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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partnersprovides an efficient service’, based on ‘pragmatic advice’ and ‘a client-oriented approach’. The firm provides a comprehensive service for domestic and foreign clients alike, and has particular strengths in banking and finance. Managing partner Dennis Turovets, who is ‘a very knowledgeable lawyer, particularly on corporate and finance matters’, is advising Eurasian Development Bank on the provision of a credit line to Belarussian Autoworks. The ‘very proactive’ Anna Rusetskaya is also recommended along with senior associate Nataliya Kaliuta, who is ‘always ready to go the extra mile’.

 

 

Sorainen has ‘excellent local market expertise’ and ‘strong knowledge of standards required by international clients’. Office managing partner Kiryl Apanasevich is ‘a reliable and safe pair of hands’, and Maksim Salahub is recommended for his wide expertise in corporate, competition and employment law, among others. Alexey Anischenko is advising Glassworks Neman on a breach of contract dispute.

 

 

Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners’ sizeable team of ‘strong lawyers’ has broad-ranging expertise with particular strengths in competition, IP and hospitality, among others. Clients include the EBRD, Microsoft and Belarus’ Ministry of Economy. Alexander Stepanovski, Valery Papakul, and Elena Sapego are recommended.

 

 

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners law officeefficiently delivers pragmatic, straightforward and forthright legal advice’. Head of banking Tatiana Emelianova advised AKA Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft as agent on a €128.5m syndicated term loan facility to the Belarussian Bank of Development. The ‘remarkable team of professionals’ also includes managing partner and head of tax Konstantin Mikhel, real estate head Ekaterina Zabello and dispute resolution head Olga Mazaleva.

 

 

'Aleinikov & Partners' law firm’s Denis Aleinikov and Dmitry Matveyev have ‘brilliant analytical skills and a client-focused approach’. They successfully handled a number of disputes for Belintertrans and also advised B&B Insurance Co on a series of cross-border transactions involving international reinsurance companies.

 

 

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati FLLC fields a team of ‘competent and hardworking lawyers displaying quality in everything they do’. Managing partner Sergei Makarchuk is ‘very experienced, knowledgeable and business-oriented’. Clients include A1 Telekom Austria, Truck-Lite Co and Chevrolet Europe.

 

 

Revera Consulting Group has expertise in tax, dispute resolution, real estate and construction. Alexandr Goretsky heads the advocacy side of the practice and managing partner Dmitry Arkhipenko is recommended for corporate and commercial matters.

 

 

Sysouev, Bondar, Khrapoutski attracts praise for its ‘client-handling skills’ and ‘consistently high-quality service’. ‘Outstanding lawyer’ Alexandre Khrapoutski, the ‘deeply experienced’ Timour Sysouev, and ‘strategic thinker’ Alexander Bondar regularly handle high-profile disputes and acquisitions for a broad client base that includes NovicomBank, Discovery Communications and VFS International.

 

 

The five-partner team at Verkhovodko & Partners LLC includes litigator Igor Petukhov, who is particularly recommended for bankruptcy work; real estate and corporate expert Dmitry Bokhan; and recently promoted partner Nina Knyazeva, who specialises in international trade.

 

 

Archer Legal is recommended for its ‘fast response times and the high value added’. Managing partner Ivan Martynov advised Falcon Investment Company, an investment vehicle of a Qatari fund, on the $150m construction of a hotel and sports centre. The arrival of senior associate Alexander Filipishin has bolstered the firm’s litigation resources.

 

 

Arzinger & Partnersunderstands very well the needs of its clients’. Corporate head Dmitry Viltovsky advised Belarus-based medical equipment developer Adani on its acquisition of a stake in a Chinese company with a view to entering the Chinese market. Managing partner Sergey Mashonsky advised Belarusbank on two credit agreements with international banks. Head of dispute resolution Alexander Korsak is also recommended.

 

 

International firm bnt attorneys-at-law, which is led by German-qualified Belarus managing partner Alexander Liessem, represented international investors in a renewable energy project and also advised Latvian company BioGaz Invest on the construction of a 650KW biogas-fuelled power plant. Egor Zelianouski is also recommended.

 

 

Borovtsov & Salei’s Vassili Salei and Alexander Botian advise international banks, insurers, pharmaceutical companies and other manufacturers on corporate, commercial, and financing matters, as well as dispute resolution.

 

 

Advocates Bureau Cierech, Neviadouski & Partners is recommended for its broad litigation expertise. Andrei Neviadouski and Aliaksandr Samuseu show ‘diligence and efficiency’ and Dzmitryj Shylau is also recommended, particularly for his employment work.

 

 

Glimstedt Law Firm’s managing partner Vitaly Kachelyademonstrates outstanding negotiation and project management skills’. Darya Zhuk advised Modus grupe on the construction of a BMW automobile service centre. Certified mediator Tatsiana Bialiayeva joined as senior associate in March 2014.

 

 

Konstantin Skuratovich, managing partner of 26-lawyer Law Company Veda Consulting LLC, is ‘an excellent lawyer’ and ‘a strong leader’. He is advising Managing Company Ilyinskaya on a $35m multipurpose shopping complex project, and represented M-Oil in litigation over raw oil processing.

 

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