Russian Search Engine Yandex Hires Advisers for Debt Talks

(Bloomberg) — Russian look for motor Yandex NV has employed advisers to support it navigate talks with bondholders as the organization seeks a option for its convertible notes.

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U.S.-centered company Alvarez & Marsal Inc. is acting as economic adviser to the organization on a restructuring of its convertible bonds, in accordance to an A&M spokesperson. A further U.S.-headquartered business, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, was mentioned to supply lawful tips, in accordance to people acquainted with the make a difference who questioned not to be determined speaking about non-public details.

The Russian tech company’s U.S. shares have been suspended for a lot more than 5 buying and selling days, enabling bondholders to inquire for compensation in full. The organization has currently stated it does not have the funds to redeem the $1.25 billion bond, which is intended to be exchangeable for frequent inventory.

“As a firm, we are fully abiding by the sanctions and have possibly shutdown actions or are in the approach of closing out get the job done,” the spokesperson advised Bloomberg in an emailed statement. “Yandex is detailed on Nasdaq and is not the focus on of any sanctions. We are selectively getting on assignments the place Western shareholders or creditors have money at chance from functions in Russia.”

A spokesperson for Yandex declined to comment. A consultant of Morgan Lewis didn’t reply to many calls and e-mail in search of remark.

A&M is also advising Ozon Holdings Plc, another Russian organization dealing with a restructuring of its convertible bond since of a delisting celebration.

U.S. financial institution JPMorgan Chase & Co. and law agency Latham & Watkins LLP took part on the original financial debt talks advising Yandex, Bloomberg reported earlier. JPMorgan turned down the advisory part, although Latham & Watkins in no way replied to e-mail and calls seeking remark on their part in the condition.

A team of Yandex bondholders such as Citadel, DE Shaw and Sculptor are doing the job with financial commitment lender Houlihan Lokey and law company Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP to advise them on the restructuring, Bloomberg documented earlier this thirty day period.

(Updates with bondholder group in last paragraph. An earlier model corrected the trade exactly where Yandex is listed.)

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