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Digest 29

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Dear colleagues,

Prior to the V St. Petersburg International Legal Forum we presented a new column on personalities, events and trends in fashion and style with a legal focus. Find out a selection of articles by Lesya Mikhailovskaya dedicated to series about the lawyers. According to the author an everyday life of lawyers is an exciting show. How do they behave, what do they eat, how do they feather their nests and what do they wear – Lesya Mikhailovskaya answers this questions. «Sure, they are restrained by a strict dress-code and their way of life shouldn’t surpass the bourgeois norms. However, for us, mere mortals, they are a little bit like ‘overmen.’ They determine fates and understand complex cases, unintelligible for the majority of us, and at the same time they drink, eat, go in for sports and bring kids to school, as do all of us. And when this detailed routine becomes a background for a thrilling intrigue, it is impossible to take off eyes».

Also we have translated a few articles on leadership, motivation, law firm management by Jim Calloway, Ron Friedmann, Gerry Riskin.

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“How can Russian jurisdiction be made more comfortable for business?"

Alexander Konovalov,
Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, took part in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum as a moderator of the panel discussion

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On June 18, 2015, Alexander Konovalov, Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, took part in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum as a moderator of the panel discussion entitled “How can Russian jurisdiction be made more comfortable for business?”

The session featured Dimitry Afanasiev, Chairman, Co-Founding Partner, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, Michael Blair, Presiding Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, David Craig, President, Financial and Risk, Thomson Reuters, Nikolay Kropachev, Rector, St. Petersburg State University, Dmitriy Shumkov, Chairperson of the Council, Center of Legal Initiatives, Jean-Pierre Thomas, President, Thomas Vendome Investment, Alexander Trechsel, Professor of Political Science, Head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Bolatbek Abdrassilov, Rector, The Academy of Public Administration under the President of Kazakhstan, and Alexei Evgenev, Managing Director, Head of Moscow Representative Office, Alvarez & Marsal.

Speakers discussed the further expansion of the legal freedom for running a business and the necessity of new tools in existing legislation and law enforcement practices.

Opening the session, Mr Konovalov stressed that the dialogue between in-houses – representatives of big companies – and state regulator was maintained at St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. “We believe that we can make a serious step forward and find new conceptual approaches to interaction between business and law,” the Minister said.

According to Konovalov, there is a need for the balance of interests of various industries, of business, state and social areas, as well as of loyalty to the basic principles of law.

As a moderator, the Minister also suggested a range of questions to be discussed:

How should business and law cooperate? How can we make a certain jurisdiction, including the Russian one, attractive? Should a law be exclusively instrumental and solve problems of a concrete area of business regulation, or should it focus on a multi-modal perception and system of balances?

Summarising the round table, Mr Konovalov emphasised that the session had presented a few possible directions of cooperation between lawyers and business. He invited the participants to continue the discussion at St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.

The broadcast is available here.


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