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 Grain Terminal Complex Taman – JV company of OOO Demetra Holding and Viterra (former Glencore Agriculture) – in connection with increasing ownership in Port Terminal Taman up to almost 50%.

Representation of VTB Group in connection with a sale of its stake in Magnit, one of the largest Russian publicly listed retailers, for aggregate value of ca. US$1.35 billion.

Representation of Sber and co-investors in connection with acquisition of 75% stake in Prosveshcheniye, the largest brand in the educational books market in Russia. The deal is valued at approximately US$1 billion and represents a vital step toward digitalization of the educational process in Russia.

Representation of VTB Capital (and its two co-investors, Millhouse and Invest AG, with respect to DD) in connection with the investment in a Russian online cinema platform The transaction involved US$250 million private equity investment round led by VTB Capital.

Representation of Perm Financial and Industrial Group (PFI-Group), a Russian investment holding company, in connection with acquisition of a minority stake in holding company of ER-Telecom, one of Russia's leading internet services provider and pay-TV operator, employing the brand. As a result of the deal, PFIG’s interest in ER-Telecom has increased to 87.29%.

Representation of Stinn LLC, a member of the private Russian advertising group Vera-Olimp, in connection with an acquisition of 25% in Russ Outdoor, Russia’s largest outdoor advertising operator, from French JCDecaux. Earlier in 2019 we represented Stinn on its acquisition of 48.57% of shares in Russ Outdoor. As a result of these transactions, our client has consolidated 73,57% ownership of Russ Outdoor.

Representation of Moscow Exchange in the acquisition of a stake in e-fx trading platform BierbaumPro AG.

Representation of international financial institutions on the buy-out of the majority stake in Tinkoff Digital Limited, the holding company for, a Russian online comparison marketplace for financial products.

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.

Representation of Bpifrance, a French sovereign fund, on a joint venture with Orpea SA (a global leading dependency care operator) and Russian Direct Investment Fund for the proposed establishment of Orpea-operated rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes in Russia.

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.

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.

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.

Representation of the client in connection with the investment into the market leader in the digitalization of cargo transportation services.


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

Trends in deal structuring and pricing on Russian M&A market. Overview of corporate legislative developments and recent amendments to the Russian Civil Code, published in Zakon Magazine, 2016;

Thinking person's education (article), published in Zakon Magazine #1, 2014.

Awards and Recognition

Band 1 – Chambers 2021, Russia, Corporate/M&A

Hall of Fame – The Legal 500 2021, Russia, Corporate/M&A

Market Leader – IFLR 1000, Russia, Corporate/M&A

Ranked in Best Lawyers for Corporate Law since 2009.