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Konstantin Olefir
Partner.Corporate law
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Russian Federation, USA
Russian, English
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Konstantin is a Partner of the Corporate and M&A practice at Orion Partners, and a lawyer with 30 years of experience in legal practice. He advises Russian and international companies, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, joint ventures, private equity, international corporate arbitrations and corporate restructurings. His clients include investment funds, real estate, industrial and financial services companies. Prior to founding Orion Partners, Konstantin headed legal departments at the Otkritie Group, Russian Direct Investment Fund, Deutsche Bank and Russian Aluminum. Prior to that, he worked as an associate at Skadden Arps and Cleary Gottlieb.

Work experience

Konstantin's work experience includes advising:

RUSAL in relation to:

  • the merger of RUSAL with the aluminium and alumina businesses of SUAL and Glencore;

  • the acquisition of Alpart (Jamaica), 20% of Quinsland Alumina (Australia), Friguia Alumina (Guinea), Alscon Nigeria, BCGI (Gayana), 10% of KrazHPP and about 20 other assets, the sale of SMZ and BKMPO to Alcoa, etc.;

  • judicial protection of RUSAL from claims filed by Mr Bykov (KRAZ), Mr Zhivilo (NKAZ), the Government of Ukraine (Nikolaevsky AP), the Government of Tajikistan (TADAZ), etc.;

  • the establishment and financing of such joint ventures as Boksity Timana, BEMO, etc.; and

  • legal support for the construction of the Khakassky AP and Boguchansky AP;

DEUTSCHE BANK in relation to:

  • legal consolidation of the UFG group, the acquisition of UFG AM, the establishment and support of DB Development (JV with Strabag);

  • legal support for IPOs and SPOs of PIK, Globaltrans, VTB and 15 other issuers, spin-off of NordGold from Severestal and advising clients on 15-20 other corporate reorganizations;

  • judicial protection of Deutsche Bank in proceedings against TGK-2 and TGK-4 and in relation to the financing of the Moscow Hotel;

  • the acquisition of 10% of RosVodoKanal and 10% of IT integrator Verisela; and

  • the creation of more than 20 new structured products on the Deutsche Bank platform.

RDIF in relation to:

  • the structuring and establishment of the Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF), a co-investment mechanism, together with the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) and the sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates (Mubadala); and

  • the structuring and completion of RDIF’s entry into the following businesses: Russia Forestry Products, Mother and Child, Karo-Film, Voltyre-Prom, Maikor, Cotton Way, and the Moscow Exchange;

OTKRITIE HOLDING in relation to:

  • the structuring and completion of the sale of 10% of Otkritie to VTB, exchange of 25% of Otkritie for Bank Petrocommerce and Lukoil-Garant, buyout from the IFC of 15% of Otkritie Bank, buyout from DIA of 24% of Otkritie Bank, acquisition of 20% of Russian Commercial Bank (Cyprus), consolidation of leasing assets of the Otkritie group, acquisition of Otkritie Insurance, acquisition of the Kontakt payment system and its further exchange for 10% of Qiwi Plc., acquisition and integration by Otkrytie Bank of Bank 24, etc.;

  • acquisition and financing of non-core assets (PIK, Polimetal Plc, Ruspetro Plc), etc.;

  • judicial protection in the case of Mr Urumov and in the process of reorganization of Bank Trust;

  • settlement of FCA and CFTC claims against Otkritie Capital, introduction of corporate governance and compliance in Otkritie Capital;

  • de-listing of BFCO from LSE, the sale of Ukrainian assets of Petrocommerce Bank; and

  • corporatization of such pension funds as Lukoil-Garant and NGPF ElektroEnergetiki.


Konstantin graduated with honors from the Moscow State University of International Relations in 1994, where he received his Master of Laws degree, and he also received Master of Laws degree from the School of Law of the University of Virginia (USA) in 1997.

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