21-23 May in Istanbul took place tenth meeting of members of international legal network of law firms First Law International (FLI). The whole meeting was fruitful and full of internal events not only for members of the networks, but for partners and clients as well.
Within the framework of the meeting FLI welcomed new members from four countries: from Austria – Preslmayr Attorneys (Vienna), from Greece – Kelemenis & Co. (Athens), from Spain – Maniega & Soler (Barcelona as well as other multiple offices) and from Switzerland - Budin & Partners (Geneva), as well as candidate from Kirgizstan and Belarus. Organisation of the work and level of cooperation of network partners influenced candidates so much as the membership agreement was signed during the Gala Dinner. The new member is the law firm from Belarus, Vlasova Mikhel & Partners (Minsk). Some partners was proudly granted with awards. Leading Bird, Best Referral Outsourcing Award went to Budin & Partners FLI NET Partner from Switzerland, Executive Management Contribution of Excellence Award went to Dr. Klaus Jankowski, Fritze ? Wicke ? Seelig, FLI NET Partner from Germany, FLI NET Spring Conference 2009 Host Award respectively went to Akinci Law Firm, Turkey.
Withtin the framework of the meeting on Friday took place M&A Conference “Mergers and Acquisitions: Survival toolkit”. The whole event was participated with about 150 representatives of business and law firms, including members of FLI from more than 20 countries of the world headed by the President of FLI Orlando Cosares. Besides that the conference were participated by representatives of various trade organizations and international companies that identified the future fruitful cooperation process for law firms within the network.
Konnov & Sozanovsky was presented by Board Member, senior partner Sergei Konnov and Head of the tax department, partner Yevgeniya Derbal. Yevgeniya Derbal commented the whole meeting as follows: “Membership in FLI gives us a plenty of opportunities of working with new clients as well as development of partnership relations with other members from different countries. First Law International dynamically grows, that could be clearly seen from the last meeting, that was full of the business meetings, along with the sightseeing program that helped to facilitate to partnership relations of members, develop new projects and simply rest.”