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Operating within the conflict-free structure of the XENON Group, XENON's independent Corporate Finance Team advises high-profile clients on strategic M&A transactions, capital raisings and investment initiatives, providing creative structures in complex and critical mandates. The cornerstone of XENON's corporate finance practice is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable teams which can also call upon the expertise of XENON's extensive global network. Our Team has a track record in delivering tailor-made domestic and international solutions within a variety of industry sectors.

Since inception, the Corporate Finance Team has established itself as a trusted financial advisor not only in Russia but also internationally and on the cross-border transactions.

Most recently, XENON acted as an exclusive advisor to Eurasia Drilling Company (EDC) on an investment agreed with a consortium of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the Russia-Chinа Investment Fund (RCIF, established by RDIF and China Investment Corporation) and leading Middle Eastern co-investors.

In 2015, XENON acted as an exclusive financial advisor to the core shareholders of Eurasia Drilling Company (EDC), Russia's leading drilling company, on taking the company private through a buyout of public minority shareholders. XENON also advised on a strategic partnership with Schlumberger, pursuant to which EDC would have been taken private and Schlumberger would have acquired, through a series of transactions, a 46% stake in EDC as a private company for $1.7bn. The proposed transaction with Schlumberger announced earlier this year did not occur and it terminated on 30 September 2015.

Having started from our stronghold in the energy sector (oil&gas, utilities, oilfield services), XENON's expertise has recently expanded into other industries – primarily media, consumer and transportation/infrastructure. In 2015, XENON advised CTC Media, the leading Russian media company, and its Board's Special Committee on a $200mm sale of 75% in operating assets to UTH Russia, the Russia's leading TV broadcaster.

XENON has played the key role in numerous prominent transactions, such as advising the Federal Grid Company (FSK) on Russia's largest ($3bn+) spin-off of power generation assets, or advising INTER RAO UES on the acquisition of a $2.3bn asset from Norilsk Nickel - deals that have placed XENON firmly in the top tier of corporate finance advisors in Russia.

In 2013, XENON advised a Russian family office on its investment into an Eastern European gas asset and sourced and structured a large capital injection by two prominent Russian family offices into New Age, a private sub-Saharan African oil & gas company. In 2015, XENON advised New Age on an additional $50mm capital raising from a private investor and, despite challenging market conditions, has successfully brought to closing an acquisition by an international consortium, to which LUKOIL is a participant, of a 50% stake in one of the most promising offshore fields in the Gulf of Guinea (announced in June 2014).

Due to its reputation, expertise and determination to pursue the best interests of the clients, XENON is the only independent corporate and investment advisory boutique in Russia which is consistently ranked among the leading corporate finance advisors in Russia on par with global investment banks.

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