Friedrich Jergitsch has been a partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer since 2003 and is based in the Vienna office. He is a member of our international finance practice group and specializes in structured finance transactions, bank regulatory law and insolvency law. He advises a wide range of financial institutions, including commercial banks, investment banks and insurances in Austria and CEE / CIS. Friedrich has had leading roles in advising creditors and debtors on the largest Austrian restructurings and insolvencies, both in the corporate and banking sector, during the past 15 years.
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.
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.
Jon Nighswander is a director at Schottentor Capital and a distressed debt investor with over two decades of experience working with lenders and debt-holders seeking to recover value. Jon began his career in Central and Eastern Europe in 1993 leading privatization and advisory projects in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the Balkans. He subsequently spent a decade as a Managing Director in the US based business advisory practice of a global turnaround management firm, where he advised private equity sponsors and other stakeholders in a number of high profile restructurings and acquisitions. In 2011 Jon returned to CEE to join a private equity group acquiring distressed assets in the region, including investments in Poland and Romania. In 2017 he and a partner teamed up with New York-based Chatham Lane Capital to create an alternative asset management platform focusing on distressed debt opportunities in CEE.
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.