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Avellum has acted as Ukrainian legal advisor to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on its USD 3 billion, 15-year, 7.375% Eurobond issue, which was combined with a cash tender offer to the holders of the outstanding Eurobonds due 2019 and 2020. White & Case advised the Ministry of Finance on matters of English and American law, while Sayenko Kharenko (on Ukrainian law) and Latham & Watkins (on American and English law) advised joint lead managers BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs, and J.P. Morgan Securities plc.

In The Corner Office, we invite Senior and Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. For this issue, we asked them to describe their least favorite part of their jobs. 

Preserving confidentiality is always a top priority for a successful business, especially if you have an advanced R&D department. Taking into account the need to freely transfer information on the one hand and the strict necessity to preserve the safety of personal data and databases on the other, the issue of confidentiality becomes even more important.

Avellum has advised its longstanding client Kernel Holding S.A. on the acquisition of 100% of shares in a large-scale farming business that manages over 190,000 hectares of leasehold farmland and approximately 200,000 tons of grain storage capacity. The value of the deal was USD 155 million. The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine approved the acquisition in May 2017.

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to joint lead managers J.P. Morgan Securities plc and ING Bank N.V., London Branch in connection with the cash tender offer with respect to USD 750 million 8.25 percent notes due 2020 and the issue of new USD 500 million 7.75 percent notes due 2024 by MHP S.A. MHP was advised by Avellum on Ukrainian law and Freshfields on English law.

Avellum has announced that it was part of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association’s (UAA) Working Group that prepared an amicus curiae (friend of the court brief (the “Brief”), submitted to the High Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases to aid in the Court's consideration of an appeal against a lower court’s decision regarding the recognition and enforcement of a Grain and Feed Trade Association award of USD 17,536,000 and compound interest.

Clifford Chance has advised Deutsche Bank, ING, Natixis, and UniCredit in their capacity as the coordinating committee for the pre-export finance banks in connection with the successful implementation of a USD 2.3 billion debt restructuring for Metinvest. Ukraine's Redcliffe Partners, working alongside Clifford Chance, provided Ukrainian law advice to the committee. Baker McKenzie and Allen & Overy advised Metinvest on the restructuring.

The year of 2016 was marked by relatively low M&A activity in Ukraine. Although transactions were carried out in almost every industry, their total number turned out to be quite moderate.

The Ukrainian court system saw significant changes in 2016. The first, and probably the most important, was the initiation of judicial reform, which included changes to the Constitution of Ukraine and a truly significant amount of new laws (some of which have already passed through the Parliament, with others still under development). In addition, in 2016, Ukrainian legal community witnessed some unexpected decisions of the Supreme Court of Ukraine affecting the jurisdiction of Ukrainian courts, which contributed to uncertainty in the Ukrainian judiciary.

In The Corner Office, we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. For this issue, we asked them to describe the first major deal or client matter they generated themselves, and how they did it. 

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Avellum at a Glance

AVELLUM is a leading Ukrainian full service law firm. Our deep expertise and strong reputation enable us to provide top-notch legal services in Finance, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Tax and Antitrust areas.

Our aim is to be the firm of choice for large businesses and financial institutions in respect of their most important and challenging transactions. We build lasting relationships with our clients and make them feel secure in new uncertain economic and legal realities.

We incorporate the most advanced Western legal techniques and practices into our work. By adding our first-hand knowledge, broad industry experience, and unparalleled level of service we deliver the best results to our clients in their business endeavours.

The team of professionals at AVELLUM successfully applies time-efficient and cost-effective approaches and creates integrated solutions for businesses. Our partners are taking an active role in every transaction and ensure smooth teamwork. 

We seamlessly cooperate with leading international law firms in course of multijurisdictional transactions.

Firm's website: www.avellum.com