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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, 24 June 2009

Opening Remarks: CIS Forum Legal Network
Dr. Irina Paliashvili, Co-Chair of the CIS Forum, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A.

Presentation of LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell study on how in-house counsel in Central and Eastern Europe select and retain their external counsel
Presented by:
Mr. Jeffrey Forbes, Forbes Institute

CIS Competition Support Association: celebrating the 3d CIS Forum initiative and update from the Bishkek inaugural meeting
Moderator: Ms. Tatiana Ignatovskaya, Partner, Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners, Member of the Organizing Committee and Founder of a non-profit partnership "CIS competition support association" - Minsk

Ms. Tatiana Kamenskaya, Managing Partner, Kamenskaya and Partners, Member of the Organizing Committee and Founder of a non-profit partnership "CIS competition support association"- Moscow

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Welcome and Introductory Remarks: Dr. Irina Paliashvili, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A.;

Mr. Dimitry Afanasiev, Chairman, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Panel: Showcase of the Host Country - Ukraine
Moderator:  Dr. Irina Paliashvili, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A. - Kiev and Washington Ambassador Olexander Chalyi - Kiev

Panel: Regional Update - Russia, Belarus, Moldova
Moderator: Mr. Alexander Turcan, Managing Partner, Turcan & Turcan - Chisinau

Ms. Yulia Kruze, Managing Partner, TM-Service - Nizhny Novgorod

Mr. Alexandr Stepanovski, Managing Partner, Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners - Minsk

News from Delegates Ms. Tatiana Ignatovskaya, Member of the Organizing Committee of the "CIS Competition Support Association" – Minsk

Panel: Regional Update - Central Asia and Caucasus Region
Moderator: Ms. Olga Chentsova, Managing Partner, Aequitas Law Firm - Almaty

Mr. Vladimir Dolzhikov, President, ACT L.L.C. - Ashgabat

Mr. Nariman Ramazanov, Managing Partner, FINA LLP - Baku

"Legal Services & Business" Panel I: What Law Firms Can Do to Help Clients through Difficult Times (innovative value-based and alternative fee arrangements, but it is not only about reducing fees…)
Moderator: Mr. Ilya Nikiforov, Managing Partner, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - St. Petersburg

Mr. Nick Eastwell, Partner, Linklaters - London

Dr. Cord-Georg Hasselmann, Partner, Hengeler Mueller - Berlin

News from Delegates: Mr. Robert Malecki, Karniol Malecki i Wspólnicy - Warsaw

"Legal Services & Business" Panel II: Lessons from the Economic Crisis (case studies of successful internal reforms and how they improve our client services)

Moderator: Mr. Peter Hoffmann, Partner, Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati - Vienna

Mr. Glenn Hendrix, Managing Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP - Atlanta, Chair Elect of the American Bar Association Section of International Law

Mr. Alexander Muranov, President, Attorneys' Collegium Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners -Moscow

"Legal Services & Business" Panel III: How the Crisis Changed the Relationship between Corporate Counsel and External Counsel (pushing the re-set button: new models for reshaping the client relationship)

Mr. Mauro Rubino Sammartano, President of the European Court of Arbitration and Partner of Bianchi Rubino-Sammartano & Associati - Milan

News from Delegates: Mr. Douglas Stewart, Legal Network Solutions Limited

Friday, 26 June 2009

Panel: Corporate Restructuring and Project Finance (innovative ideas for the current economic climate)
Moderator: Dr. Willibald Plesser, Co-Head Central and Eastern Europe, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Vienna

Mr. Glen Flannery, Partner, NABARRO LLP (UK) - London

Mr. David Sargsyan, Partner, Head of Legal Practice Ameria CJSC - Yerevan

Open Microphone: News from Delegates

Panel: Corporate Compliance and Criminal Liability of a Corporation (new global trends)
Moderator: Mr. Johan Lambers, Advocaat, IUSTICA.BE - Brussels

Mr. Maksim Kulkov, Partner, Goltsblat BLP - Moscow

Dr. Sergiy Y. Koziakov, Partner, Volkov Koziakov & Partners - Kiev

Mr. Bruce Marks, Managing Director, Marks & Sokolov, LLC - Philadelphia

Dr. Thomas Rihm, Partner, Thouvenin Rechtsanwalte - Zurich

* Bios and Presentations are listed according to the Forum Program as received from selected Moderators and Panelists.
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