Cleary London capital markets and finance partner Raj Panasar and Moscow corporate and finance partner Yulia Solomakhina advised MegaFon, in which billionaire oligarch Alisher Usmanov holds a controlling stake.
Freshfields City capital markets partner Peter Allen advised global co-ordinators Morgan Stanley and Sberbank CIB (formerly Troika Dialog) and joint bookrunners Citi, Credit Suisse and VTB Capital (12 September 2012).
The float initially raised $1.7bn (£1.1bn), giving the company a market capitalisation of $11.1bn (£6.9bn), but shares fell today (28 November) following the stock-exchange launch.
Background to this deal:
The banking syndicate advised by Freshfields originally included Goldman Sachs, which later pulled out (10 October 2012).
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Moscow capital markets partner Varun Gupta and London corporate partner Artem Faekov advised major MegaFon shareholder AF Telecom, while US rival White & Case advised Swedish shareholder TeliaSonera.
The White & Case team included partner Allan Taylor and associate Marcus Booth in London, as well as local partner Darina Lozovsky and associate Dmitry Lapshin in Moscow.