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 
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
Coffee break
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

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
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.

  • 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

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 
  • 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)