Vyacheslav Yugai

Associated Partner
Practice Group: Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

Vyacheslav Yugai’s core practice area is corporate law and M&A. He advises Russian and foreign companies on the establishment and implementation of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and the structuring of international transactions. Vyacheslav also advises companies regarding investment projects (including greenfield and brownfield investments and concluding and negotiating investment contracts, contract manufacturing agreements and distribution agreements) in the Russian Federation and abroad.


  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Commercial contracts
  • Foreign direct investments
  • Corporate law


  • Far Eastern Federal University, Law Institute, Russia, Diploma in Law (with honors), 2007
  • University of Southern California’s Gould School of Laws (U.S.), LL.M, 2009
  • Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners, Counsel, 2011 - 2019
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Foreign Attorney, 2016-2017
  • Admitted to practice law in Russia (advocate), New York, U.S. and England & Wales
  • At Noerr since August 2019

Selected Projects

  • Japanese development bank: Advising the bank on a number of credit facilities to major Russian banks
  • Major U.S. private equity fund: Advising the fund on US$ 5b+ cross-border acquisitions of business across Europe and EMEA region
  • SOGAZ: Advising on acquisition of entire insurance business of VTB to create an industry-leading insurance company
  • Major mining group: Advising on divestment of strategic assets in the Far East of Russia to a foreign institutional buyer
  • Global mining group: Advising the group on several acquisitions of metal production and energy exploration and production business
  • Major Russian bank: Advising the bank on financing of a number of acquisitions with a total value exceeding US$ 2b in mining and metal production sector
  • Group of institutional investors: Advising on acquisition of 50% stake in Tele2 Russia
  • METRO Group: Advising on a sale of European chain of hypermarkets to Auchan Group
  • Global pharmaceutical company: Advising the company on strategic acquisitions in Russia and CIS
  • Global advertising group: Advising the group on establishing a strategic joint venture in Russia
  • Major Russian bank: Advising on privatization sale of stock


  • Recommended for the corporate law in Russia, Best Lawyers (2020 – 2021)
  • Recommended for the corporate law in Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA (2020)
  • One of the best experts for M&A in Russia, Pravo.ru-300 (2020)
  • Recommended as leading lawyer for corporate and M&A in Russia, Kommersant (2020)
  • Recommended as a corporate and M&A lawyer in Russia, Chambers Europe (2018)

Selected Publications

  • Mergers & Acquisitions, International Series, Thompson Reuters, 2nd Edition, 2016, section Russia.