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10th Forum, Tbilisi, Georgia 17-20 June 2015 9th Forum, Vienna, Austria 27-29 June 2014 8th Forum, Kiev-Odessa, Ukraine 26-29 June 2013 7th Forum, Yerevan, Armenia 6-8 June 2012 6th Forum Almaty, Kazakhstan 22-24 June 2011 5th Forum Minsk, Belarus 23-25 June 2010 4th Forum Kiev, Ukraine 24-26 June 2009 3rd Forum St. Petersburg, Russia 25-27 June 2008 2nd Forum Baku, Azerbaijan 20 – 22 June 2007 1st Forum Kiev, Ukraine 28-30 June 2006

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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Opening remarks: CIS Forum Legal Network

Dr. Irina Paliashvili, RULG - Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A.

Presentation: Mr. Johan Lambers, Advocaat, Brussels Residentie IUSTICA.BE (Virtual Office presentation) — Brussels

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Dr. Irina Paliashvili, RULG - Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A.

The Local Host Firm: Mr. Nariman Ramazanov, Fina LLP

Panel: Local Counsel from Russia and Belarus

Moderator: Mr. Maxim Kulkov, Pepeliaev, Goltsblat & Partners — Moscow

Mr. Dimitry Afanasiev, Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners, LLC — Moscow

Mr. Alexander Stepanovski, Stepanovski, Papakul & Partners — Minsk

Mr. Sergey Karpekin, Siberian Juridical Company — Novosibirsk

Mr. Vladimir Sakovich, Collegium of Advocates "Yakovlev & Partners" — Moscow

Panel: Local Counsel from the Caucasus region, Moldova, and Ukraine

Moderator: Mr. Alexander Turcan, Turcan & Turcan — Chisinau

Dr. Irina Paliashvili, Ukrainian Legal Group  LLC — Kiev and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Alexandr Bolkvadze, BLC Professional Legal Services - Tbilisi

Panel: Local Counsel from the Central Asia

Moderator: Mr. Zafar Malikov, GRATA Law Firm — Tashkent

Mr. Ulan Tilenbaev, Kalikova & Associates — Bishkek

Panel: Showcase of the Host Country: Azerbaijan

Moderator: Mr. Nariman Ramazanov, Fina LLP

Mr. James Hogan, Managing Partner, Salans Limited — Baku and Paris

Panel: International Law Firms

Moderator: Dr. Willibald Plesser, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer — Vienna

Dr. Gabriel Lansky, Lansky Ganzger & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Vienna

Mr. David Greene, Edwin Coe LLP — London

Panel: Oil & Gas

Moderator: Ms. Olga Chentsova, Aequitas Law Firm — Almaty

Mr. Robert Małecki, Karniol Małecki i Wspólnicy Sp.k. — Warsaw

Panel: Commercial Dispute Resolution

Moderator:Bruce Marks, Marks & Sokolov, LLC - Philadelphia

Mr. Maxim Kulkov, Pepeliaev, Goltsblat & Partners — Moscow

Dr. Thomas Rihm, Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte — Zurich

Mr. David Franklin, Franklin & Franklin — Montreal

Panel: Investment Risks and Disputes

Mr. Tomasz Dobrowolski, Hogan & Hartson Jamka Galos sp.K. — Warsaw

Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Vienna

Panel: Banking, finance, capital markets

Dr. Olena Kibenko, Inyurpolis, CJSC — Kharkiv

Panel: Business Development of Law Practice

Moderator: Mr. Mauro Rubino-Sammartano, Federation of European Bars — Milan

Presentations of the candidates for the next Forum venue

Ms. Anna Zeitlinger, Lansky Ganzger & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Vienna

Mr. Arkady Krasnikhin, Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev and Partners

Alternative Seminar I: Mergers and Acquisitions, organized by Clifford Chance CIS Limited

Chair: Mr. Andrei Dontsov, Clifford Chance CIS Limited — Moscow

Alternative Seminar II: INTA Commercial Mediation, organized by RULG - Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A. and Fina LLP

Chair: Mr. Jeremy Ferguson, Solicitor, Civil Mediator, Chairman of Devon & Exeter Law Society Mediation Committee, Vice President of Federation of European Bars Access to Justice Commission — Exeter, Devon

Handout FCPA (The Stealthy Foreign Corrupt Practices Act): Prof. Bruce W. Bean, Lecturer in Global Corporate Law, Michigan State University College of Law, Co-Chair ABA Russian-Eurasian Law Committee


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