July 3, 2019
RGP represents AEON Corporation in connection with strategic US $126m investment into GeoProMining
A transaction in connection with the acquisition of a 48% stake in GeoProMining for US $126 million was closed in which RGP represented AEON Corporation

As a result of the transaction, AEON Corporation, a private international investment group, has continued expanding its investment portfolio and acquired a strategic shareholding in one of the largest investors in the mining sector of Armenia whose assets include Ararat gold extraction plant and Zod (Sotk) gold mine that has the largest pure gold reserves in the territory of Armenia, as well as Russia.

This cross-border transaction involved the following jurisdictions: Russia, Armenia, United Kingdom, Cyprus, and the British Virgin Islands.

Suren Gortsunyan, head of RGP’s Corporate practice, oversaw the transaction, with counsel Konstantin Mineev working on the project.

“In this transaction we are happy to represent a client with whom we have been cooperating on a continuous basis for many years and who was among those clients that decided to stay with our team after its spin-off from a large international law firm and becoming an independent firm,” commented Suren Gortsunyan, the head of Corporate practice and managing partner of RGP.

“The transaction reflects our client’s interest in investing in complex cross-border projects, including in the area of mining operations. The project required certain out-of-the-box thinking and solutions. We believe that this transaction is one of the largest deals recently completed in the mining sector of Armenia,” added counsel Konstantin Mineev.

Herbert Smith Freehills advised the client on the financing of the acquisition, and in addition to RGP, this transaction was served by Hogan Lovells (that represented Geiser’s interests), DLA Piper that advised the sellers, and White & Case and Linklaters that advised the financial institutions involved in the project.


Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners (RGP) is an independent law firm established in 2018 in Russia, supporting clients from all over the world in their business dealings involving Russia and CIS countries. Our firm offers unparalleled expertise in foreign legal matters to Russian companies with significant international presence.

We are a cohesive team of seasoned professionals, highly ranked in all aspects of dispute resolution and corporate work and with significant international expertise, gained in leading international law firms.

Our lawyers have worked on the largest corporate deals, investigations and disputes in the history of modern Russia and represented clients in 175 jurisdictions worldwide.

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