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Akin Gump has advised PJSC Lukoil on its USD 800 million acquisition of a 25% interest in the Marine XII License in the Republic of Congo from New Age M12 Holdings Limited. Clyde & Co advised New Age M12 Holdings on the transaction, which was signed on June 6, 2019, and is subject to several conditions, including the approval by the government of the Republic of Congo.

Vinson & Elkins has confirmed that, following the retirement of Managing Partner Natalya Morozova, the firm closed its Moscow office at the beginning of 2019.

CMS Russia has advised global travel retailer Dufry on its agreement, made through its Russian joint venture, to acquire a 60% stake in RegStaer-M LLC, a Russian duty-free and duty-paid operator, from RegStaer Group. O2 Consulting advised the sellers on the deal.

The Moscow and London offices of Baker Botts have advised PAO Novatek on the sale of a 10% participation interest in the Arctic LNG 2 project to each of China National Offshore Oil Corporation and China National Petroleum Corporation. Herbert Smith Freehills advised China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Company, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation on its investment. Pinsent Masons and Infralex reportedly represented CNOOC on the deal.

Akin Gump has advised Russian Internet and IT company Mail.ru on the formation of a joint venture with the Alibaba Group, a global digital commerce company, PJSC MegaFon, a pan-Russian operator of digital opportunities, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund. Cleary advised MegaFon on the deal, while Linklaters advised the Russian Direct Investment Fund. Debevoise advised Alibaba.

Bardugov Alexander is the Head of Legal of Banca Intesa in Moscow, a role which he has held since 2013. He first joined Banca Intesa in 2004 as a Junior Legal Counsel, gradually progressing to Head of Sector for Banking Operations Legal Support in 2008, Head of Legal Support for Retail and SME in 2009, and Head of Business Legal Support in 2010.

Artyom Podshibyakin is the Head of Legal and Compliance of INDITEX Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Prior to joining INDITEX over a decade ago, Podshibyakin was a Senior Lawyer with IKEA MOS Retail and Property.

Almost 20 years ago, the Russian Government decided to develop a renewable energy sector and promote renewable energy projects in the country. These efforts brought huge investments and complex technologies to the Russian renewable energy sector, which now features major global industry players like Vestas, Fortum, Siemens, Enel, and Lagerwey.

Latham & Watkins has advised HeadHunter Group PLC, an online recruitment platform operating in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, on the USD 253 million initial public offering of its American Depositary Shares.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Harneys have advised HMS Technologies Limited, a major shareholder of HMS Hydraulic Machines & Systems Group, on the restructuring of core shareholder shareholding.

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