Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised PJSC RusHydro on the sale of a 90% shareholding in JSC International Energy Corporation to OJSC Hrazdan Power Company. As part of the transaction, OJSC refinanced MEK’s debt obligations to the EBRD and the Asian Development Bank.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created new legal challenges for many businesses worldwide. However, certain aspects of privacy law still have to be complied with, despite the difficult situation in the market. This poses additional challenges to businesses struggling in the new, rapidly changing environment. Recently, the Russian data protection authority (Roskomnadzor) clarified how employers could monitor the health status of their employees in compliance with Russian privacy law.
“The Russian Government has been very active in addressing concerns of business regarding inadequate regulatory control that has been increasing over last years,” says Andrey Ryabinin, Partner at Integrites in Moscow. “Several declarations have been made in this respect. As part of the reform known as 'regulatory guillotine' the Government is expected to eliminate in 2020-2021 several thousand outdated and excessive regulations in various industries regarding technical standards and requirements in business practice, most of which date back all the way to the Soviet times.”
Stetom, the recently rebranded firm previously doing business as Sterbatomashvaskaya, has advised Skoda Transportation on its entrance into a joint venture with Sinara-Transport Machines. The joint venture company, Sinara-Skoda, will be based in St. Petersburg, and will produce trams, trolleybuses and subway kits for the Russian market.
Linklaters has advised Sovcombank as arranger on the RUB 5.7 billion domestic green project bonds issued by an orphan special purpose vehicle, SFO RuSol 1 LLC, for the purpose of financing two solar stations of Solar Systems LLC in the Astrakhan region of Russia. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner reportedly advised the issuer.
Integrites and Switzerland's HFW law firm have advised MUFG Bank and a syndicate of lending banks including Citi, Credit Agricole, and Societe Generale on a limited recourse term loan to finance Trafigura’s acquisition of copper cathodes from the Swiss trading arm of the Russian mining group Norilsk Nickel.