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8.2. Evolution of Succession Law in Russia: from Two Succession Lines to Inheritance Agreements, Joint Wills and Estates

Friday, May 18
11:00 - 13:00

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

Since 2001 the Russian legislator permanently work at the succession law refinement. It gradually aligns the law to the existing environment, makes its institutes and regulations more flexible, matching Russian people’s needs and the existing economic order.

We started from the increase of legal succession lines number and have gradually extended not only the grounds for deceased person’s estate handover to private ownership but also the possible way of a national’s last will and testament expression.

A closed will is no news any more. The current agenda includes the discussion of a joint will and testament by spouses — a sort of a common declaration of will resulting from an agreement between the spouses. An inheritance agreement may include similar arrangements with other family members. Is the Russian legal system ready to accept the both patterns relevant for the civil life?

From September 1, 2018, the rules on post-mortem estate will come into force; however, the discussions on the need in such private estate creation while the estate founder is still alive, are going on. Should we be afraid of this new construction, or would the existing assets withdrawal control tools provide for creditors’ protection issue elimination?


Pavel Krasheninnikov

Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for State Construction and Legislation


Denis Arkhipov

Partner, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Law Offices


Denis heads the Private Client Services Practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. He has vast experience in structuring business and private asset ownership in Russia and abroad, establishing of personal holding structures (trusts, private foundations, private trust companies). He advises on family and inheritance relationships, purchasing and structuring of private asset ownership.

In addition to that, Denis has extensive experience representing clients in contentious matters related to corporate and commercial law, IP, competition law, protection of titles to real estate and sole rights, securities, as well as industry-specific cases in insurance, energy and telecommunications sectors. Denis consistently represents clients in Russia’s highest courts. He is also the Head of the firm’s Defamation Practice.

Denis began his career in the legal department of the Committee for State Property Management of the Kemerovo Region Administration, and prior to joining Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, he was an attorney in one of the bar cabinets, where he consulted on real estate issues and bankruptcy.

Denis graduated cum laude from the Law School of Kemerovo State University in 2001. He obtained a Master’s degree in Private Law cum laude at the Russian School of Private Law in 2004. In 2011 he earned a PhD degree at the Law Department of the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Bronislav Gongalo

Head of Civil Rights Department, Ural State Law University

Aleksandra Ignatenko

Member of the Board, Federal Notary Chamber

Diana Kalyaeva

Director - Head of Private Wealth Services, PwC Legal

Lidia Mikheeva

Vice Chairman, Private Law Research Centre Under the President of the Russian Federation Named After S.S. Alexeev

David-Juan Viader Agusti

Manager Director - Lawyer, Viader abogados

* The Programme may be subject to change