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Ilia Ditiatev

Partner, London

“I advise sponsors, lenders and contractors on large-scale projects in Russia and the CIS with an emphasis on energy and natural resources transactions. Being bilingual in Russian and English allows me to help my clients gain a much better understanding of their Russian counterparts and overcome cultural, practical and commercial challenges to complete their most strategically important transactions.”


Education and qualifications


Ilia specialises in energy and natural resources transactions in the emerging markets, focusing on energy & infrastructure financings. Ilia acts for borrowers, sponsors, commercial lenders, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) on many complicated cross-border and first-in country projects.

Work highlights

Ilia has advised: 

  • the ECAs, including BPIfrance, SACE, Euler Hermes, KEXIM, K-sure, JBIC, NEXI, CEXIM, China Development Bank, EKN and EXIAR  on the US$19bn project financing for the Yamal LNG project
  • JBIC, NEXI, KEXIM, K-sure, SACE, CESCE and Gazprombank on a USD3bn+ project financing of a polyethylene plant in Baku developed by SOCAR
  • Rosneft on a number of strategic upstream and midstream investments in Kurdistan
  • Gazprombank, Sberbank and VEB.RF on the USD 1.8bn project financing for Metalloinvest’s Udokan copper mine
  • Russian and western banks on a number of bilateral and syndicated loans to Russian and CIS energy and natural resources players
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC), European Investment Bank (EIB), FMO, Proparco and African development banks on the project financing of the US$460m Khi Solar project in South Africa
  • IFC and a number of South African commercial banks on several project financings for solar and wind projects in South Africa
  • the sponsors and borrower on the US$6.7bn project financing of the US$24bn Sakhalin 2 oil and LNG project, involving financing from JBIC, a syndicate of commercial banks and a tranche insured by NEXI

Education and qualifications

Ilia studied law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He speaks English and Russian.