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About Mikhail
Law practice since 1995
Mikhail Sokolov specialises in Russia related contentious and non-contentious aspects of corporate and commercial law. This includes company sale & acquisition and joint venture matters, having a complex structure and/or involving more than one jurisdiction. Mikhail also advises on international distribution, sale-purchase of goods and other contractual issues.
Mikhail‘s background is unique and includes experience gained in Russia, United Kingdom and internationally. Mikhail graduated from a university in Russia and had practised Russian law extensively for many years prior to his employment in international law firms in Moscow and in London. As a result, Mikhail has true ‘insider’ knowledge of both markets, which is hugely valuable to his clients. Mikhail also has a strong track record of advising on China-related transactions.

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Particular areas of expertise and notable cases

International law Консультирование по международным коммерческим и корпоративным трансакциям. Подготовка юридических заключений и меморандумов. Деятельность в качестве эксперта в рамках судебных процессов.  Защита интеллектуальной собственности. Приобретение жилой и коммерческой недвижимости за рубежом.


• Консультировал юридическую фирму из страны бывшего СССР по вопросам гарантии, исполняемой по требованию (on demand performance bond).

• Консультировал российских акционеров по учреждению компании за рубежом и оказывал правовое сопровождение ее деятельности по производству комплексного электронного продукта для использования в системе образования.

• Консультировал картинную галерею (Вест Энд, Лондон) по вопросам ее деятельности, правил сотрудничества с художниками и реализации произведений искусства — международно-правовые аспекты.

• Консультировал сеть ресторанов быстрого питания по вопросам привлечения инвестиций.

Михаил имеет значительный опыт работы по сделкам, связанным с китайскими партнерами и инвесторами.
Примеры дел:
• Консультировал китайскую компанию в сделке приобретения группы российских компаний, действующих в лесной отрасли.
• Консультировал российского дистрибутора дорожно-строительной техники по вопросам, связанным с заключением международного контракта дистрибуции машин и запчастей в России, и другим связанным вопросам


Mortgages, loans and security charges.

Significant cases and transactions include:
• Advised on a (loan) facility agreement between a syndicate of major German banks and a subsidiary of a German company in Russia operating in the fashion industry.• Advised the same syndicate of major German banks on the enforcement of a fixed charge over the shares of the Russian subsidiary.

Corporate Mergers & acquisitions, shareholder disputes, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance, share issues and transfers, insolvency etc.

Significant cases and transactions include:
• Advised a Russian distributor company on the joint venture arrangements with a Chinese manufacturer of construction machines.

• Advised a major Russian spa resort provider in respect of its potential insolvency.

• Advised an English company on an acquisition of the Russian company.

• Advised a Chinese company on an acquisition of a group of Russian timber companies.

• Advised a major Japanese automobile company on an establishment of a joint venture in cooperation with a major Russian automobile company (which involved corporate, IP, and commercial law aspects).

• Advised a major German company on a sale of its shares in a Russian industrial company.

• Advised a major German industrial company on an acquisition of a Russian company operating in the area of extraction and processing of quartz sand.

• Advised on the restructuring of the company’s electricity – generating assets.

• Advised a Russian company on an acquisition of a group of companies incorporated in Russia engaged in oil production and refining.

• Successfully represented large German company (a producer of construction materials) in a number of corporate disputes with a Russian company.

• Successfully represented a European company in a number of interrelated court hearings concerning ownership of a hotel situated in Moscow.

• Successfully represented a company which was a shareholder of another company in the commercial court. A new court precedent was created as a result of this case: it was held that a general director (CEO) of a company does not have the power to decide solely on participation of the company in any other company – such a decision must be made by the board of directors.

• Successfully represented a shareholder company (an automobile distributor in Russia) in the state court in a shareholder dispute concerning the control over this distributing company.

• Successfully represented a large Russian automobile manufacturer in a shareholder dispute with another large Russian company.

Commercial International distribution, sale of goods, agency and assignments etc.

Significant cases and transactions include:

• Advised a Russian distributor company in relation to an international contract (concerning distribution of construction machines and spare parts in Russia) and various distribution matters.

• Advised on IP law matters, drafting authorship and other contracts ensuring that the company possess copyright to its innovative product (i.e. a complex digital product designed for use in vocational education).

• Advised an English company, a manufacture of clothing for sports, beauty and recovery, on an international distribution agreement with a Russian company.

• Advised a Russian company on supply of spare parts for road-building machines from China to Russia.

• Advised a Russian company (controlled by a foreign shareholder) on a service contract concerning complex drilling operations on the sea shelf.

• Advised a major Russian nuclear company on the issue of determination of law applicable to the construction contract it had entered into with a Chinese company.

• Advised a Ural Plant Loader, a Russian distributor company, on the settlement of a dispute relating to a distribution contract with a Chinese manufacturer.

• Advised an Indian company on the issues of subrogation (insurance law).

• Successfully conducted negotiations on behalf of a Chinese company with its Russian counterparty on repayment of a debt owed by the latter to the former (the debt has been repaid).

• Successfully conducted negotiations on behalf of large Russian automobile manufacturer with a major German company — a producer and supplier of engines (the parties concluded a settlement agreement).

Employment and Directors, civil fraud

Directors and senior executives. Breach of contract and director’s duties. Dishonest assistance, breach of fiduciary duties, conspiracy, deceit, jurisdictional disputes etc.

Significant cases and transactions include:

• Represented a director general of the Russian subsidiary company of a large international industrial company in the matter of termination of his employment. As a result, the employment was terminated by the parties’ agreement and the director received a generous compensation from the company.

• Acted in proceedings (in the High Court) on behalf of a leading Russian company against a Russian oligarch and his business associates, in a claim for deceit, conspiracy and fraud.

• Acted in High Court proceedings seeking to enforce a number of Russian judgments in England against the above-mentioned Russian oligarch.

• Represented a Belarusian individual who was a defendant in proceedings before the High Court. The dispute concerned beneficial ownership of shares in a company incorporated in England.

• Advised a major Russian automobile company on employment of a foreign individual as a marketing and development director.


• “Distribution agreements: the terms to agree” (April 2017)

• “The advocates’ monopoly or uniting law professionals into the single body?” (July 2016)

• “Legal profession regime – cross country review” (December 2015)

• “Establishing a business in Russia” (June 2015)

• “Acquisition of Russian companies: experience of acting for Chinese clients” (January 2015) Linkedin

• “Enforcement of foreign judgments in Russia” (Pinsent Masons research 2013)

• “Tax – Russian Federation: International acquisitions” (Practical Law 2012)

• “On contribution of real estate assets into share capital of a commercial company” (October 2010) Arbitration Practice

• “Foreign investments in Russian companies qualified as “strategic public security assets of the Russian Federation” (September 2007) Biuletyn Wydzialu Promocji Handlu i Inwestycji Ambasady RP w Moskwie

• “Mergers & Acquisitions transactions abroad: antimonopoly control in Russia” (June 2007) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “Behind shares stands a company” (December 2006) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “Responsibility of directors under English law” (June 2006) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “Legal status of sole executive body of joint stock company” (May 2006) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “On mediation in Russia and abroad” (February 2006) Corporate lawyer

• “Dividing the company’s assets on its liquidation: some issues of protection of rights of its shareholders” (November 2005) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “Private companies in England: issues of M&A” (April 2005) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “On acquisition of control above a company in case of bankruptcy of its participant” (July – August 2004) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “Consideration of corporate disputes by arbitration institutions” (April 2004) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “Business in cooperation with foreign partners” (February 2004) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “Insider information” (January 2004) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “Information on joint-stock companies” (October 2003) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “On some methods of “split of” assets of companies” (September 2003) Mergers & Acquisitions

• “Problems relating to participation in commercial companies” (April 2003) Mergers & Acquisitions

Recent seminar and conference presentations

September 2015 – International Financial Forum (Sochi, Russia): Joint Ventures – risks and advantages.

April 2011 – Conference organised by Business and Society journal (Moscow): Can the public placement of information by companies about their corporate social responsibility be qualified as advertising activity?

April 2010 — Second International Symposium in Comparative Law (Ukraine): Recognition of corporate warranties in M&A transactions by the Russian law.

October 2008 – Session the Legal Department within the Moscow State University: Mergers & acquisitions: domestic and cross-border.

November 2006 — Mergers & Acquisition Forum (Saint-Petersburg): Recognition of the doctrine of corporate warranties and representations by the Russian statutory and case law.

November 2004 — Corporate Governance Conference, organised and held by the Russian Academy of Business and Entrepreneurship: Disclosure of information by Russian joint stock companies.


Mikhail Sokolov is an advocate at the Moscow Regional Bar of Advocates.

Mikhail Sokolov is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and a solicitor of Senior Courts of England and Wales. Sokolov Legal is a Russian law practice.

He is a foreign member at the Chancery Bar Association (London).