Yulia Solomakhina is a partner based in the Moscow office. Her practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, particularly capital markets, M&A and cross-border transactions involving businesses in Russia. Vedomosti, Russia’s leading business newspaper, has distinguished Ms Solomakhina as a leading lawyer in Russia in the areas of capital markets and M&A, the result of a survey of the leading legal practitioners in Russia. She has also been distinguished as a leading capital markets lawyer in Russia by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, and in 2015 was named a ‘Rising Star’ in corporate by IFLR’s European Women in Business Law Awards. Ms Solomakhina’s recent experience includes advising MegaFon in its US$740 million acquisition of a 64 per cent controlling stake in Mail.Ru Group from USM Holdings, MegaFon’s controlling shareholder; Alrosa in the US$800 million privatisation sale by the Russian Federation of a 10.9 per cent stake in Alrosa listed on the Moscow Exchange; and MegaFon in its US$1.7 billion IPO on the London Stock Exchange and the Moscow Exchange. She received an LLM degree from New York University School of Law in 2002 and a JD equivalent, summa cum laude, from Moscow State University Law School in 2000. Ms Solomakhina is a qualified Russian lawyer.