Sergey Chapaev focuses on both M&A and capital markets transactions. He joined Skadden in April 2013, having worked for seven years at another international law firm in Moscow. Mr. Chapaev has experience across the financial, telecom, IT, oil and gas, heavy industry, retail and logistics sectors, among others. In addition to his transactional corporate practice, Mr. Chapaev has been involved in advising clients on arbitrations relating to corporate disputes. He was recognized in the Russia private equity section of Chambers Europe 2015. His recent experience includes advising:

  • PIK Group, Russia’s leading residential property developer, in its buy-back and delisting from the London Stock Exchange;
  • National CinemaChain in its sale of Cinema Park, a leading movie theater operator in Russia, to entities affiliated with A&NN Investments;
  • Renault-Nissan B.V. in:
    • its long-term recapitalization program of AvtoVAZ, a manufacturer of automobiles; and
    • general corporate matters relating to its investment in AvtoVAZ;
  • Horus Real Estate Fund I in the acquisition of the Morton Group, the largest residential real estate developer in Russia, and the subsequent sale of the Morton Group to PIK Group;
  • LetterOne Holdings in its:
    • US$1.6 billion acquisition of E.ON E&P Norge from E.ON Beteiligungen; and
    • US$5.8 billion acquisition of the oil and gas unit of RWE AG;
  • a Russian investor in its multimillion-dollar acquisition of Cinema Park from Interros, a Russian investment company;
  • United Capital Partners Group in the US$1.47 billion sale of a 48.01 percent stake in V Kontakte, Russia’s largest social online networking service, to Mail.Ru Group;
  • Viking Cruises, a subsidiary of MISA Investments, in its US$250 million Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield offering of 6.25% senior notes due 2025; and
  • Tele2 Russia in its merger with the mobile operations unit of Rostelecom. Both Tele2 and Rostelecom are providers of telecommunications services. This deal received the M&A Deal of the Year award from in 2014.

In addition, Mr. Chapaev has provided general corporate support to major international corporations, including the Generali Group and Daimler, in connection with their investments in Russia’s leading companies.



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


  • Russia


  • Russian
  • English

Sergey Chapaev