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Kamen Zahariev is Director, Corporate Recovery at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development since October 2008. He oversees the work of the global Corporate Recovery Team which is responsible for EBRD’s significant portfolio of impaired assets: loans to problem banks and other financial institutions, impaired corporate loans and equity investments in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS.
In the last 20 years Kamen Zahariev has participated in over 120 significant transactions including workouts, multiparty restructurings, project finance, M&A, and private equity. He is familiar with both the business and legal aspects of international finance, having worked for 15 years in the London Headquarters of EBRD and over five years in Kiev managing EBRD's operations in Ukraine.
Kamen Zahariev served on the supervisory boards of numerous industrial companies and investment funds in Central and Eastern Europe. He is member of the British Institute of Directors and has been member of several associations of foreign investors with interest in Eastern Europe.
Other positions previously held at EBRD include that of Country Director, Ukraine managing for over 5 years EBRD’s operations in Ukraine and Head of the Corporate Recovery and Litigation Team within the Legal Department of the EBRD in the aftermath of the Russian debt crisis of 1998.
Boris Šavorić is a founding and senior partner of top tier Croatian law firm Šavorić & Partners. For more than 20 years, Boris has been advising multinational corporations and financial institutions in major corporate, M&A, capital markets and project finance transactions in Croatia. Boris participated in most of the strategic and infrastructural projects in Croatia, including privatizations, take overs and IPOs.
Mehdi Khouadja started his career with JPMorgan and held several positions in their Investment Banking Division, on the debt capital market side for 13 years. His last position at JPMorgan was on the secondary loan trading desk trading leveraged and distressed loans. After JPMorgan, he moved to IKB Deutsche Industrie Bank to set up their leveraged loan and high yield bond trading desk. After 4 years, he joined Raiffeisen Bank International in 2014 as a senior director on the Loan Syndication desk responsible for the secondary loan trading activity. At RBI Mehdi leads and transacts the sale of non-performing loans across Western Europe and the CEE/SEE network banks. Mehdi studied at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Reims in France and at the Fachhochschule Reutlingen in Germany.
Igor Tsibelman concentrates on complex conflict resolution, special situations and distressed M&A. His career in executive positions and board memberships has been combined with advisory roles in the leading international consultancies and enables him to bring a unique blend of professional expertise and operational experience to the restructuring and distressed M&A practice.
Igor started his professional career as a commercial litigator in White & Case, New York in 2001. In 2007, he moved to Moscow and until 2012 worked for Gazprom Neft, where he rose to Deputy General Counsel in charge of international projects, and advised on the strategy and execution of major M&A deals. Igor was instrumental in the ultimate resolution of conflict over control of the Moscow Oil Refinery in 2008, and in the hostile acquisition of Sibir Energy plc in 2009. Igor served as the CEO of Sibir Energy in 2009-2010, and successfully negotiated global settlement of claims exceeding $1 billion and recovered over $300 million for Sibir Energy in the process. Igor worked for Stroytransgaz in 2012-14 as Special International Counsel, and for Rostec as General Counsel of its investment arm RT-Global Resources in 2014-2015. Igor was recruited by SBERBANK CIB in 2015. At SBERBANK, Igor was in charge of the restructuring of SBERBANK’s credit exposure in Ukraine, and negotiated and executed the deleveraging transaction with DTEK in 2016. Since 2017, Igor has been in private practice, assisting Rothschild & Co., with the restructuring of Privat Bank’s distressed loan portfolio ($8 billion) allegedly taken by its former shareholders.
Lukas is turnaround professional with more than 20 years of experience, Vice President - International Relations for TMA Global and founder of Innovation Brain. Innovation Brain is a Holding Company setting up next generation Asset Management Companies and reorganizing major Banking operations focused on Trade finance, Commodity finance and Corporate Banking. His clients include regulators and authorities, major banks and alternative Capital investing in Banks and Banking assets. His current engagements include clients in Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Switzerland and the Middle East.
Lukas is a former Partner of EY and KPMG, he held Director positions with advisory firms as Accenture, Alvarez & Marsal and Monitor Group.
Florian Klimscha is a partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer based in Vienna and a member of our international finance practice group. Florian specialises in corporate and real estate restructuring, distressed debt and insolvency work as well as banking law and debt financing transactions.
Florian is recognized by the market as a key specialist and regularly acts on significant restructuring and insolvency matters. He has been involved in some of the largest European, and, specifically, CEE restructurings and insolvencies acting both for creditors as well as for debtors, with lead roles in many of the most significant and high profile cases in the downturn as well as bank reorganisations and various kinds of NPL processes.