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Organizing Committee:


Dr. Irina Paliashvili
President and Senior Counsel
RULG - Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A.

Mr. John Whittaker
Clyde & Co LLP

Mr. Dimitry Afanasiev
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Opening remarks:

Dr. Irina Paliashvili, Co-Chair of the CIS Forum, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group - Kiev

CIS Forum’s Initiative in Action:
Introduction to multijurisdictional ethical and professional principles for the CIS Economic Region.

Presented by: Mr. Alexander Khvoshchinskiy, Managing Partner, LegalStudies.RU - Moscow

Commentator: Dr. Wolfgang Eichele, Director of the German Federal Bar - Berlin

Update: Virtual Law Office
Presented by: Mr. Johan Lambers, Advocaat, IUSTICA.BE - Brussels

Commentator: Mr. Ronald Marks, Senior Counsel, Head of Business Development, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group - Kiev

Workshop: IPOs Go East - Case Study of the First Major Russian IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Presented by: Hong Kong Exchange (HKEx) and Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Mr. Lawrence Fok, Chief Marketing Officer of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Limited

Mr. Dimitry Afanasiev, Chairman, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Moscow

Mr. Allen Thomas, Partner, Head of London Office, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - London

Mr. Alexey Andrusenko, Associate, Head of IPO Group, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Moscow

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Welcome and Introductory Remarks: the 5th Anniversary and Celebrating Forum Veterans
Dr. Irina Paliashvili, President and Senior Counsel, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group - Kiev

Mr. Dimitry Afanasiev, Chairman, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Moscow

The Host Firm: Ms. Liliya Vlasova, Senior Partner, Vlasova, Mikhel & Partners - Minsk

Panel: Showcase of the Host Country - Belarus
Mr. Konstantin Mikhel, Managing Partner, Vlasova, Mikhel & Partners - Minsk

Mr. Valery Papakul, Managing Partner, Stepanovski, Papakul & Partners - Minsk

Mr. Denis Aleinikov, Senior Partner, Law Group "Argument" - Minsk

Panel: Regional Update - Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
Moderator: Mr. Alexander Turcan, Managing Partner, Turcan & Turcan - Chisinau

Mr. Sergey Pepeliaev, Managing Partner, Pepeliaev Group - Moscow

Mr. Yuri Pustovit, Managing Partner, Advocates Bureau Yug - Krasnodar

Dr. Irina Paliashvili, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group - Kiev

Panel: Regional Update - Central Asia and Caucasus Region
Moderator: Ms. Olga Chentsova, Managing Partner, Aequitas Law Firm - Almaty

Mr. Nariman Ramazanov, Managing Partner, FINA LLP - Baku

Panel: We All are Local Counsel (how do we search, choose, and build long-term relationships and where do we go from there? Affiliation? Merger? Network? Best Friends? Only Friends? New Friends?)
Moderator: Dr. Cord-Georg Hasselmann, Partner, Hengeler Mueller - Berlin

Mr. Ilya Nikiforov, Managing Partner, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - St. Petersburg

Mr. Johan Lambers, Advocaat, IUSTICA.BE - Brussels

Panel: Evolution or Revolution (Young Stars and Generational Transition in Law Firm Management)
Moderator: Mr. Glenn Hendrix, Managing Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP - Atlanta, Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law

Mr. Armando Ambrosio, Partner, NCTM - Studio Legale Associato - Milan

Mr. Jan Kaczmarczyk, Associate, K&L Gates LLP - Warsaw

Ms. Olga Mikhaleva, Foreign Lawyer, Hengeler Mueller - Frankfurt

Ms. Lilia Gokieli, Counsel, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group - Kiev


Panel: Redefined Relationship (Corporate Counsel and External Counsel - did the re-set button work?)
Moderator Ms. Natalya Thotahewage, Head of Legal Department Russia & CIS, Johnson & Johnson LLC - Moscow

Mr. John Whittaker, Partner, Clyde & Co - London

Mr. Andrei Roschupkin, External Affairs and Legal Manager, "Coca-Cola Beverages Belorussiya" FE - Minsk


Panel: What's the Difference between any Mouse and Mickey Mouse? (Marketing and the Rest of the Legal Industry)
Moderator: Mr. Dmitry Chernyy, Partner, Attorneys' Collegium Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners - Moscow

Ms. Jacqui Hurd, Head of Marketing Operations, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell International - London

Mr. Nicholas Eastwell, London Consultant, Kinstellar - London

Mr. Mikhail Safarov, Director of the Regional Development, Advocate Bureau Vegas Lex - Moscow

Friday, 25 June 2010

Panel: Where are the Distressed Assets and What to Do When We Find Them? (Corporate Restructuring and Project Finance)
Moderator: Mr. Jan Kohout, Partner, PRK Partners - Prague

Ms. Gudrun Stangl, Partner, Schoenherr - Vienna

Mr. Christopher Garner, Counsel, Wardynski & Partners - Warsaw

Panel: Antitrust Makes a Comeback (in the CIS and Globally)
Moderator: Ms. Tatiana Ignatovskaya, Partner, Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners - Minsk

Ms. Elena Zaeva, Head of the Department for Communications Services Markets of the Division of Monitoring of Transportation and Communication, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation - Moscow

Ms. Irina Grebneva, Managing Partner, Law Company Land - Novosibirsk

Mr. Alexey Kot, Partner, Salkom - Kiev

Ms. Tatiana Kamenskaya, Managing Partner, Kamenskaya and Partners - Moscow

Panel: Commercial Dispute Resolution (Marching to the Same Drum: Coordinating the Efforts of Lead and Local Counsel)
Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Partner, Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Vienna

Ms. Irina Sidorova, Managing Partner, Cabinet Irina Sidorova - Paris

Dr. Thomas Rihm, Partner, Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte – Zurich

Presentations of the Candidates for the Next Forum Venue
Ms. Olga Chentsova, Managing Partner, Aequitas Law Firm - Almaty

Presentation: new CIS Forum's initiative in action - multijurisdictional ethical and professional principles for the CIS Economic Region
Moderator: Mr. Alexander Khvoshchinskiy, Managing Partner, LegalStudies.RU: Consulting & Communications - Moscow


* Bios and Presentations are listed according to the Forum Program as received from selected Moderators and Panelists.
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