Dr Max Gutbrod is a German-trained lawyer working in or with Russia for more than 25 years. He was a partner at Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited and has since left the company to become self-employed. He started his career in Stuttgart in 1990 with Gleiss Lutz and moved to Russia in 1995. He has represented shareholders and investors in mergers and acquisitions, and disputes; has negotiated and drafted charters for joint venture companies, shareholders and investment contracts; and has given advice on regulatory matters relating to securities holderships, depositary business, securities settlement issues and related disputes. In addition, he has frequently advised on legislative issues related to corporate, banking and capital markets law as well as corporate governance, and has participated in discussions aimed at improving the infrastructure of Russian capital markets. Furthermore, Mr Gutbrod was a member of the group that drafted the CIS Model Law on Joint-Stock Companies, has published comments on the draft law in a specialist journal and has been a member of the Commission on Corporate Governance. Currently, Mr Gutbrod is focusing in particular on climate change legislation and on advising start-ups.