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from 12:00 to 18.00

May 15, 2017

VII Annual Conference of the Russian Corporate Counsel Association
Futurology in Jurisprudence. How to Make New Russian Legal Ideas Global?

Venue: Ballroom, Astoria Hotel (39, Bolshaya Morskaya st.)

from 09:30 to 11.00

May 17, 2017

Kommersant Business Breakfast
Unjustified Tax Benefit: Where is the Balance of Interests of Business and Authority?

Venue: Gray Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)


Slower economic growth, uncertainty on global markets and primarily on commodity market together with budget deficit forces the society and the state to look for new approaches to fine-tune the tax system and resolve tax conflicts. One of the main tasks of the state is to fight tax evasion through fly-by-night companies and aggressive tax planning methods.

Lack of concrete rules in this sphere, increasingly strict requirements covering previous periods and instability of judicial practice lead to uncertainty in the scope of tax liability and unpredictability of tax claims.

The question of where lies the just and economically feasible balance of fiscal and business interests will be discussed at the business breakfast hosted by the Kommersant Publishing House.

Discussion topics:
  • Tax policy in today’s economic reality: opinions, forecasts, expectations
  • The concept of unjustified tax benefit. When does it really occur?
  • Limits of entrepreneurial contractor checks, following of which can protect businesses from the accusations of obtaining unjustified tax benefit
  • Relevant issues of international cooperation and fiscal data exchange
  • Equity and competitiveness in tax disputes regarding unjustified tax benefits
  • Price control in uncontrolled deals. What are the rules of the game?
  • Institution of criminal investigation under non-tax articles as a result of tax audits

Galina Akchurina, partner at FBK Legal, partner at FBK Grant Thornton, head of Tax Litigation Practice

from 15:00 to 18:00

May 17, 2017


Venue: St. Petersburg River yacht club, restaurant "Parusa" (Petrovskaya Kosa, 9)


The leading legal portal as part of cultural program The SPBILF - 2017 holds the Legal Regatta for the Cup. This spectacular event will not only acquaint you with sailing, but will also become a platform for communication of the participants of The St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. Also cocktails are planned on the beach in the panoramic restaurant of the Yacht Club "Parusa".

Every guest can take part in sail and competitions on monotypes of the Platu 25. Skills are not required, because every team will have a professional skipper. Sport dress code. Also each participant will get a branded windbreaker as a present.

The program of the regatta:
  • 14:45 - 15:00 Gathering guests at the General Staff, departure to the place of the regatta;
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Welcome drink, briefing for participants with skippers;
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Races over a distance loop, cocktails;
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Rewarding the winners.

Participation is free, preliminary registration is required.

To register, you must fill the form and get confirmation of participation by clicking

from 08:30 to 10:00

May 18, 2017

Vegas Lex Business Breakfast
Special Investment Contracts as a Driver for Foreign Manufacturing Facilities Localization in Russia:
Practice and Prospects

Venue: White Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only


The Legal firm VEGAS LEX is glad to invite to a Business Breakfast devoted to the prospects of development and implementation of the instrument serving as an incentive for manufacturers — a special investment contract (SPIC) and the experience with first federal SPIC. The breakfast will take place in the course of the 7th St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, on May 18, 2017.

In the end of 2014, Federal Law No. 488-FZ «On Industrial Policy in the Russian Federation» was adopted. The Law provides for SPIC as one of the measures of government support. In summer 2015 Government of the Russian Federation in its Order No. 708 adopted the template of a model SPIC and the rules of its execution. Up to now, only 8 SPIC have been made. Over 16 applications for SPIC are under review in the Ministry of Industry and commerce of the Russian Federation and in Industrial Development Fund. Foreign companies showed special interest to this new instrument of government’s industrial policy, which gives the private party of SPIC «in exchange» for undertaking to establish or to overhaul a localized industrial manufacturing, facility or for a new product manufacturing in Russia exclusive rights to benefits, preferences and other advantages from a public party of the contract: the Russian Federation, a region and/or a municipality.

After the review of the first applications by prospective investors to enter into SPIC, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation prepared material amendments to Government Order No. 708, refining the rules for execution, amendment and termination of SPIC, as well as the template of a model SPIC.

Subjects for Discussion:

  1. Localization of industrial manufacturing by foreign companies in Russia: challenges and best practices.
  2. SPIC types and applications. Special Investment Contract as a driver for priority industrial development. The existing regulatory environment and new approaches to statutory regulation of localization procedures.
  3. Real and potential capacities of SPIC. Value for investors and persons engaged in investment projects implementation. Major incentives and governmental support to a private party of SPIC.
  4. Specifics of SPIC structure and execution at the federal level. Business plan, investor’s capacities, preliminary negotiations. «Traps and pitfalls» of SPIC application and how to eliminate them.
  5. First success in SPIC implementation.

from 08:30 to 10:00

May 18, 2017

Centre of Insolvency Studies Business Breakfast
Efficacy of Insolvency Proceedings: Ways to Improve

Venue: Italian Patio, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only


The participants of this Business Breakfast will discuss the efficacy of insolvency proceedings in lawmaking and in law enforcement practice, including the administration of pro-debtor and pro-creditor policies in legal regulation.

In reference to insolvency proceedings, most analysts tend to use such adjectives as «inefficient,» «liquidation-minded,» and so on. Then they propose one or a couple of new instruments purported to improve the efficacy. What are the chances of such isolated legislative improvements yielding any real upgrade of the efficacy of insolvency proceedings?

But how does one evaluate the efficacy of insolvency proceedings? What must such evaluation include? What criteria may be applicable? Should there be a set of universal criteria equally applied to all debtor categories? Or does the concept of efficacy take on different contents with different categories of debtors?


  • Viktor Belchenko, Director, Centre of Insolvency Studies LLC, Chair of the Expert Panel on Toxic Assets at the Russian Banks Association, Managing Partner BSR PARTNERS
  • Svetlana Karelina, Doctor of Laws, Full Professor of the Chair of Enterprise Law, School of Law of Mikhail Lomonosov State University of Moscow, MA program leader in Legal Regulation of Insolvency (Bankruptcy), members of the Research Advisory Council of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation)
  • Rustem Miftakhutdinov, Associate Professor of the Department of Entrepreneurial and Corporate Law, Kutafin Moscow State Law University — Judge of the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation (retired)
  • Sidney Brooks, Former Federal Bankruptcy Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado
  • Aleksey Yukhnin, Director of the Development Projects, Interfax Information Services Group — Director, Center of Bankruptcy Problems

from 08:30 to 09:30

May 18, 2017

Pravo.Ru Business Breakfast
Unfair Competition on the Pharmaceutical Market

Zimniy Sad Hall Astoria Hotel (39, Bolshaya Morskaya st.)


Issues :
  • Problems of distinction between concepts counterfeit, falsified and poor-quality medication. Comparison with similar concepts from other areas of law
  • Customer’s right to purchase medicines for the qualified medical care
  • Restricting competition in the light of the prevailing judicial and administrative practice (clauses 1 and 6 of part 3 of Article 33 No. 44-FZ, No. 135-FZ, No. 323-FZ): explanations of the Federal Antitrust Service of Russia
  • Coexistence of several inventions with similar formulas but different methods of usage: copyright violation of holder’s rights on the license VS the development of competition and medication access
  • Consideration of the key features of the patented invention, rights violation of the inventions usage: case study

Moderator: Olga Tsytryna, Head of Legal Department, BIOCAD


Timofei Nizhegorodtsev, Head of the Department for Control of Social Sphere and Trade, Federal Antitrust Service (FAS)

Lyubov Kiriy, Deputy Head, Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent)

Albert Izmaylov, Head Roszdravnadzor for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region

Representative, Prosecutor's Office of St. Petersburg

Alexey Belyaev, Lawyer, BIOCAD

Irina Kireeva, Lawyer, BIOCAD

Anna Khrustaleva, Lawyer, BIOCAD

Polina Zavyalova, Head of legal department, GC "GEROFARM"

Roman Dolzhansky, General Counsel, GC "GEROFARM"

Sergei Patrakeev, partner in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector, Lidings

from 09:00 to 10:00

May 18, 2017

Kommersant Business Breakfast
Unbundling of Business: Safety or Risk?

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


Mounting pressure from taxation authorities and regulators compels many companies to unbundle their business in order to optimize taxation. This is now a fairly widespread practice. It also helps that formally, there is nothing illegal about unbundling. But is unbundling really good for the business in the long run? What are the risks involved? Is the use of unbundling and special tax treatment a far-sighted decision? Does it make tactical and strategic sense? We will discuss these and other topics at the business breakfast hosted by Kommersant Publishing.

Discussion topics:
  • Key unbundling formats: is the sky the limit?
  • Implications of business unbundling: prospects, risks and threats
  • How easy is it to prove ties between independent legal entities: misconceptions and realities
  • Liability limit: owners’ and management’s risks
  • Business unbundling cases in court practice

Roman Shishkin, Director, Department of Fiscal Security, International Planning and Development, KSK Group

from 11:30 to 13:00

May 18, 2017

RBK Discussion
Lawmaking in the interests of business: cooperation with a plus sign

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


Lawmaking in the interests of business - this formulation with each year, has been becoming increasingly popular.Russian society is aware of the need to build civilized relations between government and business. Participation of business in norm-setting activities can be called one of the key components of success in writing really working laws.

Which of the legislative initiatives are the most relevant and expected for the business? What difficulties arise in the course of teamwork? How does the state, business, consulting interact and with what problems do the parties face? What is the experience of foreign countries in this direction and what can be adopted?

Within the framework of the event, industry experts will discuss real progress in this direction and new models for the development and implementation of programs to protect business interests.

from 13:30 to 15:30

May 18, 2017

SIAC Tea and Presentation

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

from 14:00 to 15:30

May 18, 2017

Business Lunch
Innovations and Law with Marc S. Firestone, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of PMI

Venue: White Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only


Companies take on the greatest risk when developing innovative products. They are driven by the passion to be a leader and create new markets. The route from an idea to its implementation may take years. It might happen that bringing a product from the ideation state to commercialization takes decades. The pace of innovation depends on scientific progress, quality of academic studies, public acceptance of new ideas, availability of financial resources, public policy and many other factors. Shall the law be an engine of innovations? What is the approach in other jurisdictions? Which role should the governments, regulators, businesses and scientific communities play in the development of innovations? Participants in the Business Lunch will attempt to find answers to these questions. They will discuss the existing challenges, the future of companies in the environment of regulatory uncertainty, the science behind innovative products, the constructive dialogue among businesses and regulators, and the ideal regulation promoting innovations. Participants will be able to debate current regulatory challenges in Russia in the context of innovations and ways of turning them into opportunities.

The agenda will include speeches by governmental officials and senior business leaders.

from 17:30 to 19:00

May 18, 2017

Delcredere Tea and Discussion
The advocates about uniform civil procedure

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


The work on drafting unified Civil Procedure Code has been going on for more than two years and discussion on this matter left the public sphere recently, although it is one of the most important branches of law. That is why we decided to invite for discussion people who constantly work with procedural legislation – attorneys.

Key problems, which can be resolved in the frame of the unified Civil Procedure Code, will be discussed at the session. Especially, issues of procedures’ identity, interim measures and other key problems. The discussion should help to balance interests of all participants of civil procedure during development of the draft of the law on the unified code.

Based on the discussion we plan to formulate concrete suggestions on civil procedure legislation improvement.

Moderator of discussion:

  • Maxim Stepanchuk, partner of Attorneys at law “Delcredere”


  • Roman Bevzenko, PhD
  • Mikhail Shwarz, PhD;
  • Maria Erokhova, PhD;
  • Pavel Menshenin, PhD.

from 13:00 to 15:00

May 19, 2017

Baker McKenzie Business Lunch
Artificial intelligence

Venue: White Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only


«Silicon valley is coming to eat our lunch.» This now-famous phrase, spoken in 2014 by Jamie Dimon, executive director of JP Morgan, was a warning about the expansion of new technologies and their rapid penetration into traditional business. No company is safe from the risk of having its lunch eaten. It is therefore crucial that all companies stay up to date with technological trends and continually rethink their approaches.

We are in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with a wide range of technologies becoming increasingly integrated into all aspects of our lives, converging and advancing so rapidly that the term artificial intelligence is practically a household word. Artificial intelligence is already used in numerous sectors: driverless cars; autonomous machines that perform complex financial transactions; computers using behavioral data analysis and advanced facial recognition to combat terrorism; the analysis of legal documents; etc. And the range of computer-assisted tasks is only going to expand, with the amount of investment in the sphere steeply expanding.

As artificial intelligence is used in more areas of human activity, the legal and regulatory questions surrounding this topic become more complicated. Regulators have always struggled to keep pace with the ultra-fast changes in technology, and artificial intelligence is no exception. New artificial intelligence applications give rise to legal challenges, for example liability in accidents involving driverless cars.

How should artificial intelligence be defined for the purposes of regulation? What are the best practices and trends in regulation? What characteristics of artificial intelligence present the greatest danger — including health and security risks — to people? Can legal regulation lower such risks, providing adequate protection right now? If not, when? Is it even possible for laws to regulate relations and consequences that will arise in the future (and with great likelihood instantly), as a result of the synergy of technology and systems, the effect of which may be understood and assessed by humans only after such synergy takes place? These are just a few of the issues artificial intelligence presents.

To explore this complex topic, we will gather around the lunch table at the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. There, we’ll have a team of experts from all over the world. The considerable powers of our experts’ 100% natural intelligence will help us all to get a better understanding of the legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence.

In these rapidly changing times, the above matters are of crucial importance, so we look forward to seeing you on 19 May at 1.00 p.m.

from 14:00 to 16:30

May 19, 2017

Public/Private Partnerships in Water Supply and Sanitation: Partnership or Competition

Venue: the multimedia room of the Water Universe museum complex on the premises of Vodokanal St. Petersburg at Shpalernaya Street 56


The event’s keynote topics are: legal regulation of public/private partnership projects in water supply and sanitation, the accountability risks of PPP vehicles, and ways to minimize the negative consequences.

The following questions will be put to a debate:

  • Philosophy of the legal regulation of PPP projects
  • Creating project incentives through optimization of business practices
  • Partnership of ideas. The idea of social accountability and the idea of profit-making
  • Rivalry of interests between PPP stakeholders. How to balance rival interests

The satellite event will be moderated by M.V. Gassiy, Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation, Deputy CEO of Vodokanal St. Petersburg State Unitary Company.

The line-up of speakers includes government officials, members of the international professional services community, and representatives of leading Russian and foreign universities.

from 17:30 to 18:30

May 19, 2017

Reserach presentation by Pravo. ru

Presentation of economic and legal index by

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

from 10:00 to 14:00

May 20, 2017