Legal areas

Government Relations

Development and maintenance of efficient relations with authorities is one of the key components of a successful business, strengthening of companies’ market positions, and implementation of strategic investment projects in the CIS states. Our team of the Government Relations (GR) practice consists of specialists who understand the specific nature of interaction with governmental bodies and have vast experience of representation of companies’ interests in disputes with the governmental bodies.

In view of the sustainable trend toward strengthening of the government’s impact on regulation of economy, domestic and international business processes, private companies are seeking to invite a qualified advisor for receiving an efficient support in the issues related to implementation of business projects, protection of their business interests, and strengthening of their positions in the market. To solve such problems, an advisor on government relations should have not only well-developed skill of strengthening relationships with policy makers but also extensive knowledge of the normative legal environment, social, economic, and political processes, specific feature of activities of the companies represented in different CIS regions and industries. We have practical experience of developing a highly efficient dialog between the business and governmental organizations, harmonization of their goals and interests within the framework of the existing legal field strengthening the business reputation of our clients and ensuring confidentiality of data provided to us.

Clients from various branches of economy come to us to receive professional assistance in solving different business tasks encountered at all stages of company business development. Usually, our clients’ requests are aimed at receiving qualified support in the process of development of a government relations strategy with regard to adherence to regulatory requirements during the companies’ audits by the governmental bodies, representation of their interests in litigation with governmental bodies as well as in non-financial risk management.

Assistance in GR for Law Drafting

Organization of efficient work with governmental bodies becomes one of the most important issues for business at the stage of initiation of amendments to the national legal regulation both of an individual economic branch and of a specific business. We develop a government relations strategy for all law drafting stages – from development to adoption of normative legal acts.

Due to combining significant experience of work in civil service with knowledge of internal principles of work of governmental bodies and understanding of the decision-making mechanisms, the GR practice experts achieve the maximum results in promoting our clients’ business initiatives.

Assistance in Supporting Operational activities of Companies, Implementation of Investment and Business Projects 

In view of the growing governmental impact on business processes and government’s involvement in regulation of activities of various economic branches, our clients’ requests are also related to support in registration activities with the bodies regulating professional work in individual branches of economy, taxation in different business areas, public private partnerships, foreign economic activities of companies, licensing and obtainment of permit documents, consultations on organization and/or participation in competitive bidding, support in property privatization and conduct of public procurements, and implementation of other investment projects.

Resolution of Conflicts with Governmental Bodies

One of the frequent reasons of clients’ coming to our GR practice experts is the need to receive cost effective and efficient solutions for resolving conflicts with governmental bodies both in and out of courts. Another area of cooperation of our experts with governmental bodies within the conflict resolution framework is representation of the clients’ interests in the state and local administrations. Our GR practice has successfully implemented several projects related to protection of companies from hostile takeovers and re-privatization, protection of legal interests of our clients in courts by appealing against the action (inaction) of governmental bodies and decisions of regulatory authorities.

The decisions developed for our clients within the GR practice are usually comprehensive and modeled on the basis of involvement of specialists from various legal fields, namely:  Litigation, Tax, Corporate/M&A, Banking and Finance, Real Estate and Construction, Labor and Employment.

You can find the description of our recent projects related to provision of consultations in the GR practice in the Practice News section.