Bio

Inara Blagopoluchnaya focuses on corporate finance transactions, including debt and equity offerings, and M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions. She also has practiced law in Skadden’s New York office, advising U.S. companies and other clients on a number of financings and investments.

Ms. Blagopoluchnaya’s experience includes advising:

  • JSC Gazprom in its listing on the Singapore Stock Exchange effected by the introduction of up to 4 billion global depositary shares, representing up to 8 billion ordinary shares of JSC Gazprom. This was the first listing “by introduction” of depositary receipts on the Singapore Exchange and the first listing by a Russian company on the Singapore Stock Exchange;
  • Endo International plc in connection with its US$8.1 billion acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc., which included the related acquisition financing, including a US$2.3 billion offering of ordinary shares, and a US$1.64 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield offering of 6% senior notes;
  • the joint bookrunning managers in the initial public offering of Class A ordinary shares and listing on the New York Stock Exchange of Luxoft Holding, Inc., a provider of software development services and information technology solutions in Russia;
  • SIBUR, the largest integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company in Russia/CIS/CEE, in connection with its debut five-year US$1 billion 3.914% Rule 144A/Reg S bond issue listed on the regulated market of the Irish Stock Exchange;
  • the lead managers in an offering of senior unsecured notes in three tranches by VimpelCom Ltd.: US$600 million of 5.2% senior unsecured notes due 2019, US$1 billion of 5.95% senior unsecured notes due 2023 and RUB12 billion of 9% senior unsecured notes due 2018;
  • Tele2 Russia in its merger with the mobile operations unit of Rostelecom OAO. This deal received the M&A Deal of the Year award from Mergers.ru in 2014;
  • VimpelCom Limited in its US$30 billion exchange offer for OJSC VimpelCom and its business combination with CJSC Kiyvstar G.S.M., a Ukrainian telecommunications company; and
  • Renault in its US$1 billion strategic acquisition of a 25 percent plus one share stake in the leading Russian car manufacturer AvtoVAZ.

Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Ms. Blagopoluchnaya worked for another major U.S. law firm.

Credentials

Education

  • Law Degree, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 2005

Admissions

  • Russian Federation

Languages

Russian
English

Inara V. Blagopoluchnaya