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2.1. Is Big Beautiful - Growth Perspectives for Law Firms in the CIS and Beyond

Track: 2. Legal Profession


The many opportunities for business in the region also affects legal services. The panel will discuss the position of smaller and mid-sized firms as well as the interests of global firms in Russia and the Far East. What are the advantages of growing to a managed firm, what are the best forms to internationalize. Is the Swiss Verein the appropriate form of international cooperation or should firms choose looser or even stronger forms of integration? Panelists will include representatives of local firms as well as representatives of international firms and in-house lawyers to articulate the clients’ needs. The session is of high interest to regulators, private practitioners and lawyers working in industrial companies as well as financial institutions.


Elena Borisenko

Board Member – First Vice-President, Gazprombank


As the First Vice-President and the Member of the Board, Ms. Borisenko is overseeing the Gazprombank’s Legal Department and responsible for addressing all legal matters encountered by Gazprombank and its group of companies.


Saint Petersburg State University, Law School (2000)

Legal practice

Private legal practice, corporate and commercial law (2000-2008)

Member of Saint-Petersburg Bar Chamber (2001-2008)

State Service
  • 2008 — 2009 — Advisor to the Head of the Federal Registration Service
  • 2009 — 2010 — Advisor to the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation
  • Feb. 2010 — March 2011 — Head of the Department of Legal Aid and Cooperation with Judicial System, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation
  • 2011 — 2012 — Advisor to the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Official Representative of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation
  • 2012 — 2015 — Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation. Areas of responsibility: development of legal profession: pro bono legal aid, attorneys and bars, notary, forensics, improvement of the national arbitration legislation.
Teaching and lecturing

Saint-Petersburg State University, Law School, State and Administrative Law Department (2013-till now)

Hermann J. Knott

Partner, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH


Hermann attended law school in Cologne, Geneva, Philadelphia (LL. M. from the University of Pennsylvania) and Stanford. Before joining Luther at its inception in 1992 he had worked for two years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the New York firm Cleary Gottlieb. At Luther he worked for some time at the then associated firm in Paris, Archibald Andersen.

Areas of Practice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions/Joint Ventures
  • Reorganizations
  • Private Equity
  • General Corporate
Industry Focus
  • Automotive, Logistics, Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Services
Selected Clients

Recent transactions in which Hermann was the lead advisor include the German-law related advice and project coordination regarding the acquisition by a German automotive components’ supplier of a supplier based in the US, the disposal of a hospital outsourcing company by its US shareholder as well as the acquisition of a German logistics engineering business by a French financial investor. Hermann also advised a leading Brazilian company operating in the infrastructure for power supply on aspects of German law in an M&A transaction. Hermann has also been representing an important subcontractor involved in the Awash-Weldia railway infrastructure project in Ethiopia. In South America Hermann has been involved in an infrastructure project in Bolivia.


Nicholas Allard

Senior Counsel in the Public Policy and Regulation practice, Dentons, President and Joseph Crea Dean, Brooklyn Law School


Nicholas Allard is President and Joseph Crea Dean, and Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Under his leadership, the Law School has experienced dynamic changes to prepare students for a rapidly changing legal field. These initiatives include the accelerated two-year J.D. program; the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE), which builds on Brooklyn's emergence as a global center for high-tech entrepreneurship; and Business Boot Camp, the popular winter session program offering students intensive training in the basics of the business world. The Law School also instituted a 15 percent tuition reduction and launched the Bridge to Success program to support graduates in their job search, as part of a comprehensive package of initiatives to make legal education more affordable and more accessible.

Recognizing the increasing globalization of the legal profession, Nick has traveled to Russia, India, China, throughout Europe, and the UAE to speak to prospective students and leaders in the legal field about new frontiers of law. He is widely recognized by his peers and the media as a thought leader in legal education. He has written and spoken extensively about the need to attract a new generation of diverse individuals to the legal profession—and dismantling the economic barriers to attending law school.

Nick also serves as Senior Counsel in the Public Policy and Regulation practice at Dentons, a global law firm with presence in more than 50 countries. Before joining the Law School in 2012, Nick served as chair of the Public Policy Department and co-chair of the Government Advocacy Practice Group at Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. His clients included domestic and international organizations that were startups, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and public and private universities. Before joining Patton Boggs, he was a partner at Latham & Watkins, where he chaired the firm’s Government Relations Group.

Nick began his legal career after receiving his BA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Merton College, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), and JD from Yale Law School. He was a law clerk in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., worked on Capitol Hill for the late Senators Edward Kennedy and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and was a partner at Latham & Watkins for over a decade, where he chaired the firm’s Government Relations Group before joining Patton Boggs. Nick is the recipient of multiple honors and awards for his work, including the City & State 2017 “Brooklyn Influentials” list, top ranking in “Government Relations” by Chambers USA from 2012 to 2015, a 2010 Visionary Award from the National Journal-Legal Times, recognition as one of D.C.’s “Top Lobbyists” by The Hill from 2008 to 2013, Super Lawyers list by The Washington Post, 2012 to 2015, and a Hermes Award for Contribution to Study of Communications from the Syracuse University College of Law. He has served on numerous academic boards, taught at several law schools, and published scholarly articles on a broad range of issues, including Internet law, new media, and privacy. At Brooklyn Law School, he teaches courses on Government Advocacy, Privacy Law in a Digital World, and Introduction to Legal Process.

Andrei Baev

Partner, Reed Smith LLP


Andrei Baev has more than 25 years of experience in project finance and corporate transactions. His experience includes the development and financing of cross-border pipeline projects, independent power projects, nuclear power plants, oil and gas upstream, midstream and downstream development projects, mining and infrastructure projects around the world. Most recently, his work concentrates on the emerging markets of Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, CIS, Central Asia and the Middle East. Andrei also has significant mergers and acquisitions experience in the power, oil and gas and infrastructure industry sectors. He has done syndicated loans, project bonds, debt restructuring, securitisations and complicated structured finance transactions as well. His clients include oil and gas companies, energy companies, natural resources companies, governments, global investment and commercial banks, multilaterals, export-credit agencies and high-net-worth investors. Andrei represented Rosatom, Atomstroyexport, Gazprom, Lukoil, Gazprom Neft, Tatneft, INTER RAO UES, RusHydro, Kazakhmys, the Government of Kazakhstan, the Government of Azerbaijan and the Government of Turkmeistan, among other Russian and CIS clients, and was involved in such high-profile projects as South Stream, Shtokman LNG, Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, BTC Pipeline, Trans-Balkan Pipeline, TAP Pipeline, OCP Pipeline, Taneco refinery, Kovykta pipeline, PNG LNG, Balkhash IPP, Kazakhmys Bozshakol mining project, Baku IPP, Pulkovo PPP, etc.

Admitted to practice

  • Russia (1989)
  • California (1995)
  • New York (2000)
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer in the U.K. (since 2006)

Education and academic appointments

  • J.S.D., Stanford University Law School (Stanford, USA), 1996
  • J.S.M., Stanford University Law School (Stanford, USA), 1995
  • LL.M., UCLA Law School (Los Angeles, USA), 1994
  • Dipl. Jurist, Sverdlovsk Law Institute (Sverdlovsk, Russia), 1989
  • Executive Masters in CCC, HEC (Paris, France) and Said Business School (Oxford, UK), 2013

Tatiana Menshenina

Partner, Withersworldwide


Tatiana is an experienced commercial litigator, working on both court cases and arbitrations, with market-leading experience in complex cross-border disputes. She has worked on a range of high profile cases for both corporates and high net worth individuals. She was recognised by Who’s Who Legal (UK) 2010 and is ranked in Chambers Global (UK) 2014 in two categories - commercial arbitration & litigation and is listed as an expert on foreign (Russian) law. In February 2015 Financier Worldwide announced that Tatiana Menshenina has been recognised as a leading litigation and ADR expert in its 2015 Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Handbook. Tatiana qualified as a Solicitor – Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience, Civil Proceedings (England and Wales). She is also qualified as a Russian Advocate and was called to the Moscow City Bar in 2002.

  • Lomonosov Moscow State University, Degree in Mathematics and Cybernetics
  • University of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation, Degree in International Private Law, MGIMO
  • BPP Law School, Post Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Advising a prominent Russian businessman and official in highly complex interrelated committal, bankruptcy and Commercial Court proceedings
  • Acting for a prominent Russian businessman in a shareholders’ dispute
  • Acting for a company in arbitration claim challenging $72 million LCIA Award
  • Acting for a Kazakh individual on Appeal of a Final Charging Order over his property in London
  • Successful representation of two Russian private clients in a US$20m claim against a large investment bank for debts under its private bonds and global
Publications and speaking engagements

Tatiana regularly speaks and publishes articles on issues of jurisdiction, injunctive relief, enforcement, arbitration and has spoken at various events in London, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Tatiana is also a regular speaker at
  • British – Russian Law Association events in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, St. Petersburg
  • English Law Weeks in Moscow Memberships
  • The Law Society of England & Wales
  • The Law Society International Division
  • British – Russian Law Association
  • Moscow City Bar

Yury Pilipenko

President, Federal Chamber of Advocates of the Russian Federation


President of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation Senior partner Law firm “YUST”.


Corporate law and M&A, Criminal law and criminal proceedings, Litigation and Arbitration, Legal support of art business, International arbitration, Intellectual property


Art and Sport, Aviation and Defense industry, Banking and Finance, Chemicals, Energy, Oil and Gas, FMCG & Food, Innovations and IT, Metallurgy and mining, Pharmaceuticals and healthcare, Real estate, Retail, Telecommunications

Chairman of the Moscow Bar Association «Law firm “YUST”».

Expert on Russian law for the Council of Europe. Member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Advocacy.

Member of the United Mediation Service of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. Member of the committee for the conferring of the National award in the field of advocacy.

Co-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Advocacy of the Moscow State Academy of Law.

Member of the committee for the conferring of the F.N. Plevako and “Honorary Advocate of Russia” Awards.

Member of the editorial boards of the legal journals “Russian Advocate” and “The Chamber of Advocates”.

Author of more than 40 publications.

Awarded the order “For Fidelity to the Advocate’s Duty”.


1990 Is a Graduate of peoples ' friendship University (with honors).

1991 Given the status of advocate.

2003 The Chairman of the Collegium of advocates of the Moscow region ’Law firm “YUST”». 2003 Managing partner of the Law firm "YUST".

2005 Vice-President of the Federal chamber of lawyers of the Russian Federation.

2009 The Doctor of legal Sciences. Professor

2012 First Vice-President of the Federal chamber of lawyers of the Russian Federation. 2015 President of the Federal chamber of lawyers of the Russian Federation.

David Slade

Senior Partner, Allen & Overy


David is the Senior Partner of the Washington, D. C. office and focuses on project finance. He has extensive experience representing ECAs, MLAs and other agency lenders, commercial lenders and project sponsors in complex multijurisdictional projects around the globe. His projects include oil and gas field development, refineries, LNG, pipelines, water treatment, electricity generation and transmission, airport and seaport construction and roads, bridges, tunnels and other transportation infrastructure particularly in the Americas, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS.

Career history
  • Senior Partner, Allen & Overy LLP, Washington D. C., 2011-Present
  • Partner, Allen & Overy LLP, New York, 1996-2011
  • Partner-in-Charge, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Moscow, 1991-1996
  • Partner-in-Charge, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, London, 1987-1990
  • Associate, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, New York, 1980-1987
Legal qualifications
  • Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 1981
  • Admitted: Bar of the State of Massachusetts, 1981
  • Admitted: Bar of the District of Columbia, 2012
Academic qualifications
  • J. D., Harvard Law School, 1980
  • M. A. L. D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1980
  • A. B., Dartmouth College, 1976

*This schedule may be subject to change