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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

LEGEND BUSINESS CENTER, TSVETNOY BULVAR 2, 127051 MOSCOW, RUSSIA
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Vasilisa Strizh

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Corporate Business Transactions

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Vasilisa is the managing partner of Morgan Lewis's Moscow office. She represents clients in cross-border and domestic investments, joint ventures, and M&A transactions. She also advises on capital markets transactions, including public and private equity securities offerings and related corporate, regulatory, securities, compliance, and reporting matters. Vasilisa works with companies across multiple industries, including pharmaceuticals and life sciences, financial services, mass media and telecommunications, energy, and the nonprofit sector. She has served as lead lawyer on complex cross-border corporate transactions, including projects involving the issuance and listing of securities, structured settlements, and financing. For more information, view Vasilisa’s biography at www.morganlewis.com/bios/vstrizh


London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m

The eight-partner department at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP provides ‚Äėtimely, efficient service‚Äô and ‚Äėgood value for money‚Äô. Financial services, technology, life sciences and energy and natural resources are sector strengths: Timothy Corbett advised CTC Media on the sale of a 75% stake in its Russian television broadcasting business to comply with Russian media ownership regulations, while Iain Wright acted for UFG Asset Management on its purchase of a 31% stake in Trans-Siberian Gold from AngloGoldAshanti. SUN Gold is another natural resources client. The practice is noted for its experience in Russia and Asia; Amy Comer advised Trican Well Service on the English and Kazakh law aspects of its sale of Trican Well Service Kazakhstan to Petro Welt Technologies, and, alongside the Moscow-based Vasilisa Strizh, acted for Russia Partners on its sale of a majority stake in Westcall SPb to ER-Telecom. ‚ÄėExperienced, commercially astute‚Äô practice head Tom Cartwright is recommended for private equity work; he assisted Alcuin Capital Partners with the management buyout of Koh Group. Additionally in the food space, Bruce Johnston advised Sumitomo on its ‚ā¨751m purchase of Fyffes. David Ramm and Stephen Walters are also recommended.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Moscow

Within: Moscow

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has ‚Äėtop-notch expertise‚Äô; its ‚Äėsmart, practical‚Äô team is ‚Äėwell equipped to provide advice on multiple M&A deals at the same time‚Äô. The firm continues to attract high-profile M&A mandates, recent highlights including its advice to A&NN Investments on its acquisition of a controlling interest in Formula Kino. The team also assisted Rotex with a joint venture with Switzerland-based company Sulzer, and acted for Hitachi Construction on its repurchase of a stake in a Russian production subsidiary from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Managing partner Vasilisa Strizh is ‚Äėhighly motivated, with strong transactional experience and excellent negotiation skills‚Äô. Roman Dashko is the other key figure.

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