“a well-rounded lawyer and strong negotiator” “… has outstanding experience representing the Russian government and private sector” legal press

Kirill Ratnikov is an of counsel to RGP in our Corporate practice. He has handled over one hundred merger and acquisition transactions in various industries, including cross-border deals. Kirill has participated in infrastructure, project finance, EPC industrial construction and PPP projects in various industry sectors with a total value exceeding US$50 billion. He has regularly represented listed corporations and financial institutions, brokers and dealers, depositary banks and custodian banks on ADRs, Eurobonds and Euronotes projects, as well as in connection with exchange and OTC hedging instruments and complex derivatives including disputes arising on such transactions.


Prior to joining RGP, Kirill was a senior counsel at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and has practiced with a number of international and Russian law firms in Moscow. He was Vice President/Head of Department for Legal Support of International Projects of Rusatom Overseas Inc. (State Corporation Rosatom) responsible for EPC/constriction project finance projects in Latin America, Africa, South-East Asia, India.

He is currently a professor at the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Project Finance Department of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation and was previously an associate professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University). He is a co-author of the original Federal Concession Law. Mr Ratnikov is a member of the PPP Committee of the Russian Chamber for Commerce and Industry; an expert counsel on PPPs and Infrastructure of the State Duma and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP); a representative of Russian business in PPP Business Advisory Board of UNECE (Geneva); and an M&A expert on the expert board of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development.


Primary Practice Focus: Corporate

Secondary Practice Focus: Mergers & Acquisitions

Languages: Russian, English

Kirill Ratnikov
Of Counsel
Landline +7 495 139 6508

International experience

42 jurisdictions

Landmark engagement experience

Corporate finance

  • Representing Eurasian Development Bank in the financing of two hydro power plants in Belarus
  • Advising on financing for new terminals in Sheremetyevo Airport, including on construction agreements
  • Advising on joint venture structuring and financing of Boguchansk Hydro Power Plant and Boguchansk aluminum plant

Construction / EPC

  • Representing a large pharmaceutical company in a transaction to construct a plant in the industrial zone of the Leningrad Region
  • Construction of new industrial units located at a refinery in the Russian region
  • Negotiating and providing legal support under projects related to nuclear power plants and research nuclear facilities in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and India


  • Advising Impregilo, Todini, Salini and IL&FS on the reconstruction of an USD 1.1 bln Almaty–Khorgos toll motorway in Kazakhstan
  • Serving as legal counsel to a large international pharmaceutical company: advising on issues related to a PPP with Russian partners
  • Advising an Austrian company on legal aspects of the engineering and construction of bio-gas fueled power plants in Belarus
  • Representing the contractor under a multi-USD bln project to construct new lines of the Moscow Underground
  • Developing a new contracting model for the financing and construction of electric power systems in Russia’s regions
  • Advising an international corporation on an anticipated toll motorway concession in the Crimea (Ukraine) in 2011
  • Advising the Administration Office of the Volgograd Region on tender documentation for an USD 1.7 bln concession to build a toll road bypassing Volgograd
  • Advising on a joint venture between OJSC Russian Railways and the Moscow Government to reconstruct and develop the Moscow Railway System
  • Providing legal support under an USD 7 bln PPP project to construct a 460 km railway between Kyzyl and Kuragino intended to set up a railway link to Russia’s largest coal fields located in East Siberia
  • Advising an international consortium on its proposal in a tender to upgrade Pulkovo airport in Saint Petersburg on a PPP basis
  • Representing a few Russian regional governments in implementing the Belkomur integrated program for industrial and infrastructure development. Providing legal support in the course of construction of Olympic facilities in Sochi

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Representing one of the world’s largest furniture producers in the acquisition of a panel factory with products intended for export to Russia, the CIS and Europe
  • Advising investors on the acquisition of two plants from a Gazprom subsidiary
  • Providing advice to a leading Russian mobile operator regarding 11 acquisitions of regional players
  • Around 80 M&A projects in such industries as mining, banking and finance, insurance, oil and gas, IT, pharma, food and beverages


  • Providing advice on 11 IPOs and programs for Rule 144A ADRs and GDRs traded on the Russian stock exchanges, and on the LSE, NYSE and FSE

Dispute Resolution

  • Key expert in a major dispute between majority and minority shareholders on corporate governance heard at LCIA


  • D.L., Moscow State University, 1996
  • LL.M., Yale Law School, 1999
  • 2001, PhD in law, Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences


  • Russia (1996)

Recognitions & Awards

Kirill Ratnikov is constantly ranked by leading legal publications, such as Best Lawyers, “Vedomosti” and IFLR as one of the “first tier” PPP and infrastructure specialists in Russia.

  • World Finance – “Best PPP & Project Finance Lawyer in Russia” in 2013
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2010, 2013  – Corporate/Kirill Ratnikov is “a well-rounded lawyer and strong negotiator”; “Ratnikov has outstanding experience representing the Russian government and private sector
  • The Best Lawyers 2020  – named among leading specialists in Construction, Project Finance and Development, and Real Estate

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