Valeria Kotova

Senior Associate


Practice areas


Valeria focuses on providing comprehensive legal support in transactions involving the acquisition and sale of businesses and venture capital investments and has extensive experience with companies operating in financial and IT sectors of economy.

Valeria advises Russian and foreign companies on general corporate and corporate governance matters. She is experienced in the corporate maintenance of cross-border groups of companies, including in the matters of incorporation, governance and restructuring in different jurisdictions (for instance, Cyprus, BVI, England, Monaco, Luxembourg, UAE, and the Cayman Islands).

Valeria has also experience with clients under foreign economic sanctions, including advising on the application of sanctions and countersanctions.


  • providing legal support in an investment round for leading fintech-platform Rapyd (Israel), structuring the transaction via the Delaware segregated portfolio company, as well as negotiating and drafting transaction documentation

  • providing legal support to a telecom company in connection with an investment transaction in a Russian fintech startup, including structuring the transaction, negotiating and drafting of transaction documentation, including the shareholders agreement

  • providing legal support in a transaction of a direct acquisition of shares in an English fintech-platform and participation in the next investment round via convertible instrument (simple agreement for future equity)

  • providing legal support in a sale of equity-position in an American company (online-pharmacy) as well as drafting the transaction documentation

  • providing legal support and advice to a leading Russian financial group on corporate restructuring matters, including advising on matters of companies’ redomiciliation from Cyprus to Dubai International Financial Centre

  • conducting legal due diligence of a target asset to major oil company

Valeria’s experience also includes her projects before joining BIRCH LEGAL.


2018National Research University Higher School of Economics, Master’s Degree in Law (with honors)
2016Lomonosov Moscow State University, Bachelor’s Degree in Law (with honors)


  • English
  • Russian


2022–pres.Senior Associate / Associate, BIRCH LEGAL
2021–2022Senior Associate, BCS Financial Group
2020–2021Senior Associate, MTS PJSC
2017–2020Associate, Legal Intelligence Group Law Firm