Magisters was a large CIS-based law firm.[2] The firm was founded in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1997, as Magister & Partners. The firm has since changed its name to Magisters and expanded across the territory of the Commonwealth of Independent States. In July 2011, Magisters merged with Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners.

No. of offices5
No. of attorneys100+
No. of employees200+
Major practice areasM&A and Corporate, Dispute resolution, IP, Tax, PPP, Banking & Finance, Restructuring and Insolvency, Competition Law, Oil & Gas, Real Estate & Construction, Sports Law
Revenue22 mil. (2009)[1]
Date founded1997
Company typeLLP

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The firm was founded in 1997 in Ukraine as "Magister & Partners" by two young lawyers – Oleg Riabokon and Serhii Sviriba. Riabokon and Sviriba were studying of the Kyiv Institute of International Relations Law department, and the idea to establish a law firm came to them right at the university prom.

In 2006, "Magister & Partners" merged with Ukrainian law firm "Pravis:Reznikov, Vlasenko & Partners" and launched in Russia by merging with "Legas Legal Solutions", this merge became the first-ever cross-border merger between independent law firms in the CIS and marked the beginning of the Firm's CIS-wide expansion.[3]

After conducting a rebranding campaign in 2008 Magisters & Partners became Magisters.[4]

The years 2008 and 2009 have been a period of active expansion for Magisters. The firm merged with a Belarusian law firm BelJurBureau and opened an office in Astana, Kazakhstan. Early 2009, Magisters also set up a representative office in London, UK.[5]

The firm's Kyiv office was raided by the Ukrainian police on February 3, 2011, for undisclosed reasons.[6][7]

In July 2011, Magisters merged with Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners.[8]

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