Russia & CIS

Veon to expand global shared legal services offering in major transformation

Telecoms giant Veon – formerly known as Vimpelcom – has made a new pledge to boost the offering in its three global shared services centres, The Lawyer can reveal. This effort is part of Veon in-house legal department’s major drive for efficiency and compliance. Veon set up three global shared services centres (GSS) in Moscow, […]


Cleary Gottlieb client Russia wins appeal against $50bn Yukos award

The District Court of the Hague has overturned a $50bn arbitral award against the Russian Federation in a long-standing dispute with the shareholders of oil company Yukos. The claimants’ lawyers from Shearman & Sterling and Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek said the court had “incorrectly applied” Russian law provisions and articles of an international […]

Kinstellar launches ninth office with Kiev team

Central & Eastern European (CEE) firm Kinstellar has opened its ninth office, launching in the Ukrainian capital Kiev with the hire of a former partner of local firm Avellum. Kostiantyn Likarchuk was a partner at Avellum from the firm’s launch in 2009 until May last year. He left to become deputy head of the country’s state […]


Staying afloat: Russian law firms and the EU sanctions

Sanctions imposed by the EU after Crimea’s annexation have caused upheaval in the Russian market, but law firms remain optimistic. Q:  What has been the impact on your firm’s business of the sanctions imposed against Russia by the EU in response to the Ukraine crisis? Sergey Pepeliaev, managing partner, Pepeliaev Group: Initially, many investors got […]

Asters took Law Firm of the Year: Ukraine and Cis 2015

Ukraine – Toughing it out

Be strong and think fast are the rules if you want to succeed in this troubled region. The shortlisted firms for our European awards show the way. The political and economic climate in Ukraine continues to be a headache for businesses and their professional advisers. Law firms are having to be creative to survive, with […]