Evgeny Chernyavsky

Associate, Moscow

Biography

Overview

Evgeny is a senior associate of our Corporate/M&A practice. He focuses on both domestic and cross-border corporate transactions and intellectual property matters. Evgeny has been advising on some of the most complex landmark deals in the Russian and international markets for almost a decade. Evgeny is ranked in the Corporate/M&A section of the international legal directory Legal 500 and regularly receives high praise from the clients.
Bars and Courts
Qualified to practice law in the Russian Federation
Education
National Research University "Higher School of Economics", Faculty of Law, Moscow
Languages
Russian
English

Experience

SIBUR Holding, Russia's leading petrochemicals giant, in connection with:

  • US$ multi-billion acquisition and merger with TAIF Group which controls most of the petrochemical industry in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. This is the largest M&A transaction in Russia since 2017.
  • disposal of a 40 percent interest in Amur Gas Chemical Complex (Amur GCC) (US$10 billion project) to China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), China's leading energy and chemical company, within the JV deal.

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 Ivi.ru. The transaction involved US$250 million private equity investment round led by VTB Capital.

Representation of Rostelecom, an unrivalled Russian leader in the telecom industry, on the disposal of a 44.8 percent stake in SafeData LLC (SafeData), the leading data centers and cloud services provider in Russia, to Russia-based VTB Bank for US$464.3 million (RUB 35 billion); 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.

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

Representation of Canon Medical Systems Corp., a Japanese medical equipment company, on its agreement with leading Russian healthcare provider R-Pharm Holding to establish a diagnostic imaging equipment joint venture that covers nine members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), including Russia.

Representation of VTB Bank in connection with the US$2 billion sale of the 55% stake in Tele2 Russia to Rostelecom, the Russian telecom giant, and further acquisition of up to 30% shares of Rostelecom; acquisition of a major stake in Vozrozhdenie Bank; acquisition of Tele2 Russia from Tele2 AB as a private equity investment for US$3.55 billion.

Representation of VTB Capital, acting as financial advisor to Russian Railways (seller) in the US$153.56 million auction sale of 100% minus one share in the charter capital of JSC VRK-2, the Russia-based provider of rail car and wagon repair services; in the US$968 million sale of 50% + 2 shares in the charter capital of PJSC Transcontainer via auction process.

Representation of Resource Capital Fund VII L.P., a US-based private equity fund, in a 35 percent indirect equity acquisition of RG Gold, a gold mining company based in Kazakhstan.

Representation of Yandex, a technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning, on its acquisition of rights to an approximately four hectare plot of land situated at Kosygina Street in Moscow for the development of its new headquarters. The deal was recognized as "Best property deal in CEE" at Project Finance Awards 2018, organized by EMEA Finance magazine.

Representation of Russia-China Investment Fund and Mubadala in connection with the establishment of a joint venture with UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) which will focus on the development and expansion of UFC’s mixed martial arts (MMA) business in Russia and CIS countries.

Awards and Recognition

Rising star in Corporate/M&A

"Their senior associate Evgeny Chernyavsky is a rising star and has a can-do mentality." Legal 500, 2021, Russia