Technology, Media & Telecommunications in Russia

Experience

    • Ant Group in its agreement to form joint ventures with Mail.ru Group, USM, MegaFon, and RDIF in payments and financial services.
    • Alibaba in the joint venture of its AliExpress business in Russia with the Russian Direct Investment Fund, MegaFon and Mail.ru, aimed at integrating Russia’s key consumer internet and e-commerce platforms.
    • Helios Investment Partners in its acquisition of a majority stake in Telkom Kenya from The Orange Group.
    • Shareholders of the International Center for Financial and Economic Development (MCFER) in the buyout of Wolters Kluwer’s stake in a joint publishing business in Russia and other CIS countries, followed by the sale of the consolidated business of MCFER to a major Russian publishing house (including advice on a pre-sale repatriation of the Russian business from foreign jurisdictions back to Russia).
    • Megafon and MTS on various corporate matters, including D&O insurance.
    • A consortium of telecommunications companies from several countries (including Rostelecom, the Russian international telephone operator) in the preliminary stages of a proposed project to build an 8,000-kilometer fiber optic telecommunications line across Russia.
    • Access Industries in its 25% equity stake in Svyazinvest, a holding company owning controlling stakes in the Russian fixed line telecom operators.
    • Soros Fund Management as lead member of Mustcom Limited, a Cyprus consortium, in the consortium's $625 million sale of a 25% interest in Svyanzinvest, the Russian fixed-line telecommunication system, to Access Industries, Inc. The Mustcom consortium purchased its interest in Svyazinvest from the Russian government in a privatization tender for $2 billion.
    • Viacom in the establishment of the MTV Russia television channel.
    • Viacom in the anticipated acquisition of the MuzTV television channel.
    • Deutsche Telekom in its sale of a 15% stake and a 10% stake in leading Russian cellular operator Mobile TeleSystems, structured as a public offering of global depositary receipts and the sale of shares on the Russian stock exchange to Russian and foreign investors for a total of more than $3.2 billion.
    • Deutsche Telekom in its acquisition of Intellecom, a Ukrainian telecommunications company.
    • Central European Media Enterprises in the acquisition and disposition of media assets in CIS. (Terminated)
    • A major Russian radiobroadcasting company in various corporate and IP matters, including matters relating to regulations applicable for radio broadcasting in the UK, France, Germany, Turkey and the U.S.
    • United Media (an affiliate of Novolipetsk Steel Group) in numerous acquisitions of telecom, media, publishing and internet assets.
    • Novolipetsk Steel Group in launching B2B internet trading platform.
    • Norilsk Nickel in the sale of Norilsk Telecom.
    • US West/RTDC in several cellular telephone and other ventures in Russia and assistance with Russian law aspects of a proposed $190 million OPIC loan facility to benefit several of the company’s Russian operating ventures.
    • EBRD and World Bank in advising the government of Kyrgyzstan on the reform of its national telecommunications industry, drafting of a program of reform of the telecommunications industry and draft legislation on telecommunications.
    • Central European Media Enterprises in the acquisition of additional interests in Studio 1+1, a Ukrainian television operating company.
    • Central European Media Enterprises in its joint venture with Igor Kolomoisky, a CME director and shareholder, to unite operations of CME's Ukrainian television group Studio1+1 with Kolomoisky's TET TV channel.
    • Central European Media Enterprises in the sale of all its Ukrainian assets to Igor Kolomoisky.
    • A Hungarian investor in the purchase of a Russian company holding exclusive rights for organizing lotteries in Russia, including through terminal equipment set in public space performing settlement, sale and other on-line operations.