Sergey Chapaev

Associate, Corporate


Sergey Chapaev focuses his practice on M&A and capital markets transactions. He has experience advising clients in the financial, telecom, IT, oil and gas, mining, heavy industry, development, retail and logistics sectors, among others.

Mr. Chapaev also counsels clients on arbitrations related to corporate disputes and on various litigation and compliance matters. In recognition of his work, he has been recognized in the Russia Private Equity category of Chambers Europe. His experience includes advising:

  • Corebridge Financial on the £460 million sale of its U.K. life insurance business to Aviva plc
  • International Paper on the sale of its 50% stake in Ilim SA, the holding company of Ilim Group JSC, and its outstanding shares in Ilim Group JSC to its joint venture partners for US$508 million
  • Citigroup, Inc. on AO Citibank’s sale of a portfolio of ruble-denominated personal installment loans and consumer credit card balances to Uralsib Bank
  • Ball Corporation on the US$530 million sale of its beverage packaging business in Russia to Arnest Group
  • Renault Group on the sale of Renault Russia to the city of Moscow and the disposal of its 67.69% interest in AvtoVaz to NAMI
  • Kismet Acquisition One, a special purpose acquisition company, on its US$1.9 billion initial merger with Nexters Global Limited, the first-ever de-SPAC transaction involving a Russian company
  • Horvik Limited in relation to its preconditional mandatory offer to acquire Trans-Siberian Gold plc, an AIM-quoted gold producer
  • Fortiana Holdings Limited in connection with its US$1.5 billion acquisition of Highland Gold Mining Limited, an AIM-quoted gold producer, comprising an initial US$585 million acquisition of a 40% interest. This matter was the U.K.’s first-ever preconditional mandatory bid for the remaining stake, delisting and compulsory squeeze-out of minority shareholders
  • National Atomic Company Kazatomprom and Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna (as selling shareholder) on Kazatomprom’s US$451 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange and as the first-ever company to list on the Astana International Exchange
  • Activision Blizzard Inc. on the antitrust aspects of its US$75 billion acquisition by Microsoft Corporation, the largest-ever technology deal and largest-ever gaming industry deal
  • major international corporations, including Renault Group, Daimler AG, Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. and International Paper, in connection with various aspects of their investments in Russia



  • J.D., Russian Academy of Foreign Trade, 2005


  • Russia


  • Russian
  • English

Sergey Chapaev