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Latham & Watkins LLP

Edward R. Kempson

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Edward Kempson is an English law-qualified counsel based in the Moscow office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Kempson has considerable experience representing both banks and issuers on debt and equity capital markets transactions, primarily involving Russian and CIS issuers seeking to list securities in London. He also advises corporates and strategic investors and sellers, private equity houses, banks and sovereign wealth funds on cross-border acquisitions and disposals (public and private), corporate restructurings, financings and re-financings. Mr. Kempson’s practice is predominantly focused on the oil and gas and metal and mining sectors, and also on financial institutions, telecoms and the transportation industry.


London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Latham & Watkins  is a leading player in debt capital markets transactions involving emerging markets. The practice has extensive experience in Russia and the CEE region, as well as other key jurisdictions. Debt specialist Lene Malthasen is a key partner in the group, and frequently advises on Rule 144a issuances and liability management transactions in Russia, the CIS, the Middle East, Southern Europe and Asia. Last year, she advised the joint bookrunners on a $3bn notes offering and tender offer by the Government of Ukraine. The firm has worked closely with JPMorgan on all bond issuances out of Ukraine since 2016. David Stewart, who works between the London and Moscow offices, focuses on the broader CEMEA region, bringing his knowledge of US securities law to bear on debut bond offerings and liability management transactions. Malthasen and Stewart worked together to assist JPMorgan and Citigroup with an offering of loan participation notes to fund a loan to the State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine. Also recommended are counsels Ed Kempson and James Baxter for transactions in Russia and the CIS region; and project development and finance partner John Balsdon, who frequently handles oil and gas projects in emerging markets.

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