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AstapovLawyers acted as a legal partner of the XXII Open Nationwide Weightlifting Competition

June 2013

AstapovLawyers International Law Group acted as a legal partner of the XXII Open Nationwide Weightlifting Competition, which was held on 7-11 May in Slavutych, Ukraine.

The firm has provided legal and information support to the participants of the tournament. Artem Kuzmenko, the company's Sports Law Practice Coordinator, held a short seminar for coaches and team officials on sports law. He also defended interests of the participants before the appeals committee in the event of disagreement with the athlete or coach decision throughout the competitions, which resulted in changes of several decisions of the judges in favor of the athletes.

The tournament brought together representatives of the teams from Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Moldova and Belarus, who were represented by akilled athletes and beginners. The event is held annually and contributes to the development of junior weightlifting, enhancing friendship, exchanging experience between athletes and coaches, increasing athletic performance.

"AstapovLawyers' 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 a full range of sports law advice in the CIS region", said Oleh Malskyy, Partner of AstapovLawyers ILG.

AstapovLawyers regularly advises on sports law 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. Its clients include national federations, teams and individual athletes.

For several years the firm has been the official legal counsel and sponsor of the National Fencing Federation of Ukraine and the National Fencing Team. The firm jointly with UK's law firm BLP was potentially engaged in the London Olympics 2012. The firm's team has also handled a number of advisory projects related to EURO 2012 Football Championship dealing with a range of issues of construction of EURO-related objects including Airport Borispol.

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