Alexandra Karachurina, Maria Borodina, and Vyacheslav Yugai have joined the Balayan Group as Partners in the firm's Corporate & Transactions practice.
The Balayan Group opened its doors in Russia in April 2021 (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on January 19, 2021).
According to the firm, “Karachurina has a stellar track record of over 20 years working in leading global law firms. Alexandra has represented key industry players, across multiple sectors, in market-defining cross-border transactions. Alexandra’s unique expertise in international equity markets and compelling M&A background will help clients implement their growth, investment, and financing strategies.” Prior to joining Balayan, Karachurina was a Partner at Linklaters, where she spent over 18 years. She has also spent over five years with White & Case.
According to the Balayan Group, Borodina “has attained over 15 years of experience in corporate matters through implementing numerous domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions as well as joint ventures deals of different magnitudes and structures. Maria was educated in Russia and at Columbia Law School in the United States. Employing her dual qualification in Russia and New York, her practice will continue to concentrate on high-profile transformational cross-border deals for Russian and international clients.” Before joining Balayan, Borodina spent over 20 years with Freshfields and a year with Danone.
According to the firm, Yugai, who will also lead the Digital Transformation practice, “brings a unique blend of strategic thinking, remarkable transactional experience, and Asian cultural values to the team. [He] is qualified to practice law in three major jurisdictions: New York, England & Wales, and Russia. [He] focuses on complex corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. He has built an impressive M&A practice with considerable cross-border experience.” Yugai spent over eight years with Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners and over two years with Noerr, before joining the Balayan Group.
“I am honored and proud that such exceptional professionals are joining me and my amazing colleagues at Balayan Group on this spectacular journey,” said Oxana Balayan, Founder & Chair. “What a great team and a team of greats. We are delighted to have them on board.”