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Leading M&A Lawyer Mikhail Semyonov Joins Baker Botts in Moscow

Lateral Hire Expands Firm’s Global Projects Practice in Russia



MOSCOW, January 7, 2014 -- Leading mergers & acquisitions lawyer Mikhail Semyonov has joined Baker Botts as a Global Projects partner in its Moscow office.

Semyonov has spent more than 11 years representing clients in major M&A and energy transactions in Russia and has extensive experience in the establishment of joint ventures for both Russian-based and international clients. Over the last two years, he has advised multinational energy clients regarding some of the largest and most innovative investments being made in the oil and gas industry in Russia. The 2013 edition of Legal 500 notes that Semyonov ‘is excellent at the detail and has expert knowledge’.

“Mikhail enhances our strength in providing counsel to clients on complex M&A transactions,” said Maxim Levinson, Partner in Charge of the Moscow office for Baker Botts.

“Our recruitment of Mikhail demonstrates our continued commitment to maintaining the Moscow office as a global resource to our clients in the region or who are doing business here.”

Mikhail recently advised Rosneft in relation to the agreements with ExxonMobil and Statoil for joint development of difficult-to-extract resources of hydrocarbons in Russia. Other notable transactions included advising Gazprom on the acquisition of Sibneft (Gazpromneft) and Huadian, one of China’s major state owned power companies, on the formation together with TGK-2 of a joint venture project company to develop a 450MWt gas fueled power plant in the Yaroslaval region of Russia.

In addition to his M&A and joint venture work, Semyonov’s practice includes providing corporate and transactional guidance to clients such as Unilever, Inchcape and PepsiCo.

Prior to joining Baker Botts, Semyonov was with the Moscow office of Linklaters as counsel. He earned his legal degree with honours from the Moscow State University.

About the Moscow office of Baker Botts
The Moscow office provides a complete range of legal services to energy industry clients as well as firms specializing in aviation, banking, corporate, finance, technology, consumer products, mining, power and real estate. Additional information about the office is available here.

About Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Botts is an international law firm of approximately 700 lawyers practicing throughout a network of 15 offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients’ industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Throughout our 174-year history, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit



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