12-я международная конференция IBA по Управлению Юридической Фирмой
Москва, 7 декабря 2018
12th Annual IBA Law Firm Management Conference
Moscow, 7 December 2018



Заявленные темы и спикеры



Opening Speech

  • Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner, ALRUD Law Firm, Member, IBA Law Firm Management Committee Advisory Board, Russia

Session 1: Status of the Reform of the legal profession


  • Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner, ALRUD Law Firm, Member, IBA Law Firm Management Committee Advisory Board, Russia

  • Denis Novak, Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Russia

  • Yury Pilipenko, Senior Partner, YUST Law Firm; President of the Federal Chamber of lawyers of the Russian Federation, Russia


Session 2: New Products, New Destinations, New Dimensions

We kindly asked several thought leaders to share the most innovative and promising elements of the law firm strategies in a format of very short structured presentations:


  • Denis Kachkin, Managing partner, Kachkin & Partners, Vice Chair, IBA Project Finance Subcommittee, Russia
  • Alexander Khvoshchinskiy, Senior Expert, LS-Institute, Germany

How Technology Can Influence Legal Practice?

  • Stephen Denyer, Director of Strategic Relationships, The Law Society of England & Wales, UK
Russian Legal Business Abroad. Prerequisites for consolidation. How to create a new market for yourself?

  • Evgeny Zhilin, Partner, QUORUS GmbH, Switzerland
Why Go Over Two State Borders to Purchase and Lease of a Private Jet?

  • Jan Kaczmarczyk, Partner,  KOLS, Poland 
Establishing an International Desk at a Russian law firm. Case "Korea"

  • Yaroslav Kulik, Partner, ART DE LEX Law Firm, Russia 
A new vision for a powerful network of law firms based on common understanding of excellence, cooperation and experience

  • Grzegorz E. Woźniak, Managing Partner, Woźniak Legal, Poland
New Drivers for Competition Practice excellence, cooperation and experience
  • Tatiana Kamenskaya, Managing Partner, Kamenskaya & Partners, Russia 
White collar criminal defenсe development. Risks of partnership between business and government in infrastructure projects

  • Daria Konstantinova, Partner, Zabeyda & Partners, Russia
Crypto practice - new product, adapting as we go, changing legal views, scope of practice and interesting cases (crypto funds, tokenized funds, issuers, platforms)

  • Arina Shulga, Co-founding Partner, Ross & Shulga PLLC, USA
Creating a Risk Management & Corporate Crime Investigation service line

  • Aku Sorainen, Senior Partner, Sorainen, Estonia


Coffee break


Session 3: Who Will Be Our Next Generation of Partners?

How do law firms identify, develop, and promote their “next generation” of leaders? This challenge exists in every law firm; but it is especially critical for “first generation” law firms that want to remain as sustainable business institutions after their founders have retired. Our panelists will share their experiences and observations about managing this transition, as well as its implications for partnership structure, governance, professional development, and financial performance.


  • Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner, ALRUD Law Firm,Member, IBA Law Firm Management Committee Advisory Board, Russia

  • Andrei Dontsov, Partner, White & Case, Russia
  • Andrey Gorodissky, Managing Partner, Andrey Gorodissky & Partners, Russia
  • Gerhard Wegen, Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Germany
  • Valery Zinchenko, Managing Partner, Pen & Paper, Russia




Session 4: Law Firm as an Employer: Managing Reputation in the Markets for Legal Talents

Do law firm leaders really care about what their actual and prospective associates think or feel as much as they care about their reputation within a clients' or potential clients’ community?
What are the key factors in developing and sustaining a leadership reputation among your people?


  • Artem Doudko, Partner, Osborne Clarke, UK
  • Alexander Ermolenko,Partner, FBK Legal, Russia 

  • Tatyana Goncharova, Managing Partner, LexProf, Russia
  • Zoya Ilyenka, Abogada, 1961 Abogados y Economistas, Spain
  • Alexey Kasatkin, Senior Partner, ZKS, Russia
  • Vladislav Zabrodin, Managing Partner,Capital Legal Services, Russia


Coffee break


Session 5: Attorneys Under Attack: Managing the high risks of legal practice in the current legal environment

Federal Сhamber of lawyers of the Russian Federation has announced in the August 2018: “…practicing as an attorney in Russia is quite dangerous. It is difficult to call government policy benevolent when we speak about advocacy. It seems like the government does everything to make advocacy unpopular for practicing lawyers. Cases of illegal intervention into attorney’s activity or hindrance to it count by hundreds and reached thousands per year. On the agenda – taking measures to self-defense of attorneys’ professional rights and legitimate interests of their principals, including the realization of the legal right to strike.” The reasons of such unfavorable conclusions, among the others, are:

-    lack of judicial independence and trial competitiveness, imitating nature of legal proceedings, accusatory bias, discrimination of the defense in courts, violation of the principle of publicity, lack of  law enforcement predictability;

-    violations and abuses against attorneys (murders, beatings, infringement of property) due to their professional activity, including by law enforcement officials, and lack of  the right reaction on the violations and abuses;

-    numerous violations of the attorney’s professional rights: infringements of attorney-client privilege, illegal searches and examinations with the main purpose to exclude an attorney from the process, illegal investigations against attorneys;

-   lack of special standards of responsibility for hindrance of attorney activity.

Counteractions against advocacy and attacks on attorneys are improving in a wide scope of methods. What are the last tendencies?  How attorneys may exist and practice in such difficult and unsafe environment? These questions will be the subject of our professional discussion on the session.


  • Vadim Klyuvgant, PhD, Vice President of the Moscow Bar Association, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for the Protection of Lawyers’ Rights of the Russian Federal Chamber of Lawyers., Partner of Pen & Paper, Attorneys at Law, IBA Council Member, Russia

  • Alexander Ivanov, Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the Moscow Bar Association for the Protection of Lawyers’ Rights, Chairman of «Astrea», Attorneys at Law, Russia 
  • Dmitriy Kravchenko, Head of Practice of «Asnis and partners», Attorneys at Law, Chairman of the Council of young lawyers of the Moscow Bar Association, Russia 
  • Denis Puchkov, PhD, Managing partner of Puchkov&Partners Law Office,  Senior Teacher at Ural State Law University, Russia
  • Sergey Soloviev, Member of the Council of the Moscow Bar Association, Managing Partner of «Soslovie» Law Office, Russia
  • Yuliy Tay, PhD, Member of the Council of the Moscow Bar Association, Managing Partner of «Bartolius» Law Office, Associate Professor at Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations, Russia


Coffee break


Session 6: New Concepts of Law Firm Financial Performance: How Lawyers Will be financially sucessful in the Future.

The transparency of the legal market coupled with a competitive environment threatens the traditional law firm model of selling time without limits on budgets. Lawyers have also become entrepreneurs: They need to budget their work, look for areas in which they are profitable, have a strategy, a brand and distinguish themselves from the competition. As a result, it has become more difficult to make good money as a lawyer. 

In this session we want to discuss with you together with experts what lawyers and law firms should do (or avoid to do) in order to stay or become profitable. We will hear about different success stories allowing us to learn about what we could improve in our firms. 

The session will be organized as a discussion round addressing topics of actual interest like what areas of law (or outside law) tend to be fertile ground for lawyers to become involved, how to optimize the use of technology, using ‘platforms’ as a lawyer (the ‘Amazon’ model) and how to avoid being trapped with falling fees and higher demands posed by clients. The panel will consist of a high-level group of experts on each of the afore-mentioned aspects. How to balance rising client expectations and falling fees.


  • Hermann Knott, Partner, Andersen Tax & Legal, Council, SPPI Council Member, Germany
  • Glenn Kolleeny, Partner, Dentons, Russia


How to balance rising client expectations and falling fees?

  • Oxana Balayan, Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells (CIS), Russia 

How to avoid wasting money on technology?

  • Dmitry Grits, Managing Partner, Grits and partners, Russia                                                с

Investment needs in law firms - from cash cow to piggy bank?

  • Evaldas Rapolas, Partner, Magnusson, Lithuania





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Supported by the Federal Chamber of Lawyers and the St. Petersburg Chamber of Lawyers