Ms Viktoryia Mikhnevich > Sorainen > Minsk, Belarus > Lawyer Profile

Sorainen
UL. INTERNATSIONALNAYA, 36-1
MINSK 220030
Belarus

Work Department

Corporate and M&A

Position

Senior Associate

Career

Viktoryia Mikhnevich is a lead lawyer in Corporate and M&A practice at Sorainen Belarus, advising on corporate, M&A, private equity and venture capital matters. She provides full legal and organisational support from the stage of exploring investment opportunities till the exit, including merger clearance, legal due diligence and various transactional matters. Having worked in Sorainen since 2011, she has helped to build the team which is one of the most experienced in the Belarusian legal market in cross-border transactions.

Transactional lawyer. As a transactional lawyer, Viktoryia sees the matter from all perspectives, but especially the business itself and the people involved, since there is a real person behind every legal or business issue. This helps her to deal with difficult negotiations in a friendly and efficient manner – to keep calm and focus on getting the deal done. She also believes that not every transaction shall be closed, and support the client if there is an one-sided game in the deal.

Venture ecosystem. Viktoryia Mikhnevich is a head of Startup and Private Equity & Venture Capital sector groups in Belarus and a part of Technology, Media & Telecommunications sector group. Dealing with these actively evolving spheres are the most inspiring part of her work, since she believes that entrepreneurs are the main driver in society, who push the development of all spheres and increase prosperity in the country. She spend a lot of time dealing with local and foreign investors and startups, sharing her knowledge and experience, conducting seminars and workshops, as well as changing the legal framework and practices in Belarus.

Game-changing and diverse M&A expertise. Viktoryia has had the privilege of advising clients in the most remarkable and challenging deals in Belarus in recent years. Only in 2018 she advised Helmes on acquisition of a majority stake in SolbegSoft, one of the first and largest projects to take advantage of Belarus’ nascent Digital Country regime introduced by Presidential Decree # 8 in March 2018; RocketData.io on investment round leading by RBF Ventures – the first venture capital transaction involving direct equity investment in a Belarusian startup structured within the new Belarusian legal framework; Duisburger Hafen on acquisition of shares in the Great Stone Industrial Park Development Company, which was the first ever western investor entered the company.

Diverse business cultures. She has extensive experience of leading teams and projects, involving a lot of participants from different spheres and countries, dealing with state-owned enterprises and innovative businesses, mature entrepreneurs and young startupers. Belarus is a unique country since it is balancing between Western countries, CIS and China. Viktoryia worked with all 3 directions and can share and implement her knowledge of the respective specifics and differences.

Languages

Russian, Belarusian, English

Education

Belarusian State University, Belarus (Diploma in Law)

Lawyer Rankings

Belarus > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Rising stars)

Viktoryia MikhnevichSorainen

At SorainenAlexey Anischenko heads up the commercial and regulatory group while Maksim Salahub leads the corporate and M&A team. The firm continues to grow its enviable client base, and is increasingly receiving new instructions from international companies, particularly those from the automotive sector. The life sciences industry is also a key source of work for the practice; senior associate Marina Golovnitskaya is the specialist in this area. Managing partner Kiryl Apanasevich is the name to note for real estate transactions. Senior associates Viktoryia Mikhnevich and Kirill Laptev are recommended for their expertise in start-ups and IT-related projects, respectively.