The Role of In-House Counsel in Post-Soviet Russia in the Wake of Privatization

International Journal of the Legal Profession, Forthcoming

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1088

53 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2009 Last revised: 24 Aug 2009

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Kathryn Hendley

University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School; University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Political Science

Date Written: July 26, 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Hendley, Kathryn, The Role of In-House Counsel in Post-Soviet Russia in the Wake of Privatization (July 26, 2009). International Journal of the Legal Profession, Forthcoming, Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1088, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1439385

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