Timur Akhundov


- - timur.akhundov@birchlegal.ru


Timur’s practice is focused on advising clients on regulatory issues. He has extensive experience on regulatory matters related to manufacturing, importation and circulation in the Russian Federation/EAEU of food, perfume and veterinary pharmaceutical products, as well as environmental protection and industrial safety.

In addition, Timur supports cross-border and Russian M&A transactions.

Timur also works on infrastructure projects, including on the advantages provided to foreign investors by various special investment regimes and special investment contracts in Russia.


  • supporting Rosseti in the process of consolidation of the joint stock companies’ owners of the high-voltage grids including analysis of alternative consolidation structures and the regulatory impact of the transaction on the Russian grid market, procedures of privatization of the property and shares and support of the procedure of the merger of certain joint stock companies including PJSCs with another public joint stock company

  • advising CEFC China Energy Company Limited in the potential acquisition of a minority stake in a gas production subsidiary of Rosneft and establishing a joint venture with Rosneft for the future development and exploration of gas deposits, including comprehensive DD of the one of the key gas production subsidiaries of Rosneft

  • advising CB Enterprises Pte. Ltd. on the acquisition of a 10% participatory share in Vostok Oil LLC by the way of a share deal. The advice included legal due diligence, drafting transaction documents, Russian merger control clearance, and closing the transaction in Russia

  • advising Ctrip with regard to its due diligence on 3 Russian targets and the acquisition of shares thereof, including structuring and financing of the transaction

  • advising China National Gold Group Corporation in respect to the acquisition of a majority stake in gold mines in Russia (gold deposits of federal importance) and a JV project with an existing shareholder

Timur’s experience includes his projects before joining BIRCH LEGAL.


2017Collége Universitaire Français, Cours de Droit Privé
2010Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Master’s Degree in Law
2008Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Bachelor’s Degree in Law


  • English
  • Russian
  • German
  • Swedish
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Japanese


2022–pres.Partner / Counsel, BIRCH LEGAL
2012–2022Counsel / Senior Associate / Associate, ALRUD
2014Gleiss Lutz, Berlin (Secondment)


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

Timur has been recognized as a Rising star in Corporate and M&A, Compliance, Environmental law, Energy and Natural Resources by the Kommersant Legal Rating 2023

Timur has been selected by Best Lawyers in Russia 2022 for his work in M&A

Timur has been recognized as a Rising Star in Energy and Natural Resources by The Legal 500 2020-2021

Timur has been selected by The Legal 500 2021 for his work in PPP and infrastructure projects

“I would also like to highlight Timur Akhundov, who has been a big part of this project, he possesses extensive knowledge in many areas of law”, The Legal 500 2021

“Timur Akhundov has very good legal knowledge, and he is client-orientated. He is always trying to find solutions for the client”, The Legal 500 2021

“Timur Akhundov was particularly committed and impressive. He always delivered on time. Apart from excellent, professional English, he also had a very good command of French”, The Legal 500 2021

“Timur Akhundov is practical and to the point. He is very analytical”, The Legal 500 2021

“Timur is a very nice guy. We asked him for some assistance. He was able to get things done and give us solutions within the time frame. He's great”, The Legal 500 2021