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Oleg Samus joins AstapovLawyers as Partner and Head of Commercial & Government Relations Practice

October 2013

Oleg Samus has joined AstapovLawyers International Law Group as Partner and Head of the Commercial & Government Relations Practices. Prior to joining the firm Oleg held a position of Legal & Public Affairs Director in Bunge Ukraine. He has more than 10 years of experience in the agricultural and FMCG sectors.


"I have known Oleg for about 8 years and think of him as a person of great professionalism, knowledge and integrity. He was central to the growth of Bunge in Ukraine. He made an outstanding career in agriculture in the CIS region. I am sure he will contribute greatly to our Firm's role as an undisputed leader in Commercial Practice and in the area of agriculture, as well as fast-growing Government Relations Practice. I am excited to have an opportunity to work alongside such a great professional and a good friend of mine", said Andrey Astapov, Managing Partner of AstapovLawyers ILG.

Mr Samus handled multi-million acquisitions and divestments, infrastructure projects, corporate, commercial and tax disputes, criminal cases, assets protection against corporate raiders, antitrust investigations, development and implementation of compliance programs, including FCPA monitoring system, elaboration of draft laws and regulations. He represented companies and industries before the various Ukrainian, US and EU authorities, as well as NGOs and international financial institutions. 

Oleg has a unique expertise in solving complex business issues combining legal, public relations and government relations strategies and tactics.

Mr Samus commenced leadership and executive development programs at IMD (Switzerland) and ESADE (Spain) business schools and graduated from the Taras Shevchenko National University.

During 2007-2013 Oleg Samus has served in the leadership of Agricultural Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine and Ukrainian Chapter of the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the Ukrainian Bar Association, European Business Association, American Chamber of Commerce, US-Ukraine Business Council, Ukrainian Grain Association, Ukrainian Oil Producers Association, Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation.

Oleg is honored by the Ministry of Agriculture with the Award of Merit for personal contribution to the development of agriculture. 

"I am delighted to join AstapovLawyers strong team and looking forward to this new professional challenge. I strongly believe that Commercial Law Practice is one of the key stones to move business operations forward, and Government Relations Practice will be perfectly placed to solve complex business and industry issues where strong legal knowledge should be supplemented with the PR and GR efforts. Besides, working in the industry for many years, I have a deep understanding of clients' needs and expectations, which will certainly help the firm to strength further its highly developed customer focus", said Oleg Samus, a newly appointed Partner of the Firm.

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