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
On this page you will find comments made by delegates about the Forum.
We are very grateful to those who have already expressed their views, and invite you to send us more comments, which we will be happy to post on this page.
31 июля 2014
за чудесный и
который Вы с
занятия. Ну и
18 July 2014
Thank you for another excellent conference. If you will permit me to say so as someone looking in from outside, while there are lawyers in the CIS of the calibre and integrity of those I met this year and last, there are still many reasons to be optimistic about the future.
10 July 2014
Just a note to congratulate and thank you and your welcome team on all your wonderful work on the event in Vienna - it was a great conference, really enjoyable and informative, and with wonderful social venues - and I know from experience that these things only run so smoothly when there is someone like you to look after the delegates so well.
10 July 2014
Thank you for organising such a wonderful conference, your amazingly positive and constructive approach to all the difficult issues that you must have encountered should be an example to us all. The idea of having the 10th conference in Tbilisi is a wonderful one and I will be there for sure.
9 июля 2014
Считаю, что все
2 июля 2014 г.
один из самых
2 July 2014
“Thanks for all your hard work in producing another memorable forum. Again the perfect mix of old friends and new contacts. I recognise that this must have been one of the most challenging of all the forums, taking into account the political instability, but it was another great success.”
30 июня 2014 г.
с Balkan Legal Forum
людей в одном
29 June 2014
It was a fantastic Forum this year again, high quality panels, high-level social events.”
23 July 2013
18 July 2013
Вас еще раз
от всей души
и от всего
Одессу и за
спасибо Вам и
RULG! И, конечно
же, успехов и
Вашей фирме и
17 July 2013
It was a great idea to organize a part of the Forum in Odessa. That gave me a broader perspective of the country. I think that the multiculturalism of the city reflects the idea of the CIS Forum - to gather people from various countries, get them acquainted, and create conditions for further contacts and cooperation. I must say that Odessa is worth of all the admiration and opinions that I have ever heard about it.
9 July 2013
I congratulate and thank you for organising and leading such a great event with true warmth and panache. I enjoyed it enormously, as did Judy who found for herself that I had not exaggerated when I spoke of the friendliness and informality that I experienced in Yerevan last year. I look forward to Sochi next year.
9 July 2013
I wanted to write and thank you too for looking after the guests so well! It was a great few days, and I loved both Kiev and Odessa – wonderful hotels, friendly lawyers (true!), and excellent restaurants. I loved our evening by the Black Sea in Odessa, but the highlight must be the Odessa Symphony Orchestra. It was an inspired idea, and the orchestra (and Hobart) were so incredibly generous with their time. What a lovely memory, sitting in the front row for our own private concert. Thank you so much for arranging it all.
8 July 2013
A note to thank you for the major feat of organisation and entertainment that was the CIS Local Counsel Forum. It was extremely well-attended by very interesting individuals and was for me of huge benefit. In addition to its value from the professional perspective, the great variety of events and settings made it a most enjoyable conference to attend.
7 July 2013
Congratulations on organising such an excellent event.
4 July 2013
Congratulations for the event. Everything was fantastic. I really liked very much to attend it and I expect to participate next year.
4 июля 2013 г
форум! Я на нем
первый раз и
и т.д. У меня
и сожаление о
форуме. Мне очень
буду еще на
4 July 2013
Once again, many congratulations to you and your team for the perfect organization of the Forum in Kiev and Odessa. I wish that all conferences to which we attended in the past encountered the same rate of success and satisfaction.
4 July 2013
I was truly inspired by your conference. I cannot tell you on how many levels your conference affected me, and I felt so enriched by the experience. I normally go to these conferences because one does, but in this case I really, really got so much from it.
2 July 2013
Thank you for hosting such a successful and enjoyable conference. Everything ran extremely smoothly, which was down to the hard work of you and your team. As well as being a highly informative forum, what I will particularly remember is the very friendly and engaging attitude of all, which was most appreciated by those of us coming from outside the CIS.
1 July 2013
I have to say that the forum that you have created is fantastic. The quality of the programme and participants was consistently high , the atmosphere was friendly and business like and your entire team were friendly and efficient.
1 July 2013
27 июня 2013 г.
в Ереване –
все было на
меня и, как я
в офис за
отмечая в календаре
Спасибо Вам и
As you know, this was the first of these conferences that I have attended and it will take a lot to keep me away from them from now on! The content of the conference was extremely useful and informative and, above all, the atmosphere was one of great friendship and support and, as a first time attender as well as being a non-Russian speaker, I was made to feel welcome and felt I was amongst friends. ... I was truly impressed.”
Olga Mikhaleva and myself would like to thank you full-heartedly for pulling all us together and have another great exchange of views and multiple opportunities to deepen the personal and professional relationship between the old as well as new members of the Forum.
I would like to thank you for inviting us to Minsk - it was a great event and a very informative and useful trip for us.”
Pravotoday in UA:
в среде юридического
это уже миф
и ряде других
К самым ярким
фирмой RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A.,
бизнес на Юге
I was very impressed by the whole thing: quality and number of delegates, programme, facilities and the efficiency of the whole organisation. The concept of a CIS conference seemed very intriguing and novel when I first heard of it. Minsk exceeded by expectations and demonstrated what an excellent idea this is. I made many interesting contacts and I certainly intend to attend future events, including the one in Almaty.”
Вас и Вашу
команду за Форум.
This is to thank you for making the Forum "as is" - a wonderful forum for
people all over the world to meet and interlink. It really was a pleasure to be
part of that 5th CIS Forum, this year even more as I knew some of the
participants from last year and got to know many new colleagues alike. I
enjoyed it a lot.
This annual event has really gathered a momentum and has become a great and extraordinarily friendly and open networking occasion. I was impressed with Minsk, much more so than I expected to be and I'm already looking forward to the 6th annual forum in Almaty.
Thank you very much for hosting such an excellent meeting! I was very enthusiastic about having so many excellent new contacts in one place!
Let me thank you so much again for your warm welcome and the highly interesting Forum which you and your nice team had organized in such a perfect way. I was impressed by the courteous and respectful manner the CIS counsels dealt with each other and the interesting topics that were discussed. It was a real pleasure to be there. I look forward to next year already."
А в плане
идет по нарастающей,
и многие люди
все было не
полезно, но и
I would like to thank and congratulate you and your team for the excellent Forum which
you organized this week in Kiev. I very much enjoyed not only the academic side, but the friendly
atmosphere and the new acquaintances I made as well.
на высоте. К
тому же у
I wouldn't miss it for the world!
– это не
– знакомить людей,
и эта задача
за что Вам
|“A heartfelt thanks to your team for another excellently-organized event in Baku! We found the second forum in Baku to be equally useful and enjoyable.”
|“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Baku, I thought the organisation of the event and the presentations were all first class.
I regard the contacts I was able to make through the meeting as very valuable and that I very much hope to receive an invitation to next year's Forum and to have an opportunity to make a presentation at that event.
Devon & Exeter Law Society will be hosting a conference for the Federation of European Bars in our county in October 2008 and I'm on the organizing committee and I will be taking your conference to them as a model of how such a conference should be organised!”
|“I want to congratulate you on the outstanding Conference. Having been a Chairman of various international law conferences, I realize how much work is required to organize a successful conference. This Forum attracted lawyers from many countries and the speakers were very knowledgeable and of great interest. What I was particularly appreciative of was that the seminars ran smoothly and punctually, which is extraordinary for any conference. I look forward to participating in the next Forum and to meeting again my colleagues with whom I have established a professional relationship.”
|“Indeed, this is one of the most considered necessary events for me. I really enjoyed the company of my esteemed colleagues and I hope to attend next year event too.”
|“I agree that Baku is a terrific venue. I have every confidence in Fina LLP to host a glittering occasion. I found last year's Forum to be most useful, and I have benefited from some of the contacts that I have made, particularly in Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Russia.
|“As I found myself thinking so frequently during the two days of the Forum,
it seemed in many ways so very surprising that, as far as I am aware (having
practiced in the CIS region on and off for the last ten years or so), nobody
had organized such a similar event before. But this Forum could not have
been put together more smoothly and more efficiently and more impressively,
with such a great balance of pure networking opportunities and the excellent
formal panel sessions on very well chosen topics, and then the fun part in
the evenings. And all in such an excellent venue. In terms of the new
enquiries and instructions that we at Harneys have had since June, this is
already proving to have been an extremely useful event for us to have
|“It was a very good conference, and I can only imagine
how much effort and time it took to organize it on such a high level. I
rarely attend conferences but this one looked promising even from the
agenda and it turned out to be a useful event.”
|“It was tremendously useful for our research, and I really enjoyed the presentations, and meeting lawyers from so many different jurisdictions. Everybody agreed that the conference was a great success, and I hope your plan of forming an association of local firms will meet with success.”
| “Everything was fantastic! Really, just fantastic!”
| “It was the most interesting international meeting between lawyers from different countries that I have ever had. Both the forum program, the speakers and the entertainment part of the meeting was fantastic and I personally came to meet with many interesting personalities, both from the CIS region and elsewhere in the world.”
| “One could sense from a distance that the conference would be very good, since there was obviously great care in the preparation, delegates information, guidelines for moderators and panelists and so on. But it turned out to be even better than anticipated. The attendance was spectacular, both in number and in geographical coverage. The panels were extremely interesting and disciplined and it’s very obvious that the CIS countries are becoming more and more important in business terms.”
| “The forum was indeed the great success. I have not been to such an excellently organized and set conference for a number of years now.”
| “These kinds of initiatives, which bring lawyers from around the globe together, have always created the possibility of successful, long, sincere and fruitful co-operations. Excellently organized initiatives like yours are a guarantee and not just a mere possibility of such a success.”
| “Let me thank you again for the great work you and your dedicated team with RULG have performed in organizing the first CIS Local Counsel Forum in Kiev which I enjoyed in each and every respect: very informative panel presentations, good personal acquaintances, excellent food and a lot of cheer, the city tour you organized for Saturday morning was also a highlight, in other words: the conference was worth the time and money spend. I would strongly encourage you to seek for a second conference next year.”
|“Для нас Форум оказался хорошим стимулом дальнейшего развития. За два дня мы получили столько много интересной и полезной информации, что всю дорогу домой обсуждали с партнером новые маркетинговые и иные проекты. [На Форуме] …удалось собрать открытых и дружественных людей, что создало особое настроение удовлетворенности у всех участников.”
|“Many congratulations again on organising a great Forum. I think everyone enjoyed the opportunity to get together and swap stories as well as useful information about their firms and their practices. I am sure next year's will be even more successful now people have seen how useful this Forum was.”
|“I hope that this forum will become efficient network of CIS local lawyers and transfer into well established and operating organization.”
|“I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the event in Kiev and found it very useful. The organization was superb, and I know everyone including myself appreciated your efforts.”