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Ivanyan & Partners

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Moscow, St Petersburg

Maria Miroshnikova

Work +7 (495) 647 0045
Ivanyan & Partners

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Corporate and M&A / Real Estate & Investments / Energy & Natural Resources


Maria Miroshnikova heads the firm’s Corporate and M&A practice. With 17 years’ professional experience, she advises on large-scale investment projects, M&A, intra-group and distressed M&A restructuring, capital markets transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance, and regulatory & compliance. Maria’s particular industry focus is energy & natural resources, metals & mining, and finance; the client base also includes companies from the trade, logistics, industrial construction, and media sectors.

Recent work highlights include advice to shareholders of the Russian gas processing and petrochemicals major SIBUR on the sale of minority stakes to Chinese investors: 10% to Sinopec for $1.34b (2015) and another 10% to Silk Road Fund (2016); the Russian TOP-5 financial group Otkritie on regulatory aspects of the acquisition of a diamond mine for $1.45b (2017); the Russian TOP-3 Gazprombank on a complex restructuring of $570m+ debt arrangements of the major Russian coal and steel producer Mechel (2016); and a leading Russian transport and logistics company on a $2b+ multistep and multijurisdictional corporate restructuring (2014).  


Prior to joining Ivanyan & Partners as a partner in 2013, Maria was a senior associate in the Corporate and M&A Practice of a large Nordic law firm and headed the international M&A group at a major Russian law firm


Russian and English


Member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association since 2005


2003 PhD in Civil, Commercial, and International Private Law from St. Petersburg State University (Russia)
2000 Diploma with honours in Law from St. Petersburg State University (Russia)


Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Ivanyan & Partners has ‚Äėexcellent capabilities and deep expertise in complex multi-jurisdictional matters‚Äô. The ‚Äėprofessional‚Äô team works ‚Äėquickly and accurately‚Äô and has ‚Äėa great reputation in the market‚Äô. Highlights included advising Cryogenmash on the construction of Western Siberia‚Äôs petrochemicals facility, and acting for Gazprombank on the restructuring of Mechel‚Äôs debt arrangements. Khristofor Ivanyan and Maria Miroshnikova are the key figures.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A


Within: Moscow

Ivanyan & Partners is ‚Äėa go-to independent Russian firm‚Äô that fields ‚Äėa responsive, high-quality team with impressive transactional and drafting skills‚Äô. ‚ÄėOutstanding‚Äô practice head Maria Miroshnikova is ‚Äėferociously bright, committed to clients and available 24/7‚Äô. The firm recently advised the selling shareholders of Sibur on the sale of a 10% stake to Sinopec, and also acted for Gazprombank in a range of commercial matters.

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