Bio

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% 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% 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% stake in TNK-BP was sold for US$28 billion;
  • Daimler in its acquisition of 10% 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.

Credentials

Education

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

Admissions

  • Russia

Languages

  • Russian
  • English

Mikhail Koulikov