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Corporate/Commercial: Intellectual Property — Belarus


Aleinikov & Partners - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Dmitry Matveyev and Denis Aleinikov
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded team renowned for its strong track record in advising local and international clients from the technology, construction and renewable energy sectors. Advises on company restructurings covering tax, employment and corporate matters. Strong IP offering includes the transfer and registration of IP rights as well as advising on licence agreements and IP protection.

Strengths Sources note the team's pragmatism. A source says it offers "an excellent mix between technical knowledge and commercial thinking and works in line with pragmatic solutions." Others highlight the team's pragmatism, noting the "ability to find unusual ways of resolving complex legal challenges."

Another commentator notes that the team is "always accessible and responsive."

Work highlights Advised Haxus, a venture capital investor, on investment and financing issues in relation to Belarusian target companies.

Assisted AIMatter with a number of IP matters, including copyright, registration, IP rights transfers and author and licence agreements.

Significant Clients China Merchants Group, HeadHunter, YTO, Awem Games.

Notable practitioners

Denis Aleinikov is a well-regarded corporate lawyer who assists with corporate structuring, transactional mandates and corporate governance issues. A source says he "takes a pragmatic approach and provides strong support and advice in negotiations."

Dmitry Matveyev is described as a "very strategic, practical and solution-focused lawyer," while another source adds that he "comes up with practical advice instead of a theoretical analysis." He recently assisted Vizor Games with a range of IP-related matters. Further capabilities include handling IP protection as well as corporate structuring and transactional advice.

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REVERA - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Dmitry Arkhipenko and Helen Mourashko
- 2 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding team climbing to the top of the rankings this year due to increased market presence and presence on significant deals. Experienced in advising on matters related to market entry, including immigration. Also offers corporate, M&A and competition advice and maintains a leading corporate structuring practice. Notable IP practice covers a broad range of mandates, with a special focus on software licensing and franchise agreements. Serves a broad client base, including software developers, as well as retail, manufacturing and pharmaceutical corporates.

Strengths Interviewees enthuse over the team's broad knowledge, with one praising its "deep knowledge in every particular law field," especially concerning "very specific and narrow IP questions concerning protection of authorship in Belarus." Another adds: "I am always confident about their work."

Another client appreciates the responsiveness of the team, saying: "The lawyers will always respond on time and keep up to date."

Work highlights Advised Bauer Technics on a turnkey construction project in the Borisov region worth EUR35 million.

Acted for MSQRD on their acquisition by Facebook, including advice on tax and migration issues.

Significant Clients OWHealth, Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Jysk, Pernod Ricard Minsk, Grant Thornton.

Notable practitioners

Dmitry Arkhipenko is a well-established corporate lawyer in Belarus. A client says he "quickly resolves the issues, sees the picture of the changes in their entirety and quickly makes decisions," while another source describes him as someone who is "focused, determined and persistent." His recent work includes advising Modus Group on a solar power plant construction project, including assisting with investment agreements and project financing.

Helen Mourashko is a notable corporate practitioner who is noted for her "deep insight into many business spheres." She advises on general commercial matters as well as assisting technology companies with IP-related issues.

Up-and-coming Uliana Karpekina advises on a range of IP matters, including transfers and acquisitions for both domestic and international clients. One commentator says you "can always rely on her."

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Corporate/Commercial department of REVERA unites three practices: Corporate and M&A, Real Estate and Construction, Tax and Regulatory.

Corporate and M&A practice is best known for legal services for companies from such sectors as IT, trade and retail, HoReCa, manufacturing industry. Corporate restructuring, Due Dilligence and M&A deals are its main activities. Partner and head of practice, Helen Mourashko has managed most of big M&A deals in Belarus for the last few years.

Real Estate and Construction Practice is famous due to significant investment projects like creation of the unique economic zone in the Republic of Belarus under the name of Great Stone China-Belarus Industrial Park. Head of the practice, Denis Bogdanov, also assists clients in projects on attracting finance.

The main activities of Tax and Regulatory Practice are tax consulting, tax due diligence, tax disputes. Managing partner and head of the practice, Dmitry Arkhipenko, is also a well-recognized expert in pharmacy and gambling regulation.

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SBH Law Office - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Alexander Bondar and Anastasiya Malakhova
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Climbing to the top tier this year in recognition of great market feedback and instructions on significant deals. Highly regarded team recommended for complex corporate restructuring mandates and noted for its experience in M&A. Also provides corporate governance support. Handles a broad range of IP issues, assisting with IP transfers, litigation and registration issues. Also instructed on employment matters.

Strengths The team is praised for its client-oriented service by sources who state the team has a "great ability to understand the needs of the clients," as well as being "always ready to help." Another source highlights that the team is "very responsive and responsible no matter what kind of work we delegate to them."

Work highlights Advised Weichai Power on structuring its joint venture with Minsk Automobile Plant.

Assisted Falcon Investment with issues related to the operation of a Marriott hotel in Minsk.

Significant Clients N M Rothschild & Sons, Belinvestbank, BuddyHOPP, Sberbank Capital, Gazprom Transgaz Belarus.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Bondar is a well-respected corporate lawyer. One client enthuses that he is "very easy to communicate with, as he manages to make complicated legal issues easy to understand. He has a business-minded approach." He recently advised Zubr Capital on the creation of a private equity fund. He regularly assists clients with corporate governance, commercial and transactional matters.

Up-and-coming Anastasiya Malakhova is a notable name, assisting the team with commercial as well as IP law issues. She acts on matters relating to corporate governance as well as handling IP matters, including advising on authors' rights.

Associate-to-watch Elena Selivanova enters the rankings this year. She assists the team with acquisitions and corporate restructuring across a broad range of sectors. A client says that she is "very dedicated in her work."

About the Team (content provided by SBH Law Office)


For over 20 years, since the emergence of the new Eastern European independent states, SBH 
lawyers and attorneys have been providing foreign and Belarusian companies and entrepreneurs as well as sovereigns with detailed and groundbreaking advice, working on cases and transactions which shaped Belarusian law and business practice.

The SBH law office advises clients at all stages of a company’s life cycle: selection of legal form, documentation of relationships between shareholders, incorporation, strategic expansion through mergers and acquisitions, optimisation of corporate structure, antitrust advice, corporate governance and, if necessary winding-up and liquidation.

Guided by extensive experience, we don’t limit ourselves to advice on compliance with laws, but also develop and implement efficient and secure solutions to tactical and strategic challenges encountered by owners and management of companies.

We advise clients on:

  • Incorporation of companies and representative offices
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) 
  • Corporate restructurings
  • Corporate governance
  • Share purchase agreements
  • Shareholders Agreements
  • Share option agreements
  • Legal due diligence (LDD)
  • Antitrust, merger control and sectoral regulation
  • Meetings of members, shareholders and boards of directors
  • Liquidation and winding-up
  • Advise on tax, customs and currency control issues
    Legal opinions and memoranda

  • International and domestic contracts and agreements

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Sorainen - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Alexey Anischenko, Maksim Salahub and Kiryl Apanasevich
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading team which stands out for its strong network in the Baltics and is particularly noted for solid cross-border M&A experience. Full-service advice covers employment, tax and the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP issues, including protection and IP transfer issues.

Strengths The team is acclaimed for the quality of its advice and its responsiveness.

Work highlights Provided local law support to a consortium of Chinese companies, including Shanghai Giant Network Technology, as part of their global acquisition of Playtika.

Advised OpusCapita on local law aspects of its acquisition of jCatalog, including assisting with intellectual property and tax issues.

Significant Clients Geely, Reply, Facebook, Nuance Communications.

Notable practitioners

Alexey Anischenko is a well-respected corporate lawyer who is active across a broad range of sectors. He recently advised Glassworks Neman on the implementation of a modernisation project, including advising on amendments to an EUR18 million international supply contract. He has further experience advising on regulatory matters for clients in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors, among others.

Maksim Salahub has strong experience acting on corporate governance and structuring as well as advising on M&A transactions. He is also involved in assisting with IP matters. He recently advised Intel on the management of its trade mark portfolio in Belarus, including advising on registration and potential trade mark infringements.

Managing partner Kiryl Apanasevich provides strategic local law support to international corporates involved in cross-border M&A mandates.

About the Team (content provided by Sorainen)

The Sorainen Corporate and Commercial Practice Groups are the biggest ones in the office. The firm is constantly involved in major corporate and M&A projects in Belarus, including joint ventures between international companies and Belarus government enterprises, greenfield investment projects, and M&A transactions in the evolving technology sector.

Clients are advised by a large professional team of experienced commercial contracts, corporate and M&A lawyers with good understanding of international business, many of them internationally recognised as leading specialists in their field by international legal directories Chambers Global, IFLR1000, Legal 500, as well as others.

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Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Tatiana Ignatovskaya, Valery Papakul and Alexander Stepanovski
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptional practice with strong expertise in big-ticket investment projects and competition law matters. Noted for general corporate and commercial, tax, employment and real estate advice and for its solid track record in legal due diligence. Also provides support on a range of IP issues, including registration and protection of trade marks as well as franchising. Acts for significant clients from a number of industry sectors, notably telecommunications, leisure and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths The team garners praise for its commercial approach to mandates. "The lawyers tailor their advice to the client," a source says, while another adds that the team has an "understanding of our needs."

Work highlights Advised an international mobile data provider on local regulatory issues.

Assisted a Russian manufacturer with market entry into Belarus.

Significant Clients Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, EBRD, Mark Formelle, BAT, Procter & Gamble.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Alexander Stepanovski is a highly regarded figure in the market. He oversees the practice, lending his expertise and strategic insight to international investors involved in Belarus-bound mandates.

Valery Papakul's long standing in the market means he can lend considerable expertise on a variety of issues, including antitrust, governance and M&A matters, to a client base of international corporates.

Tatiana Ignatovskaya assists international corporates with domestic regulatory and corporate compliance issues as well as advising on corporate governance mandates. Clients are quick to highlight her commercial insight and advisory strength. One reports that "she has unique skills for the local market. She fully understands our problems, ideas and targets."

Sviatlana Valuyeva focuses on assisting with IP rights-related issues, regularly advising on franchise agreements and the protection of IP assets. An interviewee notes her "deep understanding of commercial issues and implications of local law on global projects." Another source adds: "She finds the optimal way out of the situation adapted precisely for the purposes of the client."

Elena Sapego provides support to international clients on market entry, corporate governance and structuring mandates as well as assisting with inbound M&A projects. A client says she is able to "quickly understand the client's problem and offer a non-standard solution."

About the Team (content provided by Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners)

Our Corporate/Commercial Law Practice includes high-level specialists in competition law, tax law and finance, intellectual property law, advertising and consumer rights, real estate and construction, besides general corporate and commercial law;

We have a unique competition law team and practice in Belarus;

We are specialists in such spheres of business as telecommunications, pharmaceutics and hotels. During the last years we were increasing experience in these areas, that is unique for Belarusian market;

The staff of our company includes 2 Patent Attorneys: Sviatlana Valuyeva and Elena Fedoruk (Eurasian Patent Attorney), members of the Association of Patent Attorneys of the Republic of Belarus);

We have great experience in performance of complex Legal Due Diligence, launching of large foreign Trademarks and legal support of Investment projects. During the last 2 years we have performed about 10 Legal Due Diligence projects, covering corporate, financial, employment, real estate, litigation, IP matters.

One of our advantages is that the opportunity to accumulate a big number of highly qualified lawyers lets us perform major projects in a short time.

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Verkhovodko & Partners - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Igor Verkhovodko, Dmitry Bokhan and Nina Knyazeva
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable team which stands out for its work on construction mandates. Has experience advising on large investments, in particular in relation to the energy and industrial sectors. Has a solid IP practice, offering support on such IP aspects as transfer of rights, their registration and licensing. Popular with foreign investors and domestic corporates from various sectors, including energy and IT.

Strengths One client applauds the pragmatism and goal-oriented focus of the team, saying that the team is "really hard-working, smart and creative" and that the lawyers "see far beyond the legal issues and understand the real business situation and business goals."

Sources underline the team's "consistent high-quality service" and "very useful hands-on solutions."

Work highlights Advised MMPZ-Group on its EUR200 million investment into the construction of a tinplate production plant.

Assisted DeFacto with licensing its trade marks portfolio to its Belarusian subsidiary.

Significant Clients EPAM Systems, Effective Soft, TicketPro, Polpharma, Thomson Reuters.

Notable practitioners

Dmitry Bokhan is hailed as "a true mastermind" by one of his clients, who adds that he is "amazingly quick at understanding extremely complex matters and producing solutions that sometimes go outside the traditional legal scope of knowledge." He regularly acts on construction and real estate projects, where he provides corporate structuring, governance and transactional support. He also oversees the IP practice, providing advice on non-contentious mandates.

Igor Verkhovodko is praised by market commentators as "a very talented and diplomatic negotiator." He has particular experience advising on corporate governance and structuring projects, providing tax and commercial law support.

Up-and-coming Nina Knyazeva advises on a wide range of matters for both domestic and international clients. Sources state that she has the "ability to handle difficult work in a very constructive and positive way" and that she "always understands what is important and has a good commercial sense." She recently acted for the Associated Press on corporate, tax and employment issues.

Associate-to-watch Elena Hmeleva focuses on assisting with IP issues such as protection, liability and compliance issues.

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Vlasova, Mikhel & Partners - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Konstantin Mikhel
- 6 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly acclaimed practice with a strong reputation for advising foreign clients on large investment and market entry projects. Further strengths include construction mandates and a solid M&A practice. Stellar IP team regularly advises on matters such as registration, protection of trade marks and domain names. Strong client roster includes big names from the telecommunications, construction and retail sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its commercial insight, with a source stating that it possesses a "deep understanding of business."

Clients appreciate the pragmatism of the firm's IP practice, with one client reporting that the team is "commercially focused" as well as highlighting its "good knowledge of brand protection."

Work highlights Advised Kopaonik Property Investment on its investment in a construction project in Minsk, acting on a range of issues including tax, employment and the incorporation of a subsidiary company in Belarus.

Assisted PLAY MODA with the transfer of IP rights and with franchising issues as it opens new stores in Belarus.

Significant Clients GCM Global Energy, Reckitt Benckiser, Médecins Sans Frontières, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Johnson & Johnson.

Notable practitioners

Tatiana Emelianova divides her time between handling commercial and IP matters. She garners praise for being "responsive, timely, direct in her communications and knowledgeable of franchise matters, general contracting principles and IP issues." Another source describes her position as "one of the leading professionals" in the Belarusian IP market. She regularly provides domestic support to international corporates, including assisting with franchise agreements and registration of trade marks as well as protection in contentious issues. She also provides corporate advisory services to international clients.

Konstantin Mikhel is a highly established business lawyer in Belarus, drawing on decades of practical experience. A source says he is "dedicated to achieving the result in the most effective way." He recently acted on several real estate development projects. He has further experience in handling corporate law and tax matters.

Ekaterina Zabello is recognised for her work in the construction sector. She assists with significant investment projects, with one source describing her as "one of the leaders in investment projects and greenfield projects." She advised Kopaonik Investment Property on the development of a significant land plot for construction of a multi-purpose real estate object valued at USD250 million.

Svetlana Dashuk has experience in handling M&A, corporate restructurings and governance issues. She recently advised Saferoad on matters related to the operation of its subsidiary in Belarus, including corporate and tax issues.

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Band 1

Tatiana Emelianova

Vlasova, Mikhel & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tatiana Emelianova divides her time between handling commercial and IP matters. She garners praise for being "responsive, timely, direct in her communications and knowledgeable of franchise matters, general contracting principles and IP issues." Another source describes her position as "one of the leading professionals" in the Belarusian IP market. She regularly provides domestic support to international corporates, including assisting with franchise agreements and registration of trade marks as well as protection in contentious issues. She also provides corporate advisory services to international clients.

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Band 2

Sorainen

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maksim Salahub has strong experience acting on corporate governance and structuring as well as advising on M&A transactions. He is also involved in assisting with IP matters. He recently advised Intel on the management of its trade mark portfolio in Belarus, including advising on registration and potential trade mark infringements.

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Band 2

Sviatlana Valuyeva

Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sviatlana Valuyeva focuses on assisting with IP rights-related issues, regularly advising on franchise agreements and the protection of IP assets. An interviewee notes her "deep understanding of commercial issues and implications of local law on global projects." Another source adds: "She finds the optimal way out of the situation adapted precisely for the purposes of the client."

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Band 3

Verkhovodko & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmitry Bokhan is hailed as "a true mastermind" by one of his clients, who adds that he is "amazingly quick at understanding extremely complex matters and producing solutions that sometimes go outside the traditional legal scope of knowledge." He regularly acts on construction and real estate projects, where he provides corporate structuring, governance and transactional support. He also oversees the IP practice, providing advice on non-contentious mandates.

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Band 3

Arzinger & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Korsak is described by clients as "very diligent and very enthusiastic." He handles corporate governance and commercial matters as well as having a focus on IP matters such as licence agreements and trade mark protection.

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Band 3

Ilya Latyshev Legal Company

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ilya Latyshev of Ilya Latysheva Law Firm advises on a range of corporate and commercial matters. He is also highlighted for his IP expertise.

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Band 3

Aleinikov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmitry Matveyev is described as a "very strategic, practical and solution-focused lawyer," while another source adds that he "comes up with practical advice instead of a theoretical analysis." He recently assisted Vizor Games with a range of IP-related matters. Further capabilities include handling IP protection as well as corporate structuring and transactional advice.

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Band 3

REVERA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Helen Mourashko is a notable corporate practitioner who is noted for her "deep insight into many business spheres." She advises on general commercial matters as well as assisting technology companies with IP-related issues.

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Up and Coming

REVERA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Uliana Karpekina advises on a range of IP matters, including transfers and acquisitions for both domestic and international clients. One commentator says you "can always rely on her."

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Up and Coming

Anastasiya Malakhova

SBH Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Anastasiya Malakhova is a notable name, assisting the team with commercial as well as IP law issues. She acts on matters relating to corporate governance as well as handling IP matters, including advising on authors' rights.

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Associates to watch

Verkhovodko & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate-to-watch Elena Hmeleva focuses on assisting with IP issues such as protection, liability and compliance issues.

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