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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 corporate and securities transactions; international transactions in Russia; and the Russian legislative and regulatory system. Ms. Baratiants represents clients on a broad range of corporate, finance and capital markets matters, in particular focusing on mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience in representing leading Russian clients in high-profile and complex cross-border projects, as well as in major joint ventures in the oil and gas sector. 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

At Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, managing partner Natalia Baratiants advised key client Lukoil on its $1.1bn sale of a 50% stake in Caspian Investments Resources to China-based Sinopec. On the contentious side, the group represented Tatneft in $500m litigation proceedings against four Ukrainian oligarchs. Ilya Rybalkin and Alexey Kondratchik are also noted.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A


Within: Moscow

At Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, managing partner Natalia Baratiants has significant experience in corporate and securities transactions; Suren Gortsunyan acts for domestic and international companies in M&A deals, joint ventures and corporate restructurings; and Vladimir Kouznetsov handles the structuring and negotiation of international transactions across the CIS region. Clients include Lukoil and UTair.

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