Andrei Dontsov

Partner, Moscow


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


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 Academy (MGYuA).

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

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


Representation of Rostelecom, an unrivalled Russian leader in the telecom industry, on the acquisition of DataLine, a leading Russian data-center services provider, for approximately US$280 million; on the acquisition of 75% of the developer of Sailfish mobile operating system; 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; on the acquisition of the Freshtel group of companies operating WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, a telecommunications technology that provides universal wireless transmission of data at a large distance).

Stinn LLC
Representation of Stinn LLC, member of Vera-Olymp, in an acquisition of 48.57% of shares in Russ Outdoor, Russia's largest outdoor advertising operator, from minority shareholders.

Representation of Tenaris, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of steel pipes, in connection with the establishment of joint venture with Severstal, a vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining company, for the production of welded pipes for the oil & gas industry in Russia.

Founders of MERA
Representation of founders of MERA, an outsourced product development business headquartered in Switzerland, in connection with the sale of MERA International Ltd. to Orion Business Innovation, a portfolio company of One Equity Partners, a leading US-based private equity firm.

PPF Group
Representation of PPF Group, a global private equity investor, in the sale of a part of the agricultural real estate of the RAV Agro holding to Miratorg, a Russian agribusiness holding company.

ESN Group
Representation of ESN Group (a Russian investment banking and management consulting company) in the acquisition of RBC, one of the leading media holdings in Russia, from Onexim Group. The transaction involved drafting of complex documents governed by English or Russian law in relation to acquisition of equity and debt instruments.

X5 Retail Group
Representation of X5 Retail Group, one of the leading Russian food retailers, on the acquisition of 100% shares in SPAR Retail, a retail store chain operating 26 stores in Moscow and Vladimir regions, from A&NN Investments Ltd., one of the biggest privately-owned investment groups in Russia; and on the acquisition of 100 stores owned by the Soseddushka retail chain in Orenburg and the Orenburg region.

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.

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.

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

Speaking Engagements

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


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

Awards and Recognition

Chambers Global, Europe, 2019, Russia – Band 1 – Corporate/M&A

The Legal 500, 2019, 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