Evgenia Korotkova


Evgenia Korotkova

National Partner

Moscow | Dechert Russia LLC, ul. Gasheka 7 str. 1, Moscow, Россия 123056
+7 499 922 11 60 | +7 499 922 11 11


Evgenia Korotkova has been advising Russian and multinational clients since 1993 on major local and cross-border M&A transactions, corporate finance transactions, joint venture and divestitures. She also advises on general corporate and commercial matters, antitrust, real estate, employment, banking, currency regulation, licensing and IP matters, as well as advising Russia-focused funds on a wide range of operational matters. Evgenia has overseen hundreds of due diligence reviews and has also advised clients on a wide range of issues connected with the establishment and operation of enterprises with foreign investment.

Ms. Korotkova is noted in The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020 for her commercial, corporate and M&A practice. The Legal 500 EMEA, 2019 listed her for employment, and real estate and construction in Russia. Between 2014 – 2019 she was listed in The Legal 500 EMEA for employment law.  She has also been recommended by Best Lawyers since 2009 for corporate and M&A law in Russia.

Ms. Korotkova is a frequent author and speaker on Russian law and foreign investments.

  • Kinross Gold Corporation on its recently announced plans to acquire Chulbatkan, a high-quality, heap leach development project in Russia, from N-Mining Limited for a total fixed consideration of US$283 million. The deal, which required extensive due diligence of the subsoil license holding company, includes approximately US$113 million in cash and US$170 million in Kinross stock, plus 1.5% contingency payments. The acquisition is a strategic addition to Kinross’s existing mining operations, as it is expected to be a high yield, yet low-cost operation.
  • Daimler AG on its US$250 million acquisition of a 10% stake in Russian truck manufacturer KamAZ, which involved a rapid and comprehensive due diligence of approximately 150 companies.
  • A hedge fund on its acquisition of a significant minority stake in a Russian mining company.
  • OAO Mechel, via its wholly owned subsidiary Oriel Resources, on its US$425 million disposal of the Voskhod Mining Plant (in Khromtau, Kazakhstan) and Tikhvin Ferroalloy Plant (in Tikhvin, Leningrad Region, Russia) to Turkey’s Yildirim Group.
  • Kinross Gold Corporation on its US$3.1 billion acquisition of and merger with Bema Gold Corporation, which included the acquisition of the Kupol and Julietta mines in Russia and spin-off of related assets, and the restructuring of a mining project finance facility for the Kupol mine.
  • Kinross Gold Corporation on its sale of its interest in Omolon Gold Mining Company and Omsukchansk Gold Mining Company in Russia.
  • OJSC Vimpel-Communications (VimpelCom) on its €341.9 million acquisition of 90% of CJSC Armenia Telephone Company (Armentel) from Hellenic Telecommunications Organization.
  • OJSC Vimpel-Communications (VimpelCom) on its acquisition of majority stakes in Sakhalin Telecom and Sakhalin Telecom Mobile.
  • OJSC Vimpel-Communications (VimpelCom) on its NYSE IPO, the first NYSE listing of shares by a Russian company since 1903.
  • Golden Telecom on its US$200 million acquisition by Golden Telecom of the alternative operator Comincom and its key subsidiary, Combellga, in a share exchange transaction with a large Norwegian telecommunications company.
  • A major multinational energy company on a strategic joint venture with an energy company in Russia.
  • A major multinational petroleum services company on numerous acquisitions in Russia Federal Express on corporate matters related to its representative office in Russia.
  • Part of the team acting for Marfin Popular Bank on its acquisition of a 50.04% stake in Rossisysky Promishlenny Bank (Rosprombank) based in Moscow for €83 million.
  • Part of the team acting for ICT Group on its sale of a strategic interest in NOMOS Bank to the Czech PPF Group.
  • OTP Bank on structuring real estate transactions in Russia.
  • Fortis Investments on the establishment of a joint venture in Russia with CIT Finance, including leading the due diligence teams in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
  • Alfa Capital Partners on its acquisition of shares in a holding company owning more than a dozen health clubs in Russia.
  • Nokian Tyres plc, the leading Nordic manufacturer of car tires, on the establishment of a greenfield tire factory to be built in the Leningrad region of the Russian Federation, as well as a joint venture with Amtel and other corporate transactions.
  • Gallaher Group on its US$390 million acquisition of the Liggett-Ducat tobacco production facility in Moscow.
  • General Motors on its US$350 million joint venture with AvtoVAZ, Russia’s largest automotive manufacturer and joint venture with Elabuga Automotive Plant in Tatarstan.
  • Polpharma, a manufacturer of drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in Poland, on its acquisition of shares in the Russian pharmaceutical producer Open Joint Stock Company Akrikhin.
  • Polpharma on its proposed acquisitions of two other Russian pharmaceutical companies as well as employment matters under Russian law and intellectual property matters under Russian law.
  • Mundipharma Medical GmbH on a distribution agreement, product supply contract and delivery contract with a Russian legal entity for the provision of pharmaceutical products, establishing a representative office in Russia, and general corporate matters in Russia.
  • Lek Pharmaceuticals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sandoz, on the establishment of a representative office in Russia, litigation related to the bankruptcy of a pharmaceutical distributor and general corporate matters in Russia.
  • Leciva A.S. (now part of Zentiva N.V., a leading international pharmaceutical company on the Czech Republic, Turkey, Romania, Poland, Slovakia and Russia) on general corporate matters and employment matters in Russia.
  • Leading foreign pharmaceutical companies on various issues associated with conducting clinical trials in Russia, including execution of clinical trial agreements with Russia-based laboratories.


  • Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Leiden Law School
  • Russian Federation
  • Russian
  • English
Speaking Engagements
  • Start Your Business in Russia - Key Legal Points — A presentation at the Russian-Monaco Economic Forum, hosted by the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Moscow (October 5, 2016)