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July 2015

Getting the deal through Copyright 2015

We have once again contributed to Getting the Deal Through series of annual reports on Copyright 2015 volume that was published in July 2015.

The chapter Copyright: Russia prepared by our experts Valeria Ivasikh and Alexander Yurchik addresses the key issues that are of concern to rights holders and their counsel, covering such areas as: legislation and enforcement, agencies, subject matter and scope of copyright, copyright formalities, ownership and copyright, duration of copyright, copyright infringements and remedies and relationship to international copyright conventions.

You can download a PDF version of our chapter here. The chapter is also available in eBook format.

May 2015

HNWI Russian Clients: CFC rules - practical approach, Luxembourg

Svetlana London presented on the CFC rules at the conference held in Luxembourg for private bankers, tax lawyers, compliance officers, fiduciaries, life insurers, independent wealth managers and trust specialists. Svetlana briefly described recent trends and discussed the practical issues. She also acted as the moderator for the conference.

February 2015

The Russian legislation on personal data protection is currently changing

The amendments to the law on personal data are coming into force from 01 September 2015, one year earlier than expected. It imposes heavy requirements on Russian and foreign companies working with personal data. CIS London team has prepared a short briefing note on the main changes that can be downloaded here.

Webinar on Russian sanctions

Svetlana London took part in a web conference that was organised by Cordery. The webinar covered the scope of sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia. Svetlana gave the Russian perspective on the sanctions and also provided the participants with a brief overview of the Russian sanctions against other countries.

October 2014

Seasonal Meeting of International Section of the New York State Bar Association, Vienna, Austria

Svetlana London presented at the Anti-Corruption Statutes Panel organised by the New York State Bar Association at the International section’s seasonal meeting "Rebuilding the Transatlantic Marketplace: Austria and Central Europe as Catalysts for Entrepreneurship and Innovation".

The Legal 500 Awards 2014 lists CIS LONDON as a top tier firm

In 2014 The Legal 500 for the second year 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:

… ‘outstanding' team provides advice on M&A, joint ventures and other cross-border transactions with a Russian element. The office also handles multi-jurisdictional disputes and advises on compliance and regulatory issues. The highly regarded Svetlana London and Victoria Truffaut are recommended.’.

Joint seminar of Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation and The Law Society of England and Wales on The QLTS Exams, Moscow, Russia

Svetlana London participated in discussion jointly organised by Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Law Society and Russian Federal Chamber of Lawyers on SRA's Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme and the opportunities it provides for Russian and CIS Lawyers.

September 2014

Presentation "Introduction to legal services in the UK" in the Law Society of England and Wales, London, UK

Svetlana London gave a talk on QLTS examination within the “Introduction to legal services in the UK” program that the Law Society of England and Wales organised and held for the delegation of Russian lawyers. Svetlana has shared her experience of becoming an English solicitor via the QLTS route.

Seminar: 'Russian Private Clients: Navigating the Changing Landscape'

On 22 September we are running a seminar for private bankers, family offices, trust companies, real estate agents and accountants that will cover tax, property, marital agreements and other relationship issues, inheritance and trusts from both English and Russian law perspective.

For more information about this seminar please email Anna Plotnikova or call 020 7242 0484.

Rebranding Announcement

Press Release

8 September 2014

We are pleased to announce that we have re-branded from MGAP UK and going forward we will be known as CIS London and Partners LLP.

Driven by a growth in business, and client requirements, the firm over the past few years has been working with a broader range of legal experts across Russia, Kazakhstan and other CIS jurisdictions.

Managing Partner Svetlana London said, ‘It is clear that clients are asking us to manage more complex projects which require ready access to the best available local expertise. The re-brand gives us increased flexibility, in addition to our Moscow base, to further expand our network of hand-picked lawyers across the region. This will allow us a wider geographic footprint and an enhanced capability to manage complex matters across jurisdictions’.

The firm’s London-based team remains unchanged and will continue to provide comprehensive Russian and CIS legal advice and legal project management to both Corporate and Private clients under the ‘CIS London and Partners’ brand.

The firm today launches its new website at

For further information please call Svetlana London on 020 7242 0484.

July 2014

Workshop “Shareholders Agreement and Caveat Emptor principle”, London, UK

On 9 July 2014 we ran a workshop for lawyers from Ukraine and Azerbaijan on practical aspects of shareholders agreements and specifics of the dispute resolution in the UK.

Our managing partner Svetlana London and senior associate Elena Ivanova covered particular areas and discussed challenges that lawyers from the CIS may encounter while working on cross-border transactions governed by English law. We have shared our practical experience of working with English lawyers on various issues including provision of experts reports to English courts and use of due diligence findings while preparing transactional documents.

Siberian TV Production Location assistance

We have assisted a UK TV production company on filming of a documentary movie in Siberia, Russia. We have advised the client on a number of contractual, corporate, tax, migration, IP and regulatory issues including the obtaining of filming and forest related permits.

June 2014

Getting the Deal Through – Copyright 2014

We have once again contributed to Getting the Deal Through series of annual reports on Copyright 2014 volume.

The fully revised and updated ninth edition of Copyright was published in June 2014. This year it is also available in e-Book format.

Getting The Deal Through series provide international analysis in key areas of law and policy for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners and business people in each of the 24 jurisdictions featured. Our team answered the key questions about Copyright in Russia based on their expert knowledge in the area.

You can download a PDF version of our chapter here.

Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in the Getting the Deal Through – Copyright 2014, (published in June 2014; contributing editors: Andrew H Bart, Steven R Englund and Susan J Kohlmann, Jenner & Block LLP) For further information please visit

May 2014

Sponsoring the Victory Day evening on board HMS Belfast, London, UK

Our firm sponsored Russian veterans on the Victory Day evening in London on board HMS Belfast. The ceremony was a part of the Victory Day London project dedicated to the Arctic Convoys, the solidarity and the joint efforts of the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy of Great Britain and Russian Navy servicemen, whose actions were an impressive and valuable contribution to the victory over fascism.

March 2014

Participation in 4th Annual Conference "Russia & CIS private clients" organised by Academy & Finance, Zurich, Switzerland

Svetlana London gave a talk on “Setting up effective structures for family philanthropy in Russia: a legal and financial perspective” covering development and evolution of family philanthropy in Russia, legal framework and challenges of funding long-term projects through endowing foundations and maximising efficiency through multijurisdictional structures confirming each subject on case study.

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