Edward R. Kempson

  • Counsel
  • Eedward.kempson@lw.com
  • Ul. Gasheka 6, Ducat III, Office 510
  • Moscow 125047
  • Russia
  • T +7.495.644.1928


Edward Kempson is an English law-qualified counsel based in the Moscow office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Kempson has considerable experience representing both banks and issuers on debt and equity capital markets transactions, primarily involving Russian and CIS issuers seeking to list securities in London. He also advises corporates and strategic investors and sellers, private equity houses, banks and sovereign wealth funds on cross-border acquisitions and disposals (public and private), corporate restructurings, financings and re-financings. Mr. Kempson’s practice is predominantly focused on the oil and gas and metal and mining sectors, and also on financial institutions, telecoms and the transportation industry.

Prior to joining Latham’s Moscow office in April 2010, Mr. Kempson practiced as a solicitor in both London and Moscow for Cleary Gottlieb.




Mr. Kempson's representative experience includes advising:

  • Mobile TeleSystems OJSC in connection with a tender offer, consent solicitation and extensive liability management exercise in respect of US$400 million 8.00% notes due 2012 
  • Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as depositary in connection with:
    (i) an IPO of GDRs and listing on the LSE by Nomos Bank 

       (ii) an exchange offer and Premium listing on the LSE by Polymetal

       (iii) an exchange offer of GDRs and listing on the LSE by Nord Gold

       (iv) the merger of OGK-2 and OGK-6 

       (v) an offer of GDRs and listing on the FSE by OJSC “Sofrinskiy Experimental Mechanical Plant”  

  • HMS Hydraulic Machines and Systems Group plc in connection with an US$360 million IPO of GDRs listed on the LSE 
  • Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port PJSC in connection with the US$2 billion acquisition of LLC Primorsk Trade Port  
  • Shareholders of Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port PJSC in connection with the US$2.2 billion sale of their entire stake in Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port PJSC  
  • DTEK Holding Limited, a Ukrainian coal mining company, in connection with the issuance and listing on the LSE of approximately US$500 million Eurobonds
  • UC Rusal, in connection with its protracted debt refinancing program and subsequent IPO on the HSE *
  • Tatneft JSC, in connection with numerous financing facilities including (i) US$150 million Vitol bridging facility, (ii) US$1.5 billion pre-export credit financing facility and (iii) US$2 billion Tatneco refinery project financing *
  • Mirax Group, in connection with protracted refinancing of US$300 credit facility *

 *Matter handled by attorney prior to joining the firm.

Thought Leadership

  • London Listings for Russia Resource Companies -  September 11, 2012
  • ESMA Permits Deposits of New Shares Under GDR Block Listing Regime -  July 09, 2012
  • Russian IPOs -  September 26, 2011
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • LPC, BPP Law School, 2005
  • LLB Law, London School of Economics, 2004
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mining & Metals
  • English
  • Russian
  • Capital Markets
  • Public Company Representation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project Development & Finance