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Name: Inara V. Blagopoluchnaya
Firm Name: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Country: Russian Federation
Expertise: Capital Markets Law

Telephone: 7.495.797.4600
Fax: 7.495.797.4601
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

Inara V. Blagopoluchnaya focuses on corporate finance transactions, including debt and equity offerings, and M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions. She also has practiced law in Skadden’s New York office, advising U.S. companies and other clients on a number of financings and investments.

Ms. Blagopoluchnaya’s experience includes advising:

– JSC Gazprom in its listing on the Singapore Stock Exchange effected by the introduction of up to 4 billion global depositary shares, representing up to 8 billion ordinary shares of JSC Gazprom. This was the first listing “by introduction” of depositary receipts on the Singapore Exchange and the first listing by a Russian company on the Singapore Stock Exchange;

– Endo International plc in connection with its US$8.1 billion acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc., which included the related acquisition financing, including a US$2.3 billion offering of ordinary shares, and a US$1.64 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield offering of 6% senior notes;

– the joint bookrunning managers in the initial public offering of Class A ordinary shares and listing on the New York Stock Exchange of Luxoft Holding, Inc., a provider of software development services and information technology solutions in Russia;

– SIBUR, the largest integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company in Russia/CIS/CEE, in connection with its debut five-year US$1 billion 3.914% Rule 144A/Reg S bond issue listed on the regulated market of the Irish Stock Exchange;

– the lead managers in an offering of senior unsecured notes in three tranches by VimpelCom Ltd.: US$600 million of 5.2% senior unsecured notes due 2019, US$1 billion of 5.95% senior unsecured notes due 2023 and RUB12 billion of 9% senior unsecured notes due 2018;

– Tele2 Russia in its merger with the mobile operations unit of Rostelecom OAO. This deal received the M&A Deal of the Year award from Mergers.ru in 2014;

– VimpelCom Limited in its US$30 billion exchange offer for OJSC VimpelCom and its business combination with CJSC Kiyvstar G.S.M., a Ukrainian telecommunications company; and

– Renault in its US$1 billion strategic acquisition of a 25 percent plus one share share stake in the leading Russian car manufacturer AvtoVAZ.

Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Ms. Blagopoluchnaya worked for another major U.S. law firm.

Education:

– Law Degree, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 2005

Admissions:

– Russian Federation

Languages:

– Russian
– English

Firm History:

Founded by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps and John Slate on April Fools’ Day in 1948, Skadden began as a scrappy upstart among a sea of established “white shoe” law firms in New York. Joe Flom was hired as the firm’s first associate later that year, and litigator Bill Meagher, the fifth partner to lend his name to the firm’s letterhead as it appears today, joined in 1959.

Our first two decades were marked by slow and steady growth of our client base as we set out to establish ourselves as the go-to firm for our clients’ most complex legal problems. Our willingness to handle proxy fights in the 1950s and early 1960s — matters deemed “ungentlemanly” by white shoe firms — positioned us to ultimately become the firm of choice for the hostile takeovers that dominated the M&A landscape beginning in the 1970s.

Recognizing the value of providing full-service advice to clients, from day one we sought to develop a range of complementary practices, like litigation, tax and antitrust. Client needs led us to open offices in other cities beginning in 1973, and the volume of work we were handling fueled exponential growth in the number of attorneys at the firm in the 1980s. That growth included a significant expansion of the practices we offered to clients, including restructuring, finance, real estate, mass torts and securities litigation, as well as the opening of offices in Europe and Asia.

In the nearly three decades since, we’ve built on that platform to provide advice to clients around the world on their most important matters. Our core values reflect the ideals of our history, and we remain committed to providing excellent lawyering and unrivaled client service in all our work.

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