Igor Ostapets | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Igor Ostapets
Igor Ostapets

Igor Ostapets

Partner, Moscow

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“Practice head Igor Ostapets is singled out as a knowledgeable energy practitioner, who possesses outstanding expertise in M&A and financing mandates.”

Chambers Europe 2014


Igor Ostapets is the Executive Partner for the Moscow office. Igor advises clients on both cross-border and domestic M&A transactions with a particular emphasis on the oil and gas, power, and metals and mining industries. He helps reduce complexity for clients in a challenging and fast-moving area, enabling them to successfully execute major transactions that evolve their businesses.

Igor has practiced in Russia for more than 15 years, and has developed a particularly deep knowledge of the local market and business climate. He has been involved in a significant number of complex transactions for both domestic and international clients, seeing deals through from planning to completion.

He advised Hess Corporation on the US$2.05 billion dollar sale of its Russian subsidiary, and has advised Russian clients on a number of significant international deals, including AAR Consortium, on the US$28 billion sale of its 50 percent stake in TNK-BP, one of the world's top ten privately-owned oil companies in the world.

Igor is frequently recognized by leading legal publications for both his M&A work and for his focus on energy and natural resources clients. He also advises clients on a number of other matters including privatization, corporate restructuring, insolvency, antitrust, corporate compliance and white collar and multi-jurisdictional disputes. In addition, he advises on project finance transactions, in particular in the oil and gas industry.

Bars and Courts

  • Qualified to practice law in the Russian Federation


  • LLM, University of Michigan Law School
  • Law Degree, Belarus State University Law Faculty


  • English
  • Russian


Rosneft, 2014

Representation of Rosneft, the leading oil company in Russia and one of the world's largest publicly traded petroleum companies, in connection with the restructuring of its arrangements with Sibur for the processing of associated gas at the Yugragaspererabotka gas processing facilities.

AAR Consortium, 2013

Representation of AAR Consortium formed by three of Russia's leading investment, financial, and industrial groups – Alfa Group, Access Industries, and Renova on the US$28 billion sale of its 50 percent stake in TNK-BP, a leading Russian oil company and one of the world's top ten privately-owned oil companies in the world, to Rosneft, an oil and gas exploration and production company listed in Russia.

Hess Corporation, 2013

Representation of Hess Corporation on the US$2.05 billion sale of its Russian subsidiary Samara-Nafta to LUKOIL.

Access Industries, 2013

Representation of Access Industries on its acquisition of interest in Russian power generating companies TGK-6 and TGK-7.

TNK BP, 2012

Representation of TNK-BP in the sale of Novosibirskneftegaz and a 71.09 percent stake in Severnoeneftegaz, a Russia-based company engaged in development of oil fields and oil extraction, to a group of Russian and foreign investors owning assets in the Russian oil and gas industry.

TNK BP, 2010

Representation of TNK-BP on its US$1.8 billion acquisition of BP's upstream and pipeline assets in Vietnam and Venezuela.


  • Article on enforcement of shareholders' (JV) agreements under Russian law, Mergers and Acquisitions, February 2006

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individual: Energy & Natural Resources - Russia, Chambers Europe 2016, Chambers Global 2016

Leading Individual: Corporate/M&A - Russia, Chambers Europe 2016, Chambers Global 2016

Leading Individual: Projects & Energy - Central & Eastern Europe, Chambers Global 2016

Chambers Europe 2016

Igor Ostapets is described by sources as an "impressive and pragmatic" lawyer, particularly experienced in energy M&A transactions in Russia and the CIS region.

Chambers Global 2016

Practice head Igor Ostapets has very significant experience in market-leading transactions in the energy sector in both Russia and across the CEE region. "He is a very talented lawyer, he knows his way around the energy sector," sources confirm.