Since ALRUD was established 30 years ago, we have been at the forefront of some of the most significant corporate transactions across a wide variety of sectors and industries spanning energy & power, metals & mining, TMT, real estate and construction, financial and insurance services, retail and healthcare.
Our clients look to us not only for technical excellence in the law, but also for our capacity for innovative thinking, our broad business focus and our multi-specialist skills. We are especially recognised for our ability to represent the complex requirements of overseas clients investing in Russia, and for our track record in advising Russian clients on international strategic partnerships.
Our full-service offering is a key factor in attracting blue-chip domestic and international clients. Our Corporate and M&A team routinely works with ALRUD’s top-ranking teams in other practice areas including Competition / Antitrust, Banking & Finance, Tax, Employment, Intellectual Property and Real Estate. This approach enables us to advise on the full spectrum of a client’s complex requirements, giving us the scale of resources needed to service the most demanding transactions, which often require rapid deployment of sizeable and multi-disciplined teams.
Much of our corporate work has an international element and we are proud to be the Russian law firm of choice for many of the world’s top tier law firms in Europe, Asia and the US. Our success in establishing collaborative relationships with our overseas law firm partners enables us to deliver the highest quality service on international transactions. Our clients greatly value our ability to assemble teams that are in tune with their specific needs, both commercially and culturally.
Our practice is supported by some 30 specialist lawyers, securing our position as one of Russia’s leading corporate and M&A advisory firms. The Practice head is Alexander Zharskiy, ALRUD Partner since 2007 with more than 20 years of experience. His practice is focused on in-bound and cross-border public and private M&A transactions across a variety of sectors including agribusiness, retail, financial sector, telecommunications media and technology, pharmaceuticals. Alexander is an officer of IBA (International Bar Association) Corporate and M&A Committee. Alexander is recommended in Corporate practice and Life Sciences by Who`s Who Legal and in Corporate / M&A and Real estate by Best Lawyers. Legal 500 includes Alexander in the Hall of Fame for Commercial, corporate and M&A and Banking & Finance practice. Chambers Global and Europe rank Alexander in Top Bands for Corporate / M&A practice. IFLR 1000 highly regards Alexander in Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring and Insolvency, Banking. Two more Partners strengthen the Practice team – Anton Dzhuplin and Andrey Zharskiy.
Our core philosophy, which sets us apart from our competitors, is that providing excellent advice on corporate matters is not only about the technical interpretation of the law; it is equally about the economic, political, business and social considerations. This philosophy guides our approach to recruiting and developing the best lawyers in the field. We are unique in the focus we place on educational and development programmes for our lawyers, supporting them through post-graduate programmes at top business schools and secondments to some of the world’s leading international law firms. This enables our team to bring a broader perspective to our advice.
The mainstream of our Corporate practice is buying and selling companies and supporting M&A and JV transactions. We provide a full-service offering, supporting our clients through all stages of their domestic or international M&A projects, including:
on the sale of VimpelCom to Russian top management for RUB 130bn.
on the sale of its Russian companies, which are the largest producers of aluminium cans for drinks, as well as on the approval of the transaction with FAS Russia and the Government Commission.
the largest independent chain restaurant operator in CEE, on the sale of its business in Russia under KFC franchise with over 200 restaurants for EUR 100m.
one of the leading producers of food additives and components on the sale of its Russian businesses to a local management, including advising on structuring matters of post-disposal supplies to Russian and Belorussian markets.
one of the world's largest publicly traded insurance brokers, on the acquisition of Russian businesses.
in establishing a joint venture with a Russian gas company to develop the Severo-Vrangelevsky license area on the Russian continental shelf.
on the acquisition of a share in Vostok Oil LLC – the biggest deal in Russia in 2020.
one of the four largest telecommunications companies in Russia, on the establishment of a joint venture with 4 federal operators-competitors, aiming at joint development and use of 5G radiofrequencies in Russia.
on several investment rounds in KazanExpress, a Kazan-based marketplace specialising in express delivery.
in a deal establishing a joint business Yandex Taxi, Russia’s largest online taxi-booking services, with Yandex as well as the subsequent sale of part of the joint business (incl. Yandex.Food, Yandex.Shop, Yandex.Delivery, Self-Driving Group businesses) to Yandex for approximately US$1bn.
the leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and worldwide, on the US$225m acquisition of a 25% stake in Familia, Russian low-cost clothing retailer.
on the RUB 89bn sale of its 51% participatory interest in the companies which operate the Elga coalfield project, estimated reserves are approx. 2,2bn tons: Elgaugol, Elga Doroga and Mechel Trans Vostok.
on the acquisition of the 54% majority stake in J.B. Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Limited.
on the acquisition of 14.16% shares in the Russian oil company.
on the acquisition of a majority stake in BOT Leasing Eurasia, a company providing leasing services with respect to machinery and equipment.
in more than 10 M&A transactions, including on a number of major infrastructure projects, related to construction and maintenance of toll roads, mitigation of electricity transportation leakages and internet access availability for distant regions of Russia.
a leader in the pharmacy retail market in Russia, to raise over RUB 1bn in equity investments from a major Russian bank.
on the acquisition of its majority stake in gold mines in Russia.
one of the largest liquid dosage form plants in Russia, on the sale of a minority stake to Baring Vostok, a leading investment fund in Russia.
on sale of ERGO Life Insurance Company to Rosgosstrakh and the sale of non-life business in Russia to RESO-Garantia.
in transactions on the acquisition of various assets (more than 7 transactions in the last two years), including the acquisition of the Novorossiysk Grain Terminal from Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port.
on a joint venture project with Renova group regarding construction of a fuel terminal at the airport.
on the acquisition of Monsanto Company, a publicly-traded, American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation.
on the acquisition of 77% of a large cement plant in the Perm region - 'Gornozavodskcement'.
on the acquisition of shares and several joint ventures in Russia, related to automotive industry.