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Evgenia Laurson

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Global Banking & Finance and Energy Practices

Position

Evgenia Laurson is a partner in Dentons’ London and Moscow offices and a member of the Global Banking & Finance and Energy Practices.  She focuses on energy, infrastructure and finance transactions.

Evgenia’s experience and reputation have attracted major domestic and international banks and corporations seeking assistance with complex, cross-border financing transactions. She has unique experience and market recognition, particularly with respect to project financings in Russia and the CIS region.

Evgenia’s significant transactional experience makes her particularly adept at developing and negotiating intricately structured cross-border deals. Chambers 2013 noted that she is valued by clients for her “sound judgment” and her skills as “a strong and impressive negotiator.”

Evgenia is a sought-after advisor for companies operating in a wide range of sectors, but she has an especially strong record of handling projects in the oil, gas, metals and mining industries in Russia and the CIS, as well as in other emerging markets. Evgenia’s deep sector knowledge and experience make her a particularly skilled guide to the challenges involved in financing large-scale energy and natural resources projects.

Evgenia has led legal teams in a number of large-scale landmark transactions. These include her recent work acting for Eurochem on a US$750 million project financing from a syndicate of international and Russian banks, in connection with its Usolskiy potash project; representing the sponsor in a US$2.5 billion financing for the Beineu Shymkent Pipeline project by the China Development Bank in Kazakhstan to integrate gas pipelines into a unified gas system in Kazakhstan; as well as advising Antipinsky Oil Refinery on a project financing of up to US$1.75 billion from Sberbank, to increase its refining capacity and achieve compliance with Euro-5 standards.

Evgenia’s innovative transactional approach has contributed to the successful completion of a number of pioneering deals, such as the award-winning €750 million financing of a PVC plant in Kstovo, Nizhny Novgorod, that was hailed by Trade Finance Magazine as having established a new “Russian project finance template.” Evgenia also played a key role in the groundbreaking US$20 billion financing of the Sakhalin II LNG project in Russia.

Career

Partner – Dentons, Moscow (September 2015 to date); Partner – White & Case, London and Moscow (2008-2015); Associate – White & Case, London (2004-2008)

Languages

Russian, English

Education

College of Law of England and Wales, LPC, 2002
College of Law of England and Wales, Diploma in Law, 2000
London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM, 1998
Moscow State Law Academy, Diploma in Law, 1995


London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

Neil Nicholson heads the mining offering in Dentons 's London office with substantial corporate M&A experience including share and business transactions, fund matters and equity capital markets. He is supported by insolvency and restructuring specialist Will Gunston and Evgenia Laurson who focuses on project financing matters in the energy sector and splits her time between London and Moscow. The firm's recent merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens added a significant Scotland-based strength to its overall offering, particularly in the domestic space.

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Russia

Banking and finance: Borrower side

Within: Banking and finance: Borrower side

Dentons’ banking practice has benefited from the recruitment of cross-border finance specialist Tamer Amara, who joined from Clifford Chance in July 2018. The team is led by the dual-qualified Timothy Stubbs, who counts European Investment Bank, VTB Capital and Rosgosstrakh as clients. Evgenia Laurson advises on project finance and pre-export facilities, while Andrej Strijak and counsel Dennis Montgomery are experienced in acquisition and export finance. Highlights included advising Eurochem on a $750m five-year unsecured club financing with a group of banks, including mandated lead arrangers BNP Paribas Bank and Citibank (London branch), and assisting Raven Russia with a $65m secured loan facility for the refinancing of a warehouse complex near Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg.

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Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side

Within: Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side

Dentons' ‘market-leading’ practice continues to be at the forefront of financing transactions across Russia and the CIS regions owing to its expertise in finance regulation, project financings and acquisition and export finance. Following the firm's merger with Chinese firm, Dacheng, the Moscow practice is also uniquely positioned to handle various cross-border Chinese-CIS deals. Notable highlights include acting for UniCredit Bank on the financing of Nordgold group under a $75m facility agreement. Regulatory expert Timothy Stubbs advised The Central Bank of Russia on the drafting and development of consumer rights protection standards concerning the self-regulatory organisations of microfinance institutions. Other key figures include Evgenia Laurson and Andrei Strijak.

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