Magisters (formerly Magister & Partners) was established in 1997 and initially specialized in international trade law. Today Magisters is a full-service, international law firm, advising leading global and domestic organizations in Russia and throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).Magisters employs more than 120 internationally trained and locally experienced lawyers in its Moscow and Kyiv offices.The Firm is consistently recognized by Chambers, Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, IFLR 1000 and others for the quality of its work in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law, real estate and construction, tax, and international trade.Magisters assists numerous governmental and inter-governmental organizations, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), UEFA, the International Court of Arbitration (ICC, Paris), and the World Bank. Magisters is a member of international law firm associations including Lex Mundi, Globalaw, Taxand, and FraudNet. These affiliations along with its network of correspondent arrangements, allow Magisters to provide the best-in-class cross-border legal advice in the CIS and worldwide.Magisters is dedicated to providing superior client care and enhancing its business processes. Managed by Jason E. Bruzdzinski, COO with more than 20 years of relevant experience, Magisters is the only law firm in the CIS to have attained the international Investors in People accreditation.Magisters' clients include Altimo, Alfa Group Consortium, Bayer, Bonduelle, Centertelecom, Chernomorneftegaz, Evraz Group, EuroChem, Gazprombank, Ingosstrakh, Interpipe, Mechel Steel Group, Mittal Steel, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Naftogaz of Ukraine, Neusiedler, Novolipetsk Steel, Oriflame, Pernod Ricard, Renaissance, Renova, Shell, Sibirtelecom, Sistema, U.S. Steel, Vnesheconombank, VimpelCom, Yahoo! Inc., Zaporozhstal, and Zarubezhneft. On April 4, 2007 Magisters became the first law firm in the CIS to attain the international Investor in People Standard.The Investor in People Standard was developed in Great Britain in 1991 under the auspices of the British Trade Union Congress. Since 1997 the program has gained an international status. About 32 thousand companies in more than 30 countries of the world have Investor in People Standard certification.Regardless of the time and money a company invests in new technologies or systems, its employees and the things they do are the keystone of its success. The Investor in People Standard is unique in its focus on people. Its fundamental belief is in the development of people, engaged in any area of business, to achieve a specific positive result. The Standard takes all staff-related issues into account: development, training, motivation, assessment, relations with company management and remuneration of labor.Compliance with this Standard strengthens our top level professionalism with clients and increases the competitiveness of our Firm. To be efficient, an organization must provide its employees the opportunity to develop, improve their abilities, train, learn new skills, provides the opportunity for people to grow professionally and be successful.Employees, clients and high standards of quality have always been our Firm’s top priorities. For this reason, it is very important for us to ensure that employees have a positive attitude towards all processes and events occurring within the company, so that Magisters is the place where they want to grow professionally and develop their careers; our office being a comfortable, interesting and pleasant environment for them to work in. Capital Markets, Banking & FinanceThe 15 lawyers of our Capital Markets, Banking & Finance Practice enjoy well-established reputations as leading advisers throughout the CIS, and assist clients in their local and international bond issues, public offerings on the domestic and international capital markets and securitization in an increasing range of asset classes.Our clients include: Alfa-Bank, ABN AMRO, Commercial Bank Forum, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, First Ukrainian International Bank, HSBC, the International Finance Corporation, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Naftogaz of Ukraine, Renova Group, Sistema, UBS Limited, UkrSibbank, Vnesheconombank, Vneshtorgbank, and WestLB, as well as the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance and the World Bank.As adviser to the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance on external debt, we have acted on every Eurobond issued by Ukraine and all state-guaranteed borrowings since 2001.We participate in project finance and the development of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) across the CIS. Our work on public private partnership (PPP) projects in the CIS has included advising the State Road Administration of Ukraine [Ukravtodor] on Public Private Partnership, authoring the Russian Federal Law on Concession Agreements and the draft Law of Ukraine on Public Private Partnership.We are accustomed to advising on complex cross-border transactions and work with the largest international law firms in key commercial centers around the world.We advise in the following areas:- stock markets;- corporate bond markets;- securitization;- syndicated and bilateral lending;- project finance;- banking;- Public Private Partnerships.Government Relations PracticeIn cooperation with representatives of the political, economic and scientific elite of Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, Magisters offers its support to business and state authority representatives in various law-making, investment and legal aspects.Our services in the CIS include:- consulting services for business on the investment climate of both country as a whole and individual regions;- consulting services for business on issues on cooperation with state authority bodies;- the organization of meetings, round tables, seminars for the promotion of cooperation between business and the state;- development and lobbying of draft laws and regulations;- consulting services to state authority bodies on issues pertaining to the protection of national interests in international political relations, worldwide trade system and issues of national security;- lobbying and protecting the interests of business in foreign jurisdictions.Intellectual PropertyMagisters has advised some of the world's leading companies on the protection of their intellectual property assets in the CIS. Our lawyers are particularly experienced in consumer goods, IT, media, telecommunications, advertising and pharmaceutical industries, and most recently advising Yahoo! Inc. on trademark and domain name protection in Ukraine and Nokian Tyres on intellectual property protection in Russia.Our firm actively cooperates with the Ukrainian and Russian State Departments for Intellectual Property and, through our network of friendly firms, with state bodies in other CIS states on intellectual rights protection.Our services include:- enforcement of intellectual property rights and management of disputes, including counterfeiting, piracy and other infringements and the protection of proprietary and allied rights;- representation before trademark and patent authorities in Ukraine, Russia and the CIS;- the licensing, purchase and transfer of intellectual property assets and rights;- internet and domain name protection, as well as protection and enforcement against cyber-squatters;- dispute resolution.International Arbitration and LitigationOur International Arbitration & Litigation Practice provides a full range of services, from drafting a dispute resolution clause to representation in dispute and enforcement proceedings, should the need arise.Magisters' International Arbitration & Litigation team is experienced in all international arbitration rules and has successfully represented clients in various international ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations in the CIS, Europe and the USA, including:- American Arbitration Association (AAA);- Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC);- District Court of Stockholm;- International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Washington D.C., USA;- International Commercial Arbitration Courts at the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and Ukraine;- International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC);- London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA);- Tribunal of Arbitrators at RAO "UES of Russia";- United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL);- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.We represent our clients in court proceedings in the CIS countries as well as in many foreign jurisdictions. In cooperation with our partners from leading international law firms we have acted on behalf of our clients in the courts of Sweden, Austria, Germany, USA, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, Japan, British Virgin Islands, Cyprus and others.We have also assisted our clients in a pre-arbitration process at CEPNI in Belgium, and in disputes regarding the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Austria, USA, Russia and Ukraine.We successfully handle complex disputes, which include such issues as:- shareholders' rights;- intellectual property and copyright;- joint ventures;- antitrust;- import and export;- international investment and finance;- product liability;- white-collar crimes.We have extensive experience in advising and representing leading national and global companies and state owned entities in many industries, including:- metal trade;- grain trade;- oil & gas;- energy;- industrial manufacturing;- telecommunications;- entertainment;- chemical.In December 2005, the professionalism of our attorneys was acknowledged when Partner Serhii Sviriba was elected to be a permanent representative of Ukraine at the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris. 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