Firm Profile > Sorainen > Minsk, Belarus

MINSK 220030

Belarus > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

A multitude of notable national and international financial institutions, including the European Investment Bank and Raiffeisen Bank, instruct the team at Sorainen, which recently worked on the first cross-border derivative transaction involving a Belarusian corporate. Managing partner Kiryl Apanasevich's diverse workload includes advising on asset deals and project financing. Apansevich jointly leads the finance and insurance group with senior associate Ann Laevskaya, who regularly assists clients with the structuring and implementation of complex transactions, prepares and negotiates security instruments, and handles regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Kiryl Apanasevich

Other key lawyers:


The team provided very clear technical advice, with clear guidance as to what was necessary and what was nice to have.

Ann Laevskaya was very available, provided clear and concise advice. I was impressed with the quality.

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Mogo Credit LLC

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Kaamos Group


Imena Media

DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft )

International Finance Corporation

Raiffeisenbank International AG

Eurotorg LLC

Belarus > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

At SorainenAlexey Anischenko heads up the commercial and regulatory group while Maksim Salahub leads the corporate and M&A team. The firm continues to grow its enviable client base, and is increasingly receiving new instructions from international companies, particularly those from the automotive sector. The life sciences industry is also a key source of work for the practice; senior associate Marina Golovnitskaya is the specialist in this area. Managing partner Kiryl Apanasevich is the name to note for real estate transactions. Senior associates Viktoryia Mikhnevich and Kirill Laptev are recommended for their expertise in start-ups and IT-related projects, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Alexey Anischenko; Maksim Salahub; Kiryl Apanasevich


Marina Golovnitskaya is very supportive, knows the industry, is ready to walk the extra mile to add value.

Key clients

Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

Shaanxi Fast Gear


Data Delivery (RocketData)




EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)


Oz alliance

Belarus > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Sorainen is known for its exceptional track record in international commercial arbitration, corporate and finance disputes. The highly specialised department continues to add ever more sector expertise to its already-substantial offering; practice head Alexey Anischenko leverages his experience as team lead of the commercial and regulatory group to act in international trade, administrative and corporate disputes; senior associate Maria Rodich has particular strength in competition, real estate and bankruptcy cases; for TMT clients senior associate Kirill Laptev is the name to note; and senior associate Marina Golovnitskaya is the key contact for life sciences disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alexey Anischenko


‘They are exceptionally customer focused!’

‘Very professional team, a great experience.’

‘Alexey Anischenko has exceptional abilities to build communications with clients and state authorities.’

Key clients

BAMAP Association of International Road Carriers

BelOMO Holding


CrossFit Inc.


Glassworks “Neman”

Moomin Characters Oy

Rietumu Banka

Sodra (Valstybinio socialinio draudimo fondovaldyba)


Zavod Gazetnoy Bumagi

SU-10 Fundamentstroy




Belarus > Intellectual property Tier 1

The team at Sorainen maintains long-standing relationships with many of its clients, which include a multitude of global household names from the TMT, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods sectors. Practice head Maksim Salahub handles both contentious and advisory IP work, focusing particularly on rights protection matters and piracy issues. The group also fields a number of industry specialists, notably senior associates Marina Golovnitskaya and Kirill Laptev, who take the lead on life sciences and TMT mandates, respectively. Alexey Anischenko is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Maksim Salahub

Key clients

Moomin Characters Oy Ltd

Intel Corporation

CrossFit Inc.

Papa John’s International

Hesburger AS

Cajun Operating Company

Sanofi-Aventis Group

Belarus > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Sellers, purchasers, developers, investors, contractors and owners alike instruct the group at Sorainen, which is particularly valued for its industry expertise and its ability to 'speak the same language as the client'. Areas of particular strength for the practice include advising on property law issues, especially those affecting clients from the hotel and retail sectors, and assisting with commercial property development. On the transactional side, the team handles due diligence and asset transfers. Practice head Kiryl Apanasevich 'easily manages large-scale construction projects and always finds smart decisions'.

Practice head(s):

Kiryl Apanasevich


‘I would definitely describe the partner Kiryl Apanasevich and his team as highly professional advisers. Kiryl is a standout practitioner that easily manages large-scale construction projects and always finds smart decisions.’

‘The team demonstrates full understanding of construction business and they speak the same language as the client.’

‘Sorainen is our reliable partner already for 5 years and we can trust them with solving any legal issues we have. In my opinion there is no other law firm on the Belarusian market that would combine a professional European client approach, huge international experience and would have such a respect toward client’s time and deadlines.’

‘Very client oriented and responsive team of professionals.’

‘The team shows professionalism ad strong commercial knowledge.’

‘Provide very thoughtful and thorough analysis with practical business solutions.’

‘Kiryl Apanasevich provides great customer service as well as high level professional advice with a commercial background.’

Key clients

Kaamos Group

Mozyr Timbermill


Glera Market / MartInn Food

Modus Group

Aras Corporation


Vitebsk Sawmill


European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Trasko Inwest

VMG Industry

Rizzani De Echer S.p.A

Four offices, one team
We are a fully integrated international business law firm with offices in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Belarus.

With 42 partners and more than 240 lawyers and tax specialists, we have the resources to support our clients on all business law and tax issues involving the Baltic States and Belarus. Founded in 1995, the firm has worked on many significant mandates for international and local clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Aku Sorainen +372 6 400 910
Corporate and M&A Laimonas Skibarka +370 52 685 040
Competition & Regulatory Kaupo Lepasepp +372 6 400 939
Corporate and M&A Eva Berlaus +371 67 365 014
Finance & Insurance Tomas Kontautas +370 52 685 040
Finance & Insurance Kiryl Apanasevich +375 17 306 2102
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Alexey Anischenko photo Mr Alexey Anischenko Partner
Mr Kiryl Apanasevich photo Mr Kiryl Apanasevich Country Managing Partner, head of Finance & Insurance, Real Estate & Construction…
Mr Yauheni Budchanka  photo Mr Yauheni Budchanka Associate
Ms Valeria Dubeshka  photo Ms Valeria Dubeshka Associate
Mr Alexey Fidek  photo Mr Alexey Fidek Senior Associate
Ms Marina Golovnitskaya photo Ms Marina Golovnitskaya Senior Associate
Ms Katsiaryna Hashko  photo Ms Katsiaryna Hashko Associate
Ms Alesia Khadasevich  photo Ms Alesia Khadasevich Associate
Ms Ann Laevskaya  photo Ms Ann Laevskaya Partner
Mr Kirill Laptev photo Mr Kirill Laptev Partner
Mr Pavel Lashuk  photo Mr Pavel Lashuk Associate
Ms Maria Logvinova  photo Ms Maria Logvinova Associate
Mr Artem Melnikovich  photo Mr Artem Melnikovich Associate
Ms Viktoryia Mikhnevich photo Ms Viktoryia Mikhnevich Senior Associate
Mr Filipp Petkevitch  photo Mr Filipp Petkevitch Associate
Mr Aliaksei Pirozhkin  photo Mr Aliaksei Pirozhkin Associate
Ms Maria Rodich  photo Ms Maria Rodich Senior Associate
 Maksim Salahub photo Maksim Salahub Partner and head of Corporate and M&A in Belarus
Mr Artem Semchik  photo Mr Artem Semchik Associate
Ms Olga Solovyanchik  photo Ms Olga Solovyanchik Associate
Mr Aliaksei Vashkevich  photo Mr Aliaksei Vashkevich Associate
Ms Tatsiana Zubarava  photo Ms Tatsiana Zubarava Associate
Partners : 42
Lawyers & tax advisers : 240+
Business services professionals : 100+
IBA (International Bar Association)
Estonian Bar Association
Latvian Bar Association
Lithuanian Bar Association

Supporting diversity by responding to individual needs

At Sorainen we believe that diversity breeds success, so it is essential to respond to the individual needs of our team members. With that in mind we are continuously developing and implementing solutions such as flexible work arrangements and alternative career path options.

Five of our lawyers are currently working remotely from Berlin, Brussels, London and Paris. Several people in recent years decided to take advantage of our temporary time-off arrangements, spending up to a year with their families or on their personal projects. Additionally, we recently introduced an alternative career path option for lawyers wishing to shift their focus from client projects to supporting colleagues with their practical working know-how and in the field of knowledge management.

Topics of work-life balance and flexible working approach are under active discussion and are also implemented in our firm’s procedures. We have a set of activities that support colleagues returning from parental leave – from part-time work arrangements to an environment allowing children being brought to work and family events. That way we can ensure that our clients are advised by happy and enthusiastic lawyers of different genders, nationalities and age groups.

Corporate responsibility

At Sorainen, we are committed to making the world a better place. In order to make a difference, we support initiatives that we believe in.

Sorainen Estonia supports the international educational exchange organisation Youth for Understanding in Estonia, the annual “Let’s Do It” (“Teeme ära”) environmental clean-up campaign, Tartu University Hospital Children’s Foundation and the charity company MTÜ Naerata Ometi in addition to the “Let’s Donate Time“ („Annetame aega“) charity, which seeks to engage more people in charity initiatives. The Estonian office also has a long-standing cooperation with the Art Museum of Estonia, as well as Bethel’s Centre of Pastoral Care, which helps at-risk children and families.

Sorainen Latvia co-operates with and supports the activities of the Latvian Children’s Palliative Care Society. The Latvian office also takes part in the Santa Fun Run in Old Riga to raise funds for the rehabilitation of sick children.

Sorainen Lithuania supports the Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino Pavasaris”, and the staff take part in the annual “Let’s Do It” (“Darom”) environmental clean-up campaign.