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Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners

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Managing Partner: Alexander Stepanovski
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 23
Languages:English, Russian

Firm Overview:
Founded in 2006 in Minsk Stepanovski, Papakul and partners is currently one of the largest and most prosperous law companies in Belarus, providing legal support to the clients engaged in such spheres of business activities as banking and finance, construction, telecommunications, pharmaceutics, retail chains etc. SPP has a unique competition team that performs clients’ assignments and scientific and expert work, including international institutions projects implemented for the Government of the Republic of Belarus.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Criminal Law
Competition & Antitrust
Dispute Resolution
Employment & Migration
Family & Matrimonial
Real Estate & Construction

1 partner, 7 fee earners based in Minsk
■ LDD of the target companies active in banking and retail business areas in the interests of Baring Vostok Investment Fund
■ Acquisition of state-owned dairy products manufacturer by Food Union, including antimonopoly clearance
■ Legal support of pilot project on attraction of strategic investors to state-owned companies implemented by the National Agency of Investments and Privatization supported by the World Bank
Key Clients: Danone, Mary Kay, Atos, Mars, CompatibL, Food Union, Baring Vostok
Contacts: Valery Papakul, Valentina Ogarkova, Katsiaryna Semianiuk

Dispute Resolution:
2 partners, 6 fee earners based in Minsk
■ Construction dispute on recovery of $3 m from the contractor
■ Administrative dispute with Belarusian customs authorities on more than $3 m
■ Dispute with Belarusian tax authorities on the liability of the shareholder for the company’s debts in the amount of $1 m
Key Clients: DuPont International Operations, SAP CIS, Prilesie Logistic Center (KAYSON group), Evraz Nizhny Tagil Smelter, Polotsktransneft Druzhba, Mark Formelle
Contacts: Andrey Vashkevich, Dmitry Semashko

Banking & Finance / Project Finance:
2 partners, 3 fee earners based in Minsk
■ Acting as a legal adviser in numerous project finance structured transaction, incl. related to a multistage refinancing involving subordinated loans
■ Participation as an external consultant in more than 40 investment projects including multi-step structured finance projects for the last four years
■ Acting as a ‘full circle’ legal adviser and supporter of the international leasing projects for Scania AB and lending projects of JSC ‘Rietumu Banka’ in Belarus
Key Clients: EBRD, EDB, Rietumu Banka, SwedBank, PromsvyazBank
Contacts: Valery Papakul, Sviatlana Valuyeva

Intellectual Property:
1 partner, 4 fee earners based in Minsk
■ Performance of Microsoft Software Anti-Piracy Enforcement
■ Legal support of franchising projects of international right holder
■ Engagement into Mir` TM (Museum, UNESCO World Heritage) protection strategy development and appearance of the Museum, protection and enforcement
■ Full support of trademarks inclusion to the custody register, representation of client’s interests during coming in of counterfeit products
Key Clients: Microsoft Corporation, DABUR, British American Tobacco, SBARRO Franchise Co, Oasis Group
Contacts: Sviatlana Valuyeva, Tatiana Ignatovskaya

Real Estate & Construction:
1 partner, 4 fee earners based in Minsk
■ Legal support of the solar power plant construction totaling to more than $20 m
■ Legal support of the medical centre construction by a foreign investor totaling to $500 m
■ Advising one of the largest banks in the Baltics States on real estate mortgage totaling to more than $100 m
Key Clients: MACE, Leroy Merlin, Rietumu Bank, Renaissance Construction, Pure Energy Intelligence, Regula
Contacts: Andrey Vashkevich, Dmitry Kovalchik

1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Minsk
■ Tax structuring in the interests of Clients in various business spheres in Belarus
■ Tax advice on construction and operation of alternative energy facilities and other manufacturers
■ Tax advice concerning payment of indirect taxes in Customs Union
Key Clients:
ElcoTelecom, Mark Formelle, Synevo, Scania Credit, Belwest, Anaj Czech, Alcopack, Izovac, Ortos
Contact: Elena Sapego

Competition & Antitrust:
1 partner, 4 fee earners based in Minsk
■ Advising companies that develop and use technology applications for matching riders and drivers on the issues of merger control
■ Advising a defendant, a foreign pharmaceutical company, in investigation conducted after complaint of the local competitor and related to unfair competition and abuse of dominance
Key Clients: Eurotorg, BAT
Contacts: Tatiana Ignatovskaya, Katsiaryna Semianiuk