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The obsolete role of a lawyer or an attorney, capable of slapping a ban, has become less of an issue. You would learn how to achieve a competitive advantage making use of a new role of modern lawyers in legal activities at the Skolkovo LegalTech.Black Edition – one of the major international conferences on business transformation in the age of LegalTech.

This year, for the first time, it will be held in partnership with the communication brand IPQuorum and Forbes Russia. The event will bring together business owners, technology companies, law firms and consulting companies, as well as representatives of government and research institutions.

A new format of consulting is being born at the intersection of law and technology: a new generation lawyer as a business partner. Technology in the sphere of law does not only change the structure of a law society, it introduces a change approach to the management of the entire business.

The goal of Skolkovo LegalTech.Black Edition is to form a progressive community of those who make strategic decisions and determine in advance the vector of business development, based on the operating and product benchmarks of their competitors.

Leading international and Russian experts in law services market and business guru will share real cases with conference participants. They will tell how law firms and in-house law departments should change their activities, focusing on studying related practices, industries, competitors' experience and formulate business development proposals. How technologies will enable you to organize business processes to reduce costs and increase productivity.

Skolkovo LegalTech.Black Edition gives a new look to the LegalTech segment and its nature within the context of business innovation and high-end technologies.


Paul Neo

Chief Operating Officer of the Academy of Law Singapore (SAL), Executive Director of SAL Ventures Ltd
Alexander Konovalov
Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation
Mikhail Galperin
Representative of the Russian Federation for European Court of Human Rights, Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federations
Ari Kaplan
Lawyer and analyst, Fastcase 50 winner, scientific Fellow of the Legal Practice Management Institute, ILTA's Award Finalist Thought Leader of the Year, two-time finalist in the triathlon Ironman
Igor Drozdov
Chairman of the Board of the Skolkovo Foundation
Nikolay Uskov
Forbes Editor-in-Chief
Tobias Haining
President of the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA)
Andrey Krichevsky
IPChain Association President
Thomas Northoff
Global leader in digital and innovation Development Deloitte Legal
Anna Kostyra
CIS Managing Partner Deloitte Legal
Sergey Emelchenkov
Board Member, Vice General Director for Information Technology and Digital Services Development JSC "Mail Russia"
Elena Avakyan
Counsel at the Law Office "Egorov, Puginsky,
Afanasiev & Partners
Anastasia Shkarina
Legal Director Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Member of the Management Board of Unilever
Alexander Gorlov
Director of the Moscow branch of the management company "Group GAS", previously Director of Legal Affairs of the Russian Machines Corporation
Olga Demidova
Publisher of legal journal The Paragraph Magazine, legal event producer, legalholic headhunter, legal advisor legal career development
Julia Popelysheva
Yandex Legal Department Director
Polina Lebedeva
Legal Director of PJSC ROSBANK
Alexey Nikiforov
Director, Legal Support, Intellectual Property, Tender Committee SIBUR Holding
Elena Borisenko
Deputy Chairman of the Board, GPB Bank (AO)
Pavel Klimov
Chairman of the Technology and law, The Law Society of England and Wales
Viktor Biryukov
Executive Vice President of Legal issues and corporate relations, Beeline
Ruslan Ibragimov
Board Member, Vice President for interaction with public authorities and public relations MTS
Valery Sidnev
Head of Legal and member advice directors of EuroChem, member of the board of AB Lifosa (Lithuania)


9:00 - 10:00
Registration, morning coffee and snacks
10:00 - 10:10
Conference opening.

Opening remarks of the general partner and organizers

10:10 - 11:10
Legal&Business: how legal practices and technologies make a change in a business

Legal support is an integral part of any business on all operational stages from registration to liquidation. Today it is a well-known fact that improving efficiency of legal services helps business development and makes it more productive. There is a demand for high-quality legal practices and technological solutions in this area, while growing supply is already available on the market.

Business community and industry sector representatives, investors and state officials will gather at the Forbes panel discussion “Legal & Business: How Legal Practices and Technologies Develop Business” to discuss specific cases and general trends in Russia and the world.

Moderator: Nikolay Uskov, editorial Director of Forbes Russia

Alexander Konovalov, minister of Justice of the Russian Federation

Mikhail Galperin, representative of the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights, Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation

Igor Drozdov, chairman of the Board of the Skolkovo Foundation

Elena Borisenko, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, GPB Bank (JSC)

Elena Avakian, executive director at Non-Commercial Partnership “Assistance to corporate legislation development”

Victor Biryukov, executive Vice President for Legal & Corporate Affairs, Beeline

Ruslan Ibragimov, member of the Management Board, Vice President for Government and Public Relations at MTS

Pavel Klimov, Chair Technology and Law Committee, The Law Society of England and Wales

11:20 - 12:00
“The Law Department as a Competitive Advantage and What In-House Counsel Want From their Law Firm Partners”


Ari Kaplan (USA), attorney and legal industry analyst, Fastcase 50 honoree, College of Law Practice Management fellow, finalist for ILTA’s Thought Leader of the Year award, and a two-time Ironman triathlon finisher.

Ari is the author of books on business management:

  • Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011);
  • The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development (West Academic, 2nd Ed. 2016).
12:10 - 13:00
Deloitte Expert session “How and why launch LegalTech?”


Thomas Northoff – Deloitte Legal Global Digital Leader and Leader of the Gobal Innovation Workstream

Anna Kostyra – Managing partner at Deloitte Legal CIS

Sergei Emelchenkov – Member of the Management Board, Deputy General Director for Information Technologies and Development of Digital Services at JSC Post of Russia

Launching Legal Tech: European best practices in analysing corporate functions

Are corporate lawyers ready to collaborate with their peers from other business functions? Can we develop a universal cooperation matrix?

We invite you to discuss how analysing the corporate legal function may help assess its efficiency and prepare it for optimisation across multiple planes – the organisational, procedural, and digital. The Legal should be keeping abreast of the business as a whole as it is transforming.

Deloitte Legal will present an overview of the Russian and global practices to all those who contemplate modernising their corporate legal functions to tackle the existing and future challenges.

13:00 - 14:30
Lunch, visiting the exhibition
13:10 – 13:30
Workshop "Legal Knowledge Database and Other LegalTech Solutions" Presented by "Garant" Company
13:40 - 14:20
Deloitte workshop: Experience the future of law, today

Save the date: join Deloitte Legal’s master class on 29 November 2019 at Skolkovo’s LegalTech. Black Edition conference. Our team will demonstrate the potential of high-capacity legal tech solutions.

Deloitte’s experts will show how routine operations can be automated, how robots can be used to monitor contractual deadlines and notify the stakeholders, how AI can support automation of vendor risk monitoring and generate batch reports for the authorities, and, last but not least, how to set up chat bots for quick legal queries.

14:30 - 15:10
“FLIP: New Law business model approach”


Paul Neo (Singapore), Chief Operating Officer of Singapore Academy of Law (SAL)

Singapore has always been distinguished by its development speed and innovation approach. The unique SAL-powered acceleration program for the development of LegalTech companies was launched in 2019. This accelerate enables law firms and consulting companies to open the research centers, integrate technical solution into their businesses and transform their services through innovations.

15:10 - 16:10
Legal Stories Session

LegalTech Laboratory ELS Tech, resident of the Skolkovo Innovation Center. LegalTech Laboratory ELS Tech will present the solutions in machine learning, tailored for legal and tax consulting practice.
Legium is a platform for making blockchain-powered online transactions. Winner of the the Legal Sentence competition at the Skolkovo LegalTech 2017 conference
Online Patent, resident of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, the largest IP Management system in Russia and a part of the IPCHAIN infrastructure.
PLATFORMA is the first litigation financing service in Russia. Winner of the Young Guard competition at the Skolkovo LegalTech 2017 conference

16:15 - 16:45
"Trend review in the European market"


Tobias Heining (Germany), president of The European Legal Tech Association (ELTA), director for business development of CMS Hasche Sigle

16:50 - 18:20
The Paragraph Magazine: "The skills of effective team leaders"

16:50 – 18:20
The Paragraph Magazine: “The skills of effective team leaders”
Anton Pronin, Director of Legal Technologies Development of the Skolkovo Foundation
Olga Demidova, Publisher of The Paragraph Magazine, Producer of legal events, Headhunter-Legalholic, Legal Career Advisor

16.50 – 17.05
“The skills of legal team leaders”
Presenting research results of The Paragraph and Skolkovo LegalTech to illustrate the skills required of today’s lawyers and legal team leaders
Olga Demidova, Publisher of The Paragraph Magazine, Legal Conference Producer, Headhunter Legalholic, Legal Career Advisor

17.05 – 17.30
“Organizational skills every legal department should have”
On the example of different organizational forms of legal function
Anastasia Shkarina, Director of Legal Services Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Member of the Management Board at Unilever
Yulia Popelyasheva, The Chief Legal Officer at Yandex

Valery Sidnev, Director of Legal Affairs and member of board of directors of MCC EuroChem (Russia), member of managing board of «AB Lifosa» (Lithuania)

17.30 – 17.55
“The habit of improving your work”
On the example of LEAN/6 Sigma
Alexander Gorlov, Director of the Moscow branch of GAZ group managing company, former Director for Legal Affairs at the Russian Machines Corporation
Polina Lebedeva, Director of Legal Affairs, PJSC ROSBANK
Alexey Nikiforov, Director, Legal Support, Intellectual Property, SIBUR Holding tender committee

17:55 – 18:20 “The skill of Networking!”
Networking workshop of Ari Kaplan (Ari Kaplan, USA)

18:30 - 19:00
Picture gallery, snacks and light_none alcoholic beverages.

Black Edition Party: the most iconic songs of all time.

19:00 - 19:40
“Imperialis Orchestra” concert
20:30 - 21:30


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Skolkovo LegalTech. Black Edition 2019 will take place in Skolkovo Innovation Centre.

Address: Moscow, Blaise Pascal str. 2. Business center Matrex (Matryoshka)

Brand shuttles run from the parking lot to the Matrex business center (“Matryoshka”)

Please note that there is no parking at the Matrex business center.

E-mail: info@sklegaltech.com

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