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Dentons has advised The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank on its extension of a USD 69 million loan to the Russian State Transport Leasing Company to finance the construction of the Lavna Coal Transshipment Terminal at the Murmansk sea port. Allen & Overy reportedly advised the borrowers.

“From the perspective of a finance lawyer, my general observation is that the biggest problem is of course the political issue,” says Herbert Smith Freehills Partner Olga Davydava, referring to the sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union. “The political situation really affects the legal market.”

Baker Botts has acted for PAO Novatek, one of the largest independent natural gas producers in Russia, on the sale of a ten percent participation interest in the Arctic LNG 2 project to Total S.A.. The transaction was signed on March 4, 2019, and it is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2019.


The 3rd Annual Private Equity and M&A Conference will take place on 11-12 April 2019 in Moscow

6th Annual RAA Conference, Moscow, Russia Marriott Grand Hotel on April 25,2019

Maxima Legal has been selected by Institute Stroiproyekt to provide legal assistance following Stroiproyekt winning a tender to develop the technical and economic scheme for the construction of a tram line between Saint Petersburg and Leningrad oblast on the basis of a concession agreement.

The pharmaceutical market is one of the fastest growing markets in Russia, and despite external and internal issues, it is set to grow even further. Foreign pharma companies are expanding into Russia and quite often, at the initial stage, they do not have subsidiaries but are mostly focused on marketing and promotional activities through representative offices. They should, however, consider the approach of the Russian tax authorities in taxing foreign representative offices (ROs) and consider alternative distribution arrangements.

CMS has advised RESO-Garantia on its acquisition of ERGO Insurance, a Russian subsidiary of the ERGO Group, from ERGO International AG. Alrud advised ERGO International on the sale. Financial details were not disclosed and the acquisition remains subject to regulatory approvals.

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