Skadden is serving as co-counsel to Megapolis, one of Russia’s leading consumer goods companies, in its $1.5 billion sale of two separate 20 percent equity interests in cigarette distributor Megapolis Distribution BV to Philip Morris International Inc. and Japan Tobacco Inc., announced on December 4.

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Michael Copeland has joined Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners as a part of its Moscow team (more…)

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Alex Stolarsky, German Attorney-at-Law from Beiten Burkhardt’s Moscow office, has joined Dentons’ German Practice in Russia (more…)

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King & Spalding has recruited Maya Melnikas, a well-known figure in the Russian legal market and corporate and banking worlds, as a finance partner in its Moscow office as part of the firm’s continued commitment to develop its international finance offerings. Melnikas joins King & Spalding from White & Case, where she was a partner and co-head of financial restructuring and insolvency in the central and eastern European region (more…)

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Chadbourne & Parke announced today that leading capital markets lawyer Nikolai Mikhailov has joined the firm as an international partner in its London and Moscow offices. Mikhailov joins the firm from Clifford Chance, where he was heavily involved in developing the capital markets practice in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey and for providing US law advice on a wide range of emerging market finance transactions (more…)

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is pleased to announce that highly experienced senior Russian banking and finance lawyer Dmitry Shiryaev joined the firm from Dentons on October 29 (more…)

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Global law firm White & Case LLP acted as the underwriters’ counsel in the initial public offering of ALROSA, the world’s largest diamond company with listing on the Moscow Stock Exchange. The deal is Russia’s largest privatisation transaction since 2006, the largest public offering of local shares in Russia and one of the largest resource sector offerings in recent years. The offering represented a transaction value of RUB41.3 billion roubles (US$1.3 billion) (more…)

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Herbert Smith Freehills has advised VTB Capital on a RUB 14 billion concession project related to the construction and operation of the toll-road bridges over the rivers Kama and Bui in the Republic of Udmurtia.  The project, which began in May 2013, will see VTB Capital provide a 15-year RUB 5 billion loan to the regional government for the construction (more…)

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Orrick recently advised I2BF Global Ventures, a global technology investment fund, in connection with a $20 million Series B investment in Dauria Aerospace. Dauria Aerospace is a global satellite services company involved in the manufacturing of micro and nano satellites and the development of machine-to-machine wireless communication and earth observation technologies (more…)

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Baker & McKenzie acted as Russian counsel for AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, on the corporate and real estate aspects of its new joint venture with Russian Machines, part of the Basic Element group and one of the leaders in the Russian machinery sector, established to manufacture and distribute agricultural equipment and replacement parts in Russia (more…)

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An international team of global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GmbH, a group company of Sumitomo Electric Industries, on a contractual joint venture with a Belarusian supply business. The joint venture was implemented for purposes of supplying Volkswagen Group Russia with wire harnesses. The project is a major step on enlarging the activities of Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GmbH on international growth markets (more…)

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The Kazakhstan, Moscow and Brussels offices of global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright have advised Yildirim Group, a Turkish diverse holding group, on its planned $425 million acquisition of ferroalloy assets from OAO Mechel. The transaction was announced by Yildirim and Mechel on 1 August 2013 (more…)

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