George Kazakov is a partner in our global M&A and Infrastructure practice and a member of the Project Development and Finance group based in London.
He has extensive experience advising on a wide range of private equity M&A and finance transactions across the globe, with a particular focus on the infrastructure sector. Prior to joining White & Case, George was the Global Investment Counsel at Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners.
George advises infrastructure funds, private equity funds and other financial sponsor clients on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, co-investments and restructurings.
Mr. Kazakov's experience includes advising on:
A take private of Hoegh LNG (Norway), one of the main global floating LNG and FSRU players. Forming a consortium and negotiation of the shareholders agreement between the infrastructure funds managed by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP) and the Hoegh family. *
A take private of Telecolumbus (Germany), a German fiber network operator. Forming a consortium and negotiation of the shareholder agreement between MSIP and United Internet. *
Acquisition by MSIP from Altice USA of a significant stake in Lightpath (USA) (the fiber-based bandwidth technology company covering the greater New York Metropolitan region) following a carve out of Lightpath from Altice USA. Forming a consortium and negotiation of the shareholder agreement between MSIP and Altice USA. *
A carve out and acquisition of 100% equity following a take private of Seven Seas Water (USA), a multinational developer, owner and operator of water production and wastewater treatment plants and businesses. *
Acquisition of a significant stake in, and negotiation of a three-way consortium between MSIP, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Link Group, in respect of Property Exchange Australia Limited (“PEXA”) (Australia) an electronic lodgment network operator servicing the Australian market. A successful IPO of PEXA. *
A carve out, followed by the acquisition by MSIP from PT Portugal/Altice Europe of a significant stake in FastFiber (Portugal), the first national fiber wholesaler in Portugal. Forming a consortium and negotiation of the shareholder agreement between MSIP and PT Portugal. *
Acquisition by MSIP of a significant stake in PNE (Germany), the German wind power pioneer operating at an international level and one of the most experienced project developers of onshore and offshore wind farms. *
Acquisition of a significant stake in, followed by a take private, delisting, squeeze out and negotiation of multiple shareholder arrangements in respect of VTG AG (Germany), the largest private wagon hire company in Europe and one of the leading providers of rail and tank container logistics services. *
Acquisition by MSIP of Brazos (USA), a natural gas gathering and processing and crude gathering service provider located in the Southern Delaware Basin of the Permian Basin. *
An investment in Altán Redes (Mexico), an international consortium that holds a 20-year concession for the construction and operation of an operator-neutral, nationwide, 4G-LTE network in Mexico. *
Acquisition of a controlling stake in, and forming a consortium in respect of, Ital Gas Storage (Italy), a project company holding a 40-year concession to convert and operate a depleted gas field in Northern Italy into a regulated gas storage facility. Project financing and successful completion of the project. *
A carve out, followed by the acquisition by MSIP of a significant stake in, Omtel (Portugal), the first independent tower company in Portugal with the largest portfolio of towers in the country. Forming a consortium and negotiation of the shareholder agreement between MSIP and PT Portugal. *
Acquisition of Bayonne Energy Center (USA), a natural gas-fired power generation facility located in Bayonne, New Jersey, that supplies electricity, capacity and ancillary services exclusively to New York City via a dedicated and wholly-owned subsea cable. *
Acquisition of Red Oak (USA), an 800 megawatt, baseload, gas-fired power plant located in the Northeastern United States that has been in operation since 2002. *
The sale process and disposition of MSIP stake in Agorá Investimenti (Italy), the manager of airports in the Venice area, which is the third-largest area in Italy after Rome and Milan. *
The sale process and disposition of MSIP stake in Madrileña Red de Gas (Spain), the second-largest gas distributor in Madrid and the third largest in Spain. *
The sale process and disposition of MSIP stake in Affinity Water (UK), the largest regulated water-only company in the United Kingdom. *
The sale process and disposition of MSIP stake in Eversholt Rail Group (UK), the leading train-leasing companies in the U.K. *
The sale process and disposition of MSIP stake in Medical Area Total Energy Plant (USA), the sole provider of essential electricity, steam and chilled water to off-takers in one of the busiest medical zones in the U.S. *
* Experience prior to joining White & Case