Natalia Diatlova 

PhD, partner
Head of Corporate Practice 
Head of International Projects Group
Head of PPP Practice

St Petersburg | Moscow
e-mail: n.diatlova@maximalegal.ru
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Natalia has a total of over 25 years of experience in legal consulting.

Natalia has substantial experience in international and Russian consulting on preparation and implementation of projects in the field of international investments, corporate law, real estate and M&A transactions.

In addition, Natalia is a well-known PPP specialist in Russia: she has participated in drafting a number of national (federal and regional) legal acts regulating the industry and led the team of Russian lawyers in the first PPP project in Russia – construction of the Western High Speed Diameter toll road in St Petersburg.

Prior to joining Maxima Legal, Natalia was a legal department director at KPMG’s legal department and an adviser and co-head of SALANS’ (Dentons) real estate practice.

1. Advice on commercial and corporate projects, including joint ventures with foreign capital, M&A and corporate restructuring:

  • Establishment and ongoing support for joint ventures
  • Legal support for investment projects
  • Drafting investment documents, memoranda and legal opinions
  • Structuring and closing of transactions
  • Real estate investment transactions as well as acquisitions and divestitures under Russian and foreign law
  • Due diligence of groups of companies for a subsequent purchase or sale of the businesses
  • Full legal support of groups of companies (in the FMCG, automotive, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, construction, agriculture, oil and gas and other industries) on international, commercial, corporate, administrative law, real estate, etc.
  • Contractual work (supply, construction, lease, service, loan, pledge, licence, investment, sale and purchase, concession, letter of intent, etc.).

2. Support for PPP projects (including concessions) and improvement of PPP legislation in Russia:

  • Support for the Western High-Speed Diameter project, including preparation of a full set of tender application and PPP agreement documents
  • Support to DorAeroProject Institute in structuring the M4 Don toll road project, including the development of the risks matrix
  • Structuring a Russian group of construction companies to build a more efficient corporate structure for implementing PPP projects
  • Participating in drafting amendments to PPP laws of the Leningrad and the Novosibirsk regions
  • Advising on PPP in terms of issues arising in corporate finance and project finance
  • 2023, Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper Individual Rating of Best Lawyers — PPP
  • 2023, Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper Individual Rating of Best Lawyers — Corporate law 
  • 2023, Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper Individual Rating of Best Lawyers — International Projects
  • 2023, Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper Individual Rating of Best Lawyers — M&A 
  • 2023, Kommersant Publishing House Individual Rating of Best Lawyers (federal  research)  — PPP
  • 2023, Kommersant Publishing House Individual Rating of Best Lawyers (federal  research)  — Tourism & Sport
  • 2023, Recommended Lawyers by Pravo.ru-300 (federal research) — Corporate Law / M&A (High Market)
  • 2023, Recommended Lawyers by Pravo.ru-300 (regional research) Corporate Law / M&A 
  • 2022, Kommersant Publishing House Individual Rating of Best Lawyers (federal  research)  — Corporate Law / M&A 
  • 2022, Recommended Lawyers by Pravo.ru-300 (federal research) — Corporate Law / M&A  (High Market)
  • 2022, Recommended Lawyers by Pravo.ru-300 (regional research) — Corporate Law / M&A 
  • 2021, Leaders League (Russia) – M&A: Mid-cap   
  • 2021, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice
  • 2021, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Project Development & Finance  
  • 2021, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Corporate Law 
  • 2021, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Goverment Relations  
  • 2021, Kommersant Publishing House Individual Rating of Best Lawyers (federal research) — Corporate Law / M&A 
  • 2021, Recommended Lawyers by Pravo.ru-300 (federal and regional researches) — Corporate Law / M&A 
  • 2020, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice
  • 2020, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Project Development & Finance  
  • 2020, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Corporate Law 
  • 2020, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Goverment Relations 
  • 2019, Best Lawyers (Russia) — Goverment Relations 
  • 2019, Kommersant Publishing House Individual Rating of Best Lawyers — PPP
  • 2019, Kommersant Publishing House Individual Rating of Best Lawyers — Commercial Law 
  • Associate Professor of Financial Law Department at the Higher School of Economics in St Petersburg 
  • Guest lecturer on Corporate Law as part of the ACCA International Qualification program at GSOM SPbU
  • Member of the Expert Council of the National PPP Center
  • Member of the Expert Methodological Council of the National Association of Concessionaires and Long Term Investors in Infrastructure
  • Expert of the ROSINFRA platform

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

2018               Law Faculty of  St Petersburg State University (PhD thesis on “PPP Agreement: Civil Law Aspects”)

Russian (native), English (fluent)