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Legal company Magister & Partners LLC  is a team of experienced professionals, led by a professional lawyer, magister of International and European Economic and Commercial Law (LLM)  Antonina Bessonova.

ANTONINA BESSONOVA — Russian Lawyer, admitted to Moscow region Bar Association, Master of International and European Economic and Commercial Law, Ph.D student at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland),
Member of the European Society of International Law, 
Member of the Russian Association of International Law, Director General of Magister & Partners LLC, Moscow, Russia.

Antonina is graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Kuban State University in 2001 with a diploma with honors. From 2009 to 2010 she took an LL.M degree of International and European Economic and Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law of the State University of Lausanne in Switzerland and successfully submitted her Master thesis with the highest result in the Swiss system of the high education. 

More than 9 years she worked on the different legal positions at the largest Russian oil company LUKOIL.
Antonina speaks English, French, Russian languages, and has notion of Italian language. 

 Natalya SemenovaNatalya SemenovaNATALYA DMITRIEVNA SEMENOVA is our reliable partner. She is one of the best advocates of Moscow and Moscow’s region, a candidate of legal sciences, an associate professor of the Department of Criminal Law.
High professionalism, individual approach to each case, use of judicial practice and legal language enable Natalya Dmitrievna to strive for maintaining of review proceedings, annulment of judicial acts that were lost before she started to work, and delivering of new judgments due to her legal views.
High achievements of Natalya Dmitrievna in her work of defense of rights and legal interests of citizens and entities are acknowledged not only by many honorary mentions of clients and defendants, but also by the silver medal “Honorary Advocate of the Bar Chamber of Moscow Region”, the honorary certificate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. 

LIGA MACUKA — Latvian lawyer with more than 10 years legal experience.
She is managing partner in a company “LM LAW OFFICE”.

She has graduated University of Latvia faculty of law obtaining both bachelor degree and master degree, she has obtained also LL.M. degree of International and European Economic and Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law of the State University of Lausanne in Switzerland (Université de Lausanne).

Her areas of expertise include commercial law, corporate and contract law as well as international private law, family law, distribution and trade, transport and maritime, administrative law, she is giving advises on all aspects of employment law. Liga Macuka is representing clients in public and private disputes both before administrative authorities and in courts. 

For more than 5 years she was heading legal department in the biggest biofuel producing company in Latvia and also was heading legal department in the company which specializes on handling operations in the Free Port of Riga. 

 Liga Macuka speaks Latvian,Russian, English and has notion in French language.

Alexander SUVOROV

ALEXANDR SUVOROV- high qualified financial advisor with Ph.D. in Economics, graduated from the Kuban State University, diplomas in Economics and Finance, in Professional translation from English language, has more than 12 years of experience in corporate finance (particularly infrastructural projects, including feasibility studies, financial structuring, risk allocation, payment schemes) in large and small Russian corporations, including 9 years at the largest Russian oil company Lukoil. Financial management in oilfield service company with up to 640 employees and annual revenue exceeding 26 mln USD. Knowledge of requirements of the fund providers such as banks, leasing companies. Experience of cooperation with banks and loan obtaining for project finance. Creation of working efficient models for economic and financial purposes. Alexander speaks Russian and English languages. 

 Mr. Manish Paliwal photoMr. Manish Paliwal photoMANISH PALIWAL is our reliable partner in India.

Nearly 9 years of experience in Legal Affairs, Documentation &  Compliance.Proven track record of working on broad range of legal issues including Corporate Law, Real Estate, Banking Law, Intellectual Property, Cyber Administrative Law,  Land Acquisition, Government Contracts, Consumer and Competition Law, Expertise in managing court cases with  proficiency in drafting legal/ commercial documents Law  etc.
An effective communicator with exceptional relationship management skills  and adept at maintaining cordial business relationship with prestigious  clients & external agencies.Have represented clients in more than 250  litigations before various Indian Courts including Supreme Court of India  and Delhi High Court.
Master of Law (International and European Economic and Commercial Law)  from Faculty of Law and Criminal Sciences of the University of Lausanne,  
Switzerland. Specialised in International Economic and Commercial Law and  possesses good knowledge in Investment Treaties, Preferential Trade  
Agreements, Comprehensive Bilateral Agreements, Double Tax Avoidance Treaties.
Manish speaks English language.

Irina Rench

IRINA RENCH — Country Managing Partner (Switzerland)

Irina has a wide professional experience in private banking, corporate finance as well as marketing . She is a managing partner in R&S Associates, Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining R&S Associates she worked as a Private Banker for Pictet & Cie in Geneva. Her career in Switzerland included teaching of economics and finance at top Swiss Universities. Irina has a Bachelor of Economics from Higher School of Economics (Moscow State University) , Master in Economics and Finance from Geneva University. 
She  speaks English, French, Russian,  and has notion of German and Italian.


Yulia Aktanka

YULIA AKTANKA — Country Managing Partner (Germany) 

Graduated from Voronezh State University, Faculty of Law in 1991, Yulia has acted as a lawyer to banks, commercial enterprises and international development projects in the Russian Federation for over 15 years.
After her relocation to Germany in 2007 Yulia works as a legal counsel of international companies and BD&L projects. She holds a Master’s degree in International and European Economic and Commercial Law, LL.M. (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) and specialises in legal support of foreign investments, international business transactions, Intellectual Property and licensing.
Yulia has a Certificate in “International Trade” from the Allied Irish Bank and CFPB le centre de formation de la profession bancaire. Yulia speaks English, German, and Russian fluently, and has a notion of French.

Gül YanıkMs. Gül Yanık — Country Managing Partner (Turkey) 
is a Turkish Lawyer, admitted to Istanbul Bar Association.
Her practice focuses on litigation, alternative dispute resolution, business transactions, company law, bankruptcy, enforcement law, sports law, investment law, European Union law, civil law and commercial law. 

Ms. Yanık worked for several law firms both in Switzerland and Turkey. She represents clients before the Turkish courts in civil and corporate law issues.
Ms. Yanık holds an LL.M degree in International and European Economic and Business Law from University of Lausanne, Switzerland and an LL.B from Başkent University, Turkey. She wrote her master thesis on “International Construction Contracts and Resolution of Disputes”. Ms. Yanık studied in England, Italy, Turkey and Switzerland.
Languages: Turkish, English, French, Italian

PIETRO SFERRINO is our reliable partner in Italy and in Russia. Pietro was born in Sicily, Italy and after graduating from Nautical College, he took a degree in Political Sciences at the Milan State University and in Social Anthropology at the Rome University  “La Sapienza”. He studied Arabic in Egypt and Yemen and he worked as a team-supervisor and a service-manager for big multinational companies in Milan and Glasgow.

Since July 2007  Pietro lives and works in Moscow. He worked for many years with wealthy Russian businessmen as a language consultant, a property manager etc.

A few years ago, he founded his own Ltd called “EXPRIMERE” (a word coming from Latin language which means “to express”, “to figure out”, “to explain”). Their core business is the translations of juridical contracts and technical documentation, but they do provide the full-range of services connected with “Professional Translation, Communication Services and International Networking”.

Pietro speaks Italian; and is fluent in Russian, English and Spanish. He also speaks a bit of Arabic Language and has notion of Turkish and Chinese languages.