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Olga Kozyr focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and initial public offerings. A partner in our Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate practices, Olga represents clients in a wide range of legal and regulatory matters.

Representing U.S. and European companies investing in Russia as well as Russian companies for more than 20 years, Olga counsels clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and corporate finance. She also advises pharmaceutical and medical device industry clients on regulatory issues, including clinical trials.

As part of M&A due diligence, Olga interviews company management and personnel on such issues as compliance with anti-corruption, conflict of interest and ethics rules. She also has broad experience with internal investigations and matters related to employment and human resources.

In real estate, Olga advises clients on development and construction projects, including green field and brown field projects. Her privatization experience includes acting as lead counsel to the State Committee on State Property of the Russian Federation, the State Committee on Land Resources, and the Ministry of Economy. She also participated in drafting the 2001 Land Code of the Russian Federation and the 1998 Urban Development Code of the Russian Federation.

Olga is an Associated Professor at the Law School of Moscow State University named after Lomonosov and lectures on land law and environmental law, and has authored more than 80 publications on land use regulations and environmental protection issues.

Olga has been recognized by Chambers Europe in the Real Estate: Russia category for 2008–2010 and 2012–2018. She has been listed by Legal 500 EMEA for Real Estate: Russia from 2002 to 2010 and from 2012 to 2017. In addition, Olga is included in PLC Which Lawyer? for Construction: Russia for 2010, and in the Best Lawyers in the World  for Real Estate in Russia (2014–2017) and Environmental Law in Russia (2010–2017), and was named Lawyer of the Year (Russia, Environmental law) by Best Lawyers in the World in 2017.

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Credentials

LL.M., Harvard University

Ph.D., Moscow State University

J.D., Moscow State University

Russia

Real Estate: Russia


CHAMBERS EUROPE, 2008–2010, 2012–2018

Real Estate: Russia


LEGAL 500 EMEA, 2002–2010, 2012–2017

Construction: Russia


PLC WHICH LAWYER? 2010

Lawyer of the Year, Russia: Environmental Law


THE BEST LAWYERS IN THE WORLD. 2017

Real Estate (2014–2017) and Environmental Law (2010–2017)


THE BEST LAWYERS IN THE WORLD

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Recognition

Real Estate: Russia


CHAMBERS EUROPE, 2008–2010, 2012–2018

Real Estate: Russia


LEGAL 500 EMEA, 2002–2010, 2012–2017

Construction: Russia


PLC WHICH LAWYER? 2010

Lawyer of the Year, Russia: Environmental Law


THE BEST LAWYERS IN THE WORLD. 2017

Real Estate (2014–2017) and Environmental Law (2010–2017)


THE BEST LAWYERS IN THE WORLD

Matters

M&A and Real Estate

Lead counsel for Mirland Development Corporation Plc., on corporate and commercial issues, including the establishment of Russian subsidiaries for the construction of office, residential and commercial real estate; construction and contractual issues; project finance; and with regard to its US$316 million IPO on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange.

Advised Mirland Development Corporation Plc. on entering into credit facility agreements with EBRD, Nordea Bank and major Russian banks, including Sberbank and Bank of Moscow, on the refinancing of a secured asset-based credit facility of Sberbank exceeding US$100 million.

Advised Mirland Development Corporation Plc. on the acquisition of 49.5% of shares in the Cyprus company having 100% control over the retail and leisure center in Yaroslavl (Vernissage Mall): drafting and negotiating the SPA; agreement on termination of SHA; and refinancing of a loan for target company of US$28,000,000.

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M&A and Real Estate

Lead counsel for Mirland Development Corporation Plc., on corporate and commercial issues, including the establishment of Russian subsidiaries for the construction of office, residential and commercial real estate; construction and contractual issues; project finance; and with regard to its US$316 million IPO on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange.

Advised Mirland Development Corporation Plc. on entering into credit facility agreements with EBRD, Nordea Bank and major Russian banks, including Sberbank and Bank of Moscow, on the refinancing of a secured asset-based credit facility of Sberbank exceeding US$100 million.

Advised Mirland Development Corporation Plc. on the acquisition of 49.5% of shares in the Cyprus company having 100% control over the retail and leisure center in Yaroslavl (Vernissage Mall): drafting and negotiating the SPA; agreement on termination of SHA; and refinancing of a loan for target company of US$28,000,000.

Advised Renaisco B.V. in connection with the purchase of the company owning stevedoring assets for transportation of grain via the port of Taman, whose purchase price exceeded US$260 million and continue advising the client since 2017 regarding acquisition of remaining 50% of shares in this company.

Advised a major Russian oil company on the acquisition of downstream gas refining assets, including due diligence of more than 900 real estate assets and due diligence of mortgaged assets.

Represented a real estate investment company of one of the leading Russian banks on a number of joint projects with foreign investors for construction of office buildings in Moscow and St. Petersburg and on several development projects for construction of residential real estate of business and premium classes.

Represented Silo Consulting LLC in the sale of 65,000 ha of agricultural lands.

Advised Silo Consulting LLC on issues regarding restructuring of security arrangements, including mortgage agreements with several major Russian banks in relation to a poultry business acquired by the client.

Advised the client on issues regarding the structure of a merger of three agricultural companies operating in Russia and subsequent management and other joint venture arrangements of the shareholders after the merger.

Represented Extrusion Technologies LLC in the acquisition of a land plot for the construction of an industrial facility, including due diligence of target real estate and entering into various auxiliary contracts, including easement agreement, land lease, and agreements purported on the securing of utilities, development, and construction agreements.

Represented UKAfin CJSC in negotiating sale-purchase of land plots agreements, for the sale of more than 270 land plots with permitted use for residential construction.

Life Sciences

Advised several of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies on regulatory and contractual issues in connection with clinical trials.

Advised world's leading pharmaceutical company and medical device company on internal investigations and compliance issues.

Advised global medical device company on various contract issues, including anti-trust aspects of distribution agreement.

Compliance

Advised one of the leading Russian aviation companies on internal compliance programs.

Conduct internal investigation in relation to misappropriation of company’s funds and ethics rules violations by the employees of the Russian subsidiary of the global payment system.

Advised clients in different industries on compliance with regulations regarding privacy issues, personal data in particular.

Matters

M&A and Real Estate

Lead counsel for Mirland Development Corporation Plc., on corporate and commercial issues, including the establishment of Russian subsidiaries for the construction of office, residential and commercial real estate; construction and contractual issues; project finance; and with regard to its US$316 million IPO on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange.

Advised Mirland Development Corporation Plc. on entering into credit facility agreements with EBRD, Nordea Bank and major Russian banks, including Sberbank and Bank of Moscow, on the refinancing of a secured asset-based credit facility of Sberbank exceeding US$100 million.

Advised Mirland Development Corporation Plc. on the acquisition of 49.5% of shares in the Cyprus company having 100% control over the retail and leisure center in Yaroslavl (Vernissage Mall): drafting and negotiating the SPA; agreement on termination of SHA; and refinancing of a loan for target company of US$28,000,000.

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Matters

M&A and Real Estate

Lead counsel for Mirland Development Corporation Plc., on corporate and commercial issues, including the establishment of Russian subsidiaries for the construction of office, residential and commercial real estate; construction and contractual issues; project finance; and with regard to its US$316 million IPO on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange.

Advised Mirland Development Corporation Plc. on entering into credit facility agreements with EBRD, Nordea Bank and major Russian banks, including Sberbank and Bank of Moscow, on the refinancing of a secured asset-based credit facility of Sberbank exceeding US$100 million.

Advised Mirland Development Corporation Plc. on the acquisition of 49.5% of shares in the Cyprus company having 100% control over the retail and leisure center in Yaroslavl (Vernissage Mall): drafting and negotiating the SPA; agreement on termination of SHA; and refinancing of a loan for target company of US$28,000,000.

Advised Renaisco B.V. in connection with the purchase of the company owning stevedoring assets for transportation of grain via the port of Taman, whose purchase price exceeded US$260 million and continue advising the client since 2017 regarding acquisition of remaining 50% of shares in this company.

Advised a major Russian oil company on the acquisition of downstream gas refining assets, including due diligence of more than 900 real estate assets and due diligence of mortgaged assets.

Represented a real estate investment company of one of the leading Russian banks on a number of joint projects with foreign investors for construction of office buildings in Moscow and St. Petersburg and on several development projects for construction of residential real estate of business and premium classes.

Represented Silo Consulting LLC in the sale of 65,000 ha of agricultural lands.

Advised Silo Consulting LLC on issues regarding restructuring of security arrangements, including mortgage agreements with several major Russian banks in relation to a poultry business acquired by the client.

Advised the client on issues regarding the structure of a merger of three agricultural companies operating in Russia and subsequent management and other joint venture arrangements of the shareholders after the merger.

Represented Extrusion Technologies LLC in the acquisition of a land plot for the construction of an industrial facility, including due diligence of target real estate and entering into various auxiliary contracts, including easement agreement, land lease, and agreements purported on the securing of utilities, development, and construction agreements.

Represented UKAfin CJSC in negotiating sale-purchase of land plots agreements, for the sale of more than 270 land plots with permitted use for residential construction.

Life Sciences

Advised several of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies on regulatory and contractual issues in connection with clinical trials.

Advised world's leading pharmaceutical company and medical device company on internal investigations and compliance issues.

Advised global medical device company on various contract issues, including anti-trust aspects of distribution agreement.

Compliance

Advised one of the leading Russian aviation companies on internal compliance programs.

Conduct internal investigation in relation to misappropriation of company’s funds and ethics rules violations by the employees of the Russian subsidiary of the global payment system.

Advised clients in different industries on compliance with regulations regarding privacy issues, personal data in particular.

Credentials

LL.M., Harvard University

Ph.D., Moscow State University

J.D., Moscow State University

Russia

Real Estate: Russia


CHAMBERS EUROPE, 2008–2010, 2012–2018

Real Estate: Russia


LEGAL 500 EMEA, 2002–2010, 2012–2017

Construction: Russia


PLC WHICH LAWYER? 2010

Lawyer of the Year, Russia: Environmental Law


THE BEST LAWYERS IN THE WORLD. 2017

Real Estate (2014–2017) and Environmental Law (2010–2017)


THE BEST LAWYERS IN THE WORLD

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Recognition

Real Estate: Russia


CHAMBERS EUROPE, 2008–2010, 2012–2018

Real Estate: Russia


LEGAL 500 EMEA, 2002–2010, 2012–2017

Construction: Russia


PLC WHICH LAWYER? 2010

Lawyer of the Year, Russia: Environmental Law


THE BEST LAWYERS IN THE WORLD. 2017

Real Estate (2014–2017) and Environmental Law (2010–2017)


THE BEST LAWYERS IN THE WORLD