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Advised Alfa-Bank in relation to acquisition of shares in Pay-Me, a fin-tech company that provides mobile acquiring services allowing card wireless payments to be processed through mPOS terminals and mobile apps.

Advised MasterCard Members Association on launching an innovative service on the Russian market: simultaneous cash-out with POS payment by bank card at shop tills (tentatively named “Cash-Out” or “Purchase with Cash Back”).

Acted for the International Investment Bank (IIB), a multilateral development bank mainly operating in Eastern Europe and Asia, on a RUB 6bn (USD 96.5m) revolving multi-asset secured facility for financing and refinancing the acquisition of a number of passenger and special purposes aviation and mining assets with one of the biggest Russian lessors, State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK). The financing terms permit the funds to be used for the acquisition of Let L-410 Turbolet regional passenger jets, helicopters Ansats and Mi-8s with medical modules and BELAZ mining trucks.

Advised a syndicate of the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and International Investment Bank (IIB) on a project finance transaction for construction of two hydro-power plants with a total capacity of 49.8 MW in the Republic of Karelia (Russia). The RUB 8.15 bn facility will be repaid in 12 years. This is also a pilot project in Russia for the New Development Bank set up by the BRICS countries, as the creditors have used its resources for funding.

Advised Sberbank Investments as restructuring agent on debt portfolio restructuring for the Genser group of companies, one of Russia’s biggest car dealers. Sberbank, VTB, Sviaz-Bank, Bank SOYUZ, Credit Bank of Moscow, and Bank ROSSIYSKY CAPITAL were involved in the restructuring, with Sberbank Investments as the advisor.

Advised ICBC International Leasing, the leasing subsidiary of the world’s biggest financial group, on delivery of six Airbus A321-211 aircraft to Aeroflot.

Advised Gett, a global on-demand mobility company, on its USD 100 m financing from Sberbank. This cross-border deal is another example of the seamless international service offered by a joint team of Moscow and London offices and in collaboration with local law firms in the US, Cyprus and Israel.

Advised Irish regional airline CityJet on negotiating a framework agreement for delivery of 15 firm and 16 optional Aircraft, leasing documentation and engine and airframe support services agreements. The contract value of the deal is more than USD 1 bn, including options and aftersales services.

Advising Atlant on EU regulatory issues of an ICO (initial coin offering) by Atlant (a real estate blockchain company). Over USD 10 m has been raised in cryptocurrency equivalent. Atlant is real estate platform built on blockchain, specialising in tokenisation of real estate and decentralised P2P rentals, and is one of the first projects globally in this space.

Advised the International Investment Bank (IIB) on another deal with State Transport Leasing Company (STLC) on RUB 3,6 billion financing and refinancing the acquisition of a number of passenger and special purposes aviation assets.

Advised a major Russian state bank (as syndicate member) on its participation in USD 2 bln syndicated loan.

Advised JSC INTER RAO UES on the loan agreement with European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for a 9.6 billion rubles convertible loan.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP 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.

Advised a major Russian state bank (as syndicate member) on its participation in USD 700 mln syndicated loan.

Advised a major Russian state bank on RUB 1,9 bln guarantee.

Currently advising AKFEN Group, a listed Turkish developer (as a borrower) on USD 100 mln debt and equity investment arranged by EBRD and IFC.

Advised Mars LLC (as borrower) on RUB 6 bln syndicated facility arranged by Rabobank (Ireland).

Advised Mars Inc. to arrange US$200mln credit facility from UniCredit Bank to finance the restructuring programme.

Advising LG International on its investment projects in the Russian coal mining industry, including due diligence reviews, structuring advice, bridge financing and security thereto.

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

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 Yakutugol, one of Russia’s biggest coal-mining companies, on various aspects of attracting a USD 75 mln facility from a major Japanese bank.

Advised EBRD on providing financing to European Bearing Corporation (EBC) to refinance EBC’s existing debt of approximately USD 170 million.

Advised EBRD on a second amended and restated multi-currency loan of EUR 12,500,000 to Huhtamaki SNG LLC.

Advised EBRD on a EUR 60 million loan facility to JSC Sibur - Russian Tyres.

Advised EBRD on providing financing to EnergoMashSpetsStal in an amount of approximately USD 79 mln.

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