Firm Profile > Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners > Minsk, Belarus

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
11 Z. BIADULI ST
117A INDEPENDENCE AVENUE
MINSK, 220034
Belarus

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Since 2010, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has stood out for its involvement with all issuances and placements of sovereign eurobonds on external state markets; recently, the team also handled a direct issuance of eurobonds by a Belarusian corporate. Managing partner Dennis Turovets is regularly instructed by international clients interested in exploring investment opportunities in Belarus. Senior associates Alexander Buzo and Anastasia Yarokhovich count the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Eurasian Development Bank among their core clients.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Turovets

Other key lawyers:

Anastasia Yarokhovich; Alexander Buzo

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The vast majority of mandates handled by the team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners are international cases in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate relations and administrative violations. The team's cross-border expertise is a 'real leader not only in Belarus, but in the entire CIS region'. Practice head Dennis Turovets is singled out as a 'first-class practitioner and strategist' who 'always demands perfection from his team'. Senior associate Igor Yatskovsky is noted for his successful advocacy before both courts and state bodies in Belarus.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Turovets

Other key lawyers:

Igor Yatskovsky

Testimonials

‘EPAM’s team is a real leader not only in Belarus, but in the entire CIS region. Great work ethics. Balanced team. Very impressive.’

‘Dennis Turovets is an outstanding lawyer. His reputation always precedes him. The entire market knows him as a first-class practitioner and strategist. Very direct and always to the point. He has a very clear vision of the project, and always demands perfection from his team.’

‘Igor Yatskovsky is also very impressive. Very happy with his work.’

‘Nice team, professional.’

‘The firm has specialists in various branches of law, which allows us to completely and comprehensively investigate the issues that arise when concluding contracts. A large amount of work can be done in a short time if there is such a need.’

‘The firm’s lawyers constantly contact the client and report on the situation, and also they take into account the wishes of the client.’

Key clients

Vitebskenergo RUE (vs. Polytechnik)

Vitebskenergo RUE (vs. Siemens)

Alvora UAB (vs. Sodrugestvo)

Alvora UAB (vs. Reztsoff)

SIA RKF LORI

Andrzej Rawłuszewicz

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Advising clients on the purchase and sale of shares in a multitude of jurisdictions is a key strength of the practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners; the group is well versed in performing legal due diligence of target companies to assess risks associated with acquisitions. Practice head Anna Rusetskaya specialises in public and private M&A deals, and regularly advises foreign corporations, particularly those from the technology, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors, on deals governed by domestic law. Other key team members include finance specialist Dennis Turovets and senior associate Alexander Buzo.

Practice head(s):

Anna Rusetskaya; Dennis Turovets

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Buzo

Key clients

Nordic Aviation Capital

Bediamond Textile Industrial Holdings GmbH

JSC “Kaspersky Laboratory” (Russia) / Kaspersky Labs Limited (UK)

Carrosserie HESS AG

IHS Global LLC

LLC “Scania-Rus”

Playtika Ltd.

LLC “KNAUF GIPS” (Russia) / Knauf International GmbH (Germany)

Intellectual property Tier 2

The joint IP and TMT practice At Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners advises global brands and major technology companies on the full gamut of industry issues. Led by Dennis Turovets, it advises on registration, transfer, and use of intellectual property rights, and handles advisory work. On the contentious side, it is well versed in representing clients before patent, customs and law enforcement authorities. The firm was one of the initiators behind the IT Industry Lawyer Discussion Club, which is involved with the work of the IP commission at the International Chamber of Commerce.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Turovets

Key clients

Orange Brand Services Limited

Children’s World (Russian: Detsky Mir)

Playtika Ltd.

TA Associates Management, L.P. and Francisco Partners Management, L.P.

Apple Inc.

Daimler AG

Kaspersky Lab

CBS Corporation, SNI/SI Networks L.L.C

IHS Markit

Photo Name Position Profile
 Alexander Buzo photo Alexander Buzo Senior Associate, Advocate
 Anna Rusetskaya photo Anna Rusetskaya Partner and Head of M&A and Corporate Practice
 Dennis Turovets photo Dennis Turovets Managing Partner
 Anastasia Yarokhovich photo Anastasia Yarokhovich Senior Associate
 Igor Yatskovsky photo Igor Yatskovsky Senior Associate, Advocate

The firm: EPA&P in Belarus is one of the leading Belarusian legal firms. The history of EPA&P includes more than 16 years: legal activity of the BelJurbureau law firm between 2003 and 2008 and the rendering of services under the Magisters brand between 2008 and 2011. In 2011 Magisters merged with the Russian law firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners creating the largest law firm in the whole CIS.

The firm unites a highly professional team of legal experts with background spanning both government work and academia. EPA&P and associates thereof have achieved recognition by acknowledged international legal guides: The Legal 500, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, IFLR 1000. According to such legal guides the firm is recognized as one of the leading law firms in Belarus. The Legal 500 recognised EPA&P as “strong team with a very personal approach to the client’s need, outstanding level of communication, exceptional attention to the details of requests and high expertise and professionalism”.

Projects: Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners advises an impressive client roster of multinational corporations on a variety of issues in the space, demonstrating ‘high expertise and professionalism’.

EPA&P took part in the largest transactions and unprecedented projects carried out in Belarus which gave the team unique expertise. In particular, EPA&P has been rendering legal services within the all sovereign Eurobonds issuances and the pilot Public-Private Partnership project in Belarus – M10 road. The firm also advises international financial institutions on domestic loan agreements, providing on-the-ground expertise on Belarusian banking regulations. In recent work, EPA&P advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on a loan to Saria totalling EUR 17m.

Known for acting for both domestic and international clients, the EPA&P team specialises in share sales and asset acquisitions. Working across a variety of industries, the firm provides ‘innovative ideas and solutions’ on transactional work, which typically involves international M&A deals and cross-border investment projects.

Another key area of strength of EPA&P is acting for companies in disputes over trademark and patent rights. The transfer and use of intellectual property rights, including inventions, copyright, and domain names, are other noteworthy areas of expertise. It also advises on regulatory issues concerning technology, media, telecoms, and the internet.

EPA&P has a great experience of cooperation with state authorities and organization, inter alia with the Belarusian authorities and has numerously assisted the state stakeholders on amending / adoption of the required legislative acts.

Excellent knowledge of the Belarusian law, understanding the specifics of doing business in Belarus and meeting the highest expectations of local and international clients make EPA&P a highly credible partner when it comes to choosing first-rate legal counsel in Belarus.

Our team has advised Citigroup, Raiffeisen Bank AG, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Bediamond Textile Industrial Holdings GmbH, Exide Technologies SAS, Fragomen, Playtika, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., IHS Global LLC, Nordic Aviation, Conde Nast JSC, Alvora UAB and many others.

Achievements

  • The Legal 500: Banking, Finance, Capital Markets – Tier 1
  • The Legal 500: Commercial, Corporate M&A – Tier 1
  • The Legal 500: Dispute Resolution – Tier 2
  • The Legal 500: Intellectual Property – Tier 2
  • The Legal 500: Real Estate and Construction – Tier 2
  • IFLR1000: Financial and Corporate – Tier 1
  • IFLR1000: Project Development – Tier 1
Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance, capital markets, real estate and construction, intellectual property, international arbitration and litigation, tax and international trade & customs Dennis Turovets dennis_turovets@epap.by +375173880185
M&A, corporate law and privatization, foreign investments support, banking and finance, capital markets, and commercial law. Anna Rusetskaya anna_rusetskaya@epap.by +375173880185
Banking and Finance; Capital Markets; Project Finance Anastasia Yarokhovich anastasia_yarokhovich@epap.by +375173880185
Commercial, Corporate and M&A; Intellectual Property; Aviation Alexander Buzo alexander_buzo@epap.by +375173880185
Real Estate and Construction, Dispute Resolution Igor Yatskovsky igor_yatskovsky@epap.by +375173880185
English (fluent)
German
Belarusian
Russian