Andrei Dontsov

Partner, Moscow

Biography

“Knows Russian business very well and is an expert at finding commercial solutions.”
Legal 500, 2018

Overview

Widely recognized as one of the leading corporate/M&A lawyers in Russia, Andrei’s practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial projects. Andrei advises in diverse range of business sectors, including energy, telecommunications, mining and metals, FMCG and financial institutions.

Andrei's significant track record and reputation have attracted a client portfolio of major domestic and international companies and institutions. He is named as a top tier lawyer by the current editions of Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 EMEA and IFLR 1000.

Noted for his cutting-edge knowledge of his practice area, he has written on related topics for professional journals, and is an author and lecturer of the M&A course at Moscow State University (MGU), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and Moscow State Law University (MGYuU).

Andrei is the Head of the Moscow office's corporate/M&A practice.

Bars and Courts
Qualified to practice law in the Russian Federation
Education
International Law Faculty
Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Languages
Russian
English

Experience

Alcoa
Representation of Alcoa, the world's leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminium, on the disposal of CJSC Alcoa Metallurg Rus, one of its Russia based fabricated aluminum plants, to CJSC Lainen.

Rostelecom
Representation of Rostelecom, an unrivalled Russian leader in the telecom industry, on the acquisition of a controlling stake in SafeData, a Russian provider of commercial data center services, to develop a national content storage and distribution network.

Airbus Defence and Space (former Astrium)
Representation of Airbus Defence and Space (former Astrium), an aerospace entity of Airbus Group (former European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) group), on the establishment of a joint venture with a Russian industrial corporation RSC Energia for the joint development of satellites and satellite equipment.

North Caucasus Development Corporation
Representation of OJSC North Caucasus Development Corporation in its joint venture with VTB Capital and Asia Debt Management Hong Kong Limited for the purpose of development of agricultural business in Stavropol Region.

Partial acquisition of shipping company
Representation of a Russian investment and trading group Summa on its multi-stage acquisition of a 49% stake in Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO). He negotiated related acquisition finance from a syndicate of international banks and subsequently advised on the sale of a minority stake in FESCO to TPG Capital.

Investment bank sale
Representation of shareholders in Russia-based investment bank Troika Dialog on its sale to listed Russian commercial bank Sberbank.

Majority acquisition in online payment service
Representation of Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Andrei advised on the acquisition of a 75 percent to one share in Russian online payment service Yandex.Money LLC.

Proposed insurance company sale
Representation of the owners of VSK, a Russian insurance company, on the proposed sale of Reso-Garantia.

Telecommunication asset exchange
Representation of Svyazinvest on its complex transaction with AFK Sistema and its group companies for the exchange of telecommunication assets.

US$1.5 billion public auction of power generation company
Representation of Alfa-Bank and Merrill Lynch on RAO UES's sale of a 25.03 percent stake in Russian power generation company OGK-5 via a public auction. The eventual winner, ENEL, with a price of US$1.5 billion, saw off stiff competition from three other bidders, including RUSAL.

Speaking Engagements

M&A course at Moscow State University (MGU), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and Moscow State Law University (MGYuU).

Publications

Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers, Russia Section published by Kluwer Law International, with a major update in 2017

Awards and Recognition

Chambers Global, Europe, 2018, Russia – Band 1 – Corporate/M&A

The Legal 500, 2018, Russia – Corporate/M&A, TMT

Ranked in Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year in Telecom, also mentioned in Corporate/M&A, Energy and Natural Resources and Private Equity, 2017