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Legal Director

Amway Central Asia (Almaty, Kazakhstan) October 2022 - present

Amway Russia/Ukraine/Central Asia (Moscow, Russia)

(Russia, Ukraine (December 2021 - April 2022), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia) November 2016 - October 2022


Optimization and management of the Legal Department including three main functions: Legal, Business Conduct & Rules, Government affairs (until January 2022)

- Successfully re-built the Legal Department as before I joined the company there was no head of legal for more than 6 months and several employees left the department;

- Successfully organized three functions: legal (general corporate legal support of USD350mln annual turnover market in four countries; various types of contractual work, legal representation in courts, corporate affairs, including collaboration with the head-quarters in Ada, Michigan, USA); internal compliance (communications and enforcement of Business Rules in the work with thousands of partners - Amway Business Owners all over four countries of the sub-region); government relations (building and protection of the image of Amway as fair and clear business; regulatory work to ease regulatory restrictions on various categories of products (biologically active food supplements (BAFS), for example); getting of preferable taxation regime for small businesses);

- Legal support of top-management during various crisis events: tax audits, situation of conflict between Russia and Ukraine, liquidation of Amway Russia, etc.

- Best Legal Department 2020, Legal Insight legal magazine, 3rd place in the category <Legal support of business units>

- 2017, 2019 GC Powerlist Russia (top-100 Russian general counsels)


Chief Legal Officer

CTC Media

November 2014 - August 2016


- Sale of 75% in CTC Russian business in order to comply with the new requirements of the Mass Media Law. Structuring, preparation, supervision and signing of the transaction (more than US$ 200 mln)

- Successful representation of CTC in court in New York against pirates (illegal broadcasting and VOD). Compensation of more than USD 500 000 received, with the potential of USD 1 mln more.

- Optimization and management of the Legal Department comprised of 30 lawyers

- Best Legal Department 2015, Legal Insight legal magazine

- Best Legal Department 2015, Corporate Lawyer legal magazine

- TOP-50 Legal Directors in Russia 2015, 2016


General Counsel

LLK-International (LUKOIL Lubricants Company)

Deputy Head of the Legal Department


November 2013 - November 2014


- Supervision (and direct participation) in the preparation and closing of the deal on purchase of lubricants blending plant in Vienna, Austria

- Reorganization of the marine lubricants business

- Legislative efforts in the sphere of oil products import and export: amendments to the agreements between Russia and Kazakhstan were drafted and presented in various state agencies

- Administration and legal issues of the day-to-day activities of the international company (Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Germany, Finland, Romania, Turkey, the Netherlands, USA, UAE, Kazakhstan, China)

- IP protection project in China


Chief Legal Officer

CARLO PAZOLINI Group (at present PAZOLINI, international footwear and accessories production and retail)

January 2011 - September 2013


- Supervision (and direct participation) in the due diligence as part of the preparation for IPO / strategic sale transaction

- Organized and optimized the work of the legal department (before my employment there were several units of lawyers under the supervision of different top-managers)

- Group's corporate structure reorganized and streamlined

- Legal department management (12 employees under my direct supervision)

- Administration and legal issues of the day-to-day activities of the multinational company (Russia, the Netherlands, USA, United Kingdom, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Moldova, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan)

- Legal support for opening and management of 12 stores in the USA, 40 stores in Italy, 2 stores in the UK, 1 store in China, 2 stores in Greece


Vice-President (Legal & Government Relations)


June 2006 - January 2011


- Supervision (and direct participation) in the due diligence as part of the strategic sale transaction, drafting of the contracts (Stock Purchase Agreement, Shareholders Agreement) (30% of shares, US$165 mln) (the deal was closed in December 2006)

- The corporate structure of the group of companies was streamlined in a short period of time

- Internal legal and corporate governance procedures were prepared and implemented

- Direct supervision of and participation in the IPO preparation process in 2008 (leading investment bank Goldman Sachs)

- Active participation in several successful M&A transactions (including purchase by Mail.Ru of Astrum Online Entertainment holding in 2009)

- Active participation in DD process and coordination of actions with several foreign law firms during Group IPO in 2010 (the amount of the placement exceeded 900 million US dollars)

- Representation of Mail.Ru in courts

- Represented Mail.Ru on the Board of Directors of the Russian Association of Electronic Communications ( Co-chairman of the Legal Committee

- Member of the Council of the Coordination Center for the top-level (National) domain ( (January 2010 - December 2012)


Head of Legal Department

NCH Advisors, Inc. (Moscow Representative Office of New York Investment Consulting & Asset Management company)

May 1998 - October 2005


- The largest transaction prepared and closed was the sale of 20% stake of shares in major Russian oil company for US$ 77 million (no outside counsel was employed for that transaction on our part)

- Active participation in numerous stockholders meetings and boards of directors

- Member of the Board of Directors of:

VolgaTelecom (Open Joint Stock Company, Nizhny Novgorod, major telecommunications company in Povolzhyie region (capitalization over US$ 1 billion)). Deputy Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Staff & Remunerations Committee, Member of the Corporate Governance Committee) (March 2003 - June 2006)

Sibirtelecom (Open Joint Stock Company, Novosibirsk, major telecommunications company in Sibir region (capitalization over US$ 1 billion)). Member of the Audit Committee, Member of the Strategic Development Committee (March 2003 - June 2006)


- Preparation and participation in trials against AvtoVAZ, GAZ and other Russian companies

- Member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Protection of Investors Rights (API). (November 2002 - October 2005)


Lecturer in Public International Law

Moscow State Institute of International Relations

(MGIMO University)

September 1999 - May 2002 (was combining this job with the position of the Head of Legal at NCH)


Staff Attorney (Lawyer), Compliance Officer

Pioneer Securities (at present PIOGlobal)

July 1996 - May 1998


- Full legal support of capital market operations and general legal support of day-to-day business activities of the company

- Drafting, amending, signing and clients legal support on more than 100 client services agreements

- Successful licensing and regulatory work (Federal Commission on Securities Markets filings)


Legal Assistant to Regional Legal Counsel

The Coca-Cola Export Corporation

November 1995 - May 1996


Legal Assistant to Executive Director

Russin & Vecchi (Moscow office)

July 1995 - November 1995



McKenna & Co International (at present CMS) (Moscow office)

November 1994 - July 1995




Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Moscow, Russia. Post-graduate studies (November 1998 - November 2001) Candidate of Juridical Sciences (Ph.D. equivalent). Dissertation: Legal Aspects of Founding and Operation of European Intergovernmental Financial and Economic Organizations


Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Moscow, Russia. Graduate studies 1-year program (September 1997 - June 1998) Diploma of Lawyer, major in International Law. With Honors. Diploma Paper: Legal Aspects of Founding and Operation of International Regional Financial Organizations


Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Moscow, Russia. Basic Legal studies 4-years program (September 1993 - June 1997) Diploma of Bachelor of Laws. With Honors. Diploma Paper European Integration Process: Legal Aspects of Operation of the European Union and the Council of Europe. Role of the High Court Establishments / European Court of Human Rights, European Commission of Human Rights and Court of Justice of the European Union




Intergovernmental Financial and Economic Organizations in Europe. Legal Aspects of Founding and Operation. Moscow, 2001, Elex-KM, 176 pages, ISBN 5-93815-009-04, hard cover


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