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Natalya V. Morozova

Natalya V. Morozova Partner, Energy Transactions & Projects

Natalya is the Managing Partner of the Moscow office. She joined Vinson & Elkins in 1991, when the firm opened its Moscow office, and became a partner in 2000. She has extensive experience in, and has worked on, a significant number of complex international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, securities, general corporate practice, and other corporate and project development transactions, principally focused on the energy/natural resources sector.

Her practice has involved many of the high-profile issues shaping Russia’s corporate environment in recent years, including protection of minority shareholders, creating joint ventures, and structuring corporate relationships between Russian and non-Russian shareholders. She has recently worked on significant projects involving Russia-destined joint ventures of major Chinese companies, including oil and gas upstream, mining, and petrochemical projects. 

Experience Highlights

  • A major Chinese petrochemical company in formation of a butadiene nitrile rubber joint venture based on the business of Krasnoyarsk Rubber Plant
  • A Chinese state-owned company on its acquisition of minority shares of a Russian company owning an ethylene and propylene producing facility in the Russian Far East
  • A European chemical company on a proposed joint venture in China
  • Sinopec in connection with its acquisition of a 10% stake in SIBUR as a strategic investor. SIBUR is Russia’s largest vertically integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company. The work included negotiation of a shareholders’ agreement among all shareholders of SIBUR
  • A Chinese oil and gas company in connection with a proposed investment in oil exploration interests in the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Oman Oil Company in connection with the sale to the Russian government of a 7% equity interest in the Caspian Pipeline Consortium for a reported price of $700 million

Energy & Natural Resources

  • The majority shareholder in a large Russian oil and gas producer in the $1 billion plus sale of a 5% plus block of shares to a Luxembourg securitization company in a transaction arranged and financed by Deutsche Bank AG
  • A foreign investment company in connection with a subsoil exploration project in Russia; the work included formation of a Russian vehicle, to participate in a tender for a subsoil exploration license and has to qualify under certain requirements pursuant to the tender terms, development of a complex corporate structure, and preparation and negotiation of a shareholders agreement
  • NOVATEK, the largest independent gas producer in the Russian Federation on the formation of  a 51/49 joint venture, the holder of the license to develop Termokarstovoye,  a large gas and condensate field in northern Russia, with Total, a French major oil and gas company; the transaction involved the negotiation of joint venture arrangements for the subsequent development of the field; overall investment in the project is estimated at around $1 billion
  • NOVATEK OAO on the $650 million purchase of a 51 percent stake in Yamal LNG, the holder of the subsoil license to the South-Tambeyskoye gas field in northern Russia, one of the world’s largest gas fields; shares have been acquired from three structures affiliated with the Volga Resources fund
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation, a U.S. oil company, in connection with the sale to TNK-BP of a 50 percent interest in joint venture company Vanyoganneft for $485 million; Vanyoganneft holds subsoil licenses to oil and gas condensate deposits in the Western Siberian oil basin and is located in Khanty Mansiisk autonomous district of Russia
  • Sellers in a structured sale of a block of shares in a Russian holder of subsoil licenses to deposits of federal significance as characterized by the new amendments to the Subsoil Law
  • A Russian investment company in connection with the sale of three subsidiaries holding oil and gas exploration licenses in the Tyumen region of Russia to Sibir Energy Plc, a company listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange
  • A majority shareholder of a Russian gas company in connection with a proposed sale of a blocking stake to a major French oil and gas company for approximately $900 million

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity

  • An investor in the proposed acquisition by a Chinese state-owned company of a majority stake of shares in a Russian coal mining company, a holder of subsoil licenses and of port facility rights on the Russian East coast; and proposed formation of a joint venture with the Russian shareholder to bid for additional subsoil licenses
  • A U.S. private equity firm in the investment of well and reservoir monitoring services, a free zone company which operates a Russia-based research and data interpretation subsidiary
  • A global manufacturer of pipe products in creation of a joint venture holding company with a Russia-based operating subsidiary to manufacture certain pipe products
  • Lime Rock Partners, a U.S. private equity group, on a proposed significant investment in the Russian oil and gas sector
  • The main shareholders of NOVATEK, the largest Russian independent gas producer, in connection with its sale to an affiliate of Gazprom of a 19.4 percent equity stake in the company; the transaction documents, including the shareholders agreement, introduced Gazprom as a strategic investor into the company
  • A major Nordic energy company in the purchase of large block of shares in the Russian St. Petersburg-based regional electricity generation and distribution company in an $847 million exchange of electricity generation and distribution companies and assets in Germany, Ireland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden, with a major German energy company
  • One of the largest alcohol distributors in an intended acquisition of a well-known Russian vodka brand
  • Sellers of a significant interest in the mid-priced restaurant chain that serves Russian national cuisine to a private equity fund affiliated with a major Russian industrial and financial group; the acquisition was based on a combination of equity and loan financing; the work also included pre-sale corporate restructuring and negotiations of the documentation governing post-sale relations of the investors

Contact Details


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4th Lesnoy Pereulok, 4, 4th Floor
125047 Moscow, Russian Federation
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Natalya's Practices

  • Moscow State Law Academy (formerly: All-Union Law Institute), J.D., 1988; post-graduate work in private international law, 1989–1990
  • The University of Houston Law Center, LL.M., 1997
  • The Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages with a certificate as a teacher of the English language, 1982
  • Admitted to practice: Russian Federation
    • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney's) Expert Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law, Energy & Natural Resources: (Russia), 2015 and 2016
    • Chambers Global, Energy & Natural Resources (Russia), 2016 
    • IFLR 1000 Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Energy and infrastructure, Project Development, Mining, Oil & Gas (Russia), 2014−2016 
    • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Expert Guide to the World’s Leading B.R.I.C.  Lawyers, 2013
      • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Energy & Natural Resources: (Russia),  2010-2013
          • Legal Media Group's (Euromoney's) Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers, 2013
            • The Legal 500: EMEA - Energy and Natural Resources Law for Russia, 2005-2016
            • The Legal 500: EMEA -Corporate & M&A Law for Moscow, 2011-2013
            • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney's) Expert Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law - 3rd Edition, 2014
            • Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs, Certificate of Appreciation
            • Arbitrator: Arbitrage at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry (The Arbitrage at the Moscow Chamber of the Commerce and Industry (MTPP) was founded in 1993 as an international commercial arbitration institution, primarily resolving disputes between Russian entities and their foreign counterparts.)