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October 2018

The Legal 500 2019 lists CIS LONDON as a top tier firm

We are pleased to announce that for six 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 2019 UK edition referred to our firm as follows:

CIS London & Partners LLP 'has good strength and depth'. The London office provides specialised advice on Russian law and the laws of other CIS countries; its typical work includes M&A deals, joint ventures and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Managing partner Svetlana London is 'a very capable lawyer who understands what Russian law advice is needed for the purposes of an English Court and provides that advice'. Senior associate Valeria Ivasikh specialises in venture capital investments and corporate governance.


We are also delighted that Svetlana has been recognised as a Leading Individual and Valeria has been listed in Next Generation Lawyers category.

Russia: lack of spousal consent as a barrier to enforcement

Our newest briefing for those dealing with Russian counterparts explores how Russian spousal property regime affects transactions with shares, real estate and beyond. Check if you need the spouse’s consent before the deal is made.

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September 2018

Getting the Deal Through: Fintech 2019

As financial technology continues to develop rapidly worldwide, Getting the Deal Through, an international legal resources centre, has published the third edition of their ‘Fintech’ series, which is available in print, as an e-book, and online. The CIS London team has contributed by drafting and updating the chapter on Russia. 

Topics covered include: licensing requirements and exemptions; consumer lending regulations; peer-to-peer and marketplace lending; crowdfunding; invoice trading; cloud computing and the internet of things; marketing regulations; foreign exchange and currency control restrictions; intellectual property rights and disputes; open-source software; the anonymisation and aggregation of personal data for commercial gain; available tax incentives to encourage innovation and investment; and anti-money laundering and financial crime prevention requirements.

A pdf version of the chapter prepared by the CIS London experts can be downloaded here
Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through –Fintech 2019 (Published: September 2018). For further information please visit

August 2018

The Bank of Russia’s position on foreign financial services restriction

Foreign companies offering their services on the Russian financial market on a cross-border basis are aware of the restrictions and prohibitions on non-Russian companies operating in Russia. Some restrictions are very broadly defined, which creates uncertainty as to how they apply to cross-border activities of foreign entities.

Our briefing concerns the recent information letter from the Bank of Russia addressed to Russian financial organisations working with foreign counterparts. In the letter the Bank of Russia sets out its position on the foreign financial services restriction and prohibition on non-Russian entities carrying out activities of non-credit financial organisations.

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July 2018

Chamber HNW 2018 ranking

We are delighted to announce that Svetlana London has been ranked in two categories of the Chambers High Net Worth 2018

The researchers ranked her as a foreign expert in the category ‘Private Wealth Law – Russia’ in the UK:

Svetlana London is the managing partner of CIS London and has extensive experience working with Russian clients on cross-border matters. She is praised as "efficient, knowledgeable and always responsive." "She is always connected and is ready to go an extra mile – or two – for us," says an interviewee, adding: "I would describe her style as always thinking multiple steps ahead."

The guide for Russia also adds:

Svetlana London … and her team work with Russian and CIS clients on cross-border private wealth matters, and the majority of the team is dual-qualified. One client says that "her strongest point is the high level of trust, accuracy and readiness to support with any requirements."

May 2018

LS Institute workshop for law firm managers in London

On the 1st of May, Svetlana London participated in the LS Institute’s workshop ‘Strategic Priorities in Law Firm Management,’ where she gave a presentation on the ‘Personal experiences of a CIS lawyer in the UK’.

LS Institute is an organisation that aims to strengthen and improve the quality of legal professions. The main focus of the educational initiative is on providing professional services for law firms and legal departments in European and CIS countries.

April 2018

What you need to know about divorce in Russia

Russian citizens who reside permanently in the UK need to be aware of a number of procedural and substantive law issues if they are facing a divorce. In our new article, we touch on the key points that will rise during a divorce procedure.

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March 2018

Enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards in Kazakhstan: new development

Enforcement is a key issue to consider before initiating civil proceedings and arbitration, especially in jurisdictions such as Kazakhstan. In this briefing, we offer our clients insights into the recent development in this area and our view on the subject.

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Russia's first attempt at regulation of crypto assets

In an attempt to regulate the country’s crypto economy Russia’s Ministry of Finance has prepared a bill that purports to label mining as a business activity, outlaw unauthorised crypto exchanges, and lay down disclosure requirements for ICOs. While the bill is far from becoming law it provides a timely insight into what Russia’s regulatory framework for crypto assets is set to look like.

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February 2018

Final UK-Russia FinTech working group meeting

On 28th of February 2018 Svetlana London attended the fourth and final UK-Russia FinTech Working Group meeting, organised by the membership body TheCityUK. Svetlana, who is a member of the UK delegation, presented the results of the four working group meetings, which are to be included in the UK-Russia FinTech Report. The Report was presented to the public on the 21st of March 2018 during the Eurasia FinTech Forum in London.

You can download a PDF of the Report here.

CIS London & Partners LLP is now an ICAEW Partner in Learning

We are pleased to announce that CIS London & Partners LLP is now recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning.

Founded in 1880, ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England in Wales) is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 150,000 chartered accountants worldwide.

This exciting opportunity means that CIS London & Partner’s legal training covers Law module of ICAEW ACA qualification.

January 2018

The Nitty-gritty Of Cross-Border Dispute Resolution In Russia

When dealing with a Russian counterparty or otherwise entering the Russian market, companies tend to be wary of their dispute resolution prospects in the country. In our latest client briefing on the subject we offer our UK-based and European clients important insights into litigation in Russia, after the Russian Supreme Court clarified its stance on some of the most burning issues.

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November 2017

Women Who Inspire & Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design Private Brunch

Svetlana London took part in a Private Brunch organised by the Women Who Inspire project, in partnership with Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design and their UK branch O&A design studio.

Women Who Inspire is a unique platform for empowering female entrepreneurs by sharing knowledge, experiences and success.

Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design studio, whose bespoke interior designs have gained Oleg Klodt and his team of creatives a worldwide recognition and who are our long-time friends – have enthusiastically supported this idea.

The aim of the Brunch was to bring together the leading female figures of diverse backgrounds to discuss relevant issues: what is success and how to achieve it; how to maintain work-life balance and ultimately - what is the role of a woman in today’s society, which is one of the most important conversations of our age.

Speakers included Svetlana London – Managing Partner of CIS London & Partners LLP; Irina Schatton – director at O&A Design; Catherine Kanaeva – partner at Primality LLP; Katerina Nikitina – Zima Magazine Editor-in-Chief.

UK-Russia open Dialogue on FINTECH

On Wednesday the 1st of November, TheCityUK in partnership with the British Embassy in Moscow has held an event dedicated to developing and strengthening the Russian-British communication around FinTech. Finance industry executives, decision-makers and FinTech business companies from both countries shared their knowledge and experience on innovation and collaboration during this two-day event.

Svetlana London gave a presentation on ‘How to support market development, maintaining its financial stability’ – which is a part of an FCA Project. FCA is a UK Financial Conduct Authority, whose three main objectives are protecting consumers, enhancing market integrity and promoting effective competition in the interest of consumers.

Moreover, Svetlana took part in the 2nd UK-Russia FinTech Working Group Meeting, themes of which included the FinTech regulatory environment, ICO & Cryptocurrencies and Open API.

The event was highlighted by the Reception at British Ambassador’s Residence, hosted to honour the visit of HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

October 2017

Thomson Reuters business breakfast, Moscow, Russia

On 12 October Svetlana London attended a business breakfast hosted by the Thomson Reuters on the “Current legal trends in the context of Brexit: global changes and local implications”. Svetlana gave a presentation “Arbitration post Brexit”, sharing her thoughts on changes for arbitration in London following Brexit.

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