Ed Hicks’s practice focuses on a broad range of international corporate and financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and cross-border equity capital markets transactions, and various contentious matters.

He has particular experience in the Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian markets.

Ed joined the firm in 2016, and was resident in the Moscow office in 2017 and in the Paris office in 2018.

Notable Experience

Contentious

  • An ultra-HNWI in an LCIA arbitration in a $300 million emerging markets dispute relating to a 20-year joint venture, including accusations of fraud, introducing commissions, and witness intimidation.

  • A New York-based investment bank on a substantial dispute involving the “Phoenix” provisions under a Contingent Forward FX transaction.

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Equity Capital Markets

  • RTC (Rustranscom), a Russian rail transportation company, as well as its shareholder, in RTC’s proposed IPO and London listing.

  • PJSC Magnit in the sale of approximately $750 million of its ordinary shares by means of an accelerated bookbuild on the Moscow Exchange.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Kazakhtelecom in its $446 million acquisition of a 75% stake in Kcell.

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Publications

Dual Nationality Revisited: A Modern Approach to Dual Nationals in Non-ICSID Arbitrations,” Arbitration International, August 2019

Green Cash for Siberian Trash,” Intellinews; republished as “Green By Name, Green By Nature: The First Russian Green Bonds,” by Bear Market Brief, January 2019

“Buridan’s Donkey’s Choice: How to Comply with EU and Russian Inside Information Legislation,” Legal Insight, August 2018; republished in English as “On Balance: Issuers Should Consider Potential Conflicts Between Russian and EU Inside Information Rules Before Listing,” International Financial Law Review, September 2018