Maria Kazakova

Maria Kazakova

Senior Associate
Moscow

Email maria.kazakova@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +7 495 933 3000

Fax +7 495 933 3001

LanguagesDanish, English, Italian, Norwegian, Russian

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Maria Kazakova is a highly experienced M&A, private equity and venture capital lawyer. Maria represents foreign private and state-owned companies in major transactions in Russia and other CIS countries, as well as major Russian companies in their projects worldwide.  

Being a Russian-qualified and internationally-trained attorney makes Maria exceptionally well positioned to work on cross-border transactions. Maria always takes a pragmatic approach to address client's needs and to understand the clients' concerns, taking into consideration all commercial, regulatory, compliance, antitrust, corporate governance and private international law issues.  

Maria has a distinguished track record. Her experience includes a large number of high profile transactions in various industries of the Russian market, including fintech, media, telecom, technology, mining, agriculture, banking and retail. Prior to joining the firm Maria worked for the Moscow, London and Oslo offices of a major international law firm.

Awards and recognitions

2020

Rising Star in Commercial, Corporate and M&A
The Legal 500

2019-2020

Future Leader - Gender Diversity (Private Practice)
Chambers and Partners, Europe

2020-2021

Mergers and Acquisitions
Best Lawyers in Russia

2021

Private Equity Law
Best Lawyers in Russia

Education and admissions

Education

Law Degree magna cum laude, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2011

LL.M., University of Oslo, 2010

Representative experience

Polymetal International plc, a London listed Russian top-3 gold mining company, on the acquisition and disposal of various mining assets in Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia

Global technology investment fund on its investment in a global satellite services company operating in Russia and the U.S.

Dow Jones on the sale and complex restructuring of Vedomosti, one of the most prominent business newspapers in Russia

RosEvroBank on the sale of shares to Sovcombank, which now became the 3rd largest private bank in Russia

Windar Renovables on its joint venture in consortium with Severstal and Rusnano for production of wind power generation facilities in Russia

Siberian Agrarian Holding on its joint venture with Saudi Arabian investment fund to ship Russian wheat and barley to the Middle East and North Africa

DTEK, the major Ukrainian energy holding, on acquisition of the controlling stakes in two large Ukrainian electricity distribution system operators in Kiev and Odessa

Discovery Communications on its joint venture with Russia's National Media Group

Netflix on a number of Russia-related projects

Alibaba Group on its investment into WayRay, a Swiss- and Russia-based startup which has developed the innovative holographic car navigation

Yandex, a leading Russian Internet company, on a contemplated acquisition of a Russian online media company

The Walt Disney Company on its joint venture with UTH Russia, a media holding company

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation on various transactions related to Russia and other CIS countries

Alfa Group, a large privately owned financial-investment conglomerates, on the structuring of the shareholders relations and subsequent sale of Formula Kino, the second largest cinema chain in Russia

The Russian Direct Investment Fund on a number of its transactions in technology and real estate sectors

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