Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke have announced that they will combine in the second quarter of 2017, operating under the Norton Rose Fulbright name. The combined firm reports more than 4,000 lawyers in 58 offices across 32 countries.
Debevoise has advised NLMK and its U.S. subsidiaries on a USD 250 million revolving ABL facility to refinance existing indebtedness. Hogan Lovells advised sole coordinator and bookrunner and mandated lead arranger Bank of America Merrill Lynch International, as well as mandated lead arrangers JPMorgan Chase Bank and Citibank. Bank of America was appointed as facility agent, collateral agent, and issuing bank.
White & Case has advised PJSC Detsky Mir, Russia's largest children's goods retailer, as issuer, and PJSFC Sistema, as selling shareholder, on the RUB 21.1 billion (approximately USD 360 million) IPO of up to 33.55 percent of Detsky Mir’s ordinary shares on the Moscow Exchange. Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs International, and Morgan Stanley are acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners, with Sberbank CIB and UBS Investment Bank also acting as Joint Bookrunners. The banks were represented by Linklaters.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised PAO Severstal on its USD 250 million issuance of senior unsecured guaranteed convertible bonds, due 2022. The transaction is the first-ever Russian bond issuance, and, according to Freshfields, one of the first emerging-market bond issuances to achieve zero-coupon pricing.
Weil is reporting that, in a case referred to the firm by LGBTQ immigrant rights organization Immigration Equality, its lawyers have secured asylum for a Russian pro bono client on the grounds that he suffered past persecution on account of his sexual orientation and had a well-founded fear of future persecution if required to return to Russia.
Akin Gump has advised PJSC Lukoil in relation to the acquisition by Renaissance Oil Corp. of an indirect 25% interest in the Integrated Exploration and Production Contract for the 230 square kilometer (56,800 acres) Amatitlan block near Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico. Park Energy Law advised Renaissance Oil on the deal.
The Moscow and London offices of Debevoise & Plimpton have advised longstanding client Polyus Gold International Limited on a USD 800 million Eurobond offering due 2023 with a coupon of 5.25% per annum. The Notes were offered inside the United States to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A and outside the United States to buyers under Regulation S.
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati Rechtsanwalte has assisted Teufelberger Wirerope GmbH, an international metal wire ropes producer based in Austria, in the acquisition of Italian-based Redaelli Tecna S.p.A., a designer and manufacturer of steel wire ropes for off-shore and on-shore oil activities, mining, cableways, material transportation, and hoisting, and a developer and producer of engineering systems for the tenso structures, from JSC Severstal-Metiz, a company owned by the PAO Severstal steel and steel-related mining group. The transaction is expected to close in spring 2017.
In recent years, President Obama has ordered significant changes to the longstanding U.S. sanctions on Cuba and Iran as well as imposed new sanctions on Russia. President-elect Trump has been generally critical of the Obama administration’s relaxation of U.S. sanctions on Cuba and Iran, and his views on Russia appear more favorable than those of the outgoing administration.