Mikhail Koulikov focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions, as well as corporate restructuring and capital markets deals for major international corporations.

Mr. Koulikov’s cross-border M&A experience includes representing:

  • Eurasia Drilling Company Limited (EDC), the largest provider of onshore drilling services in Russia, in connection with the announced purchase of 51 percent of its total issued share capital by Schlumberger, the world’s leading provider of technology to the oil and gas industry;
  • Otkritie Holding, the largest privately owned Russian financial group by assets, in connection with the US$1.45 billion acquisition from LUKOIL, a Russian oil company, of 100 percent of shares of JSC Arkhangelskgeoldobycha, a Russian producer and seller of rough diamonds operating the Verkhotinskoye diamond field;
  • Krasnaya Roza 1875 Limited on its sale to Yandex (one of the largest European internet companies and Russia’s leading search provider) of a newly created company that would hold the title to the office complex in central Moscow that houses Yandex’s Russian headquarters;
  • the majority shareholders of EDC in its take-private and US$1.7 billion sale of a minority stake to Schlumberger;
  • Fresenius Kabi, a global health care provider, in its pharmaceutical and Russia-based joint venture with Sistema JSFC, a publicly traded diversified holding company in Russia and the CIS, and Zenitco Finance Management LLC;
  • a leading international pharmaceutical company in its attempted acquisition of a majority stake in a Russian over-the-counter pharmaceuticals company;
  • Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR) in connection with the US$56 billion sale of OJSC TNK-BP to Russian state-owned oil company OJSC Rosneft. AAR’s 50 percent stake in TNK-BP was sold for US$28 billion;
  • Daimler in its acquisition of 10 percent of OJSC Kamaz; and
  • CJSC Sibur Holding, a petrochemicals company, in the US$1 billion sale of its mineral fertilizer business to CJSC Holding Company Siberian Business Union, a metals and mining company.

Mr. Koulikov’s corporate restructuring and capital markets experience includes representing:

  • Brunswick Rail Limited in connection with the restructuring of the US$600 million 6.50% guaranteed notes due 2017, issued by one of its subsidiaries through a consent solicitation process with the bondholders;
  • Roust Corporation, CEDC Finance Corporation LLC and CEDC Finance Corporation International, Inc. in connection with a balance sheet restructuring through a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization of Roust Corporation, which involved negotiating an extensive Russian assets security package;
  • Roust Trading Limited, the ultimate shareholder of Russian commercial bank Russian Standard Bank, on a U.K. court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement to restructure two series of eurobonds in the amount of USD550 million; and
  • O’KEY Group S.A., an owner of one of the largest Russian retail chains, in an approximately US$420 million IPO with a listing of GDRs on the LSE.



  • LL.M., The University of Nottingham, 2006
  • LL.B., Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 2004


  • Russia

Mikhail Koulikov