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Every year our lawyers produce Doing Business in Russia, a general guide for companies operating in or considering investment into the Russian Federation. The guide presents an overview of the key aspects of the Russian legal system and regulation of business activities in this country.

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Sergei Voitishkin is the managing partner of the Moscow branch of Baker Mckenzie’s CIS offices and head of the CIS Corporate & M&A Practice Group. Recommended by Chambers, Legal 500 and PLC Which lawyer?, he is experienced in corporate and commercial law matters. In recent years, he has served as lead lawyer on a number of high-profile mergers and acquisitions in Russia.

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Vladimir Dragunov is a Partner in Baker McKenzie Moscow office.

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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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Sergei Zhestkov is a partner in the Moscow office of Baker McKenzie and a licensed Russian advocate. He is experienced in advising multinational corporate and private clients on the broad scope of tax and asset protection issues, including international tax and trust planning and structuring.

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Alexander Bychkov is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Moscow office. Alexander Bychkov is the co-head of the Firm’s CIS Tax Practice Group and the head of the CIS International Trade and Customs group, which includes professionals working in the Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv and Almaty offices. In addition, he is a member of the Firm’s Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare group. Since 2006 Mr. Bychkov has been consistently recognized as one of the leading professionals in the tax field within Russia and across the CIS. His practice is recognized by Chambers and International Tax Review.

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Eugene Arievich heads the Firm’s CIS Intellectual Property Practice Group. Since 2006, he has been recognized a Star Individual by Chambers, IAM Patent 1000, Legal 500 and World Trademark Review 1000 in Russia and across the CIS. Mr. Arievich is a member of the European National TMO Relations Subcommittee of the Trademark Office Practices Committee of the International Trademark Association. From 2001 to 2003, he served on the INTA Board of Directors. He is the chairman of the IP Committee of the Association of European Businesses (AEB). Mr. Arievich is also a member of ECTA, MARQUES, PTMG, FICPI and the Russia Patent Attorneys Association where he serves on the board.

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Denis Khabarov is highly recommended in the field of intellectual property by European Legal 500 – 2008, and has been recognized by European Legal Experts 2008 in the area of dispute resolution. He joined Baker McKenzie in 2001 and became partner in 2007. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Khabarov was an in-house attorney for the Moscow Companies Registration Authority, where he was in charge of the litigation practice. He currently serves as a member of the Moscow City Bar, the International Trademark Association (INTA) and International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition (IACC). Mr. Khabarov graduated from the Law Faculty of the Russian Peoples’ Friendship University in 2000, and was admitted to practice law in Russia in 2000.

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Margarita Divina practices mainly in the area of intellectual property law. A graduate (with honors) of the Moscow State University, Ms. Divina is admitted to practice in Russia since 1999 and also is a trademark attorney registered to practice before the Russian Patent and Trademark Office. She is a member of the International Trademark Association and the Association of European Businesses. Ms. Divina is also a member of board and international delegate of Licensing Executives Society Russia.

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Alexey Frolov mainly handles natural resources transactions, including those pertaining to the oil & gas and mining industry. He is recommended by leading legal directories including Chambers and Legal 500 EMEA - and has been cited by his peers and clients for his fluent knowledge of natural resources law. Before joining the Firm in 2000, Mr. Frolov worked for an international oil company in Central Asia. He has also written articles for Financier Worldwide, Eastern Europe Reporter and Oil & Gas Law Journal.

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Dmitry Lysenko is Of Counsel in Baker McKenzie’s Moscow office and a member of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Dmitry has lectured on international law at Rostov State University for five years and has written a number of publications on international regulation of multinational corporations.

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Alexey Trusov practices in the areas of corporate, M&A and pharmaceutical and healthcare. He graduated from St. Petersburg State University’s School of Law in 1997 and received his LL.M. from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1998. He received his degree of Candidate of Science from St. Petersburg State University’s School of Law in 2002. He was admitted to the Russian bar in 1997, and currently serves as co-chair of the Association of International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Legal Committee.

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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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Elena Kukushkina is a counsel and coordinator in Baker Mckenzie's Moscow office. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, she worked at another leading global law firm. Ms. Kukushkina has written articles as well as spoken in conferences and seminars about labor and immigration law. She is recommended by Chambers Europe and Legal 500 EMEA for her employment work. Sources describe Ms. Kukushkina as “fast, practical and business-oriented” as well as "result- driven."

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