On January 12, 2020, the II International Legal Summit “Investment and Law in Asia and Russia” was held in Dubai (UAE), organized by the Russian Asian Legal Association (RALA).

More than 150 guests from 35 countries gathered at the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel, including representatives of the largest law firms in Asia, international banks and investment companies, government agencies in Russia, Europe and the Middle East. The undiminished interest in cooperation with Russia and Asia was again demonstrated by the international legal community. The expansion of the number of participants, as well as the horizon of countries represented by them, in comparison with the first Summit is evidence of the fruitful work of the Association, which last year added 12 new members.

President of the Association Maxim Tafintsev made a welcome speech to the guests of the meeting. Noting the effectiveness and importance of legal cooperation between legal entities in Russia and Asia, Mr. Tafintsev highlighted the common economic and cultural interests that bind Asian States, and expressed hope for the equally fruitful development of multilateral contacts in the coming year 2020.

The Summit discussed issues of doing business in the Gulf countries, lobbying for products and services abroad, anti-dumping and customs barriers for exports from Asia to Russia and the Middle East. Successful examples demonstrated the possibility of protecting the interests of Russian exporters in the UAE arbitration courts. They also discussed investment projects in Russia, Asia and the middle East in the fields of gas production and oil refining, shipbuilding, energy, and infrastructure construction.

Invited experts, as well as legal practitioners, made reports on certain issues on the agenda. During the fruitful discussion, the participants exchanged views and experience on the most pressing issues of international law and Economics in the era of globalization.

With great attention, the audience listened to a master class by a representative of Brandpol-the leader in the market of artificial intelligence systems in the activities of lawyers. The company’s products allow you to automate the process of filing lawsuits and pre-trial claims, as well as track copyright violations. Already today, it is used by such large companies as Bayer, Dupont, and KAMAZ

The summit was attended by heads and representatives of the largest law firms in India, China, the UAE, Singapore, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Switzerland, Spain, Croatia, Serbia, as well as international consulting and law firms. Among the distinguished guests of the forum are Ms. Noura Almaazmi (UAE), Mr. Abdul Rahman and Mr. Randolph Khoo (Singapore), Mr. Gao (China), Mr. Sumes Dewan and Mr. Ashish Deep Verma (India), Mr. Alexander Lindemann (Switzerland), Mr. Antonio Ballester (Spain), Mr. George Georgiou (Cyprus), Mr. Jurica Savic (Croatia), Mr. Nenad Vukovic (Serbia), and Mr. Darius Gibasiewicz (Poland), Dr. Rashid Al Kabbah (Jordan), Ms. Sophia Yazane (UAE), Ms. Pavla Vaskova (Czechia) and Mr. Nabendu Bhattacharjee (Bangladesh) representing their own legal companies.

The summit was also attended by well – known Russian lawyers, including Mr. Denis Fridman, international law advocate (Bar of Krasnodar region), Andrey Kozlov and Temirlan Zhilov (Bar of Moscow), Mr. Igor Vyshegorodtsev, trustee in bankruptcy (Voronezh), Mr. Dmitry Rozhdestvensky (Nizhny Novgorod) and Natalia Nepeivoda (Novosibirsk).

Andrey Kozlov, managing partner of the law firm RussianLegal, a lawyer, made a report on problematic aspects of international trade in goods and the anti-dumping regime in Russia and the UAE.

For the first time, the Summit was attended by a representative of Saudi Arabia, a lawyer, and Vice-President of the Russian-Asian Association of Lawyers, Mr. Nahar al-Dalbahi. He expressed deep satisfaction with the work of the first Russian-Saudi law firm, founded during the Russian President’s visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2019.

A good tradition of the Summit was the presentation of the award of the Russian-Asian Association of Lawyers – The L. M. Gudoshnikov Honorary Medal. The name of this outstanding Russian jurist, honored scientist of the Russian Federation, specialist in modern history and law of China is forever inscribed in the history of Russian jurisprudence. The L. M. Gudoshnikov Honorary Medal is awarded By the President of the Russian Asian Legal Association for outstanding achievements in the development of international legal cooperation.

In 2020, it was awarded to Mr. S. K. Singhi, founder and managing partner of one of the largest law firms in India, S. K. SINGHI & CO, LLP., for his work in international arbitration and the development of relations between the Russian and Indian bar associations.


On September 14, 2018 The First International Legal Forum “One Road: Investments and Law in Russia and Asia” was held in Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel & Business Center. The event was organized by Russian Asian Legal Association. Partners included Federation Council of the Russian Federation, State Duma of the Russian Federation, Indian National Bar Association, Global Chinese-Speaking Lawyers’ Association, All China Lawyers’ Association, Asian International Arbitration Centre (Malaysia), Grandall Law Firm (PRC) and Russian House International Lawyers law firm.

An event of such scale was the first of its kind. Attendees included senior Russian officials and lawyers, major Russian business leaders, international lawyers representing Chinese, Indian, Swiss, Cypriot, Maltese and other countries’ lawyers’ elite.
The problems of export and certification of Russian goods in Asian and Middle Eastern countries, lobbying of Russian exports of goods and services, anti-dumping and customs barriers against Asian manufacturers’ goods imports in Russia, fight against corruption in customs apparatus and state import regulation bodies, sanctions and responses to them were discussed at the Forum.

Moreover, a great attention was paid to the case proceeding in international arbitration and questions concerning use of Asian arbitration centers in the interests of Russian exporters. Major Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern investment and infrastructure projects (gas and oil refining industry, construction of industrial facilities and roads, shipbuilding) were presented as the examples of a successful cooperation between Russian and Asian contractors.
The Chairwoman of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvieynko was the special guest at the Forum. Speakers included the President of the Global Chinese-Speaking Lawyers’ Association in Hong Kong Ambrose Lam, the President of Russian Asian Legal Association Maxim Tafintsev, the Deputy of the State Duma Vladimir Pozdnyakov, the President of Russian Business Association (China), the General Representative of «Magnitogorskiy Metallurgicheskiy Kombinat» JSCo (Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works) in China Sergey Kolesnichenko, the Partner of the Grandall

Law Firm (China) Wang Xiaoping, an attorney, the Director of the Department of Expert Work and Analytics of Rosneft Oil Company Nikolay Morozov, the Managing Partner of George Z. Georgiou&Associates (Cyprus) George Georgiou, the Manager of VTB Bank branch in Shanghai Pavel Ananyenko, the attorney of the Supreme Court of India Asish Deep Verma, an attorney, the founder of the Capital Market Forum Switzerland Alexander Lindemann, the President of the Chetcuti Cauchi law firm (Malta) Professor Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, the Deputy of the Union State Parliamentary Assembly, the President of the Republican Bar Association of Belarus Viktor Tchaitchits, the Director General of KORTIS Trade and Investment System (South Korea) Boris Sladkov, the Deputy Head of Legal Services at Asian International Arbitration Centre Ilia Putilin (Malaysia), an attorney, the owner of Gololobov and Co. (United Kingdom) Professor D. V. Gololobov, the Head of PRC Bank Cooperation Sector of the Financial Institutions Department of Sberbank CIB Maxim Osintsev, the Vice President on International Affairs of The National Union of Grain Producers (Russia) Mikhail Davydov (Москва), the judge of the Court of the Eurasian Economic Union Denis Kolos (Republic of Belarus) and other recognized law experts.

In his welcome speech Vladimir Pozdnyakov noted the uniqueness and importance of the Forum for the exchange of experience between Russian and Asian attorneys and lawyers, establishment of economic connections, search of the new areas for cooperation and development of mutual projects by business and law leaders of Russia and the countries of the East. Vladimir G. Pozdnyakov moderated the First Section of the Forum, dedicated to the problems of banking law and foreign investments within the framework of searching the mutual economic future.

The main highlight of the Foum was the presentation of a unique award – Honorary L. M. Gudoshnikov Medal, established especially for the Forum in the memory of Professor, Doctor of Law, Honored Worker of Science of the Russian Federation Leonid M. Gudoshnikov.
Leonid M. Gudoshnikov has established the new scientific direction in studying legal and political aspects of the modernization in China and was an internationally recognized sinologist. He has authored more than 250 scientific papers, including more than 30 monographs and higher education textbooks (in co-authorship). The majority of his academic works focuses on the issues of state and law in China and other Asian countries (DPRK, Mongolia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka) and political and law problems of PRC special regions (Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan). Scientific works of L. M. Gudoshnikov were translated to several foreign languages and published abroad (USA, China, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Mongolia, Hungary, Romania etc.) He worked hard to train young academic professionals. Leonid M. Gudoshnikov supervised 20 PhDs and Doctors of Law getting their scientific degrees.
For his long-term scientific, pedagogical and organizational work L. M. Gudoshnikov was decorated by high state awards and diplomas by the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR and Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1986 he was awarded the Badge of Honor Order and in 1997 he became the Honored Worker of Science of the Russian Federation.
L. M. Gudoshnikov Medal is awarded for the distinct merits in developing the law science. Among those who were decorated with the commemorative Medal were the Deputy of the State Duma Vladimir G. Pozdnyakov and the Chairman of the Repulican Bar Association of Belarus Viktor I. Tchaitchits.

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