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Leonid Zubarev

Senior Partner
Head of Commercial | Head of Insurance

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

Leonid Zubarev has been working at CMS Russia since 1995. He heads Commercial Practice Group and is generally responsible for CMS practice development in Russia and coordinates cooperation with other CMS offices.

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 2016-2019 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

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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Memberships & Roles

  • The World Law Group, official representative 
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Education

  • 1995 – Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Degree in Law
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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 has won the Client Choice Award 2016-2019 for Insurance.

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

Client Choice

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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Memberships & Roles

  • The Association of European Business, Insurance and Pensions Committee
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Education

  • 1995 – Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Degree in Law
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13/05/2021
Eco­m­merce in Rus­sia
I. E-com­merce sec­tor – fact and fig­ures 1. Re­cent growth and trends in e-com­merce On­line sales and the de­vel­op­ment of e-com­merce in gen­er­al are key stra­tegic ini­ti­at­ives in Rus­sia. Cur­rently, the...
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Law and reg­u­la­tion of force ma­jeure in Rus­sia
1. Is there le­gis­la­tion on force ma­jeure in your law sys­tem? Yes, Rus­si­an law re­cog­nises the concept of force ma­jeure. 2. If so, what is the text of the force ma­jeure clause in your civil code? Ac­cord­ing...
16/12/2020
In­sur­ance In­sights
The in­sur­ance mar­ket is con­stantly evolving, so you need to stay up to date on the latest de­vel­op­ments to an­ti­cip­ate and handle any po­ten­tial is­sues and be­ne­fit from op­por­tun­it­ies.With “In­sur­ance In­sights”...
04/11/2020
CMS Launches new In­sur­ance Group App
The CMS In­sur­ance Group has an­nounced the launch of a new app for in­surers and re­in­surers, brokers and cli­ents of in­sur­ance com­pan­ies.The app provides ac­cess to in­form­a­tion on the latest leg­al de­vel­op­ments...
02/10/2020
AML and CTF law and reg­u­la­tion in Rus­sia
1. What na­tion­al leg­al act(s) provide for Anti-Money Laun­der­ing (AML)/Counter Ter­ror­ist Fin­an­cing (CTF) meas­ures in your coun­try? Fed­er­al Law No. 115-FZ “On Com­bat­ing Money Laun­der­ing and the Fin­an­cing...
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15/09/2020
Do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia 2020
As part of our un­der­tak­ing to cre­ate ad­ded value for cli­ents, our pro­fes­sion­als have put to­geth­er this in­tro­duct­ory guide to the Rus­si­an leg­al sys­tem and the prin­cip­al laws and reg­u­la­tions that are of in­terest to in­vestors in this chal­len­ging but op­por­tun­ity-full mar­ket. It is of course no sub­sti­tute for the ex­pert ad­vice tailored to your pro­ject that we will be pleased to provide to you on re­quest.Rus­si­an le­gis­la­tion is chan­ging rap­idly. Al­though this guide de­scribes the laws as of 1 Janu­ary 2020, please con­tact us to check that it re­mains up-to-date. We would also re­com­mend that you sub­scribe to our free on­line ser­vice CMS Law-Now through which you will re­ceive our leg­al and tax eAl­erts. Jean-François Mar­quaire (Man­aging Part­ner)Le­onid Zubar­ev (Seni­or Part­ner)
17/08/2020
Rus­si­an Duma re­ceives bill on widen­ing the scope of sanc­tions
A bill* that ex­pands the ap­plic­a­tion of sanc­tions by the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion and spe­cifies the pro­ced­ure for their ap­plic­a­tion has been sub­mit­ted to the Rus­si­an State Duma. In par­tic­u­lar, the bill:...
09/08/2020
Rus­si­an Duma re­ceives bill on widen­ing the scope of sanc­tions
A bill that ex­pands the ap­plic­a­tion of sanc­tions by the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion and spe­cifies the pro­ced­ure for their ap­plic­a­tion has been sub­mit­ted to the Rus­si­an State Duma.In par­tic­u­lar, the bill:cla­ri­fies...
27/07/2020
Rus­sia ad­opts law on fin­an­cial mar­ket­places
On 20 Ju­ly 2020, laws gov­ern­ing the activ­it­ies of fin­an­cial mar­ket­places came in­to force, namely, Fed­er­al Law* No. 211-FZ “On Con­clud­ing Fin­an­cial Trans­ac­tions Us­ing a Fin­an­cial Plat­form” dated 20...
24/07/2020
COV­ID-19 and the CEE in­sur­ance in­dustry
Most fre­quent ques­tions of the in­sur­ance in­dustry re­gard­ing the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic As in the rest of the world, Cent­ral and East­ern Europe has had to man­age the cas­cad­ing ef­fects of COV­ID-19 across all...
04/06/2020
CMS Rus­sia earns 58 re­cog­ni­tions by Best Law­yers 2021
Strong re­cog­ni­tion by the rank­ing 26 CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have been se­lec­ted for in­clu­sion in­to the 2021 edi­tion of the Best Law­yers. In total, we have earned 58 re­cog­ni­tions by the rank­ing:Ant­on Bankovskiy...
14/05/2020
Rus­sia takes a step in the de­vel­op­ment of In­sur­tech
In late April 2020, the ban was lif­ted on the pro­vi­sion of ser­vices re­lated to the con­clu­sion of in­sur­ance con­tracts in elec­tron­ic form by in­sur­ance agents and brokers. It had been pos­sible to con­clude...