Sergey Milanov is Head of the Asia Practice in the firm's Moscow office. He focuses on Corporate / M&A transactions and joint ventures in the Oil & Gas, car manufacturing, telecommunications, infrastructure and transport sectors. 

Sergey Milanov has huge experience in Asia, and in Japan, in particular. He is currently the only foreign lawyer authorised in Japan to advise on Russian law there. Before joining the firm, Sergey Milanov was a Partner at K&L Gates for over 5 years, splitting his time between the Moscow and Tokyo offices, and also practiced before that with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in Tokyo, White & Case in Moscow, New York and Tokyo.

Sergey also has experience in advising on green-field projects for establishment of Japanese distributors, dealers and manufacturing subsidiaries in the Russian Federation, including advice on trade, foreign currency, banking and other regulatory aspects of Russian law.

In addition to his M&A experience in the Russian Oil & Gas sector, Sergey has advised on implementation of big PSA projects for developing oil and gas deposits in the Russian Far East and Eastern Siberia, including representation of the lenders to such projects, as well as some of their Japanese and US sponsors, focusing on both extraction facilities and the export infrastructure, such as pipelines and sea terminals for such projects.

Sergey also has valuable experience in collecting overdue indebtedness from Russian borrowers through debt restructuring agreements but also (when inevitable) through Russian and foreign courts, as well as international arbitration, including foreclosure on pledged collateral.

Sergey is admitted in Japan as a Gaikokuho jimu bengoshi (Authorised Consultant in Foreign Law) for the laws of New York State and the Russian Federation. Sergey is admitted to the Bar of New York, the Bar of Primorski Region and the Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association.

Sergey is a graduate of the Law Faculty at the Law and State Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, (LL.M., 2000), Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1992) and University of Sofia School of Law, (LL.B., 1988). He speaks English, Japanese, Russian, French and Bulgarian. 

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