The International Chess Federation has signed a partnership agreement with KIAP, a law firm with headquarters in Moscow. This company, which currently employs about 40 lawyers and counsels, will provide consultancy and legal assistance to FIDE in a wide range of matters.
KIAP has been shortlisted twice in the "Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence" as the Best Law Firm of the Year in Russia. It has also been named a leading firm of "Pravo-300’s Rating in 2017", and "Law Firm of the year in Russia" according to Best Lawyers Awards 2020.
The relationship between KIAP and chess is not new: in 2018, the firm established the Annual Legal Chess Tournament, a charity event that brings together representatives of one professional community — lawyers, as well as their colleagues, children and friends. The first edition of the tournament was held on July 21, 2018, at Novotel Moscow City, in connection with International Chess Day. The event was organized in cooperation with the Pedagogical Chess Union, and its next edition will take place in the summer of 2021.
"We appreciate the important social components of FIDE activities, particularly in the fields of education and chess for people with disabilities, and we would like to take an active part in them", said Andrey Korelsky, Managing Partner and founder of KIAP.
KIAP is a modern law firm with a socially-oriented mission. As the company explains on its website, "we want to make our Russian legal world a better place: we strive to make our contribution to the development of philanthropy in the Russian legal market, as well as to support its unification to work together for the benefit of the country's legal system. KIAP lawyers are successfully engaged in teaching activities at the law departments of the country’s leading universities. We also support major educational programs and competitions."
KIAP statement on Social Responsibility: