Eric Michailov | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Eric Michailov
Eric Michailov

Eric Michailov

Partner, London, Moscow

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“He is very personable and helped enormously in negotiations with the counterparty.”

Chambers Europe, 2018

Overview

Eric is a partner in the Firm's Corporate/ Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) practice in Moscow and London. He is also the regional M&A practice head for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The first English-qualified lawyer to be offered membership to the Guild of Russian Advocates, Eric has been closely involved in many of the most ground-breaking and high profile M&A deals in Russia and CIS. He has been working in the Russian market for more than 20 years.

Eric's deal experience in a wide range of sectors, from on-line businesses and telecommunications to real estate, retail and banking, enable him to offer authoritative and experienced advice to large corporates, private equity funds and Fortune 500 multi-nationals on their operations in Russia and across the globe.

Bars and Courts

  • High Court of Australia
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • New York State Bar
  • Guild of Russian Advocates (honorary member)

Education

  • BEc, University of Adelaide
  • LLB (Hons), University of Adelaide

Languages

  • English
  • Russian

Experience

Telia Company

Representation of Nordic telecoms operator Telia Company on the US$1 billion sale of its approximately 19 percent holding in MegaFon, a leading federal mobile telecoms operator in Russia, to Gazprombank, the third largest bank in Russia.

Capital Partners

Representation of Capital Partners, a leading international real estate developer, in its $1.2 billion sale of Metropolis, one of the largest shopping centers in Moscow, to Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund. This is the largest real estate transaction in Russia to date and was named "Deal of the Year" at the Commercial Real Estate Awards 2014.

Telia Sonera

Representation of TeliaSonera in the $8.5 billion shareholder restructuring of MegaFon, one of Russia's largest mobile phone operators, and the simultaneous $1.45 billion sale of a part of TeliaSonera's stake in MegaFon to Russian investor Alisher Usmanov.

VTB Capital

Representation of VTB Capital in the US$3.55 billion acquisition of Tele2 Russia from Tele2 AB, and the subsequent sale of its stake to a number of secondary investors.

Qatar Holding

Representation of Qatar Holding, the strategic investment arm of the Qatar Investment Authority, in its $500 million equity investment in VTB Bank, Russia's second-largest bank.

Meridian Capital

Representation of private equity fund Meridian Capital in the US$1.1 billion sale of Galleria Shopping Centre in St. Petersburg to Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund. The transaction was named "Investment Deal of the Year" at the Commercial Real Estate Awards 2012.

Google

Representation of Google in the acquisition of Begun, a leading Russian context advertising service, from Rambler Media.

MIH

Representation of MIH, a subsidiary of Naspers, an international media company, in the acquisition of a 28.7% stake in Digital Sky Technologies, one of the largest Internet companies in Russia.

Meridian Capital/ Unimilk

Representation of Meridian Capital and Unimilk in a $ 1.2 billion joint venture between Unimilk and the Russian arm of foods giant Danone. This deal was named "European M&A Deal of the Year" at IFLR's 2011 European Awards.

Sberbank

Representation of Sberbank in its $6 billion bid to purchase, with Magna International, a 55% interest in Opel from General Motors.

Awards & Recognition

Chambers Global, 2018, Russia – Eminent Practitioner – Corporate/M&A

Chambers Europe, 2018, Russia – Eminent Practitioner – Corporate/M&A, Real Estate, Private Equity

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

Chambers Global, 2018

Australian, UK and US-qualified Eric Michailov is a towering figure in the Moscow market. He lends his knowledge to international corporates involved in complex transactions, who say he is "always responsive." Another source says: "Eric knows everything about everything in Moscow." He splits his time between the Moscow and London offices.

Chambers Europe, Private Equity, 2018

Eric Michailov is a well-established, versatile lawyer with a wealth of experience in transactional deals in Russia, including in private equity transactions. "He is very personable and helped enormously in negotiations with the counterparty," observes one source.

Chambers Europe, Real Estate, 2018

Eminent practitioner Eric Michailov holds substantial expertise in the real estate sector, advising international and local clients on acquisitions and real estate development.