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2.2. Secrets of Success: an Honest Conversation on Law Firm Management (Talk Show)

Thursday, May 17
12:00 - 13:30

Hall #6, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Disruption to the traditional law firm model continues to be a hot topic, whether it is as a result of client-led pricing pressure, technology and new business models or geopolitical factors. Lead by Joanne Harris, a renowned journalist for The Lawyer magazine, our panel of senior partners with very diverse backgrounds will offer new insight to the audience. The panelists will share their management ‘secrets’ and discuss whether independent firms can compete with the international giants. Do they have anything in common, or will they offer opposing views on how to successfully lead in these rapidly changing times?  The discussion will focus on:

  • Strategy & Securing Your Position in the Market:
  • how do independent firms compete with the multi-billion-dollar global firms?
  • how do you (and should you?) resist the temptation to merge with a global firm?
  • how to survive in the time of increasingly sophisticated in-house teams, competition from the Big 4 & alternative providers, and lowering process for services?
  • Succession Planning:
    • how to achieve a smooth transition of leadership and management responsibility?
    • difficult conversations: mergers, innovation, staff changes
    • how to attract and retain young talent?


Joanne Harris

Редактор спецпроектов, The Lawyer


Dmitry Afanasiev

Chairman, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners


Dimitry Afanasiev is the Chairman and co-founding partner of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, the largest law firm in Russia and the CIS.

Dimitry specializes in international corporate transactions, dispute resolution and public policy issues. He has represented the interests of leading multinational and Russian corporations.

Prior to co-founding Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in 1993, Dimitry worked at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis and Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen. In 1999 he became Chairman of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. He was a board member at MMC Norilsk Nickel in 2009 and at CTC Media Inc. between 2011 and 2012.

Dimitry holds a state award as an Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation (2015). He was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Service in Defence of Human Rights and Freedoms (2015), the Medal for Professional Excellence (2004) by the Federal Chamber of Lawyers; in 2017 he received the National Award in the “Business Reputation” category. He received commendations from the President of the Russian Federation for achievements in defending human rights (2015) and for active work on protecting the interests of the Russian Federation (2011).

Dimitry was named European Managing Partner of the Year at The Lawyer European Awards 2015.  In 2010, the Financial Times listed Dimitry among the 10 most innovative lawyers in the world.

Murat Akuyev

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLC

Rupert Boswall

Senior Partner, RPC

Oleg de Lousanoff

Partner, Hengeler Mueller

Glenn Kolleeny

Partner, Dentons

Paul Marmor

Head of Dispute Resolution, Sherrards

Sergey Pepelyaev

Managing Partner, Pepeliaev Group

* The Programme may be subject to change