10th Annual IBA “Mergers and Acquisitions in Russia and CIS” Conference

International Bar Association
International Bar Association

Now in its 10th year, Mergers and Acquisitions in Russia and CIS 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.

When and where?

16th November, 2108. Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, Moscow, Russia.

Who should attend?

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

Stated topics and speakers

Registration. Welcome coffee
Opening Remarks
Christian Herbst, Conference Co-chair, Partner, Schoenherr (Austria, Vienna)
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 fnancial,
economic and business factors afecting the M&A.

  • Key drivers of Russian and CIS M&A markets: dynamics, trends and industry-specifc aspects;
  • Key investment priorities in the long and medium term: where to fnd the sources of
  • Investment attractiveness of the Russian business in the world market in current
  • National Security Section;
  • M&A and IPO for Russian companies.


  • Dmitri Sedov, Managing Direcotor, Co-Head of Goldman Sachs (Russia)


  • Ilya Bakhturin, Special Investment Situations Director, Russian Direct Investment Fund
  • Evgeny Pegushin, Board of directors member, Vice President, ER Telecom


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.
  • Brexit considerations in M&A deals.
  • Structuring and protecting M&A transactions in light of sanctions.
  • Blockchain in M&A transactions.
  • Initiative to introduce disproportionate voting: pros and cons.


  • Alan Kartashkin, Partner, Debevoise & Pimpton (Moscow, Russia)
  • Cornelia Topf, Partner, Gleiss Lutz (Frankfurt, Germany)


  • Nik Kutnaks, KMP Advisors
  • Petr Glushkov, Advisor to the General Director on international legal matters, PJSC Tatneft
  • Aleksey Vostokov, Director Legal Afairs, Polyus
  • Konstantin Kolesnik, Senior Legal Counsel, Lukoil
  • Igor Kondrashov, Vice-Presiden, Legal Director, 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?;
  • Efect of international sanctions on the organization and functions of legal.


  • Andrei Dontsov, Partner, White&Case;
  • Aleksey Nikiforov, SIBUR;


  • Dmitry Donov, 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
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


  • Mikhail Filinov, Partner, International tax and private wealth structuring,PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Alexander Zharskiy, Partner, ALRUD Law Firm


  • Anastasia Pavlova, General Counsel, Ru-net Fund
  • 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 (Moscow, Russia)


  • Anton Samokhvalov, Partner, KIAP
  • Sergey Petrachkov, Partner, ALRUD
  • Artem Doudko, Partner, Osborne Clarke (London, UK)
  • Dmitry Davydenko, ICAC at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Theo Parperis, Partner, PwC

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