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Alrud has announced that German Zakharov has been promoted to Partner. Zakharov is a member of the firm's Competition/Antitrust and White Collar Crime, Compliance, and Internal Investigations practices.

Linklaters has advised VTB Capital, Renaissance Capital, and CLSA Ltd. as placing and settlement agents on the sale by Onexim Holdings Ltd of an approximately 3% stake in UC Rusal. Herbert Smith Freehills advised Onexim Holdings on the deal.

As part of comprehensive arbitration law reform in Russia, the new Russian Arbitration Law (Domestic) has come into force and become better aligned with the UNCITRAL Model Law. Several aspects of the new Arbitration Law need to be kept in mind when executing new arbitration agreements and enforcing existing ones. 

Debevoise & Plimpton has advised Universal Cargo Logistics Holding (UCL Holding) in the division of the shipbuilding and shipping business of Volgo-Balt Transport Holding (VBTH) with its minority shareholders, whereby the Vodokhod group – the river cruise business of VBTH – was taken over by the minority shareholders and UCL Holding consolidated 100% of VBTH, which has retained control of all of the shipbuilding and water cargo transportation assets. Chadbourne & Parke advised the minority shareholders on the deal.

Taylor Wessing has advised Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft on the partial sale of its hotel portfolio to the Thai investor U City Public Company Limited. CHSH and Hogan Lovells advised U City on the transaction, which included participations in eight hotels in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Romania, two of which are partly (50%) owned by UBM Development AG.

White & Case has advised Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc, VTB Capital plc, and Aton LLC as Joint Bookrunners on the RUB 10,416.7 million (approximately USD 175 million) secondary public offering (SPO) of 138,888,888 existing ordinary shares in PAO ‘TMK’, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of tubular products for the oil and gas industry. Latham advised PAO 'TMK'.

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.

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