Patrick Brooks is the co-managing partner of the Moscow office and leads the Corporate team in Moscow. Patrick has been a full-time resident of Moscow since 2007.

    Patrick focuses his practice on cross-border transactions with a concentration on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate finance in Russia. He has extensive experience providing strategic counsel to clients investing and operating in the Russian Federation across numerous sectors, particularly telecommunications, infrastructure, manufacturing, life sciences and financial services. His corporate/M&A practice has been recommended in Chambers Europe and The Legal 500 since 2015.

    According to Chambers, “Patrick Brooks receives praise for his ‘strong negotiation skills, which enable us to communicate efficiently with the other party to find mutually acceptable solutions.’”

    Chambers 2021 notes, “‘Patrick is experienced, he’s done so many transactions. He understands how to negotiate deals,’ a client says, adding that as a result ‘he’s got a good feel for what will or will not work in a transaction.’ Another client adds: ‘He takes a constructive, commercial approach in negotiations. He’s able to focus negotiations, he’s very much in the room.’"

    In addition to his transactional practice, Patrick plays a key role in advising on corporate governance, anticorruption, regulatory and compliance matters, including assisting clients in understanding the application of US anticorruption and sanctions laws to their Russian operations, and Russian anticorruption laws and regulatory regimes that affect their businesses. In this role, Patrick has advised on the application of sanctions to various transactions, internal investigations, diligence exercises and the development of compliance programs.

    Patrick also has extensive experience in US bankruptcy and complex corporate restructuring, having started his career in the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group.

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    Mergers and Acquisitions, and Private Equity

    Telecommunications, Media and Technology

    • Representing Ozon plc, the first and the leading Russian online retailer, in connection with numerous rounds of capital raising.
    • Representing Russia's leading online travel metasearch engine in connection with shareholder restructuring.
    • Representing Baring Vostok in connection with the divestiture of Gallery Services, a leading outside advertising business in Russia and Ukraine.
    • Representing Baring Vostok in connection with the acquisition of a material stake in the second-largest independent mobile telecommunications towers operator in Russia.
    • Representing QIWI plc in connection with the acquisition of a significant equity stake in Flocktory Ltd, an SaaS platform for customer life cycle management and personalization. The company's business is focused primarily on the development of automated marketing solutions for the e-commerce, financial, media and travel industries, which are based on data collection and analysis.
    • Representing Enforta B.V. in connection with its exchange of shares in Prestige Internet with ER Telecom Holdings Inc. and subsequent exit.
    • Representing Russia’s largest 4G/LTE provider on a US$6.5 billion merger with one of the leading telecommunications service providers and the subsequent exit of founder group.
    • Representing founders and the other shareholders of Kinopoisk, Russia’s leading internet movie database portal, in connection with the exit sale to Yandex.
    • Representing Russia Partners in connection with investments in data centers through DataSpace Partners.

    Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Energy

    • Representing an investor in connection with the acquisition of a material stake in a grain transshipment facility on the Black Sea.
    • Advised founders of a leading Nigerian chemical solutions provider in the sale of a material stake of the company to CEPSA Quimica S.A. and establishing a joint venture structure.
    • Representing a US publicly traded specialty steel and bearing manufacturer in connection with establishing a manufacturing joint venture.
    • Representing Macquarie Renaissance Infrastructure Fund in a US$625 million consortium investment into ENEL OGK-5, one of Russia’s leading wholesale power producers. Other members of the consortium included Xenon Capital Partners' Rusenergo Fund and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).
    • Representing the purchasers in leveraged acquisitions of several large steel manufacturers with operations in Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Russia.

    Consumer Products and Logistics

    • Advised Russian Sea – Catching in connection with the acquisition of several Far East fishing businesses.
    • Advising Norbert Dentressangle in a logistics joint venture with Danone and the acquisition of interests in a Russian specialty logistics firm.
    • Representing a leading private equity funding in the divestiture of its interests in a leading Russian restaurant chain.
    • Representing the seller in connection with the sale of one of Russia’s leading snack businesses.
    • Representing STS Logistics Corporation in connection with its merger with Overseas Logistic Services Corporation (Russia Logistics Service) to create one of the largest logistics service providers in Russia with consolidated annual revenues in excess of US$300 million and subsequent restructuring.
    • Advising Agribusiness Partners on its US$144 million exit from Chicken Kingdom through a sale to OJSC Cherkizovo.

    Financial Services

    • Representing a leading publicly traded provider of fleet card and specialty payment services in acquisitions of complementary businesses in the Russian Federation and other CIS member states, including the leading fuel card software platform providers used in the Russian Federation.
    • Advising IC “Blagosostoyanie” in connection with its acquisition of InTouch Insurance.
    • Advising NPF “Blagosostoyanie” in connection with the acquisition of Absolut Bank.
    • Advising Baring Vostok in connection with investment in First Credit Bureau.
    • Advising EBRD on its investment into RosEvroBank.
    • Representing Investtorgbank in its US$220 million private placement and negotiations of the related shareholders agreement.

    Education

    • The University of Akron, J.D., cum laude, member, Akron Law Review, 1998
    • The University of Akron, B.A., 1993

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 1998

    Courts

    • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit, 2002
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Middle Dist. of North Carolina
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. of North Carolina, 2006
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio

    Languages

    • English
    • Russian
    • Recognized in Chambers Europe 2021 for: Russia – Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability and Russia – Private Equity.
    • Recognized in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2021 for Russia – Commercial, Corporate and M&A: Moscow.
    • Recommended in Chambers Global 2021 for Corporate/M&A in Russia.
    • Recognized in Chambers Global 2021 as a leading international expert on Corporate/M&A, Russia.

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