Digest 112

May 8, 2019 Subsribe

SPBILF 2019 News

Legal Street is the most unusual part of SPBILF’s evening programme. Cocktails and jazz, dances and DJ sets, tasting sessions, short plays, prize draws, rave parties and bar hopping — that’s what Legal Street is about.

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SPBILF 2019 Partners Events


21:00 - 23:00

Party on the Rooftop by Regionservis

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (1, Mikhaylovskaya st.)

Participation upon badge presentation (Delegate and Accompanying person)

"Regionservice" Attorneys-at-law – one of the leading Russian law firms established in Kuzbass nearly 20 years ago – have pleasure to invite the participants of the IX SPBILF to attend the Party celebrating the opening of the Forum on May 14, 2019. The event will take place on the rooftop of the Grand Hotel Europe, where Dmitry Malikov and Anna Sedokova will present the music program including Russian premiere of the song “In love”. The guests will enjoy designer cocktails by the best bartenders of the Northern capital as well as traditional Siberian ritual involving vodka and caviar “Black on Black”.

See you on the rooftop at 21.00!

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"Regionservice" is a team of excellent attorneys-at-law leading in national service for legal protection of businesses. The firm is represented in Kemerovo, Tomsk, Tyumen, Yekaterinburg and Moscow where highly experienced specialists provide expertise in law, management, accounting, security, IT and PR solutions. “Regionservice” began with representing Kuzbass industrial companies. By now the firm has become Russia-wide. Solid reputation of the firm is ensured by efficient competent work and client-focused approach based on partnership. The major practices of "Regionservice" are recognized and notable in the professional space, marked in legal services specialised ratings at Pravo.ru-300, Kommersant, Chambers and Legal 500.


08:15 - 09:30

Kommersant Business Breakfast “Litigation Funding – Russian & Foreign Experience”

Courtyard, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Now Russia has all the conditions for Litigation Funding market growth. PLATFORMA estimates, the market is about 100 billion Roubles per year. Apparently, Litigation Funding progress will become one of key means for development of legal representation market. It will increase the demand for legal assistance and contribute to the growth of fees and efficiency of cross-border disputes.

08:30 - 09:45

Kommersant Business Breakfast “Personal Liability and Risks of Company Managers and Beneficial Owners”

Gray Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

At the business breakfast we will take a closer look at the nuances of exposing business owners to personal liability, with a focus on finding and seizing assets, comparing the relevant aspects of both Russian and foreign legal practices, recovering debt from straw parties and affiliates, and challenging illegal transactions.

09:00 - 10:00

RIA Novosti Business Breakfast “The Media’s View of Legislation Against Fake News: Russian and International Experience”

Hyde Park, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

International practices with respect to regulating the distribution of information suggest a further toughening of laws in the digital sphere in order to counter disinformation. That said, approaches to regulating information are not systematic either in Russia or abroad.

At the working breakfast, participants will discuss international experience based on the examples of Russia, the US and European countries, as well as the approaches of Asian countries, and will also give their expert assessment of the prospects for legislation regulating the media.

09:30 - 11:00

Forbes Business Breakfast “Decriminalization of Commercial Disputes: How Long Must Business Stay Under the Threat of Criminal Persecution?”

Guards Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only

At the business breakfast, experts will discuss the issues of interference of Russian security agencies in civil disputes and the possibility for a change in the law that will prohibit security agencies to use criminal prosecution in corporate disputes.

15:00 - 16:30

Pravo.ru World Café “Legal Tech: from the Law to the Code”

Hyde Park, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

For a very long period lawyers were overboard of automatisation processes, but for the only last three years situation has changed dramatically and interest to Legal Tech has increased. Apart from all this hype and sort of talks as “robots will replace lawyers”, issues on legal market transformation under the technologies pressure and implementation of effective “road maps” for automatisation remain unsettled. We invite participants to informal discussion in World Café format for exchanging on practical topics of Legal Tech implementation in legal business.

19:30 - 00:00

GQ Code

State Academic Capella (20, Moika emb.)

Participation is by invitation only

GQ Code is an annual award held by GQ magazine as part of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.

The award highlights the best among legal professionals. The winners in each nomination are selected by expert jury consisting of the leaders in the legal world and the editors of GQ.

The following requirements are put forward for nominees: the highest level of professionalism, accuracy in actions, punctuality and restraint.

The winners of the GQ Code Award are lawyers who comprehend legislative acts and have outstanding understanding of the judicial system, who transfer accumulated knowledge to the young generation of lawyers, actively promote the profession and demonstrate unrivaled sense of style.

20:00 - 00:00

“Better come to Pen & Paper” Party

Port Sevkabel (31, Kozhevennaya Line)

Participation upon presentation of a badge


08:15 - 09:15

Pravo.ru Business Breakfast “The Most Significant Litigation Cases – 2018-2019”

Gray Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Discussion Topics:

  1. Key areas of litigation cases in 2018-2019
  2. Presumptions of fact. Legal value of the experience
  3. Recovery of damages by the substitute transaction. ZMK-1520 VS NPK
  4. Subordination of affiliate creditors in bankruptcy: Supreme Court’s practice and approaches
  5. Stocks on demand: Safmar VS OVK
  6. Modern trends of litigation finance in Russia

08:30 - 09:45

Vedomosti Business Breakfast “Bankrupt 2025: an Extinct Fossil?”

Italian Patio, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

The year 2025. The majority of citizens have declared. Having been brought to subsidiary liability, the controlling persons of companies also declared bankruptcy. Most firms are liquidated, and those remaining are controlled by the government. Lawyers who have accompanied the bankruptcy proceedings have lost their opportunity to earn their livelihood. This cannot be. Or can it? The questions to be discussed at the business breakfast are whether bankruptcy will survive as a market institution.

08:30 - 09:50

Kommersant Business Breakfast “Disputes and Settlement Agreements with the State”

Courtyard, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Regulators often initiate administrative cases, and penalties for violations can reach billions of Roubles. Moreover, the state in general, government bodies, institutions, state corporations etc. are main parties of numerous property relations. A part of the state in economy has long ago exceeded 50%. At the same time the state is rarely interested in settlement agreements, implying mutual consessions, even though an opponent party has a strong legal position. Are settlement agreements possible in state disputes? What arguments to use at negotiations? What conditions in the proposed settlement agreement can become a «red flag» for the regulator and the court? How to protect interests of a party in the same time convincing the regulator to conclude settlement agreement?

08:30 - 10:00

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP Business Breakfast “Conflicts of Interest in Russian Companies: Problems and Solutions”

Guards Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only

The following examples of conflicts of interest between companies, their directors and their shareholders will be discussed during the breakfast meeting:

  1. Change of control: risk areas for directors and shareholders.
  2. How to protect a company in relation to director and shareholder ‘side businesses’.
  3. A Servant of Two Masters: the way in which a shareholder-nominated director behaves.
  4. Protection against liability and the future of transactions in case of a conflict of interest.

Discussion participants will include the heads of company legal departments, and experts in corporate management and disputes

9:30 - 11:00

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Business Breakfast “Reformation of Investment Government Support Regimes. What Regime Should an Investor Choose?”

Kempinski Hotel, Neva Hall (22, Moika emb., 1st floor)

Participation is by invitation only

The agenda of business breakfast includes the following:

  1. A comparison of the existing “geographical” investment regimes (special economic zones, priority social and economic development areas, etc.) and “contractual” investment regimes (SPICs, concession agreements, PPP agreements, etc.);
  2. Consideration of new investment regimes proposed by the government;
  3. A discussion of potential project financing avenues for investment projects by VEB.RF;

Consideration of the applicability of various criteria in selecting the optimal investment regime based on possible project profiles, commercial and financial parameters.

9:30 - 11:30

Forbes Business Breakfast “Peculiarities of Legal Structuring of Long-Term Investment Projects in Partnership with the State”

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Participation is by invitation only

Over the course of previous several years different types of cooperation between a State and private companies have become popular. Concession and other investment agreements are used in order to implement long-term investment projects. In this regard, one may notice regulation evolution, practice in public-private partnership in new sectors such as IT. However, some difficulties still emerge while preparing those projects and structuring contracts in this field. Some of them will be touched upon by investors’ representatives that finance the companies and also by legal counsels.

13:00 - 15:00

Pravo.ru Discussion “PPP-related Legislative Reforms in Eurasian Economic Union and European Union: Global, Regional and Local Trends Amid Increasing Competition for Private Investments”

Tavricheskiy Palace (47, Shpalernaya str.)

Participation is by appointment only

On 16 May 2019 we will be hosting a roundtable, starring leading players of the global and Russian PPP markets. The roundtable will focus on the reforms of the PPP legal framework, trends and pilot projects in the EAEU and the EU.

13:30 - 15:00

Cleary Gottlieb Business Lunch “Right to Make Decisions About One’s Own Life. Need for Legislative Improvement”

Guards Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only

Each of us takes dozens of decisions daily – where to go on holiday, what doctor to approach, how and where to have medical treatment, where to educate our children – and we don’t want other people to make such decisions for us. What happens if as a result of a severe injury or terminal illness we are no longer able to make our own decisions?

The concepts of a ‘living will’ and ‘advanced care plan’ – instructions in case of a grave illness or incapacity and end-of-life care planning, including the scope of potential medical interventions – have long been established worldwide.

At the event, we will be the first to speak of the right to express one’s will about oneself and one’s relatives.

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Letter from Nyuta Federmesser, the founder of the VERA Hospice Charity Fund

«I would like to know how many of those present at the Forum have a will. My estimate would be – up to 15%, and the majority of the people answering in the affirmative would be guests from overseas. For Russian people, this practice is the exception rather than the rule. Even if we do commit to writing a will, most clauses would be about the time “when I’m no longer around” and be limited to our property. We will leave no written instructions that provide for a serious illness or loss of capacity; we will not address the questions “how to proceed when I’m alive but I cannot make decisions for myself or my children”.

I have been working with terminally ill people for over 20 years now, and my personal observation is that the percentage of people in possession of a will made in advance is scant; for those having a plan addressing a serious illness or loss of capacity [this number] approaches zero. For this reason, we often witness situations when relatives gather at the sick person’s bed and try to decide for them and [elicit] their wishes. And even if one of the relatives does know the wishes of the sick person, how do we prove that they were made by the patient themselves, not by their potential heir, in the absence of an appropriate legal document?

Unfortunately, current legislation does not provide us with an instrument that would enable us to legally attest a person’s wishes not pertaining to property issues, as well as guarantee that they will be carried out. The institute of legal representatives is absent in Russia. As a result, people wishing to receive specialized care at a hospice, where they are surrounded by their loved ones, as opposed to being alone at the intensive care unit, still end up at the ICU. A more sinister example is that after the death of a parent (or guardian) decisions concerning their disabled children are not made in their best interests. The child is referred to a specialized residential home and then transferred to a psychoneurological facility not hoping to ever come back home. For this very reason, I constantly hear parents of children with a disability say something that should never, under any circumstances, be said in the 21st century, “I’d like my child to die before me because I do not know what will happen to them if I should get sick and die”.

It is difficult for me to accept this state of things, in the knowledge that things can be different, that there is nothing impossible. We can get up tomorrow and visit a notary and write a will; but unfortunately, legislation amendments are required before any of our other decisions can be made legally valid. We do not have to invent anything new and can be guided by the experience of other countries where a regulated system of end-of-life planning has been in place for a long time (“living will” and “advanced care plan”). This includes such medical aspects as the right to refuse resuscitation, treatment with antibiotics, artificial nutrition, assisted ventilation, as well as wishes pertaining to the scope of treatment, legal aspects (choosing a person authorized to make decisions and carry out your wishes, a person authorized with guardianship of underage children or incapacitated relatives in the case of death), ethical aspects (list of persons allowed hospital visits, choosing a carer, type of final disposition, etc.).

While we are alive, while we are young and healthy, it is very difficult to accept the fact that we should plan ahead in case something should happen to us. It’s something we definitely do not want to think about, or put on paper. Objectively speaking, we are afraid. However, if it’s scary to think of, let us talk about it. We should fight our fears. And where do we do it, if not together with lawyers.»

Please join us for lunch «Right to Make Decisions About One’s Own Life. Need for Legislative Improvement», where we will discuss those topics. The event will take place on Thursday, 16 May at 1.30pm at Guards Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.).

It is closed event, by invitations only. If you are interested in attending, please send an email with your company name, position and contact details to ebelousova@cgsh.com.

Organized by international law firm Cleary Gottlieb.

16:00 - 17:30

EY Law 5 O'Clock Tea “Practical Aspects of Government Support Provided to Infrastructure and Manufacturing Industry Projects in Russia”

Italian Patio, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only

As legislation develops, the forms of government support mechanisms across projects and conditions for their use become increasingly important. Experience suggests that certain projects can only be implemented with government-sponsored incentives.

The speakers at the event will include Vice President and General Counsel of SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg” and General Counsel of Siemens Russia, Belarus and Central Asia. They will address certain issues regarding government support for PPP projects and SPICs, as well as new legislation governing capital investment protection.

17:30 - 19:00

Deloitte Presentation “LegalTech Solutions for the Effective Management of the In-house Legal Function”

Hyde Park, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

LegalTech+: The fine art of legal services

To efficiently manage risks in today’s fast-paced business environment, the in-house legal function needs to be utilised at a completely new level.

We will share our experience in implementing LegalTech solutions to optimise and rethink the in-house legal function. We will present intellectual property protection and intangible asset management solutions.

We will tell about Art&Finance, our new service line, and share our views on the art market digitalization.

18:00 - 20:30

LLC “ULB” Intellectual Game 20:30 “Three Laws that Will Make Russia Happy»

Taleon Imperial Hotel, hall “Imperial” (15, Nevsky prospect)

Participation is by invitation only

The Game "2030" is based on the book by M. Hazin and S. Shcheglov "Stairs to the sky”.

The game simulates the situation of political struggle. One Game consists of 7 stages. One game is dedicated to one question.


14:00 - 15:00

TASS Presentation “Culture in Nontangible Assets Management: from Problems to Perspectives”

Courtyard, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

The key topics of discussion are the management of intellectual property, storage and registering of IP rights. The most frequent mistakes in creating and using of content and other objects of IP.

A separate discussion will be opportunities of legal councils in IP modernization.

During the event, speakers will present some tools for solving these problems.

14:00 - 15:30

Kommersant Business Lunch “Business Risks in the Context of Management Liability”

Guards Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

On a daily basis, managers have to take decisions that might somehow affect the fate of their firm. Taking into account the provisions of the Bankruptcy Law, a “wrong” business decision may have consequences for the manager as well. How can managers protect themselves in case of their company insolvency? At the business lunch lawyers and representatives of the Federal Tax Service will cover the following topics:

  1. What transaction is a “significantly loss-making” one?
  2. How to apply a “business judgment rule”?
  3. How to prove an economically feasible plan to get a company out of debts?
  4. What external factors may exclude director’s fault?
  5. What are recommendations for mangers to protect themselves from subsidiary liability?
Map of Legal Street

“I’ll go down the Apricot street”
Saygon Bar (1, Rubinsteina st.)

“I’ll go down to the Apricot street” – for those, who did not reach the end yesterday, today Pen&Paper offers a selection of fruits and liqueurs based on popular song...

IQOS lounge
8, Rubinsteina st.

Enjoy fresh aromatic coffee in the cozy atmosphere of the IQOS lounge, a pleasant place to spend time with new acquaintances and old friends or to just get out of the drizzle.

For legal age tobacco users, experienced IQOS experts will perform a guided trial of the full range of HEETS flavors, present a variety of versions and colors of IQOS devices, and help select an accessory for the device. Discover the benefits of IQOS. The real taste without smoke or ash. Not risk free.

3, Rubinsteina st.

Strawberry Fields Golf Club is taking an incredible initiative to build a real golf practice area right in the city downtown! You'll learn to hit on long and short irons and have a vibrant spirit-filled experience of playing professional golf! You'll have a chance to showcase precision of your game by hitting the ball right into the hole!

Find yourself immersed into the history of golf and feel yourself a Pro Golfer! Golf is for all, Strawberry Fields is for you!

Football Cup with the Star
3, Rubinsteina st.

Pravo.ru and National Legal Service AMULEX invites all of the SPBILF participants to take part in football cup with Russian football star Aleksandr Mostovoi. For the first time on Legal Street one of the best players in Russian football history will battle with lawyers. The supporters will enjoy traditional football meals and cozy lounge zone. Fierce battle between white collar lawyers and Aleksandr Mostovoi will be commented by Match TV host Mikhail Mossakovskiy.

Rock, Grill, RAC&ROLL
8, Rubinsteina st.

Rock, Grill, RAC&ROLL – the long-awaited food track on Legal Street. This year the team of the Russian Arbitration Center creates a classic rock atmosphere, flavored with spicy grill and craft beer. Excellent music and endless discussions of rock stage masters – the Rolling Stones and Deep Purple, Dire Straits and Uriah Heep, Metallica and Queen.

Do not miss the presentation of the Law Rocks project near our RAC&ROLL food track!

Law Rocks – an international project that has already boomed in many world legal capitals! Probably, this evening you will find a bass player or a drummer for your rock band that will perform during the next Legal Forum 2020!

Looking forward to seeing you!

Legal party never killed nobody!
Jazz Bar “48 Chairs” (5, Rubinsteina st.)

RСT company invites LF participants to join their NOsecrets society with a compelling motto: "Legal party never killed nobody!»

The lodge of this mysterious organization will be located in the local bar named "48 chairs". In the authentic atmosphere of this place you will find a lot of surprises, mind games and a concert of the pop superstar.

By now the name of the concert headliner is hidden by a veil of mystery, but as you know, all the secretы will soon become clear!

Follow the adepts in masks on Legal Street.

Cleary Gottlieb Cocktail Party
“Geography” Bar and Restaurant (5, Rubinsteina st.)

The Cleary Gottlieb team would be delighted to welcome participants and guests of the Forum to our traditional event from 20:00 until the departure of the last guest.

Spring Evening with Good Friends
Garland Steak Shop&Show (12, Rubinsteina st.)

On May 16, the Russian Federal Bar Association invites everyone who appreciates a good company and loves good music to visit the steak house "Garland Steak Shop & Show" on Rubinstein St 12. The place is very easy to find: it is in the very center of the Legal Street! Our musical program includes Latin and jazz melodies, tango and romances. Delicious food and invigorating drinks will be a nice addition to it. On the spring evening on May 16 at Rubinstein St. 12, you will meet good friends and spend time with interest and fun. We are waiting for you!

EPAM Special Night
MA Restaurant (7, Rubinsteina st.)

In a place, that does not yet exist, find the party, that is already legendary…

Keep it Ssch(!)hhhhhampagne…

Tropical party with Eversheds Sutherland
Papaya Bar (16, Rubinsteina st.)

For the first time on Legal Street, take the plunge into a hot tropical climate with the international law firm Eversheds Sutherland. We suggest to swap your strict necktie for a Hawaiian flower-necklace and to dive with us into a sea of exoticness.

You are in for an evening of delicious cocktails, incendiary music, an unforgettable liquid nitrogen show and other surprises.

We are looking forward to see you at the new bar “Papaya” on 16 Rubinstein Street, from 8pm. This promises to be a bright and sunny party.

Harley-whiskey-rock’n’roll with RGP
Crossing of Rubinsteina st. with Grafskiy per.

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow us to add a bit of energy and adrenalin to your night at Legal Street!

You are cordially invited to take part in a prize draw for a chance to win a legendary Harley Davidson, and to enjoy fine spirits and equally fine and spirit-lifting rock music.

Our bike angels will invite you to enter the prize draw and see you to the venue at the corner of Grafsky Pereulok and Rubinsteina Street.

The event starts at 8 pm.

We look forward to seeing you at this get-together of old friends in new company!

Cocktail Innovations Laboratory
Crossing of Rubinsteina st. with Grafskiy per.

Dentons global law firm is delighted to invite all St. Petersburg International Legal Forum visitors to drop into Dentons’ Cocktail Innovations Laboratory on Legal Street, that will be near the intersection of Rubinstein street and Grafsky pereulok.

Hissing, fuming and bubbling reagents of different colors will turn into amazing drinks before your eyes, and snacks will be an excellent complement.

Celebration in 1900’s style
Vinnyi Shkaf Bar (9, Rubinsteina st.)

St. Petersburg Bar and Paris Bar invite you to celebrate Russian-French relations in 1900’s style. A stand-up about imperial drinking traditions, stories about famous lawyers, “historical” cocktails and great selection of French wines. Location: bar Vinnyi Shkaf (Wine Rack), 9 Rubinsteina street. Start: 20:00.

Offshore Party
Pank Brew Bar (9, Rubinsteina st.)

On the same wave as Pepeliaev Group!

Dear friends, welcome to the territory of freedom!

The well-known list of offshore zones now includes one more area, situated at PUNK BREW BAR, 9 Rubinsteina Street, Saint Petersburg. Pepeliaev Group's SURF Team invites you to take the plunge deep into endless joy and catch the wave of high spirits. We have the atmosphere of a holiday in store for you so that you feel carefree and comfortable at this brightest beach party of the year.

Whatever the weather forecast, we promise you that, with us, you will bask in sunshine!

Rubinstein restaurant (20, Rubinsteina st.)

Deloitte CIS and Kommersant Pubishing House will set up an art-gig at the iconic Rubinstein restaurant. The guests will enjoy the party in an entourage of unique photographic masterpieces, exclusively selected by Yellow Korner. Several photos will be raffled off for the benefit of the ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters’ charity fund, supporting orphans.

The party will culminate in Gosha Kutsenko’s concert, who will sing and share recollections of his acting career.

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