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Anton Sitnikov

Partner, Head of Corporate / M&A

  • Practice Areas:
  • Banking & Finance
  • Competition & antitrust
  • Corporate / M&A
  • Corporate recovery & restructuring
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Public-private partnership (PPP) / infrastructure
  • Telecommunications / IT

Anton has headed the Corporate / M&A Practice of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP from its inception. He has supervised M&A, PE and JV deals in various sectors, with particular emphasis on energy / natural resources, real estate and infrastructure, retail and consumer goods, banking and finance, TMT, and industrial manufacturing.

Anton has handled a number of corporate restructuring projects, including pre-IPO and / or pre-private equity scenarios involving due diligence on groups of companies, risk identification, development of solutions for optimising corporate structures and implementation of restructuring programmes.

For several years running, Anton Sitnikov has been recommended by The European Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Who's Who Legal: CIS in the Corporate / M&A, Energy & Natural Resources and Restructuring. The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 writes: "Anton Sitnikov has great control over issues and displays excellent team management". Chambers Europe 2016 note that Anton is “complimented by clients on his strong negotiation skills: "He provides wise recommendations and good positions in negotiations. We got exactly what we wanted in the deals." Anton was also selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Russia 2009-2018 in the fields of Corporate / M&A Law, Competition / Antitrust Law, Insolvency & Reorganisation Law. Anton was listed among Leading Lawyers in Financial & Corporate and Energy & Infrastructure by IFLR1000 2014-2017.

The Corporate / M&A Practice headed by Anton Sitnikov has won several awards recently: Business Law Firm of the Year - M&A / 2017 Corporate LiveWire M&A Awards; Russia Law Firm of the Year / 2016 M&A Atlas Awards; Top-3 International Law Firm in Russia for M&A deals / Russia M&A Awards 2016; The Best International Law Firm in the Russian PE Industry 2014 award for the firm within the VI Russian PE Congress. A Top-3 M&A legal advisor in Russia by deal count, according to Mergermarket League Tables, 2016.

Track Record

Some recent projects that Anton has led:

  • Advising AFG National, a leader on the Russian agriculture produce market, on raising up to RUB 9 bn from the Russian Direct Investments Fund and a number of Middle East funds.
  • Advising Sun Pharma Global FZE, a group company of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, on prospective brand acquisition from a Russian competitor. Our mandate included comprehensive due diligence of the assets and related business (with particular focus on regulatory, contractual and IP), advice on structuring of the transaction, documenting and hands-on negotiating the deal.
  • Advising Rolf Group, a major Russian car dealer, on its merger with PELICAN AUTO (BMW, Nissan and Škoda dealerships in the Moscow Region).
  • Advising and representing NOVATEK in a dispute with Nefte Petroleum Limited over their joint venture Yargeo, the Yarudeyskoye oil field operator in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. The project involved us providing legal assistance to the client at the pre-trial dispute resolution stage and representing NOVATEK before the first instance and appeal courts, which considered the claims for Nefte Petroleum Limited to be excluded from Yargeo LLC. Our client's claims were satisfied in full, following which, during the appeal proceedings, the parties reached an amicable agreement.
  • Advising SIBUR on a series of complex corporate governance aspects.
  • Advising OJSC Uralkali on a potential acquisition in the transport and logistics sector.
  • Advising New Idea Investment Group in relation to the Interfactor joint venture established to provide international factoring services (Europe, Russia, Asia). Our support included initial JV set-up, drafting and negotiating documentation, corporate governance advice and legal support for the client’s exit from the JV.
  • Advising Shearman & Sterling on all Russian law related aspects that was acting as lead counsel to the underwriters, led by Deutsche Bank, Raiffeisen Centrobank and UBS, in connection with a capital increase of Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI). With gross proceeds of approximately €2.78 billion, the transaction was one of the three largest capital increases in the history of the Vienna Stock Exchange.
  • Advising the Federal Property Management Agency ("Rosimuschestvo") within the scope of a transaction for signing a shareholders
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