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Baker McKenzie is pleased to present the following report on Russian corporate anti-corruption enforcement that will provide both international companies operating in Russia and Russian businesses with an international footprint with practical and informative guidance on evaluating their corporate compliance programs.

Focusing on the risks of prosecution under Russian law, this report will be particularly valuable to attorneys and compliance managers seeking to enhance their policies and includes an overview of:

  • relevant legislation and enforcement trends;
  • standard enforcement processes and initiation of proceedings;
  • likely bribes and frequent bribe-takers;
  • prevalent industries affected;
  • available defenses; and
  • anticipated fines.

For additional information on how Baker McKenzie can assist in evaluating your corporate compliance program, please contact the attorneys below.

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Paul Melling is an English solicitor, founding partner of Baker McKenzie’s Moscow and Almaty offices, and founder of the CIS offices’ pharmaceuticals and healthcare practice. He leads the CIS offices’ Compliance Practice Group and is a steering committee member of the Europe Compliance and Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare groups. He joined the London office in 1980 as a member of the East-West Trade Department, focusing on the COMECON countries of Eastern Europe, particularly the former USSR. He moved to Moscow in January 1989 and has spent over 24 years as a partner in the CIS. In 2009, he received the AIPM’s Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to the development of the Russian pharmaceuticals market.

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Edward Bekeschenko is a partner in Baker & McKenzie's Moscow office. He is ranked as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution by Chambers and Legal 500. Prior to joining the Firm in 2001, Mr. Bekeschenko headed the legal department of a major Russian metallurgical company and was vice president of a Belarusian law firm.

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Roman Butenko is an associate in Baker Mckenzie's Moscow office. Mr. Botenko specializes in the area of compliance and dispute resolution.

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Tom Firestone is Co-chair of the firm's North American Government Enforcement practice and is a member of the Firm's Global Compliance & Investigations Steering Committee. He represents clients in matters involving anti-corruption and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), internal investigations and transactional due diligence. Prior to joining the Firm, he spent 14 years at the US Department of Justice. He worked as an Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York where he prosecuted transnational organized crime cases. He also worked as Resident Legal Adviser and Acting Chief of the Law Enforcement Section at the US Embassy in Moscow. In the latter capacity, he facilitated US-Russian law enforcement cooperation, assisted the Russian government in drafting new criminal legislation, advised the US government on policy issues related to criminal justice in Russia and twice won the US State Department Superior Honor Award.

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Lyndon Allin is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Washington, DC, office. He previously practiced law with international firms in London and Washington, and before law school spent several years in Moscow managing the European operations of an international law firm. Prior to joining the Firm, Lyndon worked as a senior adviser with Crisis Management Initiative, a private diplomacy and peacebuilding NGO, focusing on conflicts in the South Caucasus. Before that, he was seconded by the US State Department to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), where he served as the senior political officer at the Mission to Moldova, covering the Transnistrian conflict settlement process. As a rapid responder, he helped establish the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and participated in negotiations in Donetsk Oblast in 2014 which resulted in the release of 21 hostages.