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Belarus

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Stepanovski, Papakul and partners

Stepanovski, Papakul and partners has handled project and trade credit loan financing matters for Scania Credit and advised Mark Formelle on its entry into a senior loan facility to finance retail expansion in Belarus. Sviatlana Valuyeva and Dmitry Kovalchik are key figures.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Stepanovski, Papakul and partners

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.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Stepanovski, Papakul and partners

At Stepanovski, Papakul and partners, highlights included representing Microsoft, as the claimant, in various administrative disputes concerning copyright violations. The group is also adept at handling bankruptcy, construction, and tax and customs litigation. Andrei Vashkevich is the key name.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Stepanovski, Papakul and partners

Stepanovski, Papakul and partners’ team has been involved in a number of significant construction projects and has a growing insolvency and distressed real estate practice. Andrei Vashkevich leads the team.

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  • Formation of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan

    Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan will adopt new unified customs tariff and non-tariff regulations from January 1, 2010, and the Customs Union (the “CU”) of the three countries of the Eurasian Economic Community (the “EurAsEC”) will become a reality. The CU Customs Code (the “Customs Code”) is expected to take effect from July 1, 2010 to regulate the resulting integral customs zone.
  • Belarus Amends its Investment Legislation

    On 6 August 2009, the President of the Republic of Belarus signed Decree No. 10 On the Creation of Additional Conditions for Investing in Belarus. An investment contract is one of the ways of investing in the Republic of Belarus and enables an investor to obtain State support for an investment project and a waiver of sovereign immunity from suits, cautionary judgments, and enforcement of judgments and/or arbitration awards. Decree No. 10 introduces a new procedure for entering into investment contracts. It allows investors to be granted preferences and privileges under investment contracts, in addition to those granted under existing legislation, and also regulates the privileges to be granted to investors automatically upon execution of investment contracts.
  • Belarus Trademark Law Amended

    On July 15, 2009 Belarus passed the Law on the Introduction of Amendments to the Law of Republic of Belarus on Trademarks and Service Marks, which comes into force on January 25, 2010. The rationale behind the amendments is to bring Belarusian law in line with European countries’ laws - to facilitate eventual accession of the country to the WTO, and also to reflect new developments in case law.