Natalia Diatlova

PhD, Partner
Head of Сorporate Law Practice
Head of International Projects Group
Head of PPP Practice

e-mail: n.diatlova@maximalegal.ru
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QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERTISE

Having worked in private practice for more than 25 years, Natalia has extensive experience in Russian and international matters relating to commercial projects in the area of investments, corporate law as well as real estate and M&A transactions both at national and international level.

Furthermore, Natalia is a well-known specialist in the field of PPP in Russia. The expert has taken part in the development of various national (federal and regional) legal regulations in the sphere of PPP and has led the team of Russian lawyers in the first PPP project in Russia for the construction of the toll road Zapadny Skorostnoy Diameter/ Western High Speed Diameter in St Petersburg.

CAREER

Previously Natalia was the Director of the legal department at KPMG and prior to that was Counsel and co-head of the real estate practice at Salans (Dentonts).

KEY RECENT PROJECTS

1. Assisting clients with commercial and corporate matters (in particular international projects), including the creation of joint ventures with foreign capital, M&A and corporate restructuring:

  • Creating and assisting with the activities of joint ventures
  • Assisting with international projects from their commencement to conclusion
  • Preparing documents for investments, memorandums and legal opinions
  • Structuring and closing transactions
  • Assisting with transactions connected with investments in real estate, as well as with the acquiring and sale of businesses under Russian and foreign laws
  • Conducting legal audits and due diligence of the activities of corporate groups with a view to the purchase or sale of a business
  • Assisting with the legal aspects relating to the activities of corporate groups (that are involved in the production of products for domestic consumption, the automotive, paper, pharmaceutical, construction, agricultural and oil and gas sectors, amongst others), including in international commercial and corporate matters, administrative law and real estate matters and
  • Contractual law matters (such as contracts for the supply of goods, subcontracts including building subcontracts, leases, supply of services, loans, indemnities, licences, investments, sale of goods and concessions)

2. Assisting with PPP projects (including concessions) and the development of PPP legislation in Russia:

  • Assisting with the toll road Zapadny Skorostnoy Diameter, including preparing the documents required to submit a tender and drafting the PPP agreement
  • Assisting the Institute DorAeroProekt in the structuring of a project for toll road M4 ‘Don’, including preparing a risk matrix
  • Structuring a Russian group of construction companies for the purpose creating a more efficient corporate structure for PPP projects
  • Participated in the development of proposed amendments to the PPP law in the Leningrad and Novosibirsk regions; and
  • Advising on PPP issues in the field of corporate and project finance

RECOGNITION

  • 2022, Kommersant Publishing House Individual Rating of Best Lawyers, (federal research) — Corporate Law/M&A
  • 2022, Recommended Lawyers by Pravo.ru-300 (federal ranking) — Corporate Law/M&A (High Market)
  • 2022, Recommended Lawyers by Pravo.ru-300 (regional ranking) — Corporate Law/M&A
  • 2021,  Leader League (Russia) — M&A Mid-Cap 
  • 2021, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice
  • 2021, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Corporate Law
  • 2021, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Project Finance & Development Practice
  • 2021, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Government Relations
  • 2021, Kommersant Publishing House Individual Rating of Leading Lawyers, (federal research) — Corporate Law/M&A
  • 2021, Recommended Lawyers by Pravo.ru-300 (federal and regional rankings) — Corporate Law/M&A
  • 2020, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice
  • 2020, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Corporate Law
  • 2020, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Project Finance & Development Practice
  • 2020, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Government Relations
  • 2019, Best Lawyers 2020 (Russia) — Government Relations
  • 2019, Kommersant Publishing House Individual Rating of Leading Lawyers — PPP
  • 2019, Kommersant Publishing House Individual Rating of Leading Lawyers — Commercial Law

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Member of the Expert Council of the National PPP Centre
  • Member of the Expert Methodological Council of the National Association of Concessionaires of Long-Term Investors in Infrastructure
  • PhD and Associate Professor of the law faculty at the High School of Economics in St Petersburg, Public-Private Partnership course
  • Reviewer of articles and results of dissertations for academic degrees of the scientific-theoretical magazine Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo Universiteta.Pravo /Bulletin of St Petersburg University. Law on the topics of PPP, Corporate Law and Private International Law
  • Reviewer of graduate qualification works of Master’s students of the Law Faculty of St Petersburg State University
  • Expert on the ROSINFRA platform

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

1996                Law Faculty of St Petersburg State University (graduated with honours)

2018                Law Faculty of St Petersburg State University (PhD thesis on Agreements in Public-Private Partnership: civil law aspects, scientific supervisor — V.F. Popondopulo)

PUBLICATIONS

Natalia has authored a number of articles and academic commentaries in Russian and English on matters relating to PPP, international investments and other issues relating to commercial law.

LANGUAGES

Russian (native) and English (fluent)