Alexey Koshelev


Alexey Koshelev is a Counsel in the Corporate/M&A group in Moscow. Alexey’s practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures , equity and debt offerings, private equity and post-merger integration. He has extensive experience advising both major Russian groups and foreign companies on a broad range of corporate transactions in various business sectors, including energy/natural resources, infrastructure and TMT.

Prior to joining Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, Alexey practiced with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Moscow and Clifford Chance in New York. He received a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School with honours in 2006 and a degree in international law from Belarusian State University in 2002.

Alexey is a member of the New York State Bar.

Alexey’s experience includes advising (prior to joining Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP):


  • HeadHunter Group on RUB 3.5 bn acquisition of the job classifieds platform from Hearst Shkulev (a joint venture of the US Hearst media conglomerate).
  • Mubadala Investment Company on an investment in MEL Science, a UK-based company which provides science kits for children with experiments and interactive science simulations using virtual reality technology. This London-based company has raised USD 14 m in Series B funding from investors to support expansion of its subscription-based science education business.
  • Alvansa Ltd on a RUB 15.5 bn (approx. USD 240 m) investment sale of a controlling stake in Obolenskoe Pharm, a leading Russian pharmaceutical company. The stake was acquired by Sistema (LSE: SSA, MOEX: AFKS), a large Russian diversified holding company, jointly with VTB Bank from Alvansa Ltd, a holding company controlled by Gazprombank and UFG Private Equity. Acted for OBL Pharm’s management team in its negotiations with investors with respect to the new shareholder deal.
  • minority shareholders in Alium Group on (i) a shareholder deal with AFK Sistema, VTB Group and the Russia-China Investment Fund to create Binnopharm Group, one of Russia’s biggest pharmaceutical producers (consisting of Alium, Binnopharm and Sintez), and (ii) execution of a put option and sale of shares to a subsidiary of AFK Sistema (LSE: SSA, MOEX: AFKS).
  • Vezet Group on sale of its software and call centres to Yandex.Taxi.
  • Barlands Holdings Limited on sale of Hotel Tsentralnaya, the famous 19th century Filippov house on Tverskaya Street, to IHI plc, owners of the Malta-based Corinthia Hotels Group, and its Russian partners.
  • Gazprom in a $2 billion transaction with Wintershall Holding GmbH involving a swap of gas field development and production assets in Western Siberia for production assets in the North Sea and gas distribution and storage companies in Western Europe, which resulted in the formation of two joint ventures between Gazprom and Wintershall;
  • Oriola-KD OYJ in the sale of its Russian pharmacy and distribution business to 36.6 Pharmacy Chain;
  • Rosneft in its $500 million acquisition of Russian and Venezuelan drilling and oil field services assets from Weatherford International plc, a NYSE-listed global oilfield services company;
  • a leading Russian petrochemical company in its proposed acquisition of the tire and specialty rubbers unit of a large European chemical company;
  • RTI, a company held by PJSFC Sistema, in its acquisition of 50%+1 share of NVision Group, a major Russian IT integrator;
  • MB Associates in connection with its acquisition of a 13% stake in LLC Transoil;
  • a national telecom operator in connection with a proposed acquisition of a local internet provider in the Moscow region;
  • Gazprom Germania GmbH on post-merger integration and transition services (including IT-related transition services) with respect to WINGAS GmbH and other gas distribution and storage businesses;
  • Gazprom on various corporate issues related to OJSC “Severneftegazprom”, its joint venture with Wintershall Holding GmbH and E.ON SE;
  • AEI and its shareholders in a $4.8 billion sale of a portfolio of power generation and power distribution assets in different jurisdictions (comprising 80% of AEI’s total assets) to a consortium of buyers, led by Iberdrola, S.A., a Fortune 500 multinational electric utility company;
  • Empresas Poblicas de Medellin (EPM) in connection with the $326 million acquisition of four Guatemalan utilities from the Iberdrola group;
  • LogiSpring Investment Fund N.V., a venture capital firm controlled by TNT N.V., in connection with a series of equity and debt financing rounds of early-stage U.S. companies;
  • JSW Steel Ltd., India’s leading integrated steel manufacturer, in connection with a $1.05 billion acquisition of steel mills located in Texas from Jindal Saw Limited;
  • Parques Reunidos S.A. in the $330 million acquisition of Palace Entertainment Holdings, Inc., a U.S. water parks operator;
  • Terra Firma in its acquisition of Pegasus Aviation Finance Co., an aircraft financing company, for approximately $5.2 billion, including assumption of debt.

Capital Markets/Finance

  • Lenta Ltd., Russia’s second largest hypermarket operator, in connection with two offerings of global depositary receipts on the London Stock Exchange: a $275 million offering by the company and selling shareholders and a $225 million offering by the company;
  • Gazprom neft in connection with the establishment of a $10 billion loan participation notes program;
  • Gazprom neft in connection with issuances of several series of loan participation notes under its MTN program: (i) $1.5 billion Series 1 Notes issued in September 2012; (ii) €750 million Series 2 Notes issued in April 2013; and (iii) $1.5 billion Series 3 Notes issued in November 2013;
  • Magnit in connection with a $570 million placement of ordinary shares via an accelerated bookbuild;
  • Eletrobrás, Latin America’s largest public utility company, in connection with a $600 million term loan provided by a syndicate led by Corporacíon Andina de Fomento and Citibank N.A. (the transaction was recognized as "Deal of the Year" by Trade Finance Magazine);
  • Galatioto Sports Partners LLC as a lender in a $105 million credit facility funding the acquisition of the Tampa Bay Lightning, a professional hockey team, by Oren Koules and other investors.