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Index of tables

  1. Commercial, corporate and M&A
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Dmitry Bokhan - Verkhovodko & Partners LLC
    • Alexander Bondar - Sysouev, Bondar, Khrapoutski
    • Alexander Botian - Borovtsov & Salei
    • Helen Mourashko - Revera
    • Anna Rusetskaya - Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
    • Maksim Salahub - Sorainen
    • Roman Shpakovsky - Vilgerts

Next generation lawyers

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    • Alexander Buzo - Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
    • Elena Hmeleva - Verkhovodko & Partners LLC
    • Sergey Khromov - Verkhovodko & Partners LLC
    • Kirill Laptev - Sorainen
    • Viktoryia Mikhnevich - Sorainen
    • Ekaterina Pedo - Revera
    • Klim Stashevsky - Arzinger & Partners

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Arzinger & Partners’ ‘experienced team is able to solve any difficulty with ease’. Alexander Korsakgets to the core of the issue quickly’ and senior associate Klim Stashevsky is noted for ‘his ability to elaborate the whole understandable strategy to clients’. The team advised Inditex on its entry into the Belarus market and handled the acquisition of a state-owned dairy farm for Agromilk.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has ‘a good understanding of the demands of international clients in the local legal environment’. Managing partner Dennis Turovets is ‘pragmatic, hard-working and very responsive’ and head of corporate and M&A Anna Rusetskaya and senior associate Alexander Buzo are also recommended. Recent instructions include acting for Stadler Rail on acquiring sole control over a joint venture and advising Culligan International on its Belarus operations.

Revera’s team handles ‘a constant flow of international deals’ and is led by ‘very diligent, business-minded lawyerHelen Mourashko. The team has expertise in IT M&A deals, and advised start-up Juno on its $200m acquisition by Gett. ‘Business expertEkaterina Pedo heads the corporate procedures sub-practice and Uliana Karpekina leads the IT law sub-group.

Sorainen’s ‘smart and solution-oriented’ team handled high-profile M&A deals, including assisting with Shanghai Giant Network Technology’s $4.4bn acquisition of Playtika and Gett’s $200m acquisition of Juno. Maksim Salahub and Alexey Anischenko are the key names, with senior associates Kirill Laptev and Viktoryia Mikhnevich heading the communications, media and technology, and food, agriculture and forestry sector groups respectively.

At Aleinikov & Partners, Dmitry Matveyev acted for the founders of AIMatter on its share sale to Google and advised China-Belarus Industrial Park Development on the formation of a venture fund. The team was also engaged to draft the new presidential decree on high technologies.

Borovtsov & Salei’s team has ‘an excellent reputation in the market’. Senior partner and founder Vassili Salei heads the team and ‘xperienced adviser’ Alexander Botian acted for Orange on the corporate restructuring of its Belarus subsidiary.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Stepanovski, Papakul and partners has particular strength in corporate restructuring, competition law and regulatory matters. The team advised Regula on changes pertaining to its international markets expansion strategy. Valery Papakul, Valentina Ogarkova and Andrei Vashkevich are key figures.

At Sysouev, Bondar, Khrapoutski, highlights included assisting Weichai Power with projects totalling $50m and advising Sberbank on the incorporation of its Belarusian subsidiary. Alexander Bondar, who heads the corporate and M&A practice, is noted for his ‘eagerness to listen to clients’ demands and to come up with viable solutions’. Anastasiya Malakhova leads the general commercial practice.

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners’ team provides ‘a high level of responsiveness and expertise. Highlights included Svetlana Dashuk advising a multinational IT company on the spin-off of a Belarus-based entity; Konstantin Mikhel assisting Play-Moda with IP transfer and franchising issues; and Tatiana Emelionova handling customs registration and brand protection matters for Procter & Gamble.

Verkhovodko & Partners LLC’s team ‘understands the market trends’ and provides ‘excellent client service’. Managing partner Dmitry Bokhan is ‘a phenomenal lawyer with a sharp mind who will find a workable solution to any question’ and Nina Knyazeva ‘brings a US-style approach to managing transactions’. At the senior associate level, Sergey Khromov is ‘smart and experienced’ and Elena Hmeleva is ‘very detail focused’. Highlights included handling Velcom’s acquisition of two Belarusian telecoms providers.

At Vilgerts, office head Roman Shpakovsky advises on international tax and M&A matters, while Eugenia Urodnich specialises in investment projects with a focus on renewable energy. Highlights included assisting Dayton Group with a cross-border merger and advising Modus Energija on an efficient corporate framework for investment in biogas power plants.

Alexander Liessem, who is dual qualified in Belarus and Germany, heads bnt | attorneys-at-law’s commercial, corporate and M&A practice. The team handles a wide range of projects across a variety of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, IT, automotive and retail.

At CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati FLLC, the ‘client-oriented, well-organised’ team advises clients including Monster Energy, Furla and Salvatore Ferragamo on regulatory and IP concerns. Managing partner Sergei Makarchuk, who provides ‘quick replies and business-oriented solutions’, heads the practice.

Cobalt has sector strengths in pharmaceutical, logistics and transport, and alternative energy, among others. Managing partner Darya Zhuk advised BPM Mezzanine Fund on a due diligence exercise of Condor, and assisted with a commercial restructuring of VMG group companies.

Ernst & Young’s team provides ‘a high level of client-driven service, with supreme quality and timely delivery’. The team provides a range of services, primarily related to tax and intellectual property. Vasily Babariko is ‘knowledgeable, business oriented and pragmatic’ and Anna Kaporovich is ‘deal and solution driven’.

At Peterka & Partners, Natalia Anoshka, who is the firm’s director for Belarus, advises on corporate and commercial issues. The team advised VKR and Vimek on corporate and employment law issues and assisted 3T Software Labs with an IP acquisition and the due diligence of employment documentation.

PricewaterhouseCoopers FLLC’s team provides ‘fantastic response times’ and ‘a high-quality service which corresponds with expectations. Eugenia Chetverikova is ‘highly efficient and reliable’ and provides ‘practical and timely recommendations’. Clients include KSB Victory Restaurants, Aecom and General Electric.

US Invest LLC’s corporate and commercial team ‘provides clear and practical’ advice and is ‘always responsive, knowledgeable and friendly’. The group recently supported Shen-Nyn on the auction process for asset acquisitions and advised DNConstalation on the preservation of trade secrets. Managing partner Dmitry Deriugin leads the team and Irina Yakovina and Olga Guchek are also key figures.

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