Ekaterina Dedova

Partner, Corporate/ M&A, Head of TMT

Dr. Ekaterina Dedova is a partner in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner's Corporate/M&A group. She advises clients on cross-border transactions, including global M&A, restructuring and joint ventures, in established and emerging markets throughout the world.

For several years in a row, Ekaterina has been named a recommended lawyer in Corporate/M&A and Telecommunications, Media and Technologies (TMT) according to the Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe. IFLR1000 notes that Ekaterina has “High level of responsiveness and very deep knowledge and understanding of the client's need. High level of professionalism.” Ekaterina was named 2021 FinTech Lawyer of the Year and also selected by peers as one of the best lawyers in Russia in the field of Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Information Technology Law, according to Best Lawyers in Russia 2018-2021 Editions.

Ekaterina Dedova advises a number of world-leading corporations, privately and publicly held companies, in the following areas:

  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Advises companies in various industries in global M&A transactions which often involve multiple jurisdictions. Effective in directing large teams of lawyers and accountants to assist clients in structuring, negotiating, implementing and closing international transactions.
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances. Advises companies in negotiating, structuring, operating and exiting international equity joint venture arrangements, licensing, distribution and manufacturing agreements, collaborative marketing arrangements and other strategic alliances.
  • Pre- and post-acquisition integration and restructurings. Advises companies on post-acquisition restructurings including significant experience in complex reorganizations and group restructurings.

Ms. Dedova’s engagements include:

  • Advising Intel on the Russian aspects of acquiring Soft Machines Inc., a group of telecommunications companies headquartered in the USA.
  • Providing full legal assistance to SOVA Capital on negotiations and preparation of relevant documents in relation to its acquisition of investment bank VestaBank (a Russian bank offering banking services to small- and mid-level entrepreneurs).
  • Advising Ecolab on acquisition of Promkhimservice (PHS), a chemical reagents plant in Sterlitamak, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia.
  • Providing comprehensive advice to Digital Finance on structuring and operating business in South-East Asia and Russia.
  • Acting as a lead counsel on corporate restructuring of Digital Finance involved in the P2P marketplace platform business in Indonesia and subsequent regulatory filings in order to comply with recent Indonesian P2P regulatory conditions.
  • Advising Finstar in its on acquisition of a multi-jurisdictional business operating an investment P2P marketplace platform allowing investors across the EU to invest in unsecured consumer loans to individuals via an online application process.
  • Acting as the lead advisor to Da Vinci Capital on acquisition of a number of Israeli fintech startups (TipRanks, Way2VAT (http://way2vat.com/), etc.).
  • Advising Da Vinci Capital on acquisition of London-based brokerage and asset management firm Uralsib Securities.
  • Advising Da Vinci Capital on acquisition of London-based broker Walbrook.
  • Advising Da Vinci Capital on structuring and establishing of a new fund in Luxembourg to manage the entire Fintech project portfolio. Our mandate included advice on corporate governance matters, structuring documentation, drafting shareholders agreements, tax planning and tax advice.
  • Advising Intel on an international deal – acquisition of Itseez Inc., computer vision algorithms and software producer.
  • Advising McAffee / Intel in relation to the USD 389 million acquisition of StoneSoft, a Finland-based leading innovator in next-generation network firewall products.
  • Advising Autodesk Inc. on the acquisition of SeeControl Inc., including comprehensive IP support in relation to software made in Russia and its impact on the transaction structure and documents.
  • Advising Tinkoff Digital on the acquisition of an IT company engaged in mobile advertising.
  • Representing Severgroup in sale of 100 % of shares in JSC Metcombank (the major commercial bank in the Vologda Region and one of the leaders on the automobile lending market) to PJSC Sovcombank.
  • Advising and supporting OAO Sheremetyevo International Airport during its reorganisation by merging with OAO Terminal — the Terminal D operator.
  • Advising Univar on negotiating, structuring and executing a joint venture in Russia.
  • Providing legal support to Nalco/ An Ecolab Company for negotiating, structuring and executing a joint venture for setting up a distribution network in Russia.
  • Advising Nalco/ An Ecolab Company in relation to joint venture with one of LukOil subsidiaries to manage a chemical plant in Siberia.
  • Advising Nalco/ An Ecolab Company on acquisition of chemicals’ plant in Kazan.
  • Providing legal support for acquisition by Prysmian S.p.A. of cable production in Russia.
  • Advising Magna International on planned acquisition of the Russian and CIS part of Opel and related businesses from General Motors Corporation.
  • Representing Alcoa in preparing and implementing the Russian part of a cross-border transaction to sell part of the Rank Group’s business.
  • Acting for ROSNO on acquisition of a major interest in the insurance company OOO Strahovoy Capital (now - “VTB – Rosno”) from Vneshtorgbank fund.
  • Representing the English public company Matra Petroleum in connection with its acquisition of a company developing an oil field in Russia.
  • Advising one of the Big Three operators on acquisition of the SMARTS Group business.
  • Advising FK URALSIB on a number of corporate projects for optimising the holding company’s corporate structure.
  • Advising Vostok Energy Limited on its investment projects in the Russian oil and gas sector.
  • Representing ING Life’s interests in connection with a series of increases in its authorised capital.
  • Advising Hochtief AirPort GmbH on setting up and operating a PPP following a tender for reconstruction and upgrading of Pulkovo Airport.
  • Implementing support projects for a consortium bidding for a fee-based FBO (finance, build and operate) concession agreement for the section of the Moscow - St. Petersburg Highway between kilometres 15 and 58.