About conference

A conference presented by the IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee, supported by the IBA European Regional Forum.

Now in its 7th 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, Schoenherr Attorneys at Law; Senior Vice-Chair, IBA Corporate and M&A Committee, and Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner, ALRUD Law Firm, IBA LPD Council Member.


Andrei Dontsov
Partner, White & Case
Andrei Dontsov
Vassily Rudomino
Senior Partner, ALRUD
Vassily Rudomino
Alexander Smirnov
Director of the legal department of the Moscow Stock Exchange
Alexander Smirnov


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

Registration. Welcome coffee

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

Opening Remarks

  • Christian Herbst, Conference Co-chair, Partner, Schoenherr 
09:20 - 10:50
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 
  • Dmitry Kononov, Director of Investor Relations & M&A, MegaFon
  • 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, 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
  • 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



Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
Neglinnaya str. 4, Moscow


Conference operator

The Arbitration Association

Sponsor of action


Official information partner


Strategic information partner


Information partner

ICC Russia (International Chamber of Commerce)
Журнал «Корпоративный юрист»
CEE Legal Matters
Журнал «Юрист компании»
Legal Insight
Pericles Law Center
The Law Society
Аналитический банковский журнал
bne IntelliNews
Финансовая газета
Адвокатская газета
Экономика и Жизнь - Юристу
Федеральная палата адвокатов Российской Федерации
Адвокатская палата Санкт-Петербурга


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: Nina Anigbogu nina.anigbogu@arbitrations.ru 

2015 Conference presentations:

Session 1: Macroeconomic Trends in M&A

Irakli Mtibelishvili, Managing Director, Chairman of Corporate and Investment Bank, Citi – Russia and CIS (Russia, Moscow)

Alexander Reznik, Managing Director, Global Banking, VTB Capital (Russia, Moscow)

Yaroslava Zabello, Head of M&A Market (analytic), AK&M Information Agency (Russia, Moscow)

Nikolay Vasilyev, Managing Director, Merchant Banking and Advisory Department, CJSC "Sberbank CIB" (Russia, Moscow)

Session 2: Civil Code Reforms: New Rules for M&A Transactions

Session 4:Distressed Assets Cross-Border M&A in the Russian Market

Session 5: Dispute resolution

Peter B. Maggs, Professor and Clifford M. and Bette A. Carney Chair in Law Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)

Artur Zurabyan, Head of International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice, Art De Lex (Russia, Moscow)

Anton Kaziev, Head of the Financial Institutions Insurance «Ingosstrakh» (Russia, Moscow)


1. Alexander Zharskiy, Partner, ALRUD Law Firm, Russia, Moscow 

2. Roman Kvitko, Head of legal, Gazpromneft, Russia, St. Petersburg 

3. Alexander Nikiforov, Chief Legal Counsel, Gazprom EP International, Russia, Moscow 

4. Reinier Nijmeijer, Head of Legal Shell Russia, Russia, Moscow 

5. Anatoly Andriyash, Partner, Head of Moscow office Norton Rose Fulbright (Central Europe) LLP, Russia, Moscow

6. Marina Mizgireva, Partner, KPMG, Russia, Moscow  

7. Dmitry Paramonov, Attorney at Law, FBK Legal, Russia, Moscow 

8. Otabek Suleimanov, Partner, Colibri Law Firm, Kazakhstan, Almaty 

9. Evgenia Teterevkova, Attorney at law, Borenius Ltd, Russia, St. Petersburg 

10. Tatiana Minaeva, Of Counsel at Global Disputes Practice, Jones Day, UK, London 

11. Yuri Monastyrsky, Partner, MZS & Partners, Russia, Moscow