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Nato Tskhakaya

Nato Tskhakaya is a counsel and the head of our Antitrust & Competition practice. Nato’s practice focuses on antitrust and competition issues, corporate governance issues, mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure projects. Nato has many years’ experience representing clients in antitrust litigation and investigations. Among Nato’s clients are major Russian and global oil and gas, pharmaceutical, aviation, transportation and logistics, construction companies, diversified holdings and investment funds.


Background


Nato is a member of the Association of Antitrust Experts.


Prior to joining RGD, Nato was a partner at a major Russian law firm, and before that, she worked at international law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Salans.



Expertise


Primary Practice Focus: Antitrust and Competition, Corporate


Secondary Practice Focus: Compliance


Industry Sectors: Energy & Natural Resources, Industry & Transportation, Retail & Real Estate, Pharmaceutical Companies & Healthcare Industry


Languages: English, Georgian, Russian

Landmark engagement experience


  • Representing a joint venture of the leading Russian airport operators in the litigation to challenge the resolution of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia regarding the results of a tender for reconstruction and management of Blagoveshchensk international airport

  • Advising DiDi, an innovative taxi-hailing service expanding on the Russian market, on the antitrust issues to ensure its compliance with the Russian antitrust legislation

  • Advising a leading Russian airport holding entity in connection with the complaint to the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia with respect to a tender for privatisation and modernisation of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk international airport

  • Representing a major French transnational company in connection with obtaining approvals from the Russian state authorities required under the antimonopoly laws and the laws regulating foreign investments in strategic companies

  • Representing the Russian and international companies before the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia and courts in cases of unfair competition and abuse of dominant market position

  • Representing a large pharmaceutical company before the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia in a case of unfair advertising

  • Advising a leading Russian designer and manufacturer of helicopters in connection with a warning regarding the need to enter into a license agreement with a competitor issued to the client by the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia

  • Advising a Russian branch of one of the world's largest oilfield services companies on the antitrust issues to ensure its compliance with the Russian antitrust legislation

  • Representing Caterpillar in connection with obtaining the FAS Russia’s approval for its US$7.6 billion acquisition of Bucyrus, a leading manufacturer of mining equipment

  • Advising Baker Hughes in connection with obtaining the approval of the Russian Government Commission on Monitoring Foreign Investment for a merger with a global competitor

  • Developing and implementing an antitrust compliance system for a major international oilfield services company

  • Advising a large Russian private oil company in connection with entering into a contract for the design, manufacture and supply of equipment with a US supplier for the construction of a liquid helium plant

  • Advising a large Russian private oil company on the implementation of its US$2.3 billion gas cycling project at the Yarakta oil and gas condensate field, including its cooperation with Toyo Engineering Corporation (Japan) in connection with the construction of a polymer plant

  • Advising a large private oil company on amending the terms of an investment agreement with a leading international investment bank

  • Advising one of the largest international oilfield services companies on the sale of its operating assets to a Russian state-owned oil company for US$100 million

  • Advising a Moscow private equity fund in connection with the establishment of a joint venture for the construction and management of a coal terminal in a sea port in Primorsky Krai


Education


  • LLM, Duke University School of Law, 2010

  • DL, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2007


Qualification


  • Advocate, 2021

  • Russia, 2007


Recognitions & Awards


  • The Best Lawyers 2020 - 2022 - ranked among the top Competition/Antitrust, Construction, M&A lawyers in Russia

  • Pravo.ru-300 - recommended lawyers in Competition Law (including disputes)

International Experience
Publications and public speaking
September 16, 2021
Language English
GIR Connect: Moscow 2021. The first Global Investigations Review conference in Russia, supported by Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners. Ilya Rybalkin - co-head and moderator of session 1 - "Russia at the crossroads for internal and external investigations". Nato Tskhakaya - co-moderator of session 2 - "Panel discussion with in-house counsel". Anastasia Konstantinova - co-moderator of session 3 - "Operating in Russia – advice for international businesses going forward".
Ilya Rybalkin | Nato Tskhakaya | Anastasia Konstantinova
July 8, 2021
Language English
Legal alert on amendments to the Fisheries Law and the Law on Foreign Investments in Strategic Companies (57-FZ) by Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners
Nato Tskhakaya | Anton Sheronov
May 17, 2021
Language Русский
Round table "New "antitrust" resolution of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation". Satellite event organised by Association of antitrust experts in cooperation with FAS RF within the framework of SPILF Session "Substantive aspects of the Plenum Resolution" Moderator: Nato Tskhakaya

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Nato Tskhakaya
May 13, 2021
Language Русский
Legal alert on amendments to the State Defense Procurement Law by Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners
Nato Tskhakaya | Anton Sheronov
February 18, 2021
Language Русский
Antimonopoly Forum 2021. Flagship competition event organised by the Association of Antitrust Experts and the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service.
Nato Tskhakaya
January 21, 2021
Language Русский
Legal alert on amendments to Law on Foreign Investment by Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners
Nato Tskhakaya
December 16, 2020
Language Русский | English
Legal alert on the state measures to stabilise the prices of socially important food products by Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners
Nato Tskhakaya
November 6, 2020
Language Русский
Recent Trends in Antitrust Laws. A webinar by Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners

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Nato Tskhakaya | Anton Sheronov
May 19, 2020
Language Русский
Current Issues of Anti-Monopoly Regulation in the context of COVID-19 Outbreak. A webinar by Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners
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