Anton Bakov

Partner, Head of TMT

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Anton specializes in commercial, corporate and compliance issues as well as in complex M&A transactions. Anton's clients include large international and Russian companies, mainly from the TMT and Industrials sectors.

Anton leads our TMT sector, advising clients on IT law as well as on contractual and regulatory issues related to digitalization and cyber security, technology transactions, data protection matters and copyright issues.

He also advises public and private companies and their boards of directors with respect to corporate governance and general legal matters. In addition to his main specialization, Anton also advises on a wide range of other legal issues, including matters related to the application of Russian contract, investment, labor, real estate and customs legislation.

Anton's clients appreciate his competence in drafting documents and his excellent negotiation skills. Anton’s track record includes numerous complex projects that he supported from their very initial stages until their successful implementation.


  • assisting Tochka Bank with the acquisition of a software developer

  • assisting a market leader in network solutions with a complex transaction involving the acquisition of a stake in a software development company structured in three jurisdictions, including negotiations and drafting all the relevant documentation: SPAs, shareholders agreements, pledges and other documents

  • assisting the Cherkizovo Group with its acquisition of Pit-Product from Atria Group

  • assisting the Cherkizovo Group with its acquisition of Compass Foods LLC, a subsidiary of Cargill Inc., in all stages including providing due diligence, drafting a full set of transaction documentation, as well as negotiating and providing support during the signing of the transaction

  • assisting with the Russian part of the global corporate reorganization of a Fortune 500 company, including the spin-off and separation of a business line for the purpose of its subsequent sale


2006St Petersburg State University of Economics, Specialist’s Degree in Law


  • English
  • Russian


2022–pres. Partner, Head of TMT / Counsel, BIRCH LEGAL
2017–2022 Counsel, Head of TMT, Eversheds Sutherland
2008–2017 Counsel / Senior Associate / Associate, Hannes Snellman
2006–2008 Associate, DLA Piper
2004–2006 In-house lawyer, Oceanproduct Holding


Anton has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Compliance by the Kommersant Legal Rating 2023

Anton was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Corporate and M&A, ТМТ in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2022-2024

Anton has been recognized as a Rising Star in Commercial, Corporate and M&A for two years in a row by The Legal 500 2020-2021

Anton has been selected by Best Lawyers in Russia 2020-2022 for his work in Corporate law

“Counsel Anton Bakov is simply amazing”, The Legal 500 2020