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VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

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Managing Partner: Konstantin Mikhel
Number of lawyers: 20, including 6 partners
Languages:  Belarusian, English, Russian

Firm Overview:
One of the leading and long term presented full-service law office in Belarus (since 1990). One of the most recognised legal brands, VMP lawyers are the pioneers and founders of many legal practices and cases in the Belarusian market.

Local advisor to most of the leading international law firms and many renowned national law firms throughout Europe, America and the Middle East.

The smartest legal team: VMP partners are the leading Belarusian lawyers according to the international editions: Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, International Financial Law Review (IFLR 1000) and Legal 500.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Dispute Resolution
Investment Agreements
Intellectual Property
Real Estate & Construction

Banking & Finance:
1 partner, 2 fee earners
List of recent or impressive work:
■ Advising EBRD on a number of loans provided to selected Belarusian banks for financing certain EBRD programs such as development of micro, small and medium businesses and energy efficiency
■ Advising on the first ever Eurobond placement by a Belarusian corporate issuer USD 350 million
■ Advising on syndicated loans provided to the major Belarusian bank (the largest syndicated transaction in Belarus in 2015), for financing projects in the petrochemical, oil refining and machine-building industries
■ Advising on provision of the largest syndicated loan in history of banking in Belarus to one of the major Belarusian commercial banks
■ Advising on provision of USD 1 billion syndicated loan to a major Belarusian sector-leading company
■ Advising on the first–ever IPO of a Belarus-based company at the NY Stock Exchange
■ Advising on financing of construction and modernisation of a major Belarusian production enterprise by EBRD
■ Advising China Development Bank on structuring and documenting a loan provided to the Government of Belarus for on-lending to a state-owned paper and cardboard production company and related environmental and construction regulations Key Clients: European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, China Development Bank, UniCredit Bank Austria, Commerzbank AG, AKA Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft mbH, Swedfund International AB, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), Home Credit International B.V., Sberbank, Alfa Banking Group, BGK (Polish Development Bank)
Contact: Tatiana Emelianova
Email: [email protected]

Commercial & Corporate:
3 partners, 5 fee earners
List of recent or impressive work:
■ Assistance to one of the leading European homeimprovement and gardening retailers on launching their business in Belarus
■ Assistance on launching the business of one of the leading Scandinavian DIY retailers in Belarus
■ Assistance in the creation of a major business enterprise engaged in fertilizers extraction and production in Belarus (cost of the project - USD 1.5 billion)
■ Advising the world class company in the engineering industry specialising in the production and distribution of pneumatic components on restructuring of business in Belarus
■ Assistance to the international humanitarian aid organisation in its program of improving adherence in tuberculosis treatment in Belarus
■ Assistance to a number of foreign IT companies in creating subsidiaries in Belarus and related business activities
■ Legal advice and assistance to one of the major American multinational information technology companies in the reorganisation of their enterprise services business in Belarus
■ Assistance to major TNCs represented in Belarus on trade mark matters including customs protection, registration, development of trademark protection strategy, drafting model documents and algorithms etc.
Key Clients: GCM Global Energy plc, Herbalife, Kronospan, JYSK, Leroy Merlin, LC Waikiki, SNA Europe, Samsung Electronics, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Oriflame, Reckitt Benckiser Group, Uber, Turkcell, General Motors, PRA Health, Swatch Group, Michelin, Nike, Carl’s Jr, MSF Holland, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day
Contact: Konstantin Mikhel (commercial law)
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Svetlana Dashuk (corporate law)
Email: [email protected]

3 partners, 4 fee earners
List of recent or impressive work:
■ Advising a US media corporation on acquisition of one of the leading mobile app development companies
■ Advising on merger deal between a Belarusian mobile games developer and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market
■ Advising on acquisition of the leader of the Belarusian flexoprinting market and one of the largest printing companies in the CIS and Eastern Europe by the private equity fund
■ Advising on acquisition of a Belarus-based firmware business by the Korean company
■ Advising an international banking group on acquisition of one of the Belarusian commercial banks
■ Assisting in acquisition of the third-largest Belarusian bank by a major Russian bank
■ Advising an international telecom company on acquisition of a Belarusian mobile operator
■ Assisting in acquisition of one of the leading telecommunication company in Belarus
■ Advising on acquisition of the controlling stake in the leading manufacturer of aluminum profile systems and sectional doors in Eastern Europe
Key Clients: Sberbank, Turkcell, Alfa Group, SK Hynix Inc., EIS Group, IAC, Wargaming, Lafarge Holcim.
Contact: Tatiana Emelianova
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Konstantin Mikhel
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Svetlana Dashuk
Email: [email protected]

Investment Agreements / Real Estate & Construction:
3 partners, 3 fee earners
List of recent or impressive work:
■ Advising on the investment project of construction of the largest multifunctional complex including a hotel, sports centre, related facilities and infrastructure in Minsk
■ Legal support of a project involving the designing and construction of a biogas production facility in Minsk region
■ Advising on the investment agreement with the Republic of Belarus for construction of ore-dressing complex project
■ Assistance with the conclusion of an investment agreement with the Republic of Belarus on construction and organisation of timber-processing industrial enterprise of the investor in Belarus
■ Advising a leader in deployment of utility scale solar and hybrid power projects to activate its business in Belarus in construction of solar plants
■ Advising on the construction of a logistics center, a new hospital, a trading mall, a restaurant, multifunctional complexes and hotels
Key Clients: Kayson Co., Kronospan, Mospromstroy, GCM Global Energy plc., Kopaonik Property Investment, Falcon Investment Company, Eiffage Polska Budownictwo S.A., Belarusfilm
Contact: Ekaterina Zabello
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
3 partners, 4 fee earners
List of recent or impressive work:
■ Representation of the foreign company (Russia) in the dispute with a contractor re calculation of the price for construction of the plant in Belarus (USD 5 million)
■ Representing Belarusian research and development institute for mining and chemical industry as a defendant on USD 30 million claim in the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. The award satisfied the claim for less than 30%. It has been the first commercial dispute wholly handled by a Belarusian law firm in a foreign arbitration institution
■ Representing the client (Iran) – an engineering and development company that is implementing an investment project on a multifunctional complex construction in Minsk - in the dispute with a contractor
■ Representing the largest chemical producer in the world in the debt dispute with Belarusian company
Key Clients: Raiffeisen-Leasing, Texita, Iran Khodro Industrial Group, Belgorkhimprom, Belpars (Kayson), Mospromstroy, Hewlett Packard, ATU, Cargobull, BASF.
Contact: Olga Nikolaeva
Email: [email protected]