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Marina Rastopina has been appointed as the divisional manager of BLS CUSTOS GROUP in St. Petersburg.

Marina Rastopina has significant experience in the sphere of litigation in the courts of general jurisdiction and arbitration (commercial) courts. This has allowed her to become one of the leading specialists of BLS CUSTOS GROUP in such field of legal activities.

A separate subdivision in St. Petersburg represents interests of the portfolio of Clients of BLS CUSTSOS GROUP in St. Petersburg, Leningrad, Arkhangelsk, Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Pskov regions and in the Republic of Karelia.

A subdivision of BLS CUSTOS GROUP has been established in the city of Krasnodar. The activity of such subdivision is representation of Client’s interests on the territory of Krasnodar Krai, Volgogradsk district and the Republic of Crimea.

At the present moment, BLS CUSTOS GROUP is represented in the major cities of the Russian Federation, like: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Kazan, Ufa, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar.

Mikhail Lapko has been appointed as the divisional manager of BLS CUSTOS GROUP in the city of Krasnoyarsk.

Previously, for number of years Mikhail Lapko has worked in the capacity of a lawyer of BLS CUSTOS GROUP, specializing in full business support services for entities, as well as in claims settlement work.

A separate subdivision in the city of Krasnoyarsk represents interests of the portfolio of clients of BLS CUSTSOS GROUP in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Irkutsk district, the Republic of Khakassia and the Republic of Tyva.

From May 21, 2018 to May 23, 2018 management of BLS CUSTOS GROUP together with its business partners Mains Insurance Brokers and Consultants, LLC ( gave presentations on airline companies’ results (clients of BLS CUSTOS GROUP) for the past insurance year to the attention of European reinsurance partners.

The insurance tender was held at sites of such international insurance business leaders as JLT Group ( and Marsh (

The following major trends of this year were discussed within the framework of the insurance tender:

  • Increase in rates of underwriters for services, basically in relation to renewal of reinsurance programs; as well as:
  • Strengthening of compliance control by underwriters of their potential beneficiaries, customers and business partners in relation to increase in risk of direct and indirect sanctions (including sanctions of USA, Great Britain and European Union).

Based on the results of the tender, BLS CUSTOS GROUP has managed to decrease the rates of aircrafts insurance programs for its clients for next insurance year, despite all negative trends.

OAO AlfaStrakhovanie has issued a new professional liability coverage policy of BLS CUSTOS GROUP, effective as of May 01, 2018.

The management of the company has come to a decision to leave the insurance coverage at the same level – in the amount of 20.000.000 rubles.

BLS CUSTOS GROUP has not made any professional mistake, in the former insurance period coverage, leading to any liability of the company before its Clients.

October 14, 2016 in Saint Petersburg, the specialists of Law Company BLS CUSTOS GROUP participated in the Sixth Research-to-Practice Conference on air law.

Aviation market lawyers from different countries  in the format of panel discussions have shared their opinions on the leasing problems, air carrier liability issues and most actual question of legal regulation of pilotless aerial vehicle use.

BLS CUSTOC GROUP lawyers have achieved in court the declaration of customs authority decisions to be illegal. These decisions imposed on the airline of business aviation the penalty in the amount of doubled agreed value of the aircraft as well as confiscation of the aircraft.

Judicial acts came into legal force.

One of the Russian Law particularity is that the confiscation of the aircraft can be applied for administrative offenses in the customs field (violation of customs rules) in respect of the aircraft (object of the administrative offense) owned by the person not brought to administrative actions.

The lawyers of BLS CUSTOS GROUS has completed a legal support of the share purchase transaction of one of the Russian airline companies of business aviation, operating the aircrafts of foreign manufacture.

The main peculiarity of such transaction has been the concurrent change of ownership (control) together with the performance of transaction of sale of the part of the company’s fleet on foreign market, which was not planned to be operated by the new owner.

In the course of transaction implementation it was necessary to ensure further performance of operational activity of the company at the same level.

The lawyers of BLS CUSTOS GROUP has contested through legal proceedings adjudication of customs authorities’ decisions as illegal, directed at imposition of fine on business aviation entities at double rate of the cost of the aircraft and the aircraft seizure.

The acts of court has come into legal force.

One of the peculiarities of the Russian legislation is that the administrative offences in the sphere of customs affairs (violation of the customs rules) and an aircraft seizure (forming a part of such administrative procedure) may be enforced even in case, when such aircraft is in the ownership of the person not held administratively liable.

A new professional liability coverage policy of BLS CUSTOS GROUP is effective as of May 01, 2018.

As in the previous periods, the insurance coverage policy is at the same level of 20.000.000 rubles and issued by OAO AlfaStrakhovanie.

BLS CUSTOS GROUP has not made any professional mistake, in the former insurance period coverage, leading to any liability of the company before its Clients.

BLS CUSTOS GROUP has managed to overcome two preliminary refusals in provision of trademark protection to the Client in the national patent office of Cyprus.

The trademark protection has been provided subsequent to the results of examination of substantive evidential base, prepared by Russian lawyers in justification of trademark awareness and recognition in Cyprus.

In addition, the Client has received compensation, covering the part of expenses on overcoming preliminary refusals.

BLS CUSTOS GROUP has partnered with MAINS INSURANCE STRATEGIES by signing an agreement on mutual cooperation.

A long-term experience of two companies in the sphere of aviation insurance and other types of insurance liability may allow BLS CUSTOS GROUP to offer its clients additional services on mutual tendering process on aircraft insurance and civil liability of airline companies, as well as immovable property and obtaining of other products of insurance markets.

The companies have reached a decision on mutual promotion of legal and brokerage services on the insurance market by expanding the business connections and implementation of mutual projects.

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