Firm Profile > Sorainen > Minsk, Belarus
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Sorainen > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
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.‘
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Mogo Credit LLC
European Investment Bank (EIB)
DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft )
International Finance Corporation
Raiffeisenbank International AG
At Sorainen, Alexey 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.
Alexey Anischenko; Maksim Salahub; Kiryl Apanasevich
Other key lawyers:
Viktoryia Mikhnevich; Kirill Laptev; Marina Golovnitskaya
‘Marina Golovnitskaya is very supportive, knows the industry, is ready to walk the extra mile to add value.‘
Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)
Shaanxi Fast Gear
Data Delivery (RocketData)
EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)
SIKA Bel LLC
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.
Other key lawyers:
Maria Rodich; Kirill Laptev; Marina Golovnitskaya
‘They are exceptionally customer focused!’
‘Very professional team, a great experience.’
‘Alexey Anischenko has exceptional abilities to build communications with clients and state authorities.’
BAMAP Association of International Road Carriers
Moomin Characters Oy
Sodra (Valstybinio socialinio draudimo fondovaldyba)
Zavod Gazetnoy Bumagi
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.
Other key lawyers:
Marina Golovnitskaya; Alexey Anischenko; Kirill Laptev
Moomin Characters Oy Ltd
Papa John’s International
Cajun Operating Company
Real estate and construction Tier 1Sellers, 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'.
‘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.’
Glera Market / MartInn Food
European Bank of Reconstruction and Development
Rizzani De Echer S.p.A
Sorainen > Firm Profile
Four offices, one team
We are a fully integrated regional business law firm with offices throughout the region, in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Belarus.
With more than 200 lawyers and tax specialists, we have the resources to support our clients on all business law and tax issues involving the Baltic States or Belarus. Founded in 1995, the firm has more than 80,000 cases on its track record, along with over 1,000 M&A transactions to date.
|Corporate and M&A||Aku Sorainenemail@example.com||+372 6 400 910|
|Corporate and M&A||Laimonas Skibarkafirstname.lastname@example.org||+370 52 685 040|
|Corporate and M&A||Toomas Prangliemail@example.com||+372 6 400 966|
|Corporate and M&A||Eva Berlausfirstname.lastname@example.org||+371 67 365 014|
|Finance & Insurance||Tomas Kontautasemail@example.com||+370 52 685 040|
|Finance & Insurance||Kiryl Apanasevichfirstname.lastname@example.org||+375 17 306 2102|
|Mr Alexey Anischenko||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Kiryl Apanasevich||Country Managing Partner, head of Finance & Insurance, Real Estate & Construction…||View Profile|
|Mr Yauheni Budchanka||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Valeria Dubeshka||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Alexey Fidek||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Marina Golovnitskaya||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Katsiaryna Hashko||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Alesia Khadasevich||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Ann Laevskaya||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Kirill Laptev||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Pavel Lashuk||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Maria Logvinova||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Artem Melnikovich||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Viktoryia Mikhnevich||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Filipp Petkevitch||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Aliaksei Pirozhkin||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Maria Rodich||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Maksim Salahub||Partner and head of Corporate and M&A in Belarus||View Profile|
|Mr Artem Semchik||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Olga Solovyanchik||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Aliaksei Vashkevich||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Tatsiana Zubarava||Associate||View Profile|
Staff FiguresPartners : 33 Lawyers & tax advisers : 200+ Business services professionals : 100+
LanguagesEnglish Russian German French Polish Finnish Swedish Estonian Latvian Lithuanian
MembershipsIBA (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.
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.