About conference

Now in its 10th year, this leading conference will once again bring together practitioners from around the globe to discuss the latest emerging developments and hot topics in Russian and CIS M&A law as well as hosting input and commentary from some of the world’s leading experts in the field.

Topics include:

Who should attend?

Lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, investment bankers, accountants and specialists from mergers and acquisitions business.

Co-Chairs of the Conference: 

Christian Herbst, Partner, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte, Austria.

Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner, ALRUD Law Firm, Russia; Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation.

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Yulia Barinskaya
Senior M&A Execution manager, Luxoft
Yulia Barinskaya
Dmitry Davydenko
The International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Dmitry Davydenko
Dmitry Donov
General counsel of NLMK Group
Dmitry  Donov
Andrei Dontsov
Partner, White & Case
Andrei Dontsov
Artem Doudko
Partner, Osborne Clarke
Artem Doudko
Mikhail Filinov
Partner, PwC
Mikhail Filinov
Peter Gloushkov
Advisor to the General Director on international legal matters
Moscow, Russia
Peter  Gloushkov
Christian Herbst
Partner, Schoenherr
Christian Herbst
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16 November, 2018

08:45 - 09:15
08:45 - 09:15

Registration. Coffee

09:15 - 09:20
Christian Herbst
09:15 - 09:20

Opening Remarks

  • Christian Herbst, Conference Co-chair, Partner, Schoenherr
09:20 - 10:50
Dmitri Sedov
Dmitry Kononov
Tim Lassen
Yulia Barinskaya
Georgy  Suzdaltsev
09:20 - 10:50

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 financial,
economic and business factors affecting the M&A.

  • Key drivers of Russian and CIS M&A markets: dynamics,
  • trends and industry-specific aspects.
  • Key investment priorities in the long and medium term:
  • where to find the sources of growth.
  • Investment attractiveness of Russian companies in the
  • global context.
  • Expansion or contraction of Russian companies’ interests
  • outside Russia.
  • M&A vs. IPO as exit routes for shareholders of Russian
  • companies.
  • Dmitri Sedov, Managing Direcotor, Co-Head of Goldman Sachs
  • Ilya Bakhturin, Special Investment Situations Director, Russian Direct Investment Fund
  • Tim Lassen, Member of the Supervisory Board of JSC ER-Telecom Holding, Director of foreign legal affairs of PFP-Group Ltd
  • Yulia Barinskaya, Senior M&A Execution manager, Luxoft
  • Georgy Suzdaltsev, Director, Strategic Projects & Analysis, MTS
10:50 - 11:10
10:50 - 11:10

Coffee break

11:10 - 12:40
11:10 - 12:40

Session 2: Russian M&A “hot” topics

The panelists will discuss the latest trends and developments
in M&A deals in Russia and, in particular, will share
their experience and insights on such issues as:

  • Comparison of options, indemnities, warranties and representations under Russian law, English law and European civil law.
  • Structuring and protecting M&A transactions in light of sanctions.
  • Blockchain in M&A transactions.
  • Initiative to introduce disproportionate voting: pros and cons.
  • Brexit considerations in M&A deals.


  • Alan Kartashkin, Partner, Debevoise & Pimpton
  • Cornelia Topf, Partner, Gleiss Lutz


  • Nik Kutnaks, KMP Advisors
  • Peter Gloushkov, Advisor to the General Director on international legal matters, PJSC Tatneft
  • Aleksey Vostokov, Director Legal Afairs, Polyus
  • Konstantin Kolesnik, Senior Legal Counsel, Pisc «LUKOIL»
  • Vera Schelokova, Executive Director, Department of legal support of corporate transactions and M&A projects, Sberbank
  • Elizaveta Koryagina, Head of M&A practice, Megafon
12:40 - 13:40
12:40 - 13:40


13:40 - 15:10
13:40 - 15:10

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?

  • Effect of international sanctions on the organization and functions of legal.

  • Andrei Dontsov, Partner, White&Case
  • Aleksey Nikiforov, Head of Legal, SIBUR
  • Dmitry Donov, General counsel, NLMK Group
  • 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
  • Valery Sidnev, General Counsel of EuroChem Group AG
15:10 - 15:30
15:10 - 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00
15:30 - 17:00

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.

  • Alexander Zharskiy, Partner, ALRUD Law Firm
  • Mikhail Filinov, Partner, International tax and private wealth structuring, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Anastasia Pavlova, General Counsel, RTP Global
  • Tatiana Safonova, Head of Tax, Russian Direct Investment Fund
  • Kirill Vikulov, Partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Andrey Tereschenko, Partner, Pepeliaev Group
17:00 - 17:20
17:00 - 17:20

Coffee break

17:20 - 18:50
17:20 - 18:50

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
  • Anton Samokhvalov, Partner, KIAP
  • Sergey Petrachkov, Partner, ALRUD
  • Artem Doudko, Partner, Osborne Clarke
  • Dmitry Davydenko, ICAC at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Theo Parperis, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
18:50 - 20:00
18:50 - 20:00



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Baltschug Kempinski
Moscow, Baltschug, 1
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Conference operator

The Arbitration Association

Information partner

ICC Russia (International Chamber of Commerce)
Журнал «Корпоративный юрист»
CEE Legal Matters
Журнал «Юрист компании»
Арбитражная практика для юристов
Legal Insight
Pericles Law Center
CIS Arbitration Forum
LAWFIRM.RU - Каталог Юридических Фирм
Minsk Legal Forum
Belgian-Luxembourg  Chamber of Commerce in Russia


Speaking opportunities and Presentations

Organizers follow standard international rules of professional events holding based on the following principles:

Every participant of the Conference, in accordance with the Standard Terms, has a right to present a written summary/thesis of her/his statement concerning any specific Session within the Program. Your statement will be regarded by the Conference Administrator, forwarded to the Session moderator(s) and published for attention of all Conference participants.

All Conference panelists should present their personal profiles to be published with Сonference materials. 

Contact details: Alexandra Brichkovskaya alexandra.brichkovskaya@arbitrations.ru 

Conference presentations:

Session 2: Russian M&A “hot” topics

General presentation

Session 3: Current M&A challenges facing General Counsels of major Russian companies 

General presentation

Session 4: Tax structuring issues in JV and M&A deals – new trends and developments

General presentation

Session 5: M&A Disputes in Arbitration and Litigation

Anton Samokhvalov, Partner, KIAP

Theo Parperis, Partner,  PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Organizing committee

Name Firm Country
Andriyash Anatoly Norton Rose Fullbright Kazakhstan
Anton Sigal Ellex Raidla Russia
Tatiana Goncharova Lex Prof Russia
Tatiana Emelianova Vlasova, Mikhel Republic of Belarus
Alexander Ermolenko FBK Legal Russia
Alexander Zharskiy ALRUD Russia
Vladislav Zabrodin Capital Legal Services Russia
Zimbler Brian Morgan Lewis LLP United States
Alan Kartashkin Debevoise & Plimpton LLC Russia
Vadim Konyushkevich Liniya Prava Russia
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