Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine & CIS

Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine & CIS

Simmons & Simmons has a dedicated group of experts for Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the CIS region, including native Russian speakers, and has built an extensive portfolio of experience dealing with Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakhstan headquartered clients, as well as international companies operating in the region.

We advise our Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakhstan clients on a large variety of matters, including energy and infrastructure projects, corporate deals, finance and project finance transactions, disputes, and mining and natural resources projects.

Our ability to advise on English law in the region is enhanced by long-established relationships with firms based in Moscow, St Petersburg,  Ekaterinburg, Kyiv, Astana, the Baltic States, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and other CIS cities and states. We combine our expertise with local law advice to provide our clients with a cost efficient and comprehensive service.

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Experience

Our experience includes advising on the following (for reasons of client confidentiality, on occasion, we are unable to disclose the names of a number of our clients):

A prívate equity investor (Belorussia)
  • advising on a variety of matters including tax, derivatives, hedge fund establishment
Cayman Fund managed by a CIS Bank
  • acting in proceedings in London and the Cayman Islands in connection with complex international fraud claims between the beneficiaries of the fund and other parties
Jersey Investment Vehicle
  • acting in international arbitration proceedings relating to the repayment of loans secured on a wide range of commercial properties in the Ukraine
Nomihold Securities Inc
  • acting in multiple LCIA arbitrations and enforcement proceedings relating to the performance of an option agreement involving shares indirectly relating to a major Kyrgyz mobile telecommunications company (Bitel LLC)
Major Russian aluminium company
  • acting in a multibillion LCIA arbitration centered on shareholders’ dispute over the control of a major metals company
Shenyang Jinbei Vehicle Manufacturing Co, Ltd
  • advising on an acquisition creating a joint venture manufacturer of light-duty trucks in Russia
Swedspan group
  • advising on the acquisition of Pfleiderer 000 (a company operating a production facility for particle board in Russia) and on the acquisition of assets located in several jurisdictions, inter alia in Russia
KMG, the state oil company of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • advising KMG as a shareholder in relation to the US$4.4bn multi sourced co-financing of the TCO Expansion Project
Insurance brokers
  • advising on placement of reinsurance in the London Market in Turkmenistan
International construction consultancy
  • advising on a dispute brought in Moscow by an electronics company over the construction of a new manufacturing facility near Moscow
China Development Bank
  • advising on a cooperation agreement with Kazakh Joint Stock Company "National Managing Holding "Baiterek"
  • advising on a strategic cooperation agreement with the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Oil company
  • advising on oil fields/exploration disputes in Karachaganak and North Caspian Sea Project including reviewing the FSPA, advising on issues relating to cost control and fees
Credit Suisse
  • „„advising on possible events of default, event of default provisions in a US$750m loan facility agreement with Ukranian borrowers, including drafting notices calling default
Renaissance Capital
  • „„advising on construction of and amendment to certain constitutional instruments for debt issued by a Renaissance entity KMG, the state oil company of the Republic of Kazakhstan „„
  • advising KMG as a shareholder in relation to the US$4.4bn multi-sourced co-financing of the TCO Expansion Project
Marazzi Group
  • „„the groundbreaking Masri v Consolidated Contractors litigation ran for seven years across 12 jurisdictions, generating 30 judgments in England alone. The case has set numerous precedents. The case involved the first worldwide receivership orders; the use of a receivership order to bind an overseas innocent third party; proceedings to impose personal liability; claims for conspiracy; and contempt of court proceedings in 10 separate counts against the defendants. Our innovative enforcement strategy brought success to our client and resulted in the firm being awarded the FT Innovative Lawyer Award for Dispute Resolution 2011
Arcelor „„
  • advising in relation to its defence of an ultimately successful US$33.8bn takeover bid by Mittal Steel which resulted in the world’s largest steel company
A major investment bank„„
  • advising on a series of structured, secured loans in Russia and the CIS, including pre-IPO financings, subsequent syndications, participations and restructurings
CPC Pipeline
  • advising on the potential sale of an interest in the CPC Pipeline Standard Bank „„
  • advising on two loan participation note structures (US$500m and US$200m)
Latvenergo „„
  • advising in relation to negotiations with a Swedish offtaker for the supply of electricity via an under sea cable from a coal fired power station to be constructed in Latvia
Yukos
  • „„advising and representing the court-appointed receiver of the Russian energy giant Yukos Oil Company
Aviation Capital Group
  • „„advising on the export credit financing and leasing of an aircraft on lease to Air Astana
A specialist asset manager „„
  • advising on structured commitments into Russia and other CIS jurisdictions, with a focus on the mining and natural resources sector and typically through Cypriot resident vehicles
Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan „„
  • advising in relation to the sale of part of its interest in the Tengiz oilfield, and in relation to the development of new oilfields in the Caspian Sea
Power companies of Baltics
  • „„advising the three power companies of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on developing a new nuclear power station to replace the current Ignalina plant
One of Russia's largest publishing houses
  • acting in a fight against the online offering of electronic versions of its books
Merchant International Company Limited (MIC) v Natsionalna Aktsionerna Kompaniya NaftoGaz Ukrayìny
  • acting for the Ukrainian state owned energy company, defending a claim to enforce a $25m Ukrainian judgment obtained by MIC. The Ukrainian judgment has since been repealed in the Ukraine, although enforcement proceedings continued in England
Russian Pipeline Company „„
  • advising in connection with issues, and potential arbitration proceedings, relating to pipeline projects in Russia and the CIS
EBRD, IFC and commercial banks
  • „„advising on multiple secured lending projects in Russia in the metals, mining and minerals, energy, banking, food and retail trade industries
Masri v CCC litigation „„
  • the groundbreaking Masri v Consolidated Contractors litigation ran for seven years across 12 jurisdictions, generating 30 judgments in England alone. The case has set numerous precedents. The case involved the first worldwide receivership orders; the use of a receivership order to bind an overseas innocent third party; proceedings to impose personal liability; claims for conspiracy; and contempt of court proceedings in 10 separate counts against the defendants. Our innovative enforcement strategy brought success to our client and resulted in the firm being awarded the FT Innovative Lawyer Award for Dispute Resolution 2011.