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AstapovLawyers and BLP appointed to represent Ukrainian Fencing Olympic Team at...

August 2012

Olympic Games in London

AstapovLawyers International Law Group and International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) have been appointed to represent members of the Ukrainian Fencing Olympic Team at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), also known as the Lausanne Arbitration Court, should they encounter any disputes during the Games.

All sport-related disputes during the Olympic Games must be submitted to the Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport which will be based in London for the period of the Games. This appointment reinforces the international credentials of both AstapovLawyers and BLP’s sports lawyers, who have substantial expertise in this area and are well-placed to represent athletes during proceedings.

The relationship with the Ukrainian Fencing Olympic Team was brokered by Andrey Astapov from AstapovLawyers and Roman Khodykin, a recent partner hire at BLP based London. Andrey Astapov is a Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution Practice at AstapovLawyers, specializing in international arbitration, international litigation, international commercial law, oil & gas and mineral resources.

Andrey said: “For several years AstapovLawyers has been the official legal advisor of the National Fencing Federation of Ukraine and of the National Fencing Team. Our Sports Practice is made up of a multi-disciplinary legal team of corporate, intellectual property, financing, litigation, tax, property and even construction lawyers. This approach puts us in a unique position to provide full range of sports law advice. We very much welcome successful participation of Ukraine in international sporting events such as EURO 2012 Football Championship and now Olympic Games in London.”

Roman, an arbitration specialist with a breadth of global experience, particularly in Russia, is a member of BLP’s multijurisdictional Sports team, who advise clients worldwide on major sporting events and issues. Their expertise covers the full event life cycle from bidding through to planning and construction, as well as infrastructure, regulatory matters, IP protection and enforcement and litigation.

Commenting on the news, Roman said: “This is a very proactive step by the Ukrainian Fencing Olympic Team and should be commended. I have only been at BLP for a matter of months but it’s great to be able to work collaboratively with colleagues from different departments and geographical regions to support our client. We have ambitious plans to advise on major sporting projects around the world and are one of only a few law firms able to deliver the breadth of commercial advice with that all important international understanding of the sports events”.

AstapovLawyers provides full service to its clients in the field of sports in the CIS region. Its clients include national federations, teams and individual athletes. AstapovLawyers has recently handled a number of advisory projects related to EURO 2012 Football Championship dealing with range of issues of construction of EURO-related objects including Airport Borispol. The firm regularly advises on matters, such as players contracts, transfers, sponsorships, registration issues and disciplinary actions; arbitration proceedings commercial, corporate, financing, construction, tax, competition, broadcasting, merchandising, image rights and sponsorship activities of major sporting entities.

BLP’s Sports group is headed by Graham Shear and comprises more than 40 lawyers from its Abu Dhabi, London, Moscow, and Singapore offices. Recent mandates include: providing comprehensive regulatory, corporate and tax advice to UK and other leading sports institutions; working with the Russian Federal Government on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics; the construction of the National Football Centre in Burton on Trent UK for The Football Association; advising the Olympic Development Authority on the Athletes’ Village and a new community development; advising Investec Bank plc in relation to finance provided to various Premier League and other clubs in the UK an Europe arising from broadcast and player transfer receivables; sponsorship agreements for Nike with various Russian soccer clubs and previously with the Russian Football Union; and members of our team have advised in relation to the stadia redevelopment and relocation for UK Premier League football clubs, including Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea.


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