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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.

Five CEE lawyers — Eleanor Johnson, Tomas Osicka, Piotr Staniszewski, Konstantin Tretyakov, and Marketa Tvrda — are part of Dentons worldwide partnership round, which included 36 lawyers overall. 

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.

Goltsblat BLP has advised the shareholder of Tymensky Fanerny Zavod (Tyumen Plywood Plant), a plywood producer in Russia’s Western Siberia, on the sale of the company's 100% stake to SVEZA, a global producer of birch plywood. SVEZA was advised by Baker McKenzie. 

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.”

The Pepeliaev Group has successfully represented Kavminvody JSC in the Russian Intellectual Property Court in a trademark dispute with Krymservis LLC, which resulted in the invalidation of a similar trademark that was owned by a bad faith right holder.

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