United States: Chadbourne Represented Ukrainian Telecom Company on Major Project Financing Transaction; US$540 Million Astelit Deal is Largest Private Financing in Ukraine
Last Updated: February 15 2006

London/Moscow -- February 15, 2006 -- Chadbourne & Parke represented Astelit, a Ukrainian telecommunications company majority directly controlled by Turkish GSM operator Turkcell, in a US$540 million financing. The deal marks one of the largest private financings in Ukraine to date.

Astelit, which was recently described as the fasted growing mobile phone operator in the world in terms of numbers of connections, did the financing in two facilities: the first was a senior secured facility of US$390 million and the second was a junior facility of US$150 million.

The financing is part of Astelit's efforts to increase its market share in Ukraine. As of September 30, 2005, the company's subscribers represented about 5.1% of the total mobile subscriber market in Ukraine, or about 23.5 million subscribers. It added 1.25 million subscribers in the last quarter of 2005.

Working for Chadbourne on the deal were Moscow office managing partner Laura Brank, London office partner Denis Petkovic and Kyiv office international partner Adam Mycyk, as well as London associate Stefan Unna and Kyiv associate Olexiy Soshenko.

Proceeds of the financing will be used for refinancing vendor and bank debt, as well as for up front financing costs and for operating losses and capital expenditures and for continuing to build out the company's mobile network.

ING Bank N.V. and Standard Bank Plc were the lead arrangers on the US$390 million facility. The Chadbourne team also represented Astelit in respect to the $US150 million junior facility being provided by a Turkish syndicate lead managed by Turkiye Garanti Bankasi A.S. and Akbank T.A.S.

The deal is the second in which Chadbourne has worked for Astelit. The Firm previously represented the company in two vendor equipment purchase financings with Ericsson and Nokia.

About Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City, provides a full range of legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, project finance, corporate finance, private equity, energy, telecommunications, commercial and products liability litigation, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, white collar defense, intellectual property, antitrust, domestic and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates and government contract matters. The Firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv, Almaty, Warsaw (through a Polish partnership), Beijing, and a multinational partnership, Chadbourne & Parke, in London. For additional information, visit www.chadbourne.com.

Chadbourne & Parke, A Multinational Partnership

In London, the Firm conducts its practice through Chadbourne & Parke, a multinational partnership employing both English-qualified solicitors and U.S. lawyers who work closely with other Chadbourne offices to provide seamless service to international clients. The London partnership offers a range of legal services under both English and U.S. law and, in particular, focuses on project finance, privatization, energy, capital markets, banking, insurance and reinsurance, securitizations, structured finance, corporate finance, litigation and products liability.

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