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Akin Gump LLP

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Robert Aulsebrook

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Partner; Cross-Border Transactions


Robert Aulsebrook is head of the international finance group and a partner in the London office, focusing on international debt finance, capital markets and derivatives. Mr Aulsebrook advises borrowers and lenders on terms of primary market loans, loan participations and secondary market trading of debt. He acts for issuers and purchasers of equity and debt instruments, depository receipts, Eurobonds, convertible debt securities, commercial paper and derivatives.

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J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, 1989; B.A., Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude, 1986. Admitted to practice in England and Wales and in New York.

London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Akin Gump LLP excels at advising borrowers on the financing (involving bilateral, club and syndicates of banks) of cross-border emerging markets transactions. Leveraging the firm's sector strength across the energy industry, the team is able to add value as a result of having a real understanding of the underlying subject matter. Praised for his 'responsiveness and business acumen', Russian speaker Robert Aulsebrook excels in energy-related financing work for corporates with a Russian nexus and regularly handles work for the country's second largest oil and gas company, Lukoil, including recently advising it on the $500m financing to fund the development of the Gissar gas fields, an onshore gas exploration and production project in Uzbekistan. Other clients include CEVA Group plc, VEON and Affinion Group Holdings.

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Debt capital markets

Within: Debt capital markets

Akin Gump LLP exhibits 'a thorough knowledge of the products, its clients and their business, as well as business acumen and quick response times'. The practice has carved out a leading role in cross-border debt private placements, thanks in part to Barry Russell, who is considered 'the king of private placement restructurings' and regularly acts for institutional investors on the issuance of private placement notes to UK and US investors. He led a team that advised holders of privately placed notes issued by Premier Oil UK on the restructuring of approximately $3bn of debt. Robert Aulsebrook acts for issuers on offerings of Eurobonds, loan notes, convertible debt securities and commercial paper; he has been the lead lawyer on debt offerings totalling more than $10bn for Russian oil company PJSC LUKOIL. Mark Mansell represents insurance companies and other financial institutions on cross-border private placements and other debt financing transactions. Sarah Smith left to join Dechert LLP in April 2019.

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Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Akin Gump LLP acts primarily for borrowers in cross-border transactions involving emerging markets. Its main focus is on loan, debt and equity deals, though it also handles financial restructurings for institutional lenders and borrowers. Among its key clients are PJSC LUKOIL, which is Russia's second-largest oil and gas company and the first Russian company to be fully listed on the London Stock Exchange, and telecommunications company VEON. The practice also counts Lukinter Finance, Tennenbaum Capital Partners, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Affinion Group Holdings among its clients. Robert Aulsebrook is 'excellent - he has a thorough knowledge of the relevant products, good business and quick response times'. He recently acted for a major oil company in the CIS region on a high-value revolving credit facility from a leading European bank. Counsel Jonathan Pico, who advises on capital markets, project finance and US securities law, is a rising star in the practice. Lisa Hearn moved to the Houston office.

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