CHRISTOPHER WRAY, FBI DIRECTOR: “IMPECCABLE CREDENTIALS”

Zarina Zabrisky
4 min readAug 2, 2017

ROSNEFT, GAZPROM, SBERBANK AND KING AND SPALDING

Christopher Wray, the new FBI Director.
  1. King and Spalding represents Rosneft:

06 August, 2015, Moscow. American consulting company King & Spalding LLC won a Rosneft tender to provide consulting services for integrated commercial support of prospective LNG projects, according to Rosneft. The contract value is 45 million rubles. The contract is concluded for two years.”

Moscow. 11th August. INTERFAX.RU — Five companies have applied to participate in the Rosneft tender for providing complex commercial support for prospective LNG projects…only the Gas Strategies Group, King and Spalding LLK and Galway Energy Advisors were allowed to participate in the purchase.

The contractor will need to support the involvement of project financing and take part in developing a detailed global LNG strategy for the company.

As reported, Rosneft has agreed with ExxonMobil to build an LNG plant on the Sakhalin-1 gas project with a capacity of 5 million tons. The cost of the Far Eastern LNG project is estimated at $8 billion. The plant can be commissioned in 2019.”

Rosneft privatization. Chart by Wendy Siegleman, 2017.

2. Werner Meier | People | King & Spalding “…advised Rosneft in connection with its $55 billion acquisition of TNK-BP, the largest takeover in Russian …” (information as of June 9, 2017.)

“Advising Petrosakh, a company in the Alfa-Eco group, in connection with exploration and development in the “Sakhalin-6 block”, with exploration costs projected at IS$1.3 billion. The block is covered by more than one exploration licence and reserves stand at an estimated 1 billion tonnes. The principal joint venture party is Rosneft, a Russian state-owned oil company. To negotiate the intricacies of the Sakhalin-6 block requires in-depth knowledge and practical experience.” (found at http://www.kslaw.com/practices/Energy-Mergers-and-Acquisitions/Matters)

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His full bio (see below) is also erased.

3. King and Spalding also represents Sberbank and Alfa Bank on the issues related to sanctions.

4. King and Spalding represents Gazprom.

5. Moscow partner of King and Spalding is Andrew (Drew) Hruska, Wray’s partner and friend since childhood.

5. “MOSCOW, June 22, 2016 — In its 2015–2017 edition, Best Lawyers has recognized King & Spalding partners Jennifer Josefson and Olga Kozyr as among the leading attorneys in Russia.

Josefson received special recognition as the 2017 Lawyer of the Year in oil and gas law for Moscow, and was also noted for her Russia-wide expertise in four areas of law: energy and natural resources, M&A, mining and oil and gas. …this is Josefson’s third year to receive the title.”

According to her full bio on King and Spalding website as of June 9, 2017, Josefson worked on the following projects:

“TNK-BP on structuring and negotiating its risk sharing arrangements for the development of mature oil fields

TNK-BP on the establishment of a gas-to-power joint venture for the construction of a new power unit in Western Siberia

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) on it potential acquisition of Russian gas and real estate assets

Rosneft Oil Company on the purchase of 100% of shares of SANORS Holding Limited (Novokuibyshevsk Petrochemical Company)”

Her bio page has been changed as of August 1, 2017.

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Zarina Zabrisky

Zarina Zabrisky is the author of IRON and CUTE TOMBSTONE, EXPLOSION, a poetry book GREEN LIONS, and a novel WE, MONSTERS. More at www.zarinazabrisky.com.