About conference

Now in its 11th 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. The Conference is presented by the IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee, supported by IBA European Regional Forum.

Who should attend?

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

Topics to be discussed:

Co-Chairs of the Conference: 

Sponsorship opportunities


Anton Asoskov
Doctor of Juridical Science, professor of the Civil Law Chair
Moscow, Russian
Anton Asoskov
Oxana Balayan
Managing Partner
Moscow, Russia, Ph.D. in law
Oxana Balayan
Mikhail Bekker
Moscow, Russia
Mikhail Bekker
Arman Berdalin
Senior Partner
Astana, Kazakhstan
Arman  Berdalin
Michal Berkner
Partner, Cooley
London, United Kingdom
Michal Berkner
Viktor Biryukov
Head of Legal, Eurasia business unit
Moscow, Russia
Viktor Biryukov
André Dufour
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais, Montreal; IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee Co-Chair
André Dufour
Grigory Gadzhiev
Moscow, Russia
Grigory Gadzhiev
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08:45 - 09:15
08:45 - 09:15

Registration. Coffee

09:15 - 09:20
09:15 - 09:20

Opening Remarks

  • André Dufour, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais, Montreal; IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee Co-Chair
  • Alexander Zharskiy, Partner, ALRUD Law Firm, Moscow; IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee, Current Legal Developments Subcommittee Vice-Chair
09:20 - 10:20
09:20 - 10:20

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 in CIS region.

  • 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.


  • Giovanni Salvetti, Head of Russia and CIS, Rothschild & Co, Moscow, Russia
  • Dmitri Sedov, Managing Director, Co-Head of Goldman Sachs, Moscow, Russia
  • Vladimir Primak, Director, Russian Direct Investment Fund, Moscow, Russia
  • Pavel Vlasov, Advisor, Sberbank, Moscow, Russia
  • Mikhail Bekker, Director, Elbrus Capital, Moscow, Russia

10:20 - 10:50
10:20 - 10:50

Coffee break

10:50 - 12:20
10:50 - 12:20

Session 2: Technology M&A deals

2018 was a record year for technology M&A on a global level. The rise of digital deals brings a number of challenges with it as the acquiring company would usually pursue technologies or capabilities which it does not possess dealing with targets which are not similar to its own organization.  To make digital acquisition a success, companies and their advisors need to transform their M&A approach.  High profile speakers with strong experience in tech M&A will discuss in this session what makes digital M&A different from traditional M&A. The discussion will focus on key drivers, trends and techniques, global and local, and feature case studies in the Tech M&A sector.  


  • Oxana Balayan, Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells, Moscow, Russia
  • Shahen Melikyan, Сhief legal officer, Sistema Venture Capital, Moscow, Russia
  • Michal Berkner, Partner, Cooley, London, United Kingdom
  • Peeter Kutman, Partner, COBALT, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Fedor Smyk, Director, M&A and business development, Sberbank, Moscow, Russia
  • Viktor Biryukov, Head of Legal, Eurasia business unit, VEON Ltd., PJSC «VimpelCom», Moscow, Russia

12:20 - 13:50
12:20 - 13:50


13:50 - 15:20
13:50 - 15:20

Session 3: Russian and CIS M&A Hot Topics

Recently we see more international M&A transactions where parties prefer to sell or buy less than 100% of shares in a company in order to form joint ventures. We also see more deals with Chinese parties that follow this joint venture model. 

How do these joint venture deals differ from traditional M&A transactions? What is the role of inhouse lawyers in creating and managing joint ventures? Are there any peculiarities in dealing with Chinese companies in this regard? How do parties tackle the existing and potential sanctions risks? What governing law do parties choose to regulate their joint ventures in Russia? What should an investor know before investing in a joint venture in Kazakhstan? These issues and other hot topics about joint ventures will be discussed by a number of professionals with vast experience in establishing and negotiating joint ventures with foreign joint venture partners in Russia and Kazakhstan. 


  • Grigory Gadzhiev, Partner, Linklaters, Moscow, Russia


  • ​Yulia  Solomakhina, ​Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Moscow, Russia
  • Arman Berdalin, Senior Partner, Sayat Zholshy & Partners (SZP), Astana, Kazahstan
  • Oksana Vnuchkova, Deputy Director of legal support of business Department, Head of legal support of project activities; Rosneft, Moscow, Russia
  • Alla Generalova, Senior associate, Transactions, financing, investment projects; SIBUR LLC, Moscow, Russia
  • Veronika Kondruseva, Head of international projects, Severstal Management, Moscow, Russia

15:20 - 15:40
15:20 - 15:40

Coffee break

15:40 - 17:10
15:40 - 17:10

Session 4: “Yes – you can make M&A work in spite of all sanctions and AML rules”

Many companies and deal makers especially outside of Russia are thinking of whether it is possible at all to do successful M&A deals in Russia in the current environment with both sanctions and stricter anti money laundering rules.

This section will address this issue and discuss how you should plan your deal so that you can still make the deal happen without breaching various laws on sanctions, anti money laundering etc.

We will among other things discuss what the main rules in force currently are, how they affect M&A and how they should best be observed when planning a deal.

We will also consider specific questions such as how to protect yourself contractually if your counterparty’s status changes, and how courts generally approach these topics.


  • Rabbe Sittnikow, Partner, Hannes Snellman, Helsinki, Finland
  • Alan Kartashkin, Managing Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, Moscow, Russia

  •  Alexey Vostokov, Director Corporate Affairs, Management Company Polyus, Moscow, Russia
  • Nellie Yurchenko, Director, Corporate Relations Department, PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel, Moscow, Russia

  • Erik Mikhailov, Director, Legal Department, Renaissance Capital, Moscow Russia

  • Petr Glushkov, Advisor to the General Director on international legal matters, PJSC Tatneft, Moscow, Russia

17:10 - 17:30
17:10 - 17:30

Coffee break

17:30 - 19:00
17:30 - 19:00

Session 5: M&A Disputes in Arbitration and Litigation – recent changes and developments

  • Arbitration reform in Russia: topic issues. First foreign “permanent arbitration institutions”: what is next?

  • SPA and SHA disputes: problems and solutions.    

  • Anton Asoskov, Doctor of Juridical Science, professor of the Civil Law Chair, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
  • Sergey Petrachkov, Partner, ALRUD, Moscow, Russia

  • Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong
  • Guenther Horvath, President of the Vienna International Arbitral Center (VIAC), Vienna, Austria 
  • Andrey Gorlenko, Executive Administrator of the Russian Arbitration Center(RAC) at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration (RIMA), Moscow, Russia
  • Tatiana Menshenina, Partner, Withersworldwide, London, United Kingdom
19:00 - 20:00
19:00 - 20:00



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Conference operator

The Arbitration Association

Strategic Partner

Global Arbitration Review

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
CCI France Russie
African Arbitration Association
Ассоциация юристов в сфере ликвидации и банкротства
Swiss Balance magazine


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. 

Photos from the conference are available here


Session 1: Review of M&A market in Russia and CIS – trends and developments:

Session 2: Technology M&A deals:
Session 3: Russian and CIS M&A Hot Topics:
Session 4: “Yes – you can make M&A work in spite of all sanctions and AML rules”:
Session 5: M&A Disputes in Arbitration and Litigation – recent changes and developments:

Organizing committee

Name Firm Country
Andriash Anatoly Norton Rose Fullbright Russia
Berdalin Arman Sayat Zholshy Kazakhstan
Gorodissky Andrey Andrey Gorodissky & Partners Russia
Zelenin Andrey Lidings Russia
Zimbler Brian Morgan Lewis LLP United States
Kohout Jan PRK Partners Czech Republic
Kim Latypov DLA Piper Russia
Lousanoff Oleg de Hengeler Mueller Germany
Tatiana Menshenina Withers United Kingdom
Ostrovsky Sergei Ashurst United Kingdom
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