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Leonid Zubarev

Senior Partner
Head of Commercial | Head of Insurance & Funds

CMS Russia
Naberezhnaya Tower, block C
Presnenskaya Naberezhnaya 10
123112 Moscow
Russia
Languages English, Russian
Commercial Law

Leonid Zubarev has been working at CMS, Russia since 1995. He heads Commercial Practice Group, leads the firm’s Insurance Group in Central and Eastern Europe and co-ordinates on the Russian side the Chinese desk, established by CMS, Russia and CMS, China jointly to provide our clients with tailored-made and fully integrated advice to develop their business activities in China and in Russia.

Leonid has published numerous articles in various areas of law and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. Leonid was chosen by his peers as one of the leading practitioners in Corporate Law and Insurance Law according to Best Lawyers ranking in Russia and won the Client Choice Award 2016 in Insurance.

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"Mr Zubarev is familiar not only with Russian law, but also EU and international law, and he brings these different traditions together."

Client Choice - 2016

Relevant experience

  • A major Chinese heavy machinery manufacturer on commercial debt restructuring agreements with its Russian distributors.
  • A leading international financial services consultant on services agreements with various Russian banks.
  • An international lighting equipment manufacturer on an asset transfer agreement.
  • A leading Japanese electronic games and toys producer on distribution agreements and general terms and conditions.
  • A leading international booking company on general terms and conditions.
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Education

1995 – Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Degree in Law

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Memberships

  • The World Law Group, official representative 
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Insurance

Leonid Zubarev has been working at CMS, Russia since 1995. He heads Commercial Practice Group, leads the firm’s Insurance Group in Central and Eastern Europe.

Leonid advises many Russian and international insurers and re-insurers on complex insurance claims in various lines of insurance, regulatory issues, product development, market entry and exit strategies including corporate transactions.

Leonid has published numerous articles in various areas of insurance law and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. Leonid was chosen by his peers as one of the leading practitioners in Corporate Law and Insurance Law according to Best Lawyers ranking in Russia and won the Client Choice Award 2016 for Insurance.

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"He is a unique professional in the insurance law sphere in the Russian market."

Client Choice - 2016

Relevant experience

  • Achmea Group on the sale by a major Netherlands-based finance and insurance group of 100% of the shares in Insurance Company Oranta.
  • A number of international financial groups on entry strategies into the Russian insurance market, including researching potential partners and structuring the acquisition; acquisition of controlling stakes in Russian insurance companies.
  • A number of leading Russian and international insurance and reinsurance companies on various issues regarding settlement of losses, including in respect of claims in connection with alleged misappropriation of goods, abuse, subrogation, as well as liability insurance for executives.
  • International insurance company in relation to an arbitration matter concerning claim of the leading Russian aluminium producer requiring indemnification under insurance policy and payment of USD 17 million from the client.
  • A major international insurance and reinsurance company on options for subrogation in connection with a series of losses, including as a result of landslides and fires.
  • A panel of international reinsurance companies on the accident at Zagorskaya Power Plant in 2013.
  • Allianz on successful reinsurance recovery action against Infrassure Ltd., a Swiss domiciled reinsurance company pursuant to the accident at Sayano-Shushenskaya Power Plant in 2009.
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Education

1995 – Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Degree in Law

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Memberships

  • The Association of European Business, Insurance and Pensions Committee
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08/2017
Rus­sia in­tro­duces li­ab­il­ity for fail­ure to ad­opt product...
15/12/2017
New re­quire­ments for Rus­si­an in­sur­ance or­gan­isa­tion ex­ec­ut­ives
Qual­i­fic­a­tion and busi­ness repu­ta­tion re­quire­ments have been in­tro­duced for Rus­si­an in­sur­ance or­gan­isa­tion ex­ec­ut­ives. Pri­or ap­prov­al of can­did­ates to the ex­ec­ut­ive po­s­i­tions in Rus­si­an in­sur­ance com­pan­ies by the Cent­ral Bank of Rus­sia (the “CBR”), the sec­tor.
08/2017
The Su­preme Court’s new cla­ri­fic­a­tions on dis­putes...
07/12/2017
Latest amend­ments to Rus­si­an In­sur­ance Law: new clear­ance re­quire­ments...
Start­ing from 28 Janu­ary 2018, pri­or ap­prov­al of the Cent­ral Bank of Rus­sia (the “CBR”) will be needed for: the ac­quis­i­tion of more than 10% of shares in, or con­trol over share­hold­ers hold­ing more than 10% of the shares in a Rus­si­an in­sur­ance or­gan­isa­tion.
June 2017
CMS cel­eb­rates 25 an­niversary in Rus­sia
31/08/2017
Rus­sia in­tro­duces li­ab­il­ity for fail­ure to ad­opt product re­call meas­ures
The amend­ments* to the Code on Ad­min­is­trat­ive Of­fences of the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion came in­to force on 30 Ju­ly 2017. The amend­ments have es­tab­lished li­ab­il­ity for fail­ure to take product re­call meas­ures. Pre­vi­ously, there was no such li­ab­il­ity in the Rus­si­an le­gis­la­tion.
06/2017
CMS Rus­sia re­cog­nised by Best Law­yers 2018
11/08/2017
The Su­preme Court’s new cla­ri­fic­a­tions on dis­putes with for­eign ele­ments:...
The Plen­um of the Su­preme Court of the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion (the “Su­preme Court”) re­cently pub­lished a Res­ol­u­tion “On com­mer­cial courts’ con­sid­er­a­tion of cases on eco­nom­ic dis­putes arising from re­la­tions that are com­plic­ated by a for­eign ele­ment” (the “Res­ol­u­tion”).
06/2017
Do­ing Busi­ness in Rus­sia 2017
12/04/2017
Rus­sia joins the Montreal Con­ven­tion of 1999
On 4 April, Fed­er­al Law No. 52-FZ* on Rus­sia’s join­ing the Con­ven­tion for the Uni­fic­a­tion of Cer­tain Rules for In­ter­na­tion­al Car­riage by Air 1999 (the “Montreal Con­ven­tion”) was pub­lished. Rus­sia joined the Con­ven­tion on the con­di­tion that it re­serves the right.
12/04/2017
Rus­sia joins the Montreal Con­ven­tion of 1999
01/02/2017
A re­view of the Rus­si­an court prac­tice  on in­sur­ance in 2015-16
This art­icle ad­dresses the Rus­si­an courts’ in­ter­pret­a­tion of the civil law rules on in­sur­ance con­tracts in the past two years. While the Rus­si­an leg­al doc­trine does not re­cog­nise case law, leg­ally bind­ing court de­cisions of­ten serve as ref­er­ence points or ex­amples.
04/2017
CMS Rus­sia in press | Janu­ary - March 2017
23/01/2017
The law of ob­lig­a­tions: Rus­sia’s Su­preme Court cla­ri­fic­a­tions
The Plen­um of the Su­preme Court of the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion ad­op­ted Res­ol­u­tion No. 54 “On Cer­tain Is­sues of Ap­ply­ing the Gen­er­al Pro­vi­sions of the Rus­si­an Civil Code on Ob­lig­a­tions and Their Per­form­ance”* on 22 Novem­ber 2016.
09/02/2017
CMS wins a num­ber of Cli­ent Choice Awards 2017 across...
29/06/2016
Rus­sia to in­tro­duce quasi-state com­puls­ory re­in­sur­ance
The pro­vi­sions amend­ing the Law on Or­gan­isa­tion of the In­sur­ance In­dustry in the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion to cre­ate a na­tion­al re­in­sur­ance com­pany (the “NRC”) were passed by the State Duma of the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion in the third and fi­nal read­ing on 21 June 2016.
01/2017
A re­view of the Rus­si­an court prac­tice on in­sur­ance...
01/2017
The law of ob­lig­a­tions: Rus­sia’s Su­preme Court cla­ri­fic­a­tions...