Ekaterina Spakhova

Senior Associate
  • The team has excellent expertise and is aware of the subtleties of the arbitration process
    Chambers Europe 2014
  • Growing practice assisting local and international clients with M&A transactions and general corporate issues, including compliance
    Chambers Europe 2015
  • The team does everything to achieve the best possible result for the client
    Chambers Europe 2015
  • The team demonstrated a very commercial approach: hands-on partners that helped clients to achieve their goals
    Chambers Europe 2016
  • A top choice for mid-market cases, representing both international clients and notable local names
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • KIAP areas of expertise include financial liability and insurance disputes as well as debt recovery claims. Acts on contractual disputes and assists with local enforcement proceedings
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • Represents clients from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail and pharmaceuticals
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • The team has a very practical and can-do attitude
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • KIAP team provides comprehensive legal advice that combines a strong breadth of resources with deep knowledge of the client’s business
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • The team is praised for their ability to resolve complex cases quickly
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • Strong professionals at KIAP have a business-oriented approach and an outstanding commercial mindset, treating all matters carefully and providing prompt solutions to tough problems
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • The experienced, professional Banking and finance team provides practical solutions to all issues and has a good understanding of its clients
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • They are flexible and everything they provide is highly detailed. We appreciate the commercial approach and personalised attention of KIAP lawyers
    Chambers Europe 2019
  • Practitioners with strong and varied experience in commercial and corporate consultancy who go above and beyond to reach the right result for the client
    Legal 500 EMEA 2019
  • Ekaterina frequently assists Samokhvalov with its major transactions
    Legal 500 EMEA 2019
Senior Associate in Corporate practice and assists on projects of Tax and Banking & Finance practices. Personally ranked lawyer in Best Lawyers 2021 (Litigation) and Legal 500 EMEA 2019 international ratings. Ekaterina specializes in consulting the largest Russian and transnational companies doing business in Russia on corporate matters, as well as in the sphere of commerce and real estate. Ekaterina structures major M&A transactions within Russian market and cross-border transactions. Specializes on representing clients in various government bodies, including Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation, Chamber of Commerce and Industry and tax authorities.


  • Business Administration program, the University of London (2013-2016)
  • Study course in Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, New York, Los Angeles (2014)
  • Law faculty, the Finance University affiliated to the Government of the Russian Federation (diploma with honours 2010-2014)


Corporate / M&A:

  • Providing legal support to Zvezda Shipbuilding complex in preparation of transaction documents and negotiations with partner, Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (HSHI), on terms of the transaction on launching a joint venture in the field of engineering and project management of the construction of tankers – OOO “Zvezda-Hyundai”. 
  • Advising European concrete panels producer in the course of sale of its Russian business (value of project exceeds 12 mln euro).
  • Carrying out due diligence of large-scale industrial forest holding company in the course of its acquisition by an international holding company, one of the major producers of wooden houses.
  • Advising a large Russian investment company regarding the complex structuring of investments in the agricultural sector.
  • Representation of a Russian investor in a corporate dispute regarding the return of shares in one of a large company producing high-grade phosphate-bearing raw materials, phosphoric fertilizer and feed phosphates, which were stolen from the depositary (value of the stolen shares was more than 1 billion rubles).
  • Advising a large Russian airport complex in respect of possible options on settlement of a corporate dispute in the airport complex which arose during the carrying out of a project on construction of new airport in the region. The client was also provided with legal support in the evaluation of risks of damages recovery from the management of airport complex related to the shutting down of the airport.
  • Preparation of a shareholders’ agreement for a daughter company of an international logistics enterprise in order to settle a corporate dispute related to management of the company.
  • Representation of a French agricultural holding company in the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS) in obtaining approval for purchase of shares of a Russian malt producer.
  • Representation of an international paper mill holding company in the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS) in obtaining approval for establishing control over a Russian enterprise.
  • Advising a large Russian restaurant chain on an action plan to achieve a new corporate structure.
  • Advising and assisting foreign companies on accreditation of branches and representative offices in Russia and on incorporation of daughter companies in Russia.
Banking and Finance:

  • Consulting start-up project on the possibility to implement the acquiring project in Russia. 
  • Drafting an opinion on correspondence of the innovative arrangement for cross-border funds transfer to the requirements of the Russian legislation in the sphere of international funds transfer system.
  • Advising a large Baltic bank on options for the settlement and enforcement of the debt of a Russian borrower.
  • Advising several clients on issues related to carrying out KYC (know your client) procedures while opening of Russian and foreign bank accounts.
Tax law:

  • Advising Russian private investors on tax and currency control consequences of opening a business abroad.
  • Advising on the creation of a contractual framework for a large company operating in housing and the provision of community amenities.
Commercial practice:

  • Advising a large manufacturer of drinks on holding a public event in the Russian Federation.        
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