russian legal aspects in connection with an SEC investigation

Distinctions

  • Recommended for Banking & Finance in Russia and Germany, Chambers Europe & Global 2014 – 2018
  • Recommended for Banking & Finance in Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 – 2019
  • Also noted for Competition in Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA 2018, 2019 
  • One of the leading lawyers for Banking & Finance in Russia, Best Lawyers 2014 – 2020
  • One of the leading lawyers for Corporate Law in Russia, Best Lawyers 2018, 2020 
  • 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
  • Stefan Weber is noted for his "business-oriented approach and absolute commitment to agreed deadlines", The Legal 500 EMEA 2018

Selected Publications

  • Russia: Merger control, in: 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, in: Lexology, Mondaq (with Tatiana Dovgan and Artem Kara), 09/2018
  • Vertrieb & Export: Auswirkungen des russischen Kartellrechts [Distribution & Export: Impact of Russian antitrust law], 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
  • Attorneys' practice in Russia, Legal Tribune Online, 04/2016
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