Mr. Mashonsky received the qualification of a lawyer at the Belarusian State University, as well as the qualification of an expert in international economic relations at the Russian Academy for Foreign Trade with the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia.
Sergei Mashonsky is the lawyer certified by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (certificate No. 554, 08.11.2007).
Mr. Sergei Mashonsky is an expert of the EAEU Court for review of disputes in application of anti-dumping, compensatory and special protective measures that represents the Republic of Belarus.
He is a member of the task force for development of amendments and supplements to the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Public Private Partnership”.
Acting as a member of working group within the development of the National Strategy for Attracting Foreign Investments in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus and the State Enterprise “National Agency for Investments and Privatization”, advising on the subject matters of the strategy, review of the reports on current status of investment regulation in the Republic of Belarus, participation in parliamentary hearings on amendments to the investment legislation, development of practical recommendations on improvement of the investment climate in Belarus.
Mr. Mashonsky is on the list of recommended arbitrator of the International Arbitration Court of the BelCCI. He is a recommended arbitrator of the Kazakhstan International Arbitration.
Mr. Mashonsky is in the task force for formation of the favorable investment image of the Republic of Belarus abroad with the Advisory Council for Foreign Investments with the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus.
From 1991 to 2004, Mr. Sergei Mashonsky worked at state government bodies, including Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, at diplomatic and consular service.
For several years, he performed the functions of the Secretary of the Currency and Credit Committee of the Council of Ministers.
He worked as part of practice and expert groups of state authorities of the Republic of Belarus on drafting of legislative acts, participated in development and signing of a number of international treaties.
From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Mashonsky held position of the director of the Department for International Projects of the JSC Belarusbank.
In 2018, he was elected as Independent Director and member of the Supervisory Committee of the ASB Consult company.
• Lead lawyer in the field of corporate and commercial law, Chambers Europe (2015, 2016, 2017).
• Recommended lawyer in the M&A and corporate governance field, Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance (2016, 2017).
• Marked by international ratings of Legal 500: EMEA (2016, 2017).
CEE Legal Matters COVID-19 Comparative Legal Guide: Contracts in Belarus
Consistent with our mission to keep lawyers and the greater business community informed of legal developments in Belarus, and cognizant of the dramatic spread of the COVID-19 across Europe in recent weeks, Arzinger contributed to “CEE Legal Matters COVID-19 Comparative Legal Guide: Contracts”, with a country paper on Belarus.
Annual meeting of the working group “Law, Taxes, Finance”
On February 18, 2020, the annual meeting of the working group “Law, Taxes, Finances” under the Representative Office of the German Economy in the Republic of Belarus was held at Arzinger’s office.
Triniti, the largest retail facility in the region, opens in Grodno
This project is unique in many ways: the total area and concept, tenants and location, food court and entertainment, five parking lots, a KHL level ice arena and, finally, the project budget.
Public discussion of the Draft Strategy for Attracting Foreign Direct Investment started on the Belarusian Legal Forum
Sergey Mashonsky took part in the development of the Strategy as a member of the working group in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus and the National Agency for Investment and Privatization.
Arzinger сo-organized the XI Forum of Polish Investors
Arzinger prepares this annual event jointly with the Polish Embassy in Belarus, the Polish National Agency for Investment and Trade (PAIH) and the Association of Polish Businesses in Belarus.
Arzinger’s Senior Partner Sergey Mashonsky made a presentation at the Austrian-Belarusian business forum in Vienna
The presentation was dedicated to the logistics sector and public-private partnership. The Belarusian business delegation was composed of about 25 companies from the IT, banking, road, metallurgical, pharmaceutical, food and other sectors. From the Austrian side, more than 150 companies and institutions interested in cooperation with Belarus registered for the event.
Arzinger’s Senior Partner Sergey Mashonsky spoke at the Kazakhstan-Belarus Business Forum
At this high-level event, which was held in Nur-Sultan on October 24, Sergei Mashonsky had the role to present the investment and business climate of Belarus at the plenary session of the business forum.
Arzinger’s Senior Partner Mr. Sergey Mashonsky acted as moderator at the international forum “Business Days in Gomel”
Sergey Mashonsky moderated the opening session of the forum “Modern Technologies to Improve Regional Competitiveness. Use of innovative technologies and modern approaches in industry, agriculture and construction. New aspects of doing business, effective models, forms of management, successful practices, proposals for the Gomel region ”.
Arzinger’s Senior Partner Mr. Sergey Mashonsky re-elected to the Audit Commission of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the XI Congress of the BelCCI
The XI Congress of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was held on October 10 in Minsk. At the first meeting of the Council of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry elected by the 11th Congress of the BelCCI, the new composition of the BelCCI Presidium and the BelCCI Audit Commission were approved.
Sergey Mashonsky spoke at the 5th International Corporate Governance Practice Forum in Geneva
The forum traditionally brought together for professional communication and exchange of experience the leadership of banks, companies and industrial groups, as well as corporate lawyers and heads of law firms practicing in the field of corporate law, leading experts and consultants in the field of corporate governance from Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Sergey Mashonsky Participated in the Ceremony of Awarding Winners of the Republican Competition “Best Exporter of 2018”
Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry traditionally acted as a competition organizer together with the Ministry of Architecture and Construction, Ministry of Healthcare, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Forestry, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Economics. State Military Industrial Committee, concerns Belgospischeprom, Bellesbumprom, Belneftekhim and some other state bodies, organizations and business unions also contributed to this event.
Our senior partner took part in in the second business meeting held under the auspices of the Russian-Belarusian Business Council
The meeting took place on March 5th. There were ten questions in the agenda. Some of them are the following: the problems of participance of Belarusian companies in online auctions on Russian commercial e-trading platforms, receipt of EDS and it’s applicability on the largest trading platforms of Russia, the general rules for tender auctions, the uniform application of the EAEU technical regulations.
Chambers Global 2019: the players are the same, the dispositions are not
The are changes in two categories – Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution. Except for relocation of law firms between bands (places of rating), the Chambers & Partners researchers noted and/or reconsidered personal contribution to corporate success.
The First Belarusian and Russian Business Council Meeting on January, 18th
Judging by the names of the participants, this is the most representative business council ever created in Belarus. It includes: businessmen, top managers of food and consumer goods industry companies, machine producing, transport and logistics companies, banks and retail.
We advised a major global payment agent on actual issues of activities in the Republic of Belarus, including the personal data protection issues. We took into consideration both current GDPR requirements and local regulations regarding the personal data collection, storage and processing regulations.
A French manufacturer of milk products
In 2016, we were addressed by the French origin company, which was one of the largest global manufacturers of milk products. The client wanted to acquire the controlling shareholding of a Belarusian milk factory. We supported the entire process on the Client’s behalf.
The Corporate Law practice and the M&A practice team performed the Due Diligence of the target company, structured the entire process of the deal, developed the package of agreements (the sale and purchase agreement, the guarantee agreement, the escrow account agreement, the non-competition agreement, etc.) to complete the deal, negotiated with sellers of shares, received the required permits from antitrust authorities.
The deal was finished in January 2017. Today, we are supporting the process of redemption of shares from minor shareholders.
Fishman Group, an Israeli investor, implemented the project for development of the High-Tech Park territory through its subsidiaries SvitLand Development and Devinvest. The client built three residential units (premises in them are rented by the High-Tech Park employees), a shopping mall and a business center with the total area of 44,630 sq.m.
Our team rendered comprehensive legal support of this project, starting with negotiations with local authorities to protect the Investor’s interests under the investment contract and finishing with legal analysis and development of all the documents required for construction.
The investment agreement concluded by the Client for implementation of this project became the third investment agreement in the sovereign history of Belarus.
Investment research “Improving the Business Climate – Boosting Private Investment”
An investment research jointly with the German Economic Team “Improving the Business Climate – Boosting Private Investment” aimed at supporting the Belarusian government in its efforts to further improvement of the local business environment and attraction of foreign direct investments.
A Belarusian investment company
Representation of the client’s interests in the course of raising direct financing from Polish Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego in the amount of €55 million for construction of an office and shopping center with the floor area of 68 thousand sq.m in Grodno, Belarus.
We represented the client in a number of disputes with foreign and Belarusian contractors in the International Arbitration Court at the BelCCI and in Belarusian economic courts.
The dispute was associated with performance of construction and installation works in connection with production facilities modernization within the scope of investment projects. The disputed amount is over USD 10 million.
A Swiss pharmaceutical company
We render legal support to the client in the scope of the investment project for construction of a plant for manufacturing medical products of human blood plasma in the Republic of Belarus. The expected volume of direct foreign investments is $ 20 million. We advised the client on the issue of the procedure of performing construction works, obtaining the required permits, the issues of the general construction contract agreement. We also advised on specific requirements to manufacturing of medical products.
The project was started in June 2017 and is still ongoing.
An oil complex enterprise
Advising and representation of the client’s interests in the International Arbitration Court with the BelCCI for resolution of the dispute under the oil transportation agreement. The disputed amount is over USD 110 million.
A Chinese logistic corporation
Legal support of construction and implementation of a huge investment project in the territory of the Great Stone China-Belarus Industrial Park. The project for development of the territory is implemented by our customer, the total amount of investments will be about $ 500 million. The State Development Bank of China granted a long-term loan to our client in the amount of over $ 100 million for the project implementation.
As part of the legal support rendered, we performed the legal audit of the borrower’s activities followed by drawing up the legal opinion for the State Development Bank of China, and provided the independent opinion on meeting the prerequisites for granting the loan by the borrower.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of the Republic of Belarus
At present, Arzinger renders legal support to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of the Republic of Belarus within the scope of the international technical aid project for development of wind power engineering in the Republic of Belarus.
The project purpose is to create a set of wind power plants. This is the first international technical aid project in Belarus, which is aimed at developing wind power engineering and is jointly financed by the United Nations Development Program and the Global Environment Facility.
We performed a comprehensive legal audit of construction issues under the project for our client (verification of contracts in the field of construction, proper registration of titles for land plots, verification of the availability the required construction permits, etc.).
A manufacturer of pulp
Advising and representation of the client’s interests in performance of the contract agreement for turnkey construction of a new plant, participation in negotiations for resolution of controversies with a Chinese contractor. The project amount is over USD 800 million.
Advising on taxation issues in employment of foreign citizens, as well as on taxation of foreign organizations when performing construction activities in the Republic of Belarus.
A Swedish furniture manufacturer
Representation of interests of a furniture manufacturer in the course of making amendments to the investment agreement with the Republic of Belarus regarding construction of a woodworking factory.
An Israeli oil refining company
Investment agreement conclusion and legal support of implementation of the $9 million innovative project to create a centralized system for collecting, storing, processing and using waste oils.
A power engineering corporation
Support of a projected company for construction of a pilot 5MW solar power plant in Gomel region within a first-level investment agreement (provides for additional benefits and preferences).
A hardware & software developer
Advising and representation of interests of a major Belarusian developer of the software for manufacturers of high-tech products in a dispute with a customer due to improper performance of contractual terms by the customer and violation of the developer’s intellectual property rights. The dispute amount is over EUR 600 thousand.
We supported registration of computer applications at the NIPC, entry of computer applications in the unified customs register of intellectual property, negotiations and the correspondence on claims.
EAEU optic cable manufacturers
Representation of interests of a group of optic cable manufacturer in the course of the anti-dumping investigation performed by the Domestic Market Protection Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission regarding optic fibers from the USA and Japan.
A Belarusian technological corporation
Advising on the issues of application of preferences for investors; elaboration of the scheme related to the VAT payment; elaboration of the issue related to innovation funds, inclusion of goods into the list of innovative products, and application of tax preferences.
Legal support within the scope of implementation of a residential unit construction in Minsk, Belarus. We advised the client on taxation issues, on the procesure of employment of foreign workforce, drafting agreements on construction activities.
As part of the plant construction project, we advised the client on the required construction permits, which must be obtained from local executive authorities, on the required ecological permits, as well as on performance of turnkey contracts with construction organizations that performed certain works within the scope of the project. Besides, we helped the client resolve disputes with contractors.