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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.

Acting for a major bank on a number of financings for  acquisition of plant and equipment, including a loan facility to a medical provider building sites to house complex medical equipment.

Advised ABSA BANK LIMITED in relation to a USD 320 m syndicated loan facility with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as Facility Agent.

Advised as arranger and Deutsche Trustee Company Limited as note trustee and security trustee in relation to a GBP 1.95 bn Irish RMBS issue by Celtic Residential Irish Mortgage Securitisation No. 12 and a GBP 6 bn RMBS issue by celtic Residential Irish Mortgage Securitisation No. 13.

Advised ASFiNAG, the Austrian roads agency, on the first of a programme of four planned PPP road concessions that will form a network of highways forming part of the Trans-European Network (TEN).

Advised Barclays Bank PLC on facilities provided in connection with the reverse takeover of eXpansys plc.

Advised Global Trade Centre (GTC), a regional real estate developer on over GBP 200 m of financing by the EBRD for office and retail development in Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria.

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

Advised GUS in relation to a GBP 900m self-arranged, five year, committed revolving, multicurrency credit facility.

Advised Macquarie Bank European Investment Fund in relation to the GBP 160 m financing of a portfolio of 'green' power projects.

Advised MERRILL LYNCH in relation to a GBP 367 m facility to Consensus Business Group to finance the acquisition of revolving Holiday Retirement Group (UK) Limited.

Advised Oman Power and Water Producement Company/ Government of the Sultanate of Oman on all aspects relating to the cUS 800 m procurement of this IWPP. This was combined with privatisation of the AL-Rusail Power Company SAOC. Winner of  "IWPP Deal of the Year: Middle East" 2007 Euromoney Project Finance Awards.

Advised RAC in relation to a GBP 385 m syndicated secured facility for RAC/ HBOS joint venture company Lex Vehicle Leasing (Holdings) Limited.

Advised The Arabian Re Investment Trust on the first  rated, non-cash collateralised, single property commercial mortgage backed securitisation transaction to come out of the Dubai market, which was arranged by HSBC Bank plc and HSBC Bank Middle East Limited.

Advised The Bank of New York Mellon as trustee, security trustee, collateral administrator and note agents in relation to the US 9 bn Amathea Funding collateralised fund obligation platform (a securitisation of loans to funds of hedge funds).

Advised the Royal Bank of Scotland plc and HSBC Bank PLC on facilities totalling GBP 55 m in respect of the acquisition of COA Solutions Limited by Advanced Computer Software plc.

Advised the Violia Water and Bahwan Engineering sponsors on US 185 m development and financing of this desalination project in Oman. The project is the first stand alone desalination plant to be project financed in the Gulf.

Advising a European infrastructure fund on the structuring and acquisition of companies and a substantial telecoms related receivables portfolio.

Advising a major UK lessor in relation to its acquisition of a leasing portfolio of 1419 operating leases, finance leases and hire purchase agreements, with 488 counterparties, including corporates, financial institutions and over 200 local authorities and relating  to receivables and assets with a residual value od circa GBP 176.63 m.

Advising CHC on most of its lease and loan facilities in relation to a large number of helicopters, including Eurocopter Pumas and EC225s, Sikorsky 76C and 92As and Agusta AW 139s for use in diverse jurisdictions, such as the Netherlands, Nigeria, Malaysia, the UK and Brazil.

Advising Lehman Brothers theasury Company B.V. (in bankruptcy) in relation to more than a GBP 37 bn in outstanding structured debt and its claims against other Lehman group entities.

Advising Stag Energy Development on development of an underground natural gas storage facility in the east Irish sea to increase the UK's gas storage capacity by 25%.

Advising the Olympic Delivery Authority on procurement of the Athletes' Village and legacy infrastructure in advance of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Advising the world's largest lessor of FPSO's, Single Buoy Moorings, on a joint venture with MISC and the USD 585 m financing of a floating, production, storage and offloading system ("FPSO") for use offshore Brazil.

Currently acting for over 40 issuers, including the issuers under the Lehman Eurosail, Lehman Windermere, Southern Pacific and Excalibur programmes. our work involves advising the issuers on complex issues arising from the bankruptcy of Lehman and the impact of this on the respective securitisations.  

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.

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

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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