Tigran Saakyan

Associate, Moscow

Biography

Overview

Tigran is an associate in our Moscow office Corporate/M&A practice. He focuses on M&A projects and joint venture transactions, and advises financial institutions, banks, and private-equity firms. Tigran also advises clients on general corporate matters and is regularly involved in conducting due diligence of companies in various industry sectors, including financial institutions, energy and TMT.

Bars and Courts
Qualified to practice law in the Russian Federation
Education
Bachelor's Degree
Moscow State University
Master's Degree
Moscow State University
Languages
Russian
English
Armenian

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 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 Dom.ru brand. As a result of the deal, PFIG's interest in ER-Telecom has increased to 87.29%.

Representation of Brunswick Gold Ltd on the acquisition of shares and warrants of Otso Gold Corp. which owns the Otso Gold Mine near the town of Raahe in Finland.

Representation of VTB Bank in connection with:

  • US$2 billion sale of the 55 percent stake in Tele2 Russia to Rostelecom, the Russian telecom giant, and further acquisition of up to 30 percent shares of Rostelecom
  • Acquisition of a major stake in Vozrozhdenie Bank

Representation of Goldman Sachs on several private M&A projects in Russia.

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 Stinn LLC, member of Vera-Olymp, in an acquisition of 48.57 percent of shares in Russ Outdoor, Russia’s largest outdoor advertising operator, from minority shareholders.

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 VTB Capital in connection with the sale of a 22.5 percent stake in Russian Fitness Group (RFG) to a consortium led by Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Investment Company.