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Mikhail Timonov, Partner

Mikhail Timonov


Head of Corporate, M&A and Commercial practice in Russia


Russian, English

Practice areas

  • Commercial agreements
  • Competition, EU and Trade
  • Construction and engineering
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Real estate
  • Industrials
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Procurement strategies
  • Real estate planning

Practice notes

Mikhail is heading our commercial, corporate and M&A practice in Russia and is also overseeing our Saint Petersburg office. His key specialization is to provide comprehensive legal support in the acquisition and sale of businesses, to set up JVs, and in corporate reorganizations. Mikhail also has substantial experience supporting investment projects at all stages of the investment cycle, assisting clients in resolving issues of investment structuring, real estate and construction, corporate law, and planning their future exit from projects.

For over 20 years, Mikhail has been advising clients on a wide range of complex issues in their commercial activities, including within competition law, labor law and contractual issues. A specialist in negotiations, Mikhail regularly helps clients resolve disputes with counterparties at the pre-trial stage. Mikhail’s client portfolio has traditionally included a number of companies in the primary and secondary sectors, and he is well-versed in several industries, including the agricultural sector, mechanical engineering and shipbuilding.

Mikhail holds a PhD in Law from St. Petersburg State University.

"Mikhail takes a very responsive and pragmatic approach. He is good at listening and always thinks about your needs", Chambers and Partners Europe 2021

Mikhail was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Antitrust law and advising industrial companies in the Kommersant Legal Rating 2021

Mikhail was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Corporate and M&A in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2020

Mikhail Timonov has been most helpful. He is very accessible, diligent, and dependable”, Legal 500 2020

Mikhail has been recommended for corporate, commercial and M&A in Legal 500 in 2016-2020

Mikhail has been selected by Best Lawyers in Russia 2020-2021 for his work in: Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Corporate Law

Mikhail was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer advising heavy industry companies and retail, trading, and FMCG companies in the Kommersant Legal Rating 2019

For five years, Mikhail Timonov has been the co-head of the Legal and Investment Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Saint Petersburg, which has become an important platform for professional meetings and networking in the region.

Mikhail’s recent experience includes:

  • assisted General Motors in its exit from а JV with Russian car producer AVTOVAZ
  • assisted UNIVAR Inc. in the Russian segment of its acquisition of Nexeo Solutions for over USD 1bn
  • assisted a leading Nordic food producer in disposing of real estate asset in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • assisted a UK private equity fund in selling its timber business in Russia
  • advised a publicly listed US-based corporate & financial services provider in its contractual relations with a Russian state-owned bank
  • assisted CB&I, a leading provider of technology and infrastructure for the energy industry, with carrying out the Russian segment of an international acquisition for USD 6bn
  • assisted Rolls-Royce with the Russian segment of the sale of its Marine Business to Kongsberg Gruppen ASA for GBP 500m
  • assisted a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets with carrying out the Russian segment of the acquisition of a market leader within marine navigation solutions for EUR 210m
  • assisted the Cherkizovo Group with several major acquisitions of large agricultural conglomerates in different Russian regions (incl. NAPKO, Altaisky Broiler, Samson, etc.)
  • assisted the Atkore International Group to carry out the Russian segment of the international acquisition of Vergokan International
  • assisted ITW with an intragroup reorganization
  • assisted Tenneco with the complex acquisition of Federal-Mogul and reorganization of its operations in Russia
  • advised Doosan on agreements with its Russian partners
  • assisted R.Stahl AG with a joint venture with Goreltex LLC
  • assisted TE Connectivity with the Russian segment of an international acquisition
  • assisted the Specta Group with the acquisition of a production company in Ekaterinburg, Russia