International partners

The International Bar Association

The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading union of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.

The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

It has a membership of more than 45,000 individual lawyers and over 200 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents. IBA has a considerable experience in providing assistance to the global legal community.
The American Bar Association

Founded in 1933, the American Bar Association Section of International Law is the leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners.
The Law Society

The Law Society represents over 150,000 solicitors qualified in England and Wales practising both at home and across the globe. The Society protects and promotes the interests of the profession by providing advice, training, products and services to its members, developing new legal markets and international networks, and by influencing law and policy. The Law Society is committed to ensuring that the unique role of solicitors is recognised and celebrated.
Netherlands-Russia year

2013 is the Netherlands-Russia year, a year in which the Netherlands and Russia emphasize their long bilateral relations.

St. Petersburg International Legal Forum is honoured to welcome the distinguished guest Mr. Ivo Opstelten, Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands.

General partner


Gazprombank (Open Joint-Stock Company) or GPB (OJSC) is the third largest bank in the Russian Federation in terms of total assets and equity.

The Bank’s principal business areas are corporate banking, retail banking, investment banking and depositary services. Its banking activities also include securities trading, foreign exchange operations, precious metals operations, clearing operations and settlement services.

The main objective of the Bank is to ensure the balanced growth of its business and the maximization of shareholder value by diversifying its business, developing along the lines of a universal bank and implementing a client-focused business model.

The Bank has a wide distribution network of 43 branches and over 200 banking outlets located throughout the Russian Federation. GPB also has ownership interests in three other Russian banks. Its regional network extends to the principal regions and largest financial and industrial centres in the Russian Federation. In addition Gazprombank is represented in the markets of Belarus, Armenia and Switzerland through ownership interests in three foreign banks: Belgazprombank (Belarus), AREXIMBANK-GAZPROMBANK GROUP (Armenia) and Gazprombank (Switzerland) Ltd. Gazprombank also has representative offices in Mongolia China and India.

Event partners


The convergence of telecom and information technologies, mobile and fixed line, opens a wide range of opportunities for Telecominvest. The company is open to partnerships and is in constant vigilance in respect of new technologies and ideas in telecom and the Internet to develop both existing and new businesses. The mobile voice and data operator and a major Telecominvest subsidiary MegaFon last year claimed the second spot in the Russian telecoms segment by number of subscribers and revenue from mobile services.

MegaFon held a successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange in the fall of 2012 and saw its share price climb almost 60% by mid-March 2013.

With an effective management team and structure, the company focuses on high profitability and social responsibility.
The Art, Science and Sports Charity Foundation

The Art, Science and Sports Charity Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded by the Russian businessman and philanthropist Alisher Usmanov to advance important public events in the sphere of arts, culture and sports as well as to implement scientific, educational, and social projects in the territory of the Russian Federation.

Charitable activities of the Art, Science and Sports Foundation are focused on supporting projects in the following areas:

Culture and art

One of the priority missions of the Fund is to preserve and to enrich the cultural heritage of Russia. The Art, Science and Sports Foundation provides comprehensive support to cultural workers and the events that they initiate in the sphere of architecture, painting, music, literature and other branches of art.

Science and education

The Fund is actively involved in scientific projects and renders assistance to educational establishments at all levels, including higher educational institutions, with a view to modernize the national education system.

Social projects and healthcare

The Art, Science and Sports Charity Foundation arranges and supports various events aimed at the development of infrastructure of healthcare and social services facilities. The Organization allocates funds for the acquisition of medical equipment and medications as well as provides targeted assistance to orphaned and disabled children that need specialized treatment.


With a view of making contribution to the development of sports in Russia, the Organization supports a number of sports clubs and federations, sponsors professional and amateur competitions, stimulates young sportsmen, and takes part in programs aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle and physical culture.
OJSC MegaFon

OJSC MegaFon is the all-Russian universal communications operator running its business in all segments of the telecommunications market. MegaFon was established in May 2002. MegaFon became the first and the only operator with a network covering all regions of Russia. The Company and its subsidiaries have all the required licenses and operate in all the Russian regions and the Republic of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Tajikistan. MegaFon was the first in Russia to launch 3G for commercial operations and is currently Top 1 in the segment of mobile Internet, and Top 2 as to the number of active subscribers in Russia.

Having acquired Synterra Group of Companies, one of the leading Russian backbone operators, in June 2010, MegaFon entered the market of fixed-line communication for government and corporate customers as well as fixed Broadband market. The combined infrastructure of MegaFon and Synterra is present in all the Russian regions, forming the basis for GSM 900/1800, 3G, VSAT, IP/MPLS, NLD/ILD networks, data and call centers connected to all players of telecommunication market.

In 2009, MegaFon became the General Partner of the XXII Winter Olympic Games and XI Paralympic Games in 2014 in Sochi.

As of March 01, 2012, the principal shareholders of MegaFon are companies of AF Telecom Holding group, the TeliaSonera group and Altimo telecommunications holding.

Rosneft is a Russian oil industry leader and one of the largest public oil and gas companies in the world. Total proven hydrocarbon reserves amount to 22.8 bn barrels and proven liquid hydrocarbon reserves have placed Rosneft at the top of global ranking tables among publicly traded companies.

Rosneft’s main operations are exploring for and extracting oil and gas and manufacturing and selling oil products and petrochemicals. OJSC Rosneftegaz is the main shareholder in the company and is 100% owned by the Russian state. Approximately 15% of the company’s shares are in free float.

Rosneft’s exploration and production activities spread across all of Russia’s main oil and gas provinces. The company also has projects in Kazakhstan, Algeria, Venezuela, Abkhazia and the UAE.

In 2011-2012Rosneft has signed strategic cooperation agreements with ExxonMobil, Eni and Statoil. Agreements envisage exploration in the Arctic and Black Sea offshore zones and cooperation through technology sharing and joint international projects.

Business programme partners


The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM incorporates more than 250 enterprises and scientific institutions, including all civil nuclear companies of Russia, nuclear weapons complex’s facilities, research organizations and the world’s only nuclear-propelled fleet. ROSATOM is the largest utility in Russia which produces more than 40 % of electricity in the country’s European part. ROSATOM holds leading positions in the world market of nuclear technologies being the 1-st in the world simultaneous nuclear build abroad; 2-nd in uranium reserves and 5-th in uranium mining; 4-th in nuclear electricity generation, while providing 40% of the world uranium enrichment services and 17% of the world nuclear fuel market.

ROSATOM Director General is Sergey Kirienko.

INTER RAO UES GROUP is a diversified energy holding operating in various sectors of Russian and international electric power industry. INTER RAO UES is a leading Russian exporter and importer of electric power actively increasing its share in electricity generation and retail sales market, as well as developing new lines of business, such as engineering, equipment exports and energy efficiency services. The corporate strategy is focused on making INTER RAO UES a global energy enterprise and a key player in the international energy market. INTER RAO UES Group owns and operates over 33.5 GW of installed power generation capacity.
Scientific and Methodological Center for Mediation and Law

Scientific and Methodological Center for Mediation and Law is a leader in Russia’s ADR industry, and has been promoting alternative dispute resolution and mediation since 2005.

Center performs a variety of different business activities — from mediation services in resolution of corporate conflicts and integration of mediation into the Russian court system to developing curricula for mediation studies, holding workshops and seminars, and training professional mediators.

The Center cooperates with educational institutions in Europe and the US what allows providing mediative services of high quality and, accumulating foreign colleagues’ experience, adapting mediation for Russian conditions.

Interros is one of the largest private investment companies in Russia.

The company was founded in 1990 by Mr. Vladimir Potanin — a businessperson and philanthropist, Chairman of the commission for developing of charity and NGO legislation improving of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.

As of today, the total value of assets under Interros management is about 15 billion US dollars.

Being an investment company Interros is aimed at high-quality business restructuring, maximum efficiency and, as a consequence — a high return on investment.

The success of the company is due to the effective work of its team. Interros corporate Legal Department enjoys a well-deserved reputation of being one of the most efficient legal entities in Russian business companies, providing highly professional legal support and protection for Interros’s projects.
The Skolkovo Foundation

The Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in September 2010 by the Russian government with an objective to accelerate transformation of Russiafrom a resource-intensive to an innovation-based economy. To achieve this objective the Foundation is overseeing the creation of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre composed of companies and start-ups, developing innovative technologies (currently numbering over 870), a Technopark, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), a new graduate research University established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Skolkovo city, located near Moscow. Together these entities will establish a vibranteco-system of technology innovation and entrepreneurship. 28 world’s most successful corporations, including Boeing, Cisco Systems, EADS, GE, Johnson& Johnson, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Siemens, Nokia, etc. have already recognized the opportunity Skolkovo presents having signed R&D partnership agreements with the Foundation.

Strategic partner


RCCA is the leading association of professional lawyers in Russia which unites the lawyers of Russian and international companies and promotes the consolidation of legal society’s positions and development of the social institutions.

More than 3000 lawyers are involved in the RCCA activities. Among the RCCA members there are 500 corporate and individual lawyers representing the leading companies.

Social event partners


VEGAS LEX is one of the largest law firms headquartered in Russia.

Since 1995 the firm accompanies its client’s strategic projects in every region of Russia and in other countries of the world.


  • Competition & Antitrust;
  • PPP & Infrastructure;
  • Investments. Project Finance;
  • Corporate and M&A;
  • Tax;
  • Law-Making and GR issues.;
  • Branch law (Energy and Natural Resources, Real Estate & Construction, Pharmacy, Mass Media);
  • Compliance. Anti-bribery compliance;
  • Dispute resolution and International Arbitration

The firm clients are top Russian and foreign enterprises, multinational companies, government institutions.

The expertise of VEGAS LEX is highly ranked annually by the leading international and Russian editorials.
Pepeliaev Group

With over 180 attorneys based in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk, Pepeliaev Group is the leading Russian law firm, which renders legal services in Russia, the CIS and abroad. We support our clients in all spheres of Russian law throughout Russia, the CIS and also internationally.

Our services include legal support for investment projects; tax advice and tax litigation; corporate; commercial/M&A; antimonopoly regulation; real estate and construction; dispute resolution and mediation; intellectual property and trademarks; employment and migration law; banking and finance; customs and foreign trade regulation; administrative and criminal defence for businesses; insolvency; data protection; environmental protection.

In 2012, Pepeliaev was the recipient of the prestigious The Lawyer Best Law Firm: Russia and the CIS award.
Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells is an international law firm and one of the top-10 largest law firms worldwide with over 2,400 lawyers operating in 43 offices in the US, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Moscow office of the firm, leader in reputable legal rankings and directories, has been serving Russian and international clients for almost 20 years. Our lawyers are well known not only for first class legal expertise and market knowledge, but also for true cross border integration and client focused innovation. Our practice areas are: Corporate including Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Capital Markets, Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation, Business Restructuring & Insolvency, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Media and Technology, Dispute Resolution.

Strategic information partner

RIA Novosti

RIA Novosti is a leading Russian news media organization, with a history spanning 70 years. Today the group incorporates the eponymous multimedia international news agency, a Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI), a business news agency (PRIME), a sports news agency (R-Sport), a rating agency, a publishing house (Moskovskiye Novosti, or Moscow News) and a wide network of media centers in Russia and abroad, as well as over 40 websites in 14 languages, with an overall audience of over 17 million unique visitors per month.

General information partner


“Kommersant” is the oldest publishing house in Russia, one of the most influential and reputable media structures in the country.

The main principles of “Kommersant” are responsiveness, veracity, objectiveness.
Since 1989 the publishing house launches the “Kommersant” newspaper, the first private business newspaper in Russia.
The case of the publishing house “Kommersant” comprises weekly magazines “Kommersant-vlast” (literally ’Power’) and “Kommersant-dengi” (’Money’), weekly social and political magazine “Ogoniok”, weekly life-style magazine “Kommersant-weekend”, monthly business magazine “Kommersant Company Confidential”, monthly shopping guide “Kommersant Catalogue” and monthly automobile magazine “Avtopilot”.

In spring 2010 the information radio “Kommersant FM” — the first project of the united multimedia editorship — started its broadcast

The website on the internet is

Official television

100 TV

100 TV is a privately owned 24 hour television broadcasting channel, on air since 2003 and focusing on information and enlightenment.
First and foremost 100TV is a channel for St. Petersburg’s citizens, covering the life of St. Petersburg. The most pressing and relevant issues of the city’s life are scrutinized, the channel’s team is quick to react to every problem of the city and the citizens.
100 TV schedule includes information, analysis, sports, entertainment, talk shows, telethons, as well as movies and documentaries for every generation. It also hosts the live broadcasts of the football (FC Zenith) and hockey (SKA) games. A number of 100 TV’s works have garnered awards of television and journalistic community: TEFI Region, Golden Quill, etc.
A network of new transceivers put 100 TV — locally in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region — in the same league as the First national channel, Rossiya and 5th channel. 100 TV’s programs are also available on the web site

100 TV is part of the Baltic Media Group (BMG), the largest media corporation of Russia’s northwestern region.

Official radio

Business FM

Business FM — Russia’s first business radio station.

Business FM provides an exclusive product for a small segment of the general public but the most active and influential one, which in minutes must have the full spectrum of information about money. Business FM is a member company of the RUMEDIA group of companies.

Media partners is the first Russian social network for legal professionals. The project is developed by Zakon Publishing Group.

It is a universal legal portal where you can find topical interviews, cases analytics from the Supreme Court of Arbitration of the Russian Federation, professional blogs of leading lawyers and law firms and breaking legal news.

LexisNexis is the leading provider of international legal information which includes legislation, commentaries and precedents of the USA, UK, EU, offshore countries. It also contains companies and biographical information, sanction lists, PEP-lists as well as international mass media archive.

LexisNexis is used by largest Russian and foreign corporations, government institutions, law firms and universities. Users of LexisNexis services are practicing lawyers, Risk, AML & Compliance specialists and scholars.

Pravo.Ru is the only one Global Legal Information Project on Russian market serving as a wide-range professional counsel — a developed media and analytical gateway.

Pravo.Ru accumulates a solid volume of legal, social, political and business information, covering various affairs, endorsing professional point of view, promoting transparency of legal community.

The target audience of this website comprises businessmen, lawyers, journalists, political analysts and official persons representing the legislative branch.

For over 30 years, IFLR has covered developments in the law of international finance. It serves a global audience of in-house counsel in major banks, investment institutions, securities firms and members of international law firms. It focuses on analysis of the latest deal structures and trends, exclusive interviews with key regulators, expert opinion on major market developments. The aim of the edition is to provide clients of law firms with easy-to-use rankings and profiles of the leading firms in each country, accompanied by analysis of the market trends.
The “Mediation and Law. Intermediation and Conciliation” magazine

The “Mediation and Law. Intermediation and Conciliation” magazine — the first professional journal about mediation in Russia.

The “Mediation and Law. Intermediation and Conciliation” magazine targets a wide readership, but primarily aimed at lawyers, businessmen, politicians, public servants, social workers, and all those whose everyday duties require ability for conflict resolution. “Mediation and Law. Intermediation and Conciliation” magazine brings historical research, portrays personalities and famous peacekeepers, and offers its own perspective on lifestyle of a person whose job is influencing other people.
The “Legal Insight”

“ej-JURIST” is a Russian juridical weekly newspaper; it publishes latest news, opinion and facts about legislation, and law application practice; it also performs the analysis of legal practice in different law sectors and systems and answers readers’ questions.

The newspaper is oriented to professional judges, lawyers, notaries; it will be also helpful for law students, businessmen, for companies which have no legalists or HRs in the staff, for accountants, auditors, tax officers.
The Ukrainian Journal of Business Law

The Ukrainian Journal of Business Law (UJBL) has been published in English since 2003 on a monthly basis and covers both the most relevant issues regarding doing business in Ukraine and indicative international experience. The Journal’s readers include managers and lawyers of leading international and Ukrainian companies; visitors and employees of foreign embassies in Ukraine; representatives of international organizations and think tanks; members of leading business and law associations; participants of local and global conferences. For more information, please visit our web-site.
Corporate Laywer

Corporate Laywer is the Russia's leading professional legal magazine for Head of legal, law firm partner and lawyer. Corporate lawyer magazine established in 2005 by Wolters Kluwer.
Leaders League

Leaders League is a leading French media and consulting group specialized in Strategy, Finance, Law. They deliver strategic information for decision making to more than 15 000 international leaders. Decideurs — Strategie Finance Droit is a monthly magazine and a reference for CEOs and senior managers in finance and law. In addition, they edit a collection of Intelligence Report & Directory Series which provides in-depth analysis and exclusive rankings to the leading market players worldwide. Every sector and every issue is analysed structurally, from M&A, Innovation, Tax, Litigation & Arbitration to HR and Social law, the Media industry or the Health sector.

RBC daily newspaper is focused on analysis of situation in different Russian industries and top companies. Printed version is issued 5 times a week with circulation of 80 thousand copies.

The newspaper is a leader among business web projects, its daily audience comprise more than 200 thousand users.
The Russian Legal Information agency

The Russian Legal Information agency (RAPSI) is the first and only Russian media outlet established by the country’s Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Commercial Court, and the RIA Novosti news agency. It is aimed at making Russia’s judicial system more transparent and raising legal awareness among the Russian public.

At its website, RLIA covers the activities of Russian courts and human rights organizations. It also carries information about government resolutions and forthcoming court hearings, along with expert commentaries and background material. The site is visited by some 400,000 users a month.
The Global Legal Post

The Global Legal Post is the world's fastest growing legal news and views digest. Bringing the very best of the world's legal media to 95,000 lawyers globally on a daily basis, it provides a commentary on the world's legal press, blogs, tweets, Linkedin, web and global media. From jobs to blogs, it is essential reading for business lawyers globally. Published by the most experienced team in legal media, it also publishes the Corporate Counsel Weekly news briefing as well as conducting research and producing premium events.

Social programme media partner is an information resource about people and events at the Russian financial market. Exclusive corporate and personnel news, interviews with top management, reportages from the business conferences and private parties — in one word, everything about life of financiers. went live in September 2010 and proved itself to be a source for reliable and interesting information, which is read by literally everyone at the financial market, and became an indispensable guide to the events of the closed financial sphere. The whole world of the Russian investment and banking society is presented at the events organized by the team of Finparty.