Margarita Sologubenko

Head of Corporate Restructuring Practice
+7 (495) 937 54 85 (-140)


Margarita specializes in providing full-service support for mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, and corporate restructuring, and advises clients on complex civil, corporate, and competition law issues.

Projects successfully completed by Margarita include:

  • structuring and support for transactions involving the transfer of rights to assets;
  • legal analysis of businesses and support for their restructuring;
  • assessment and adaptation of foreign companies corporate policies and programs for compliance with Russian statutory requirements;
  • review and development of option programs (remuneration programs) for company management, etc.

Before joining Sameta, Margarita was a senior lawyer with the legal department of a major Russia and CIS gas trader.

Restructuring and Troubled Assets

Having a strategy to deal with troubled assets is essential to ensure stable business development in todays world. The professionals at Sameta offer comprehensive advice on tackling problems associated with return on investment, income streams and securing control over assets.

Our knowledge and expertise is complemented by the experience and capabilities of Sametas professional business partners, allowing us to offer services both in Russia and abroad. We provide legal advice on all aspects of management of troubled assets: from prolongation of the status quo to turnkey solutions for disposition of distressed assets.

Sametas services in the field of restructuring and management of troubled assets and insolvency procedures include:

  • debt restructuring strategies entailing interim measures, and full implementation of turnkey restructuring models;
  • actions to preclude asset stripping (freezing orders, encumbrances);
  • litigation and avoidance of procedural obstacles, including:
    • assessing the prospects of enforcement of judicial acts before a dispute is submitted to court;
    • preparation of the evidentiary base;
    • contesting abuses of rights in court;
    • developing and implementing effective litigation strategies;
  • timely conduct of enforcement proceedings;
  • freezing of assets;
  • securing court-ordered travel restrictions on debtors;
  • asset searches, including for debtors foreign assets;
  • representation of creditors in insolvency proceedings;
  • advising insolvency practitioners;
  • tax aspects of the management of troubled assets, including:
    • tax due diligence of restructuring models;
    • tax implications of asset acquisitions;
    • analysis of the validity of tax claims by the tax authorities in the framework of insolvency proceedings, and filing appeals against decisions of the tax authorities;
    • legal advice on tax audits of legal entities that are to be liquidated, etc.

The Sameta team has many years experience advising on matters related to return on investment, income streams and securing control over assets. We put this expertise to use for our clients in:

  • litigating the most complex of cases, with confidence in the outcome and enforcement of the judicial decisions;
  • securing the maximum level of debt collection within the tightest of time frames;
  • formulating effective approaches to the recovery of bad debts;
  • reducing the share of non-performing assets within a credit portfolio;
  • advising on investment in highly complex projects, taking into account the results of a professional risk assessment;
  • ensuring legal protection of clients interests in the most difficult of situations.