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Maria Zerkalova

Maria Zerkalova

Associate

Maria is a Russian law-qualified banking and project finance lawyer. She has experience in advising banks and borrowers in various finance projects including syndicated and bilateral lending, debt restructuring and project financings.

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Experience

Maria's experience includes advising:
 

  • VEB.RF, Sberbank and Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation on a ₽130 billion project financing of the construction of a "green" electrometallurgical plant in the city of Vyksa, Russia. The plant will produce 2.5 million tonnes of direct reduced iron (DRI) a year and 1.8 million tonnes of steel. The construction is financed under the Project Finance Factory programme run by VEB.RF.  We were responsible for the finance documents and "take or pay" offtake contract and advised the syndicate of lenders on all legal aspects of the deal
  • VEB.RF, VEB.DV and VTB Bank on an up to US$2.8 billion project financing of Nakhodka Fertilizer Plant (financing is performed as part of Project Finance Factory)
  • RusChemAlliance as the project company's legal adviser in connection with construction and financing of its new integrated gas processing and LNG liquefaction project development in Ust-Luga, Russia
  • VEB.RF and VTB Bank on an up to RUB32 billion project financing of the construction of a specialised coal seaport "Sukhodol" (with capacity of 12 million tonnes per year) at the Russian Far East. The construction is initiated by SDS-Ugol in partnership with Russian Railways (financing is performed as part of Project Finance Factory)
  • Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk in connection with construction, procurement and financing of Amur gas processing plant
  • a project company on the project financing of the development of the gas and condensate field in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region
  • VEB.RF and VTB Bank on an up to RUB32 billion project financing of the construction of a specialised coal seaport "Sukhodol" (with capacity of 12 million tonnes per year) at the Russian Far East. The construction is initiated by SDS-Ugol in partnership with Russian Railways (financing is provided under the "Project Finance Factory" programme)

Background

Maria received a master's degree with honours in international banking and finance law in the Moscow State Institute for International Relations. She joined the firm in 2018 after working in international consulting firm.