10th IBA “M&A in Russia and CIS” Conference

Stated topics and speakers
Registration. Welcome coffee
Opening Remarks
  • Christian Herbst, Conference Co-chair, Partner, Schoenherr (Austria, Vienna)
Session 1: Review of M&A market in Russia and CIS – trends and developments

Participants of the session will discuss the M&A market in general – Russian and foreign
perspective – the bankers and investors view. They provide an insider’s look of the fnancial,
economic and business factors afecting the M&A.

  • Key drivers of Russian and CIS M&A markets: dynamics, trends and industry-specifc aspects;
  • Key investment priorities in the long and medium term: where to fnd the sources of
  • Investment attractiveness of the Russian business in the world market in current
  • National Security Section;
  • M&A and IPO for Russian companies.
  • Dmitri Sedov, Managing Direcotor, Co-Head of Goldman Sachs (Russia)
  • Ilya Bakhturin, Special Investment Situations Director, Russian Direct Investment Fund
  • Alexey Milevskiy, Tech Investor, Investment Director & Head of M&A, Mail.ru
  • Sergei Arsenyev, AFK Sistema
  • Evgeny Pegushin, Board of directors member, Vice President, ER Telecom
  • Vadim Marchuk, Vice-president of corporate development, Yandex

Coffee break
Session 2: Russian and CIS M&A Hot Topics

The panelist will discuss the latest trends and developments in M&A deals in Russia and CIS region.

  • Development of Russian law;
  • Choice of law;
  • Sanctions & Enforcement;
  • National Security;
  • Block chain & ICO.
  • Alan Kartashkin, Partner, Debevoise & Pimpton (Moscow, Russia)
  • Cornelia Topf, Partner, Gleiss Lutz (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Dmitry Arkhipenko, Managing Partner, REVERA (Minsk, Belarus)
  • Nik Kutnaks, KMP Advisors
  • Petr Glushkov, Head of Legal, TatNeft
  • Aleksey Vostokov, Director Legal Afairs, Polyus
  • Konstantin Kolesnik, Senior Legal Counsel, Lukoil
  • Igor Kondrashov, Vice-Presiden, Legal Director, Sberbank

Session 3: Current M&A challenges facing General Counsels of major Russian companies
  • Current corporate strategies: organic growth vs. M&A;
  • Procurement of legal services (M&A in particular) – current trends. Delegation to the
    procurement department - is it an advantage or disadvantage?;
  • What is the ideal level of expertise in the legal department and, in the ideal case,
    what type of projects would be outsourced?;
  • Efect of international sanctions on the organization and functions of legal.
  • Andrei Dontsov, Partner, White&Case;
  • Aleksey Nikiforov, SIBUR;
  • Dmitry Donov, NLMK;
  • Andrey Popov, Director of Legal and Corporate Afairs and the Property Complex, The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM
  • Yuri Shumilov, Deputy CEO, Head of Operations & Legal, ESN Group
  • Victor Biryukov, Executive Vice President, of legal issues and corporate relations, VimpelCom

Coffee break
Session 4: Tax structuring issues in JV and M&A deals – new trends and developments
  • Offshore versus Onshore structures in M&A deals: new tax realities
  • To purchase and restructure: tax restructuring aspects of the acquired group of companies
  • Change of law enforcement practice after closing: seller’s or buyer’s risk?
  • Tax if there’s no tax: how to pay taxes with an offshore structure?
  • What changes are required: new tax regulations to facilitate M&A deals

  • Mikhail Filinov, Partner, International tax and private wealth structuring,PricewaterhousCoopers (PwC)
  • Alexander Zharskiy, Partner, ALRUD Law Firm
  • Anastasia Pavlova, Legal Counsel, Ru-net Fund 
  • Tatiana Safonova, Head of Tax, Russian Direct Investment Fund 
  • Kirill Vikulov, Partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Andrey Tereschenko, Partner, Pepeliaev Group

Coffee break
Session 5: M&A Disputes in Arbitration and Litigation

In the format of a case study: negotiating a dispute resolution clause for a Russian M&A transaction.

This session will be held in the form of a mock case, where Russian and foreign counsel will be discussing the pros and cons of applying Russian law (as opposed to English law) in M&A transactions, as well as various dispute resolution options available to parties of M&A transactions.

  • Vladimir Khvalei, Partner, Baker McKenzie (Moscow, Russia)
  • Anton Samokhvalov, Partner, KIAP
  • Sergey Petrachkov, Partner, ALRUD

  • Artem Doudko, Partner, Osborne Clarke (London, UK)

  • Dmitry Davydenko, ICAC at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry