Mr Kirill Laptev > Sorainen > Minsk, Belarus > Lawyer Profile

MINSK 220030

Work Department

Competition & Regulatory, Data Protection, Dispute Resolution & Risk Management, Intellectual Property, Tax




As leader of the Competition & Regulatory team and head of Sorainen’s TMT group in Belarus, Kirill supports clients, especially from the IT, telecom and media sectors, with the most complex matters that they face in their business. He is a well-known expert in data protection matters and also assists international clients with the unique regulations for IT companies at the so-called Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe: the Belarus High-Tech Park. High-scale projects in the gambling industry and media sphere are part of his portfolio.

Kirill has represented clients in arbitration cases at the world’s top arbitration institutions, such as ICC (Paris), SCC (Stockholm), VIAC (Vienna) and LCIA (London). He also has extensive lecturing experience.

Arbitration expert. Kirill possess wide experience in high-profile international commercial and investment arbitration, including in the sphere of IT / IP uniquely for the local market. He has represented clients in arbitration cases at the world’s top arbitration institutions: ICC (Paris), SCC (Stockholm), VIAC (Vienna), LCIA (London) and regularly plead in the IAC at the BelCCI (Belarus). Unique experience and wide practice in recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards is also one of his key advantages.

Data protection. This is the topic he has been most interested in and working with, both from changing local rules and from an international perspective, such as GDPR applicable to businesses having roots in Belarus.

IP&IT focused. TMT clients trust Kirill with their most complex matters within this sector. He has handled dozens of issues for clients related to IP protection, legal due diligence of IT business within companies and under different types of agreements, including cross-border agreements for software development and IP rights transfer, as well as IP rights protection in employment relations.

Regulatory in IT, Media, Telecom and Gambling. Kirill is familiar with special regimes available for IT companies and handles different matters for those companies that wish to enter the market, as well as residents of the High-Tech Park, including IT-related tax matters, new crypto regulations and blockchain projects. High-scale projects in the gambling industry and media sphere are also in his portfolio. His experience includes full-scale assistance to a foreign telecom operator on initialing their telecom business in the complex Belarus environment.

Background. In addition to being a cum laude alumnus of the Law Faculty of the Belarusian State University and a three-time winner of the Legal Olympiad awarded by the Presidential Fund for Supporting Talented Youth, Kirill Laptev also passed the Swedish Institute Management Programme (Stockholm) and the Cyberlaw Programme at the High School of Economics (Moscow). Lecturing for law students in Belarusian universities also features among his professional experience, as well as coordinating the Sorainen Students Academy. 


Russian, Belarusian, English


Minsk City Bar Association


  • Belarusian State University, Belarus (LLM)
  • Belarusian State University, Belarus (Diploma in Law, with honours)

Lawyer Rankings

Belarus > Intellectual property

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.

Belarus > Dispute resolution

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.

Belarus > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.