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David Cranfield

David Cranfield

Consultant

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP S.C.P.
S-Park
11-15, Tipografilor Street
B3-B4, 4th Floor
District 1
013714 Bucharest
Romania
Languages English, Russian
Corporate

David Cranfield is part of the CMS CEE Corporate/M&A Group, based in Bucharest and specialises in international corporate transactions, both sell- and buy-side, international corporate joint ventures, as well as debt and equity financing. He works for large multinational and private companies working both domestically and cross border and for funds and banks. He has experience of a large number of sectors.

David was a partner based in Moscow with CMS for ten years where he was ranked among the best lawyers in Russia in M&A in Vedemosti’s Best Lawyers survey over several years, in IFLR1000 and frequently cited in directories. He was the Moscow Office Managing Partner from 2006 to 2010. He left Russia in 2015 and moved to CMS Bucharest (via London) in 2018.

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"He is incredibly helpful and knows how to translate business into law"

Chambers, 2013

"His knowledge of CEE-wide and UK matters and Russian language skills are much appreciated. “He is one of the best in the business” enthuses a client"

Chambers, 2014

"Favourite amongst clients who appreciate his keen involvement in all stages of a transaction and describe him as a truly outstanding lawyer"

Chambers, 2012

"very good teams quickly, is technically strong, very hands-on and thinks outside the box"

Legal 500, 2012

"involved in every aspect of the project"

Legal 500, 2013

Relevant experience

  • Mechel Group, a global mining and metals group on its disposal of 100% shares in Toplificacia Russe EAD (Bulgarian power station) by way of competitive auction process and on a further auction sale that did not proceed
  • Russian major state-owned entity in relation to a multi-billion Euro acquistion via auction process, in Europe
  • Ilim Timber Group, one of the world’s top 10 producers of sawn timber in relation to a €120m cross border acquisition of several entities out of the Klausner Group comprising major European saw mills
  • Achmea Group, a major Netherlands based finance and insurance group in relation to its €120m acquisition via auction of 100% of the shares in Russian Insurance Company Oranta and on its later disposal
  • RCI Banque (part of Renault Group) and Nissan Motors in relation to the acquisition of a Russian bank and formation of EU Commission approved car financing JV with Unicredit Bank of Austria
  • Medtronic Inc in relation to a major EU Commission approved JV with a Russian industrial group to produce and distribute high-quality coronary stents and balloon catheters in Russia with Medtronic technology
  • Terex Corporation in relation to a major EU Commission approved JV with a Russian industrial group to produce heavy machinery
  • Polyplastic Group in relation to various acquisitions in UK, Poland and ME
  • Aareal Bank AG in relation to its buy-out of debt from senior lenders and comprehensive debt and corporate restructuring under a $120m syndicated credit facility
  • DEG and Renaissance Capital in relation to their simultaneous acquisition of a minority shareholding in a Russian bank and subsequent exit by Rencap
  • Great Circle Captial, a US PE fund in relation to the acquisition of a minority stake in STS, a major Russian logistics group
  • German Real Estate Invesment Fund in relation to their acquisition of 100% of the shares in Goldern Babylon, a 169,000 m2 shopping mall in Moscow
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Education

1987 – Law Society Final Examination, University of the West of England, Bristol

1984 – BA History and Archaeology Joint Honours, University of Nottingham

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Memberships

Romanian and Bucharest Bar Association

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Private Equity

David Cranfield is part of the CMS CEE Corporate/M&A Group, based in Bucharest and specialises in international corporate transactions, both sell- and buy-side, international corporate joint ventures, as well as debt and equity financing. He works for large multinational and private companies working both domestically and cross border and for funds and banks. He has experience of a large number of sectors.

David was a partner based in Moscow with CMS for ten years where he was ranked among the best lawyers in Russia in M&A in Vedemosti’s Best Lawyers survey over several years, in IFLR1000 and frequently cited in directories. He was the Moscow Office Managing Partner from 2006 to 2010. He left Russia in 2015 and moved to CMS Bucharest (via London) in 2018.

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"He is incredibly helpful and knows how to translate business into law"

Chambers, 2013

"His knowledge of CEE-wide and UK matters and Russian language skills are much appreciated. “He is one of the best in the business” enthuses a client"

Chambers, 2014

"Favourite amongst clients who appreciate his keen involvement in all stages of a transaction and describe him as a truly outstanding lawyer"

Chambers, 2012

"very good teams quickly, is technically strong, very hands-on and thinks outside the box"

Legal 500, 2012

"involved in every aspect of the project"

Legal 500, 2013

Relevant experience

  • Mechel Group, a global mining and metals group on its disposal of 100% shares in Toplificacia Russe EAD (Bulgarian power station) by way of competitive auction process and on a further auction sale that did not proceed
  • Russian major state-owned entity in relation to a multi-billion Euro acquistion via auction process, in Europe
  • Ilim Timber Group, one of the world’s top 10 producers of sawn timber in relation to a €120m cross border acquisition of several entities out of the Klausner Group comprising major European saw mills
  • Achmea Group, a major Netherlands based finance and insurance group in relation to its €120m acquisition via auction of 100% of the shares in Russian Insurance Company Oranta and on its later disposal
  • RCI Banque (part of Renault Group) and Nissan Motors in relation to the acquisition of a Russian bank and formation of EU Commission approved car financing JV with Unicredit Bank of Austria
  • Medtronic Inc in relation to a major EU Commission approved JV with a Russian industrial group to produce and distribute high-quality coronary stents and balloon catheters in Russia with Medtronic technology
  • Terex Corporation in relation to a major EU Commission approved JV with a Russian industrial group to produce heavy machinery
  • Polyplastic Group in relation to various acquisitions in UK, Poland and ME
  • Aareal Bank AG in relation to its buy-out of debt from senior lenders and comprehensive debt and corporate restructuring under a $120m syndicated credit facility
  • DEG and Renaissance Capital in relation to their simultaneous acquisition of a minority shareholding in a Russian bank and subsequent exit by Rencap
  • Great Circle Captial, a US PE fund in relation to the acquisition of a minority stake in STS, a major Russian logistics group
  • German Real Estate Invesment Fund in relation to their acquisition of 100% of the shares in Goldern Babylon, a 169,000 m2 shopping mall in Moscow
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Education

1987 – Law Society Final Examination, University of the West of England, Bristol

1984 – BA History and Archaeology Joint Honours, University of Nottingham

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Memberships

Romanian and Bucharest Bar Association

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Expertise