Mikhail Timonov

Co-Managing Partner, CEO, Head of Corporate and Commerсial

- - mikhail.timonov@birchlegal.ru


Mikhail’s key specialization is to provide comprehensive legal support in the acquisition and sale of businesses, setting up joint ventures, and corporate reorganizations. Mikhail also has substantial experience supporting investment projects at all stages of the investment cycle, assisting clients in resolving issues of investment structuring, real estate and construction, corporate law, and planning their future exit from projects.

For over twenty years, Mikhail has been advising clients on a wide range of complex issues in their commercial activities, including within competition law, labor law and contractual issues. A specialist in negotiations, Mikhail regularly helps clients resolve disputes with counterparties at the pre-trial stage. Mikhail’s client portfolio has traditionally included a number of companies in the primary and secondary sectors, and he is well-versed in several industries, including the agricultural sector, mechanical engineering and shipbuilding.

For the last six years, Mikhail Timonov has been the co-head of the Legal and Investment Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in St Petersburg, which has become an important platform for professional meetings and networking in the region.

Mikhail holds a PhD in Law.


  • assisting the Cherkizovo Group with major transactions involving large agricultural companies in different Russian regions, including Cargill, Pit Product, NAPKO, Altaisky Broiler, Samson, etc.
  • assisting Rolls-Royce with the Russian portion of the sale of its marine business to Kongsberg Gruppen ASA for GBP 500m

  • assisting CB&I, a leading provider of technology and infrastructure for the energy industry, with carrying out the Russian part of an international acquisition for USD 6bn

  • assisting Univar Inc. in the Russian segment of its acquisition of Nexeo Solutions for over USD 2bn

  • assisting R.Stahl AG with a joint venture with Goreltex LLC

  • assisting General Motors in its exit from а joint venture with Russian car manufacturer AVTOVAZ


2006St Petersburg State University, PhD in Law
2002Herzen State Pedagogical University, Specialist’s Degree in Law


  • English
  • Russian


2022–pres. Co-Managing Partner, CEO, BIRCH LEGAL
2017–2022 Partner, Head of Corporate, M&A and Commercial, Eversheds Sutherland
2007–2017 Head of Corporate / Senior Associate, Hannes Snellman
2000–2007 Head of Legal Department / Senior Legal Adviser / Legal Adviser, Rubin Group
1999–2000 Legal Assistant, Musin and Partners


Mikhail has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Corporate and M&A, Competition, Industrials and Life Sciences and Healthcare by the Kommersant Legal Rating 2023

Mikhail was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Corporate and M&A, Competition, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Agribusiness, Consumer and Retail in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2022-2023

Mikhail was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Competition and Industrials in the Kommersant Legal Rating 2021-2022

Mikhail has been recognized as a Next Generation Partner in Commercial, Corporate and M&A by The Legal 500 2021

Mikhail has been selected by Best Lawyers in Russia 2019-2022 for his work in Competition / Antitrust law, Corporate law and M&A

Mikhail was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in M&A: Mid-cap transactions in Leaders League 2021

“Mikhail stood out for his negotiations with state authorities and everything that concerns the legal side of the judicial review”, Thomson Reuters 2021

“Mikhail Timonov is well known in the market. Mikhail is a pragmatic deal-maker and an excellent negotiator”, The Legal 500 2021

“We were supported by Mikhail Timonov and Leyla Ibragimova from Eversheds’ Russia team on this process. They did an excellent job, offering strong professional advice and always acting in the best interests of their client”, The Legal 500 2021

“Very experienced and knowledgeable practice head”, The Legal 500 2021

“Mikhail takes a very responsive and pragmatic approach. He is good at listening and always thinks about your needs”, Chambers Europe 2021

“Mikhail Timonov has been most helpful. He is very accessible, diligent, and dependable”, The Legal 500 2020

Mikhail was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Corporate and M&A, Competition, Agribusiness in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2024

Mikhail has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Corporate and M&A, Competition, Employment by the Kommersant Legal Rating 2024