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The firm: VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners Law Office started its history in 1990 as the first private law practice in post-Soviet Belarus. The firm was established by two lawyers, Liliya Vlasova and Natalia Kozyrenko, under the name ‘Law Laboratory’. In 1996 it was renamed Vlasova & Partners. Since 1990, it has developed into a full-service and top-tier law firm within the market, and played an integral part in the development of the private sector in Belarus during the 1990s, having provided legal support to numerous large state-owned companies during their privatisation. During the mid-1990s Vlasova & Partners held a leading position in the legal services market in the Republic of Belarus.

On 12 April 2007 Vlasova & Partners merged with Mikhel & Partners under the name of Vlasova Mikhel & Partners. This successful merger resulted in the firm achieving further international recognition and higher ratings year on year, awarded to it by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus and business media.

After the 2013 reform of the legal profession in Belarus, the firm started to operate under the brand VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners.

Today VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners Law Office is one of the leading full-service law firms in Belarus, and is highly rated by the international legal directories such as

  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers Europe
  • IFLR 1000
  • Legal 500 EMEA
  • Best Lawyers

The VMP team consists of 21 people, including 17 lawyers.

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners is a local advisor to many of the leading international law firms and renowned independent law firms throughout Europe, America and the Middle East.

Areas of practice: VMP’s core practices include banking and finance, M&A, corporate, commercial, investments, employment, dispute resolution, tax, IP,  advertisement, and real estate and construction.

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners provides large state-owned and private businesses, including banks and other financial institutions, construction companies and telecommunication companies with legal advice and guidance. The firm’s clients include EBRD, Unicredit Bank Austria AG, Sberbank of Russia, Alfa Bank, Raiffeisen, Uralkali,  Hewlett Packard, Kronospan, Turkcell, GMC Global Energy, Herbalife, Johnson&Johnson, Procter & Gamble, UPS, Samsung, SNA EUROPE, Wargaming, EPAM, LC Waikiki, GTECH, DTEC Engineering & Consulting GmbH and Deutsche Structured Finance GmbH, among others.

Every year we advise on over 500 projects for more than 250 clients. Many of our projects and deals are new and unique for Belarusian legal practice.

  • Number of lawyers: 17
  • Languages
  • English
  • Russian
  • Belarusian
  • Member
  • First Law International

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