Maria Sergeyeva

Special Legal Consultant

Washington, D.C.

As part of an M&A team, Maria is involved in virtually every aspect of a transaction, running the deals from initial conception to consummation. She serves as the primary point of contact and is responsible for shepherding the transaction to closing. Maria works hard to keep the focus of all parties on the desired outcome, pace the transaction to achieve the agreed milestones and deliver seamless service to prevent your M&A deal from falling through the cracks.

In addition to M&A and Private Equity, Maria is also a member of the firm’s International Trade and Compliance and Russia practices. She focuses on cross-border M&A, private equity, joint ventures and strategic investments.

Maria draws upon her experience in Washington, D.C., Moscow (Russia) and Almaty (Kazakhstan) to handle complex international transactions and close deals in both emerging and developed markets. Maria has also advised and worked on matters involving the application of economic sanctions, export control regulations and conflict minerals reporting.

Prior to joining Orrick, Maria worked at the Office of the General Counsel of a multilateral development bank. In that role, she invested in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia by utilizing loans, equity investments and guarantees as its primary instruments. Maria also handled tax and legal matters as a senior consultant at one of the Big Four accounting firms. During that time she designed and implemented an export compliance program for an international development firm and a U.S. government contractor.

    • Representation of a fund managed by Hines, the largest U.S. office developer and manager, in an acquisition of a major Class A logistics park facility. Orrick also advised on the acquisition financing and prepayment of existing facilities on this complex transaction involving two purchasers, three sellers and four target companies, as well as three financing banks with unrelated financings.
    • Representation of an investor in Dauria, Russia’s first independent space/microsatellite company.
    • Representation of a European bank in an acquisition and restructuring of several U.S. shopping malls as part of its investment portfolio.
    • Representation of an investor in increasing its stake in a company investing in commercial properties in Ukraine and managed by Ukraine’s leading investment bank, in a transaction involving parties from multiple countries and concerning five commercial properties.
    • Representation of Sukhoi Civil Aircratl Company, the Russian civil aviation giant, in entering into framework agreements for the sale and lease of 30 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft, a fusion of Russia's famed aviation design with the latest systems from leading aerospace suppliers around the world, to CityJet, an Irish airline and SCAC’s first West European customer.
    • Representation of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company in implementing the first residual value guarantee package for Sukhoi Superjets, starting with the six aircraft already delivered to CityJet, an Irish airline.
    • Assistance in representation of RUSNANO, Russia’s high-tech sovereign wealth fund, and nine other corporate and individual defendants, in connection with a claim brought in the Northern District of California by former shareholders of Nitol, a Russian plant manufacturing polysilicon (material used in solar panels).
    • Representation of Industrial Investors Group in a complex sale of FESCO (the Far-Eastern Shipping Company), a Russian publicly-traded company with over 180 subsidiaries in a variety of countries, to Summa Group, for an undisclosed price of over $1 billion.
    • Representation of a client in the sale of a major logistics park to an international retail group in an emerging market.
    • Representation of a Russian investor in the development of a complex cross-border project with respect to turning a European port into an urban area which included the construction of an outlet mall, hotels, etc.

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