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SBH Law Offices

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Managing Partners: Alexander Bondar, Timour Sysouev
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 25
Languages: Russian, Belarusian, English, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, German, Latvian

Firm Overview:
SBH Law Offices is one of the leading Belarusian law firms, combining high-level skills, expertise and a staunch commitment to the principles of the legal profession to drive continuous innovative development and provision of value to clients. Its offices are located in Belarus and Ukraine. Among the firm’s clients are well known worldwide companies such as Coca-Cola, Discovery Communications, Volvo Trucks, etc. SBH Law Offices is working on cases and transactions, which have shaped Belarusian law and business practice. The firm participates in disputes that become court precedents. SBH Law Offices’ aim is to maintain long-term relationships with clients based on mutual respect, since the clients’ business prosperity is a good indicator of the firm’s own success and development.

Main Areas of Practice:

2 partners
■ Advising EBRD on its financing of the Mark Formelle clothing manufacturer
■ Advising Gazprom Neft on acquisition of a chain of petroleum stations
■ Advised major Chinese manufacturer of engines Weichai Power Corporation on creation of a JV with the Minsk Automobile Factory (MAZ)
■ Representing the first Belarusian private equity fund Zubr Capital on acquisitions of several companies in Belarus. Total amount of investments is about 100 million USD
Key Clients: EBRD, Zubr Capital, Volvo Trucks, Gazprom Neft, Weichai Power
Contact: Alexander Bondar
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
3 partners
■ Advised EBRD on the provision of loans in the amount of USD 1,200,000 to Polimaster LLC; representing EBRD on the provision of loans in the amount of 10 million EUR to KG Group;
■ Representing EBRD on providing financing in the amount of up to 45,5 million USD for implementation of the investment project “Construction of a photovoltaic station for production of electric power in Cherikov District, Mogilev Region with power of 109MW”
■ Advised Alutech Group in working with loans from 5 Belarusian banks, EBRD, EABR and an eventual sale of a stake to the largest European gates manufacturer
■ Advised Bank Moscow-Minsk, Belinvestbank, MTBank on obtaining loan facilities for foreign banks, including syndicated loans
Key Clients: EBRD, GCM Global Energy, Evroopt, MTBank, Belinvestbank, Bank Moscow-Minsk, Alutech Group, Slavkaliy
Contact: Alexander Bondar
Email: [email protected]

General Commercial/IP/IT:
3 partners ■ Advised an IT and Software Development company Globant on general and financial issues
■ Advised Falcon Investment Co. on a franchise agreement with Marriott International
■ Advised Weichai on technology license agreement with its joint venture in Belarus
■ Advised Volvo Trademark AB on the issues related to the ways of the defense against the infringement of IP rights
■ Advised Amazon on IP & IT protection in Belarus
Key Clients: Coca-Cola, Discovery Communications, Vellux/VKR, Montex Swiss AG, Falcon Investment Co., Volvo Group, Danone, Nestle, Globant, Aspen Pharma
Contact: Anastasiya Malakhova
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction:
3 partners
■ Advising gas transportating company on the construction of the office building in Belarus
■ Advising subsidiary of Qatar Armed Forces Investment Portfolio on construction of the multifunctional Hotel & Sports Centre complex with project value more than 200 million USD
■ Advising client on the construction of a potash mining facility (total project cost: 1.6 billion USD)
■ Advised several major foreign companies on securing EPC general contractor rights in Belarus
■ Advising a manufacturer of potash mineral fertiliser on the construction of a mining and processing plan in Thailand
Key Clients: Synomech, Gazprom, Mining Construction Company Shachtproject, Belaruskaliy, Falcon Investment Co, Slavkaliy. Contact: Alexander Bondar Email: [email protected]

2 partners
■ Representing Swedish multinational manufacturing company in cases of bankruptcy of counterparties, as well as in court cases related to dealer contracts, leasing, surety, return of property
■ Representing the interests of the subsidiaries of global energy company in various court cases in Belarus, Ukraine and Latvia
■ Representing the second largest cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company in various court cases
■ Representing the world’s leading transport and logistic insurer in disputes arising from insurance and subrogation
Key Clients: Henkel, British American Tobacco, Velux/VKR, Volvo Group, Belaruskaliy, Falcon Investment Company
Contact: Timour Sysouev
Email: [email protected]

■ Representing a manufacturer of potash mineral fertiliser in a dispute arising from the supply of equipment under the rules of the International Court of Arbitration (ICC)
■ Representing the interests of the largest European manufacturee of telehandlers in the dispute with the Belarussian defendant using the substantive law ot the three states
■ Representing gas transportating company in the arbitration process under the SCC rules on thу dispute arising from the construction of the office building in Belarus
Key Clients: Gazprom Transgaz, Belaruskaliy, BelRosStrakh, Alfa Bank, Falcon Investment Company
Contact: Timour Sysouev
Email: [email protected]