Aydin Jebrailov

Head of Energy and Natural Resources

Aydin Jebrailov heads the Energy and Natural Resources practice of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP. Aydin regularly advises on high profile, large scale transactions. He has hands-on-experience in leading transactions from a legal perspective covering all aspects of negotiating, structuring and financing subsoil operations in Russia. His legal services also include assistance to clients on regulatory compliance issues such as land, environmental, technical standard and health and safety-related matters.

In the energy sector, he has advised on the acquisition of subsoil properties at auctions and tenders, direct and indirect acquisition and sale of interest in existing natural resource projects, risk service agreements, and advising parties on energy production sharing agreements. He also assists clients with title legal opinions on Russian subsoil licenses and the conversion of exploration licenses into production licenses. Aydin also has comprehensive experience in complex reorganizations and transfers of subsoil rights of potentially troubled companies to legally secure corporate entities. In addition, he has obtained approvals on many occasions from subsoil authorities for amendments to licenses, and has successfully defended subsoil users from suspension or termination of their rights in administrative disputes and in Russian commercial courts. He also has considerable experience related to acquisitions of interest in "strategic" companies and legal framework pertaining to subsoil plots of federal significance.

Aydin is regularly cited in leading legal directories. He has been ranked in Band 1 in Energy and Natural Resources: Mining - Russia in Chambers & Partners 2008-2018. "Aydin Jebrailov has been active on many exciting energy projects throughout the CIS. He is highly recommended for his regulatory know-how, and his expertise spans mining, energy and project finance" (Chambers Global 2013). He is endorsed as a leading energy and mining lawyer in Who's Who Legal 2008-2018 and is named the Energy and Natural Resources Law "Lawyer of the Year" for Moscow (Best Lawyers in Russia 2018) and the Oil & Gas Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Russia (Best Lawyers 2018). He has the top rankings in Energy and Natural Resources, Mining, Oil and Gas, Project Finance by Best Lawyers 2017-2018 and is named the leading individual in Energy and Natural Resources by Legal 500 EMEA 2011-2017.

Chambers & Partners cites Aydin Jebrailov as a legal professional who "has great technical knowledge and whose work is consistently of the highest quality", awarding him in 2008-17 a top band individual ranking in Energy and Natural Resources.

"Aydin Jebrailov is 'very business-oriented; his legal analysis is strong and his commonsense approach is refreshing" (Legal 500 EMEA)

Energy and Natural Resources Law "Lawyer of the Year" for Moscow (Best Lawyers in Russia 2017)

Oil & Gas Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Moscow (Best Lawyers in Russia 2018).

Projects

Aydin’s representative projects 1 include advising:

  • SOCAR on the corporate and commercial arrangements for the stage 2 expansion of the Shah Deniz gas condensate field in the Caspian Sea;
  • SOCAR in a number of major transactions and assignments in the CIS countries, including acquisition of a gas distribution grid in Georgia and a major gas transportation project to Europe;
  • SOCAR Trading: Assisting the client to set up a representative office in Moscow. Representing the client in a litigation in a dispute involving the Russian customs;
  • BP on the Russian law aspects of establishing an exploration joint venture with Rosneft – Yermak Neftegaz LLC – to explore areas of mutual interest in the North-Western Margin of Siberia and in the Yenisey-Khatanga basin, as well as acquiring a 20 per cent stake in Taas Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha from Rosneft and creating a new joint stock venture to further develop the Srednebotuobinskoye oil and gas condensate field (one of the largest fields in Eastern Siberia);
  • a major Russian independent gas producer on the tender documentation for engaging a Russian or international contractor for an exploration and development project in the Russian Arctic;
  • a major European energy company on gas swaps and gas distribution agreements with Gasprom, as well as export of gas from Russia
  • a major international energy company on a gas swaps and gas distribution agreements within Russia;
  • Chevron on the acquisition of a major hydrocarbon property in Russia (Shatsky Ridge) and the issues of export of geological data outside the area of Customs Union;
  • a major European drilling company as a subcontractor of an offshore hydrocarbon project in the Kara Sea;
  • GDF Suez on potential acquisitions in Russia, which involved conducting due diligence of the underlying subsoil licences and structuring of deals, as well as advice on the Russian strategic sector investment laws and the laws on and practical aspects of production sharing agreements;
  • a major UK oil and gas company on a gas monetization project in Russia;
  • international energy company on the establishment of a joint venture with a major Russian gas company on the construction of an LNG facility to export gas to the United States
  • EN+ Management Ltd. on a major potential acquisition of a gas property in Russia, involving extensive due diligence of the underlying subsoil licences and on gas transportation issues
  • Petro Canada on a major JV with GAZPROM;
  • A UK company in its sale of control of a major Russian gas project in eastern Siberia. The owners were several Russian nationals with shareholdings in a foreign company and the transaction involved complicated cross-border issues, including choice of governing law, potential litigation and tax minimisation;
  • a Chinese consortium led by Fosun International on the Russian law aspects of the proposed acquisition of a 10% stake in PJSC Polyus, Russia’s largest gold producer and a top 10 gold producer globally, with an option to acquire a further 5% stake (deal value approx. US$1.3bn);
  • De Beers on the contemplated acquisition of a stake in a major diamond project in Russia, including licence related issues, issues pertaining to restrictions on strategic properties, forestry issues and project documentation;
  • an LSE-listed company involved in gold mining in Russia on the proposed acquisition of a Russian gold mining company;
  • a leading global mining company on divestment of their interest in several mining exploration projects in Kamchatka region in Russia. The engagement covered advice on structuring the transaction, advice on Russian antimonopoly and other regulatory matters;
  • Amur Minerals Corporation on structuring an equity financing transaction in light of strategic investment law and related restrictions. Advice on the effect of foreign investment restrictions on the Russian nickel property owned by the company's subsidiary. Advice on the conversion of a geological exploration licence into a production one;
  • B2Gold Corporation on subsoil related issues (licence transfer), as well as a joint venture with Kinross Gold Corporation;
  • Bema Gold Corporation: representation of Bema Gold Corporation, a Canadian Company listed on the Toronto and London stock exchanges in several projects totalling more than US$600 million (including the largest project financing in mining in the world for the year 2006), which constituted one of the most successful foreign investments in the Russian Federation. We provided a full range of mining, corporate, customs, and tax and Russian law other advice to implement these transactions, as well as full legal counsel on a US$3.4 billion dollar merger with Kinross Gold Corporation;
  • a Russian company holding multiple licenses on legal issues concerning a public offering. Advice to an underwriter regarding an acquisition of a Russian mining property;
  • Lhoist Industrie, SA on the acquisition of several limestone properties in Russia, including key issues related to issuance of licences, conducting of operations under licences, forestry and land issues. Conducted extensive negotiations on behalf of the client with regional administration and municipal authorities, as well as local subsoil and related authorities. Assisted on a successful bidding for a subsoil licence, as well as on numerous changes to and updating of the subsoil licence;
  • on acquisition by a Canadian public company of Russian mining properties;
  • on acquisition by a public Canadian company of a strategic property;
  • Dassault Systemes, the largest global supplier of mining software solutions, on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Russian company Gemcom Russia involved in supply of mining software products to mining companies, and entering into shareholders' arrangement with the minority shareholder;
  • a Russian subsidiary of a leading international mining company as respondent in four court cases initiated by individuals in order to establish civil relationship as labour, the cases being considered by the court of general jurisdiction of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

1Including projects before joining Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP in April 2019