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Investments, Corporate Law, Business Aviation.
Derek Bloom is a Partner with Capital Legal Services who has been practicing law in Russia since 1995. At Capital Legal Services, Mr. Bloom is continuing his practice in the areas of foreign investments in Russia, commercial real estate investments by Russian and foreign investors; secured financings and financial leasing in Russia; and corporate aviation. Mr. Bloom is advising two Russian holding companies on their plans for acquisitions of corporate aircraft, and is advising a certain Russian real estate investment fund on planned investments in Moscow and other investors on workouts of distressed assets.
In March 1995, Mr. Bloom moved to Moscow to commence work on investments in Russia by multi-national corporations, becoming a partner with Coudert Brothers, a noted international law firm. While primarily based in Moscow, Mr. Bloom ran the firm's St. Petersburg office for three years, during which time Coudert Brothers and Capital Legal Services collaborated on a high profile real estate project. At Coudert Brothers, Mr. Bloom led work on a large number of foreign investments in Russia, developed a significant financial leasing practice, completed the first leases of Boeing aircraft by a large Russian charter airline, and led the hostile takeover defense of a major Russian corporation. In January 2005, Mr. Bloom became General Counsel to Golden Telecom, a NASDAQ-listed fixed line telecommunications company headquartered in Moscow prior to its merger into Vimpelcom, one of the three leading telecommunications companies in Russia. Mr. Bloom then became a partner with a Washington DC law firm specializing in corporate aviation, working in Washington, D.C. and Moscow during 2006 and 2007, including on several aircraft acquisitions by Russian businesses. From August 2006 until February 2008, Mr. Bloom was a Partner with the Washington, D.C. corporate aviation law firm, GKG Law, and during this period closed two dozen purchases and sales of corporate aircraft, and completed numerous aircraft charter, management and financing agreements. This work built on his experience in Russia on several aircraft transactions, including the first acquisition and lease of commercial aircraft by Meridian Leasing. In February 2008, Mr. Bloom became General Counsel of PromSvyazNedvizhimost, a Russian commercial real estate holding company where he was responsible for a corporate restructuring and preparing the company for a public issuance of shares. With the public offering postponed in changed economic circumstances, Mr. Bloom renewed his collaboration with Capital Legal Services and joined the firm in September 2009. Areas of practice: Foreign investments in Russia; Commercial real estate investments in Russia by Russian and foreign investors; Secured financings and financial leasing in Russia; Acquisition and management of corporate aircraft in the US and Russia.
English and Russian.
District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court.
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (LLM, Taxation, 1989) Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 1984 Leningrad State University, St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), USSR (Certificate, 1980-1981; Semester Program to study Russian language and Literature.