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Konstantin Olefir
Partner, Head of Venture Capital.Corporate
+7 985 773 6488
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Russian Federation, USA
Russian, English
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Konstantin is a Partner of the Corporate and M&A practice at Orion Partners, and a lawyer with 30 years of experience in legal practice. He advises Russian and international companies, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, joint ventures, private equity, international corporate arbitrations and corporate restructurings. His clients include investment funds, real estate, industrial and financial services companies.

Prior to founding Orion Partners, Konstantin headed legal departments at the Otkritie Group, Russian Direct Investment Fund, Deutsche Bank and Russian Aluminum. Prior to that, he worked as an associate at Skadden Arps and Cleary Gottlieb.


Konstantin's work experience includes advising:

RUSAL in relation to:

  • the merger of RUSAL with the aluminium and alumina businesses of SUAL and Glencore;

  • the acquisition of Alpart (Jamaica), 20% of Queensland Alumina (Australia), Friguia Alumina (Guinea), Alscon Nigeria, BCGI (Guyana), 10% of KrAZ and about 20 other assets, the sale of SMZ and BKMPO to Alcoa, etc.;

  • the establishment and financing of such joint ventures as Boksit Timana, BEMO, etc.; and

  • legal support for the construction of the Khakassky AP and Boguchansky AP;

DEUTSCHE BANK in relation to:

  • legal consolidation of the UFG group, the acquisition of UFG AM, the establishment and support of DB Development (JV with Strabag);

  • legal support for IPOs and SPOs of PIK, Globaltrans, VTB and 15 other issuers, spin-off of NordGold from Severestal and advising clients on 15-20 other corporate reorganizations;

  • the acquisition of 10% of RosVodoKanal and 10% of IT integrator Verysell; and

  • the creation of more than 20 new structured products on the Deutsche Bank platform;

RDIF in relation to:

  • the structuring and establishment of the Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF), a co-investment mechanism, together with the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) and the sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates (Mubadala); and

  • the structuring and completion of RDIF’s entry into the following businesses: Russia Forestry Products, Mother and Child, Karo-Film, Voltyre-Prom, Maikor, Cotton Way, and the Moscow Exchange.


Konstantin graduated with honors from the Moscow State University of International Relations in 1994, where he received his Master of Laws degree, and he also received Master of Laws degree from the School of Law of the University of Virginia (USA) in 1997.

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