Partners, counsel and associates

Maria Miroshnikova

Maria Miroshnikova
Partner
Ph.D.
Maria Miroshnikova heads the firm’s Corporate/M&A practice. With 17-years’ professional experience, she advises on large-scale investment projects, M&A, intra-group and distressed M&A restructuring, capital markets transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance, and regulatory & compliance. Maria’s particular industry focuses are energy & natural resources, metals & mining, and finance. Her client base also includes companies from the trade, logistics, industrial construction, and media sectors.

Prior to joining Ivanyan & Partners, Maria was Head of the International M&A Group of a major Russian law firm and subsequently the senior lawyer in the M&A practice of a large Nordic law firm in Moscow. In these roles, she assisted a number of clients in successfully completing acquisitions and disposals of assets in Russia and abroad, including those involving complex corporate conflicts, as well as in establishing joint ventures with Russian and foreign investors and enhancing corporate governance systems of large corporate entities.

Maria also taught civil law at the St. Petersburg State University Faculty of Law and is the author of several academic papers.

Recent work highlights include advice to:

  • Russian TOP-3 Gazprombank on the $1-bn acquisition of a 19% stake in Megafon, one of Russia’s BIG-3 mobile network operators, from Telia Company, a European telecommunication corporation (2017)

  • Russian TOP-5 financial group Otkritie on the regulatory aspects regarding the acquisition of a diamond mine for $1.45 bn (2017)

  • Shareholders of SIBUR, the Russian gas processing and petrochemicals major, on the sale of minority stakes to Chinese investors: 10% to Sinopec for $1.34 bn (2015) and another 10% to Silk Road Fund (2016)

  • Gazprombank on a complex restructuring of $570-m+ debt arrangements for the major Russian coal and steel producer Mechel (2016)

  • Leading Russian transport and logistics company on a $2-bn+ multistep and multijurisdictional corporate restructuring (2014)

Work experience

2013 - present
Ivanyan & Partners
Partner, Head of Corporate/M&A

2010 – 2013
Hannes Snellman
Senior Associate, Corporate and M&A Practice

2004 – 2009
Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners
Associate, Senior Associate, Head of International M&A Group

2005 – 2007
St. Petersburg State University Faculty of Law, Civil Law Department
Senior Lecturer

Education

2003
St. Petersburg State University (Russia)
Ph.D. in Civil, Commercial, and International Private Law

2000
St. Petersburg State University (Russia)
Degree with honors in law

Professional membership

Member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association since 2005

Rankings 

Chambers Europe 2017: Practice head Maria Miroshnikova is described as an "effective and business-oriented transactional lawyer." One source describes her as "extremely hard-working, very responsive and client-oriented." 

Best Lawyers 2016: Leading expert in trade law in Russia

Chambers Europe 2016: Leading expert in Corporate / M&A Russia

Chambers Europe 2016: Maria Miroshnikova is a key hands-on corporate lawyer. "Other lawyers just tell you how complicated it is, but not Maria - if there's complexity she just deals with it," a client reports.

Chambers and Partners 2010: "Maria Miroshnikova receives consistent praise for her knowledge, hard work and dedication".

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