Louiza Savchenko
Of Counsel

Louiza Savchenko

Joined PLMJ in 2020.
Of counsel in the Banking and Finance and Capital Markets practices.

About Louiza

Louiza is of counsel in the Banking and Finance and Capital Markets practices and drives PLMJ’s Russian & CIS focus.

With 15 years’ experience, Louiza advises on international debt and equity capital markets, corporate finance and cross-border M&A transactions in various sectors, including oil and gas, mining, energy and natural resources, finance and telecom. Her primary focus is on investments and businesses operating in Africa and other emerging markets.

Louiza has extensive know-how and experience in the oil and gas industry. She advises on public and private M&A deals, including farm-ins and farm-outs. Louiza also handles equity and debt funding transactions, negotiation of production sharing contracts, FEED contracts, seismic acquisition and processing agreements, concession agreements, JOAs and EPCs.

Louiza regularly speaks at and attends conferences with a Russia-Africa agenda, fostering a triangular relationship between Russia, Portugal and Africa, at corporate and institutional levels. 

Louiza has an LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulations from Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to the New York State Bar and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Since 2017, Louiza has been on secondment with Galp Energia. Prior to joining PLMJ, she was a senior international adviser at Vieira de Almeida and, prior to re-locating to Portugal, worked at Rosneft Oil Company and several major international law firms in London, Washington DC and Moscow, including Allen & Overy, Orrick and Cleary Gottlieb.


Russian, English, Portuguese

Academic Background
  • Law degree from the University of Wolverhampton, London, UK, 2004
  • Master's in International and Commercial Dispute Resolution from the University of Westminster, London, UK, 2005
  • Master's in Securities and Financial Regulations from the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., USA, 2008
  • Admitted to the New York State Bar, 2009
Professional Background
  • Senior International Adviser at VdA - Vieira de Almeida, 2017-2020
  • Project manager at Rosneft Oil Company, Moscow, 2014-2017
  • Associate at Allen & Overy LLP, Moscow, 2011
  • Associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Washington D.C. and Moscow, 2008-2011
  • Legal intern at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance, Washington D.C. , 2008
  • Corporate paralegal at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, London, 2005-2006
Member of
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association, 2009
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