Russian-Polish Legal Day

October 24, 2013

Courtyard Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow, Russian Federation

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09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00

Opening address

Elena Borisenko, Deputy Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation

Michael Reynolds, Allen & Overy, Brussels, IBA President

Henri Reznik, President of the Moscow Bar Chamber

W. Zajączkowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Russia

10:00 – 11:30

Doing business in Russia — protection of investments

Issues to discuss:

  • BIT Protection
  • Lack of Polish-Russian BIT/ investing via foreign companies e.g. from Cyprus or Luxembourg- Polish/Russia-Luxembourg/Cyprus BIT treaties
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds and investment protection
  • Jurisdictional clauses and MFN protection
  • Polish court/Russian court (duration of the proceedings/ perception of corruption risk)
  • Local arbitration in Poland and Russia (the most recognizable venues/courts, the biggest disputes)


Dr. Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, Managing Partner, GESSEL Attorneys at Law

Vladislav Zabrodin, Managing Partner, Capital Legal Services


Alexander Bolomatov, Partner, Law Firm YUST

David A. Pawlak, David A. Pawlak LLC

Dr. Wojciech Sadowski, Partner, K&L Gates LLP

Dr. Marek Jeżewski, Partner, Kochański Zięba Rapala i Partnerzy

Bartosz Krużewski, Partner, Clifford Chance

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:30

Russian Polish trade relations — practitioners’ experiences

Issues to discuss:

  • Polish/EU investment in Russia and vice versa
  • Political aspects (energy sector/chemical sector/tariffs)
  • Doing business in Poland and Russia — main differences
  • Role of State/political risk
  • Differences in corporate governance


Mariusz Solarz, Head of the Legal Department, General Counsel of Tire Company Dębica S.A. and Goodyear Group in Central Europe

Alexander Dynkin, Head of the Cross Border Division, Legal Department, Acron


Waldemar Koper, Chairman of Polish Association of In-house; General Counsel of Kompania Piwowarska

Janusz Lella, General Director of the Supermarket Format at X5 Retail Group N.V.

Anatoly Leyrikh, President, CONSORTIUM INTRALL

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00

Cultural interaction

Keynote Speaker:

Ekaterina Genieva, Vice-President of the Russian Library Association, General Director of the All-Russian State Library of Foreign Literature

15:00 – 16:30

Polish Capital Markets — an opportunity for Russian companies

Issues to discuss:

  • IPO in Poland/dual listing
  • Takeover of Polish listed company
  • Role of State Treasury on the WSE/privatization
  • Shareholder rights in the WSE listed companies
  • Investing in Russian stock market


Krzysztof Pawlisz, Partner, Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

Alan Kartashkin, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP


Jarosław Grzesiak, Partner, Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp.k

Pavel Efimov, Deputy Head of Sales for Capital Markets Primary Market Division, Moscow Exchange

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00– 18:00

Legal services market

Issues to discuss:

  • local/international law firms in Poland and Russia
  • after the crisis: challenges and opportunities
  • in-house expectations towards law firms (quality/communication/price)
  • managing law firm in Poland/Russia


Alexander Khvoshchinskiy, Director, Managing Partner, LegalStudies.RU

Ilia Novikov, Partner, Tenzor Consulting Group


Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner, ALRUD Law Firm, IBA LPD Council Member

Tomasz Wardynski, Founding Partner, Wardyński i Wspólnicy sp.k.

Irina Paliashvili, Managing Partner, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group

18:00 Reception