Andrey Korelskiy spoke at the Russian Legal Forum 2020

14 September 2020

Andrey Korelskiy spoke at the Russian Legal Forum 2020
Photo: © Vedomosti

On September 11, 2020, the Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel hosted the Legal Forum of Russia, an annual business forum organized by the editorial office of the Vedomosti newspaper. This year the event was held for the sixteenth time.

The forum focused on discussing the legal challenges faced by business lawyers in 2020. The program of the annual business event included both a discussion of the agenda for lawyers in the light of current world events and purely legal topics such as the introduction of a success fee, law enforcement practice in some criminal cases, and corporate law issues.

Andrey Korelskiy, Managing Partner of KIAP, Attorneys at Law , took part in the discussion and spoke at the second session "Pay for Success is legalized - Fee in Law". The panel of speakers of the session also included Elena Avakyan, Member of the Council of The Russian Federal Bar Association (RFBA), Counsel, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Law Offices; Sergey Vodolagin, Managing Partner, Westside Law Firm; Ilya Zharsky, Managing Partner, Veta Expert Group; Vladimir Kuznetsov, lawyer, independent expert; Valery Sidnev, Director for Legal Affairs, VSMPO-Avisma; Julius Tai, Managing Partner, Bartolius Law Office; and Olga Schwartz, Counselor, Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation.

Within the session, the experts discussed sensitive issues related to the legitimation and/or criminalization of the success fee, and why it does not apply to those who doesn’t have a lawyer status. They also talked about how the presence of a success fee affects the legal services market, about fee policy and its administration, about shifting the success fee onto the losing side. One of the most discussed issues was the market value of legal services - the participants, using the example of a criminal case against lawyers, tried to understand this topic, which is important for the entire industry, as well as to identify the area of abuse, when the success fee can be considered overstated and fall under the article on illegal and unjustified enrichment.

The Legal Forum of Russia is a platform recognized in the legal community for meeting of business leaders with representatives of the legal community to discuss problematic issues of legislation to develop the real sector of the Russian economy.

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Litigation is KIAP's core practice. The practice is represented in Band 1 of Chambers Europe international rating for a third successive year. According to results of Best Lawyers 2020 KIAP was recognized as the law firm of the year in the field of litigation. Litigation practice is recommended by all international directories: Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Legal 500 EMEA, as well as by Russian Pravo 300, Pravo-300’s "Sympathy rating" and Kommersant. Andrey Korelskiy and Anna Grishchenkova are ranked top of the field. Andrey Korelskiy, the practice head, in 2018 became Deputy Chairman of the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA) and was included into the unified recommended list of arbitrators and the corporate dispute panel of the Arbitration center at the RSPP. In 2020 Anna Grishchenkova was appointed as Regional Representative of the Russian Federation in the IBA Litigation Committee for the second time, in 2019 she was appointed Deputy Chairman of the ICC Russia Commission on Arbitration. Anna is also a Regional Ambassador at HK45 - Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s committee (HKIAC). She is included into panel of arbitrators in Hong Kong (HKIAC) and into list of arbitrators in Austria (VIAC), Kuala Lumpur (AIAC), Korea (KCAB INTERNATIONAL) and Russia (the Board Member of the Russian Arbitration Center). Among the practice's clients are major Russian and international companies from various sectors of the economy.

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