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Acquisition of Development Projects / Assets

Advised a private equity investment fund - Horizon Properties - in connection with acquisition of a portfolio of real estate assets in Moscow. The shopping centre known as Solnechniy II and the Bakhrushina House office building were purchased by Horizon Properties from the Finish property investment company Sponda Plc. more deals

Advised Capital Group on acquisition of a land plot at Golden Island from the Moscow Government for construction of a multi-use centre.

Advised group of companies specializing in investments in construction of industrial parks on sale of several hundred thousand square meters of warehousing property in Moscow Region to one of the main warehousing facility owner in Russia.

Advised Capital Group on sale of office premises in downtown Moscow (Legend of Tsvetnoy) to O1 Properties.

Advised Oriflame in selling 21,000 sq. m of retail and warehouse space, along with a land area of 11.6 ha in Krasnogorsk, Moscow region to X5 Retail Group.

Advising the client on acquisition of a cable and wire production factory in Eastern Europe. The deal involved advice related to jurisdictions primarily outside Russia in several European countries. The complex work required advice on M&A, corporate, real estate, tax, employment, regulatory, banking/finance, bankruptcy and other matters

Advised Auchan on acquiring an existing supermarket chain in Russia.

Publicis Group: National HQ lease in the Bolshevik Factory historical building in the down town of Moscow – possibly, the largest deal of the year on the local market, due diligence, full legal support in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contractual documentation

Advised BV Development on acquiring a development project in Krasnodar, including: legal due diligence, deal structuring and town planning.

Advised Quinn on acquiring a development project (office complex) in Moscow: legal due diligence, environmental and social aspects, project concept development and deal structuring.

Advised Credit Suisse on acquiring assets from a developer involved in residential housing construction in the Moscow Region, including: legal due diligence, participation in deal structuring, and risk assessment.

Advised Yamazaki Mazak (Russia) on issues related to acquisition of a land site for construction of a multifunctional complex including show-room, warehouse and office premises.

Completed latest acquisition for Raven Russia of a 45,237 square meters completed grade A warehouse at Sholokhovo, on Dmitrov Shosse to the North of Moscow from a fund managed by Fleming Family and Partners for a consideration of $49.75m.

Acted for Raven Mount on the acquisition of a consolidated stake in a privately-owned development business controlled by Anton Bilton and Bim Sandhu and in last-year’s takeover of the Swan Hill Group.

Advised the Malmaison Hotel Group on acquiring The McCausland Hotel in Belfast City Centre.

Real Estate Finance

Advised Pushkino Logistic Park on sale of assets to Raven Russia for US$215m. more deals

Advising Immoeast in obtaining a loan facility from an international bank for a real estate project (including preparation and negotiation of a security package).

Supported Sistema-Hals in a number of complex multi-jurisdictional projects, including major development projects in St. Petersburg and Sochi.

Advised HSH Norbank on what is believed to be the biggest City property deal of the year within the City of London – the purchase by Active Asset Investment Management (aAIM) of a major landmark office building in Gracechurch Street.

Advised Propinvest on financing its EUR 1.9 bn acquisition of the Global Headquarters complex of Banco Santander in Madrid, the largest ever single European real estate acquisition.

Advised Sheremetyevo International Airport (Moscow) on syndicated lending for terminal reconstruction purposes, covering:  financing, loan collateral, antimonopoly regulation, public tenders, construction, lease and infrastructure.

Acted for the Bank of Scotland in refinancing of over 40 properties owned by Kandahar Real Estate Limited, a joint venture between Morgan Stanley Real Estate and the Kandahar Trust.

Acted for Merrill Lynch International in funding the acquisition of the St Katharine’s Estate, a luxury marina  development near London’s Tower Bridge. The estate includes offices, retail and residential properties.

Acted for Tomilino Logistics Park a series of deals involving forward financing with Fleming Family & Partners, ImmoEast and Raven Russia and subsequent sale of completed properties:  finance, collateral, land issues, construction, lease, infrastructure, utilities.

Supported Linstow in its acquisition of a future hotel development in Moscow, including structuring entry to the project, financing, developing a system of collateral instruments, land privatisation, change of permitted use and lifting a construction ban.

Acted for Guardian Industries in its lending deal with the EBRD, including legal due diligence of a site in Russia.

Regeneration / Redevelopment

Acted for The Crown Estate in connection with their redevelopment and partial disposal of Chesham House on Regent Street, London, W1. We advised The Crown Estate on obtaining vacant possession, planning, urban development aspects, construction, and sale of premises. more deals

Acted for the Ministry of defence in relation to disposal of a 600-acre redevelopment site in Cambridgeshire. The Oakington Barracks site, located west of Cambridg, has been identified for a new residential area to include 5000 new homes associated facilities.

Adviced Liverpool City Council in connection with the regeneration of a site in the heart of the City promotion of the Paradise Street retail-led re-development.

Adviced Wesminster City Council on its regeneration of Grosvenor Dock, Chelsea, London as a prestigious waterside commercial and residential development.

Advised Danone on plant construction projects including: complex matters involving land use, lease, re-categorisation and change of permitted use, legal due diligence of sites, acquisition strategy development, permission documentation, construction, engineering infrastructure, land plot purchase, and environmental aspects.

Advised Horus Capital on redeveloping a complex of historical buildings in Moscow.

Infrastructure/Power

Comprehensive legal advice on construction of the Russian Sector of the South/TurkStream Offshore Pipeline project from Russia to the EU:  land acquisition, spatial planning, environmental, corporate, finance, constructions, permitting and regulatory, etc. more deals

Advised a joint venture partner of the Georgian Co-investment Fund on development and operation of a hydro power plant in Georgia, including bespoke structuring analysis based on advice on the laws of 5 jurisdictions (Russia, Georgia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK), as well as analysis of Georgian and European tax treaty policy developments, in order to anticipate possible treaty renegotiations that might affect the structure.

Advised London Underground Limited on construction and engineering issues and disputes arising out of PPP contracts for refurbishment and upgrading of the underground railway network.

Advised MW Kellogg on a project consisting of development of upstream gas facilities and an onshore gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant – the biggest GTL project in the world.

Advised Nord Stream AG on the legal aspects of construction of the Russian component of the submarine gas pipeline.Matters advised on included international law, environmental aspects, re-categorisation of forest and agricultural land, liaisons with government authorities, permission documentation, construction, permits, authorisations and licences.

Advised Tuapse Commercial Sea Port* on a JV structure, land, project finance, spatial planning and construction matters related to re-development of the former seaport passenger terminal.
*Tuapse Commercial Sea Port  - the main operator of one of Russia’s biggest ports – the sea port of Tuapse (Krasnodar Region) and one of the biggest stevedoring companies in Russia.

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

Advised Russian Platinum Group on a number of strategic and tactical aspects of a project to develop one of the world’s largest mineral deposits, including support and representation on a number of disputes with the local authorities and in Federal Antitrust Service.

Advised CTSD on the legal aspects of construction of a liquefied natural gas plant on Sakhalin Island, Russia, including: environmental, construction and international law matters, and representation in the state arbitration court.

Advised Sevmorneftegaz on the Stokman gas condensate field development project, including: subsoil use, environmental aspects, project structuring, laying of underwater gas pipelines and construction of seaport facilities, territorial zoning, land re-categorisation, infrastructure, and finance.

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).

2014 Olympics

Advised the Olympic Delivery Authority on development of the Olympic Athletes’ Village Site, construction of the Media Press Centre and the International Broadcast Centre for use during the 2012 Olympics in London, including preparing a full set of construction procurement documentation for the programme. more deals

Participated in drafting a package of laws regulating the preparation for and holding of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, including: condemnation and allocation of land plots, infrastructure, construction, environment, town planning and zoning, financing, corporate and migration matters.

Offices Lease

Mail.Ru: Lease of one of the SkyLight Towers for Mail.Ru (Deal of the Year 2011). more deals

Acted for VimpelCom, Procter&Gamble, Motorola, Toyota Bank, Alfa Bank, Philips, Nike, Nissan, SGS, Volkswagen, and Sanofi Aventis in office lease projects to accommodate the companies’ national headquarters, including: negotiations, review and coordination of draft contracts, advice, and legal due diligence.

Development/Construction

Has been appointed independent consultant on the selection procedure of a partner (investor) that will implement a project to develop the Northern Terminal of Sheremetyevo International Airport. Development of the Northern Terminal, which will service 40m passengers a year, is one of Sheremetyevo Airport’s key strategic projects. The new complex will be located on the current site of Terminal B. Also currently in the planning phase is a tunnel to connect the north and south zones of the airport. Construction of the new terminal and tunnel is planned to coincide with the completion of a third runway. more deals

Acted for West Quay Shopping Centre on the development of a shopping centre in central Southampton, including site assembly, building agreement and lease agreements with Southampton City Council, the freeholder and lettings.

Advised and represented Tesco in a dispute over payment of damages caused by collapse of a partially constructed tunnel at Gerrards Cross.

Advised Citibank in a dispute with Schindler arising out of fund claims against a bank guarantee issued to secure return of an advance payment remitted for construction and installation work.

Advised the Football Association on construction of the National Football Centre and relocation of the FA from Soho Square to Wembley Stadium.

Provided comprehensive support for Mars Inc. projects in Russia, including the construction of six plants in three Russian regions, major acquisitions (for example, Royal Canin, Wrigley and Korkunov), permission documentation, land use, land re-categorisation and permitted use issues, environmental aspects, representation in state arbitration courts, engineering infrastructure, and public tenders.

Provided the judicial defence of Capita Symonds in disputes with professional advisers regarding design documentation for an underground railway in Dubai.

Represented Consolidated Contractors International Company in litigations over two contracts for an oil and gas pipeline in Azerbaijan.

Comprehensive full scale support for Kimberly-Clark in its project for constructing a manufacturing complex in the Moscow Region.

Provided comprehensive advice to Nissan Motor on car assembly plant construction in St. Petersburg covering: the investment agreement, acquiring title to the land plot, change of permitted use thereof, permission documentation, construction aspects, infrastructure and environmental issues.

Provided comprehensive advice to Lafarge Cement on construction projects for industrial facilities in five Russian regions. This included subsoil use, licensing, the acquisition and re-categorisation of land plots (forest and agricultural land), representing the client in state arbitration courts, turnkey construction, infrastructure and environmental aspects.

Advised Saint-Gobain on construction projects for industrial facilities in four Russian regions, including: subsoil use, licensing, asset acquisition, acquisition and re-categorisation of forest and agricultural land, representation in state arbitration courts, construction, infrastructure and environmental aspects.

Provided comprehensive support for Kronospan on a construction project for a timber processing facility in the Moscow Region. This covered a subordinated loan to finance the project from the EBRD and the IFC, acquisition and re-categorisation of land plots, permission documentation, construction, engineering infrastructure, environmental aspects representation in state arbitration courts and public tenders.

Supported Guardian Industries on construction projects for two float glass plants in the Ryazan and Rostov Regions, which included: an EBRD lending facility for the project, the acquisition of land plots, re-categorisation and change of permitted use of the land, construction, engineering infrastructure, environmental aspects, permission documentation, representation in state arbitration courts and public tenders.

Advised Danone on plant construction projects including: complex matters involving land use, lease, re-categorisation and change of permitted use, legal due diligence of sites, acquisition strategy development, permission documentation, construction, engineering infrastructure, land plot purchase, and environmental aspects.

Provided comprehensive advice to Komatsu on a construction project for a building machinery assembly plant in the Yaroslavl Region including: site acquisition, re-categorisation and re-zoning, investment agreement, permission documentation, construction, engineering infrastructure, and environmental aspects.

Provided comprehensive support for Oriflame on plant construction projects in the Moscow Region and the construction of service centres in several other Russian regions. This included the acquisition of sites and land plots, re-categorisation and re-zoning, permission documentation, construction, engineering infrastructure, environmental aspects and representation in state arbitration courts.

Dispute Resolution

Giffels in arbitration proceedings in connection with suspension of construction initiated by the supervising authority; permission documentation and construction aspects. more deals

Advised Bouygues in a dispute with a Russian developer regarding the terms and conditions for a construction project.

Represented British American Tobacco in litigation with Moscow authorities over land plot privatisation.

Protected Kronospan’s interests in court disputes initiated by various supervisory authorities in connection with manufacturing facility construction.

Represented Swedwood in two arbitration proceedings concerning a significant violation by contractors of the terms and conditions of FIDIC contracts.

Represented Oriflame in arbitration proceedings with a contractor over the violation of material terms and conditions of a construction work contract and on permitting documents.

Represented Erick van Egeraat, architects, in an arbitration in Stockholm over two disputes with a Russian developer.

Advised Citibank in a dispute with Schindler arising out of fund claims against a bank guarantee issued to secure the return of an advance payment remitted for construction and installation works.

Represented Consolidated Contractors International Company in litigations over two contracts for an oil and gas pipeline in Azerbaijan.

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