Valentina Semenikhina advises Russian and international companies on complex corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures (JV) and corporate restructurings. Her clients include companies from technology, media, and telecom industry as well as financial and investment institutions located around the globe. Valentina is endorsed by Best Lawyers(2021), Russia, for corporate work and is recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA (2020) for commercial, corporate, and M&A work.
A native Russian speaker who is also fluent in English and German, Valentina has written and co-written a number of publications on corporate law issues, competition law, and environmental law. Before joining the firm, Valentina worked as an associate in the corporate practice of another international law firm, resident in Moscow, and has over 10 years of experience.
A foreign company on acquisition of business assets of a Russian entity, including software for a crypto exchange trading terminal and other IP.
Yandex, one of Europe’s largest internet companies and a leading tech company in Russia, in its:
Complex and novel corporate governance restructuring, announced in November 2019, which involved the creation of a new Public Interest Foundation (PIF) to be formed under the newly introduced Russian legislation;
Ride-sharing joint venture with Uber in Russia and neighboring countries, with a combined valuation of $3.8 billion;
E-commerce joint venture with Sberbank of Russia, with a combined valuation of $1 billion
A PE sponsor on the acquisition of an interest in a discounter retail chain.
Investment vehicle of a Russian state corporation on its joint investment platform with a subsidiary a leading Indian financial institution focused on infrastructure investments.
Investment fund on its investment into the pharmaceutical holding created by a prominent Russian industrial group and a major Russian state-owned bank.
Private investment fund related to one of Russia's biggest airlines in its acquisition of a minority stake in a German pharma company developing cutting-edge drugs.
Prominent Russian investment group in its acquisition of one of the largest outdoor advertising operators in Russia from an international private equity fund. The transaction included a multistep pre-completion restructuring and re-negotiation of the loan documentation with principal creditor, a major commercial bank in Russia.
Two non-Russian private investors in acquiring a minority stake in a Russian bank from two global institutional investors, including handling due diligence of the target bank.
Russian sovereign investment vehicle on the structuring and regulatory aspects of its investment, together with co-investors, into a holding company of a logistics hub in Russia.
Russian telecom major in its acquisition of a majority stake in a virtual mobile operator and related technology agreements.
A private equity fund on the acquisition of a significant interest in the largest children's goods retailer in Russia from a major Russian financial group.
CTC Media, a leading Russian television broadcaster, in its company sale, following adoption of the amendment Mass Media Law in Russia.
Russian company on investments in international developers and manufacturers of microchips, with some parts of business to be acquired in a tender bid process. The project involved coordination of work by local counsel in four jurisdictions, advice on JV structuring and negotiations with local partners.
Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Science, 2010, Ph.D.
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (University of Tübingen), Germany, 2006, Certificate
Moscow City Pedagogical University, 2003, Specialist in Law, With Honors
Eligible in the Russian Federation
Awards and Affiliations
Rising Star, M&A, Russia, IFLR1000 EMEA (2022)
Recognized, Corporate Law, Moscow, The Best Lawyers in Russia (2021, 2022)
Recommended, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA (2020)
German Chancellor Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, University of Bremen (2011–2012)
Alumna, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)