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Kirill Zenin

Fasken Martineau LLP

London, , GBR


Kirill represents clients in a broad range of corporate, commercial and finance-related transactions, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and other strategic transactions in the oil and gas sector. In the course of Kirill’s almost 16 years practice on matters throughout the world, he has advised clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project financings, commercial agreements, dispute resolutions and oil and gas developments.

Over the past several years, starting with the representation of the Republic of Southern Sudan in 2011, Kirill has developed a practice advising clients on matters relating to Africa, particularly, in the upstream and downstream oil and gas industries in West and East Africa.

In August 2013, Kirill was part of the Russian delegation at the inaugural meeting of the BRICS Business Council in Johannesburg, South Africa. The BRICS Business Council was created at the BRICS Summit held in Durban, South Africa, in March 2013. Its mandate is to act as a multilateral platform for facilitating trade among, and nations seeking to expand their business opportunities in, the BRICS countries.

Kirill’s recent matters include advising:

- A consortium of investors in connection with the construction of a major oil refinery in the Republic of Uganda;
- An investor in connection with the acquisition of an interest in the oil and gas field in the Republic of South Sudan; and
- An investor in connection with the acquisition of gold exploration companies in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Kirill’s other matters, on which he had worked prior to joining the firm, had included advising:

- The Republic of South Sudan in connection with oil and gas issues relating to its secession from the Republic of Sudan and its becoming a sovereign and independent nation. Kirill has advised on matters arising in the negotiations of agreements between the two countries and in negotiations between the Republic of South Sudan and each of the oil companies having rights to explore for, produce and market crude oil and natural gas in the territory of South Sudan;
- JSC “Mangistaumunaigaz” and its parent company Central Asia Petroleum Ltd in connection with an approximately $3.3 billion sale of a 100% stake in MMG's upstream oil business to JSC NC “KazMunaiGaz”, the Kazakh national oil and gas company, and CNPC E&D, a subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corporation; the transaction won the EMEA Finance 2009 Best M&A Deal in CIS and the Investment Dealers' Digest 2009 Energy Deal of the Year awards;
- The seller in connection with the spin-off and a $1.2 billion sale of the downstream assets of JSC “Mangistaumunaigaz”, including a 58% stake in JSC "Pavlodar Refinery"; and
- Eurasia Drilling Company Limited, one of the largest oil drilling contractors in Russia, in its US$720 million primary and secondary public offering and listing on the London Stock Exchange of global depositary receipts.

Prior to joining the firm, Kirill had practised in the London and New York offices of a major US firm and as in-house counsel in the Moscow, Paris and Houston offices of Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company.

A native Russian speaker and fluent in English, and is admitted to practice in Russia, New York and England.

Kirill is recognised by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer within the field of 'Energy & Natural Resources, Kazakhstan' (2014 edition).

Kirill holds a Jurist Diploma With Highest Distinction from the Moscow State Lomonosov University and a Master of Laws Degree from Harvard Law School.
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