People are the greatest asset of our new generation ecosystem.
Our team consists of entrepreneurial lawyers and high-profile professionals united by one idea: delivering highest quality solutions and experiences to clients to help their businesses grow.
We are innovative, dynamic, commercially thinking, forward-looking, internationally trained leaders with strong cultural values and problem-solving mentality.
Meet our team
Meet our key team members
Founder and Chair
Chief Data Officer
Founder and Chair
Oxana is one of the most prominent, internationally recognized M&A lawyers in the market. Oxana has accomplished more than 100 announced and completed M&A deals with a total transaction value exceeding 50bn USD. She acquired over 25 years of multi-jurisdictional experience at international law firms and received virtually every award one can obtain practicing in the legal field. The Best Lawyers Rankings 2021/22 named Oxana as Moscow, Russia's Lawyer of the Year in M&A.
Oxana graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with honors. She completed post-graduate degrees and courses at the University of Regensburg (Ph.D.), Harvard Business School, Columbia Law School and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
What inspires Oxana:
Oxana is a proud Moscow-born Armenian. She supports and chairs the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. Oxana is a healthy lifestyle advocate. She is an amateur triathlete and completed three major marathons (PB: 3:34:08). She is a happy wife and proud mother of two sons.
Alexandra is Partner in the Corporate & Transactions practice and in charge of equity capital markets deals. She has a stellar track record of over 20 years working in leading global law firms. Prior to joining BALAYAN I GROUP, Alexandra was partner at Linklaters for the last decade.
Alexandra has represented key industry players, across multiple sectors, in market-defining cross-border transactions. Alexandra’s unique expertise in international equity markets and compelling M&A background will help clients implement their growth, investment, and financing strategies. As a highly experienced legal professional, Alexandra will also focus on building up our BIG StartUp Studio with Oxana Balayan to help young entrepreneurs accomplish their ambitious goals.
Alexandra graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. She engages in developing and enhancing her abilities through UK Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses.
Throughout her career, Alexandra has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Russia by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal500, IFLR1000, the Best Lawyers, and other directories.
What inspires Alexandra:
Alexandra is actively involved in promoting young legal talent. In her free time, she enjoys art, theatre, and literature, along with neuroscience.
Vyacheslav (Slava) Yugai is Corporate & Transactions partner and Head of Digital Transformation. Born to a Korean family in Russia, Slava brings a unique blend of strategic thinking, remarkable transactional experience, and Asian cultural values to the team. Slava is qualified to practice law in three major jurisdictions: New York, England & Wales, and Russia.
Slava focuses on complex corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. He has built an impressive M&A practice with considerable cross-border experience. Multi-national corporations, investment firms, and family offices regularly retain Slava to lead special situations’ projects and provide strategic legal advice. Prior to joining BALAYAN I GROUP, he acted as an associated partner and a co-head of Corporate and M&A practice at Noerr in Moscow and was counsel at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners.
Throughout his career, Slava has been continually ranked as one of the best M&A lawyers in Russia by Chambers Europe, Legal500, The Best Lawyers, Pravo-300, Kommersant, and other directories.
Vyacheslav earned his law degree at the University of Southern California (Gould School of Law) and a bachelor’s degree from Far Eastern Federal University with honors.
What inspires Vyacheslav:
Vyacheslav is passionate about information technology and combat sports.
Maria is Partner in the Corporate & Transactions practice. Maria Borodina joins from a senior position at Freshfields in Moscow. She is one of the market's most experienced and diligent M&A lawyers with a reputation as a tough negotiator. Maria has attained over 15 years of experience in corporate matters through implementing numerous domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions as well as joint ventures deals of different magnitudes and structures.
Maria was educated in Russia and at Columbia Law School in the United States. Employing her dual qualification in Russia and New York, her practice will continue to concentrate on high-profile transformational cross-border deals for Russian and international clients. As part of her transactional experience, Maria frequently handles corporate, commercial, and regulatory matters in various industries.
What inspires Maria:
Maria enjoys cooking and fine arts. Maria plays a critical role in promoting diversity matters in the legal profession to drive positive changes in the market.
Anna Yakomaskina is a Senior Associate in the Corporate & Transactions practice. Before joining BALAYAN I GROUP, she was an associate at Linklaters (M&A/Corporate). Anna specializes in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. Anna has advised major Russian and international clients in several industries, including energy and utilities, chemicals, and financial institutions. Anna successfully graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University.
What inspires Anna:
Anna is a passionate runner and achiever in sports. She received the rank of a candidate for Master of Sports in running, was a member of the Russian National Track and Field Team, and won the National Youth Championship at the 800 and 1500m distances. Skydiving is also one of Anna's passions.
Chief Data Officer
Chief Data Officer
Born in 2021. Works 24/7 365 days a year. Expert in machine learning and AI-assisted legal text analysis. Can tokenize thousands of pages of text per hour. Fluent in 16 languages. Super-fast and fantastically efficient!
What inspires Xanna:
Xanna is a real foodie. To grow, she only consumes carefully structured data, but in extremely large amounts.
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