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Baker McKenzie attorneys Paul Melling, Roman Butenko and Oleg Tkachenko contributed two articles to GIR – Europe, Middle East and Africa Investigations Review 2022 Digital Edition.

The first article provides an overview of recent corporate anti-bribery enforcement trends and, taking into account those trends, tries to sum up the most important lessons to be learned by companies that strive to build compliant businesses in Russia. See the article here.

The second article is dedicated to key issues on compliance programs and their enforcement in Russia. The article provides an overview of recent anti-bribery and legislative corruption measures and the guidance provided to the Russian business community with regard to those measures and their enforcement. You can read the full text here


Paul Melling is an English solicitor, founding partner of Baker McKenzie’s Moscow and Almaty offices, and founder of the CIS offices’ healthcare practice. He also leads the CIS offices’ Compliance & Investigations Group and is a Steering Committee member for both the Global and EMEA Healthcare groups, and the EMEA Compliance & Investigations Group. 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 30 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


Oleg Tkachenko is a counsel in the Moscow office of Baker McKenzie and has obtained the status of a Russian advocate, which allows him to practice criminal law and procedure. He also specializes in investigations and commercial litigation.


Roman Butenko is an associate in Baker McKenzie’s Moscow office and a criminal advocate admitted to the Moscow city bar. He is experienced in the area of anti-bribery compliance and investigations, criminal law and dispute resolution. Roman spent around one year in the Washington, DC office of Baker McKenzie, where he advised and assisted clients on various anti-bribery compliance matters. He also gained the unique multicultural experience of advising and representing clients across Central Asia jurisdictions during his over two year-practice in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Roman has a PhD in law and is a visiting lecturer at the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, as well as at a number of leading Russian universities, where he lectures on anti-corruption compliance matters. Roman has extensive experience in internal investigations and compliance advisory work across various regions and industries, including healthcare, TMT, energy / mining and others.

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