Kirill Skopchevskiy
Associate | London
Kirill Skopchevskiy

Kirill Skopchevskiy is a New York- and Russian-qualified corporate and securities associate who advises on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and financing transactions, fund formation, investment funds and asset management. He has extensive recent energy and natural resources experience.

The 2021 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA recognizes Mr. Skopchevskiy for corporate, commercial and M&A, as well as banking and finance (borrower side). Since 2020, he has been listed in Best Lawyers for corporate law.

Mr. Skopchevskiy was part of the team that won CEE Legal Matters' 2020 Deal of the Year for Russia, which recognized Dechert’s involvement in Sinopec’s joint venture with SIBUR to develop the Amur Petrochemical Complex. 

  • JSC Ukrainian Railways in connection with its successful consent solicitations to restructure its loan participation notes.
  • Sinopec on its US$10 billion strategic joint venture with SIBUR to develop one of the largest integrated petrochemical projects in the world in terms of production output of base polymers, including securing joint venture clearance from the Strategic Commission of the Russian Government and advising on related antimonopoly matters. 
  • Ashmore Group and Spinnaker Capital in connection with the sale of certain Russian real estate assets to the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
  • Kinross Gold Corporation on its recently announced plans to acquire Chulbatkan, a high-quality, heap leach development project in Russia, from N-Mining Limited for a total fixed consideration of US$283 million. The deal, which required extensive due diligence of the subsoil license holding company, includes approximately US$113 million in cash and US$170 million in Kinross stock, plus 1.5% contingency payments. The acquisition is a strategic addition to Kinross’s existing mining operations, as it is expected to be a high yield, yet low-cost operation.
  • An ad hoc noteholder committee on the restructuring of the US$875 million eurobonds of FESCO plc, a Russian transportation and logistics conglomerate, implementing the eventual deal using a scheme of arrangement.
  • VTB Capital plc in respect of financing and refinancing arrangements entered into in connection with the acquisition of Essar Oil Limited by a consortium comprising Kesani Enterprises Company Limited (a Cypriot SPV jointly indirectly principally owned by commodity trading company, Trafigura, and Russian fund, UCP) and Rosneft Oil Company from Essar Energy Holdings Limited and Oil Bidco Mauritius Limited.
  • An international construction company on the sale by its Dutch holding company and one of its Russian subsidiaries of a network of grocery stores in Moscow to the Russian subsidiaries of a European retailer for over €100 million. The deal involved 13 different real estate objects.
  • OAO Mechel, via its wholly owned subsidiary Oriel Resources, on its US$425 million disposal of the Voskhod Mining Plant (in Khromtau, Kazakhstan) and Tikhvin Ferroalloy Plant (in Tikhvin, Leningrad Region, Russia) to Turkey’s Yildirim Group.
  • Dufry on its acquisition of 51% of the share capital of Regstaer Group, a Russian airport retail operator for an undisclosed sum. The transaction involved extensive due diligence, including due diligence of real estate assets, while the related agreements include a share purchase agreement, a shareholders’ agreement governing relationships with the existing shareholders, put and call options, and various supply agreements.
  • Nanostart AG on legal and tax matters related to the establishment of Kama Fund First, a RUB2 billion closed-end Russian local fund structure with OAO RUSNANO and the governor of Perm Krai to make venture capital investments in high technology and especially nanotechnology.
  • 55 North Emerging Europe Long/Short Fund L.P., a hedge fund investing in securities in Russia, the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, on the structuring and formation of the fund including downstream investment vehicles; the structuring and formation of the management and advisory group including a Cypriot advisory entity with a Russian representative office; and various other Russian, UK and U.S. regulatory issues.
  • A multinational banking and financial services company, Goldman Sachs, PNC Global Investment Servicing, and Stifel Nicolaus & Company Inc. on various investment and securities matters regarding their funds’ operations in Russia (separate representations).
  • Delightful Hill, part of China’s Winsway Group Holdings Ltd, on its US$90 million acquisition of a 60% stake in Divalane Holdings Ltd, a Cyprus holding company that owns a Russian coal company with operations in the Apsat deposit in Chita Oblast, Eastern Siberia, with coal resources estimated at over 2.2 billion tons.
  • Kinross Gold Corporation, a Canada-headquartered mining company, on its c. US$350 million acquisition of a 25% stake in Chukotka Mining and Geological Company (CMGC), the 100% owner of the Kupol gold and silver mine in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug of the Far East Region of the Russian Federation.
  • Kinross Gold Corporation on its acquisition of the high-grade Dvoinoye deposit and the Vodorazdelnaya property in the Chukotka region of the Russian Far East for a total purchase price of US$368 million, comprising US$165 million in cash and approximately 10.56 million newly issued Kinross shares.
  • Daimler AG’s truck division in a US$250 million deal to acquire a 10% stake in Russian truck maker KamAZ.
  • Nord Capital on various brokerage, investment and securities matters, including preparation of form documents for its clients.
  • UFG Asset Management on fund-related matters.
  • Salute Opportunity Fund L.P., a fund investing primarily in stressed and distressed financial assets in or exposed to the Former Soviet Union, on various issues regarding the establishment of a presence in Russia.
  • Norilsk Nickel on defensive mechanisms during acquisition of over 25% of its share capital by Rusal.
  • Gazprom on the structuring and financing of the Shtokman LNG project.
  • GLG Capital Partners on its acquisition of Russian mining company.
  • Marfin Popular Bank on its acquisition of an over 50% stake in Moscow-based Rossiyskiy Promishlenny Bank (RosPromBank) for €83 million.
  • Ongoing advice to Kinross Gold on various corporate and labor matters.
  • EBRD (as lead arranger and lender) in connection with its US$250 million international syndicated loan to Intergra Group.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

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    • University of Virginia School of Law, Master’s Degree
    • The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, B.A.
    • Moscow State Law Academy
    • Russian Federation
    • New York
    • Russian
    • English
    • French