Sochi Legal
20-21 September 2014, Sochi (Russia)


Information on Sochi Legal business program

Saturday, 20 September. At the Sochi Legal we are going to address the following topics.

09:30  Opening

Opening speech from the Sochi Legal Co-Chairs

09:45  Future of the Legal Market in Russia

  • What legal services are currently in demand and how is the market changing?

  • Where does the demand for Russian lawyers come from?

  • How are sanctions affecting the legal market?

  • What will happen with the international law firms in Russia/CIS and how are they adapting to the situation

  • Changes to the law firm management model to remain successful.

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  • Margarita GASKAROVA, Chief Editor, Legal Insight


  • Ruslan IBRAGIMOV, Vice-President on Corporate and Legal Affairs, MTS
  • Andrey GORODISSKY, Managing Partner, Gorodissky & Partners
  • Konstantin KOLPAKOV, Vice-President, Board Member, URALSIB Bank
  • Sergei OSTROVSKY, Partner, Ashurst LLP (UK)
  • Yuri PUSTOVIT, Managing Partner, Advocates Bureau Yug
  • Sergei VOITISHKIN, Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie (CIS)

11:00  Asia Focus: Investors' Expectations, Investment Support and their Protection

  • Russian/CIS investments into Asia: case studies
  • Prospective Asian investments into Russia and the CIS
  • Doing business in Russia/CIS – concerns for Asian businesses
  • How will Asia respond to Sanctions
  • Beijing, Hong Kong, India and Singapore as centres for alternative dispute resolution with Asian parties

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  • Anton PANCHENKOV, Head of Group, Goltsblat BLP


  • Boris TITOV, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights (Russia)
  • Rupert BOSWALL, Chairman, RPC (UK, Hong Kong and Singapore)
  • Julia CHARLTON, Principal Partner, Charltons (Hong Kong, China) ( Listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange)
  • Olga CHENTSOVA, Managing Partner, AEQUITAS Law Firm (Kazakhstan)
  • Oleg LEONOV, Managing Director, FTI Consulting
  • Alexander MOLOTNIKOV, CEO of Educational Center, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Philippe SHIN, Senior Foreign Attorney, Shin & Kim (Korea)
  • Tomohiro TSUCHIYA, partner, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (Japan)

12:15  Sanctions and Reciprocal Sanctions: A New Reality

  • Do smart targeted or any other form of sanctions work? How meaningful are the sanctions to date?
  • Are US and EU companies really discouraged from doing business with key Russian holdings?
  • The unintended indirect effects of sanctions ("sanctions creep") due to the conservatism of global financial institutions in the face of sanctions busting fines
  • What do escalating sanctions look like? Hitting the Russian energy and banking sectors. Replicating the devastation inflicted on Iran
  • How can Russian business and government and those doing business in Russia mitigate sanctions in force and prepare for future sanctions?
  • What can Russia do (in WTO and otherwise) to fight back?
  • What is the legal status of Crimea (is it the new Northern Cyprus), and the consequences and prospects for investment in Crimea, Russia and Ukraine?
  • Legitimacy of using sanctions to enforce international law?

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  • Robin WITTERING, Partner, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners


  • Rupert BOSWALL, Chairman, RPC (UK, Hong Kong and Singapore)
  • Yuri BOTIUK, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP (UK)
  • Anastasia GRACHEVA, Ministry of Economic Development
  • James CAMPBELL, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (UK)
  • Benjamin FLOWE, Partner, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, L.L.P. (USA)
  • Mikhail KAZANTSEV, Partner, Egorov Pugisnky Afanasiev & Partners
  • James MENZ, J.D., Counsel, Schellenberg Wittmer (Switzerland)
  • James POPPERWELL, Senior Counsel, Macfarlanes (UK)
  • Charalambos PROUNTZOS, Partner, Prountzos & Prountzos LLC (Cyprus)
  • Andrei ZIMIN, Deputy CEO, TMK

14:30  Emerging vs. well-established international commercial arbitration centres

  • Can the current unstable political and economic environment offer more opportunities to the new arbitration centers and contribute to their growth as an alternative to the European and USArbitrations (for example, for Russia)?

  • Users of the new regional arbitration centers are mainly companies from the same region.

  • What are the chances for such institutes to become truly worldwide?

  • Infrastructure of the new arbitrations vs. traditional arbitrations

  • Is it correct to say that comparatively lower costs of arbitration proceedings in the new arbitration centers are their major competitive advantage?

  • How important are the differences in the arbitration procedure and the legal culture? To what extent would it influence the choice of an arbitration center?

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  • Dmitry DYAKIN, Partner, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners


  • Mark BROWN, Partner, Bristows LLP (UK)
  • Alexander VANEEV, Counsel, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
  • Dr. Johannes P. WILLHEIM, Partner, Willheim Müller Rechtsanwälte (Austria)
  • George Z. GEORGIOU, Managing Partner, George Z. Georgiou & Associates (Cyprus)
  • Rupert D'CRUZ, Barrister, Littleton Chambers (UK)
  • Kendall COFFEY, Partner, Coffey | Burlington (USA), and former U.S. Attorney
  • Peter FITZPATRICK, Partner, Enyo Law (UK)
  • Ulf HARDEMAN, Partner, Advokatfirman Delphi (Sweden)
  • Vladimir KHVALEI, Chairman of Russian Arbitration Association, Partner at Baker & McKenzie

14:30  Compliance and Criminal Liability

  • New challenges faced by Russian companies: establishing internal compliance mechanisms

  • Conflicts between national law and international anti-corruption requirements

  • Compliance in the healthcare industry (collaboration with the medical community, patients, issues of product promotion)

  • Corporate compliance requirements, industry associations and the Russian law - how to overcome the contradictions

  • Testing and monitoring, compliance auditing: the preeminence of form over content

  • The Institute of the Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights and the Center for Public Procedures "Business Against Corruption": how can businesses use them?

  • Criminal risks for business: when are entrepreneurs criminally liable and is it always deserved?

  • Voice of the regions: discussion of issues and concerns

  • How can law firms participate in solving the problems identified

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  • Andrew MAC, partner, EPAM USA PLLC (USA)
  • Andrey NAZAROV, Сo-Сhairman of Delovaya Rossiya, Сo-Сhairman of the Business Against Сorruption public centre ( Risks for Business (in Russian))
  • Natalya THOTAHEWAGE, Head of Legal and Compliance, Alcon Russia, Novartis Group


  • Dimitry AFANASIEV, the member of the Partners' Committe, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
  • Elena ARTYUKH, Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights in the Sverdlovsk Region
  • Diyas ASSANOV, Regional Compliance Officer, Siemens LLC
  • Olga BELONOZHKINA, Commissioner for the protection of the rights of entrepreneurs in the Khanty -Mansi Autonomous Region
  • Rustam KURMAEV, Partner, Goltsblat BLP (Contradictions between National Legislation and CPA&UKBA (in Russian))
  • Andrey PORFIRIEV, Co-Chairman of the Business against Corruption Public Centre, Partner, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
  • Ekaterina PUSTOVALOVA, President, ICS
  • Dr. Christian SCHMIES, Partner, Hengeler Mueller (Germany)
  • Filip VANHASTEL, Divisional Legal Counsel, Ontex (Belgium)

15:45  Private Client Services: New Challenges

  • Accounts Abroad: regulatory changes in Russia and foreign banks changing attitudes towards Russian customers

  • Foreign Citizenship – what options are out there? (Malta, Cyprus, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda)

  • Private money in offshore accounts: how to comply with the deoffshorisation requirements and not ruin your business

  • Divorce and inheritance of Russian HNWI - new trends.

  • Trusts and funds for the Russians: a working tool or a fashionable product for HNWIs?

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  • Egor NOSKOV, Managing Partner, Duvernoix Legal
  • Tony HADJILOUCAS, партнер, Partner, PWC (Cyprus)


  • Dimitry AFANASIEV,  the member of the Partners' Committe, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
  • Nikolai GORDEEV, President, Chairman of the Management Board, UFC Bank
  • Xavier ISAAC, Head of Trust and Fiduciary, Salamanca Group (Switzerland)
  • Ekaterina LAZORINA, Partner, Financial Services Leader, PwC ( The Impact of  Deoffshorization Legislation on Personal Ownership Structure of Individual Assets (in Russian))
  • Natacha ONAWELHO-LOREN, Head of Legal, Trust and Fiduciary, Salamanca Group (Switzerland)
  • Mark ROVINSKIY, Deputy Head of Tax Practice, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
  • Tatiana TOLSTAIA, Associate, Henley & Partners (UK)

15:45  CIS and Common Economic Space - Legal Issues for Businesses

  • Agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union and the FAS of Russia cooperation with the competition authorities of the Belarus and the Kazakhstan

  • Fighting cartels – the Russian experience

  • Investigations in practice and the application of trade defence measures of the Eurasian Economic Commission

  • Common Economic Space and the WTO rules during the unilateral trade sanctions

  • What's New in other CIS countries? A brief legal update from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan

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  • Nikolay MIZULIN, Partner, Mayer Brown (Belgium)


17:00  Measures to Protect National Tax Interests: Russian Anti-Offshore Package Measures and Foreign Practices to Retain the Tax Income

  • Would you assess the Russian Federation Anti-offshore regulatory measures offered by the Russian Government as effective?

  • Do you consider the measures proposed by the Russian Government "classic" or "exotic"? Do they go correlate with the tools used in other jurisdictions? If there are differences, is this due to objective characteristics of a specific country, or are these of a broader scope?

  • What should businesses do now to prepare for the Anti-offshore measures coming into force?

  • What are the anticipated changes in the structuring of business transactions once the Anti-offshore package measures come into force?

  • What services will the Russian and foreign lawyers offer in connection with the new circumstances? Is there a conflict in the interests of Russian and foreign lawyers? Can Russia's national interests and national interests of offshore jurisdictions be aligned?

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  • Sergey PEPELIAEV, Managing partner, Pepeliaev Group


  • Nikolai GORDEEV, President, Chairman of the Management Board, UFC Bank
  • Natalia LUCHKOVA, Partner, TaxTeam (The Netherlands)
  • Natacha ONAWELHO-LOREN, Head of Legal, Trust and Fiduciary, Salamanca Group (Switzerland)
  • Charalambos PROUNTZOS, Partner, Prountzos & Prountzos LLC (Cyprus)
  • Mark ROVINSKIY, Deputy Head of Tax Practice, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
  • William HARE, Managing Partner, Forbes Hare LLP (British Virgin Islands)

17:00  Russian Regional Law Firms: Areas of Expertise and Scope for Development

  • Russian regional law firms: who are they?

  • How to ensure the high quality of staff?

  • How do regional firms approach specialization?

  • When federal companies and law firms need local lawyers

  • Strategies for the development of regional law firms

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  • Mikhail KAZANTSEV, Partner, Egorov Pugisnky Afanasiev & Partners


  • Alexey ANDRONOV, General Counsel, Megapolis Group of Companies
  • Evgeny KOVALEV, Managing Partner, Kovalev, Ryazantsev & Partners (Russia, Chelyabinsk)
  • Evgeniy SIZOV, Director, Legal Firm Buisness & Law (Tomsk)
  • Igor STEPANOV, Managing Partner, Eberg, Stepanov & Partners (Rostov-on-Don)
  • Andrey SYCHEV, Managing Partner, Volga Legal (Samara)
  • Oleg YOLKIN, Volgograd bar Meyer & Partners (Volgograd)

18:30  Key Legal Aspects of Infrastructure Projects in Russia and the CIS: the Olympic Sochi Case Study

  • Invaluable experience of Olympic Sochi - lessons for the future.
  • The Law on the Federal Contract System: is there improvement and in what direction are we going?
  • FIDIC in Russia: is there a future?
  • Obtaining land plots for construction: obstacles remain.
  • The new PPP law: hopes and prospects
  • How to find balance between private and public interests in the legislation?

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  • Albert EGANYAN, Chairman of the Board of Partners, VEGAS LEX


  • Stephan ZOECHLING, Chief Operations Officer, Transstroy Holding
Discussion participants:
  • Kamil BLAŽEK, Partner, Head of Projects & Infrastructure, Kinstellar (Czech Republic)
  • Anton CHERTOV, Director of the Department of legal support rulemaking, Rosvodokanal
  • Elena GAVRILINA, Partner, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
  • Pavel KARPUNIN, Partner, Capital Legal Services
  • Yulia KOLOMYTSEVA, Head of Legal Department, Transstroy Holding
  • Ilya SKRIPNIKOV, Of Counsel, Dentons

19:15  Closing

Closing speech from the Sochi Legal Co-Chairs