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Armen Khachaturyan

 
Armen Khachaturyan
Senior Partner

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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:

  • leading lawyer for banking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure: project development, M&A, and project finance
    IFLR1000 2017
  • eminent practitioner in banking and 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
  • recognized lawyer for banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, investment, labour and employment, project finance and development, structured finance
    Best Lawyers 2016
  • authority in banking and finance, leading expert in capital markets, energy and natural resources; notable practitioner in corporate / M&A, labour and employment, restructuring
    Ukrainian Law Firms 2016. A Handbook for Foreign Clients
  • leading banking lawyer
    Who's Who of Banking Lawyers 2016
  • leading lawyer in M&A
    Who's Who of M&A Lawyers 2016
  • The Lawyer of the Year (Kyiv) in capital markets
    Best Lawyers 2013



  • 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

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 & 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 VimpelCom, a leading international telecommunications holding and Kyivstar's parent, on USD 2.2 billion 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 USD 250 million debut issue of Eurobonds by Mriya Agro Holding Public Limited, one of the leading agricultural groups in Ukraine;
  • advised Sberbank, Savings Bank of the Russian Federation, on a USD 700 million dollars syndicated financing to Metinvest, the largest metals manufacturing holding in Ukraine;
  • advised lead managers (Morgan Stanley and ABN AMRO Bank N.V.) in the USD 250 million Eurobond offering by Myronivskiy Hliboprodukt;
  • advised lead managers (Citigroup and Standard Bank) in the USD 100 million 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 lead managers (Standard Bank and BNP Paribas) in the USD 100 million Eurobond offering by Bank Pivdennyi;
  • advised lead managers (Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, JP Morgan, and UBS Investment Bank) in Kiev City USD 150 million Eurobond issue (the first municipal Eurobond offering in Ukraine);
  • advised lead managers (Deutsche Bank Securities and Morgan Stanley) in Kiev City USD 200 million municipal Eurobond issue (the second municipal Eurobond offering in Ukraine);
  • advised Aval Bank in the USD 1.028 billion equity sale to Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding;
  • advised Swedbank AB in the USD 735 million acquisition of controlling equity in TAS-Kommerzbank and TAS-Investbank, and establishing of the first Ukrainian banking holding group Swedbank Finance;
  • advised Swedbank AB on the establishment of the first Ukrainian banking holding group Swedbank;
  • advised GETIN Holding SA in the acquisition of controlling equity in Bank Prykarpattya;
  • advised Severstal Group in the acquisition of Dniprometyz and in 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 approvals of the National Bank of Ukraine, in connection with its EURO 18.26 billion 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 the interest rate swaps and derivative transactions;
  • advised Kookmin Bank on various issues of Ukrainian banking law and regulatory matters in connection with 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 EBRD and IFC in connection with a large number of secured loan facilities provided to Ukrainian companies in various sectors;
  • advised Ukrsotsbank in USD 100 million Eurobond offering.