Marina Safonova

Associate, New York



Marina is an associate in our New York Office Corporate/M&A practice. She specializes in M&A projects and corporate reorganizations.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Qualified to practice law in the Russian Federation
Bachelor's Degree in Law
Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Master's Degree
International Economic Law
Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Master of Law
Harvard Law School


Advising Saudi Aramco in its US$69.1 billion acquisition of a 70% stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) from the Public Investment Fund.

Advising Newlight Partners LP on an equity investment in the amount of up to US$100 million into Bioenergy Development Group Holdco, LLC and its subsidiaries, a group of companies based primarily in Delaware, Maryland and Italy developing and implementing anaerobic digestion technologies in the United States and overseas.

Advising Certares LP, a global travel, tourism and hospitality investment firm, in its investment in Mystic Invest, a leading European luxury river cruising company.

Advising Pernod Ricard, SA, the world's second-largest distiller, in its acquisition of a majority interest in Rabbit Hole Spirits, LLC, a U.S. premium bourbon brand based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Advising an affiliate of a leading East Asian financial institution in the Sale by EFS Southern Star Partners LP of all of its shares in Southern Star Acquisition Corporation and a stockholder note to CDPQ Investments (U.S.) and CDP Group Infrastructures Inc., respectively.

Advising Alcoa, the world's leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, on the disposal of CJSC Alcoa Metallurg Rus, one of its Russia based fabricated aluminum plants, to CJSC Lainen.

Advising Allianz SE on the sale of OJSC Allianz Investments, a Russian asset management company.

Advising Naspers Limited, the South African-based global internet and media company, on its US$1.2 billion investment to become the largest shareholder in Avito, the leading online classifieds platform in Russia.

Advising Baring Vostok Capital Partners in the acquisition of a participatory share in LLC Viasat Da Vinci and LLC TV Education, Russian companies engaged in TV broadcasting and sales and purchase of TV content relating to the Da Vinci channel, formerly part of the Modern Times Group

Advising the shareholders of a joint venture company developing an agricultural project in the Stavropol Region for soybeans and corn cultivation (Avangard), on the exit of North Caucasus Development Corporation (NCDC) from the project and the sale of its stake to the remaining shareholder.