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Satellite Events

from 12:00 to 18.00

May 15, 2017

VII Annual Conference of the Russian Corporate Counsel Association ‘Futurology in Jurisprudence. How to Make New Russian Legal Ideas Global’

Venue: Ballroom, Astoria Hotel (39, Bolshaya Morskaya st.)

May 17, 2017

Business breakfast of Kommersant
TOPIC WILL BE CLARIFIED SOON

Venue: Gray Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

from 08:30 to 10:00

May 18, 2017

Business breakfast of к Vegas Lex
«Special Investment Contracts as a Driver for Foreign Manufacturing Facilities Localization in Russia: Practice and Prospects»

Venue: White Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only

Details

The Legal firm VEGAS LEX is glad to invite to a business breakfast devoted to the prospects of development and implementation of the instrument serving as an incentive for manufacturers — a special investment contract (SPIC) and the experience with first federal SPIC. The breakfast will take place in the course of the 7th St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, on May 18, 2017.

In the end of 2014, Federal Law No. 488-FZ «On Industrial Policy in the Russian Federation» was adopted. The Law provides for SPIC as one of the measures of government support. In summer 2015 Government of the Russian Federation in its Order No. 708 adopted the template of a model SPIC and the rules of its execution. Up to now, only 8 SPIC have been made. Over 16 applications for SPIC are under review in the Ministry of Industry and commerce of the Russian Federation and in Industrial Development Fund. Foreign companies showed special interest to this new instrument of government’s industrial policy, which gives the private party of SPIC «in exchange» for undertaking to establish or to overhaul a localized industrial manufacturing, facility or for a new product manufacturing in Russia exclusive rights to benefits, preferences and other advantages from a public party of the contract: the Russian Federation, a region and/or a municipality.

After the review of the first applications by prospective investors to enter into SPIC, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation prepared material amendments to Government Order No. 708, refining the rules for execution, amendment and termination of SPIC, as well as the template of a model SPIC.

Subjects for Discussion:

  1. Localization of industrial manufacturing by foreign companies in Russia: challenges and best practices.
  2. SPIC types and applications. Special Investment Contract as a driver for priority industrial development. The existing regulatory environment and new approaches to statutory regulation of localization procedures.
  3. Real and potential capacities of SPIC. Value for investors and persons engaged in investment projects implementation. Major incentives and governmental support to a private party of SPIC.
  4. Specifics of SPIC structure and execution at the federal level. Business plan, investor’s capacities, preliminary negotiations. «Traps and pitfalls» of SPIC application and how to eliminate them.
  5. First success in SPIC implementation.

from 08:30 to 10:00

May 18, 2017

Business breakfast of Centre of Insolvency Studies
«Efficacy of Insolvency Proceedings: Ways to Improve»

Venue: Italian Patio, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only

Details

The participants of this Business Breakfast will discuss the efficacy of insolvency proceedings in lawmaking and in law enforcement practice, including the administration of pro-debtor and pro-creditor policies in legal regulation.

In reference to insolvency proceedings, most analysts tend to use such adjectives as «inefficient,» «liquidation-minded,» and so on. Then they propose one or a couple of new instruments purported to improve the efficacy. What are the chances of such isolated legislative improvements yielding any real upgrade of the efficacy of insolvency proceedings?

But how does one evaluate the efficacy of insolvency proceedings? What must such evaluation include? What criteria may be applicable? Should there be a set of universal criteria equally applied to all debtor categories? Or does the concept of efficacy take on different contents with different categories of debtors?

Speakers:

  • Viktor Belchenko, Director, Centre of Insolvency Studies LLC, Chair of the Expert Panel on Toxic Assets at the Russian Banks Association, Managing Partner BSR PARTNERS
  • Svetlana Karelina, Doctor of Laws, Full Professor of the Chair of Enterprise Law, School of Law of Mikhail Lomonosov State University of Moscow, MA program leader in Legal Regulation of Insolvency (Bankruptcy), members of the Research Advisory Council of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation)
  • Rustem Miftakhutdinov, Associate Professor of the Department of Entrepreneurial and Corporate Law, Kutafin Moscow State Law University — Judge of the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation (retired)
  • Sidney Brooks, Former Federal Bankruptcy Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado
  • Aleksey Yukhnin, Director of the Development Projects, Interfax Information Services Group — Director, Center of Bankruptcy Problems

from 13:30 to 15:30

May 18, 2017

Business breakfast of Pravo.Ru
«Unfair Competition on the Pharmaceutical Market»

Venue: Place WILL BE CLARIFIED SOON

from 8:30 to 09:30

May 18, 2017

Tea and Presentation of SIAC
TOPIC WILL BE CLARIFIED SOON

Venue: Hyde Park, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

from 14:00 to 15:30

May 18, 2017

Business Lunch «Innovations and Law» with Marc S. Firestone, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of PMI
INNOVATIONS AND LAW

Venue: White Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only

Details

Companies take on the greatest risk when developing innovative products. They are driven by the passion to be a leader and create new markets. The route from an idea to its implementation may take years. It might happen that bringing a product from the ideation state to commercialization takes decades. The pace of innovation depends on scientific progress, quality of academic studies, public acceptance of new ideas, availability of financial resources, public policy and many other factors. Shall the law be an engine of innovations? What is the approach in other jurisdictions? Which role should the governments, regulators, businesses and scientific communities play in the development of innovations? Participants in the business lunch will attempt to find answers to these questions. They will discuss the existing challenges, the future of companies in the environment of regulatory uncertainty, the science behind innovative products, the constructive dialogue among businesses and regulators, and the ideal regulation promoting innovations. Participants will be able to debate current regulatory challenges in Russia in the context of innovations and ways of turning them into opportunities.

The agenda will include speeches by governmental officials and senior business leaders.

from 13:00 to 15:00

May 19, 2017

Business lunch «Artificial intelligence»

Venue: White Hall, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Participation is by invitation only

Details

«Silicon valley is coming to eat our lunch.» This now-famous phrase, spoken in 2014 by Jamie Dimon, executive director of JP Morgan, was a warning about the expansion of new technologies and their rapid penetration into traditional business. No company is safe from the risk of having its lunch eaten. It is therefore crucial that all companies stay up to date with technological trends and continually rethink their approaches.

We are in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with a wide range of technologies becoming increasingly integrated into all aspects of our lives, converging and advancing so rapidly that the term artificial intelligence is practically a household word. Artificial intelligence is already used in numerous sectors: driverless cars; autonomous machines that perform complex financial transactions; computers using behavioral data analysis and advanced facial recognition to combat terrorism; the analysis of legal documents; etc. And the range of computer-assisted tasks is only going to expand, with the amount of investment in the sphere steeply expanding.

As artificial intelligence is used in more areas of human activity, the legal and regulatory questions surrounding this topic become more complicated. Regulators have always struggled to keep pace with the ultra-fast changes in technology, and artificial intelligence is no exception. New artificial intelligence applications give rise to legal challenges, for example liability in accidents involving driverless cars.

How should artificial intelligence be defined for the purposes of regulation? What are the best practices and trends in regulation? What characteristics of artificial intelligence present the greatest danger — including health and security risks — to people? Can legal regulation lower such risks, providing adequate protection right now? If not, when? Is it even possible for laws to regulate relations and consequences that will arise in the future (and with great likelihood instantly), as a result of the synergy of technology and systems, the effect of which may be understood and assessed by humans only after such synergy takes place? These are just a few of the issues artificial intelligence presents.

To explore this complex topic, we will gather around the lunch table at the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. There, we’ll have a team of experts from all over the world. The considerable powers of our experts’ 100% natural intelligence will help us all to get a better understanding of the legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence.

In these rapidly changing times, the above matters are of crucial importance, so we look forward to seeing you on 19 May at 1.00 p.m.

from 14:00 to 16:30

May 19, 2017

Public/Private Partnerships in Water Supply and Sanitation: Partnership or Competition

Venue: the multimedia room of the Water Universe museum complex on the premises of Vodokanal St. Petersburg at Shpalernaya Ulitsa 56.

Details

The event’s keynote topics are: legal regulation of public/private partnership projects in water supply and sanitation, the accountability risks of PPP vehicles, and ways to minimize the negative consequences.

The following questions will be put to a debate:

  • Philosophy of the legal regulation of PPP projects
  • Creating project incentives through optimization of business practices
  • Partnership of ideas. The idea of social accountability and the idea of profit-making
  • Rivalry of interests between PPP stakeholders. How to balance rival interests

The satellite event will be moderated by M.V. Gassiy, Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation, Deputy CEO of Vodokanal St. Petersburg State Unitary Company.

The line-up of speakers includes government officials, members of the international professional services community, and representatives of leading Russian and foreign universities.

from 17:30 to 18:30

May 19, 2017

Reserach presentation by Pravo. ru

Venue: Hyde Park, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

from 10:00 to 14:00

May 20, 2017