The Minsk office of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPA&P) is one of the leading Belarusian legal practices. It consults clients on all issues of commerce implementation in the territory of the Republic of Belarus. The history of the Belarusian office includes legal activity in the incarnation of the BelJurbureau law firm between 2003 and 2008 and the rendering of services under the Magisters brand between 2008 and 2011. In 2011 Magisters merged with the Russian law firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners creating the largest law firm in the whole of the CIS. Since then they have worked collectively under the Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners name.
The Belarusian law office unites a highly professional team of associates who are qualified by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus to render legal services on the territory of Belarus.
The Belarusian office took part in the largest transactions and unprecedented project carried out in Belarus which gave the team some unique expertise. Excellent knowledge of the Belarusian law, understanding the specifics of doing business in Belarus according to high international standards, and an understanding of the expectations of local and international clients make the Minsk office of EPA&P a respected and highly credible partner when choosing a first-rate legal counsel.
The Minsk team are recognized as experts in a number of legal disciplines including Capital Markets, Banking and Finance, M&A and Corporate Law, Privatisation, Real Estate and Construction, Tax, International Trade and Customs, Intellectual Property, Arbitration and Litigation.
Our team has advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Eurasian Development Bank, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Sberbank, Deutsche Bank, DPD, EXIDE, General Motors, Teva, TDF Ecotech AG, Technip Benelux, SILGAN, Katren, Efes Breweries International, ECCO, British American Tobacco, CEVA Sante Animale, JP Morgan, Perfetti Van Melle, Pernod Ricard, SEB Bank, VELUX and many others.
Minsk office associates have achieved recognition by acknowledged international legal guides: The Legal 500, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, IFLR1000, and Who's Who Legal. Minsk office associates have achieved recognition by acknowledged international legal guides: The Legal 500, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, IFLR1000, PLC Which Lawyer?, and Who's Who Legal. In 2018, The Legal 500 recognized us as leaders in the market valued for "commitment, punctuality, accuracy and ability to communicate’". The IFLR1000 (2018) admits that the firm in Belarus occupies the highest tier and has such strengths as "good technical ability and responsiveness". One of the guides writes that the team in Minsk" is “very responsive and are incredibly diligent, with good attention to detail ". Clients appreciate “the client-oriented approach”, with a source highlighting “the team's quick responses”. The winner of the "The Law Firm of the Year in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS" category at The Lawyer European Awards 2018. The firm has been named law firm of the year in Russia and the CIS for three consecutive years by the Lawyer European Awards in 2010 (as Magisters), in 2009 and 2011 (as EPA&P).
The Minsk office has a special permit (license) of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus for conducting of activities for provision of legal services No. 02240/623 dated 05.01.2009 which was extended on the basis of the resolution dated November 29, 2013 No. 181/1.