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Dr Thomas Heidemann


CMS Russia
Naberezhnaya Tower, block C
Presnenskaya Naberezhnaya 10
123112 Moscow
CMS Hasche Sigle
Breite Straße 3
40213 Duesseldorf
Languages German, Russian, English, French, Spanish

Thomas Heidemann is a Russia and Eastern Europe expert. He is based in Düsseldorf and Moscow where he advises on complex transactions in Russia as well as central and Eastern European countries. With a good 20 years of experience, Russian and international clients trust him when it comes to cross-border investments from and to Russia. He works on industrial developments, joint ventures and private equity deals with special know-how in the automotive sector but he also advises on investments in renewable energies and other Russian industries.

Thomas is heading the firm’s German Desk in Moscow and the Russian Desk in Duesseldorf and, as such, coordinating German-Russian work of the offices. Before joining CMS, he worked for a large German law firm and managed the Russia and Ukraine practice with offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev.

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“… has fine negotiation skills”

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Relevant experience

  • Advice to German perfumery Douglas on the cross-border transfer of its Russian stores to Rustiset Holdings
  • Advice to CTS Eventim on taking over ticketing operations for the Stage Entertainment group in Russia through its Russian subsidiary CTS Eventim RU LLC
  • Advice to Jack Wolfskin on the acquisition of a retail chain
  • Advice to a German manufacturer of forklifts, warehouse equipment and other industrial trucks on the acquisition of the importer business of its exclusive distributor
  • Advice to Gruner + Jahr on selling its Russian operations to Axel Springer AG
  • Advice to a major European railway supplier on structuring a joint venture with RZD
  • Representation of Surfactor in a conflict about theft of intellectual property rights
  • Representation of Agiplan, a German engineering company, regarding payments claims against Russian clients
  • Advice to VoTech on structuring and implementing different joint venture structures for localisation purposes
  • Advice to Vestas on setting up a production of wind turbines in Russia
  • Advice to Vestas on the entire contractual framework for delivery of wind turbines to a major Russian wind energy plant
  • Advice to an investor into solar energy on the acquisition of two solar energy plants under construction
  • Advice to a major Russian bank on financing of delivery of rolling stock to an Iranian railway company
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  • 1994: PhD; University of Passau, topic: industrial liability in Russia
  • 1991 – 1995: Trainee lawyer at Higher Regional Court Munich; second state examination in law
  • 1987 – 1988: Diplome d’Université, Université d’Angers, Faculté de Droit, France
  • 1985 – 1991: Law Studies at the University of Passau, first state examination in law
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  • Board member of German-Russian Business Club
  • Wirtschaftsclub Düsseldorf GmbH
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  • Regular publications in German-Russian economic journals and magazines such as Ost-West Contact, Germany Trade & Invest, OMV Focus and Journal on Economics and Law in Eastern Europe (WiRO) on current legal, economic and political developments in Russia. Articles especially on issues of 2018 Football World Cup and on the impact of the current political and legal changes on the business of German companies and investors located in Russia.
  • The Energy Regulation and Markets Review, Eighth Edition, Chapter 22 Russia, Law Business Research Ltd, 2019
  • Digitalisierung & Datenschutz - Speichern von Daten russischer Bürger wird zum Problem, Ost-West Contact 07/2018, OWC Verlag für Außenwirtschaft, S. 42
  • Joint Venture - Partnerschaft mit vielen Gesichtern, German Mittelstand in Russland 2017, OWC Verlag für Außenwirtschaft, S. 26
  • Enteignungsgesetz vorlaeufig gekippt - Keine zweite Lesung des Gesetzesentwurfes vorgesehen, Ost-West Contact 12/2014, OWC Verlag für Außenwirtschaft, p. 66
  • Handbuch Compliance international, chapter Russia, Erich Schmidt Verlag, December 2014
  • Beitrag zum russischen Handbuch „Fußballstadien“
  • Russland: Keine Anhaltspunkte für Enteignungen, Ost-West Contact, March 2014, www.owc.de
  • Tender für Stadien zur Fußball-WM folgen eigenen Regeln, Germany Trade & Invest – Internationale Märkte, February 2014, www.gtai.de
  • Die Reform des Russischen Vertragsrechts, OMV-Fokus 9/2013, Ost- und Mitteleuropa Verein e.V., September 2013
  • Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft- ein geschlossenes Verfahren, Ost-West Contact 7/2013, OWC Verlag für Außenwirtschaft, p. 50
  • Fußball-WM 2018- Ein Blick auf den Stand der Vorbereitungen, sb - Internationale Fachzeitschrift für Sportstätten und Freizeitanlagen, April 2013
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Lectures list

  • Regular speeches and lectures at conferences, seminars and experts meetings on topics regarding current German-Russian legal and business relations, especially at the Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Russia Competence Centre Düsseldorf, East and Central Europe Association (OMV), The Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations and other organizations and associations with Russian interests.
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October 2018
First edi­tion of the Re­new­able En­ergy Law Re­view pub­lished
February 2017
CMS in Rus­sia
July 2015
EU ver­längert Wirtschafts­sank­tion­en ge­gen Russ­land...
February 2015
Ob­lig­at­ory reregis­tra­tion of rep­res­ent­at­ive of­fices...
October 2014
Loop­holes in the Rus­si­an-im­posed sanc­tions
12 Aug 14
CMS ad­vises TEC4AERO on ac­quis­i­tion of avi­ation busi­ness...
CMS ad­vises CTS Even­tim AG on Europe-wide part­ner­ship...
CMS ad­vises Douglas on cross-bor­der trans­fer of per­fumer­ies...