On November 15, for the eleventh time in a row, leading world experts in the field of economics and legal profession gathered in Moscow to discuss the latest trends in the M&A market at the IBA 'Mergers and Acquisitions in Russia and CIS' Conference. By tradition, the Conference was organized by the International Bar Association's Corporate Law and M&A Committee. This year's Conference was co-chaired by André Dufour, Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais Law Firm (Montreal), IBA Co-Chair of the Corporate Law and M&A Committee; and Alexander Zharskiy, Partner at ALRUD Law Firm (Moscow), Officer of the IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee. Following the Conference programs of previous years, this event was opened by the Session devoted to a review of the mergers and acquisitions market in Russia and the CIS countries – its trends and developments over the past period. The agenda also included topics such as: - Technology M&A deals.
Russian and CIS M&A Hot Topics, in particular: how do these joint venture deals differ from traditional M&A transactions? What is the role of in-house lawyers in creating and managing joint ventures? What governing law do parties choose to regulate their joint ventures in Russia?
M&A work in spite of all sanctions and AML rules.
In addition, the Conference program hosted M&A Disputes in Arbitration and Litigation session, dedicated to recent changes and developments in this field. The session was co-moderated by Sergey Petrachkov, ALRUD Partner, who heads Dispute Resolution group.
The Conference brought together more than 100 participants from around the world, including lawyers in private practice, in-house counsels, investment bankers, accountants and specialists from mergers and acquisitions business.