Kseniya Lopatkina represents domestic and international companies in energy and technology sectors. Her primary focus is mergers, acquisitions, and joint venture transactions in the energy sector, especially large-scale oil and gas and mining development projects, and in the telecommunications, media, and technology sector with an emphasis on intragroup restructurings and technologies transfers. On an ongoing basis, she advises clients on regulatory aspects of TV broadcasting, content distribution, internet regulation, and ecommerce matters. Kseniya is an active member of the firm’s pro bono practice. She is a native Russian speaker and fluent in English.
Oil and Gas/Energy Transactions
Assisted a Russian state-owned oil company, the third largest oil producer in Russia, in a recently completed substantial upstream joint venture project with an international oil company headquartered in Abu Dhabi and a Russian sovereign investment fund, covering a group of producing fields in Siberia.
Assisted an Azerbaijan state-owned company in the successful negotiation and signing with a BP-led consortium of international oil companies of an amended and restated ACG offshore fields production sharing agreement and related contracts for this super-giant project in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.
Assisted an Austrian state-owned energy company on its proposed large joint venture with Gazprom and Wintershall to develop deep Achimov horizons of the large Urengoi field in the Yamal-Nenets region of Russia’s far North.
Assisted the leading Swiss oil company in all aspects of its pending venture with a Russian national oil company to develop the block in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea, including drafting and negotiating a Russian law participants’ agreement, seller’s warranties and indemnities, and sales and purchase agreement.
Assisted an independent Russian gas company in all aspects of the sale of its 49% stake in a joint venture company for $3 billion to a Russian national oil company.
Assisted Norway’s state oil company on a new large-scale exploration and production venture with a Russian national oil company involving offshore blocks in the Barents and Okhotsk seas.
Assisted a Russian oil company in a new offshore fields project with a European major.
Assisted a Russian oil company on a joint venture with an Asian energy company partner, including preparing a participants’ agreement and foundation documents under Russian law.
Assisted two Ukrainian state-affiliated companies on a proposed large-scale exploration and production venture with European and US majors to develop untapped Ukrainian shale gas resources (including assisting on several aspects of a 50-year production sharing agreement).
Assisted a consortium of investors, including Russian and European equity funds, on acquiring a stake in one of the major Russian energy companies, including obtaining required preliminary antimonopoly approvals.
Assisted one of Europe's largest internet companies, and the leading search provider in Russia, in its ongoing ride-sharing and food delivery subsidiary’s acquisition of the intellectual property and call centers of a group operating taxi businesses in multiple Russian regions.
Assisted a state-owned Russian banking and financial services company on acquisition of a Russian IT company owning a unique technology based on artificial intelligence and machinery learning.
Assisted technology companies with various aspects of internet regulation in Russia, including on legal requirements for organizers of information dissemination on the internet, owners of news aggregators, messengers, and audiovisual services.
Assisted industry-leading TV broadcasters with all aspects of TV broadcasting in Russia, including licensing and other regulatory requirements, foreign ownership and control restrictions, and advertising and content distribution restrictions.
Assisted an American film studio, one of the "Big Five" major film studios, with a production services agreement with a Russian production studio for shooting and visual effects processing in connection with an American motion picture project based on a book series.
Assisted a Hollywood studio with certain aspects of the distribution of a Russian animated television series in a European country.
Assisted an industry-leading movie production and distribution studio on the distribution of Russia’s highest grossing box office film in 2013.
Assisted in due diligence of a Russian major media holding, with an emphasis on the regulative and licensing parts.
Recent publications and other activities
“JOAs in Russia” chapter in Joint Operating Agreements: Challenges and Concerns from Civil Law Jurisdictions book (Walters Kluwer, 2015)
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Law Faculty , 2012, Specialist, With Honors
Eligible in the Russian Federation
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Energy, Law360 (2016)