Russia and China: Partners in Law conference took place in Moscow on October 27

Russia and China are drawing closer together politically and economically, but they cannot cooperate or relate to each other successfully without a mutually harmonized legal element.

The debates at the conference addressed the legal aspects of the Russia-China relations, the benefits and downsides of international commercial arbitration of disputes, and the challenges of bringing investors into a variety of sectors of the two economies.

The audience was greeted with welcome speeches by Yuri Lyubimov, Secretary of State and Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Josip Grubesa, Minister of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Konstantin Korsik, President of the Federal Notary Chamber of the Russian Federation, Sergey Levin, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, and Pavel Volkov, Advisor to the Minister of Far East Development of the Russian Federation.

The Russia and China: Partners in Law conference is the second of a series of conferences initiated as a new project under the auspices of SPILF, Yuri Lyubimov noted in his address. The next event of the series, the conference on Art Market Regulation, is due on November 21 in St. Petersburg. The project has 15 conferences lined up overall, devoted to finance & banking, compliance, labour law and procedural law.

The topic of the first session was Russia-China Rapprochement Vector: Legal Aspects. Following the introductory address of the moderator, Aleksander Molotnikov, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Russia-China Law Society, the discussion was joined by: Aleksander Zazekalo, Research Leader of the Jurisprudence with In-depth Study of the Chinese Language and Law programme at St. Petersburg State University, Oleg Remyga, Head of China Studies at the Institute of Emerging Market Studies (IEMS), Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Dong Hu, Dean of Law School, Heilongjiang University, and Daoxiu Huang, Professor of the China University of Political Science and Law, Key Counsel at DEHENG Law Offices.

The next session, Resolution of Disputes through International Commercial Arbitration: Benefits and Drawbacks, moderated by Andrei Gorlenko, Executive Administrator, Arbitration Centre at the Institute of Modern Arbitration, and Mikhail Ilyin, Attorney at Law, Partner S&K Vertikal Attorneys at Law, Corporate Law Project Leader, focused on the nuances of how Russian and Chinese lawyers and entrepreneurs treat the question of the reference of disputes for international arbitration.

Speaking at the session were Fyodor Vyacheslavov, Assistant Professor of the Department of Civil Law, Mikhail Lomonosov State University of Moscow, Co-chair of the Forum of Young Litigation Lawyers at IBA Litigation Committee, Anna Grishchenkova, HK45 (HKIAC) and IBA Litigation Committee Regional Representative for Russia, and Jianwen Zhang, Chairman of the Russian Law Research Centre at the China South-West University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL).

As the conference proceeded to its next session, Financial Markets and Attracting Investments, the floor went over to finance and investment experts: Ksenia Agafonova, Director of Legal Department, St. Petersburg Stock Exchange, Chen Armstrong, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Markel Baykalov, Head of Corporate Development and New Projects, Voskhod Investment System NP RTS, Maksim Bashkatov, Leading Research Fellow, Institute of Law and Development, Higher School of Economics-Skolkovo, Professor of Civil Law, Mikhail Lomonosov State University of Moscow, Pavel Yefimov, Director of Development, Startrek LLC, Ayaal Nikolayev, Head of International Cooperation, Legal Department of the Moscow Stock Exchange, and Denis Shulakov, First Vice President, Gazprombank. The session was moderated by Aleksander Molotnikov, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Russia-China Law Society, Senior Lecturer, School of Law of Mikhail Lomonosov State University of Moscow, and Sergey Tsygankov, Legal Counsel, “Forum” Analytical Centre.

The debates were no less meaningful during the roundtable, Case Study: Dialogue with Business, moderated by Andrei Zelenin, Managing Partner, Lidings. The questions of legal support for business were examined in different perspectives by Yulia Dushkina, Head of International Legal Support, Rusklimat, Gandolfo Iacono, CEO LexisNexis Russia & Eastern Europe, Grigory Medvedev, Chief Legal Officer, Lifan Motors Rus, Wang Xiaoping, Partner, Grandall Law Firm, and Anna Cherkashina, Head of Commercial and Trade Law Practice, MegaFon PJSC.

Summing up, the conference participants noted substantial progress in the Russia-China relations, and expressed the hope that cooperation between the two nations will further deepen across the full spectrum of legal matters, including legal support for enterprise.

Partners of the Conference: LexisNexis Russia & Eastern Europe, Lidings Law Offices, S&K Vertikal Attorneys at Law

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