Anton Sitnikov

Senior Partner, Corporate and M&A

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Throughout his career, Anton has supervised M&A, private equity and joint venture deals in various sectors, with a particular emphasis on energy and natural resources, real estate and infrastructure, retail and consumer goods, banking and finance, TMT, and industrial manufacturing.

For twenty years, Anton was responsible for establishing, launching and managing the Corporate and M&A practice which, under his leadership, has become one of the largest, most resourceful, versatile and the most sought M&A teams in the Russian market.


  • advising Avito on its investment in HR Messenger, an automated staff recruitment and integration platform, including further increase up to the controlling stake. This is the first ever deal of this magnitude involving chatbot design companies

  • advising GetCourse co-founder and CEO Sergei Mikhailov on a private equity deal with Goldman Sachs, Winter Capital Partners and Baring Vostok Capital Partners. The amount of the relevant investment round is USD 50m

  • advising Open Mobile Platform LLC and RUSINTECH LLC (ESN Group) on the sale of 75% in Open Mobile Platform and 75% in Votron LLC to Rostelecom PJSC who gains control over the developer of Sailfish OS and Sailfish Mobile OS RUS (now – Aurora OS) through this transaction (2018)

  • acting for 12 STOREEZ and the founders of the Russian apparel brand on a private equity deal with Baring Vostok Capital Partners Fund (BVCP)

  • Anton’s experience includes his projects before joining BIRCH LEGAL.


2001Moscow Academy of Economics and Law, Specialist’s Degree in Law


  • English
  • Russian
  • Italian
  • Spanish


2022–pres. Senior Partner, BIRCH LEGAL
2018–2022Senior Partner, Head of Corporate/M&A, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
2009–2018Senior Partner, Head of Corporate/M&A, Goltsblat BLP
2006–2009Partner, Head of Corporate, Pepeliaev, Goltsblat and Partners
2002–2006Head of Corporate, Pepeliaev, Goltsblat and Partners


Anton was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Corporate and M&A in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2023

For many years, Anton Sitnikov has been recommended by The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, Who's Who Legal in Corporate and M&A, Energy and Natural Resources

Anton has been selected by Best Lawyers in Russia 2009-2022 for his work in Corporate law, M&A, Competition / Antitrust law, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Banking and Finance law

Anton has been recognized as a Leading Individual in Commercial, Corporate and M&A by The Legal 500 2018-2021

Anton was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Corporate and Finance, Energy and Infrastructure in IFLR1000 2014-2020

“Anton Sitnikov is personable, measured, and very on-the-ball on legal matters”, The Legal 500 2021

“Very good in deal structuring, negotiations and strategy”, IFLR1000 2020

“Anton Sitnikov is a great leader not only when it comes to his department, but also in terms of handling clients’ projects”, The Legal 500 2020

“Anton is extremely client-oriented and pragmatic and always tries to achieve exactly what clients want, regardless of the budget, deadline or scope”, Chambers Europe 2018

Anton was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Corporate and M&A, Energy and Natural Resources, TMT in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2024