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10th Forum, Tbilisi, Georgia 17-20 June 2015 9th Forum, Vienna, Austria 27-29 June 2014 8th Forum, Kiev-Odessa, Ukraine 26-29 June 2013 7th Forum, Yerevan, Armenia 6-8 June 2012 6th Forum Almaty, Kazakhstan 22-24 June 2011 5th Forum Minsk, Belarus 23-25 June 2010 4th Forum Kiev, Ukraine 24-26 June 2009 3rd Forum St. Petersburg, Russia 25-27 June 2008 2nd Forum Baku, Azerbaijan 20 22 June 2007 1st Forum Kiev, Ukraine 28-30 June 2006

Organizing Committee:


Dr. Irina Paliashvili
President and Senior Counsel
RULG - Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A.

Mr. John Whittaker
Clyde & Co LLP

Mr. Dimitry Afanasiev
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Keynote Address: The Energy Community - Bringing the Energy Sectors under the Rule of European Law.

Dr. Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director and Head of Legal, Energy Community - Vienna
Panel: One Year Later - EU Association Agreements Signed a Year Ago: Progress and Prospects (Harmonization of National Legal Systems with EU Legislation and Practice)

Dr. Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director and Head of Legal, Energy Community - Vienna Mr. Nick Gvinadze, Managing Partner, Gvinadze & Partners - Tbilisi Ms. Lana Sinichkina, Partner, Arzinger - Kiev

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Dr. Irina Paliashvili, Managing Partner, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group - Kiev Mr. Martin Solc, Vice President of the IBA, Partner, Kocian Solc Balastik - Prague
Panel: Regional Updates from the ECA Region Countries

Moderator: Ms. Olga Chentsova, Managing Partner, Aequitas - Almaty Mr. Nariman Ramazanov, Managing Partner, FINA - Baku Mr. Sergey Pepeliaev, Managing Partner, Pepeliaev Group - Moscow
Panel: Law Firm Management Session (Best Practices in Local and Foreign Law Firms Cooperating in International Investment Projects in the ECA Region)

Mr. Ilgar Mehti, Managing Partner, Ekvita - Baku
Interactive Audience Panel jointly with IBA and IBA's European Forum Leadership: ECA Forum Goes Global - Joining the IBA Family! (discussing the new life of the ECA Forum)

Dr. Irina Paliashvili, Managing Partner, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group - Kiev
Panel: New Age Partnership between Corporate and External Counsel

Moderator: Mr. Yuri Pustovit, Managing Partner, Advocates Bureau Yug - Krasnodar
Panel: The Legal Infrastructure Industry (Professional Media, Public Relations, Consulting, Legal Directories, Human Resources, Marketing)

Moderator: Mr. Nick Eastwell, Kinstellar, London Consultant - London Mr. Johan Lambers, Partner, IUSTICA.BE - Brussels Ms. Olga Usenko, Editor-in-Chief, The Ukrainian Journal of Business Law - Kiev

Friday, 19 June 2015

Panel: Dispute Resolution - the most popular panel of the Forum in 10 years!

Moderator: Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Partner, Graf & Pitkowitz - Vienna Mr. Valikhan Shaikenov, Partner, Aequitas Law Firm - Almaty Jennifer Younan, Partner, Shearman & Sterling - Paris
BGI Legal Workshop: Legal and Governance Reforms Go Hand in Hand with Anticorruption Reforms in the ECA Region

Dr. Willibald Plesser, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Vienna
* Bios and Presentations are listed according to the Forum Program as received from selected Moderators and Panelists.
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