Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A

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Our Corporate and M&A team is widely regarded as one of the leading and most reputable practices. We help our clients to achieve their strategic and commercial objectives.

Since ALRUD was established 30 years ago, we have been at the forefront of some of the most significant corporate transactions across a wide variety of sectors and industries spanning energy & power, metals & mining, TMT, real estate and construction, financial and insurance services, retail and healthcare.

Our clients look to us not only for technical excellence in the law, but also for our capacity for innovative thinking, our broad business focus and our multi-specialist skills. We are especially recognised for our ability to represent the complex requirements of overseas clients investing in Russia, and for our track record in advising Russian clients on international strategic partnerships.

Our full-service offering is a key factor in attracting blue-chip domestic and international clients. Our Corporate and M&A team routinely works with ALRUD’s top-ranking teams in other practice areas including Competition / Antitrust, Banking & Finance, Tax, Employment, Intellectual Property and Real Estate. This approach enables us to advise on the full spectrum of a client’s complex requirements, giving us the scale of resources needed to service the most demanding transactions, which often require rapid deployment of sizeable and multi-disciplined teams.

Much of our corporate work has an international element and we are proud to be the Russian law firm of choice for many of the world’s top tier law firms in Europe, Asia and the US. Our success in establishing collaborative relationships with our overseas law firm partners enables us to deliver the highest quality service on international transactions. Our clients greatly value our ability to assemble teams that are in tune with their specific needs, both commercially and culturally.

Our practice is supported by some 30 specialist lawyers, securing our position as one of Russia’s leading corporate and M&A advisory firms. The Practice head is Alexander Zharskiy, ALRUD Partner since 2007 with more than 20 years of experience. His practice is focused on in-bound and cross-border public and private M&A transactions across a variety of sectors including agribusiness, retail, financial sector, telecommunications media and technology, pharmaceuticals. Alexander is an officer of IBA (International Bar Association) Corporate and M&A Committee. Alexander is recommended in Corporate practice and Life Sciences by Who`s Who Legal and in Corporate / M&A and Real estate by Best Lawyers. Legal 500 includes Alexander in the Hall of Fame for Commercial, corporate and M&A and Banking & Finance practice. Chambers Global and Europe rank Alexander in Top Bands for Corporate / M&A practice. IFLR 1000 highly regards Alexander in Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring and Insolvency, Banking. Two more Partners strengthen the Practice team – Anton Dzhuplin and Andrey Zharskiy.

Our core philosophy, which sets us apart from our competitors, is that providing excellent advice on corporate matters is not only about the technical interpretation of the law; it is equally about the economic, political, business and social considerations. This philosophy guides our approach to recruiting and developing the best lawyers in the field. We are unique in the focus we place on educational and development programmes for our lawyers, supporting them through post-graduate programmes at top business schools and secondments to some of the world’s leading international law firms. This enables our team to bring a broader perspective to our advice.

Our Services

The mainstream of our Corporate practice is buying and selling companies and supporting M&A and JV transactions. We provide a full-service offering, supporting our clients through all stages of their domestic or international M&A projects, including:

  • Structuring international and local M&A transactions under Russian or foreign law
  • Formalizing shareholders’ arrangements in Russia and off-shore by drafting and negotiating shareholder agreements, call/put option agreements and other execution documents
  • Drafting and negotiating share purchase agreements and ancillary documents
  • Advising on joint ventures and strategic partnerships that best meet our clients’ business objectives
  • Conducting full legal due diligence
  • Completing risk evaluation plans and supporting deal closure
  • Providing antitrust, tax, financing and other regulatory advice in respect of our clients’ transactions

Highlights of recent domestic and international work

Gazpromneft

in establishing a joint venture with NOVATEK to develop the Severo-Vrangelevsky license area on the Russian continental shelf.

A client

on the acquisition of a share in Vostok Oil LLC – the biggest deal in Russia in 2020.

VimpelCom

one of the four largest telecommunications companies in Russia, on the establishment of a joint venture with 4 federal operators-competitors, aiming at joint development and use of 5G radiofrequencies in Russia.

AliExpress

on several investment rounds in KazanExpress, a Kazan-based marketplace specialising in express delivery.

Uber

in a deal establishing a joint business Yandex Taxi, Russia’s largest online taxi-booking services, with Yandex as well as the subsequent sale of part of the joint business (incl. Yandex.Food, Yandex.Shop, Yandex.Delivery, Self-Driving Group businesses) to Yandex for approximately US$1bn.

TJX Companies

the leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and worldwide, on the US$225m acquisition of a 25% stake in Familia, Russian low-cost clothing retailer.

Mechel Group

on the RUB 89bn sale of its 51% participatory interest in the companies which operate the Elga coalfield project, estimated reserves are approx. 2,2bn tons: Elgaugol, Elga Doroga and Mechel Trans Vostok.

KKR

on the acquisition of the 54% majority stake in J.B. Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Limited.

CEFC China Energy Company Limited

on the acquisition of 14.16% shares in the Russian oil company Rosneft.

Komatsu Ltd.

on the acquisition of a majority stake in BOT Leasing Eurasia, a company providing leasing services with respect to machinery and equipment.

Russian Direct Investment Fund

in more than 10 M&A transactions, including on a number of major infrastructure projects, related to construction and maintenance of toll roads, mitigation of electricity transportation leakages and internet access availability for distant regions of Russia.

Аsna

a leader in the pharmacy retail market in Russia, to raise over RUB 1bn in equity investments from Gazprombank.

China Gold

on the acquisition of its majority stake in gold mines in Russia.

Solopharm

one of the largest liquid dosage form plants in Russia, on the sale of a minority stake to Baring Vostok, a leading investment fund in Russia.

ERGO International AG

on sale of ERGO Life Insurance Company to Rosgosstrakh and the sale of non-life business in Russia to RESO-Garantia.

VTB Group

in transactions on the acquisition of various assets (more than 7 transactions in the last two years), including the acquisition of the Novorossiysk Grain Terminal from Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port.

Puma Energy

on a joint venture project with Renova group regarding construction of a fuel terminal at the airport.

Bayer AG

on the acquisition of Monsanto Company, a publicly-traded, American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation.

Akkermann Cement

on the acquisition of 77% of a large cement plant in the Perm region - 'Gornozavodskcement'.

Sojitz Corporation

on the acquisition of shares and several joint ventures in Russia, related to automotive industry.

Rankings and Awards

ALRUD experts have confirmed their leading positions in the Best Lawyers ranking

Best Lawyers, one of the most authoritative international legal ratings, has just published the results of the Russian legal market 2022 study. Its ra...

ALRUD took leading position in The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 rating

The Legal 500 EMEA, one of the most influential international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. In total, in 2021 ALRUD La...

ALRUD remains being the leading Russian law firm in Chambers Europe 2021 rating

The worldwide-known international rating agency Chambers and Partners has published the result of the annual European rating of leading law firms – Ch...

ALRUD strengthens its positions in the international ranking IFLR1000

ALRUD has once again taken high positions in M&A, Banking, Capital Markets, Restructuring and Insolvency, Project Finance and Project Development ...

ALRUD experts hold leading positions in the Best Lawyers rating

Best Lawyers – one of the most authoritative international legal ratings – has published the results of the Russian legal market research 2021. The ra...

ALRUD took leading position in the Legal 500 EMEA 2020 rating

On April 15, Legal 500, one of the most influential international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. In total, ALRUD Law Fi...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2020

The international, legal-ranking Chambers and Partners has published the results of the annual European rating of leading law firms – Chambers Europe ...

ALRUD secures high positions in Chambers Global 2020 ranking once again

ALRUD Law Firm reaffirms its position as the leading consultant in the area of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions (Band 3), Dispute Resolution...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2019

On March 12, 2019 worldwide-known international rating agency Chambers and Partners has published the results of the Chambers Europe 2018 research. AL...

ALRUD in IFLR1000 rating

The results of annual researching project IFLR1000 «Financial and Corporate» were published. This rating confirms that Law Firm ALRUD continues to tak...

ALRUD - Law Firm of the year 2019 in Russia

For a fourth consecutive year the international ranking Who’s Who Legal recognizes ALRUD Law Firm as Russian Law Firm of the Year. Since 1996 every y...

ALRUD took leading position in the Legal 500 EMEA 2019 rating

On April 10, Legal 500, one of the most influential international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. Annually, the agency a...

ALRUD in Chambers Global 2019 rating

International agency, Chambers and Partners, published rating results of leading law firms of the world – Chambers Global 2019. ALRUD is represented i...

ALRUD positions in the Best Lawyers 2020 rating

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, announced the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Russia on 24th May 2019. ...

ALRUD in IFLR1000 rating

The results of annual researching project IFLR1000 «Financial and Corporate» were published. This rating confirms that Law Firm ALRUD continues to tak...

Best Lawyers 2019 recognized ALRUD experts

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, announced the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Russia on 27 June 2018. A...

Alrud strengthens its positions in the Legal 500 EMEA 2018 ratings

On April 12, Legal 500, one of the most authoritative international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. Annually, the agency...

ALRUD in Chambers 2018 rating

International agency, Chambers and Partners, published rating results of leading law firms of the world – Chambers Global 2018. Alrud is represented i...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2018

On March 8, 2018 worldwide-known international rating agency Chambers and Partners has published the results of the Chambers Europe 2017 research. ALR...

ALRUD in Merger Market rating

January 4th, reputable global information and analytical agency Merger Market published 2017-year report with the rating of the most successful law fi...

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