U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) - Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) Conference on Legal and Governance Reform.
Presentation of the USUBS White Paper on Legal Reform

Wednesday, 15 October 2014
At Kyiv School of Economics: 1, Ivana Mazepy str., Kyiv, 01010

Sponsoring law firms: Asters, Avellum Partners, Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna, Dentons, DLA Piper Ukraine, KM Partners, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, Squire Patton Boggs, Volkov & Partners

The White Paper on Legal and Governance Reform, which was jointly developed by ten leading law firms on a pro-bono basis in the course of three months, was released on 22 September under the auspices of U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC). The English and Ukrainian versions of the White Paper are at http://www.usubc.org/site/recent-news/legal-reform-in-ukraine-strategic-priorities. Tellingly just three days after the release of the White Paper, President Poroshenko in his first major press-conference on reforms called for total dismantling of the current system, exactly what our White Paper stood for! Indeed it is high time to change both the mind-set and the rhetoric now because the Ukraine story is no longer about the agony of fixing the unfixable, but about building a brand new modern and fair service-based system for Ukrainian citizens and businesses. We are happy to invite you to the half-day conference on 15 October at Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) to discuss the White Paper and the proposed reforms. This will be a half-day conference, starting with lunch at 1 PM, followed by the workshop from 2 to 6 PM, followed by reception. The Program is available at the registration page. Registration for the conference is free of charge, but mandatory. Please register electronically at http://www.kse.org.ua/en/about/kse-news/?newsid=480

The registration will be carried out on the first-come/first-serve basis and space is limited. The registration will close when we reach capacity, but in any event COB 13 October 2014. In additional to law firms, which prepared the White Paper, presenting their views on legal reform, we are also presenting two panels with the “Non-Lawyer Points of View” represented by the prominent members of the Business, Diplomatic, Civic Society, International Institutions and Academic Communities. The conference will have excellent speakers, and we are happy that a prominent economist, who recently served as Minister of Economy - Pavlo Sheremeta, and HE Ambassador of Sweden Andreas von Beckerath and Dmytro Shymkiv, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine – kindly greed to participate in our discussions. We very much hope that you will accept our invitation for this important and timely event!

CIS Local Counsel Forum

In 2006, our firm successfully organized the first ever wide-scale meeting of the international legal community with the best national law firms from around the CIS economic region. Since then the CIS Local Counsel Forum became the main platform in the CIS economic region for wide-scale gathering of the leading business lawyers. It is held annually in the different cities of the region chosen by the Delegates: the inaugural Forum was held in Kiev in 2006 hosted by RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, the second Forum -- in Baku in 2007 hosted by Fina LLP, the third -- in St. Petersburg in 2008 hosted by Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, the fourth -- in Kiev in 2009 hosted again by RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, the fifth - in Minsk in 2010 hosted by Vlasova Mikhel & Partners, the sixth - in Almaty in 2011 hosted by Aequitas, and the seventh - in Yerevan 2012, hosted by Ameria CJSC. Over the years the CIS Forum has evolved into an informal network of managing and senior partners of national law firms from the CIS economic region, bringing them together with partners from international law firms from around the world.

The eight Forum was held on 26-29 June 2013 in Kiev and Odessa (Ukraine), hosted by RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group.

Because of the extreme geopolitical crisis focused on Ukraine, and in order to protect the CIS Forum from politics, we had to resort to extraordinary measures and to find a new compromise venue for the 9th CIS Forum that would be most acceptable to all Forum delegates, and that would ensure a neutral, un-politicized, safe, and equal environment for all members of our community. We are pleased to report that the compromise solution we found brought us to Vienna and the 9th CIS Forum was held on 27-29 June 2014.

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Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

Welcome to the home page of RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group. This site aims to present to you detailed information about our firm, the legal services we provide, our attorneys, and important legal developments in Ukraine and the CIS economic region.

Traditionally, in this letter, we provide an overview of our firm's news and achievements. In these challenging economic times, we are more than ever committed to providing the best value in services to our clients, doing what it takes to help them withstand the crisis, and being their loyal and competent legal partner in Ukraine and other countries of the CIS economic region.

We continue to serve as co-chair of the CIS Leading Counsel Network (LCN), a professional network of nine leading law firms across the CIS economic region offering clients integrated multijurisdictional legal advice. The network brings together law firms in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine, and aims to combine highest international professional standards with a unique local insight in the regions, which are increasingly attracting international investments. We have participated in a number of joint cross-border client projects and represented Ukraine in several workshops organized by LCN together with leading law firms in Milan, Paris, Kiev, Dusseldorf, Moscow, London, Berlin and Washington D.C., as well as at the ABA International's annual meetings in Paris and New York. We also authored sections on Ukraine and wrote foreword for the three LCN joint publications: Comparative Summary of Anti-Corruption Laws in the CIS Economic Region - The Practical Legal Guide for Companies' Compliance Policies, the CIS Antitrust Guide, and the CIS Tax Compass.

As always, our most exciting and rewarding experience has been in working on behalf of our clients. Our clients and competitors alike praise our law firm for its profound experience in such practice areas as investment, M&A, energy, healthcare, labor, intellectual property protection, antitrust, compliance, data protection and many others. We are especially proud that our partners are regularly selected in various areas of practice (corporate, mergers & acquisitions, antitrust, arbitration and mediation, labor and employment and energy and natural resources law) in the Ukrainian edition of Best Lawyers®, which is regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the U.S. and increasingly around the world. We were listed in the Which Lawyer? Yearbook among only twenty Ukrainian law firms and rated as "recognized" in the field of competition/anti-trust law, "recommended" in both corporate/M&A and dispute resolution and "highly recommended" in labor and employee benefits. Moreover, several of our attorneys were individually honored by being designated as "recommended" or "highly recommended" in various practice categories. Chambers describes us as "traditionally Westernized in outlook" and acknowledged that RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group has always been recognized as having "particular strength in the IP field". Additionally, such top legal directories as The Legal 500, FindLaw.com, Lawyers.com and others have all written up our practice. I am also honored to be regularly included in the annual listing of Hundred Best Lawyers of Ukraine (Clients' Choice) based on the survey conducted by Yurydychna Gazeta, a leading legal publication in Ukraine.

A special word about our M&A practice. For years we have been working on the Ukraine component of major multinational deals, as well as on domestic deals, involving multiple companies in Ukraine for most of the deals. Even with the current relatively low M&A activity involving Ukraine, in the last twelve months we have worked on several major multinational M&As and successfully obtained antitrust clearance for many more.

We also constantly develop our specialized natural resources and production sharing agreements practice. Ukrainian Law Firms: Handbook for Foreign Clients, Natural Gas Europe and OGEL regularly feature our articles summarizing the legal regime for the use of subsoil in Ukraine.

Our compliance practice has developed actively in the past few years and in acknowledgment of its importance for our clients, we regularly hold compliance workshops in Kiev and in other capitals of the region.

Our attorneys have been actively involved in various professional activities: attending and speaking at international conferences, publishing articles on various aspects of Ukrainian law and participating in professional organizations and associations. Information on these activities is available on the respective pages of this site. Professional and mass media outlets often seek our attorneys' opinions on a broad range of legal topics, and to share these opinions with you we have added a "RULG in the Media" page to our Web site.

We are happy to report the continuing success of the CIS Local Counsel Forum, an informal network of managing partners of the leading business law firms of the CIS economic region, which our firm organized back in 2006. The Forum brings together more than 200 top business lawyers from all countries of the CIS economic region and from around the world. Detailed information about the Forum is available at http://www.rulg.com/cisforum.

We look forward to having more opportunities to assist you in your business endeavors in Ukraine and other CIS countries. We appreciate the time you are taking to review our home page and hope its contents prove useful. We also invite you to check out our Legal Alerts, which we regularly post to reflect the key legal developments in Ukraine. Please feel free to contact us with your comments, questions, or suggestions.

Sincerely yours,
Irina Paliashvili
President and Senior Counsel

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