A successful merger or acquisition can add considerable value to an existing business. To make an M&A deal successful, each party needs to be diligent at each step of the deal process — from due diligence and pre-integration analysis, to negotiations and closing. Achieving this requires extensive experience, profound expertise and a thorough business approach.

We are a full-service law firm providing our clients with complete access to the diverse expertise and resources in M&A deals that our local and international network can offer.

We offer a full range of legal advice for the deal structuring and negotiations processes and also provide tax, financial and business assurance support, along with other advisory capabilities covering acquisitions, disposals, private equity, strategic M&A advice, advice on listed company transactions, financing and public/private partnerships. We’re also able to deploy experienced, full-scope deal teams — combining deep industry knowledge with local market expertise — anywhere and everywhere your company operates.

Although the acquisition or sale of a gold mining company may not differ significantly from that of an FMCG business in terms of the transaction processes and documentation, in all our M&A engagements, we make sure that the right specialists are called in to handle industry-specific issues. Our professional approach to M&A deals is driven primarily by the need to understand business realities and the environment in which the deal takes place. This also means being very familiar with industry practices and trends, applicable regulatory processes and typical issues that may arise during a transaction in a specific industry.

What makes us different from others

  • We are a part of the PwC Legal global network which combines over 2,100 lawyers in 80 countries and 130 offices around the world
  • We closely cooperate with PwC Tax M&A, International Tax Services and Transaction Support groups in our projects and can provide joint services
  • We are the first and only separate law firm among the Big Four
  • We are recommended by some of the leading international and Russian ratings - Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, PLC Which lawyer and Pravo.Ru

Our services

  • Legal due diligence
  • Assistance in efficient transaction structuring
  • Drafting transaction documents (term sheet, share/asset purchase agreement, shareholders agreement, escrow agreement, security arrangements such as pledge agreement, suretyship agreement, etc.)
  • Participation in negotiations on the transaction documents
  • Project management
  • Transaction clearance (antitrust and strategic filings)
  • Assistance in closing of deals
  • Post-completion integration support

Our experience

  • A major Russian rail carrier on its USD 200 million acquisition of a rail transport business in Russia
  • Company management and other institutional and private investors in the USD 107.4 million sale of Russia’s largest pharmaceutical company to a German pharma group (the largest deal in Russia’s pharmaceuticals market at the time)
  • A Russian private investor in their USD 17 million acquisition of a cardboard production businesses in Russia
  • A leading Russian property developer in its USD 10 million acquisition of a Moscow-based commercial property
  • US and Japanese investors in a USD 50 million investment in a major Russian retail distributor
  • Individual shareholders in the USD 9 million sale of their IT business to a US-based group
  • Company management and individual shareholders in the USD 16 million sale of an advertising business to a German group
  • A leading Russian auto distributor in the USD 15 million sale of its leasing business to a group of Russian investors
  • An individual shareholder in the USD 15 million sale of a regional retail chain to a major Russian retail group
  • Company management and a private investor in the USD 40 million sale of a Moscow commercial property to an institutional investor
  • A major Russian gold mining group in its USD 25 million acquisition of a mining business in Russia
  • A Russian private company in its acquisition of a mining business in Russia
  • Due diligence for a major deal in the Russian electricity production market
  • A Spanish investor on formation of a joint venture with a Russian agricultural company