We work with oil, mining and softs



Аfrica. Australia. CIS. Europe. South America



Business does not wait … we stay ahead


We work on off-takes, finance, corporate and compliance matters

We understand the risks
We address them accordingly

From a CPT purchase to a long term syndicated prepayment
From an L/C line to a Borrowing Base
From a minority stake to setting up country business

Our work

Commercial agreements
  • Softs, oil, iron ore, steel, coal and others
  • Africa, Australia, CIS, Europe and South America
  • Long term off-takes, consignment and marketing structures
  • Including secured and revolving facilities
  • With performance insurance and limited recourse refinancing
  • Direct ‘to producer’ and tiered structures
  • Throughput and warehouse agreements
  • Truck and railway agreements and charterparties
  • Forwarder, surveyor and stock monitoring agreements
Trade finance
  • Letters of credit
  • Trade finance facilities and receivables finance
  • Borrowing Bases
Corporate and compliance
  • Country operations and group structures
  • Share purchase and shareholder agreements
  • Commodities derivatives and sanctions policies

Who we are

Roman Chapaev
commodities, finance and corporate counsel
He has extensive experience in the commodities markets, including oil, metals and softs across Africa, the Americas, Europe and the CIS
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Roman works on commercial, corporate and finance transactions for traders and banks, including long-term off-takes, warehouse / throughput agreements, all types of prepayment, trade finance and borrowing base facilities, acquisition financings, share purchase and option agreements and complex debt restructurings

He also provides advice on regulatory and compliance matters, such as derivatives, anti-dumping and competition, collective investments schemes / alternative investment funds, financial promotion and data protection

Roman has recently worked with fintech projects, advising on securities markets legislation and structuring the business

His professional background includes English and US law firms in London, acting as consultant for a multilateral development bank and commercial counsel in Geneva for a major independent commodities trading house

He holds LLM (MGIMO, Moscow) and LLM (QM, London) degrees and PhD in Banking and Finance from the University of London. He has contributed to published works on financial markets, corporate governance and arbitration

He is admitted as solicitor of England and Wales (not practicing)

Maria Andrianova
Counsel with more than 12 years’ experience as advisor or partner in international and local law firms (consulting) and as in-house counsel or head of legal in international groups of companies.
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Maria worked for US and English law firms as well as for a number of international holdings operating in real estate, international investment and fintech. She holds LLM degree in International Business Law from the University of London.

She has extensive experience in international transactions as well as network of reliable local partners in Middle East (UAE, Jordan), United States, Malta, Switzerland, Russia, Mexico, Japan, France, Spain and Cyprus.

Maria advises on ICOs, fintech and blockchain, innovation, corporate finance and management, intellectual property and AML / KYC procedures.

Nadya Lyubavskaya
A certified Financial Crime Compliance expert with a wealth of experience in supporting firms with reviewing and establishing appropriate AML, ABC, Fraud and Sanctions systems, processes and controls; in compliance with various regulatory regimes across multiple jurisdictions.
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Nadya provides regulatory consultancy services to a wide range of financial services firms, including trust offices, hedge fund managers, retail wealth managers, private equity firms, institutional brokers, corporate finance advisers, consumer credit firms and banks.

Nadya can assist with: independent reviews of policies and procedures to ensure they meet regulatory requirements; review and drafting of firm’s AML and Sanctions risk assessment; evaluation of both manual and automated transaction monitoring procedures, systems and controls. She can help with independent KYC assessment, as well as retrospective CDD/EDD and SAR reviews; and staff training.

Olga Ward
Has acquired her experience from a range of financial services institutions, specialising in all disciplines of financial crime.
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She worked for a number of larger corporations, smaller and entrepreneurial start-ups and consultancies where she learned every detail of practical application of legal and regulatory requirements

She is client focused and always thriving for the optimal ratio between the budget, financial crime effectiveness and forward-looking vision

She works both with Russian and English law. Olga has completed GDL (BPP School of Law) and has an LLM degree in Financial Regulation and Compliance