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Verno and Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V.

Supporting Verno, an international investment company, managing the PE fund Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V., in a project to develop and let around 25,000 sq m of warehouse premises in the first phase of a bigger plan to construct up to 100,000 sq m of Class A warehouses in Kazakhstan.

Corporate / M&AOther projects
Da Vinci Capital Management

Advised Da Vinci Capital on $55m subscription for “Gram” tokens during second round of ICO of the Telegram Group - one of the world’s most popular messenger apps. TON (Telegram Open Network) is the largest ICO in the history of cryptocurrencies and the most hyped ICO of 2018. TON Whitepaper states that 84 percent of blockchain-based projects have an active Telegram community, more than all other chat applications combined.

Corporate / M&AOther projects
KOPY Goldfields AB (publ)

Advised KOPY Goldfields AB (publ), a Swedish gold exploration company, on sale of its subsidiary Taiga LLC, which holds several exploration and production licences in the Irkutsk Region.

Corporate / M&AOther projects
MasterCard Member Association

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”).

Corporate / M&AOther projects
Siberian Generating Company

Advised Siberian Generating Company (SGC), SUEK Group (Siberian Coal Energy Company, Russia’s biggest coal producer), on acquisition of a 78% stake in Sibeco, one of the biggest heat and electricity generation companies in Siberia. 

Corporate / M&AOther projects
Globus, a German hypermarket chain

Advising Globus, a German hypermarket chain, on its expansion on the Russian market, specifically on acquiring a land plot and properties in north-east Moscow for a new hypermarket.

Corporate / M&AOther projects
UFG Real Estate Russia and Orientir Development

Represented UFG Real Estate Russia and Orientir Development (former Logopark Development) in a sale transaction of the Sever-2 logistics park to Raven Russia.

Real estate & constructionOther projects
RusHydro

Representing RusHydro in an international arbitration brought against the Kyrgyz Government over reimbursement of RusHydro’s costs of USD 37m incurred in connection with the project for construction of the Upper-Naryn hydroelectric power plant cascade in Kyrgyzstan. 

Dispute resolutionOther projects
Double Data

Acting for Skolkovo resident OOO Double in a precedent-setting dispute against VKontakte over use of public web data.

Dispute resolutionOther projects
Sberbank

Represented Sberbank in arbitrazh (commercial) courts over alleged violation of the laws on procurement of goods, works or services by certain types of legal entity. The laws were allegedly breached by competition-restricting requirements set for participants.  We devised a successful representation strategy, convincing the appellate court that the decision given by the FAS of Russia was unlawful.

Antitrust & CompetitionOther projects
VimpelCom

Triumphed in the first instance, appeal and cassation arbitrazh (commercial) courts in a dispute between mobile operators and the FAS of Russia over changes to B2B SMS service tariffs

Antitrust & CompetitionOther projects
Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries

Advice on regulatory matters, including transactions with pharmaceuticals, public procurements and adapting business to legislative changes.

CommercialOther projects
GTLK Europe DAC

Assisting GTLK Europe DAC with preparing a complex roadmap and advising on the legal and tax structures for establishing a leasing platform in Hong Kong for aircraft and ship leasing.

Banking & FinanceOther projects
International Investment Bank (IIB)

Successfully 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.

Banking & FinanceOther projects
Rusklimat

Providing comprehensive legal and tax advisory support to Rusklimat Group, the biggest Russian manufacturer and importer of climate control equipment, in relation to its programme for restructuring the Group’s business units and divisions. 

Tax consulting / tax litigationOther projects
Wine Brandy Plant Alliance-1892

Won a landmark dispute for Wine Brandy Plant Alliance-1892 LLC by proving to the Supreme Court that import VAT deductions had been adjusted unlawfully.

Tax consulting / tax litigationOther projects
LG Electronics Rus

Advised the client on paying customs duties on certain types of imported domestic refrigerators at specific EEU customs tariff rates.

Customs and International TradeOther projects
NIKE

Official IP and advertising adviser to NIKE for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Intellectual propertyOther projects
Prosveshcheniye Publishing House

Represented Prosveshcheniye publishers in a trade mark litigation, the biggest court case in the history of Russia’s publishing industry, with the compensation totalling RUB 4 bn.

Dispute resolutionOther projects
Uralkali

Advised one of the world’s largest potash producers, on its global review of employment arrangements. The comprehensive review covered a number of jurisdictions on most of the continents relevant to operations of the client.

Employment, pensions & benefitsOther projects
Russian Agricultural Bank

Acting as sole legal adviser to Russian Agricultural Bank on the international sanction programmes and restrictions.

Banking & FinanceOther projects
Rosimuschestvo

Advised the Federal Property Management Agency (Rosimuschestvo) on a transaction to dispose of shares in OAO Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Corporate / M&AOther projects
NOVATEK

Legal support to OAO NOVATEK, Russia’s biggest 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.

Corporate / M&AOther projects
Rosimuschestvo

Advised the Federal Property Management Agency ("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.

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Corporate / M&AOther projects
ROLF GROUP

Advising and representing ROLF GROUP, the largest Russian car dealer, in relation to its merger with PELICAN AUTO.

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Corporate / M&AOther projects
Adidas

Advised Adidas on intra-group and external financing's pertinent to acquisition of a 130,000 square metre class “A” warehouse from the PNK Group.

Real estate & constructionOther projects
United Metallurgical Company

Advised United Metallurgical Company on a case of an alleged cartel: division of the market for large-diameter pipes for construction of trunk pipelines. During consideration of the case, it was proven that the participants of the case should be released from liability by virtue of the positive socioeconomic effect achieved.

Antitrust & CompetitionOther projects
HyperGlobus

Advising HyperGlobus on various antitrust / trade law matters in connection with a FAS inspection.

Antitrust & CompetitionOther projects
RusHydro

Advised RusHydro on "de-offshorisation" of its holding structure for the BEMO (Boguchany HPP) Project implemented jointly with UC Rusal, as well as on the cross-border tax implications of the proposed restructuring.

Tax consulting / tax litigationOther projects
International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

Acting for IFPI on behalf of three music majors: Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner Music UK, on suits to defend their neighbouring rights to phonograms against the VKontakte social network.

Intellectual propertyOther projects
X5 Retail Group NV

Advised X5 Retail Group NV listed in London on tax and corporate aspects of cross-border restructuring of the group’s IP and real estate assets. The advice covered multi-jurisdictional issues (including the respective domestic laws of a number of European jurisdictions) and the possible implications from the Russian law and case law standpoint.

Tax consulting / tax litigationOther projects
TransStromService

Defended top management of TransStromService, one of the leading road building companies in Russia, during a criminal case investigation initiated against the contracting party over failure to pay taxes. Our participation ensured success in convincing the investigators that the client had not been involved in the contracting party’s criminal activities and was unaware that the latter has failed to pay taxes.

White collar criminal defenceOther projects
Major Chinese development bank

Adviced on a USD 400 mln facility to VEB in connection with developing the Ekibastuz hydropower plant and a USD 800 mln facility to VEB for restructuring and developing the JSC SLAVA plant. The transactional structures included a cross-jurisdictional on-lending element, which required a thorough and specific risk assessment.

Banking & FinanceOther projects
Rosatom/ Akkuyu NPP

Providing legal support to Rosatom/ Akkuyu NPP for a nuclear power project in Akkuyu, Turkey, including on EPC services, project financing, technology transfer and other related matters (together with Pillsbury law firm).

Real estate & constructionOther projects
Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories

Comprehensive support for and assistance with performance of the procedure for Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories staff reduction of employees working “remotely” (from home) in one of the Russian regions, which included preparing the plan and set of documents for the staff reduction, provision of advice on the employees’ notification on the forthcoming reduction taking into account the “remote” character of the work, as well as communications with the employees.

EMPLOYMENT, PENSIONS & BENEFITSOther projects
SIBUR Holding

Providing one-stop shop’ support to SIBUR Holding on legal matters relating to foreign jurisdictions, including on English, Swedish, Swiss, German, French, Dutch, Austrian, Chinese and Indian law.

CommercialOther projects
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