Natalia R. Baratiants is the partner in charge of the Moscow office. She focuses on corporate and securities transactions; international transactions in Russia; and the Russian legislative, regulatory and political system.
Ms. Baratiants represents clients on a broad range of corporate, finance and capital markets matters, in particular focusing on mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience in representing leading Russian clients in high-profile and complex cross-border projects, as well as in major joint ventures in the oil and gas sector. She also has substantial experience with commercial dispute resolutions, representing leading Russian companies in international arbitrations. Ms. Baratiants represents both Russian and Western companies in connection with their investments in the CIS countries and Central and Eastern Europe. She also advises companies in structuring strategic and portfolio investments and in gaining access to the international debt and equity markets.
Ms. Baratiants is a member of the firm’s management committee and other firm committees.
Ms. Baratiants’ engagements include:
- advising LUKOIL on its acquisition of 100% interest in oil company Samara-Nafta for $2.05 billion from Hess Corporation
- advising LUKOIL on the issuance of 5-year and 10-year U.S. dollar-denominated Rule 144A / Regulation S notes. The offering consists of US$1.5 billion of 3.416% notes due 2018 and US$1.5 billion of 4.563% notes due 2023. The notes will be listed on the London Stock Exchange
- advising LUKOIL on its joint venture with, and acquisition of 25.1% interest in Bashneft-Polus from, Bashneft for $153 million
- advising LUKOIL on a project financing of up to $500 million for the Khauzak-Shady and Kandym gas fields in Uzbekistan. Shortlisted for Asia Deal of the Year, IFLR 2013
- advising LUKOIL on the repurchase of 7.6% of its shares from ConocoPhillips for $3.4 billion
- advising LUKOIL in its $2.3 billion cross-border acquisition of Nelson Resources Limited, a Toronto Stock Exchange listed company with upstream oil assets in Kazakhstan
- advising LUKOIL on the listing of its shares on the London Stock Exchange, including the sale of an interest owned by the federal government; LUKOIL was the first Russian company to do this
- representing LUKOIL in litigation before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado in connection with a claim filed by Archangel Diamond Corporation for an amount in excess of $4.5 billion
- advising LUKOIL in connection with the creation of a strategic alliance with the U.S. oil company ConocoPhillips and formation of a joint venture to develop oil fields in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug in the northern part of Russia
- advising OAO LUKOIL in connection with the establishment of its joint venture with Conoco Phillips valued in excess of $10 billion
- advising Surgutneftegas on its participation in the National Petroleum Consortium, a joint venture of five major Russia petroleum producers in connection with involvement in a hydrocarbon exploration and production project in Venezuela with the project value of US$20 billion
- advising Surgutneftegas in relation to the $2.6 billion sale of its 21.2% stake in MOL to the Government of Hungary. The firm also advised Surgutneftegaz in 2009 in its initial acquisition of the stake in MOL for €1.4 billion
- advising the Center for Capital Markets Development (CCMD) in connection with the World Bank-funded projects to develop new securities legislation (including the drafting of federal laws and regulations of the Federal Commission for Securities Market)
- advising LUKOIL on the establishment of the LUKARCO joint venture with Atlantic Richfield Company and the establishment of a $4.5 billion project finance facility
- advising LUKOIL on the private placement of the company’s shares and ADR totaling $260 million
Awards & Accolades
Ms. Baratiants is constantly ranked by leading legal publications, such as Chambers Europe and Chambers Global, Legal 500 EMEA and Best Lawyers, as one of the top lawyers in corporate and energy sectors in Russia.