Plenary Session ‘Future of the Legal Profession’


Anna Serebryanikova

Chief Operating Officer, MegaFon PJSC


Education, academic degree:

In 1998 graduated with honors from the Law School of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2000, she got the Master of Law degree in the Manchester University (LLM with distinction).

Professional experience:

1995-1997 – Contracts Specialist, Arthur Andersen.

1998-2004 – senior legal consultant/head of the department in the Non-Profit Foundation for Enterprises Restructuring under the Russian Ministry of Finance.

2003-2006 – lawyer in the law firm “J.P.Galmond & Co.”.

2004-2006 – adviser to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for implementation of its projects in the Russian Federation.

In 2006-2007 - Acting Adviser to MegaFon’s CEO for international legal affairs.

From early 2007 she has been a Corporate Secretary of MegaFon and from August 1, 2008 - Chief Legal Officer of MegaFon while keeping the position of Corporate Secretary.

Achievements, rewards:

2012 - Winner of competition “The best legal department of Russia-2012” in the nomination “Telecommunication companies”.

2012 - Winner of National Award of Association of Corporate Lawyers “Success” in the nomination “Achievement of the year”.

2008, 2012 - the Third place in National Award “Director of the year” in the nomination “Director of corporate governance / Corporate Secretary”.

2010-2012 - Winner of the Rating “TOP – 1000” of the Russian managers.

Publications, scientific works:

«Internet: challenges for legal regulation». Legal Insight - № 7(13) 2012.

«Network neutrality». Legal Insight - № 7(13) 2012.


Dmitry Medvedev

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Nicholas Allard

President - Joseph Crea Dean, Brooklyn Law School


Education, Working Experience:

2012 – till present – Dean, Brooklyn Law School;

At present – Partner, Patton Boggs;

1986 – 1987 – Administrative assistant and Chief of staff to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan;

1984 – 1986 – Minority staff counsel, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, legal counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy;

Law clerk for Chief U.S. District Judge Robert F. Peckham, San Francisco, Law clerk for U.S. Circuit Judge Patricia M. Wald, Washington, D.C.

1979 – J.D., Yale Law School;

1976 – B.A./M.A., Oxford University;

1974 – B.A., Princeton University.

Additional information:

Nick Allard became the eighth dean of Brooklyn Law School on July 1, 2012. His continuing role as a partner with Patton Boggs will be focused primarily in the offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. His clients included domestic and international organizations, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He also represents nonprofit organizations and public and private universities. In addition to his experience in private practice, Mr. Allard has significant political and legislative experience

Mr. Allard is a prolific author on a broad range of issues, including more than 20 articles on Internet law, new media and privacy. He contributes to and is on the advisory board of several legal publications, including the Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal and the Shidler Center’s e-journal, Journal of Law, Technology & Art, at the University of Washington School of Law. Mr. Allard also speaks frequently before professional and academic audiences throughout the United States and abroad

Mr. Allard taught for several years as an adjunct professor at both George Mason University Law School and the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He is a frequent guest lecturer on university and college campuses and holds several major alumni leadership positions at Princeton University, Oxford University and the Rhodes Scholarship Trust.

Juergen Basedow

Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law


In 1997-2017, he was Director of Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, and professor at the University of Hamburg. Prior to that, he was professor at the University of Augsburg and Free University of Berlin. He has been a visiting professor at numerous universities all over the world.

He is, inter alia,  Titular Member and was Secretary General (2006- 2014) of the International Academy of Comparative Law,   Member of the Advisory Board of the German Society of International Law, Member of the American Law Institute, Foreign Director of the Institute of International Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, School of Law, Shandong University, China.

He has been awarded honorary doctorate by the University of Stockholm, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Université Panthéon Assas – Paris II. He is Honorary professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University and Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Professional interests:

He pursues research on a wide-ranging set of topics relating to private international law, European private and economic law, competition law, transport law, insurance law.

Lucy Bassli

Chief Legal Strategist at LawGeex, Founder and Principal at InnoLegal Services, PLLC


Lucy is a legal industry expert, engaging in thought-leadership projects to drive change and evolution in the delivery of legal services. She is the founder of InnoLegal Services PLLC, a modern solution provider that offers legal advice and consults on operationalizing the practice of law.   She works with law departments and law firms on innovating their legal service delivery and consumption models. Lucy specializes in all things contracting: resource allocation, automation, process optimization and smart risk-taking. Lucy also serves as the   Chief Legal Strategist for LawGeex, a cutting-edge AI legal tech start-up automating contract review services.                  

In her 13 years at Microsoft,  where  she ran an enterprise contracting solution, Lucy focused on complex and global outsourcing contracts and gained firsthand experience in legal outsourcing to assist her with high-volume contract transactions. She launched an innovative “managed services” engagement with law firms and actively worked   on continuously improving the value received.                  

Prior to joining Microsoft, Lucy practiced law at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP in Seattle, WA, focusing on commercial transactions and commercial bankruptcy. Lucy received her J.D. and BA from the University of Houston in Houston,   Texas, where she grew up, but has been living in the Seattle area since   completing law school.                 

Lucy is a licensed member of the Washington and Texas state bar associations and was named to the National Law Journal list of Outstanding Women Lawyers, 2015. She is a frequent speaker on topics of legal services innovation, legal technology and legal process outsourcing. 

Dave Waiser

Founder & CEO, Gett


Dave (Shahar) Waiser is a serial entrepreneur who founded and built companies in US and Europe.

In early 2000, he founded Russian entity of publicly traded Comverse [NASDAQ:CMVT] and served as its first CEO with a $300M record in total sales.

In 2005 – moved to San Francisco where he spent next 5 years building his new start-up Loyalize that was successfully sold eventually. Loyalize technology had been used during the Super Bowl, Grammys and Oscars.

In 2010 – Dave founded Gett (previously GetTaxi) operating in 100 cities worldwide, including Moscow, St Petersburg, London, New York and Tel-Aviv.

Gett raised $640 million in venture funding, including $300M from Volkswagen Group and $100M from Sberbank.

It was selected by FORBES as one of the fastest growing companies in the world.

Francis Xavier

President-Elect, Inter-Pacific Bar Association


Areas of expertise: international arbitration, treaty arbitration, commercial litigation, banking and finance disputes, energy and resources

Образование, опыт работы:

Till present

Head, Disputes Practices

Till present

the Chairman of the Singapore CiArb

Till present

Party-nominated arbitrator of a Mauritius entity in a bilateral investment treaty (ICSID) dispute with the Government of India

Till present

Counsel for an Asean government, ICSID


Senior Counsel, Disputes Practices

Дополнительная информация:

Mr. Xavier's area of expertise are corporate and commercial disputes especially in the areas of corporate, banking, property, financial and investment related claims and aviation law

He is a Chartered Arbitrator and is also on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for International Arbitration, the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (Rwanda) and the CiArb (UK) Panel of Arbitrators

Francis Xavier currently holds the following appointments: Chairman, Listings Appeals Committee, Singapore Stock Exchange; Chairman, Singapore Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); Jurisdictional Council Member representing Singapore, Inter Pacific Bar Association; Deputy Chairman of the Law Society Inquiry Panel; Member, Council of Law Reporting, Singapore Academy of Law; Member, Users’ Council, Singapore International Arbitration Centre; Faculty member, Approved Faculty List of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

His qualifications: Senior Counsel, Supreme Court of Singapore; Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales; Chartered Arbitrator, CiArb; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators , UK; Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators; Fellow, Singapore Academy of Law; Fellow, The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators; Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre; Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators; Panel of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration; Panel of International Arbitrators, Kigali International Arbitration Centre, Rwanda.

Maximilian Hauser

Partner and Managing Director, BCG Moscow, Head of the Digital practice area, Head of Digital Innovations practice area in Russia and CIS


He joined BCG’s Munich office in November 2005. In 2008 and 2009, he worked in BCG’s Moscow office as part of the firm’s Experience Russia Program.

Max has focused his work on the fields of strategy development, organizational effectiveness, and business as well as digital transformation. His main topic of expertise is banking (including retail and corporate banking), insurance, and investment funds, having completed more than 60 BCG project assignments in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, CIS, and Asia.

Max has developed and supported to implement long-term strategic visions for various banks and insurance companies in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. He has helped numerous funds define their investment focus and governance models, and he has advised several financial institutions on becoming more agile and establishing new digital businesses.

Before joining BCG, Max held jobs at A.T. Kearney, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, and Ernst & Young, among other firms. He is fluent in English, French, and Russian, in addition to his native German.

Areas of expertise:

  • Head of the Digital practice in Russia and CIS
  • Digital Innovation Topic Leader
  • Retail banking
  • Corporate banking
  • Transaction banking
  • Insurance
  • Principal investment and private equity
  • Digital innovation and transformation
  • Organization design and development
  • Sales planning and optimization


  • Diploma, Ingolstadt School of Management and EDHEC Lille

Publications and videos:

* The Programme may be subject to change