Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A./N.V., and SUN InBev Ukraine in relation to the combination of the Russian and Ukrainian businesses and assets of AB InBev and Anadolu Efes Biracilik ve Malt Sanayii AS and the creation of a joint venture. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton acted as AB InBev’s Global Counsel, while Efes was represented by Norton Rose Fulbright.
On January 8, 2018, CEE Legal Matters reported that the X5 Retail Group had acquired a supermarket chain operating under the "O’Key" brand in Russia. Later we learned that the acquired supermarket chain was LLC Razvitiye Malykh Formatov. We invited Tatiana Sumarokova, Head of M&A Legal Support Division at X5 Retail Group, to share her thoughts on X5's cooperation with external counsel in the transaction.
Although January was “a little bit quiet in the market” in Russia, February was more promising, according to Eric Michailov, Partner at White & Case Moscow, who reports seeing more deals and new investors coming into the country. “I am particularly optimistic — even more so than I would have been six or twelve months ago,” he says. “Business is good. Not great — it is not a full easy go — but pretty good.”