On 15-19 June 2016 the first IBA Europe-Caucasus-Asia
Forum (IBA ECA Forum 2016) was successfully held in Kyiv
(15-17 June) and Lviv (18-19 June), bringing together over 100
legal profession leaders from 27 countries!
The Forum was devoted to a number of important issues and global
trends affecting the legal profession: law firm management and
innovation in law practice, lobbying services, women in legal
profession, impact of outsourcing services on legal practice,
development of regional infrastructure and new industries that
affect the region's economy as well as the access of small and
medium-sized businesses to investment treaty arbitration. To read
the full programme of the IBA ECA Forum please follow the link.
Mr Martin `olc, Vice President of the IBA, who,
together with Dr Irina Paliashvili, were the
driving force of the Forum, addressed the delegates emphasizing the
importance of communication between lawyers from different
countries and their joint discussion of the strategic issues that
the ECA region faces in the legal practice.
Carrying on the long-lasting tradition, along with intense
work program, the Forum offered to its delegates a fantastic
cultural program with a number of networking and local cultural
events in Kiev and Lviv. In particular, the delegates
attended the National Sports Complex "Olimpiyskiy" and
the art exhibitions, followed by a fashion show by young Ukrainian
designers, at the famous art and historical centre – Art
Those who attended the Lviv part of the Forum, enjoyed the
extensive discussion on the regional development, the dynamic
atmosphere of modern Lviv, the incredible beauty of the Carpathian
Mountains and the exquisite taste of the Ukrainian cuisine!
The IBA ECA Forum has evolved from the CIS Local Counsel Forum,
which has a ten-year track record of successful platform
provision for the leading lawyers, professional media, government
officials and other participants interested in the development of
legal practice in the ECA region. It has now naturally
extended its geography to the neighbouring countries to become a
linchpin between Asia and Europe along the lines of the new Silk
Road Transfer of the ECA Forum to the IBA. It signifies a timely
and important achievement, both for the ECA legal community and for
the IBA because the ECA region covers a new vast area on the IBA
global map, and the IBA in turn provides a global platform for the
ECA legal community, fostering cooperation and dialogue across
With the support of IBA, the Forum has a strong potential to
evolve into a platform not only for bringing up new great ideas,
but also for turning them into real projects which make a
difference. The eye-opening discussions and innovative proposals
that were made at the Forum prove such potential. A cheerful and
open atmosphere at the Opening and Closing Gala Dinners in Kyiv and
Lviv has verified that the Forum retains its informal name as a
The Co-Chairs of the Forum would like to thank all of the
attendees and express special thanks to the Local Organising
Committee and to the Hosting law firms in Ukraine – Arzinger
and Sayenko Kharenko – for making this event such a
Video and photos from the IBA ECA Forum are coming soon!
We look forward to seeing you at the next Forum in 2017!
Partner, Wardynski & Partners, Warsaw, IBA European Regional
Partner, Advocates Bureau Yug, Krasnodar
Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Düsseldorf, IBA European Regional Forum
Partner, Arzinger, Kyiv, Head of the IBA ECA Forum 2016 Host
Partner, AEQUITAS, Almaty
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