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Armen has extensive banking, finance, and project finance experience. His practice areas also include M&A, general corporate advice, currency control, securities, energy, privatization, and employment law.

Recognition:
  • market leader for banking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, project development, M&A, and project finance, IFLR1000 2018
  • an eminent practitioner in banking & finance and corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2017
  • leading lawyer for banking and finance, capital markets, corporate, and M&A, restructuring and insolvency, Chambers Europe 2017
  • leading specialist in banking, finance, and capital markets, Legal 500: EMEA 2017
  • The Lawyer of the Year (Kyiv) in banking and finance, Best Lawyers 2018
  • recognized as The Lawyer of the Year in banking and finance, as well as being a leading expert in capital markets, corporate and M&A, investment, energy & natural resources, labour and employment, leveraged buyouts, project finance and development, and in structured finance, Best Lawyers 2017
  • an authority in banking and finance/restructuring, a leading expert in energy and natural resources; a notable practitioner in corporate / M&A, labour and employment, Ukrainian Law Firms 2017. A Handbook for Foreign Clients
  • market leader for banking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, project development, M&A, and project finance, IFLR1000 2018
  • an eminent practitioner in banking & finance and corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2017
  • leading lawyer for banking and finance, capital markets, corporate, and M&A, restructuring and insolvency, Chambers Europe 2017
  • leading specialist in banking, finance, and capital markets, Legal 500: EMEA 2017
  • The Lawyer of the Year (Kyiv) in banking and finance, Best Lawyers 2018
  • recognized as The Lawyer of the Year in banking and finance, as well as being a leading expert in capital markets, corporate and M&A, investment, energy & natural resources, labour and employment, leveraged buyouts, project finance and development, and in structured finance, Best Lawyers 2017
  • an authority in banking and finance/restructuring, a leading expert in energy and natural resources; a notable practitioner in corporate / M&A, labour and employment, Ukrainian Law Firms 2017. A Handbook for Foreign Clients
  • leading banking lawyer, Who's Who of Banking Lawyers 2017
  • leading lawyer in M&A, Who's Who of M&A Lawyers 2017
  • recognized lawyer in energy, Who's Who Legal: Energy 2017
  • one of the world's pre-eminent practitioners in banking and finance and M&A, Legal Media Group Guides (Expert Guides) 2014
  • The Best Lawyer in Ukraine for banking and finance, Legal Awards 2012. Yuridicheskaya Practika
  • one of the Top 25 leading lawyers in Ukraine, Ukrainian Law Firms 2011. A Handbook for Foreign Clients
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Education:
  • Kyiv National University, J.D. 1983; Ph.D. in Private International Law, 1990;
  • International Law Institute, Washington, D.C., U.S. Legal System, 1991;
  • Yale Law School, USA, LL.M, 1993.
Languages:
English, Russian, Ukrainian
Membership and Activities:
  • International Bar Association;
  • Ukrainian Bar Association, Kyiv City Bar Association;
  • Foreign Advisory Board of the Ukrainian American Bar Association;
  • Kyiv Energy Research Institute, member of the Strategy Board;
  • Board of Directors of U.S. - Ukraine Business Council.
Representative transactions:
  • advised Ukrzaliznytsia, a Ukrainian public railway company, in connection with the restructuring of 500 million USD 9.5 per cent loan participation notes due in 2018;
  • advised Eustream, a.s. (Slovak Gas TSO) on Ukrainian law matters related to the reverse gas supply to Ukraine from the Slovak Republic and the subsequent preparation of the transactional documents executed by Eustream, a.s. with PJSC Ukrtransgaz and NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy;
  • advised J&T Banka, a.s., a leading Czech private bank, in connection with the substitution of collateral under multimillion financing that was extended to one of the bank's borrowers; 
  • advised Ukrzaliznytsia, a Ukrainian public railway company, in connection with the restructuring of 500 million USD 9.5 per cent loan participation notes due in 2018;
  • advised Eustream, a.s. (Slovak Gas TSO) on Ukrainian law matters related to the reverse gas supply to Ukraine from the Slovak Republic and the subsequent preparation of the transactional documents executed by Eustream, a.s. with PJSC Ukrtransgaz and NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy;
  • advised J&T Banka, a.s., a leading Czech private bank, in connection with the substitution of collateral under multimillion financing that was extended to one of the bank's borrowers; 
  • advised Nadra Yuzivs'ka LLC and Nadra Oles'ka LLC regarding drafting, negotiating, and executing the Production Sharing Agreements for hydrocarbons to be recovered at Yuzivs'ka and Oles'ka between the State of Ukraine, Shell Exploration, and Production Ukraine Investments (IV) B.V.; 
  • advised the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine on the implementation of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment, both signed in Cape Town on 16 November 2001;
  • advised Citigroup, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, Goldman Sachs International, Sberbank CIB, Dragon Capital (Cyprus) Limited and UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the placement of 400 million USD 9.45% notes on the Irish Stock Exchange by Mriya Agro Holding;
  • advised VimpelCom, a leading international telecommunications holding and Kyivstar's parent, on a 2.2 billion USD eurobond issue by its subsidiary VimpelCom Holdings B.V.;
  • advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS Investment Bank and Dragon Capital on the 250 million USD debut issue of Eurobonds by Mriya Agro Holding Public Limited, one of the leading agricultural groups in Ukraine;
  • advised Sberbank, the Savings Bank of the Russian Federation, on 700 million USD dollars syndicated financing to Metinvest, the largest metals manufacturing holding in Ukraine;
  • advised Morgan Stanley and ABN AMRO Bank N.V. in the 250 million USD Eurobond offering by Myronivskiy Hliboprodukt;
  • advised Citigroup and Standard Bank on the 100 million USD Eurobond offering by Forum Bank;
  • advised EasyDate on its initial offering of shares on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market, the first Ukrainian IT sector IPO on the international capital markets;
  • advised Standard Bank and BNP Paribas on the 100 million USD Eurobond offering by Bank Pivdennyi;
  • advised Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, JP Morgan, and UBS Investment Bank on the Kiev City 150 million USD Eurobond issue (the first municipal Eurobond offering in Ukraine);
  • advised Deutsche Bank Securities and Morgan Stanley on the Kiev City 200 million USD municipal Eurobond issue (the second municipal Eurobond offering in Ukraine);
  • advised Aval Bank on the 1.028 billion USD equity sale to Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding;
  • advised Swedbank AB on the 735 million USD acquisition of controlling equity in TAS-Kommerzbank and TAS-Investbank; establishing the first Ukrainian banking holding group Swedbank Finance and the further sale of its Ukrainian subsidiary JSC "Swedbank" to Mr. Mykola Lagun, the majority shareholder of JSC "Delta Bank";
  • advised GETIN Holding SA in the acquisition of controlling equity in Bank Prykarpattya;
  • advised Severstal Group in the acquisition of Dniprometyz and on a tender to acquire controlling equity in Kryvorizhstal;
  • advised UniCredito Italiano S.p.A. on regulatory issues of banking, exchange and general corporate law, including approval from the National Bank of Ukraine, in connection with its 18.26 billion EURO acquisition of Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank AG;
  • advised three major international banks on various issues of Ukrainian law in connection with participation in a tender to buy controlling equity in Ukrsibbank, Ukrsotsbank, and Pravex Bank;
  • advised HSBC on various issues of Ukrainian banking law and general regulatory matters in connection with the establishment of the bank's presence in Ukraine;
  • advised Citibank Ukraine in connection with preparation of model operating agreements, pledges of movable property, cash collateral agreements, factoring agreements, loan agreements, and notes discounting agreements;
  • advised Credit Suisse on various aspects of Ukrainian banking law in connection with interest rate swaps and derivative transactions;
  • advised Kookmin Bank on various issues of Ukrainian banking law and regulatory matters in connection with the establishment of the bank's presence in Ukraine;
  • advised ING Bank Ukraine on Ukrainian banking law issues, including cash collateral agreements, card rules, guarantee and counter-guarantee issues, and escrow agreements;
  • advised the EBRD and IFC in connection with a large number of secured loan facilities provided to Ukrainian companies in various sectors;
  • advised Ukrsotsbank in a 100 million USD Eurobond offering.
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