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March 2017

Women Who Inspire meeting, London, UK

On 9 March 2017 a Russian-speaking businesswomen society "Women Who Inspire" together with CIS London & Partners и Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design have organised a cocktail reception to mark the International Women’s Day.  

RBCC Bulletin publication

Valeria Ivasikh’s article ‘Bridging the gap between the UK and Russian venture markets’ has been published in the first issue of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce Bulletin 2017. Valeria describes the challenges that foreign investors face when entering the Russian market and offers ways of how these obstacles can be overcome. The article is available to download here.

February 2017

Women Who Inspire - Business Breakfast, London, UK

On 1 February 2017 Svetlana London and Valeria Ivasikh gladly took part in a Business Breakfast regularly hosted by the Russian-speaking businesswomen club ‘Women Who Inspire’. Svetlana gave a talk ‘Business in the UK: practical advice from a lawyer’ that sparked interest amongst the audience. The guests were especially interested in the topics of liability insurance and entering into an English contract.

December 2016

Workshop ‘Management standards for legal departments’, London, UK

On 14 December 2016 Svetlana London ran a workshop for lawyers from Russia and other CIS countries as part of the series of seminars ‘Legal Practice Optimization. Effective Management Models’. The participants discussed ways of implementing management standards at legal departments. The BPP University’s MBA (Legal Services) programme was also presented to the audience.

10th Annual IBA Law Firm Management conference, Moscow, Russia

Svetlana London was invited to host a roundtable ‘What makes the national law firm international?’ at the 10th Annual International Bar Association’s conference on Law Firm Management that took place on 2 December 2016 in Moscow.

November 2016

Charitable event of St. Andrew’s and ‘Istoki’ foundation, Moscow, Russia

The CIS London & Partners team was delighted to support an initiative of its long-standing client Specialized Endowment Fund ‘ISTOKI’ by sponsoring a charitable event ‘For the sake of life’ organised by St. Andrew’s foundation and the Istoki foundation in furtherance of the Russian national programme ‘Sanctity of motherhood’. The event took place on 18 November 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow hotel.

Russian Law Week at the Law Society of England and Wales, London, UK

On 14-16 November 2016 the Law Society of England and Wales hosted the Russian Law Week ‘Establishing Bridges in Challenging Times’. The leading experts and lawyers from Russia and the UK discussed recent developments in the Russian law. Svetlana London gave a talk on ‘Developments and Current Trends in the Russian Court System’ within the session dedicated to the recent changes made to the Russian litigation legislation.

XI Forum of Corporate Lawyers, Almaty, Kazakhstan

On 3-4 November 2016 the CIS London team participated in the XI annual Kazakhstan Forum of Corporate Lawyers that took place in Almaty.

The programme involved round table discussions, case analysis sessions and workshops held by the best lawyers and business coaches of the CIS region. In particular, Svetlana London hosted two sessions: a workshop on the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme that had recently become available for Kazakhstani lawyers and a workshop on Managing international legal projects. It was a delight to see the participants showing sincere interest in both topics.

October 2016

Minsk Legal Forum: From 'Fiery Eyes' to 'Dead Volcanoes', Minsk, Belarus

The CIS London & Partners team has attended Minsk Legal Forum that proved to be a new platform for ‘live non-legal communication in legal circles’. Practicing lawyers and representatives of legal businesses from Europe and Asia have discussed their views on the legal profession and legal business development in various regions. Svetlana London gave a talk on CIS qualified lawyers’ career and business prospects in the UK.

Roundtable ‘Developing of the national legislation of Kazakhstan’, London, UK

Svetlana London and Kulzhan Mehrabi took part in a round table organised by the Legislation Institute of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with Reed Smith law firm. The leading lawyers, solicitors and barristers have discussed various challenges of as well as approaches to developing new Kazakhstani legislation on the basis of the common law principles. Svetlana presented a comparison of English and Kazakhstani law provisions regarding M&A deals.

This topic is of a particular interest to companies and the government of Kazakhstan as well as to foreign investors, especially in relation to Astana International Financial Centre being established.

First Legal Forum of Black Earth Belt region, Voronezh, Russia

Our team has participated in the first regional legal forum that took place on 7-8 October 2016 in Voronezh. The forum was organised as a networking platform for lawyers of Central and South regions of Russia.

Svetlana London took part in the ‘Legal firm management: life hacks’ panel by giving a talk on managing quality of the legal services.

September 2016

Getting the Deal Through: Fintech 2017

An international legal resources centre ‘Getting the Deal Through’ has recently launched a new series of annual reports on financial technology (‘Fintech’), which is a relatively new concept that involves a broad range of business types.

‘Getting the Deal Through’ developed the same key questions to be answered by the leading practitioners in each of the jurisdictions featured. The CIS London team has contributed by providing answers on Russian law.

A pdf version of the chapter prepared by the CIS London team can be downloaded here.

(Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through: Fintech 2017, (published in September 2016; contributing editors: Angus McLean and Penny Miller, Simmons & Simmons). For further information please visit

The Legal 500 Award 2016 lists CIS London as a Top Tier Firm

We are delighted to announce that The Legal 500 once again recognised CIS London & Partners LLP as a Tier 1 Foreign Law Firm in London for Russia. The Legal 500 in their UK edition referred to our firm as follows:

CIS London & Partners LLP provides tax, family and probate advice to Russian, Kazakh and Georgian clients in the UK, and also handles corporate and commercial matters for international clients requiring legal expertise of the Russian and CIS market.

Managing partner Svetlana London is ‘consummately professional, displays great attention to detail and takes enormous care with clients’ needs’

Senior Associate Valeria Ivasikh is welcomed as a recommended lawyer for 2016.

June 2016

European-Asian Law Congress, Ekaterinburg, Russia

CIS London & Partners team attended the 10 European-Asian Law Congress that took place on 9-10 June 2016 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. This year the topic of the congress was ‘Law, politics and economics in the modern world: changes of the XXI century’. Svetlana London gave a talk on international and national legal business standards and participated in a panel session that discussed problems of international and national business regulations in the modern world.

May 2016

Guest lecture in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

Svetlana London was invited as a guest lecturer by the Law Department of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv to give a talk on English law and legal career development to the students and academic personnel. Svetlana presented a review of the main principles of the Anglo-Saxon law and discussed legal career perspective on the local and international market.

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