5th IBA ‘Mergers and Acquisitions in Russia and CIS’ Conference

31 October 2013

The Ritz Carlton, Moscow, Russian Federation

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Co-Chairs of the Conference:

Christian Herbst

Partner, Schoenherr Attorneys at Law; Senior Vice-Chair, IBA Corporate and M&A Committee

Christian has been a partner of Schoenherr Vienna since 1990. His main areas of practice are M&A, venture capital, takeover and corporate finance transactions.

Christian advises and represents mostly foreign clients in cross-border financial and corporate transactions. In over 20 years of transactional practice, Christian has been involved, in many cases as lead counsel, in highly publicised privatisations, M&A deals and takeovers in Austria and the CEE.

He has been consistently ranked as one of the top M&A practitioners in Austria by Chambers, IFLR and Legal 500.

Christian holds law degrees from the University of Salzburg (Dr. iur. 1982) and Harvard University (LL.M. 1984) and has practised with a NYC firm.

Christian Herbst is a lecturer on International M&A transactions at the Vienna University of Business Administration and has published extensively on issues relating to M&A, corporate and takeover law.

Currently he is a Senior Vice Chair of the Corporate and M&A Committee of the IBA.

Vassily Rudomino

Senior Partner, ALRUD Law Firm, IBA LPD Council Member

Senior Partner and a co-founder of ALRUD Law Firm, Head of the firm’s Competition/Antitrust and Capital Markets practice areas. Vassily Rudomino is an advocate, member of the International Bar Association’s (the IBA) Legal Practice Division Council, member of the Moscow Chamber of Advocates, and member of the Council of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation.

Vassily Rudomino is an expert with profound experience in supporting global international and major national M&A transactions. He is recognized as the foremost legal practitioner in the field of antitrust regulation, dispute resolution and business restructuring and insolvency.

Vassily Rudomino takes active participation in preparation of the latest amendments to the Competition Law within the framework of the Non-Commercial Partnership “Competition Support Association” activity in Russia. He also holds the position of the Chairman of the Board Committee of the Non-Commercial Partnership “Competition Support Association in the CIS Countries”. He was granted with Certificates of Honor of the Federal Antimonopoly Service for active participation in modernization of the antimonopoly legislation and development of competition policy, as well as for substantial personal contribution in implementation of the state policy regarding competition regulation and fruitful collaboration with antimonopoly authorities. He was also awarded with Certificate of Honor of the Interstate Council for substantial personal contribution in development of cooperation among CIS countries with regard to competition policy.

Vassily Rudomino participates in professional conferences and workshops in Russia and abroad. He is the author of articles on topical issues in corporate/M&A law, antitrust regulation and investing which are published by the leading Russian and foreign media.

The Chambers Europe 2013 edition recommends Vassily Rudomino for Corporate/M&A and Competition/Antitrust. Russia’s Best Lawyers edition names Vassily Rudomino the Best Moscow Investment Lawyer of the Year 2011 and 2013. In 2012 Vassily Rudomino was named the Best Lawyers’ Moscow Antitrust Lawyer of the Year. Who’s Who Legal, 2013 recommends Vassily Rudomino for Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Competition. The Legal 500, 2013 recognizes Vassily Rudomino as an expert in Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution and Real Estate.

Keynote speaker:

Dmitri Sedov

Managing director, Goldman Sachs (Russia), Investment banking division

Dmitri covers infrastructure, transportation, automotive, technology, media and telecom clients in Russia/CIS for the Investment Banking Division. His transaction experience includes buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions advice, privatizations, private equity placements and initial public offerings.

Dmitri joined Goldman Sachs as an executive director in the Moscow office in 2007. He was named managing director in 2010.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Dmitri worked in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers International in London, where he focused on telecom clients in the EMEA region. Earlier in his career, Dmitri worked in investment banking at Donaldson, Luffkin & Jenrette in London, in investment banking and equity research at CA IB Investmentbank AG in Moscow, and in the management consulting department of Price Waterhouse & Co. in Moscow.

Dmitri earned a degree in telecommunication engineering from Moscow Technical University of Telecommunications and Informatics in 1994 and an MBA from Duke University in 2001.


Kirill Androsov

Managing partner, Altera Capital

Kirill Androsov — is a managing partner of Altera Capital, investment company. From 2008 to 2010 — Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. From 2005 to 2008 — Director of the Tariffs Regulation and Infrastructure Reform Department, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade. 1999-2004 — Deputy General Director for Strategic Development, First Deputy General Director and Chief Financial Officer in Lenenergo. Before this — Head of the Investment Projects Management Team, Director of the Economics Department in the City Property Committee of St. Petersburg. Kirill Androsov is a Chairman of the Board of Aeroflot OJSC and RZD (Russian railways) OJSC and a member of the Board of LSR group OJSC, Channel 1 (TV channel) OJSC, Russian Machines OJSC and Altera Investment Fund. From 2013 he is also a member of the Board of Ruspetro plc.

Kirill holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MA with high honors in Industrial Management from the St Petersburg State Marine Technical University and PhD in Economics from the St Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance.

Anna Babych

Partner of the Corporate / M&A Practice Group of Vasil Kisil & Partners

Anna’s areas of expertise include advising on various corporate and restructuring issues, legal support in cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, including recommendations on all transaction related matters as well as assistance in privatization matters. She is a well-known practitioner in the sphere of corporate governance.

Ms. Babych is experienced in advising on strategic corporate initiatives and setting up optimal corporate structures for businesses in Ukraine as well as legal planning and structuring of the investments. Ms. Babych has considerable experience in coordination of legal due diligence procedures in different industries, in planning and structuring of M&A transactions as well as in advising on mitigation of transaction-related risks. Also, she has a profound experience in merger clearance procedures with the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.

Authored a range of articles on corporate law, corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions matters as well as telecommunications, media and IT as specific area of expertise for national and international periodicals.

Marc Bartholomy

Head of the Corporate and Real Estate practices, Clifford Chance

Marc Bartholomy is the Head of the Corporate and Real Estate practices of Clifford Chance, he has been a partner in the Moscow office since 1999. Marc has significant experience in M&A and joint venture transactions across a broad range of industries, including real estate, energy, transport and infrastructure.

Marc is recognized as one of the leading Corporate/M&A lawyers in Russia by the international legal directories Chambers Global, Legal 500 and IFLR1000. He is listed as one of the best lawyers practicing in Russia by the Vedomosti newspaper in the following categories: Corporate Law and M&A, and Real Estate. Additionally, in 2013 Marc has been recognized as the most influential lawyer in the Russian real estate market by Top 100 Market Makers issued by CRE magazine in Russia.

Per Berglöf

Partner, Delphi

Per Berglöf is a Partner in the Stockholm office of Delphi and member of Delphi’s Corporate Law Department. Per Berglöf has been head and team leader of a number of M&A projects, both public and private as well as lead Swedish counsel in a number of cross border deals representing both domestic and foreign corporate clients. Per Berglöf has also advised in the forming of a number of major Swedish Joint Venture Projects in the Energy and Construction businesses. Per Berglöf is continuously representing major companies listed on Nasdaq OMX. Per Berglöf has for several years been named as a leading M&A lawyer in Sweden by Chambers The World Leading Lawyers and PLC Which Lawyer. Per Berglöf is a Former Co-Chair of the Corporate and M&A Law Committee, the International Bar Association (IBA).

Dovile Burgiene

Partner, LAWIN Lideika, Petrauskas, Valiūnas ir partneriai

Dovile Burgiene is a Partner in the Corporate and M&A practice group of LAWIN, the largest Law Firm in the Baltics.

Dovile is a socially responsible professional and she actively works in different organisations. She is a co-chair of International Bar Association (IBA) European Regional Forum, vice-President of Lithuanian Business Confederation (ICC Lithuania) and is also engaged in the work of Lithuanian Business Self-Government and the Sunset Commission (body advising on reduction of “red tape”).

She specialises and works in the following areas: Mergers & Acquisitions; Privatization; Corporate Governance; General Corporate Advice; Reorganization, Insolvency, Liquidation; Project Finance. She was the first to work in the sphere of PPP in Lithuania.

Dovile’s professional advantages include ability to co-ordinate complex contracts’ documentation; represent clients’ interests during negotiations and deep understanding of clients’ needs of business and of their business operations. She is highly recommended in a number of legal directories: Dovile Burgiene comes in for special mention from competitors for being “extremely efficient” and the team as a whole is commended by clients for having “good transactional management skills” (IFLR 1000, 2008); Market observers note Dovile Burgiene’s increased visibility on transactions. She stands out for her project finance, M&A, and corporate governance work (Chambers Global, 2013).

David Goldberg

Solicitor Advocate and partner, White & Case LLP

David Goldberg, Solicitor Advocate and partner in White & Case LLP London and Moscow dispute resolution practices, specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration and has represented clients and acted as arbitrator in various jurisdictions. David is widely recognised as a leading Russian speaking international arbitration lawyer with particular expertise representing parties in complex international arbitrations arising out of corporate transactions connected to Russia and the CIS.

David is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, member of the LCIA, the Swiss Arbitration Association and is on the panel of recommended arbitrators of a number of arbitration institutions including the International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC) at the Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation. He is recognised as a leading practitioner for Russian disputes by independent legal directories. He is ranked by Chambers Global in Band 1 for overseas counsel: Russian dispute resolution which states that “... clients commend him for his rare ability to conduct a case in both Russian and English.”

David is the author of a chapter in “Arbitration Law and Practice in Central and Eastern Europe” (Juris Publishing ISBN: 1-929446-95-0) “Why Russian disputes are resolved outside Russia”, Russian Investment Review, September 2007.

Andrew J. Nussbaum

Partner, Corporate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Corporate Department

Andrew J. Nussbaum is a member of the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Corporate Department, joining the firm in 1993 and becoming partner in 1999. His practice involves a wide range of merger and acquisition-related matters, including cross-border transactions, spin-offs, divestitures, carve-out IPOs, private equity transactions and joint ventures. Mr. Nussbaum also handles related work in public offerings, financings, corporate governance and takeovers, and has completed a number of multibillion dollar cross-border transactions involving mergers between U.S. and European companies, acquisitions in Latin America, investments in China, a public company transaction in Russia and a major transaction involving one of Australia’s largest listed companies. While involved with a wide range of industries, he has extensive experience with international companies and in the media and entertainment areas.

Mr. Nussbaum graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College (1985) and has a master’s degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he received his J.D. with high honors (1991), was a member of Order of the Coif and served as editor-in-chief of The University of Chicago Law Review. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Nussbaum served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and thereafter to Justice Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Nussbaum speaks Russian and Spanish, and he is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations. Mr. Nussbaum is active in various nonprofit organizations, including as chairman of the Board of Asphalt Green, a New York City sports and fitness organization promoting wellness, water safety and health for New Yorkers of all ages. Mr. Nussbaum is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Amherst College and is on the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Alan Kartashkin

Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

Alan Kartashkin is a partner based in the Moscow office. He focuses his practice in the areas of M&A, securities and corporate finance.

Mr. Kartashkin is recommended as one of the leading lawyers for M&A, capital markets and aviation matters in Russia by Chambers and Vedomosti: Best Lawyers. He is also included in Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers. In Chambers Global (2013), Mr. Kartashkin is cited as “an excellent lawyer in the sphere of cross-border M&A” and in Chambers Europe (2013), he is described as a “multi-talented corporate and finance lawyer” where clients note “he has a sharp, analytical mind” and “is a fantastic representative of the firm”.

Mr. Kartashkin advises boards of directors and special committees of independent directors of leading Russian companies on corporate governance issues. He has led some of the largest public M&A transactions in Russia, including the mergers of Uralkali with Silvinit and RTS with MICEX. Mr. Kartashkin has represented major Russian enterprises in public equity and debt offerings in the international capital markets, including premium listings on the London Stock Exchange, as well as in a diverse range of financing transactions.

Mr. Kartashkin joined the firm’s New York office in 1996 and moved to the Moscow office in 2001. Mr. Kartashkin received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1996, and a law degree with honours from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations in 1993. He is a member of the New York State Bar and is admitted to practice law in Russia.

Roman Kvitko

Head of Legal, Gazprom Neft

Roman Kvitko is a Head of Legal in Gazprom Neft.

In 2000-2001 he was as a lawyer in the Sibirskiy alyuminiy (Siberian aluminum) Group. Then in 2001-2006 he started his legal practice and dealt with major corporate disputes. In 2006 he acted as a lawyer in Sibur, and in 2007 he was appointed to the position of Deputy Head of Legal Department in Gazprom Neft where he focused on М&А. Between 2009 and 2010 Mr Kvitko had a considerable experience in building a legal function in a foreign company when he acted as Deputy Director General in the Serbian national energy company NIS. His areas of expertise included legal, corporate and property matters. Then Roman was a Deputy Chief Legal and Corporate Director in Gazpromneft-Razvitie (Gazpromneft-Development). Since June 2012 Mr Kvitko is a Head of Legal in Gazprom Neft where he, inter alia, controls legal departments of affiliated societies.

In 2013 Mr Kvitko was awarded the Success Prize of the RCCA as the „Best Corporate Lawyer of the Year”.

Dr. Oleg de Lousanoff

Partner, Hengeler Mueller

Oleg de Lousanoff is a partner in Hengeler Mueller. His practice areas include Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Russia/CIS Desk. Mr de Lousanoff has studied in University of Freiburg (Dr. iur. utriusque), London School of Economics and Political Science, Keio University, Tokyo, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (LL.M.).

He started his career as an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Law and Law of Civil Procedure in University of Freiburg (1976 — 1980). In 1979 Mr de Lousanoff joined the Law Firm, Tokyo. In 1981 he became an associate in Hengeler Mueller, then partner since 1984. Since 2003 Oleg de Lousanoff has been lecturing in University of Muenster, JurGrad, Post Graduate Master Course on M&A.

Among his recent corporate / M&A matters related to Russia are numerous acquisition projects in CIS countries (in the main Russia) of multinational groups of companies, such as the acquisition of a 25% stake in Russ Outdoor, Russia’s market leader, by JCDecaux S.A (France), as well as various acquisition projects in Germany and other European Countries for major Russian corporations, such as for Basic Element and its subsidiaries, last Eurochem’s acquisition of the nitrogen business of K+S AG.

Oleg de Lousanoff is an author and co-author of a number of publications related to Russia (e.g. Structuring of M&A transactions under German or English law? A “pleading” against the sweeping application of English law with respect to transactions related to Russia, Mergers & Acquisitions journal No. 11 (117), 2012. p . 28 — 42 (in Russian); Euro Financial Stability Facility, Mergers & Acquisitions journal, No. 12 (106), 2011. p. 10 — 19 (in Russian); Co-Author: Bad Banks in Germany, Mergers & Acquisitions journal, No. 9 (91), 2010. p. 10 — 17 (in Russian); Co-Author: Features of M&A Deals in the Banking Sector: Foreign Experience // Banking Business, No. 6. 2010. p. 30 — 32 (in Russian)) and a member of varied conferences in Russia and the CIS, like St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the International Conference “Legal Maintenance of Companies: Perspectives of Development and Perfection” in Minsk, organized by the Ministry of Justice of Belarus. He is also a session chair of all IBA / M&A conferences in Moscow.

According to Mergers & Acquisitions journal (Moscow), Oleg de Lousanoff is the “Best European Legal Advisor advising in the Russian M&A market 2008” and the “M&A Lawyer of the Year 2013 in the Frankfurt region” (Handelsblatt and Best Lawyer).

Carsten Opitz

Partner, Arendt & Medernach

Carsten Opitz is a partner at Arendt & Medernach. He specialises in corporate law, advising primarily international companies, large private equity and real estate funds in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, complex international corporate restructurings, corporate finance and transactional business law.

He has been a member of the Luxembourg Bar and of the Düsseldorf Bar (Germany) since 2004. In addition, Carsten Opitz is a member of the legal committee of the Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LPEA).

Carsten Opitz is a German qualified lawyer who studied law in the University of Konstanz, in Berlin and in Paris. He holds the German first and second state exam in law as well as a Master’s degree in law (maîtrise en droit) from the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France).

Alexei Roudiak

Managing Partner, Head of Corporate for Russia, Herbert Smith Freehills

Alexei, a Russian corporate lawyer, is the Managing Partner of the Moscow office of Herbert Smith Freehills and Head of Corporate for Russia. He advises Russian and international clients on all aspects of M&A projects, private equity deals and corporate restructurings. He is highly skilled in dealing with complex joint venture issues (both formation and breakup), defending against hostile take-overs (both structuring and litigation strategies) and advising on investments that involve state participants and offshore structuring issues. Alexei has developed a particular expertise in the energy and natural resources and real estate sectors.

Alexei graduated from the international law department of the Moscow State Institute (University) for International Relations (MGIMO) where he now teaches law. He joined Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP as partner in 2007 after more than a decade of working at the Moscow and Paris offices of an international law firm and with a leading consultancy firm.

Leonid Antonenko

Counsel, Head of M&A practice group

Leonid Antonenko, Counsel with Sayenko Kharenko, has been practicing law since 2000. He specializes in legal due diligence issues, mergers and acquisitions, direct investment and corporate restructuring as well as in capital markets and real estate.

Leonid’s recent experience includes advising on the most sophisticated M&A public deals in the banking sector involving major international banking groups, in particular Commerzbank (Germany), Alpha Bank (Greece), and BNP Paribas (France).

Leonid is recommended in capital markets and corporate law by Best Lawyers International.

Prior to joining Sayenko Kharenko Leonid worked for the leading Ukrainian and international law firms, such as Linklaters (London, 2009) and Jackson Walker (Dallas, 2003). He publishes extensively in leading international directories, including Practical Law Company and International Financial Law Review.


  • LL.M. degree from the University of Reading, UK;
  • Specialist degree from Odessa National Academy of Law.

Valery Sidnev

Head of Legal, EuroChem

In 1995 Valery Sidnev graduated from the faculty of law of Baku State University. Between 1995 and 1999 he worked as a lawyer in various consulting firms participating in preparation and implementation of law development projects for the World Bank as well as projects for the EU program TACIS in Russia and CIS. In 1999-2006 Valery acted as a lawyer in the leading international law firm Baker Botts L.L.P., based in Moscow and Baku offices. While working in Baker Botts L.L.P. Valery Sidnev undertook corporate finance transactions, general M&A, PPP projects. He also advised leading Russian and international companies in relation to oil, gas and other energy and represented major international financial institutes in equity and leveraged finance transactions in Russia and CIS.

In 2006-2007 Valery Sidnev worked in a law firm entitled “Rusal”. Then in 2007-2009 he was a team leader dealing with finance and M&A transactions in Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK). In 2009 he assumed the position of Head of the Corporate Practice at Vegas Lex.

Since 2009 to the present day Valery is the Head of Legal in EuroChem. He is also a board member of Nevinnomysskiy Azot, the largest producer of nitrogen fertilizers in Russia, and of the AB Lifosa Company (Lithuania).

Victor Silonov

Reporter, Mergermarket, Financial Times Group, Russia and CIS

Victor is one of the key journalists at Mergermarket’s Moscow Bureau, specializing in industries like energy, pharmaceuticals and FMCG.

Before joining Mergermarket, Victor was covering Russian business news at Russia Today channel. Prior to coming to the international TV station, Victor was engaged in various consulting projects in firms like AT Kearney, PR Inc. and Image Consulting.

Victor graduated from the University of Warwick with MSc in Economics in 2008 and earned his bachelor degree at MGIMO University in Moscow in 2006.

Rabbe Sittnikow

Partner, Hannes Snellman

Rabbe Sittnikow is a partner within the Hannes Snellman’s M&A practice in Helsinki. He joined the firm in 1999 and became a partner in 2007.

He has over 12 years of experience of corporate law and various private and public M&A deals, most of which have involved a cross-border element. A significant amount of the deals have also involved either private equity funds directly or private equity backed companies.

He spent 1,5 years during 2008-2009 as a resident partner at Hannes Snellman’s office in Moscow advising foreign clients on Russia related M&A and corporate matters.

He has also considerable experience from infrastructure and energy related deals, having advised on all major Finnish road and railway PPP projects and on the so far largest Finnish electricity distribution network deals.

Rabbe Sittnikow is a member of the Finnish Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and associate member of the American Bar Association.

Andrey Tereshchenko

Partner, Pepeliaev Group

Andrey focuses on tax law and has a high level of expertise in providing advice to major Russian and foreign companies on a wide range of tax issues.

As a tax advisor, Andrey has advised on major projects connected with taxation, tax planning, tax audits and due diligence. He also has litigation experience involving defending companies in courts of arbitration and before other state authorities. He has also participated in a number of projects for FMCG companies in which has analyzed the tax consequences of marketing surveys and advertising campaigns involving the distribution of goods for free to potential consumers.

Andrey’s tax practice group is also engaged in projects with a number of overseas consultants. This occurs when working on a cross-border transaction requires legal opinions on foreign tax legislation.

Andrey is recognized by the authoritative international legal guidebooks Legal 500, EMEA, Tax Directors Handbook as a highly recommended expert in tax law and is also mentioned in Chambers Global 2011.

Cornelia Topf

Partner of Gleiss Lutz

Cornelia Topf is a partner of Gleiss Lutz. Her area of specialization concerns cross-border M&A and energy. Among her selected credentials are Alpiq on the carve-out and sale of its energy supply technology business to VINCI Energies Group in a structured auction process; KKR, Goldman Sachs Capital and KION group on a strategic cooperation with Weichai Power including a joint venture with respect to KION group and a carve-out of and joint venture with respect to Linde Material Handling’s hydraulics business; Robert Bosch GmbH (Aftermarket) on the acquisition of the worldwide service solutions business from the US stock-listed enterprise SPX (USD 1.15 bn purchase price); The Blackstone Group on its acquisition of a minority stake of around 44 percent in the stock-listed Leica Camera AG and on the subsequent mandatory offer to the minority shareholders; The Blackstone Group on the acquisition of the 320 MW “Nördlicher Grund” offshore wind farm project in the North Sea from German Capital Partners and on its acquisition of a participation in and the entering into a joint venture regarding the 288 MW offshore wind farm project “Meerwind” in the North Sea and on the EUR 1.2 bn financial close of the project; Valentapharm on its joint venture with EWK and IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft GmbH in the field of medical drug admission.

Andrey Tsarikovskiy

Stats-Secretary — Deputy Head of the FAS Russia

Andrey Tsarikovskiy is responsible for issues of actualization of antimonopoly legislation, as well as other legislative acts of the Russian Federation. Amendments of the antimonopoly legislation were drafted with his direct participation, the so-called Second and Third Antimonopoly Packages.

Andrey Tsarikovskiy actively participates in development of cooperation with foreign competitive authorities, with his direct participation a number of bilateral and multilateral documents on cooperation in the field of competition policy, as well as in the sphere of the state procurement were signed. Andrey Tsarikovskiy also takes part in consultation, working, final meetings and other events carried out within implementation of agreements, memorandums and programs of cooperation and other documents making contractual base of the FAS Russia with foreign competitition authorities.

Awarded an Order of Friendship for the reached labor successes and long-term diligent work by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 22.03.2008.

He is the professor of chair of management of the state and municipal procurements of public institution — the Higher School of Economy.

Is an author of more than 30 scientific studies, including monographs, 12 among them are devoted to economy and budget policy.

Mikhail Turetsky

Partner, Latham & Watkins

Mikhail Turetsky is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Moscow office. His practice focuses on finance and capital markets and he has extensive experience advising banks and corporate clients on all aspects of transactions in Russia and the CIS.

Mr. Turetsky is qualified to practice law in Russia and also holds a UK LLM degree. His primary areas of expertise include debt and equity capital markets as well as a broad range of finance transactions, including project finance, structured finance and financial restructuring.

Robin Wittering

Head of International M&A Projects Practice, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Robin Wittering is an English law qualified partner in the firm’s Moscow office, and has worked on deals and disputes in Russia and the CIS since 2003.

Prior to joining EPA&P, he was a partner at Herbert Smith.

Representative matters include acting for Sinopec on its groundbreaking USD 3.7bn acquisition of Udmurtneft, a Russian oil producer, from TNK-BP and the associated leveraged buyout and joint venture with Rosneft, and acting for the management of TNK-BP in the dispute between BP and Alfa Access Renova.

His time in Russia has been split between acting on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, corporate and shareholder disputes and special situations, and structuring and restructuring.

Mr Wittering is recommended by a number of reputable legal guides. In particular, IFLR1000 lists Robin among the best lawyers working in Russia. Clients say “he is efficient and understands the business concepts of what we are trying to achieve. His opinions are useful not only in a legal context but also for our business strategy, plus he doesn’t waste our time”. Wittering is also recommended by a number of competitors, one of which says “he is very, very talented and very bright. Sometimes he’s pushy and drives hard but he’s one of the best”, adding the English lawyer “has a very good knowledge of Russian related hurdles”.

Chambers & Partners recommends Robin for M&A and Corporate, Energy and Private Equity. Wittering is described by sources as “an extremely smart, impressive corporate lawyer, combining English legal training with top-end Russian experience”. He is “particularly active in both cross-border and domestic corporate matters”.

According to Chambers, Robin is also among the best Energy lawyers. He is “a dynamic force on this team”. “This UK-qualified lawyer earns widespread respect from commentators and...provides clients with a cohesive cross-border service”. In addition, peers recommend Robin Wittering as an expert “who combines private equity with corporate and capital markets expertise”.

Robin is dual qualified as a barrister and solicitor, and is a graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge University.


  • International Arbitration and Litigation
  • Litigation
  • M&A and Corporate
  • Private Client Services

Vladislav Zabrodin

Managing Partner, Capital Legal Services LLC

Vladislav Zabrodin is the Managing Partner of Capital Legal Services, L.L.C heading the Moscow and St. Petersburg offices of the fast growing practice since 1999.

As a lawyer, over the last 20 years Vladislav devoted his practice to advising business clients on corporate and commercial law, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, public-private partnership, alternative dispute resolution and other aspects of business in Russia.

He has extensive experience in managing investment projects for market leaders in such industries as global retail, food production, manufacturing, high-technology production and services, construction materials, personal care and forestry, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Vladislav has represented the interests of both investors and government authorities in „first of the kind” and „first in the country” public-private partnership projects in Russia.

Vladislav Zabrodin is a regular participant in Russian and international industrial and legal conferences devoted to the issues of investments in Russia.

Vladislav is a Chairman of International Council of Shopping Centers Russian Liaison Committee and a member of International Council of Shopping Centers European Advisory Board. Нe is a member of St. Petersburg International Business Association Executive Committee.

Vladislav graduated from St. Petersburg State University Law School with honors (1991), St. Petersburg State University Post-Graduate (International Law) and Northwestern University Law School in Chicago, USA (1995, L.L.M.).

Vladislav Zabrodin is among the lawyers recommended for the key practice areas by the international legal business guides. The LEGAL-500 identifies Vladislav Zabrodin as an expert for corporate / M&A, for public-private partnership and real estate projects in Russia. The Chambers & Partners Europe indicates Vladislav Zabrodin as one of the most notable practitioners.

Armen Khachaturyan

Senior Partner and Head of Banking, Finance and Securities Practice Group, Asters law firm

Armen Khachaturyan has extensive M&A, banking, finance and project finance experience. His practice areas also include corporate law, currency control, securities, energy, company restructuring and privatization, and employment law. He advises foreign and local clients on project structuring and regulatory matters related to foreign investments.

Mr. Khachaturyan holds an LL.M. from Yale Law School, USA (1993), Ph.D. in Private International Law (1990) and International Law Jurist Diploma (1983) from Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University. He is also a graduate of International Law Institute, Washington, D.C., U.S. (1991).

Armen Khachaturyan is recognized as a leading practitioner for M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, restructuring and bankruptcy by international and national reviews IFLR1000, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, The Legal 500: EMEA, PLC Which Lawyer?, Who’s Who Legal, Expert Guide and Ukrainian Law Firms. Best Lawyers International 2013 named him the “Lawyer of the Year” (Kiev) for capital markets. Legal Practice (Yuridicheskaya Praktika), Ukraine’s premium legal weekly, recognized Mr. Khachaturyan as the Best Law Firm Partner and the Best Lawyer for Banking and Finance in Ukraine at its annual Legal Awards ceremony (in 2008, 2009 and 2012). Armen Khachaturyan is also acknowledged as the leading finance law expert by the Client’s Choice 2013 independent survey organized by Legal Gazette (Yurydychna Gazeta) weekly.

Dirk Werner

Head of M&A Execution, Managing Director, Sberbank CIB

Dirk Werner joined Sberbank CIB (known as Troika Dialog until October 2012) in late February 2012. Prior to his current appointment Mr Werner was a senior banker with leading international banks including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers. At Bank of America Merrill Lynch he was a senior M&A banker, leading the execution of large international transactions in the Telecoms, Media & Technology sector in EMEA and at Lehman Brothers he was Head of M&A for Germany. Mr Werner has worked on global teams in Frankfurt, New York, London and Dubai. Mr Werner recently advised Sberbank in the acquisition of DenizBank in Turkey, and MegaFon in its IPO. He graduated from the University of Goettingen, Germany as Diplom-Volkswirt and studied at Amherst College in Massachusetts, USA.