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Head of M&A Practice
(mergers and acquisitions)
and cross-border transactions


Karen joined the O2 Consulting team in 2016.

Prior to that, Karen worked in the New York and Moscow offices of leading international law firms (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler; Salans; Dewey & LeBoeuf) and held a number of executive positions with private equity funds in the USA and Russia.

He has been member of the New York State Bar Association since 2002.

Over his 20 years of practice, Mr Shakhnazarov has implemented over 80 M&A/Private Equity/VC transactions, including a number of landmark projects in energy, oil & gas, the pharmaceutical industry, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, blockchain and other high tech, recreation and entertainment, retail, fast food chains, the food industry, etc.


Karen obtained his Master of Law (LLM) degree from Columbia University (New York, USA), graduated with distinction from the Law Department of Moscow State University and is a specialist in US and English law. He also holds a diploma in philology from Moscow State Linguistic University.




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selected projects

  • Comprehensive support for three M&A transactions of a leading telecommunications company and its shareholders for purchase and sale of telecom assets and attracting strategic investors to the company.

  • Representing a major investment company in two M&A transactions for sale of Russian and Belorussian breweries to major global brewing companies

  • Legal support for sale to private investors of a majority interest in the Sbarro Russia fast food chain owing to restructuring of the network’s debt to a bank and a new strategic investor entering the Sbarro Russia group

  • Representing the founders of the CryptoPay international payment platform in a transaction for selling interests in the CryptoPay group companies to a strategic investor

  • Providing advice to founders of a number of projects on blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation matters, legal support for preparing the ICO for a number of projects

  • Comprehensive support for a transaction by RusGazEngineering Group, which specialises in development of oil & gas and petrochemical facilities, for sale of participatory interests in the capital of group companies to the investment department of a leading Russian bank following restructuring of the group’s debt to this bank

  • Representing a major investment fund in an M&A transaction for purchasing an interest in the capital of a Russian company providing round-the-clock, subscription-based legal support and remote legal services

  • Developing and implementing for a VC fund affiliated with a leading Russian bank a structure and programme for its joint venture investments with several private investors in new high tech projects, using various investment and financial tools

  • Legal support for a number of M&A transactions of a major Russian investor included on the Forbes list for withdrawing from joint projects with a former business partner

  • Providing advice to a leading Italian energy and gas company on a transaction for purchasing Russian oil & gas assets (worth a total of USD 5.8 bn)

  • Representing several Russian investors in a transaction for purchasing an amusement park in the USA

  • Representing First Quantum in a transaction for purchasing ports and container terminals in Russia and Ukraine from the National Container Company

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