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2.2. In-house and Consultant: Walking Together!

Thursday, May 16
14:30 - 16:30

Hall #3, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)


The legal services market is highly susceptible to extraneous influences. Apart from the potential direct government regulation, the market is strongly impacted by court decisions on disputes concerning the quality of legal services, compensation for legal defence services, and so forth. The law enforcement agencies, fiscal authorities and insurers each have their own idea of what constitutes due diligence on the part of consultants and their clients. These ideas do not always derive from in-depth knowledge of the market.

Many issues have amassed over the years with regard to the interoperation between corporate in-house counsels and consultants: pricing, conflict of interest, confidentiality, practice under the pressure of sanctions, and others.

However, the market players themselves are able to ensure sustainable progress in the right direction. To that end, the non-governmental associations of legal professionals ought to focus on identifying cases of best practice and organizing them into a system. These business practices, recognized by civil law as sources of legal authority, when consolidated within a single Code, would help both businesses and the state to build partnering interfaces for the sake of dynamic economic and societal advancement.

Being the leading association for in-house counsels, the not-for-profit partnership Russian Corporate Counsel Association is joining forces with the legal consulting leaders in a first-of-a-kind initiative unparalleled in modern Russian history to compile a code of best practices and ethical standards through the endeavors of the market players, and has already achieved the first results in the area.

These outputs, along with the forward-looking plans to achieve self-regulation of the legal services market and opportunities to consolidate the efforts towards that end, will be discussed at the roundtable hosted by NP RCCA.


Aleksandra Nesterenko

President, Russian Corporate Counsel Association


Ruslan Ibragimov

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.

Andrei Korelsky

Managing Partner, Attorneys at Law KIA

Artem Kukin

Managing Partner, Infralex

Polina Lebedeva

Legal Director, ROSBANK PJSC

Denis Novak

Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation

Sergey Pepeliaev

Managing Partner, Pepeliaev Group

Yuriy Pilipenko

President, Russian Federal Chamber of Lawyers

Aleksandr Smirnov

Managing Director for Legal Risks and Compliance, Moscow Exchange

Evgeny Timofeev

Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Russian Federation

Sergei Voitishkin

Managing Partner, Baker McKenzie

* The Programme may be subject to change