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The obsolete role of a lawyer or an attorney, capable of slapping a ban, has become less of an issue. You would learn how to achieve a competitive advantage making use of a new role of modern lawyers in legal activities at the Skolkovo LegalTech.Black Edition – one of the major international conferences on business transformation in the age of LegalTech.

This year, for the first time, it will be held in partnership with the communication brand IPQuorum and Forbes Russia. The event will bring together business owners, technology companies, law firms and consulting companies, as well as representatives of government and research institutions.

A new format of consulting is being born at the intersection of law and technology: a new generation lawyer as a business partner. Technology in the sphere of law does not only change the structure of a law society, it introduces a change approach to the management of the entire business.

The goal of Skolkovo LegalTech.Black Edition is to form a progressive community of those who make strategic decisions and determine in advance the vector of business development, based on the operating and product benchmarks of their competitors.

Leading international and Russian experts in law services market and business guru will share real cases with conference participants. They will tell how law firms and in-house law departments should change their activities, focusing on studying related practices, industries, competitors' experience and formulate business development proposals. How technologies will enable you to organize business processes to reduce costs and increase productivity.

Skolkovo LegalTech.Black Edition gives a new look to the LegalTech segment and its nature within the context of business innovation and high-end technologies.


Paul Neo

Chief Operating Officer, SAL
Executive Director, SAL Ventures Ltd
Alexander Konovalov
Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation since 2008. Active State Counsellor of Justice of the Russian Federation. PhD in Law.
Ari Kaplan
Lawyer and attorney, analyst, laureate of the Fastcase 50 Legal Innovators honoree, research associate of The College of Law Practice Management and the finalist «The International Legal Technology Association’s Thought Leader of the Year award».
Igor Drozdov
Chairman of the Board of the Skolkovo Foundation
Nikolay Uskov
Editorial Director Forbes Russia
Tobias Heining
President of the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA)
Andrey Krichevsky
President of IPChain Association
Thomas Northoff
Deloitte Legal Global Digital Leader and Leader of the Gobal Innovation Workstream
Anna Kostyra
Managing partner at Deloitte Legal CIS


9:00 - 10:00
Registration, morning coffee and snacks
10:00 - 10:10
Conference opening.

Opening remarks of the general partner and organizers

10:10 - 11:10
Plenary session is organized by Forbes Russia and hosted by Editorial Director of Forbes Russia Nikolay Uskov.

Legal support is an integral part of any business on all operational stages from registration to liquidation. Today it is a well-known fact that improving efficiency of legal services helps business development and makes it more productive. There is a demand for high-quality legal practices and technological solutions in this area, while growing supply is already available on the market. Business community and industry sector representatives, investors and state officials will gather at the Forbes panel discussion “Legal & Business: How Legal Practices and Technologies Develop Business” to discuss specific cases and general trends in Russia and the world.

11:20 - 12:10
“The Law Department as a Competitive Advantage and What In-House Counsel Want From their Law Firm Partners”


Ari Kaplan (USA), attorney and lawyer, analyst, and honoree of the Fastcase 50 award for Legal Innovators. A research associate of The College of Law Practice Management and a finalist of The International Legal Technology Association’s Thought Leader of the Year award.

Ari is the author of books on business management:

  • Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011);
  • The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development (West Academic, 2nd Ed. 2016).
12:10 - 13:00
Deloitte Expert session “How and why launch LegalTech?”


Thomas Northoff – Deloitte Legal Global Digital Leader and Leader of the Gobal Innovation Workstream

Anna Kostyra – Managing partner at Deloitte Legal CIS

Launching Legal Tech: European best practices in analysing corporate functions

Are corporate lawyers ready to collaborate with their peers from other business functions? Can we develop a universal cooperation matrix?

We invite you to discuss how analysing the corporate legal function may help assess its efficiency and prepare it for optimisation across multiple planes – the organisational, procedural, and digital. The Legal should be keeping abreast of the business as a whole as it is transforming.

Deloitte Legal will present an overview of the Russian and global practices to all those who contemplate modernising their corporate legal functions to tackle the existing and future challenges.

13:00 - 14:20
Lunch, visiting the exhibition
13:10 – 13:30
Workshop "Legal Knowledge Database and Other LegalTech Solutions" Presented by "Garant" Company
13:40 - 14:10
Deloitte workshop
14:20 - 15:00
“FLIP: New Law business model approach”


Paul Neo (Singapore), Chief Operating Officer of Singapore Academy of Law (SAL)

Singapore has always been distinguished by its development speed and innovation approach. The unique SAL-powered acceleration program for the development of LegalTech companies was launched in 2019. This accelerate enables law firms and consulting companies to open the research centers, integrate technical solution into their businesses and transform their services through innovations.

15:10 - 16:10
"Legal Operations" session
16:15 - 16:45
"Trend review in the European market"


Tobias Heining (Germany), president of The European Legal Tech Association (ELTA), director for business development of CMS Hasche Sigle

16:50 - 18:20
The Paragraph Magazine: skills to being effective lawyers – team leaders

16:50 – 17:05 Which skills should have modern lawyers to be employed by businesses?
A joint research initiative of The Paragraph and Skolkovo LegalTech

17:05 – 17:30 “The approach to effective organization of your work and the work of law department”
Based on the example of organizing legal operations in the format “One window approach equals to a business partnership”

17:30 – 17:55 “The skill of Improving Your Work”
Based on the example of LEAN / 6 Signa

17:55 – 18:20 “The skill of Networking!”
Networking workshop of Ari Kaplan (Ari Kaplan, USA)

18:30 - 20:00
Picture gallery, snacks and light alcoholic beverages.

Black Edition Party: the most iconic songs of all time, cigars and alcoholic drinks.
20:00 - 21:00


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Silver partner
Car partner
Exhibition partner
With the support
General information partner
Information partners


Skolkovo LegalTech. Black Edition 2019 will take place in Skolkovo Innovation Centre.

Address: Moscow, Blaise Pascal str. 2. Business center Matrex (Matryoshka)

Brand shuttles run from the parking lot to the Matrex business center (“Matryoshka”)

Please note that there is no parking at the Matrex business center.

Call center: +7 (495) 294-64-31