Corporate / M&A

#1 law firm by M&A deal count - Mergers.ru/Cbonds Group (Q1-Q3 2018)

WHAT WE DO/ SPECIFIC AREAS OF FOCUS

Our Corporate / M&A team is one of the most resourceful and diversified in Russia: more than 20 lawyers qualified under Russian, English and US law (State of New York) with substantial experience of mid-to-large-scale cross-border and other complex transactions.

Tier 2 in Commercial, corporate and M&A, according to The Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Key practitioners in the ‘well-connected practice’ are department head Anton Sitnikov and partners Matvey Kaploukhiy and Anton Panchenkov. Managing partner Andrey Goltsblat is the other key figure.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is ranked by PitchBook (2018 annual global league table) among the top 20 law firms, based on deal counts, in the category ‘Most Active Global Law Firm in VC Deals’.

#1 law firm by M&A deal count in Russia in Q1-Q3 2018 according to Mergermarket, a leading M&A data and intelligence provider. 

#2 law firm by M&A deal count in Russia for 2019 according to the analytics platform Mergers.ru of Cbonds Group (as of 17 May 2019).

Thomson Reuters, recognised as maintaining the most comprehensive database available on mergers and acquisitions, has ranked Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner among the top legal advisers for M&A work involving a U.S. target for 2018.

Partners Andrey Goltsblat, Anton Sitnikov, Ekaterina Dedova, Matvey Kaploukhiy are recognised in The Best Lawyers in Russia© 2019 in the fields of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Information Technology Law, Competition / Antitrust Law.

Our Corporate / M&A team is one of the most resourceful and diversified in Russia and has substantial experience of mid-to-large-scale cross-border and other complex transactions. The team is well-positioned in terms of expertise and resources to provide any type of corporate/ M&A and other transactional and general corporate services supported – when the scope so requires – by leading practitioners in all relevant areas of practice, each being long-established and top-ranked in their respective areas. This is a massive advantage over competitors and a completely different offering.

Chambers Europe 2019

Clients highlight the department for its market insight, with one source reporting: "They have an understanding and expertise in English law with knowledge of Russian realities."

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Experience

Corporate / M&A

Alvansa Ltd, OBL Pharm’s management

Advised on a RUB 15.5 bn (approx. USD 240 m) investment sale of a controlling stake in Obolenskoe Pharm, a leading Russian pharmaceutical company. The stake was acquired by Sistema (LSE: SSA, MOEX: AFKS), a large Russian diversified holding company, jointly with VTB Bank from Alvansa Ltd, a holding company controlled by Gazprombank and UFG Private Equity. We represented the sellers in the main sale of the business and acted for OBL Pharm’s management team in its negotiations with investors with respect to the shareholder deal.

Da Vinci Capital Management

Advised Da Vinci Capital, a leading emerging markets private equity firm, on investing in DataArt, a leading global technology consultancy that designs and develops unique software solutions for supporting company growth momentum in key industries.

Fasten

Advised Fasten (owner of Saturn and RedTaxi brands), a major player on the taxi aggregator market in Russia, on its merger with RuTaxi (Vezyet / Везет and Leader / Лидер brands).

KOPY Goldfields AB (publ)

Advised KOPY Goldfields AB (publ), a Swedish gold exploration company, on sale of its subsidiary Taiga LLC, which holds several exploration and production licences in the Irkutsk Region.

Verno and Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V.

Supporting Verno, an international investment company, managing the PE fund Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V., in a project to develop and let around 25,000 sq m of warehouse premises in the first phase of a bigger plan to construct up to 100,000 sq m of Class A warehouses in Kazakhstan.

Miratorg Agricultural Holding

Advised Miratorg Agricultural Holding, one of the Russia’s largest agricultural producers, on its acquisition of 100% of shares in RAV Agro Orel and LB Orel, an agricultural arm of PPF Group allowing the client to materially boost its assets and production base.

MasterCard Members Association

Advised MasterCard Members Association on launching an innovative service on the Russian market: simultaneous cash-out with POS payment by bank card at shop tills.

AFG National

Advised AFG National, a leader on the Russian agriculture produce market, on raising up to RUB 9 bn from the Russian Direct Investments Fund and a number of Middle East funds.

AFG National

Advised AFG National on selling a 35% share in Yuzhnie Zemli LLC to Volga Group Agro, a company consolidating agricultural projects of Volga Group. Yuzhnie Zemli focuses on farming of high-quality apples by a super intensive technology and is one of the fastest growing projects in the industry.

Open Mobile Platform-DC/ RUSINTECH

Advised Open Mobile Platform-DC and RUSINTECH on sale of 75% in Open Mobile Platform and Votron to Rostelecom, which through this transaction gains control over the developer of Sailfish OS and Sailfish Mobile OS RUS.

Pangeo Capital

Advised Pangeo Capital on all aspects of setting up and operating Pangeo Radar, a Russian-Austrian joint venture between Pangeo Capital and Radarservices Smart IT Security to develop, localise and deploy IT security software for major corporations and public companies. The scope of work also included advice on matters related to governance and finance, licensing, international cross-licensing and localisation of software.

MTS

Advised PJSC MTS, the leading telecommunications provider in Russia, on its acquisition of a controlling stake (50.82%) in the Russian retail software developer Oblachny Retail LLC operating under the LiteBox brand.

Globus

Advised Globus, a German hypermarket chain, on its expansion on the Russian market, specifically on acquiring a land plot and properties in north-east Moscow for a new hypermarket.

Siberian Generating Company

Advised Siberian Generating Company, SUEK Group (Siberian Coal Energy Company, Russia’s biggest coal producer), on acquisition of a 78% stake in Sibeco, one of the biggest heat and electricity generation companies in Siberia.

Tyumensky Fanerny Zavod (Tyumen Plywood Plant)

Advised the shareholder of Tyumensky Fanerny Zavod (Tyumen Plywood Plant), the top plywood producer in Russia’s Western Siberia, on a sale of its 100% stake to SVEZA, a global leader on the birch plywood market.

CITIC Telecom International

Advised CITIC Telecom International on acquisition of the telecommunication business of Linx Telecommunications, including Linx's 470 km optic fiber network in the Baltic Sea, and its network operations centers (NOCs) in Moscow and Tallinn, Estonia.

Ferronordic Machines AB

Advised Ferronordic Machines AB, an authorised dealer of Volvo Construction Equipment, Terex Trucks, Dressta, Mecalac and Rottne in Russia, on the offering and listing of its ordinary shares on Nasdaq Stockholm.

Da Vinci Capital Management

Advised Da Vinci Capital on $55m subscription for “Gram” tokens during second round of ICO of the Telegram Group - one of the world’s most popular messenger apps. TON (Telegram Open Network) is the largest ICO in the history of cryptocurrencies and the most hyped ICO of 2018. TON Whitepaper states that 84 percent of blockchain-based projects have an active Telegram community, more than all other chat applications combined.

Exactpro Systems

Advised the top-management of Exactpro Systems on a management buyout. The transaction saw our clients buy the company back from the London Stock Exchange Group, to which they had previously sold the business.

Raven Russia Limited

Acted for Raven Russia Limited, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of a portfolio of three high quality income producing properties in St Petersburg (a warehouse and two office buildings) from EPI Russia I Ky, a fund managed by Northern Horizon Capital.

Sun Pharma Global FZE

Advised Sun Pharma Global FZE, a group company of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, on prospective brand acquisition from a Russian competitor. Our mandate included comprehensive due diligence of the assets and related business (with particular focus on regulatory, contractual and IP), advice on structuring of the transaction, documenting and hands-on negotiating the deal.

TechnoNICOL

Advised TechnoNicol on acquisition of 100% of the shares in a production facility belonging to the IZOVOL Group, offering insulation solutions for industrial and civil construction.

Ecolab

Advised Ecolab on acquisition of Promkhimservice (PHS), a chemical reagents plant in Sterlitamak, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia.

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