Live Talks Series: Investigations in Russia & CIS

Conducting investigations in Russia &CIS in the time of COVID-19




Wednesday 5 August, 2pm BST

Companies are facing unprecedented strategic and operational challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the current environment, companies need to consider how to handle internal investigations while international travel still faces restrictions, remote working for the majority of employees remains the norm, and social distancing rules are in place. Companies facing allegations of serious financial misconduct or requests from regulators or law enforcement still require a sound and fast response from management to investigate the matter, regardless of the current circumstances. The requirement to investigate financial crimes, suspected bribery and corruption cases remains a priority.

During this live session, we will focus on the challenges of conducting Investigations in Russia & CIS in these current difficult times. Jane Shvets (Debevoise & Plimpton, New-York) will discuss the practical steps to continue or initiate investigations in the current period while Anna Maximenko (Debevoise & Plimpton, Moscow) will talk about investigations in the specific Russian context. Alexander Pisemskiy (Kalita Partners, Moscow) will address the complexity of collecting data for the investigative process in the current pandemic time in Russia & CIS, while access to office premises and physical devices remains a real challenge.

The Live Session will focus on:
  • How to approach an internal investigation in the current context?
  • What to do with documentary evidence in non-standard form?
  • Conducting interviews remotely? What are the challenges?
  • Remote working, personal devices, accessing data, local labor and privacy laws: how to navigate the complexities?
  • How to maintain a compliance culture in a remote-working era?



Jane Shvets, Debevoise & Plimpton, New-York
Jane Shvets is a partner in the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group, focusing on white collar defense and internal investigations, in particular regarding compliance with corrupt practices legislation, as well as compliance assessments. Ms. Shvets also advises multinational clients on data protection and cybersecurity matters as well as a wide range of sanctions issues. Ms. Shvets has also represented a variety of U.S. and foreign corporate clients in complex litigation and international arbitration matters, with a particular emphasis on Eastern Europe and Russia. Find out more.

Anna Maximenko, Debevoise & Plimpton, Moscow
Anna Maximenko is an international counsel in the Debevoise Moscow office. Her practice focuses on antitrust, data protection, contentious and non-contentious employment, including benefits and compensation, regulatory and compliance matters and blockchain. Ms. Maximenko also advises on M&A and general corporate matters in heavily regulated industries such as banking, insurance, and healthcare and pharmaceuticals. In the blockchain space, she advises on regulatory matters, project structuring and choice of jurisdiction. Find out more.

Alexander Pisemskiy, Kalita Partners, Moscow
Alexander Pisemskiy is a co-founder and heads Forensic Technology at Kalita Partners. He leads the eDiscovery and digital forensic requirements for internal fraud or regulatory anti-corruption and compliance investigations. He has experience working on a wide range of cases in Europe, Middle East and Russia-CIS including multi-jurisdictional investigations and cross-border litigations. Find out more.


Julien Artero, Kalita Partners, London
Julien Artero is a co-founder and managing partner at Kalita Partners in London. He has extensive international experience helping clients with forensic investigations, Dispute support and Asset Tracing in Europe Middle East Africa, Russia & CIS in cross-border M&A, compliance and regulatory matter, and international disputes. Find out more. 

This is the third session of Kalita Live Talks series, after a successful first one about Litigation Funding, and a second session about Cyber Security.  Live recordings are available.