On June 20-22, 2007 Baku, Azerbaijan, hosted the Second CIS Local Counsel Forum which brought together the international legal community with the best Local Counsel law firms from the CIS economic region, representing Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Dimitry Afanasiev and Arkady Krasnikhin of EPA&P spoke at the Forum.
The Forum brought together more than 120 leading business lawyers from 30 countries, with an approximately equal split between representatives of the international legal community and of the CIS legal community. The Delegates shared the Mission of the Forum - "Bringing together the CIS and international legal communities with the aim of creating joint business opportunities and long-term cooperation". International Delegates came to learn what CIS, as a region in general and each CIS country in particular, has to offer in terms of business and investment opportunities, how the legal markets are functioning, who are the main actors at the legal markets, etc.
Dimitry Afanasiev, Chairman of EPA&P, spoke on Day One of the official Forum Program (June 21), when CIS regional panels were scheduled. In his presentation Dimitry Afanasiev described the Russian legal market to the international audience.
On Day Two (June 22) Arkady Krasnikhin presented St.Petersburg as a next venue for the Third CIS Local Counsel Forum.