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Herbert Smith Freehills has announced that finance lawyer Dmitry Gubarev will join the firm's Moscow office as a partner. Gubarev joins from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Moscow where he is a partner and head of the Russian Banking & Finance practice. 

In recent years information security issues have become extremely important for companies in Russia and around the world. For example, in 2015, almost 300 million U.S. dollars were stolen from more than 100 banks and other financial institutions throughout the world. By the middle of 2016, FinCERT, the Russian system of monitoring of cybersecurity incidents in the financial sphere, had registered 21 targeted attacks aimed at thievery of approximately 2.87 billion rubles (approx. USD 48 million). In addition, during 2016, major Russian banks such as Sberbank, Otkritie, Alfa-Bank, VTB, and Rosbank suffered massive DDoS attacks.

The Esin Attorney Partnership and Baker McKenzie have advised Turkven Private Equity, the Akarlilar Family, and Mavi Giyim Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.on Mavi's IPO. White & Case advised underwriters Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Is Yatirim on the IPO, which, with a market capitalization of TRY 2,135,300,000 (TRY 43 per share) and an offering of 27,311,350 shares, is the largest in Turkey since 2013.

In The Corner Office we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. The question this time around: Is your personal practice more or less the one you anticipated when you finished law school, or did it change somehow in the interim?

On 1 June 2017, Federal Law No. 92-FZ dated 1 May 2017 (the “Federal Law”) came into force, which amends certain provisions of Federal Law No. 395-1 dated 2 December 1990 on Banks and Banking Activity and several other federal laws.

The Moscow, London, Hong Kong, and Shanghai offices of Debevoise & Plimpton have advised Polyus Gold International Limited in connection with its agreement to sell an up to a 15% stake in PJSC Polyus for a total consideration of up to approximately USD 1.4 billion to a consortium led by Fosun International Limited and including Hainan Mining Co., Ltd and Zhaojin Mining Industry Company Limited. Norton Rose Fulbright advised the buyers.

Ilyashev & Partners has successfully represented SE Confectionery Corporation ROSHEN, PJSC Kharkiv Biscuit Factory, PJSC Confectionery Factory Kharkivyanka, and PJSC Poltavakonditer in an anti-dumping investigation related to the import into Ukraine of certain types of chocolate and other food products containing cocoa powder manufactured in the Russian Federation.