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Anton Sitnikov heads the Corporate / M&A practice of Goltsblat BLP. 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, inter alia, pre-IPO and pre-private equity scenarios involving due diligence on groups of companies, identification of risks, development of solutions for optimising corporate structure and implementation of restructuring programmes. "Practice head Anton Sitnikov oversees a broad range of transactional and advisory projects."Chambers Global 2017.

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. According to The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 "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 - 2017 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 over 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. In 2016, Goltsblat BLP was among the Top-3 M&A legal advisors in Russia by deal count, according to Mergermarket League Tables.

Track Record

Some of the projects that Anton has led include:

  • Advising and representing AFG National on raising up to RUB 9 bn from the Russian Direct Investment Fund and a number of Middle East funds.
  • Advising and representing the 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 in relation to their joint venture Yargeo, the Yarudeyskoye oil field operator in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. The project involved our legal assistance to the client at the pre-trial dispute resolution stage and representation of 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. 
  • Advised the Federal Property Management Agency ("Rosimuschestvo") within the scope of a transaction for signing a shareholders’ agreement with the Republic of Bashkortostan on managing and disposing of shares in PJSC Joint Stock Oil Company Bashneft.
  • Advised Kopy Goldfields AB (OMX: KOPY) on its joint venture with GV Gold to explore and exploit a gold hard rock deposit in Irkutsk Region "Krasny Project".
  • Advised Itella Russia on acquisition of MaxiPost, a Russian courier company. MaxiPost was founded in 2000, and it offers courier services to small and large companies. Its main markets are Moscow, St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas. The company makes deliveries in more than 290 cities in Russia.
  • Advised shareholders of the Sape Group in a transaction with Millhouse and Invest AG Fund becoming shareholders in Sape.ru, a major player on the Russia and CIS internet search optimisation market.
  • Advised and supported Sheremetyevo International Airport during its reorganisation by merging with OAO Terminal — the Terminal D operator. The consolidation of assets through merger was initiated by the government and has a high potential of ensuring the efficient development of the airport and significant advantages over independent development of certain terminals by individual operators. As a result of merger Aeroflot – Russian Airlines, VneshEconomBank and VTB became shareholders in the consolidated Sheremetyevo, with the Russian Federation remaining the majority shareholder with a 83.4% stake in the authorised capital.
  • Assisting Kvaerner in the corporation's business development activities in Russia, including establishment of partnerships with Russian companies working in the Energy sector
  • Advised Alt Telecom in connection with its sale of mobile communications and electronics retail chain to its strategic investor Euroset.
  • Advised TOBTIM ULUSLARARASI TICARET MERKEZLERI ANONIM SIRKETI in connection with its acquisition of 100% share capital of CJSC “Business Center Zamoskvoretchie”. The target company is an operator of the Trade and Business Center "Arkadia" located in the central part of the city of Moscow, the Russian Federation.
  • Advised Equifax on all aspects relating to increase of its interest in Equifax Credit Services, a credit reference agency.
  • Advised AlfaStrakhovanie insurance groupon the private equity deal related to Medicine AlfaStrakhovanie joint venture.
  • Advised North Caucasus Development Corporation (VEB's subsidiary) on the Innovative Construction Technopark Kazbek development project (in partnership with OOO PKF Kazbek, the biggest construction company in the region), including construction of a modern construction materials production complex in the Chechen Republic.
  • Advised North Caucasus Development Corporation (VEB's subsidiary) on participating in the first stage of construction of the Arkhyz All-Season Mountain Resort.
  • Advised North Caucasus Development Corporation (VEB's subsidiary) on establishing, in conjunction with OAO Arnest Group, the National Aerosol Cluster on the territory of the national industrial park of Nevinnomyssk, Stavropol Territory, assisting in chemical industry clustering and comprehensive development.
  • Advised Sberbank of Russia on its investment project related to acquisition of 25%+1 share in Detskiy mir - Center, the largest children's goods retail store network in Russia.
  • Advised Sberbank of Russia in relation to Sportloto Joint Venture with Russkoye Loto Group. Sportloto LLC is an official operator of state lotteries, organized by the Ministry for Finance of the Russian Federation.
  • Advised Tomsk Refining AB on disposal of 100% of shares in Tomskneftepererabotka LLC and TD Tomskneftepererabotka LLC.
  • Advised Magna International on planned acquisition of the Russian and CIS part of Opel and related businesses from General Motors Corporation.
  • Advised Onexim Group in relation to acquisition of APR Bank (presently MFK Bank).
  • Advised and represented Banque Fédérale des Banques Populairesand Caisse Nationale des Caisse d’Epargne et de Prévoyance in the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation in respect of Russian anti-trust control aspects of their assets consolidation and set up of the central managing body of the second largest French credit holding.
  • Advised Eaton Corporation on its Euro 1.55 bn worth acquisition of the Moeller Group from an investor group led by Doughty Hanson, assisting the client’s lead counsel Hengeler Mueller on all Russia-related aspects of the deal.
  • Advised LG International on its coal-mining investment projects in Russia, including corporate governance, finances and security instruments.
  • Advised Siemens on reorganisation of its Russian subsidiary via spin-off.
  • Advised IKEA on its joint venture with Belaya Dacha to set up Mega Belaya Dacha, one of Russia’s largest malls.
  • Advised RP Capital with regard to purchase of the Serebrayniy Gorod office complex.
  • Advised Virbac SA (France) on prospective acquisition of a Group engaged in development, production and distribution of veterinarian projects in Russia.
  • Advised Danone / Bolshevik on sale of its St.Petersburg-based ‘Chok & Rolls’ subsidiary.
  • Represented Vimpelcom before the Federal Anti-monopoly Service of Russia in connection with alleged concerted actions with other mobile operators.
  • Advised Norilsk Nickel on spin-off of its gold mining assets (Polyus Zoloto) with the market value of ca. USD 10 bn. as on the spin-off date.
  • Advised ROSNO, an insurance company, on its acquisition of a major stake in “Strakhovoi Kapital” insurance company, to be subsequently renamed VTB-ROSNO.
  • Advised Bayer AG, assisting its lead counsel Hengeler Mueller in all necessary Russia-related matters on the sale of the global Diagnostics Business of Bayer AG to Siemens AG for Euro 4.2 bn.
  • Advised Fleming Family and Partners and its lead counsel Slaughter and May on launch of FF&P Russian Real Estate Development Limited, an investment company targeting property development in Russia.
  • Advised Prof-media, one of Russia’s biggest media holdings, in consolidating its printing and editorial companies into a major Russian publishing house-Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP), now to combine the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, Express-Gazeta and Soviet Sport and thus become Russia’s biggest newspaper.
  • Advised Matra Petroleum on its acquisition project in the Russian oil and gas sector.
  • Advised on the management buy-out of the Alex Stewart Group backed by Close Brothers Private Equity.
  • Represented and advised Schlumberger Russia in relation to successful arrangement of its pension plan for its employees through ING Non-state pension fund.
  • Advised and represented Harry’s in the acquisition of ZAO Kondi.
  • Advised Boots Plc. and rendered respective Russia-related assistance to its lead counsel Slaughter and May in the £1.926 bn worth disposal of the Boots Healthcare International business to Reckitt Benckiser.
  • Advised Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, advised Bouygues, a construction and services conglomerate, in its acquisition of a 21% cent French state stake in Alstom for EUR 2 bn.
  • Advised Yum! Restaurants on its US$100 million deal with a chain of fast food restaurants in Russia and CIS.
  • Advised Gazprom-Media on its acquisition of Media-Most media assets, perhaps Russia’s largest transaction in the media sector ever.
  • Advised Vostok Energy Limited in relation to its investment projects in the Russia’s oil & gas sector.
  • Advised URALSIB on a number of its corporate projects.
  • Advised Russia’s biggest diamond producer on restructuring issues with the total value of the assets involved exceeding USD 500 mln.
  • Advised New Zealand Milk on its business restructuring endeavours in Russia.
  • Advised Wimm-Bill-Dann on restructuring of its juice business. Developed the plan for consolidation of the group, consisting of more than 40 business units.
  • Advised Oriflame regarding its Russian and Kazakh companies in connection with its subsequent successful IPO on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
  • Advised OJSC Uralkali on a potential acquisition in the transport and logistics sector.

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