Yaroslav Smorodin acts on a broad scope of financing mandates ranging from plain vanilla facilities to commodity repo transactions. With extensive experience in complex corporate finance, acquisition finance, project finance, prepayment and pre-export finance transactions, Yaroslav also frequently represents the firm’s domestic and international clients in the course of insolvency proceedings and assists with debt restructurings and LBOs. A native Russian speaker, Yaroslav is also fluent in English.
Acting for the trading arm of one of the largest state-owned banks in Russia in connection
with a RUB 100 billion commodity repo with a major aluminum producer.
Acting for a syndicate of banks arranged by ING and UniCredit in connection with an up to US $1 billion financing for EuroChem Group AG.
Acting for the project company of a prominent Russian investment group in connection
with the secured financing for the construction of a methanol production plant in
Volgograd in Russia, with the total project value exceeding US $800 million.
Acting for EVRAZ in connection with a US $750 million syndicated facility arranged by
Acting for one of the largest state-owned banks in Russia in connection with a EUR 500 million secured financing for an SPV created for the purposes of
development of certain ore deposits in the Taimyr region of Russia.
Acting for a major international trading house in connection with a syndicated US $250 million secured pre-export facility for a major Kazakh oil and gas producer.
Acting for one of the largest state-owned banks in Russia in connection with a US $200
million Rouble equivalent financing of a major Kazakh gas supply company.
Acting for Vitol in connection with a US $184 million secured prepayment facility for a
private Russian oil refinery.
Acting for one of the largest state-owned banks in Russia in connection with a secured EUR
150 million financing for the construction of a plant for processing of polymetallic ores in
the Republic of Buryatia in Russia (1st stage).
Acting for one of the largest state-owned banks in Russia in connection with a RUB 8.2
billion financing of the acquisition of a Russian IT company providing B2B cloud solutions.
Representing a syndicate of international banks with a US $70 million claim in connection
with two bankruptcy proceedings relating to entities of the Russian metallurgical group
Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 2017, LL.M., with honors
Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2015, LL.B., with honors
Eligible in the Russian Federation
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Banking and Finance Law, Moscow, The Best Lawyers in Russia (2022)
Recommended, Banking and Finance: Borrower Side, Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA (2021)
Recommended, Banking and Finance: Lender or Arranger Side, Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA (2021)