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Advised a major Chinese development bank on allocating a USD 1.43 bn facility for financing a RUSAL Taishet Ltd. aluminum plant.

Represented Dentsu Inc., a major Japanese advertisement agency, in its first acquisition of a Russian company from Video International Group, one of the biggest Russian media sales giants, and establishment of an advertising subsidiary of Dentsu Inc. in Russia, Dentsu-Smart LLC.*

Supported a major Russian petrochemical company in drafting and negotiating a distribution agreement with a Chinese distributor.

Advised a Japanese corporation in connection with its contemplated participation in a tender for supplying equipment to Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, the operator of the Sakhalin II PSA project; provided advice on the Russian content requirements of the Russian PSA law.*

Advised a Japanese corporation in connection with its contemplated participation in a tender for supplying equipment to Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, the operator of the Sakhalin II PSA project; provided advice on the Russian content requirements of the Russian PSA law.*

Represented The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a five-year loan to finance the initial development of an Arctic oil field in the Komi Republic in the north-eastern part of European Russia by a small independent operator committed to environmental improvements and transparency; the borrower, OOO Pechora Energy is a 100-per cent Russian subsidiary of UK-registered Concorde Oil and Gas plc.*

Advised Goldman Sachs in connection with Pre-IPO investment in 2 PRC-focused real estate developers, and the subsequent restructure and exit of these investments.

Advised a consortium of Japanese energy companies and conducted a due diligence review of a medium-sized Russian oil & gas company based in Irkutsk Region; reviewed its licences, project documentation, real estate rights to use the surface area above its oil & gas fields, title to its extraction facilities and private pipelines, environmental and other compliance.*

Advised Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, BOCOM International Securities in connection with HKD 2.6 bn global offering and Hong Kong listing of Mingfa Group (International) Company Limited, a leading and well-known property developer in China.

Advised a Russian power generating company on joint venture arrangements with a Chinese partner  in respect of potential projects to build and operate storage-based hydroelectric and flood control dams.

Advised the Export Import Bank of China (CEXIM) on the refinancing of a major Chinese lessor’s acquisition of two A320 aircraft on lease to a Russian airline.

Advised on US$60m facility for the financing of one A320 and two Boeing 737 to China Southern via a Tianjin special purpose company.

Acted for Gillette in a series of disputes for recovery of the cost of freight lost during general cargo shipment from China to the UK.

Advised Sang Fei in connection with business set-up and development in the Russian Federation.

Advised a Japanese government-controlled entity on its participation in an international consortium of sponsors for the development of the Kovykta gas and gas condensate field in Irkutsk Region, Russia.*

Advised a multinational company in connection with manufactured joint venture with a local Myanmar company and application to the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) and Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).

Advised The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the US Export-Import Bank, JBIC and ECGD as secured lenders to the Sakhalin II PSA Project on Sakhalin Island, Russia.*

Advised on USD 242 m secondary offering of Hong Kong-listed China Communications Services Corporation Limited, and the listing of its H shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Provided advice on Russian foreign currency restrictions and tax matters to a Japanese SPC entity established for developing oil & gas deposits on the Sakhalin continental shelf.*

Advised SK Group on continued investment in Hong Kong-listed China Gas Holdings, which involved various complex regulatory and compliance issues under Hong Kong and China law, director and shareholder disputes, fund formation and antitrust issues.

Advised a US oil major on the international legal framework for construction of a submarine pipeline for the export of natural gas from Sakhalin Island to Japan; provided advice on Russian customs, tax and public international law.*

Advised Shanghai Forte Land Co., Ltd on privatisation by its controlling shareholder, Fosun International Limited, by way of a voluntary conditional cash offer for all the H Shares in Shanghai Forte. Shanghai Forte is an H Share company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Advised a major Japanese oil importing company on its participation in a proposed USD 4.5 bn syndicated loan to ROA Rosneft, a major Russian oil company.*

Advised on Hong Kong listing of shares (by way of introduction) of China Animal Healthcare Limited, a leading animal drug manufacturer in China.

Advised INPEX, a major Japanese oil & gas company, on its acquisition of a minority equity stake in a Russian oil & gas venture company set up in Irkutsk Region by JOGMEC, a Japanese government entity, and ZAO INK, a medium-sized Russian oil company.*

Advised one of China's largest financial corporations in connection with sale and purchase, leasing and financing of a portfolio of 8 aircraft from GECAS (aircraft leased to China Southern, Shanghai Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Air Berlin).

Assisted SBI Holdings Inc., a Japanese investment bank, on the forming of its USD 100 m investment fund with IFC Mertopol, a Russian financial institution, and establishing the investment and management entities of the fund.*

*Experience of Goltsblat BLP lawyers before joining the firm

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