VladimirLechtman

Partner-in-Charge Moscow

Moscow + 7.495.648.9200 Washington + 1.202.879.7673

Vladimir Lechtman, Partner-in-Charge of the Moscow Office, has 30 years of transactional experience with particular focus on cross-border M&A. He has advised public and private companies on numerous acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and reorganizations. His experience spans many industries, including oil and gas, manufacturing, telecommunications, media, aerospace, financial services, retail, metals, and mining.

Vladimir has acted as lead counsel in some of the most significant transactions related to Russia. Representative transactions include advising: AAR on the formation of TNK-BP, its $18 billion joint venture with BP; AAR on the $1.3 billion sale of its Slavneft stake to TNK-BP; Alfa Group in AAR's $3.7 billion monetization of rights to future delivery of BP ordinary shares; Rosneft on its $3.5 billion joint venture with Sinopec; Alfa Group on its $3.3 billion Turkcell joint venture with Cukorova; Sukhoi on its aviation joint venture with Alenia; Altimo on the formation of VimpelCom, Ltd. by merger of Altimo's and Telenor's respective holdings in VimpleComp and Kyivstar valued at $24 billion; Alfa Group on the $1.1 billion sale of its stake in CTC Media; and Alfa Group on the formation of Letterone, a $30 billion investment structure for holding technology, oil and gas, and other assets.

Companies Vladimir has represented in substantial matters in the region include Alfa-Bank, Alfa-Finance, Altimo, Basic Element, Eldorado, ENRC, Letterone, Lukoil, OMK, Rosneft, Roust Corporation, Sukhoi, and TNK-BP.

Vladimir began his legal career at Jones Day in 1987 upon graduation from law school.

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Experience

  • Lamb Weston forms Russian joint ventureJones Day is advising ConAgra Foods, Inc. in connection with a €100 million joint venture between Lamb Weston/Meijer and Belaya Dacha to construct and operate the first of its kind potato processing plant in Russia to serve the rapidly growing Russian French fry market.
  • ABH Holdings attempts to sign deal to acquire Zuno BankJones Day represented ABH Holdings S.A. on its attempted acquisition of Zuno Bank AG from Raiffeisen Bank International AG.
  • Letterone forms L1 EnergyJones Day advised Letterone on the structuring and formation of L1 Energy, the structure for the Letterone oil and gas assets.
  • Alfa Group spins off telecoms assets into LetteroneJones Day advised Alfa Group and Letterone on the spin off of Alfa Group's telecoms assets into Letterone, principally its 47.85 percent shareholding in VimpelCom, the world's sixth largest mobile network operator, and its 13.22 percent beneficial interest in Turkcell, the leading mobile operator in Turkey, including the buy-out of certain minorities in the Alfa Group's historic telecoms shareholding structure.
  • Alfa Group forms LetteroneJones Day advised Alfa Group and Letterone in connection with the formation of Letterone, a $30 billion investment structure for holding technology, oil and gas, and certain other assets.
  • Alfa Group spins off treasury assets and private equity and hedge fund interests into LetteroneJones Day advised Alfa Group and Letterone on the spin-off of the Alfa Group's treasury assets (approximately $16 billion) and its private equity and hedge fund interests into Letterone.
  • Rosneft signs agreement to acquire Alrosa oil and gas assets valued at approximately $1.4 billionJones Day advised Rosneft in the acquisition of oil and gas assets from OJSC Alrosa in a series of transactions valued at approximately $1.4 billion.
  • Bridgestone establishes tire manufacturing joint venture in RussiaJones Day advised Bridgestone in connection with the ¥37.5 billion (US$400 million) joint venture with Mitsubishi to build a radial tire plant in the Ulyanovsk Region of Russia, Bridgestone's first tire plant in Russia and CIS.
  • Alfa Group sells interest in CTC Media for $1.1 billionJones Day represented Alfa Group in connection with the $1.1 billion sale of its 25.1 percent beneficial interest in CTC Media, Inc. to Telcrest Investments Limited.
  • Altimo and Telenor sign $23.8 billion deal to create one of the largest emerging markets mobile operatorsJones Day represented Altimo in the $23.8 billion transaction between Altimo and Telenor to combine their respective holdings in VimpelCom and Kyivstar under a newly formed VimpelCom, Ltd.
  • Sukhoi forms strategic partnership with Alenia AeronauticaJones Day represented Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) in connection with the formation of a joint venture in the field of commercial aviation with Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A. and the sale of a 25 percent plus one share equity stake in SCAC to Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A.
  • Eldorado forms largest retail consumer electronics joint venture in RussiaJones Day represented Eldorado Group in connection with the formation of the largest retail consumer electronics joint venture in Russia with PPF Group (PPF), including the acquisition by PPF of a majority stake in the joint venture for $300 million by converting into equity a portion of debt financing previously provided to Eldorado by PPF.
  • Golden Telecom is acquired by VimpelCom in a $4.3 billion tender offerJones Day advised Altimo Holdings & Investments Limited, a significant indirect shareholder in Golden Telecom, Inc. ("Golden Telecom") and OJSC "Vimpel-Communications" ("VimpelCom"), in connection with the $4.3 billion tender offer by a subsidiary of VimpelCom for 100% of the shares of Golden Telecom.
  • ENRC obtains $1.5 billion trade finance facility in Deal of the YearJones Day advised ENRC in connection with the $1.5 billion syndicated trade finance facility - at the time the largest syndicated pre-export finance facility for a first-time borrower named a trade finance deal of the year by several leading trade finance publications.
  • ENRC completes $3 billion IPO with offering on the Main Market of the London Stock ExchangeJones Day advised Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation plc (ENRC) on its primary listing on the Main Market of the UK Listing Authority and admission to trading on the London Stock Exchange and related US$3 billion global offer by Deutsche Bank, as sole global coordinator, sponsor, and joint bookrunner, and Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, and ABN AMRO Rothschild, as joint bookrunners.
  • Rosneft forms $3.5 billion joint venture with SinopecJones Day advised Rosneft in connection with the formation of $3.5 billion joint venture with Sinopec to own and operate Udmurtneft, a leading Russian oil company.
  • Alfa Group forms $3.3 billion Turkcell joint venture with Cukurova GroupJones Day advised Alfa Group in connection with its $3.3 billion joint venture with the Cukurova Group to hold a 27 percent stake in Turkcell, a leading Turkish mobile operator.
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