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Russia and the CIS

With more than 40 lawyers and consultants in our Russia and CIS group, our International practice has extensive experience in the successor countries of the Former Soviet Union including: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and the Baltic countries, which are now covered by our Nordic and Baltic group.

A number of our lawyers, consultants, and staff interested in these countries speak Georgian, Mongolian, Russian and Ukrainian. Firmwide our lawyers, consultants and staff speak more than 40 languages.

Overview

McGuireWoods’ lawyers have been active in Eurasia since the mid 1980s — providing legal and consulting services to entrepreneurs, investors (both foreign and domestic), multinationals and government clients. Members of the firm have participated in the leadership of the development of modern legal representation in the region. In addition to being among the first expatriate lawyers on the ground, our native lawyers of the region were among the first regional lawyers to receive Western legal training.

We were involved in many of the momentous early private-public initiatives related to development of natural resources, utilities and communications, as well as with major infrastructure privatizations. Our work helped develop the Ports of Murmansk and St. Petersburg, fund the $14 billion Caspian Pipeline Consortium, close multi-billion air and space joint ventures, obtain licences for the mobile telephone supplier in Kazakhstan and negotiate orbital slots for telecommunications satellites.

Our lawyers and consultants have developed contacts and associations throughout the regional legal, accounting, banking, finance and business communities, as well as with regulatory and government agencies (including through our memberships of global legal networks LNI and Lex Mundi). The firm’s multilingual legal team members know well the cultural, ethnic, environmental, technological, financial and legal issues that pose challenges to working effectively in the region.

Our capital markets and finance team assists with advice on private equity, IPOs, debt finance and project finance needs, drawing upon especially deep resources in the US and Europe. In particular, our teams in the US, London and Brussels offer insight and depth in financing and floating companies, acting for investment banks, syndicated and asset based lenders, nomads, brokers and sponsors, as well as market entrants. For equity capital markets, we focus on the NYSE and NASDAQ, as well as on the London Stock Exchange, AIM, PLUS, GXG, JSE, NSE, SGX and a variety of international and regional exchanges.

McGuireWoods helps guide clients through these dynamic markets having represented clients in scores of multi-billion dollar transactions including foreign and domestic investment in the region, as well as regionally sourced billions of dollars invested abroad. Our experience includes private and public equity and debt finance, mergers and acquisitions, upstream natural resource extraction, resource transportation issues, and downstream refining and retail distribution development, fund development, project finance, restructurings, privatizations, tax matters, commercial regulatory and legislative matters, international litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property issues. We have particular strengths in the local energy, and oil and gas sectors (through our Energy Industry team); mining and metals (through our Mining Industry team); technology and communications (through our Technology Industry team); and the construction and real estate sectors (through our Construction Industry team).

We have represented clients, with our litigation and arbitration experience, in the regional courts of commercial arbitration, the Supreme Court of Arbitration of Russia and before arbitration bodies in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan Tajikistan and Ukraine. We have also represented clients before both the criminal and civil courts in Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Belarus and elsewhere in the region. We have also represented client interests before international arbitration tribunals in Stockholm, Vienna, Geneva, Zurich, Paris, New York, London and several other international locations. Similarly, we have represented regional clients in domestic jurisdictions throughout the US and Europe. We represented the Government of Kazakhstan in its international arbitration needs for several years.

The firm regularly represents clients in highly sensitive matters. We manage a significant roster of related project finance work, mediation, internal investigation, international antifraud and global anticorruption work for individuals, institutional investors and private concerns.

We also advise governments in the oil, gas, mining, real estate, financial services and international reinsurance sectors.

CONTACTS

Adam Greaves Partner T: +44 20 7632 1649
Donald E. King Partner T: +1 804 775 4325
Walter H. White Jr. Partner T: +44 20 7632 1630
Leon A. Yel Associate T: +1 212 548 2128
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Russian client

Representation of a Russian client and his extensive business holdings in the dismissal of a major contract claim.
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Acquisition of energy sector client

Advise on acquisition of energy sector service company for $41 million.
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Automotive electronics and mechatronics supplier

Managed a multinational internal inquiry into operations and internal controls of a automotive electronics and mechatronics supplier in connection with US Department of Justice (DOJ) global corruption investigation.
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Berghoff Trading Limited

Berghoff Trading Limited- acting for the Defendants in £157 million claim arising from the acquisition of Caspian Energy Group involving litigation in the Courts of England, Scotland and Cyprus to secure an underlying asset in Azerbaijan
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British clothing manufacturer

Represented a British clothing manufacturer in connection with the privatization of a Russian clothing factory.
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Central Asian American Enterprise Fund

Represented Central Asian American Enterprise Fund.
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Central Bank of Tajikistan

Advised the Central Bank of Tajikistan on a transactional matter.
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CIS bank

Representation of CIS bank in the recovery of funds loaned to a metal trader through arbitration and litigation, including pursuing the principal shareholder and his advisers and associates for fraud in connection with the security for the loan.
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City of Nizhnyvartovskneftigaz

Obtained dismissal in both US (Northern District of California) Federal Court as well as arbitration in London of $10 million claim against Nizhnyvartovskneftigaz.
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Client renovating manufacturing facilities

Advising a client in the renovation of manufacturing facilities in Turkey, Romania, the Czech Republic and Russia, including rescue of the Russian facility after the collapse of the ruble by an equity infusion in the form of intellectual property.
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Client selling interests in Russian oil company

Representation of client in sale of interests in Russian oil company with value of $5 billion.
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Client selling Russian gasoline distribution company

Represented client in the sale of a Russian gasoline distribution company with a value of $570 million.
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Fund for large enterprises in Russia

Represented Fund for Large Enterprises in Russia.
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Hambledon Mining PLC

Hambledon Mining PLC list on AIM.
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Illingworth Morris

Representation of Illingworth Morris regarding Bolschevichka privatisation before the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation and related litigation in the High Court of England.
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Investment consortium

Development of investment consortium led by Russian conglomerate and acquisition of $2 billion interest in chemical plant and other privatized assets (Turkey) and related $400 million secured loan facility.
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JSC Kazakhstan electricity grid

JSC Kazakhstan electricity grid $10 million term loan agreement.
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Katelco

Representation of Katelco, Kazakhstan's national television company, in its negotiations with Comsat for a nationwide satellite broadcasting network.
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Kazakhstan

Representation of Kazakhstan in the sale, lease, grant of concession and grant of management rights for a 2,500 MW coal-fired power plant, cross-border transmission capacity, two hydroelectric power facilities and a regional distribution grid.
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Kazakhstan bank

Advised a large Kazakhstan bank in its global custody agreements.
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Vassilis Akritidis
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 53
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Yongqing Bao
Associate
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 24
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Marshall Beil Marshall Beil
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7004
F: +1 212 715 2319
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William J Boddy William J. Boddy
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1625
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Milt Cerney Milton Cerny
Counsel
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1711
F: +1 804 698 2278
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Peter J Covington Peter J. Covington
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2074
F: +1 704 444 8722
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Simon J Cox Simon J. Cox
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1721
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Mehboob R Dossa Mehboob R. Dossa
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1627
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Adam Greaves Adam Greaves
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1649
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Fredrik Henriksson Fredrik Henriksson
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1701
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Jura N Junnila Jura N. Junnila
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1619
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Yves Melin Yves Melin
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 26
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Simon Clark Simon A. Neilson-Clark
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1725
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Petar Orlic Petar Orlic
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1675
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Daniel L Peyton Daniel L. Peyton
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1667
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Andrew Thornton-Dibb Andrew P. Thornton-Dibb
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1636
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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David B Whelpley Jr. David B. Whelpley Jr.
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2312
F: +1 704 805 5074
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