Mikhail Suvorov’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, particularly domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and corporate restructurings.
Mikhail also has extensive experience in Russian competition and other regulatory matters. He advised some of the most dynamic Russian and international clients on strategic foreign investments and merger control filings in Russia.
Mikhail also acts as a trusted advisor for private clients providing customized solutions to high net worth individuals’ most sensitive and pressing needs from estate and business succession planning to acquisition of luxury real estate, private jets, and yachts.
Being dually qualified to practice in Russia and the U.S., he combines a diverse transactional experience with a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses across the energy and natural resources, consumer and retail, transportation and shipping, industrials, media, cable, technology, and telecommunications sectors.
For nearly a decade, Mikhail has been recognized by clients and peers as a “very practical and very business-oriented” Russian lawyer who is “excellent in negotiations” and knows how to reach the goal: “He hits the ground running, he’s strong and decisive, and he always knows the right approach.” (Chambers Europe, 2020). He has been ranked by MergerLinks as one of the Top Antitrust Lawyers in EMEA. He is also included by The Legal 500 in the list of “Next Generation Partners” and named by IFLR1000 as a “Rising Star” for his work in M&A and DCM.
Mikhail joined the firm as an associate in 2008, became a partner in 2016, and previously worked for the firm as a stagiaire from 2006 to 2007 and a paralegal from 2004 to 2006.
Corporate & M&A
AFK Sistema in a trio of transactions whereby Sistema carried out a $234 million sale of its 51% stake in Leader-Invest to Etalon, one of Russia’s leading real estate development and construction companies, and a simultaneous $227 million acquisition of a 25% stake in Etalon from its founder, and then sold for $228 million its remaining 49% stake in Leader-Invest to Etalon.
Sucres et Denrées S.A. (SUCDEN) in its initial acquisition of a 51% stake in the beet sugar business of TRIO Group based in the Lipetsk region, and a related shareholders’ agreement, and then in its follow-up acquisition of the remaining 49%.
AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, in the combination of its beer business in Russia and Ukraine with those of Turkish beverages group AnadoluEfes on a 50/50 basis, followed by the representation of the created joint venture in the corporate reorganization of its two Russian brewing subsidiaries – SUN InBev JSC and Moscow-Efes Brewery JSC – to achieve post-merger integration of two group’s businesses in Russia.
TPS, a private Russian industrial group, in a transaction with the Russian Government to consolidate their assets comprising the infrastructure of Sheremetievo, Russia’s largest airport.
Gazprom in a $2 billion asset swap transaction with Wintershall involving an exchange of interests in Russian gas fields for interests in European gas distribution and storage and in North Sea oil and gas fields.
Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, in the acquisition from MTS’ majority shareholder Sistema of NVision Group, the developer and owner of the MTS billing system.
Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company, in establishing a joint venture with CGG, the world’s leading Geoscience company, to provide maritime geophysical exploration services.
Nexans in the sale of its Russian cable production subsidiary to Impex Electro, a leading Russian cable distributor owned 25% by Nexans itself and 75% by a Russian entrepreneur, and related shareholders arrangements.
Owens Corning in connection with a voluntary tender offer to purchase shares of its 88%-owned Russian subsidiary OCV Steklovolokno, a leading Russian producer of fiber glass products, from minority shareholders and subsequent statutory ‘squeeze-out’ of the remaining minorities resulting at Owens Corning becoming the sole shareholder of OCV Steklovolokno.
Competition and Foreign Investments
Alstom, a global player in the world rail transport industry, on the Russian antitrust aspects of its €5.8 to €6.2 billion acquisition of Bombardier Transportation, the global rail solutions division of Bombardier Inc.
LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE, the world’s largest luxury goods company, on the Russian antitrust aspects of its $16.2 billion acquisition of global luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co.
Alstom on the FAS clearance and clearance in accordance with Foreign Strategic Investments Law (FSIL) in Russia as part of Alstom’s proposed €15 billion combination with Siemens’ mobility business.
AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, on the unconditional merger control clearance in Russia in Phase I in connection with the combination of its beer business in Russia and Ukraine with those of Turkish beverages group Anadolu Efes (this merger created the second-largest brewer in the region in 2018 that would become No. 1 in 2019).
Sucres et Denrées S.A., a private French group and a global commodity merchant and logistics provider, on the FAS clearances in Russia in connection with the acquisition of the controlling stake and subsequent buyout and consolidation of 100% in a sugar business of TRIO Group of companies, a full-cycle agricultural holding.
Nexans on the FAS clearance in Russia as part of the sale of its Russian cable production subsidiary to Impex Electro, a leading Russian cable distributor owned 25% by Nexans itself and 75% by a Russian entrepreneur, and related shareholders arrangements.
Owens Corning on the FAS clearance in Russia as part of the acquisition of Ahlstrom Tver in the context of a global acquisition of the glass non-wovens and fabrics businesses of Ahlstrom.
The Russian Federation in its $5.5 billion offering of dollar-denominated Eurobonds.
Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company, in its $800 million debut Eurobond offering listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Magnit, Russia’s largest food retailer as measured by number of stores operated, in its $525.2 million rights offering and international placement of shares listed on the London Stock Exchange and Russian exchanges.
Uralkali, one of the largest potash producers and suppliers in the world, in its $1.07 billion IPO listed on the London Stock Exchange and Russian exchanges.
Underwriters of Polymetal, the world’s fifth largest producer of silver, in its $605 million IPO listed on the London Stock Exchange and Russian exchanges.
Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company, in its $10.6 billion IPO listed on the London Stock Exchange and Russian exchanges, the largest Russian IPO at the time and the first concurrent international and Russian retail IPO.