Skadden represented Credit Suisse, JPMorgan, VTB, Deutsche Bank, UBS and TPG Capital as the joint bookrunners for the $1 billion IPO of Russian hypermarket chain Lenta Ltd., which priced on February 28 and closed on March 5 and 7 on the London and Moscow stock exchanges, respectively. This was the first dual listing of global depositary receipts on the London and Moscow stock exchanges.
Alex Stolarsky, German Attorney-at-Law from Beiten Burkhardt’s Moscow office, has joined Dentons’ German Practice in Russia.
King & Spalding has recruited Maya Melnikas, a well-known figure in the Russian legal market and corporate and banking worlds, as a finance partner in its Moscow office as part of the firm’s continued commitment to develop its international finance offerings. Melnikas joins King & Spalding from White & Case, where she was a partner and co-head of financial restructuring and insolvency in the central and eastern European region.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is pleased to announce that highly experienced senior Russian banking and finance lawyer Dmitry Shiryaev joined the firm from Dentons on October 29.
Global law firm White & Case LLP acted as the underwriters’ counsel in the initial public offering of ALROSA, the world’s largest diamond company with listing on the Moscow Stock Exchange. The deal is Russia’s largest privatisation transaction since 2006, the largest public offering of local shares in Russia and one of the largest resource sector offerings in recent years. The offering represented a transaction value of RUB41.3 billion roubles (US$1.3 billion).
Herbert Smith Freehills has advised VTB Capital on a RUB 14 billion concession project related to the construction and operation of the toll-road bridges over the rivers Kama and Bui in the Republic of Udmurtia. The project, which began in May 2013, will see VTB Capital provide a 15-year RUB 5 billion loan to the regional government for the construction.
An international team of global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GmbH, a group company of Sumitomo Electric Industries, on a contractual joint venture with a Belarusian supply business. The joint venture was implemented for purposes of supplying Volkswagen Group Russia with wire harnesses. The project is a major step on enlarging the activities of Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GmbH on international growth markets.
The Kazakhstan, Moscow and Brussels offices of global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright have advised Yildirim Group, a Turkish diverse holding group, on its planned $425 million acquisition of ferroalloy assets from OAO Mechel. The transaction was announced by Yildirim and Mechel on 1 August 2013.
Davis Polk is advising Morgan Stanley Capital Partners as selling shareholder in connection with the $616 million acquisition by American Family Mutual Insurance Company of Homesite Group, Inc. The acquisition, which is expected to close by the end of the year, is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
Dentons is advising the shareholders of NCC Group Limited, a major container terminals operator in Russia, on the sale of 100% of NCC Group’s shares to LSE-listed Russian ports operator Global Ports, for a cash consideration of US$291 million and new shares representing approximately 18% of the enlarged share capital of Global Ports to be issued to the sellers, of which 50% will be in the form of GDRs and 50% will be non-voting shares.