Russell H. Pollack’s practice focuses on international mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and other financial and corporate matters, including project and structured finance, acquisition finance and joint ventures. He also has extensive experience in the oil and gas sector.

Russell was one of the founders of Cleary’s Moscow office in 1991 and has worked on numerous M&A, joint venture, capital markets and other transactions in and involving Russia since then.

He joined the firm in 1979 and became a partner in 1988. Russell has been resident in the New York office (1979-1981, 1984-1988 and 1996-2002), Frankfurt (1992-1996), Paris (1981-1984, 1989-1992, 2002-2006 and 2009-2012) and Moscow (2006-2009 and 2012 to present).

Notable Experience

  • Rosneft in its $55 billion acquisition of TNK-BP from BP, and AAR and its subsequent $4.25 billion tender offer to remaining TNK-BP minority shareholders.

  • Mittal Steel in its successful €26 billion tender and exchange offer for Arcelor.

  • Rosneft in its $500 million acquisition of Russian and Venezuelan drilling companies from Weatherford International.

  • Gazprom in its asset swap and joint venture with Wintershall involving upstream assets in Russia and upstream and downstream assets in Europe.

  • Gazprom in its $1.5 billion acquisition of 51% of SeverEnergia and its $4 billion acquisition of 20% of Gazprom Neft from Eni and Enel.

  • Transmashholding, Russia’s largest train manufacturer, in its sale of 50% to, and joint venture with, Russian Railways and Alstom.

  • Alrosa in its $1 billion IPO.

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