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Belarus

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

Tatiana Emelianova heads the practice at VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners and delivers ‘timely, adequate and succinct’ advice. Her team acts on bilateral and syndicated loans, trade finance and project finance arrangements and also advises on regulatory matters. Among its recent workload, it acted for JP Morgan, Sberbank CIB and Renaissance Capital on a eurobond placement by a Belarusian corporate issuer and advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on a $10m loan provided to Minsk Transit Bank. Emelianova and associate Marina Khomich are praised for their ‘quick turn-around time and availability around the clock’.

Leading individuals

Tatiana Emelianova - VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

Next Generation Partners

Marina Khomich - VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners fields 'a highly qualified professional team with great knowledge of local legislation’. Tatiana Emelianova leads on M&A matters while Svetlana Dashuk and Konstantin Mikhel respectively handle corporate and commercial mandates. Recent work highlights include acting for China Development Bank on the registration of its representative office in Minsk and assisting The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee with the procedures for foreign donation provisions. Other clients include construction and telecoms companies.

Leading individuals

Konstantin Mikhel - VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

The ‘wonderful, community-minded and excellent’ practice at VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners is headed by the ‘proactive and always one-step aheadOlga Nikolaeva. In recent work, the team represented a high-profile client in relation to a potential appeal of a decision by the Belarusian Football Federation. Senior associate Tatyana Pozdneeva is ‘highly competent’ and ‘very knowledgeable’. The client roster also includes companies from the technology, FMCG and retail industries.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

The team at VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners is ‘responsive, meticulous, reliable and client oriented’. Its areas of expertise include IP registration, domain names registration and assignment, and licensing as well as enforcement. It has a core focus on the IT sector and frequently assists with IP issues related to software and firmware development, mobile applications and games publishing. Practice head Tatiana Emelianova is acting for The Procter & Gamble Company on counterfeit imports and also recently drafted and registered licensing agreements for LC Waikiki.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

Ekaterina Zabello leads VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners’ practice, which has particular expertise in construction disputes and contractual issues. She is currently acting for Royal Group Companies Management, a UAE-based conglomerate, on the proposed construction of a multi-functional complex in Minsk. The team is particularly active in the technology, FMCG and retail industries and recently advised LC Waikiki on the leasing of retail space at a prominent Belarus shopping mall.

Leading individuals

Ekaterina Zabello - VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

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