Sofia Derbeneva

Sofia Derbeneva

Sofia Derbeneva
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Sofia Derbeneva is an Associate in the Corporate / M&A Practice at ALRUD Law Firm.

Sofia’s experience includes support for Russian and foreign clients on corporate affairs, including corporate governance, IPOs, and due diligence in various industries: Mining, Telecommunications, Media and Technology, Pharmaceuticals, and Agriculture.

Sofia also specializes in supporting regulatory projects in such areas as the food industry, communications services, the use of subsoil resources, and technical regulation. She also has experience in consultations on export control, sanctions issues, and supporting trade investigations.

Sofia graduated with honors from the International Law Faculty of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development.

Includes advising and representing:

Russian Energy

on the acquisition of Vorkutaugol from Severstal.

A multinational company that trades commodities, metals, and energy resources

on the acquisition of a 10% stake in Vostok Oil LLC, a subsidiary of a Russian oil and gas company.

AB Linas Agro Group

one of the largest agricultural groups in the Baltic region, on the acquisition of a majority stake in KG Group, a major producer of feed additives that has several subsidiaries in Baltic and CIS countries, including Russia.


one of Russia’s leading telecom operators, on the acquisition of a 100% stake in IBS DATAFORT, a Russian cloud service provider.

Several international automakers

on specific aspects of introducing connected car technologies on the Russian market.

A global supplier of innovative products and security systems

on a range of issues related to export control.

A prominent global manufacturer of strong alcoholic beverages

on issues concerning the labeling, scope, and other aspects of technical regulation in the Eurasian Economic Union as well as permits for alcoholic beverages.

ALRUD Team supported AGC in a transaction on the sale of Russian assets to a Russian investor
ALRUD Law Firm represented AGC in a transaction on the sale of its two glass manufacturing subsidiaries in Russia (Bor Glassworks and Klin Glassworks). Mr. Igor Mikhailovich Leytis, a profile investor, acted as the Purchaser under the transaction. ALRUD Team provided comprehensive legal support for the transaction, including preparation of legally binding documentation, control over compliance with the conditions precedent, transaction closing, and advising on the transaction clearance procedure within the Russian perimeter. ALRUD Team working on the project included Andrey Zharskiy, Partner of the Corporate and M&A Practice, German Zakharov, Partner of the Competition/Antitrust Practice, Oleg Ezhov, Of Counsel, Daniil Lozovsky, Senior Associate, Sofia Derbeneva, Associate, and Natella Kortiashvili, Associate.
06 March 2024
ALRUD experts prepared Russian chapter for Thomson Reuters Agricultural Law Global Guide
Regulatory practice team prepared the Russian chapter for Thomson Reuters Agricultural Law Global Guide. The overview covers major legal issues related to agricultural sector: subsidies, environmental issues, regulation of land ownership, tenure and usage rights, water controls, tax, financing, crop seed business, plant variety rights, GM crops, importing animals, etc. The overview was prepared by Maxim Alekseyev, Senior Partner, Timur Akhundov, Of Counsel, Sofia Derbeneva, Attorney, and Maria Yakusheva, Trainee. The full text of the publication is available at the link.
16 September 2022
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