For over a decade, Bryan Cave lawyers have successfully represented clients from Central Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) business communities including Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Poland, Bulgaria, Montenegro and other Eastern Europe and former Eastern bloc countries on a wide variety of legal matters.
Our services range from advising major international clients on significant cross-border transactions and multimillion dollar international disputes (including shareholders' and investment agreements and fraud-related issues) to advising private clients on confidential personal matters.
Our team, largely based in London, includes Ukrainian, Russian and Polish nationals who have first-hand experience of specific business requirements in the region. Furthermore, we understand that the concept of speaking the same language goes far beyond simple linguistics skills. We understand and share our clients' culture, background, traditions and way of thinking, which is essential to productive communication and collaboration.
Fundamental to the team's practice is conducting commercial litigation on behalf of CEE and CIS clients in the UK and other related jurisdictions (such as BVI, Jersey and Cyprus), and dealing with international arbitrations in well know institutions including the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). Other prominent areas of practice include advising on international trade regulation issues (U.S., EU and UK export controls, sanctions laws and regulations), anti-corruption/bribery issues, competition issues, and on M&A, corporate and commercial transactions.
We are regularly involved in projects requiring management and coordination of Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian and Kazakh local law firms and in-house counsel. We work closely with carefully selected local lawyers and consultants, with many of whom we have longstanding relationships. Also, we have worked with academics from Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan as independent legal experts on national law, which is often one of the key to success in international legal proceedings or arbitrations.