Natalia Drebezgina is a partner based in the Moscow office. Her practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, general corporate practice, capital market transactions and commercial and contract law. She has extensive experience in advising foreign and domestic clients on various aspects of the acquisition of shares and participatory interests in Russian companies, including antimonopoly and regulatory matters; negotiating asset and share deals in various industries, including gold-mining and the oil and gas sector; and advising foreign and domestic clients on various issues with respect to their shareholdings’ structuring.

Ms. Drebezgina is recommended for M&A by IFLR1000 (2021), for M&A, capital markets, energy & natural resources and TMT by The Legal 500 EMEA (2021), which describes her as “a great M&A and capital markets expert.” Best Lawyers recognises her for capital markets, corporate, M&A and mining law in Russia. Chambers Europe (2021) and Chambers Global (2021) rank Ms. Drebezgina as a leading lawyer for capital markets and M&A in Russia with clients noting her responsiveness and dedication, saying that she is “a go-to adviser,” who is “always available, listens to clients and works very hard to achieve the best results.” The guides have also described her as a “very client-oriented, very attentive and very careful” practitioner who is “excellent when dealing in difficult and stressful circumstances.” She has also been noted as “very diligent and helpful; she’s available 24/7. She provides extremely high-quality results and keeps very tough deadlines for us.”

Ms. Drebezgina joined the firm in 2004 and became a partner in 2011. Prior to joining Debevoise, Ms. Drebezgina worked as an associate for a leading UK law firm in Moscow.

Ms. Drebezgina’s articles include “Top 10 Legal Developments in Russian M&A in 2018,” AO-Journal (February, 2019); “Re-Domiciliation Of Foreign Companies In Russia,” Corporate Lawyer Magazine (November, 2018); “Russia Transforms The Legal Landscape For Private Equity Deals,” The M&A Lawyer (February, 2016); “OFAC Updates Russia And Ukraine Sanctions Lists, Issues Advisory On Evasion Of Crimea Embargo,” CEE Legal Matters (August, 2015); “EU Extends Ukraine-Related Sanctions,” CEE Legal Matters (June, 2015); “Options, Representations, Indemnities, and Other Innovations in Russian Contract Law,” Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Client Update (March, 2015); “Brick By Brick: Russia,” Private Equity Manager (May, 2012); and “Overview of Regulations Applicable to Mergers and Acquisitions in the Russian Federation,” Doing Deals in Emerging Markets: BRIC and Beyond 2010 (July, 2010).

Ms. Drebezgina graduated with honours from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), International Law Faculty in 2002.

Ms. Drebezgina is fluent in Russian, English and German.


  • Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 2002, Law Degree