FIRE, Disputes & Investigations: Central Asia

In Person - 5th October 2023

Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul

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The ThoughtLeaders4 FIRE & Disputes Community is officially part of Istanbul Arbitration Week! Join us for this first of its kind event focusing on Central Asia and ‘The Stans

Covering litigation, arbitration, and enforcement.
Connect with the key issues from 
across the region and the practitioners 
doing the high value work.
2nd - 6th October 2023
Featured as part of the Istanbul Arbitration Week 
Programme, access the entire week 
and the 1000+ Turkish and 
regional participants who attend
Practitioners in this space are seeing a huge amount of work emerging from jurisdictions such as Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and beyond. Bringing together the key players in the region FIRE Central Asia is not to be missed!

In just one day drill-down into Disputes, Asset Recovery & Investigations 


Jurisdictional Collisions in Complex CIS Disputes: 
All Roads Lead to...

  • The thorny issue of Lugano and implications for CIS related civil and commercial legal judgements
  • The English Courts and interpretation of foreign law
  • Forum non-Convenience, comparing and contrasting the latest on conflict of laws and jurisdictions, disclosure, interim relief
  • Interplay between arbitration and litigation

Evasion, facilitation and circumvention of sanctions: route maps for companies and professional firms

  • The next phase of Russia Sanctions and focus on professional enablers
  • Secondary sanctions and extra – territoriality
  • Circumvention provisions in US, EU and UK – similarities and differences
  • Evasion as opposed to circumvention – a regulator’s view
  • Trends in enforcement and the future.

Corporate Disputes Related to Ownership of Shareholdings and Securities Registration

  • Dealing with claims against foreign or multinational defendants without deep connections to their jurisdiction
  • Arbitrability of corporate and shareholder disputes

Asset Recovery 

Devising a Tailored International Strategy for 
Enforcement of Judgements, Tracing 
and Extracting Assets 

  • Tracing assets offshore
  • Tracing and recovering assets arising out of cross-border fraud cases
  • Challenges with gathering evidence to take your case forward

Disputes Arising from 
Cross-Border Insolvencies 
and Restructurings

  • Cross-border insolvency recognition issues
  • Application of foreign insolvency law
  • Enforceability of arbitration clause in bankruptcy of Russian counterparty
  • The exclusive competence of Russian state courts to hear cases of contestation of transactions of a bankrupt company
  • Subsidiary liability risks of foreign founders and counterparties of Russian companies

High-Value, High-Profile Family 
and Divorce Cases in the UK Courts 
and Elsewhere

  • Asset recovery within divorce proceedings 
  • Death and bankruptcy
  • UHNW personal bankruptcies

Chair & Speakers Confirmed

Nurbek Sabirov
Nurbek Sabirov Partner
Kalikova & Associates (Kyrgyzstan)
Meruet Zhunubaeva
Meruet Zhunubaeva Partner
MG Partners Law Firm (Kazakhstan)
Sherzod Abdulkasimov
Sherzod Abdulkasimov Regional Director and Founding Partner
PraeLegal (Uzbekistan)
Anastasia Simonova
Anastasia Simonova Head of International Law Practice
K&P.Group (Armenia)
Valikhan Shaikenov
Valikhan Shaikenov Principal, Expert, Arbitrator
Shaikenov Law Experts (SHEL) (Kazakhstan / Germany)
Ben Wells
Ben Wells Partner
Belgravia Law / Chairman of CIS Forum (Eurasian & CIS Legal Professionals’ Forum)
Prof. Dr. Islambek Rustambekov
Prof. Dr. Islambek Rustambekov Doctor of Law, Professor of Private International Law, International Arbitrator and Mediator
Designated Member of Panel of Arbitrators at the ICSID / Tashkent State University of Law (Uzbekistan)
Michael Potts
Michael Potts Partner
PCB Byrne
Claiborne (Clay) W. Porter
Claiborne (Clay) W. Porter Co-Founder
Arktouros PLLC (USA)
Ardavan Amir-Aslani
Ardavan Amir-Aslani Partner
Cohen Amir-Aslani (France)
John Podgore
John Podgore Partner
ADG Legal (Dubai, UAE)
Prateek Bagaria
Prateek Bagaria Partner
Singularity Legal (India, UAE & Singapore)
Bradley Henry
Bradley Henry Partner
Akerman LLP (USA)
Alex Volcic
Alex Volcic Managing Director and Head of Forensic Investigations and Intelligence Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Maxim Kulkov
Maxim Kulkov Managing Partner
KK&P Trial Lawyers
Joshua Rievman
Joshua Rievman Partner
Dunning Rievman & MacDonald LLP (USA)
Turgut Aycan Özcan
Turgut Aycan Özcan Founding Partner
Özcan Legal (Turkey)

Where East Meets West
Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul

Positioned along the glimmering shoreline where East and West collide, Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul captures the magic of the world's home to some of the most important empires.

Shaped by history's grandest civilisations Türkiye and Istanbul in particular has served as the gatway to the East and all the many oppertunities it has presented over the centuries. As the host of Istanbul Arbitration week The Mandarin Oriental will welcome over 1000+ lawyers from Türkiye and the region and FIRE looks forward to bringing our own unique flavor and mix of participants from accross "The Stans".

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