Firm Profile > Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners. Legal services LLC > Minsk, Belarus
Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners. Legal services LLC Offices
16 KUIBYSHEV STREET
Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners. Legal services LLC > The Legal 500 Rankings
An 'exceptionally knowledgeable' and diverse offering differentiates Stepanovski, Papakul and partners; the department comprises a large number of highly specialised practitioners. Valentina Komova leads on restructuring work; Anton Navitski focuses on competition and antitrust issues; Kate Semianiuk is the name to note for M&A and investments; general corporate matters fall under the ambit of Valery Papakul; and Elena Sapego oversees commercial mandates. Key sectors of expertise include industry, retail, energy and construction, and the team also regularly handles pro bono work with social significance.
Valery Papakul; Valentina Komova; Anton Navitski; Elena Sapego; Kate Semianiuk
‘The team is exceptionally knowledgeable, very professional, easy to work with, accessible at any time when needed.’
Belgruzavtotrans TEP LLC
Himalaya Herbals Transatlantic International
Belarus > Dispute resolution Tier 2
Stepanovski, Papakul and partners handles a broad range of commercial litigation for clients in the transport, construction, IT and mining sectors. Counsel Alexadner Lobaty takes the lead on contentious commercial work, and ensures the firm maintains its reputation for acting successfully in disputes between CEOs and major companies. Senior attorney Dmitry Semashko leads the international arbitration group, and focuses on administrative law and international trade issues.
Other key lawyers:
Belarusian-American Joint Company “BEVALEX” LLC
Soligorsk Institute of Resources Saving Problems with Pilot Production JSC
Ram Global LLC
Polymya Agro LLC
Global financial institutions turn to the team at Stepanovski, Papakul and partners for assistance with loan repayment obligations, project finance arrangements, and regulatory issues. Valery Papakul has considerable experience in developing investment agreements with the Republic of Belarus, as well as advising on amendments to the law around investments. Sviatlana Valuyeva has a wide practice with a particular focus on structured secured loans.
Valery Papakul; Sviatlana Valuyeva
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Bizzozero and partners
Rietumu Bank JSC
Scania Credit AB
International Financial Corporation (World Bank) (IFC)
Practitioners at Stepanovski, Papakul and partners bring a 'complex approach' to the transactional work which is the cornerstone of its practice; it counts developers, engineering, architecture and construction companies, international financial organisations, and private entities as key clients which it advises on acquiring real estate properties. Practice head Dmitry Kovalchik is noted for his 'strong negotiation skills' and his ability to 'make a strategic decision'. Attorney Yaraslau Halenchyk is 'always ready to offer a practical solution'.
Other key lawyers:
‘Attorneys of the practice use a complex approach to each project or transaction and are ready to offer the most effective and safe solution in each case. Their advice is always business-oriented and covers all tax and legal aspects.’
‘Dmitry Kovalchik has strong negotiation skills and a wealth of expertise in the real estate sector. Dmitry is a person that you can always call if you need to make a strategic decision on a real estate transaction or investment.’
‘Yaraslau Halenchyk is stress-resistant, responsible and is always ready to offer a practical solution.’
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Synevo / Medicover
Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners. Legal services LLC > Firm Profile
Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners Attorneys at Law is a team of business lawyers. It consults private companies and businessmen at various stages of doing business: from business start-up and expansion to implementation of the most ambitious investment projects.
The team members’ professional experience is 3-30 years. Nine specialists are recommended as leading Belarusian lawyers by such international legal directories, as Chambers Global/Europe, Legal500, IFLR1000, Best Lawyers, and Who’s Who Legal. The company has successful experience and expertise in more than 20 areas. Its clients are largest national and foreign companies, for whom it has successfully conducted more than 4,000 cases. It has won more than 600 lawsuits for a total of over USD 6 trillion.
Corporate & Commercial:
4 partners, 10 fee earners based in Minsk
■ Provides a long lasting support in Belarus to Latvian Rietumu Bank under numerous foreign-law governed loans secured by mortgage of real estate located in Belarus
■ Buy-side advice and representation of interests to acquire a local company specialising on applications for e-commerce that is a High Tech Park resident. SP&P performed legal due diligence of the target, including corporate, IP, employment matters, supported the client during negotiations of the SPA, during signing and closing, advised on the matters of employment of foreign citizens in a team. Continued supporting the client during integration stage, advising on operations, including license agreements, etc.
■ Representing a minority shareholder and advising on the corporate issues related to the implementation of preemptive right with regard to sale by the majority shareholder of its stake
Key Clients: MACE Group, H&M HENNES & MAURITZ, Synevo (a part of Medicover Group), etc.
Contact: Alexander Stepanovski Tel: +375 17 269 55 00
1 partner, 2 fee earners based in Minsk
■ SP&P’s Team has accomplished the project on successful representation of the Client’s interests within the domain dispute in the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus in connection with cybersquatting committed by a Belarusian person. The case was rather unique in nature since the court has admitted the fact that the violation concerned creation of false connection with the actual rightholder regardless the fact that the content of the website addressed under the disputed domain name was changed by the violating person
■ Submission of 5 (five) civil claims to ex-employees of the local software development company in the interests of Wargaming World Limited (the owner of World of Tanks: Blitz mobile game) in connection with their committing of the game’s engine as an open-source project. Such case is the first and unique in Belarus since there were not such expensive claims and judicial practice. SP&P has prepared claims, strategy of protection and represent interests of the Client before the court
Key Clients: Wargaming World Limited, Wowmaking LLC, ElkoTelecom LLC, etc.
Contact: Nadya Shakel Tel: +375 17 269 55 00
0 partner; 8 fee earners based in Minsk
■ SP&P team is challenging the decision on the liquidation and recovery of Polymiz assets in order to protect the rights of employees and to ensure the sustainable functioning of the company. This case became one of a few that were published on a website of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus with the names of the participants. This is due to its high importance as an example of protecting of the right of minority shareholders (owning less than 50% of the shares)
■ SP&P represented a Belarusian IT company in a corporate dispute with Russian founders (shareholders) Key Clients: Lesohimik LLC, Soligorsk Institute of Resources Saving Problems with Pilot Production JSC, etc.
Contact: Alexander Labaty Tel: +375 17 269 55 00
Banking & Finance:
1 partner; 4 fee earners based in Minsk
■ Advising and acting as a Belarusian special counsel for the Bank on entering and signing loan facilities with the special instrument of grant provisions under FINTECC Framework
■ Acting as an outside legal counsel for Gazprombank AO (Russian Bank) provided Secured cross-guarantee to Socar Construction (a Belarusian company part to internarial oil group of Azerbaijan originating)
■ Acting as an outside legal counsel for Promsvyazbank JSC, preparing advise and opinion on a secured loan transaction for Belarusian Railway state union (the Borrower)
Key Clients: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Financial Corporation (World Bank) (IFC), Gazprombank AO, etc.
Contact: Sviatlana Valuyeva Tel: +375 17 269 55 00
Real Estate & Construction:
0 partner; 4 fee earners based in Minsk
■ Advised a major European fashion-retail companies on entering Belarusian market and performance of construction works in retail stores in the prominent shopping centers of Minsk with an area of more than 4,500 square meters
■ Long lasting support and protection of the Bank’s needs in Belarus under numerous foreign-law governed loans secured by mortgage of assets located in Belarus. Legal advice on various real estate and mortgage issues, drafting of mortgage agreements and amendments thereto, legal support in a process of conclusion and state registration of mortgage
■ Legal support for the project on construction and installation works for H&M stores (including the first flagship store in Belarus) in prominent Minsk shopping malls. SP&P team provided legal advice on construction permits, legal support on drafting construction contracts and negotiations with contractors
Key Clients: H&M, Leroy Merlin, Sumato Soft, etc.
Contact: Dmitry Kovalchik Tel: +375 17 269 55 00
Antitrust Law & Competition:
1 partner; 2 fee earners based in Minsk
■ Conducting a comprehensive antimonopoly audit of the company’s activities in the retail market and related issues (supply of goods, renting retail space), as well as making corporate changes from the position of antimonopoly regulation (issues of economic concentration)
■ Legal support in the antimonopoly case in the antimonopoly body of Belarus on violation of the antimonopoly legislation by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus
Key Clients: IFC, Wargaming.Net Limited, Mars CEAB
Contact: Anton Navitski Tel: +375 (17) 269 55 00
|Partnership agreements, Insolvency, Family & Matrimonial Law||Alexander Stepanovskiemail@example.com||+375 17 269 55 00|
|Corporate law and M&A, Banking & Finance/ Project Financing, Capital markets||Valery Papakulfirstname.lastname@example.org||+375 17 269 55 00|
|Advertising and marketing, IT/IP, Competition and antitrust||Tatiana Ignatovskayaemail@example.com||+375 17 269 55 00|
|Tax, Employment law and migration, Commercial law||Elena Sapegofirstname.lastname@example.org||+375 17 269 55 00|
|Banking and finance, IP||Sviatlana Valuyevaemail@example.com||+375 17 269 55 00|
|Corporate law, M&A, Antitrust Law and Competition||Katsiaryna Semianiukfirstname.lastname@example.org||+375 17 269 55 00|
|Dispute resolution||Alexander Lobatyemail@example.com||+375 17 269 55 00|
|Real Estate & Construction, Banking & Finance, Tax||Dmitry Kovalchikfirstname.lastname@example.org||+375 17 269 55 00|
|Antitrust Law and Competition, PPP and Investments, Рrocurement||Anton Navitskiemail@example.com||+375 17 269 55 00|
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