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October 2017

The Legal 500 award 2017 lists CIS London as a Top Tier firm

We are pleased to announce that for five consecutive years The Legal 500 recognises CIS London & Partners LLP as a Tier 1 Foreign Law Firm in London for Russia. The Legal 500 in their 2017 UK edition referred to our firm as follows:

CIS London & Partners LLP ‘has been very successful in positioning itself as an interface between Russian clients and English lawyers’. The London team offers specialised advice on Russian law and the laws of other CIS countries. It is recommended for M&A deals, joint venture deals and cross-border transactions with Russian or CIS aspects; the practice also acts in multi-jurisdictional disputes, employment law issues, IP and TMT matters, taxation and financial services. Svetlana London is ‘sensible, intelligent and very thorough in her approach, and she is trusted by clients’. Senior associate Valeria Ivasikh is ‘a business-oriented lawyer, who provides the best solutions’ and specialises in venture investments and corporate governance.


We are also delighted that our Senior Associate Valeria Ivasikh has been listed in The Legal 500 Next Generation Lawyers.

September 2017

Registering the Foundation for Palliative Care Education (PACED)

The CIS LONDON team has recently completed registration of the Foundation for Palliative Care Education (PACED) as a charity in the UK, through the Charity Commission. This charitable organization is conceived to provide systematic support to professionals in the field of palliative care and related areas, in regions where palliative and hospice care are underdeveloped.

It was an honour for us to provide assistance to the PACED trustees, who include:

  • Dr Robert Twycross  - professor of Oxford University, one of the pioneers of hospice and palliative medicine in UK. Founder member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP); The Association of Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland; the European Association for Palliative Care; and the Palliative Care Research Society (UK). 

  • Nyuta Federmesser - founder of the VERA Hospice Charity Fund, the only Russian non-profit organisation that provides support to hospices and their patients, and a director of the Moscow Centre for Palliative Medicine. 

  • Dmitry Yampolskiy - successful Russian advocate with years of experience in pro bono work and a Chairman of the Board at the VERA Hospice Charity Fund.

PACED aims to improve the availability of relevant information for professionals in the field of palliative care; to help create technologies for the application of this knowledge; and to ultimately equalize the standards of palliative care across the world.

Registration of PACED in the UK, with the support of CIS LONDON, is the first step towards raising the level of palliative care to an international standard in the CIS countries and other regions of the world where palliative is in the initial stages of development.

ICAEW workshop, London, UK

Svetlana London joined the Kazakh Judges delegation at the Chartered Accountant’s Hall as a speaker to discuss the future cooperation and support which The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales may offer to the Astana International Finance Centre. She has also given a presentation on routes to qualification in the UK. 

Chambers & Partners Ranking

We are proud to announce that Svetlana London has been featured in the Chambers & Partners High Net Worth guide as one of the leading private wealth lawyers. 

Svetlana has been praised for her impressive ability to "move seamlessly between Russian and English law." 

A market commentator notes: "She perfectly understands the little details of the Russian mentality and cultural approach. Svetlana takes pride in her work and has an extreme attention to detail. She naturally builds very good rapport with clients." 

July 2017

ICAEW & Astana IFC Fintech Forum, Astana, Kazakhstan

On 10 July 2017 Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), in partnership with the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and the UK Department for International Trade hosted a FinTech forum dedicated to Transforming Financial Services of Kazakhstan. 

Svetlana London was invited to take part in a panel discussion on Regulation of FinTech.

June 2017

UK-Russia FinTech Working Group Meeting, Moscow, Russia

Svetlana London joined as a delegate the UK Delegation of experts at the first meeting of the UK-Russia FinTech Working Group. The group was established by the membership body TheCityUK that was awarded UK Government funding for this project. The first meeting out of 4 was held on 28 June 2017 at the Moscow Exchange. 

The ultimate goal of the initiative is to establish an operational UK-Russia FinTech senior-level stakeholder group and create a related work programme in order to improve prospects for business in the financial services industries in both countries.

Svetlana was glad to contribute to the working group’s discussions on FinTech Regulation, Cyber-Security, and Start-up and Innovation.

Russian Tech Day, London, UK

London New Tech held an event dedicated to Russian Tech in collaboration with Rutech Ventures on 20 June. CIS LONDON was honoured to support this initiative. In particular, Valeria Ivasikh shared legal tips for start-ups looking to enter the British market.

Rutech presentation, Moscow, Russia

On 5 June Valeria Ivasikh was invited to give a talk at an event organised by Rutech Ventures - an independent initiative on a mission to accelerate the growth of Russian Tech - at Skolkovo Innovation Centre. 

Valeria advised Russian start-ups on how to scale their business in the UK.

May 2017

Meeting with judges of the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan, London, UK

CIS LONDON was honoured to run a workshop for the judges of the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan on 25 May 2017. Svetlana London was delighted to share her practical experience of working on cross-border projects to the Kazakhstani colleagues.

Dispute Resolution forum, Astana, Kazakhstan

Svetlana London gave a talk at the Dispute Resolution forum that took place on 19 May 2017 in Astana. Svetlana shared hands-on legal experience on litigation funding. 

Lecture at the Ministry of Justice of Kazakhstan, Astana, Kazakhstan

Svetlana London was honoured to give a lecture for the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 16 May 2017. Svetlana presented on the principles of English contract law and non-contractual remedies.

Lecture at the Nazarbaev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

On 15 May 2017 Svetlana London was invited to the Nazarbaev University, an autonomous research university in Astana, as a guest lecturer. Svetlana presented on ‘International legal projects and English law interplay’.

Series of lectures at Lomonosov’s Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

In spring 2017 Svetlana London was invited to give a series of lectures for law students of the Moscow State University on how to build a successful legal career in the UK. Svetlana was glad to share her own unique experience, as a Russian lawyer (original qualification), of gaining a second qualification as a solicitor in the UK. Moreover, Svetlana provided some first-hand tips for English legal writing and drafting.

April 2017

«International legal projects and English law: framework» workshop, London, UK

On 25 April 2017 Svetlana London run a seminar for the Russian and Kazakhstani lawyers as a part of the series of events "International Arbitration. Enforcement of awards after the Brexit". Svetlana gave practical tips on coordinating legal projects involving English law and shared her experience of dealing with contracts governed by English law, non-contractual remedies and dispute resolution in the UK.

March 2017

Forum «LEGAL GATES. Export», Saint Petersburg, Russia

On 24 March 2017 Svetlana London participated in the international legal forum "LEGAL GATES. Export". The forum was organised with support of St. Petersburg Entrepreneurship and Consumer Market Development committee and others. The organisers’ aim was to bring together representatives from different jurisdictions and to offer Russian exporters an opportunity to gain first hand, relevant information regarding the specificities of working with different countries.  Svetlana presented on the effective ways to enter the British market, and extracts from her presentation were published in a special edition of the "Expert. North-west" journal, dedicated to the export.

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