Nato Tskhakaya is a counsel and the head of our Antitrust & Competition practice. Nato has many years’ experience in antitrust laws and regulations and advising clients on M&A transactions and infrastructure projects. Among Nato’s clients are major Russian and international oil and gas companies, investment funds, and diversified holdings.


Nato’s practice focuses on antitrust and competition issues, corporate governance issues, mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure projects.

Nato is a member of the Association of Antitrust Experts.

Prior to joining RGP, Nato was a partner at Danilov & Partners law firm, and before that, she worked at international law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Salans.


Primary Practice Focus: Antitrust and Competition, Corporate

Secondary Practice Focus: Corporate

Industry Sectors: Energy & Natural Resources

Languages: English, Russian, Georgian

Nato Tskhakaya
Landline   +7 495 139 6536

International experience

15 jurisdictions

Landmark engagement experience

  • Representing Caterpillar in connection with obtaining the FAS Russia’s approval for its US$7.6 billion acquisition of Bucyrus, a leading manufacturer of mining equipment
  • Advising Baker Hughes in connection with obtaining the approval of the Russian Government Commission on Monitoring Foreign Investment for a merger with a global competitor
  • Developing and implementing an antitrust compliance system for a major international oilfield services company
  • Advising a global oil and gas drilling company on antitrust compliance issues in connection with its restructuring in Russia
  • Representing a major pharmaceutical company before the FAS Russia in connection with a competitor’s complaint regarding unfair advertising by our client
  • Advising a large Russian private oil company in connection with entering into a contract for the design, manufacture and supply of equipment with a US supplier for the construction of a liquid helium plant
  • Advising a large Russian private oil company on the implementation of its US$2.3 billion gas cycling project at the Yarakta oil and gas condensate field, including its cooperation with Toyo Engineering Corporation (Japan) in connection with the construction of a polymer plant
  • Advising a large private oil company on amending the terms of an investment agreement with a leading international investment bank
  • Advising one of the largest international oilfield services companies on the sale of its operating assets to a Russian state-owned oil company for US$100 million
  • Advising a Moscow private equity fund in connection with the establishment of a joint venture for the construction and management of a coal terminal in a sea port in Primorsky Krai


  • LLM, Duke University School of Law, 2010
  • DL, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2007


  • Advocate, 2021
  • Russia, 2007

Recognitions & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers 2020 - 2022 - ranked among the top Competition/Antitrust, Construction, M&A lawyers in Russia
  • - recommended lawyers in Competition Law (including disputes)

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Publications & public speaking

16 September 2021
GIR Connect: Moscow 2021
The first Global Investigations Review conference in Russia, supported by Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners. Ilya Rybalkin - co-head and moderator of session 1 - "Russia at the crossroads for internal and external investigations". Nato Tskhakaya - co-moderator of session 2 - "Panel discussion with in-house counsel". Anastasia Konstantinova - co-moderator of session 3 - "Operating in Russia – advice for international businesses going forward".
15 July 2021
The recent clarifications of the Federal Antimonopoly Service on economic concentration
Webinar by Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners
Nato Tskhakaya|Anton Sheronov
08 July 2021
Legal alert on amendments to the Fisheries Law and the Law on Foreign Investments in Strategic Companies (57-FZ)
By Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners
Nato Tskhakaya|Anton Sheronov
17 May 2021
Round table "New "antitrust" resolution of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation"
Satellite event organised by Association of antitrust experts in cooperation with FAS RF within the framework of SPILF Session "Substantive aspects of the Plenum Resolution" Moderator: Nato Tskhakaya
Nato Tskhakaya
13 May 2021
Legal alert on amendments to the State Defence Procurement Law
By Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners
Nato Tskhakaya|Anton Sheronov
18 February 2021
Antimonopoly Forum 2021
Flagship competition event organised by the Association of Antitrust Experts and the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service.
Nato Tskhakaya
21 January 2021
Legal alert on amendments to Law on Foreign Investment
By Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners
Nato Tskhakaya
16 December 2020
Legal alert on the state measures to stabilise the prices of socially important food products
By Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners
Nato Tskhakaya