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SALANS

Evgeny Timofeev appointed Co-Head of Salans Global Tax Practice

Moscow partner and co-head of Russian Tax Practice Evgeny Timofeev and Paris partner Sandra Hazan take over the reins of Salans Global Tax Practice Group.
Evgeny Timofeev is a member of the Board of the Russian Tax Law Association and a member of the Expert Council on Tax Legislation of the State Duma Budget Committee in Russia. In addition to advising foreign and local companies and banks, including in the context of international tax treaty analysis, Timofeev has significant experience in tax litigation.

Salans' global tax group has over 40 lawyers worldwide. With 37% growth in revenues for the 2007 financial year, Salans now has 176 partners worldwide as part of over 750 lawyers globally operating from 18 offices across 17 jurisdictions.

DEWEY & LEBOEUF LLP

Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP is pleased to announce that Veronica Fridman has joined its Moscow Office to lead its Intellectual Property Practice.

Veronica has both law firm and in-house experience and has advised numerous multinational and domestic clients on a broad spectrum of complex IP matters.

Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, Nikitsky pereulok, 5, 125009, Moscow, Russian Federation, Tel: +7 (495) 737-5000 Fax: +7 (495) 737-5050; moscow@dl.com; www.dl.com.

SALANS

POULET-MATHIS JOINS SALANS GLOBAL REAL ESTATE PRACTICE XAVIER POULET-MATHIS, former head of Bouyguesstroi legal affairs, has joined Salans top rated Global Real Estate Practice as Of Counsel resident in the Moscow office.

Xavier specializes in legal issues related to construction projects in emerging markets, especially in Russia. He has extensive transactional experience in the negotiation of secured international construction contracts with limited recourse financing.

Prior to joining Salans, Xavier served from 2004 as head of legal affairs at Bouyguesstroi (Russian subsidiary of Bouygues Batiment International). Before that, he worked with Bouygues in France, as legal counsel responsible for construction projects in emerging markets. Prior to joining Bouygues, Xavier worked in the Moscow office of Salans.

Xavier is a graduate of the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University, where he obtained a master's degree in international commercial and trade law in 2000 and the Universite Robert Schuman in Strasbourg (LL.B.) in 1995.

Salans’ Russian Real Estate team now comprises 5 partners and over 40 associates in Moscow and St. Petersburg, supported by Russia Desks in New York, London and Paris.

Xavier Poulet-Mathis

LOVELLS CIS

APPOINTMENT OF NEW PARTNERS IN MOSCOW FROM 1 MAY 2008.

Natalia Gulyaeva has been appointed Intellectual Property, Media and Technology (IPMT) Partner. Natalia graduated from Moscow State University in 1998 with first class honors in law. She holds PhD from Moscow State University and LLM from Tuebingen University, Germany. She has also attended the University of Bristol, Britain. Natalia joined Lovells CIS in 2000, since 2004 she has headed the IPMT practice.

Michael Pugh has been appointed Capital Markets Partner. As an undergraduate, Michael studied BA (Hons) European Studies (French and Russian) at Bath University. After working in Ukraine for Poltava Petroleum Company, Michael studied law at Nottingham Law School. Michael trained with Lovells in London and spent almost three years working at Lovells CIS. Michael specialises in debt and equity capital markets and securitisation.

ALLEN & OVERY

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE PROMOTION OF KONSTANTIN KROLL AND STEPHEN MATTHEWS TO THE PARTNERSHIP.

Konstantin Kroll concentrates on debt and equity capital markets transactions and derivatives. He advises on the issues of various debt, equity and synthetic instruments including GDRs/ADRs, LPNs, CLNs, ELNs and CDOs, and exchangeable and convertible bonds and has wide experience in structured finance and derivative transactions.

Stephen Matthews has a broad practice covering banking and debt capital markets, with a particular focus on structured finance. He contributed to the establishment of Allen & Overy's Russian securitisation capability by leading the award winning CityMortgage MBS Finance, which was the first public securitisation of Russian law mortgage certificates and a structural template which has since been widely replicated in the Russian market.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW PARTNER IN MOSCOW.

Igor Gerber: Igor specializes in corporate law, including M&A and joint ventures. His sector experience covers energy and natural resources, metals, pulp and paper, consumer products and retail. Igor graduated from the interantional law department of the Moscow State Insitute of International Relations and holds a Master of Laws from Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat Franfurt am Main. He joined Freshfields in 1994.

THE PBN COMPANY

JEANETTE HAMSTER HAS BEEN NAMED DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE AND CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS IN THE PBN COMPANY'S MOSCOW OFFICE, AND WAS ALSO APPOINTED TO THE FIRM'S GLOBAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

Jeanette brings a unique and international skill set to PBN's 50-member Moscow team. She combines high-level advisory and management experience in corporate and crisis communications with an insider's knowledge of EU government relations and public affairs. Ms. Hamster joins The PBN Company from Hill & Knowlton International in Belgium where she was Head of the Corporate Communications Practice Group from 2004. Previously, she was Associate Director of The Cardew Group, a London financial communications consultancy.

BAKER & MCKENZIE - CIS, LIMITED

BAKER & MCKENZIE ANNOUNCES FURTHER EXPANSION OF ITS TAX AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION PRACTICES. HEAD OF DLA PIPER ST. PETERSBURG DISPUTE RESOLUTION JOINS BAKER & MCKENZIE TAX AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION PRACTICE TOGETHER WITH HIS TEAM.

Ivan Smirnov, former head of the St. Petersburg dispute resolution group at DLA Piper St. Petersburg, has joined the St. Petersburg office of Baker & McKenzie as a partner together with two senior associates: Vilena Shekalova and Leida Lukianova. This is a significant move for the St. Petersburg legal market, since it makes the Baker & McKenzie dispute and tax practices one of the strongest in the city. The St. Petersburg team, together with more than 30 tax and litigation practitioners in our Moscow office, form the most highly ranked Tax and Dispute Resolution practices in Russia. This move resulted from growing client need for tax and litigation advice in St. Petersburg, and reflects Baker & McKenzie's ambitious plans to further increase its St. Petersburg office as well as to keep its first tier ranking.

IVAN SMIRNOV graduated from the Faculty of Finance, Credit and International Economic Relations of St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance in 1997 and the Law Faculty of Saint-Petersburg State University in 2000. Ivan is a certified public accountant in New Hampshire, USA, and Co-Chairman of the Taxation Committee of the St. Petersburg Chapter of AmCham. He specializes in contentious tax, antimonopoly, environmental and commercial issues.

VILENA SHEKALOVA graduated from the Law Faculty of Saint-Petersburg State University in 2003. Vilena has experience in resolution of antimonopoly, commercial, customs, ecological and land disputes as well as tax disputes in various regions, including Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Tver, Novgorod and Karelia. Her practice includes handling due diligence projects in various Russian regions, provision of legal support in asset/business deals and bankruptcy of strategic companies.

LEIDA LUKIANOVA graduated from the Law Faculty of the Novgorod State University in 2001 and received a degree in Accounting, Analysis and Audit in 2005. Before starting her career in consulting, she worked as Head of the Legal Department of the Veliky Novgorod City Tax Inspectorate. Leida has about seven years of practical experience in tax litigation in arbitration courts of various levels in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod and courts of common jurisdiction. Her primary focus is on litigation and consulting, with a particular emphasis on Russian tax.