The Role of In-House Counsel in Post-Soviet Russia in the Wake of Privatization
International Journal of the Legal Profession, Forthcoming
53 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2009 Last revised: 24 Aug 2009
Date Written: July 26, 2009
The article explores the role of in-house counsel (iuriskonsul’ty) in Russian enterprises in the late 1990s. It builds on an earlier article that analyzed the results from a large-n survey and found that iuriskonsul’ty had a low level of influence within privatized enterprises. It is grounded in a series of six in-depth case studies, chosen from among the surveyed enterprises, and carried out in Moscow, Saratov, and Ekaterinburg. Several patterns of behavior are isolated and explained. The sidelining of lawyers is shown to be less a policy goal of management than a product of inertia. Yet the fact that managers did not have the advantage of sound legal advice as they were making the transition to the market contributed to anything-goes business climate.
Keywords: legal profession, Russia, enterprise behavior
JEL Classification: D81, K41, L22, P31, P37
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