Aleinikov & Partners has advised Alfa-Bank on its acquisition of a 99.98% stake in Fransabank from Lebanon-based Fransabank SAL and Fransa Holding SAL.
Sorainen has promoted nine new Partners in three different countries. Estonia's Kaido Kunnapas and Katlin Krisak, Lithuania's Simonas Skukauskas, Monika Malisauskaite-Vaupsiene, Evaldas Dudonis, Kazimieras Karpickis, and Indre Sceponiene, and Belarus' Ann Laevskaya and Kirill Laptev have all joined the Sorainen partnership at the beginning of 2022.
According to Konstantin Mikhel, Managing Partner at Vlasova Mikhel & Partners, sanctions-burdened Belarus is slowly preparing for the change of its constitution. In addition, Mikhel reports that two sets of "pertinent amendments" have been passed recently – one to Company Law and the other to Advocacy Law.
Last week, Illia Salei of Borovtsov & Salei announced that he "was forced to leave Belarus where [he stands] to be prosecuted under Article 361 of Belarusian Criminal Code for the alleged appeals to actions aimed at harming the national security." He added: "I consider the case to be politically motivated." CEE Legal Matters spoke to Salei to learn more about the matter.
According to Sergey Mashonsky, Senior Partner at Arzinger Law Offices in Belarus, his country is struggling to find economic balance amid the pandemic and the international sanctions. He reports that certain sectors, such as forestry, are doing well, while some others, such as the food packaging industry, have been negatively impacted in recent times.
Belarus has never been in the news as often as in 2020, which might serve as evidence that the country is currently facing challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst and revealed problems in the still widely unreformed Belarusian economy, while the political crisis hit the country hard. With the economy slowing down, demand for commercial real estate has dropped, and investors have put most of their plans on hold and have been monitoring the situation carefully, awaiting further developments.