Client Insight

This session will be an opportunity for those in private practice to hear directly from General Counsel about the current issues they are facing, and what it is that law firms can do to directly assist them. By attending this session, those in private practice will gain valuable insight into the current mindset of General Counsel and be able to focus their practice to best serve their clients.

Time: 13:45 - 15:15



Chris Kay
Seminars Manager
Chambers and Partners

Chris Kay is a UK qualified solicitor and the Seminars Manager at Chambers and Partners. Chris was a practicing solicitor for four years before moving to Chambers and Partners. He works with in-house counsel, barristers and law firm partners around the world to organise and moderate legal seminars.



Dias Asanov
General Counsel
Siemens Russia

Mr. Asanov is the General Counsel of Siemens in Russia, Belarus and Central Asia. He leads a diverse team of lawyers, compliance and export control officers providing comprehensive legal and compliance risk management for the Siemens business in the respective region. He has been working at Siemens in various functions for 10 years, including as Head of Legal & Compliance in Kazakhstan, project management in the locomotives business in Germany and Regional Compliance Officer in Moscow.

Alla Generalova
Senior Legal Counsel and Legal Partner of Business Development

Mrs. Generalova is a Russian native, born and raised in Kursk. She received her first Masters of Law at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia in Moscow, specializing in International Law, and some years after obtained her second Master of Laws from Northwestern University in Chicago. Alla began her legal career in Moscow working as associate in O2 Consulting and then as investment lawyer for a venture capital fund. After that she became an in-house lawyer in Stroytransgaz and then moved to Kaliningrad to assume a position of Senior Lawyer in Sodrugestvo Group, an international agricultural holding. Currently Alla is a Senior Legal Counsel and Legal Partner of Business Development in SIBUR, the largest integrated petrochemicals company in Russia. Her key specialization includes M&A transactions, investment and infrastructure projects under Russian and English law. Alla enjoys volunteer service as a judge of national rounds of Jessup Cup International Law Moot Court competitions in Russia and Belarus. She is fond of tango and travelling.

Ekaterina Goudina
Associate General Counsel Russia & CIS
Mars Pet Nutrition

Ms. Goudina joined Mars in 2012 as Associate General Counsel Russia and CIS. Having joined Mars, Ekaterina created an internal legal function within the Company in Russia. She currently leads and manages the legal team for Mars Pet Nutrition and Royal Canin in Russia and CIS, providing strategic and operational legal advice, as well as compliance risk management for the business, which makes a better world for pets. Ms. Goudina and her team support a full-cycle business from supply and production to B2B and B2C retail, including traditional and digital marketing, consumer rights, employment, animal protection and other matters. Ekaterina holds an LLM degree from the University of Calgary, Canada.


Elena Kashirina
General Counsel
McDonald's Russia

Mrs. Kashirina became General Counsel for McDonald’s Russia in 2006, being responsible for McDonald’s Russia legal activities, plans and strategies in relation to Company Operated and Franchised markets, as well as a member of Global Legal Executive Leadership Team. Mrs. Kashirina is also a Board Secretary of Ronald McDonald House Charity and a Leader of McDonald’s Russia Culture and Diversity Team. In 1997 graduated from Moscow State Law Academy and in 2003 became JD.

Olga Korneeva
Vice President, Legal
The Walt Disney Company CIS

Ms. Korneeva is currently a Vice President of The Walt Disney International CIS. She leads and manages the legal function in TWDC CIS, providing strategic legal advice and legal support for the media and entertainment business, including media distribution, theatrical and TV production, theatrical distribution, consumer products licensing, television broadcasting, traditional and digital marketing. In her role, she also provides legal guidance and support on business development initiatives, intellectual property protection, policy activities and serves as chief compliance officer for the region. Before joining Disney in 2012, Ms. Korneeva served as a Legal Director for Pfizer Russia and General Counsel, Russia & CIS, at Hewlett-Packard. She is a recognized expert in intellectual property law, media and entertainment law, informational technologies, cultural heritage, commercial transactions, corporate governance, and is actively engaged in activities of industry and professional associations and honored to be an invited professor at the faculty of Law at the Higher School of Economics.