USUBC-KSE Conference on Legal and Governance Reform Presentation of the USUBC White Paper on Legal Reform

Wednesday, 15 October 2014
At Kyiv School of Economics:  1, Ivana Mazepy str., Kyiv, 01010

Sponsoring law firms: Asters, Avellum Partners, Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna, Dentons, DLA Piper Ukraine, KM Partners, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, Squire Patton Boggs, Volkov & Partners

The White Paper on Legal and Governance Reform, which was jointly developed by ten leading law firms on a pro-bono basis in the course of three months, was released on 22 September under the auspices of U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC).  The English and Ukrainian versions of the White Paper are at http://www.usubc.org/site/recent-news/legal-reform-in-ukraine-strategic-priorities 
Tellingly just three days after the release of the White Paper, President Poroshenko in his first major press-conference on reforms called for total dismantling of the current system, exactly what our White Paper stood for!  Indeed it is high time to change both the mind-set and the rhetoric now because the Ukraine story is no longer about the agony of fixing the unfixable, but about building a brand new modern and fair service-based system for Ukrainian citizens and businesses.
We are happy to invite you to the half-day conference on 15 October at Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) to discuss the White Paper and the proposed reforms.   This will be a half-day conference, starting with lunch at 1 PM, followed by the workshop from 2 to 6 PM, followed by reception.  The Program is available below the registration chart. 

Registration for the conference is free of charge, but mandatory, please register below. The registration will close when we reach capacity, but in any event COB 13 October 2014.


1PM - 2 PM

Delegate Registration and Lunch

2 PM – 3:00 PM

Keynote Address: HE Geoffrey R. Pyatt, the United States Ambassador to Ukraine 

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

HE Andreas von Beckerath, Ambassador of Sweden 

George Logush, President, Kyiv School of Economics (KSE)

Irina Paliashvili, Chair, USUBC Legal Committee and Managing Partner, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group 

Pavlo Sheremta, Chair, KSE Advisory Council 

Dmytro Shymkiv, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine

Morgan Williams, President, U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel: “Legal and Governance Reform” presented by law firms – contributors to the White Paper on the topics of: Anticorruption; Corporate Law Reform; Energy and Natural Resources; Judicial Reform; Commercial Disputes; Land Reform

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Coffee Break

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Panel: “Non-Lawyer Points of View” presented by prominent members of the Business, Diplomatic, Civic Society, International Institutions and Academic Communities 

5:15 PM – 6 PM

Panel: “Legal and Governance Reform” presented by law firms – contributors to the White Paper on the topics of: Antitrust; Employment; Banking and Currency Control; Securities and Stock Market; Real Estate; Agricultural Reform 

6 PM

Networking Reception