The Legal 500



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  1. Legal market overview
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ corporate head Anna Rusetskaya and managing partner Dennis Turovets are part of a working group of legal advisers acting for the Belarusian Ministry of Economy on a pilot privatisation project. Other work included acting for Exide Technologies on a joint venture project in Belarus and advising the EBRD on the financing of a technology park in Minsk. Corporate, finance and capital markets are core elements of the practice.

Baltic firm Sorainen draws on its ‘very good knowledge of the local market’ to deliver ‘advice that is straight to the point and addresses all the key issues’. Maksim Salahub and Kiryl Apanasevich acted as local counsel to Rosbank in its sale of shares in Belrosbank to Alfa-Bank. The firm recently hired two new special counsel and a number of associates, taking its tally of lawyers to 19.

Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners’ impressive client roster includes household names such as British American Tobacco, Danone and Harley-Davidson. Alexander Stepanovski heads the five-partner office, which provides a comprehensive service.

Vlasova Mikhel & Partners Law Firm is praised for its ‘proactive and result-oriented approach’. Among recent matters, head of banking and finance Tatiana Emelianova acted for Alfa-Bank during its €25m acquisition of Belrosbank, and managing partner Konstantin Mikhel has been advising GCM Global Energy plc on the construction of an ore mining and processing plant. Liliya Vlasova heads the mediation practice.

‘Aleinikov & Partners’ law firm’s practice covers corporate and finance matters as well as dispute resolution. Denis Aleinikov is praised for his ‘proactive approach and ability to provide useful advice in a prompt manner’, and Dmitry Matveyev is ‘an excellent lawyer with a highly developed talent for finding practical solutions to difficult issues’.

Borovtsov & Salei’s four-partner team regularly receives referrals from leading international law firms across a wide range of matters including antitrust, banking and finance, and corporate law. Founding partners Valentin Borovtsov and Vassili Salei are key contacts.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati almost exclusively acts for international clients with interests in Belarus. Recent mandates include advising Deere & Company on a joint venture with a Belarusian manufacturer of agricultural machinery, and advising Monster Energy on structuring its distribution system. Managing partner Sergei Makarchuk is a key contact.

Revera Consulting Group’s 25-strong team advises domestic and international clients on their Belarusian business interests, and works closely with governmental institutions on various legal and commercial matters. The firm has created a new advocacy bureau, through which it handles contentious matters. Managing partner Dmitry Arkhipenko is recommended.

Sysouev, Bondar, Khrapoutski works to ‘high international standards’. Timour Sysouev is ‘extremely good in litigation and arbitration’, Alexander Bondar is ‘a top professional in real estate and M&A’, and Alexandre Khrapoutski has ‘the ability to provide practical and timely feedback’.

Verkhovodko & Partners LLC’s lawyers ‘have a vast wealth of expertise and professional skills’, which they put to use for a client base that includes Gazprom, Turkish company EMSAS, and a state-owned nuclear power company. Igor Verkhovodko, Dmitry Bokhan and litigator Igor Petukhov are recommended.

Archer Legal is ‘highly recommended in corporate and commercial matters’, where Oksana Batsanova is ‘creative, responsive, knowledgeable and practical’. Managing partner Ivan Martynov is ‘a good negotiator’, who is representing a British investor in a $7m real estate dispute.

Arzinger & Partners represents high-profile clients such as Zara, AKA Bank and the Belarusian Oil Company across corporate, commercial and litigation matters. Sergey Mashonsky, head of corporate Dmitry Viltovsky and head of dispute resolution Alexander Korsak are the key figures.

bnt attorneys-at-law’s client base is almost exclusively international in nature. German qualified managing partner Alexander Liessem is ‘a very good corporate lawyer’ with ‘excellent analytical and structuring skills’.

Ernst & Young has ‘sound knowledge in the field of taxation and finance’. Clients include Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, and the Belarusian Ministry of Economy. Managing partner Andrei Chumakov is highly recommended.

Glimstedt Law Firm meets ‘high standards of performance’. Managing partner Vitaly Kachelya is praised for his customer service, versatility and ‘good knowledge of local and international legislation’.

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    On 29 May 2014, the Moldovan Parliament passed the Act No. 90/2014 on amending and supplementing of certain legislative acts (Act No. 90). Act No.90, which entered into force on 27 June 2014, implements simplified rules on the liquidation of companies in Moldova (in particular, at the decision of their shareholders), namely by inter alia amending the Civil Code of Moldova, Act No. 845/1992 on Entrepreneurship and Enterprises, Act No. 220/2007 on State Registration of Companies and Individual Entrepreneurs.  read more...
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    The United States is still by far the leading country in defense spending, allocating a sizable portion of its GDP to produce cutting edge military technologies. However recent reports indicate a decline in American exports in military hardware. There are not only reports that point to an under-funding of procurement around USD$ 50 billion on an annual basis but also a general complaint on the part of the key players of the industry regarding the restrictive export regime that impedes the sale of military equipment to the non-American parties.
  • GSK Advises EnBW AG on Acquisition of Eni’s Joint Venture Holdings in Gas Business

    EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) is acquiring the 50%  holdings of Eni Gruppe, Rome, in EnBW Eni Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, Stuttgart, thereby increasing its holdings to 100 %. This makes EnBW indirectly the sole shareholder of Gasversorgung Süddeutschland GmbH (GVS) and terranets bw GmbH. GSK Stockmann + Kollegen provided comprehensive legal advice to EnBW in connection with this transaction.
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    Aware of the advantages of meal vouchers in electronic form, the Government has decided to definitively replace the paper form by electronic form, with effect from 1 January 2016.
  • CSSF issues circular on investor notification of material changes to open-ended UCITS funds

    Luxembourg's Financial Sector Supervisory Authority According has published Circular 14/591 on July 22, addressed to all open-ended UCITS funds governed by the grand duchy's legislation of December 17, 2010, regarding the protection of investors in the event of a material change to an open-ended undertaking for collective investment. The CSSF says that according to well-established supervisory practice, in the event of such a material change to investors' interests in an open-ended fund under the 2010 law, the regulator requires that they be given sufficient time to take an informed decision, and that if they do not wish to accept the proposed change, they should be able to redeem or convert their shares or units free of charges.
  • Newsflash -Restrictive measures recently adopted against the Russian Federation

    In response to the downing of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in Donetsk and in view of the gravity of the overall situation, the Council of the European Union has adopted new restrictive measures targeting cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation. 2014.08.05_-_russian_sanctions_newsflash
  • TTIP: The Issue of Investor to State Dispute Settlements

    The benefits that will the TTIP bring in to the table for both of the signatories across the Atlantic are well documented by the Atlantic Community. Generation of a volume trade that amounts a USD$ 1.2 billion and the expansion of the already existing transatlantic trade accompanied by the removal of non-tariff barriers as well as cheaper prices for the consumers and common standards for the producers that would give a leeway for them in fierce global competition by declining production costs. However the other side of the coin points to possible pitfalls for the TTIP like a requirement for a painstaking process of harmonization of two different legal systems and possible discords regarding the inclusion and exclusion of some specific sectors in to the agreement. However one of those prospective challenges has increasingly coming to the fore and lately being discussed among the pundits as one of the most troublesome among the others. This is the point concerning the investor to state dispute settlements ( ISDS )
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    GSK Stockmann + Kollegen advised the shareholder of the PAMERA Asset Management GmbH, the PAMERA Retail GmbH and the PAMERA Development GmbH on the sale of these companies to the European Cornerstone subsidiary of US-American Cornerstone Estate Advisers LLC.

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