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Michael Copeland


Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev and Partners LLP
3 Gough Square London EC4A 3DE
Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, SRA No. 492519

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7822 7060

An English law qualified lawyer, Michael Copeland has advised on a wide range of M&A and corporate law issues. He has also has extensive experience of advising on settlement of corporate and commercial disputes. Michael is based in Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners LLP’s London office, having previously worked at the Firm’s Moscow office, between 2013 and 2015.

Before joining Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in 2013, Michael worked for Herbert Smith Freehills in London, Singapore and Moscow. He had worked in Russia for a total of 7 years between 2005 and 2015, and has a strong track record in advising clients on complicated Russia-related corporate, joint venture and energy transactions.

Michael also spent time on secondment with a major international oil company both in London and Moscow working on M&A and joint venture matters.

Representative M&A transactions include advising:

  • Sinopec on its groundbreaking USD 3.7bn acquisition of Udmurtneft, a Russian oil producer, from TNK-BP;
  • a Russian investment fund on the split of jointly-held assets worth USD 15bn;
  • an international infrastructure investment fund on its USD multimillion acquisition of an interest in an operator of heat and power generation and heat distribution facilities in St Petersburg;
  • a leading CIS energy group on its acquisition of coal mining companies operating in Russia;
  • one of the selling shareholders on the sale of a controlling interest in a major Russian fertiliser producer;
  • a Russian investment fund on the acquisition of a pre-IPO stake in a pharmaceutical company;
  • a Russian private equity fund on the consortium acquisition of a Russian mortgage bank and related shareholder arrangements.

Representative joint venture experience of Michael includes advising:

  • a leading Russian petrochemicals producer on its multi-million joint venture with an Indian partner;
  • an Asian investment fund on its joint venture with a local partner to establish a network of petrol filling stations in eastern Ukraine;
  • a Japanese client on its proposed upstream joint venture with a major Russian oil company;
  • a Russian developer on a property joint venture with a US/European real estate fund.

Michael graduated from the University of Nottingham (UK).

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