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Herbert Smith Freehills has been awarded the European Corporate Deal of the Year Award for their work advising Bonum Capital investment fund at The Lawyer European Awards 2019 on Tuesday 19 March in London.

The firm were involved in the acquisition and subsequent sale of a controlling interest in Vozrozhdenie Bank, which included multiple jurisdictions and a cross-practice effort to support the client in navigating structural complexities.

Partner Alexei Roudiak said: "We are very pleased to have been awarded the European Corporate Deal of the Year for a Russian project and our first substantial corporate mandate for Bonum Capital. This is a great result for the firm showing the strengths of our corporate and M&A platform and continuing our strong track record of supporting clients on high profile deals."

Partner Oleg Konnov commented: "This is a fantastic achievement resulting from hard work of our cross-office and cross-practice team.  It is the experience and collaborative and commercial approach of our people that allows us to tackle complex transactions such as this." 

The core transaction team was led by Moscow Managing Partner and Head of Corporate for EMEA Alexei Roudiak and corporate partner Oleg Konnov, supported by senior associate Danil Guryanov, of counsel Justin Vaughan, associate Anna Sokolova and associate Olga Stepanova. The team were supported on various aspects of the transaction by partners Jeremy Garson and Alexei Panich, of counsels Evgeny Yuriev and Vadim Panin, senior associates Dave Phillips and Sergey Kolobov, associates Ilsur Mavlekeev, Dmitry Mazurov, Aidar Galimzianov, Alexander Gridasov, Polina PodoplelovaElena Manasyan and Yulia Turkina. The team also included Moscow trainees Alexander Chuprunov, Victoria Korotkova, Andrey Shevchuk, Gayane Gulyan, Maria Akaemova and Georgiy Kurganskiy. 

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