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What the team is known for Highly integrated London-Moscow team acting on major M&A and going-private transactions. Represents major domestic and international corporates involved in the natural resources, retail and automotive sectors. Benefits from its strong standing in private equity.

Strengths Sources name the team as one of the best when it comes to complex M&A, quoting its business-focused approach. "Skadden is my preference. It's the quality of their work and their focus on business needs, as well as a prompt and efficient manner of support," a client says.

Another confirms: "They understand our business and our commercial objectives and always stay a step ahead of potential issues."

Work highlights Advised Renault on the acquisition of AvtoVAZ through Alliance Rostec Auto, its joint venture with Rostec.

Notable practitioners


Alexey Kiyashko
focuses on high-value transactions, advising blue-chip international and Russian corporates on both divestments and acquisitions. He also has a strong track record in private equity-led transactions. He is dual-qualified in Russia and the USA.


Dmitri Kovalenko
is noted by clients for his "readiness to take on urgent and complex deals and complete all this work within tough timelines." He has recent experience in retail and automotive-related mandates. He is also recognised for his experience of handling private equity transactions. He is dual-qualified in Russia and the USA.

US-qualified and London-based
Pranav Trivedi
offers strategic support to significant Russian blue-chip corporates on high-value transactions.