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Highlights of the IX Russian Legal Forum


Lidings law firm acted as partner and sponsor of the IX annual Russian Legal Forum. The event organized by Vedomosti business daily was held on 3 and 4 April at the business center of Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel in Moscow.

This year, leading legal experts discussed what course of action is necessary on the part of the authorities to create a comfortable business environment in Russia. Plenary session entitled “Russian jurisdiction: time for change” triggered the main discussion on April 3rd. Many renowned speakers including representatives of Russian state authorities took part in the event, among them: RuslanIbragimov, Vice President for Corporate and Legal Affairs, MTS; Igor Artemiev, Head of Federal Antimonopoly Agency; Yuri Lubimov, stats-secretary, vice-minister of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation; Vladimir Pligin, Chairman of the Committee for Constitutional Legislation and State Building of the State Duma, and others. Topic for discussion included changes in the Civil Code and the application of the dispositive principle to corporate law, the role of the Supreme Arbitration Court in interpreting law, the development of arbitration, regulation of the legal services market in Russia, and socio-economic partnership between state and business.

Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution practice at Lidings Andrey Zelenin led the plenary session on “How and why foreign companies choose Russian law and jurisdiction when investing in Russia” on the opening day of the Forum. Heads of legal departments of leading international companies - Siemens, Alstom, DHL Express, Volkswagen Bank RUS, and LG Electronics RUS – presented their positions at the panel session. Speakers highlighted the main challenges foreign investors face when applying Russian law, and attempted to assess whether these issues would be affected by the amendments to the Civil Code.


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