Anton Panchenkov

Partner, Corporate / M&A, Co-Leader of the Global Food & Agribusiness Sector

Anton has broad experience advising on corporate / M&A projects, including share and asset transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance and corporate finance projects. He also has remarkable experience in restructuring and insolvency, as well as in corporate / shareholders disputes. Anton is advising a wide range of clients – from individual investors to international and Russian "blue chips".

Anton is featured as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in The Legal 500 ranking in Commercial, Corporate and M&A and also in Energy and Natural Resources, listed as a ‘Notable practitioner’ in IFLR1000 ranking and is also included in The Best Lawyers in Russia 2020 - 2022 list.

IFLR1000 recommends Anton as a "great M&A lawyer. He has a good knowledge of industry and country coupled with a friendly and professional approach."

The Legal 500 cites one of the clients recommending Anton as "a professional of the highest calibre due to his superior communication skills and his client-oriented focus."

Anton is one of the Co-Leaders of the global BCLP Food & Agribusiness priority sector.

Track Record

  • Advised Mubadala Investment Company and its co-investor, a large investment fund, on their USD 21 m venture investment in Dostavista Group. The total volume of the C investment round, in which BCLP clients participated, was USD 35 m, making it one of the most highly regarded transactions in 2021 for the Russia-related VC market.
  • Advising 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.
  • Advising a group of individual investors in relation to set-up of Binnopharm Group. Binnopharm Group has become one of largest Russian pharmaceuticals production groups which consolidate production assets of four major Russian plants: ALIUM (ex OBL Pharm), Binnopharm, Sintez and Biokom. The largest shareholders of Binnopharm Group are AFK Sistema (LSE: SSA, MOEX: AFKS), VTB Group and the Russia-China Investment Fund along with its Middle Eastern partner funds. Advised the clients as minority shareholders of the Binnopharm Group’s holding company in relation to the complex restated shareholders agreement and various corporate procedures connected with the consolidation.
  • Advising Sberbank on selling 84.2% of shares in JSC Akhangarancement, which were pledged to Sberbank, as a part of the global arrangement on settling debts of Eurocement Group.This has been the largest deal at the National Stock Exchange Tashkent in recent years. Akhangarancement is the second largest cement producer in Uzbekistan.
  • Advising 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.
  • Advising Alfa-Bank in relation to acquisition of shares in PayMe, a fintech company that provides mobile acquiring services platform to perform card wireless payments through mPOS terminals and mobile apps. 
  • Advising Sberbank on its investment project related to acquisition of 25%+1 share in Detskiy mir - Center, the largest children's goods retail store network in Russia.
  • Advising Ms Almira Karimova, the shareholder of Tyumensky Fanerny Zavod (Tyumen Plywood Plant), a top plywood producer in Russia’s Western Siberia, on a sale of its 100% stake to SVEZA, a global leader on the birch plywood market.
  • Advising AFG National, one of the leaders of the Russian agriculture products market, on raising up to RUB 9bn from the Russian Direct Investments Fund and a number of Middle East funds.
  • Advising Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE), a knowledge-based company focused on food and protective packaging solutions, on Russian part of the global transaction to sell its Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business within its Food Care division to Bain Capital Private Equity, a leading global private investment firm, for approximately $3.2 billion.
  • Supporting VPE Capital, an international investment company, managing the PE funds Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V., in a project to develop and let around 25,000 sq m of warehouse premises in the first phase of a bigger plan to construct up to 100,000 sq m of Class A warehouses in Kazakhstan. 
  • Advising NOVATEK on a dispute with NEFTE PETROLEUM LIMITED in relation to their joint venture YARGEO, the Yarudeyskoye oil field operator in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. The project involved our legal assistance to the client at the pre-trial dispute resolution stage and representation of NOVATEK before the first instance and appeal courts, which considered the claims for NEFTE PETROLEUM LIMITED to be excluded from Yargeo LLC. Our client's claims were satisfied in full, following which, during the appeal proceedings, the parties reached an amicable agreement.
  • Advising Hals-Development and CiTer Invest B.V. (VTB group) on the acquisition of the controlling stake in the company holding rights for the development of Plot 11 of the Moscow City International Business Center and further advice on three secured borrowings from VTB Bank to finance the investment project for the development of IQ-Kvartal multifunctional complex (construction of a multi-level tower and a transportation hub with the total area of 230 000 sq.m.) of the Moscow City International Business Center.
  • Advising Shareholders of Sape Group on partial sale of business to Millhouse and Invest AG consortium of funds, which became a 30% shareholder in, the largest Russia and CIS internet search optimizer, and Serpzilla project, international project company scaling Sape business model for European, US and Asian markets).
  • Advising Mistral Wine, a major food and alcohol producer and distributor, a part of the Mistral group, on its acquisition of 200 ha of vineyards and a winery with a designed output of 840,000 litres per year in Russia’s Krasnodar Krai. The deal is the first big-ticket investment by the Group, one of the leading domestic alcohol importers, in its own wine estate in Russia.
  • Providing comprehensive legal and tax advisory support to Rusklimat Group, the biggest Russian manufacturer and importer of climate control equipment, in relation to its programme for restructuring the Group’s business units and divisions. This programme is designed to optimise the distribution network structure and raise the Group’s attractiveness to investors.
  • Advising Ruscam Glass Packaging Holding, part of Şişecam Group (Turkey), the biggest glass packaging producer in Turkey and the fourth biggest in Europe and the world, on developing and putting into action a comprehensive corporate restructuring plan for its Russian business units.
  • Advising Ilya Naishuller, director, scriptwriter and producer of the Sci-Fi action film Hardcore in relation to a transaction contemplating the sale of rights to the movie to STX Entertainment, a US based global media company. This transaction is one of the largest international deals ever for the Russian film industry.
  • Supporting Cofix Israel in a project contemplating structuring and negotiating of the corporate documents related to the JV operating Cofix brand in Russia.
  • Advising Tnuva Food Industries (the largest food manufacturer and distributor in Israel) on acquisition of the food production equipment from the Russian company being under the receivership insolvency procedure.