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2.1. Tough Standards on Soft Skills

Wednesday, May 15
17:00 - 19:00

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


Soft Skills are deemed very important by lawyers. As years go by it is becoming more and more relevance; it has actually developed some new facets to it. This year, the discussion on court skills, new competencies, the meaning of a lawyer’s digital skills and, last but not least, the awesome power of inspiration will take on an entirely new format.

World Cafe is a unique format of focused informal discussion practiced successfully worldwide as a method to address formidable challenges, find creative solutions and new angles to familiar phenomena. What is special about this format is the intensive process of sharing the ideas dedicated to ensuring the highest professional level of the discussion.
The World Cafe will be hosted by RCCA at SPBILF 2019 and will incorporate four areas. One will be dedicated to experts discussing new concepts and skills applied in litigation and, specifically, those pertaining to client relations, case preparation and courtroom presentation. This area will be moderated by Alexandra Maidannik, Managing Partner, Delcredere Attorneys-at-Law.  

The guests at the second table will focus on the subject of 'Change Control as a Critical Soft Skill.' The guests will be invited to share their experience in leadership while counteracting changes by Roman Kvitko, Head of OD and HR Directorate at Gazprom Neft, and Alexandra Nesterenko, President, NP RCCA.  

The third table will be devoted to the subject of Digital Skills, which is currently in vogue. Ruslan Ibragimov, Vice President for Corporate and Legal Affairs at MTS and Member of the Managing Board of NP RCCA, invites to join the discussion on what are the best ways for lawyers are finding their ways in the digital world.  

The fourth area, code-named 'Lawyers’ Inspirations' will strike an informal note as the participants get to meet a Guest Celebrity.  

All in all, you will have a chance to check on your own skills see if there is any room for improvement!

The entire discussion will be moderated by Yulia Bondarenko, Member of the Managing Board of NP RCCA.


Yuliya Bondarenko

Assistant General Counsel, Science & Innovation Law, Philip Morris Products S.A.


Maria Appak

Legal Director EAST EMEA, Nike LLC

Ruslan Ibragimov

Member of the Board - Vice President for Corporate and Legal Affairs, MTS PJSC


Education, academic degree:

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, PhD


Professional experience:

In 2006 joined MTS as Director of Legal Department. Prior to joining MTS he worked in the Moscow Bar Association "Ibragimov, Kagan and Partners", held senior positions in the tax and legal advice company «RSM Top Audit», worked in commercial banks.

Board Member, Vice-President of the Russian Association of Corporate Counsel (RCCA). Member of the Russian public organization "Association of Lawyers of Russia" and its Commission on New Technologies and Society Digitalization. Member of the Association of antitrust experts. Member of the Commission of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs for Telekom and Information and Communication Technologies. Senior Director of the Association of Independent Directors. Member of the Council for the Improvement of Arbitration, chaired by the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation. Member of the Supervisory Board of the Autonomous non-profit organization “Data Economy”, Head of the “Regulatory Group” in “Data Economy”.


Specialist area, professional interests:

Legal support - including litigation, M&A transactions (including disputes with foreign countries), corporate governance and brand protection, strategic GR.


Achievements, rewards:


State Award: Medal of the Order for Services to the Fatherland, II degree, 2017



-“For active participation in the improvement of antimonopoly legislation and the development of competition policy”, 2012;

-“For a significant contribution to the development of the regulatory framework of the telecommunications industry and telecommunications services of the Russian Federation, for many years of hard work in the communications industry”, 2015;

-“For special merits in ensuring freedom of competition and effective protection of entrepreneurship”, 2017


The winner of "The best legal departments" in the nomination "Information Sector" (magazine "Corporate Lawyer", 2018)

The winner of "The Best Legal Departments of Russia" in the direction of "Telecommunications" in the nomination "For the construction of an effective system of corporate governance" (magazine "Legal Insight", 2018)


Publications, scientific works: Ruslan is the member of editorial board of the magazine "Competition and Law." Articles of Mr. Ibragimov are published in Russian and foreign thematic publications: “Legal Insight”, “Corporate Lawyer”, “Law”, “Documentary Telecommunications”, “Standard Tribune”, etc.

Roman Kvitko

Head of the OD and HR Directorate, Gazprom Neft PJSC


Education, academic degree:


Ulyanovsk State University

Jurisprudence, linguistics and cross-cultural communication


Professional experience:


April 2019 to date –

Head of, Organisational Development and Human Resources Directorate

Gazprom Neft PJSC


February 2012 – April 2019 –

Head of Legal Affairs Directorate


November 2010 – February 2012 –

Deputy CEO for International Projects, Legal and Corporate Affairs

Gazpromneft-Razvitiye LLC


February 2009 – November 2010 –

Deputy CEO and Member of the Management Board, Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs Function

Naftna Industrija Srbije a.d. (Serbian oil and gas company)                                                       


Specialist area, professional interests:

Executive MBA (2015), IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland

“Business Leaders” programme (2010), Moscow Skolkovo Business School, Moscow, Russia

“Leadership Development” programme (2010), Moscow School of Management, Skolkovo, Moscow, Russia

LLM, Corporate and Commercial Law (2005), University of London, United Kingdom


Achievements, rewards:

Certificate of Commendation, Rosnedra, 2017

Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, 2016

Prize winner, “Top-1000 Russian Managers”, Kommersant, 2015

Best legal department, 2012, 2013, 2014

Prize winner, “Lawyer of the Year”, Russian Corporate Counsel Association, 2012, 2014

Alexandra Maydannik

Managing Partner, Delcredere Bar Association


Education, academic degree:

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation


Professional experience:

Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)

Advocate of the Moscow Chamber of Advocates since 1989

Managing partner of Delcredere bar association since 2002


Specialist area, professional interests:

Arbitration proceedings, Civil law, Treaty law,
Corporate law

Aleksandra Nesterenko

President, Russian Corporate Counsel Association

Anastasiya Taradankina

Partner, Delcredere

Nikolay Tsiskaridze

Rector, Vaganova Ballet Academy, Russian Federation

* The Programme may be subject to change