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Development, construction, property management

Acting for Raven Russia Limited, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of a portfolio of three high quality income producing properties in St Petersburg (a warehouse and two office buildings) from EPI Russia I Ky, a fund managed by Northern Horizon Capital. more deals

Advised Rosimuschestvo (the Federal Agency for State Property Management) on the shareholders' agreements relating to shares in Vnukovo International Airport JSC and Sheremetyevo International Airport JSC.

Advised within the scope of a transaction for an Operating Division of OMS to acquire Forum Facility Management, commercial operator of the Moscow Aurora Business Park, with a total area of over 150 thousand sq.m.

Advised Hals-Development on its acquisition of the controlling stake in CiTer Invest B.V. for the development of Plot 11 of the Moscow City International Business Center (construction of a multi-level tower and a transportation hub with the total area of 230 000 sq.m.).

Advised Citer Invest B.V. (Hals-Development’ group) in relation to its third secured borrowing ($300 m) from VTB Bank to finance the investment project for the development of Plot 11 of the Moscow City International Business Center.

Advised Hals-Development on structuring project finance with VTB Bank for development of Moscow City International Business Center, Plot 11 ( 230.000 sq.m. hotel complex and a transportation hub), with GBLP helping coordinate legal teams in six different jurisdictions.

Acted for Akfen Holding and its group on the acquisition of Russian company OOO Severny Avtovokzal.

Acting for KASA-AKFEN, a big international development company on a corporate project in Moscow and separately in relation to financing matters.

Advised North Caucasus Development Corporation (VEB's subsidiary) on participating in the first stage of construction of the Arkhyz All-Season Mountain Resort.

Acted for RP Capital on acquisition of the Silver City office complex in Moscow.

Acting for a big international development company on a corporate project in Moscow and separately in relation to financing matters.

Advised OOO MVTs 2012 (subsidiary of OAO North Caucasus Development Corporation, VEB Group), including development of a model of relations between a developer and the construction owner’s technical representative, drafting of agreements on fulfilment of the functions of the construction owner’s technical representative, contractor agreements for performance of engineering surveys, preparation of draft documents and construction of a multi-profile exhibitions centre in the Stavropol Territory.

Energy & Natural Resources

Advised Kopy Goldfields AB (OMX: KOPY) on its joint venture with GV Gold to explore and exploit a gold hard rock deposit in Irkutsk Region "Krasny Project". more deals

Advising and representing OAO NOVATEK, Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer, in a dispute with NEFTE PETROLEUM LIMITED in relation to their joint venture YARGEO, the Yarudeyskoye oil field operator in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. The project involved our legal assistance to the client at the pre-trial dispute resolution stage and representation of NOVATEK before the first instance and appeal courts, which considered the claims for NEFTE PETROLEUM LIMITED to be excluded from YARGEO LLC. Our client's claims were satisfied in full, following which, during the appeal proceedings, the parties reached an amicable agreement.

Advised and represented OMS Group in negotiations with Technip, a French management company, on a subcontract for rendering complex supplementary services during Yamal-LNG plant construction at South Tambey gas field.

Advised Rosimuschestvo within the scope of a transaction for signing a shareholders’ agreement with the Republic of Bashkortostan on managing and disposing of shares in PJSC Joint Stock Oil Company Bashneft.

Advised Sakhalinugol on a sale of an interest and setup of a joint venture with the ICT Group to develop a coal deposit and port infrastructure in Russia’s Far East to take advantage of the Japanese market.

Assisting Kvaerner in the corporation's business development activities in Russia, including establishment of partnerships with Russian companies working in the Energy sector.

Provided legal support for negotiating, structuring and executing a joint venture for setting up a NALCO/ An Ecolab Company distribution network in Russia.

Advised RusHydro on a joint venture with JSC Electric power stations (Kyrgyzstan) that provides for the construction of four hydroelectric power stations in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Advised RusHydro on a joint venture with Voith, an Austrian industrial group, for the construction of manufacturing facilities for the production of turbines in Russia.

Advised RusHydro on a strategic alliance and joint venture with Alstom associated with the construction of production facilities in Bashkorstan to manufacture large hydro-turbines for power plants.

Advised Tomsk Refining AB on disposal of 100% of shares in Tomskneftepererabotka LLC and TD Tomskneftepererabotka LLC.

Goltsblat BLP acted for Eurasian Development Bank on acquisition of circa 9% of shares in ZAO Verkhnekamskaya Kaliynaya Company, subsidiary of Acron Group for circa USD 100 Mln. Other investors include Vnesheconombank and Raiffeisen bank.

Advising SUEK (Siberian Coal Energy Company) on a coal mining joint venture.

Advised AIG Russia Century Fund and another US professional investor on acquisition of a minority stake in a big Russian oil services holding.

Acted for Alcoa on sale of one of its businesses to Rank Group.

Acted for LG International on its investment projects in the Russian coal mining industry.

Advised Eaton Corporation on its acquisition of the Moeller Group from an investor group led by Doughty Hanson on all Russia-related aspects of the deal. The value of the global deal is EUR1.55bn.

Advised Norilsk Nickel on spin-off of its gold mining assets (Polyus Zoloto) with a market value of  ca. $US 10bn. at the moment of the spin-off.

Advised  Transnefteproduct in relation to financing and contractual arrangements for its multimillion pipeline construction project Sever financed by a number of commercial banks and financial institutions including EBRD.

Advised and represented Transnefteproduct on various corporate, commercial and international law matters.

Advised a major Russian oil and gas company in relation to its dipsute with ADR holders in AAA over dividend policy matters.

TMT

Advised shareholders of SAPE on a transaction with Millhouse and Invest AG Fund consortium acquiring about 30% of shares in Sape.ru and in the Serpzilla project (scaling Sape business model on the markets of Europe, the USA and Asia). more deals

Advised McAfee/ Intel in relation to the USD 389 m acquisition of StoneSoft, a Finland-based leading innovator in the next-generation network firewall products.

Advised Bessemer Venture Partners on its investment in  Enforta WiMAX network operator.

Providing complete support on acquisition of Rybinsk ElectroKabel by Prysmian S.p.A.

Advised an international cable producer in relation to buy-out of its partner in its JV production facilities in St. Petersburg.

Advised AIG Russia Century Fund on acquisition of a minority stake in a group of companies engaged in creation of cinematographic products.

Advised Alt Telecom on sale of the IT/ telecom retail business to the strategic investor - Euroset.

Advised Navigation Information Systems (operator of the GLONASS project, AFK Systema Group) on various aspects of founding (together with constituent entities of the Russian Federation and regional partners) open joint-stock companies in 18 constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

Day-to-day support for OAO Navigation Information Systems (operator of the GLONASS project, AFK Systema Group) on matters of corporate law and corporate governance.

Food & Agriculture

Advising AFG National, one of the leaders of the Russian agriculture products market, on raising up to RUB 9bn from the Russian Direct Investments Fund and a number of Middle East funds. more deals

Advised Tnuva Food Industries (the largest food manufacturer and distributor in Israel) on acquisition of the food production equipment from the Russian company being under the receivership insolvency procedure.

Represented the Seller on the sale of the majority shareholding in FES Group, a crop protection product distributor, to Arysta LifeScience, a leading global provider of crop protection products.

Advised Mars, Inc. on the USD 23bn acquisition of Wrigley and supported its post-acquisition integration/restructuring.

Acting for a big brewery group on its corporate restructuring  project in Russia.

Advised Bolshevik JSC/Danone on sale of its St. Petersburg based “Chok & Rolls” subsidiary.

Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

Advising Sun Pharma Global FZE, a group company of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, on prospective brand acquisition from a Russian competitor. Our mandate included comprehensive due diligence of the assets and related business (with particular focus on regulatory, contractual and IP), advice on structuring of the transaction, documenting and hands-on negotiating the deal. more deals

Advised AlfaStrakhovanie on setting up a joint venture and engaging private capital for the Medicine AlfaStrakhovanie project.

Advised Virbac SA on a prospective acquisition of a group engaged in development, production and distribution of veterinary products in Russia.

Represented Lege Artis Clinical Research Company and its shareholders in a sale of the company’s business to a major US investor.

Retail

Provided the Italian clothing brand TWIN-SET Simona Barbieri with legal support for its entry on to the Russian market, including setting up a joint venture and opening a number of own-brand stores across Russia. more deals

Advised DogusAvenue an exclusive franchisee of global home furnishings brand Crate & Barrel in launching its retail business in Russia.

Advised Sberbank of Russia on the acquisition of 25%+1 share in Detskiy Mir - Center, the largest children's goods retail store network in Russia (deal value is RUR3.4bn).

Advised Tommy Hilfiger on structuring its presence in Russia; supported launch of a representative office in Russia. Provided full-scope legal and tax support in acquisition of retail business from a major franchisee. As a result, the brand owner accessed landmark trade centres and key selling locations.

Advised Alt Telecom on sale of the IT/ telecom retail business to the strategic investor - Euroset.

Advised IKEA on a joint venture with Belaya Dacha to set up and to govern Mega Belaya Dacha, one of Russia’s largest malls.

Advised New Idea Group on several JV partnerships, including Modis, the OBI chain store and others.

Banks & Financial Institutions

Represented Severgroup in sale of 100% of shares in Metcombank, JSC (one of the leaders on the automobile lending market) to Sovcombank, PJSC.
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Advised Pallada Asset Management on corporate and capital market transactions.

Advised the Volga Group on potential acquisition of assets in Russia.

Advised Shearman & Sterling on all Russian law related aspects that was acting as lead counsel to the underwriters, led by Deutsche Bank, Raiffeisen Centrobank and UBS, in connection with a capital increase of Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI). With gross proceeds of approximately €2.78 billion, the transaction was one of the three largest capital increases in the history of the Vienna Stock Exchange

Closed two deals with Home Credit and with Global Payments. Equifax Decision Systems B.V. increased its stake and became the owner of 42,6% participation interest in the charter capital of Equifax сredit Services LLC.

Advised Sberbank of Russia on its acquisition of 25%+1 share in Detskiy Mir - Center, the largest children's goods retail store network in Russia (deal value is RUR3.4bn).

Advised Sberbank of Russia  in relation to Sportloto joint venture with Russkoye Loto Group. Sportloto LLC is an official operator of state loteries, organized by the Minstry for Finance of the Russian Federation.

Acted for Onexim Group in relation to acquisition of APR Bank (now MFK Bank).

Advised and represented Banque Fédérale des Banques Populaires and Caisse Nationale des Caisse d’Epargne et de Prévoyance in the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation in respect of Russian anti-trust control aspects of their assets consolidation and set up of the central managing body of the second largest French credit holding.

Advised the buyer, a big financial organisation, on the acquisition of American Express Bank Limited, providing all Russia-related support to the client regarding the transaction and subsequent business integration.

Advised Equifax on acquisition and further increase of a stake in a Russian credit bureau.

Represented and advised Schlumberger Russia in relation to successful arrangement of its pension plan for its employees through ING Non-state pension fund.

Automotive

Advising and representing Rolf Group, the largest Russian car dealer, in relation to its merger with Pelican Auto. more deals

Advised Magna International on planned joint (with Sberbank) acquisition of 55% in Adam Opel GmbH (in relation to the Russian and CIS based business units of Opel and General Motors Corporation). The EURO 500m deal was recognized as the most complex international deal of 2009.

Advised AIG Russia Century Fund on additional investments in a leading Russian motor dealership holding.

FMCG

Advised Oriflame in respect of its companies in Russia and Kazakhstan in connection with its subsequent successful IPO on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

Industrial

Advising Fleming Family & Partners in a sale of an industrial project. more deals

Advised North Caucasus Development Corporation (VEB's subsidiary) on establishing, in conjunction with OAO Arnest Group, the National Aerosol Cluster on the territory of the national industrial park of Nevinnomyssk, Stavropol Territory, assisting in chemical industry clustering and comprehensive development.

Advised North Caucasus Development Corporation (VEB's subsidiary) on the Innovative Construction Technopark Kazbek development project (in partnership with OOO PKF Kazbek, the biggest construction company in the region), including construction of a modern construction materials production complex in the Chechen Republic.

Advised Eaton Corporation on its acquisition of the Moeller Group from an investor group led by Doughty Hanson on all Russia-related aspects of the deal. The value of the global deal is EUR1.55bn.

Advising AMT&C Group (Advanced Magnetic Technology & Consulting Group) in relation to its joint venture project with one of the Russian state corporations and providing complex support to the client for expanding its regional business.

Advised and ensured the required support for structuring of group of companies for a major European packaging producer.

Advised Guardian Industries on receiving a RUR 4.3bn loan facility from the EBRD.

Transport & Infrastructure

Advised OJSC Uralkali on a potential acquisition in the transport and logistics sector. more deals

Advising JSC Freight One in relation to preparation and registration of an initial bond issue of RUB 40 bn.

Advised Deutsche Bahn and ran a full scale due diligence on one of the Russian transport and logistics groups.

Advised a US professional investor on a proposed acquisition of a minority stake in one of the biggest subsidiaries of Russian Railways.

Insurance

Advised AlfaStrakhovanie on setting up a joint venture and engaging private capital for the Medicine AlfaStrakhovanie project. more deals

Acted for ING Life on a number of its capital increases and related share issues.

Other industries

Advised Itella Russia on acquisition of MaxiPost, a Russian courier company. MaxiPost was founded in 2000, and it offers courier services to small and large companies. Its main markets are Moscow, St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas. The company makes deliveries in more than 290 cities in Russia. more deals

Acted for the Cotton Way Group, a market leader in Russia for leasing and professional processing of textile goods, on acquisition of Nemeckaya Marka LLC, a major player on the said market in the north-western region.

Advised St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange on presence in the region and assistance with setting up of its Branch in Singapore.

Advised on the management buy-out of the Alex Stewart Group backed by Close Brothers Private Equity.

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