Maxim Kobzev | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Maxim Kobzev
Maxim Kobzev

Maxim Kobzev

Partner, Moscow

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“What's good is that he cares about his client very much.”

Chambers Global, 2017

Overview

Maxim Kobzev has significant experience advising clients on cross-border projects in a variety of sectors including finance, energy, natural resources, manufacturing and sustainable development.  He regularly represents corporate clients, development institutions, finance organizations and governmental agencies.

Clients look to Maxim for his ability to provide advice on a wide range of complex transactions, to help them to realize their objectives, and for his track record working on complex deals as part of multidisciplinary, international teams.

Undaunted by scale or complexity, he has been involved in a number of market 'firsts' and award-winning deals. His achievements have been recognised by leading professional directories such as Chambers and The Legal 500.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales
  • Russian Federation

Education

  • JD, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, International Law Faculty

Languages

  • Russian
  • English

Experience

EuroChem project financing

Maxim was part of the team which advised EuroChem on a project financing of up to US$750 million, provided by a syndicate of international and local banks, in connection with its Usolskiy potash project located within Verkhnekamskoe deposit.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China's US$400 million limited recourse financing

Maxim advised Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) on its US$400 million limited recourse financing to a joint venture between TGC-2 and China Huadian Corporation, to finance the construction of a gas-fired combined cycle cogeneration plant.

Energy efficiency project

Advised EBRD on a senior secured A/B loan to finance power project implementation by UgraGas Processing.  The project will convert gases, which would otherwise be flared, into usable products resulting in reduced flaring, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and improved energy efficiency.

Wastewater Treatment Plant

Advised EBRD, NIB, Swedfund International AB and Finnfund in the project financing of the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in St. Petersburg. EBRD on several loans to a number of Russian water utility companies, including members of Rosvodokanal Group, to be used for the modernization of water supply and water disposal infrastructure.

Pre-export finance

Syndicate of international banks comprising of Société Générale, PJSC Rosbank, and UniCredit Bank Austria AG on debut pre-export financing of up to US$250 million to PhosAgro, a world’s leading phosphate-based fertilizer producers.

Energy efficiency

Advised IFC on several energy efficiency loans to Russian banks.

Pulp Mill Holding acquisition finance

Unicredit Bank on a $115 million loan to Pulp Mill Holdings for the acquisition of shares in a pulp and paper mill.

Award-winning Nord Stream Pipeline Project

Maxim advised the joint venture project company Nord Stream AG on the construction and financing of its development of two 1,220 km subsea offshore gas pipelines.

Antipinsky Oil

Advised Antipinsky Oil Refinery on a project financing to increase its refining capacity in order to comply with Euro-5 standards.

ENRC financing

Advised a syndicate of international financiers on a US$500 million financing to ENRC group, a leading natural resources group with operations in Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Brazil and Africa.

Publications

  • Green Finance: Legal frameworks and international practice, October 2017
  • Global Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Guide, published by Çakmak Publishing, August 2016, (co-author)
  • New PPP Mechanisms, Oil, Gas and Law journal by LawTek, No. 5, December 2015, (co-author)
  • Lending & Secured Finance 2014: A practical cross-border insight into lending and secured finance, The International Comparative Legal Guide, Chapter 53 – Russia, April 2014, (co-author)
  • Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers: Russia, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Russian Chapter, Vol. 2, February 2014, (co-author)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individual ranking in Russia in practices: Energy and Infrastructure, Banking, Project finance, PPP/PFI – IFLR1000, 2015-2017

Banking & Finance: Russia – Chambers, 2017 and Legal 500, 2017

Restructuring and Insolvency: Russia – Chambers, 2017

Maxim is highly regarded by sources stating that he is a "very good, committed lawyer". One source adds: "What's good is that he cares about his client very much." Chambers Global, 2017.