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Natalia Baratiants

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Partner; Cross-Border Transactions, Energy


Natalia Baratiants is the partner in charge of Akin Gump’s Moscow office. She focuses on energy sector, and has extensive experience representing clients on cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and joint ventures. Ms. Baratiants represents major domestic and international oil companies in connection with their investments and strategic alliances in Russia. She advises Russian companies in raising capital in the international debt and equity markets. To learn more about Ms. Baratiants, please visit her full profile:


Russian, English and French


D.L., Moscow University, summa cum laude, 1983 LLM, University of Illinois College of Law, 1992


Energy and natural resources

Within: Leading individuals

Natalia Baratiants - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Within: Energy and natural resources

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP meets ‚Äėevery high-level requirement‚Äô, and is praised for the ‚Äėexperience and professional integrity of its employees‚Äô. The practice retains a strong client base in the energy, mining and oil and gas sectors, where it advises on transactions, disputes, tax issues and regulatory matters. Recent highlights include advising Lukoil on its $1.5bn sale of shares in Arkhangelskgeoldobycha Diamond Mining to Otkritie. Practice head Natalia Baratiants is ‚Äėalways ready to discuss and solve any issues‚Äô.

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Russia: Banking and finance

Borrower side

Within: Borrower side

Dmitry Shiryaev heads the practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, which recently advised Lukoil on the $1bn project financing of Phase II of the Shah Deniz project, an offshore gas exploration and production project on the South Caspian Sea. Managing partner Natalia Baratiants also advised UTair on two syndicated loans with an aggregate value of RUB43bn.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A


Within: Leading individuals

Natalia Baratiants - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Within: Moscow

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô practice is ‚Äėflexible, responsive and trustworthy in complex, challenging situations‚Äô. The group advises a mix of private equity and hedge funds, public and private companies and sovereign entities on the full spectrum of transactional issues, key areas of activity including M&A, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures. Managing partner Natalia Baratiants advises a mix of Russian and international companies, and recently acted for Lukoil on its $1.5bn sale of Arkhangelskgeodobycha Diamond Mining to Otkritie. Suren Gortsunyan and Alexander Trukhtanov are the other names to note.

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  • The coming into force of the legislative package on the second stage of "Capital amnisty"

    On 19th February 2018, a legislative package on the extension of the tax capital amnesty and the tax-free liquidation of foreign companies came into force.
  • No More Linked In Russia?

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  • New standards on the unjustified tax benefit included in the tax code

    The Federal Tax Service of Russia issued Letter ‚ĄĖ CA-4-7/ 6152 @ of 16.08.2017, in which it clarified to its subordinate tax authorities the application of new Art. 54.1 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation "Limits on the Exercise of Rights in Calculating the Tax Base and (or) the Amount of Tax, Levy, Insurance Contributions", which was included in the Tax Code of the Russian Federation by Federal Law ‚ĄĖ 163-FZ of 18.07.2017.
  • Information law for company participants ‚Äď the search for a balance of interests

    At the present time, in various legal relationships there exists the acute problem of observing a balance of interests concerning the parties involved in these legal relationships, their legal rights, and their mutual economic needs. Judicial practice, when considering disputes between these kinds of parties, takes into consideration not only the formal requirements of legislation, but also the real economic and legal goals and interests of the participants.
  • What businessmen should know about legislative changes with major and interested transactions?

    It is well known that before making significant managerial decisions, the general director must obtain approval from the shareholders or the board of directors. Apart from that, if a director is personally interested in entering into a transaction, approval is also required to proceed with the transaction. In the absence of such an approval, the transaction can be challenged and, in certain circumstances, invalidated. In order to minimize such risks and to eliminate legal uncertainty for the parties to the transaction, the rules governing major transactions and interested transactions must be sufficiently clear. Previously, however, the application of these rules was associated with a large number of controversial legal issues, which were finally solved as a result of the legislative amendments, which will enter into force on January 1, 2017. According to the new amendments, the distinction between major and non-major transactions has been delineated more clearly, parties have been allowed more flexibility in relation to approving transactions, the burdensome obligation to obtain prior approval of interested transactions has been abrogated, and finally the procedure for challenging transactions in question has been made much more complex. Overall, the changes should have a positive influence on business, as they contribute to the establishment of firm legal certainty in this area of the law. 
  • A Lessee‚Äôs Dream: the Drastic Devaluation of the Russian Currency Has Triggered New Discussions of

    The rent for leases, especially those in downtown Moscow and other large cities, is often based on the foreign currency exchange rate, which has recently increased almost threefold. Many businesses have been taken aback by this consequence of the economic crisis. Some of them have been put on verge of bankruptcy because of the increased rent and were forced to seek remedies in courts.
  • Amendments to Part IV of the Russian Civil Code in 2015

    Author: Valentina Orlova, Head of Intellectual Property and Trademarks Practice, Pepeliaev Group
  • Parallel Import of Medicines: High Time or the Wrong Time?

    Authors: Sergey Klimenko, Head of Life Sciences Group; Yuri Yahin, Head of IP Group, Pepeliaev Group
  • A Look at Russia's Antimonopoly Legislation

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    Pepeliaev Group Advises of Amendments to Article 178 of the Russian Criminal Code to Decriminalise Certain Offences and Introduce a New Condition for being Released from Criminal Liability for Restricting Competition