Corporate / M&A

“One of the strongest corporate and M&A teams on the market”

The Legal 500 2020


Our Corporate / M&A team is one of the most resourceful and diversified in Russia: more than 20 lawyers qualified under Russian, English and US law (State of New York) with substantial experience of mid-to-large-scale cross-border and other complex transactions.

Chambers Global 2021

Highly regarded practice active on high-value domestic transactions across a broad range of industries.

Russia M&A Legal Adviser of the Year (shortlisted) – Mergermarket Europe M&A Award 2019.

Top-ranked in Corporate/M&A – The Legal 500 2021 (Tier 2), Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2021 (High end category - Band 3), IFLR 1000 2020 (Tier 2).

Partners Andrey Goltsblat, Anton Sitnikov, Ekaterina Dedova, Matvey Kaploukhiy and Anton Panchenkov are recognised in The Best Lawyers in Russia© 2021 in the fields of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Insolvency and Reorganisation Law, Information Technology Law, Competition / Antitrust Law, Banking and Finance Law.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is routinely rank in Top 20 for number of U.S. M&A deals (Thomson Reuters).

Tier 2 in Commercial, corporate and M&A, according to The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

A sizeable practice, which acts for sellers and buyers on domestic and international corporate and M&A transactions.

One of the strongest corporate and M&A teams on the market; partners’ close participation throughout a client’s project is a plus” .

Our Corporate / M&A team is one of the most resourceful and diversified in Russia and has substantial experience of mid-to-large-scale cross-border and other complex transactions. The team is well-positioned in terms of expertise and resources to provide any type of corporate/ M&A and other transactional and general corporate services supported – when the scope so requires – by leading practitioners in all relevant areas of practice, each being long-established and top-ranked in their respective areas. This is a massive advantage over competitors and a completely different offering.

IFLR 2020

Excellent team of professionals, which is available around-the-clock, and is always ready to find solutions and respond to client's requests.

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Corporate / M&A

Mubadala Investment Company and its co-investor

Advised Mubadala Investment Company and its co-investor, a large investment fund, on the 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.


Advised Irrico Limited (joint venture set up by VTB Capital and CEECAT Capital) on sale of an agricultural holding company engaged in intensive crop and vegetable farming in the south of Russia.

Sberbank Investments and Russia-China Investment Fund

Advised Sberbank Investments and Russia-China Investment Fund on a RUB 1.6 bn investment structured as a syndicated venture loan in Eruditor Group holding, owner of the leading Russian professional services marketplace Profi and Zoon information service.


Advised GetCourse online educational platform and its founder and CEO on a USD 50 m private equity deal with Goldman Sachs, Winter Capital Partners and Baring Vostok Capital Partners funds.


Advised Sberbank on the sale of debt and equity in Eurocement Group, following electronic auction, to the winning bidder – Mikhaylovsky Construction Materials Plant – for an aggregate consideration of RUB 161 bn (circa $2.16 bn).


Advised Sberbank on selling 84.2% of the shares in JSC Akhangarancement, which were pledged to Sberbank, as part of a global arrangement for settling the debts of Eurocement Group. This has been the biggest deal on the National Stock Exchange in Tashkent in recent years. Akhangarancement is the second biggest cement producer in Uzbekistan.


Advised 12 STOREEZ and the founders of this Russian apparel brand on the private equity deal with Baring Vostok Capital Partners Fund.

MTT Group

 Advised MTT Group on selling 100% of the shares in MTT, one of the top-10 biggest telecom companies in Russia and a leading provider of intelligent connectivity solutions for businesses, to Mobile TeleSystems PJSC. This asset was purchased for RUB 5 bn.

Vezet Group

BCLP Russia advised Vezet Group on sale of its call centres and cargo business to MLU B.V., ride-sharing and food delivery joint venture of Yandex N.V. (NASDAQ and MOEX: YNDX) and Uber International C.V., for a purchase price of up to $178 million.

Alium Group

Advising 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).

Sberbank Investments

Advised Sberbank Investments on acquiring 50% in Mayak and Prima building a five-star hotel and deluxe apartments at the Fairmont & Vesper residential complex and the premium-class Lucky Residential Quarter. Both projects are being developed by Vesper, which specialises in high-end residential property construction and has a corporate portfolio of 15 bespoke residences in Moscow and Europe.

HeadHunter Group

Advised HeadHunter Group on acquiring the job classifieds platform from Hearst Shkulev (a joint venture of the US Hearst media conglomerate). is a major player on the Russian job classifieds market, holding leading positions in the Russian regions of the Urals and Siberia. This is the third and biggest acquisition by the Headhunter Group in the last few years.

Mubadala Investment Company

Advised Mubadala Investment Company, a consortium of investors with various interests, on an investment in MEL Science UK EdTech platform. 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.


Advised PJSC RusHydro on sale of its 90% shareholding in JSC International Energy Corporation (MEK), owner of the Sevan–Hrazdan HPP Cascade in Armenia. The deal was structured under an SPA between JSC Hydroinvest, a RusHydro subsidiary (the seller), and OJSC Hrazdan Power Company (Tashir Group) (the buyer).

Kopy Goldfields AB (publ)

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 Gazpromneft-Snabzhenie LLC on launching JV to develop the first integrated platform for supply chain management in Russia.

Gazprom Neft

Advising Gazprom Neft on launching JV with ZYFRA to develop oil and gas digital industrial platform and promoting new process solutions.


Advised Kuzbassenergo, a subsidiary of Siberian Generating Company, a leading operator on the Russian electricity and thermal energy market, on acquiring the Reftinskaya GRES coal-fired power plant from Enel Russia.

Joom SIA

Advised Joom SIA on buying a 10% stake in on-line shopping platform iGooods, the retail food delivery service with the biggest turnover.

Vezet Group

Advised Vezet Group on sale of its software and call centres to Yandex.Taxi. 

Orion LLC

Advised Orion LLC, an ESN Group company, on the sale of 100% of the shares in the fiscal data operator 1 OFD (ESK JSC) to VTB Group.

Mistral Wine

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.


Advised Ecolab on acquisition of Promkhimservice (PHS), a chemical reagents plant in Sterlitamak, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia.


Advised 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.

Sun Pharma Global FZE

Advised Sun Pharma Global FZE, a group company of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, on prospective brand acquisition from a Russian competitor. Our mandate included comprehensive due diligence of the assets and related business (with particular focus on regulatory, contractual and IP), advice on structuring of the transaction, documenting and hands-on negotiating the deal.

Raven Russia Limited

Acted for Raven Russia Limited, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of a portfolio of three high quality income producing properties in St Petersburg (a warehouse and two office buildings) from EPI Russia I Ky, a fund managed by Northern Horizon Capital.

Exactpro Systems

Advised the top-management of Exactpro Systems on a management buyout. The transaction saw our clients buy the company back from the London Stock Exchange Group, to which they had previously sold the business.

Da Vinci Capital Management

Advised Da Vinci Capital on $55m subscription for “Gram” tokens during second round of ICO of the Telegram Group - one of the world’s most popular messenger apps. TON (Telegram Open Network) is the largest ICO in the history of cryptocurrencies and the most hyped ICO of 2018. TON Whitepaper states that 84 percent of blockchain-based projects have an active Telegram community, more than all other chat applications combined.

Ferronordic Machines AB

Advised Ferronordic Machines AB, an authorised dealer of Volvo Construction Equipment, Terex Trucks, Dressta, Mecalac and Rottne in Russia, on the offering and listing of its ordinary shares on Nasdaq Stockholm.

CITIC Telecom International

Advised CITIC Telecom International on acquisition of the telecommunication business of Linx Telecommunications, including Linx's 470 km optic fiber network in the Baltic Sea, and its network operations centers (NOCs) in Moscow and Tallinn, Estonia.

Tyumensky Fanerny Zavod (Tyumen Plywood Plant)

Advised the shareholder of Tyumensky Fanerny Zavod (Tyumen Plywood Plant), the 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.

Siberian Generating Company

Advised 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.


Advised Globus, a German hypermarket chain, on its expansion on the Russian market, specifically on acquiring a land plot and properties in north-east Moscow for a new hypermarket.


Advised PJSC MTS, the leading telecommunications provider in Russia, on its acquisition of a controlling stake (50.82%) in the Russian retail software developer Oblachny Retail LLC operating under the LiteBox brand.

Pangeo Capital

Advised 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.

Open Mobile Platform-DC/ RUSINTECH

Advised Open Mobile Platform-DC and RUSINTECH on sale of 75% in Open Mobile Platform and Votron to Rostelecom, which through this transaction gains control over the developer of Sailfish OS and Sailfish Mobile OS RUS.

AFG National

Advised AFG National on selling a 35% share in Yuzhnie Zemli LLC to Volga Group Agro, a company consolidating agricultural projects of Volga Group. Yuzhnie Zemli focuses on farming of high-quality apples by a super intensive technology and is one of the fastest growing projects in the industry.

AFG National

Advised 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.

MasterCard Members Association

Advised MasterCard Members Association on launching an innovative service on the Russian market: simultaneous cash-out with POS payment by bank card at shop tills.

Miratorg Agricultural Holding

Advised Miratorg Agricultural Holding, one of the Russia’s largest agricultural producers, on its acquisition of 100% of shares in RAV Agro Orel and LB Orel, an agricultural arm of PPF Group allowing the client to materially boost its assets and production base.

VPE Capital and Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V.

Supporting VPE Capital, an international investment company, managing the PE fund 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 warehousesin Kazakhstan.

KOPY Goldfields AB (publ)

Advised 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.


Advised Fasten (owner of Saturn and RedTaxi brands), a major player on the taxi aggregator market in Russia, on its merger with RuTaxi (Vezyet / Везет and Leader / Лидер brands).

Da Vinci Capital Management

Advised Da Vinci Capital, a leading emerging markets private equity firm, on investing in DataArt, a leading global technology consultancy that designs and develops unique software solutions for supporting company growth momentum in key industries.

Alvansa Ltd, OBL Pharm’s management

Advised 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. We represented the sellers in the main sale of the business and acted for OBL Pharm’s management team in its negotiations with investors with respect to the shareholder deal.

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