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Olga Revzina

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Olga is the Head of Infrastructure and PPP practice in Russia.

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Experience

Olga is the head of Infrastructure and PPP practice in Russia, focusing on Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS infrastructure mandates. Spending her time between our Moscow and Paris offices, Olga works with a broad range of clients on single and multi-jurisdictional infrastructure investments in transport (airports, toll roads, rail roads, ports, parking), utilities (water services, heating systems, waste disposal) and energy sectors. She is a champion for promoting best international practices for infrastructure investment in Russia and across the Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS.

Olga is leading transactions on infrastructure development, specialising on PPP and concession projects. She advises public clients (state authorities, state-owned companies), Russian and international sponsors and lenders, as well as subcontractors and operators on all aspects of infrastructure projects.

Olga's experience includes advising:

  • Government of the Russian Federation on Platon Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system concession project, introduced to facilitate and process the collection of toll charges offsetting the damage caused to Russian Federal Highways by vehicles exceeding 12 tons of gross vehicle weight, and concession on implementation of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems to identify the vehicles and weigh-in-motion (WIM) systems
  • the winner of a concession tender (DSK Avtoban) on a PPP projects for the construction of the Central Ring Road in Moscow Region (sections 3 and 4). European Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year 2017, The Lawyer
  • the Russian Highways State Company (Avtodor) on M11 Moscow - St. Petersburg toll motorway (sections 7 and 8: 543km – 684km)
  • the Government of St Petersburg on the construction and operation of the Western High Speed Diameter (WHSD) toll road (PPP deal of the Year 2013, World Finance; Road deal of the Year 2012, Project Finance International; European Real Toll Road Deal of the Year,  Project Finance 2012; European PPP Transaction of the Year, Infrastructure Investor 2012)
  • a bidding consortium comprising of Incheon International Airport Corporation (South Korea), IC Ictas Altypi Yitirimlari VE Isletme A.S. (Turkey), VTB Capital Infrastructure Holdings Limited (Cyprus) on the project for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Belgrade Nikola Tesla International airport in Serbia
  • Government of St Petersburg on the reconstruction and expansion of the Pulkovo airport, the third busiest airport in Russia (Winner of the 2011 Transport Deal of the Year award, Infrastructure Journal), private investors and regional governments for regional airports in Russia
  • under a number of infrastructure projects in the CIS market, including the "Big Almaty Ring Road" (BAKAD) and Ekibastuz GRES in Kazakhstan, Chisinau International Airport in Moldova, the first toll road PPP project in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan 

Accolades

  • Ranked in a category "Women Leaders" in Russia - IFLR1000 2020, 2021
  • "She's commercially oriented, has very good management skills, which for a partner is very important and regularly assists with PPP and infrastructure projects for clients from the transportation and utilities industries and also acts for banks that provide financing to projects"
    Chambers Europe 2020
  • "Olga Revzina is responsive and experienced, with strong client relationships”
    Legal500 2020
  • "She always brings innovative solutions and knows how best to apply them in the local business environment."
    Chambers Europe 2020
  • "Olga Revzina is a market leader in this area and has great experience. She is always ready to provide personal attention and advice."
    Legal500 2020
  • "a top-ranked practitioner with many years of proven expertise in infrastructure development projects"
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • "sources praise her constructive approach and extensive experience"
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • "The ‘energetic, proactive’ team at Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP has ‘exceptional knowledge of the infrastructure and construction industry’ and ‘benefits from its strong network of global connections’"
    Legal500 EMEA 2018
  • ‘a strong project manager with solid commercial skills’
    Legal500 EMEA 2018
  • "‘They [Herbert Smith Freehills] are the leaders in the Russian infrastructure market’,… the strength of the team is ‘the ability to combine PPP expertise with other practices, specifically private equity and project finance’"
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • ‘They [Herbert Smith Freehills] know how to meet our current business needs and manage to focus on the bigger picture at the same time’
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • "She is proactive and commercially sensitive. She has a good understanding of practical and political realities in dealing with Russian regional authorities"
    Chambers Europe 2017

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Background

Olga was one of the few lawyers involved in the very first attempts to implement PPP projects in Russia in the early 2000s. Olga actively participates in the elaboration of PPP legislation in the Council of Experts of the Russian State Duma and Council of Experts of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Olga graduated from the Moscow State University law school. She joined the firm as partner in 2010 after more than a decade of working at the Moscow and Paris offices of an international law firm. Olga is a member of the Paris Bar and the Moscow Bar.

Her market leading position is confirmed by Chambers and Legal500 – Olga Revzina is ranked as the top tier for PPP in Russia for the last 14 consecutive years.

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