Rosneft closes acquisition of 50% in Ruhr Oel GmbH


MOSCOW - Allen & Overy today announced that it has been advising Rosneft Oil Company in respect of closing of its acquisition from Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PdVSA) of 50% stake in Ruhr Oel GmbH.

Ruhr Oel GmbH is a 50/50 downstream joint venture between BP and PdVSA with an aggregate equity refining capacity amounting to approximately 22% of total German refining capacity.

The Allen & Overy team is led by corporate partner Tim Shilling in Moscow, supported by corporate senior associates Vladimir Zenin and Kyle Davis (all Moscow), Heather Ford and LaToya Edwards (both New York). Allen & Overy's German corporate team consists of partner Cornelius Fischer-Zernin, supported by associates Per Lessmann, Ruediger Klueber (all Hamburg) and Jens Goelz (Frankfurt). Antitrust advice was provided by Ellen Braun supported by Andrea Pomana in Hamburg.

Commenting on the deal, Tim Shilling said: "This was a highly complex transaction for all parties, including Rosneft, as it involved numerous parties in many jurisdictions. We are delighted that Allen & Overy's multi-jurisdictional capabilities, teamwork and expertise made a significant contribution to reaching a successful closing."

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6 May 2011