Nikolay Kholshev


Nikolay Kholshev is a Counsel, Corporate/M&A Practice, at the firm’s Moscow office. Nikolay specialises in providing full legal support on a wide range of corporate/M&A deals (both domestic and cross border), restructuring (reorganisation) of businesses, establishment (operation) of joint ventures and investment in Russia and abroad. He has extensive experience in providing legal advice on deals of various sizes and in different industries, with particular focus on Agricultural, Real Estate, TMT and Energy and Natural Resources sectors for big domestic clients, including large diversified holding companies, as well as for international majors. Nikolay has been practising for more than ten years.

Nikolay was selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in Russia 2021-2022 in the field of Corporate Law. He has also been named a recommended lawyer in Corporate/M&A according to The Legal 500 2021: “Nikolay Kholshev is noted both for his skills and expertise”. IFLR 1000 recommend Nikolay in the field of M&A in the 2021-2022 research.

Track Record

Some of Nikolay’s recent projects include:

  • Advising Gazprom Neft on launching JV with ZYFRA to develop oil and gas digital industrial platform and promoting new process solutions.   
  • Acting as a legal consultant in Russia for Kopy Goldfields AB (publ) in connection with its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Amur Gold Company Limited, a medium-sized gold producing company based in Russia, through a reverse takeover.
  • Advising KOPY Goldfields AB (publ), a Swedish gold exploration company, on sale of its subsidiary Taiga LLC, which holds several exploration and production licences in the Irkutsk Region.
  • Advising Pangeo Capital on all aspects of setting up and operating Pangeo Radar, a Russian-Austrian joint venture between Pangeo Capital and Radarservices Smart IT Security to develop, localise and deploy IT security software for major corporations and public companies. The scope of work also included advice on matters related to governance and finance, licensing, international cross-licensing and localisation of software.
  • Advising AFG National, a leader on the Russian agriculture produce market, on raising up to RUB 9 bn from the Russian Direct Investments Fund and a number of Middle East funds.
  • Advised an Ecolab Company on acquisition of Promkhimservice (PHS), a chemical reagents plant in Sterlitamak, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia.
  • Advising Siberian Generating Company, SUEK Group (Siberian Coal Energy Company, Russia’s biggest coal producer), on acquisition of a 78% stake in Sibeco, one of the biggest heat and electricity generation companies in Siberia.
  • Advising Enel Russia on the whole series of corporate governance matters.
  • Advised on the sale of a group of companies, producers and distributors of natural bottled water in Russia (Noringa and Chistaya Voda trade names), to IDS Borjomi International.
  • Advising TechnoNicol on acquisition of 100% of the shares in a production facility belonging to the IZOVOL Group, offering insulation solutions for industrial and civil construction.
  • Successful completion of the Linx Telecommunications acquisition for our Hong Kong based client CITIC Telecom International (part of CITIC Securities).
  • Advising Intel on the Russian aspects of acquiring Soft Machines Inc., a group of telecommunications companies headquartered in the USA.
  • Advising Intel on an international transaction to acquire Itseez Inc., a provider of computer vision software solutions.
  • Advising Tinkoff Digital on the acquisition of an IT company engaged in mobile advertising.
  • Advised the client on a sale of a bakery plant in the Moscow Region to Lantmännen Unibake, a major Swedish agricultural holding.
  • Advising the Federal Property Management Agency (Rosimuschestvo) on a transaction to dispose of shares in OAO Sheremetyevo International Airport, including preparation of a shareholders’ agreement.
  • Advising the Federal Property Management Agency (Rosimuschestvo) on a transaction to dispose of shares in OAO Vnukovo International Airport, including preparation of a shareholders’ agreement.
  • Advising and represented the ROLF GROUP, a major Russian car dealer, on its merger with PELICAN AUTO (BMW, Nissan and Škoda dealerships in the Moscow Region).
  • Advising Univar on negotiating, structuring and executing a joint venture in Russia.
  • Advising a private equity investment fund - Horizon Properties - in connection with acquisition of a portfolio of real estate assets in Moscow. The shopping centre known as Solnechniy II and the Bakhrushina House office building were purchased by Horizon Properties from the Finish property investment company Sponda Plc.
  • Advising a group of companies specializing in investments in construction of industrial parks on sale of several hundred thousand square meters of warehousing property in Moscow Region to one of the main warehousing facility owner in Russia.
  • Advising Kopy Goldfields AB (OMX: KOPY) on its joint venture with GV Gold to explore and exploit a gold hard rock deposit in Irkutsk Region “Krasny Project”.
  • Advising Nalco/ An Ecolab Company in relation to a joint venture with a LukOil subsidiary to manage a chemical plant in Siberia.
  • Advising Nalco/ An Ecolab Company on acquisition of a chemical plant in Kazan.
  • Advising VTB Capital plc in connection with its acquisition of a controlling stake (51%) in Pulkovo Cargo Airport.
  • Advising TOBTIM ULUSLARARASI TICARET MERKEZLERI ANONIM SIRKETI in connection with its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of CJSC Business Center Zamoskvoretchie. The target company is an operator of the Trade and Business Centre Arkadia located in central Moscow, Russian Federation.
  • Advising OAO Sheremetyevo International Airport during its merger with OAO Terminal, the Terminal D operator.
  • Advising Equifax on an increase in its share in a Russian credit bureau. Provided full legal support for the deal.
  • Advising the Operating Division of OMC (the biggest catering, fleet management and technical operation outsourcing operator in Eastern Europe) on its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Forum Facility Management, commercial operator of the Moscow Aurora Business Park, with a total area of over 150 thousand sq. m.
  • Advising OJSC Information Navigation Systems (AFK Group) on establishment of an off-shore joint venture company with its foreign partner.
  • Advising OJSC Information Navigation Systems (AFK Group) on various aspects of founding (together with constituent entities of the Russian Federation and regional partners) open joint-stock companies in 18 constituent entities of the Russian Federation.
  • Pre-sale restructuring of a major Russian retail chain. Advised the seller on the transaction, including legal analysis of the corporate structure to improve the investment appeal of the business and establishment of overseas companies of the group.
  • Performing a full scale in-depth due diligence over a port in Far East of Russia for an LSE listed international company.
  • Pre-acquisition due diligence investigations into various Russian companies (including service companies operating in the oil and gas sector, a Russian oil-refinery and a Russian regional bank) prior to their acquisition by Russian and foreign investors.