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Practice Focus

Sergey Krokhalev specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate law matters and dispute resolution. Sergey advises multinational and domestic clients on high-profile M&A transactions and joint ventures, frequently in the healthcare sector, oil and gas, IT sector, energy and infrastructure.

Representative Legal Matters
  • Advised Kaspersky in a transaction to acquire Brain4Net, a company that develops solutions and services to help enterprises and service providers adapt modern technologies, such as Software-Defined Wide-Area Network (SD-WAN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), with existing network infrastructure.
  • Advised Acino, a Swiss pharmaceutical company, in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of brands from the IlmixGroup group of companies in Russia.
  • Advised a large investment bank on the acquisition of 100% of shares in an accredited certification center providing a range of services in the field of legally significant electronic document management, electronic reporting and accounting automation.
  • Represented a large private bank in the context of the acquisition of new shares in one of the Russian stock exchanges, as well as the acquisition of an option to acquire additional shares in this stock exchange from the third party.
  • Advised a German automobile manufacturer in connection with its investment into a Zurich-based developer of holographic augmented reality technology and hardware.
  • Advised one of the largest oil producers in Russia in connection with the establishment of an upstream joint venture with a foreign investor in respect of exploration and development of oil & gas fields in Eastern Siberia.
  • Advised the shareholders of a large Russian gas producer on the sale of a 12% stake to an international energy company as part of a strategic partnership.
  • Advised Carlsberg on consolidating 100% of the shares in the largest brewery in Russia and Eastern Europe Baltika Breweries, including a public offer to buy a 15.45% stake for approximately USD 1.2 billion from minority shareholders and subsequent squeeze-out of the remaining shareholders.
  • Advised a large Russian gas producer on a share swap with a Russian oil and gas company.
  • Advised the shareholders of OJSC Meditsina, a major Russian clinic, in connection with the sale of a minority stake to an international financial institution.
Professional membership
  • member of the Association of European Businesses Legal Committee
  • member of the Energy Committee of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • member of the working group for the setup of an International Financial Centre in the Russian Federation, supervised by the Russian Presidential Council for Financial Market Development
  • visiting professor of International Business Transactions course at Higher School of Economics
  • University of Paris XII, Ph.D. in Law, 2005.
  • Ural State University School of Law, Ph.D. in Law, 2005.
  • Ural State University School of Law, Law Degree with Honours, 2002.