elena-hmelevaPosition: Senior Associate

Employment, Informational Technologies, Intellectual Property

Phone: +375 (17) 2907580
E-mail: elena.hmeleva@verkhovodko.com






Master in Law

Education and Qualification

  • 2010 Magnusson law firm (Stockholm Office), 4-week internship
  • 2009–2010 Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden) / LL.M (European Law)
  • 2008 Minsk State Linguistic University (Minsk, Belarus)/ Specialist Diploma in Business English
  • March 2007 Department of Securities of the Republic of Belarus/ Security Analyst qualification
  • 2002–2007 Belarusian State University (Minsk, Belarus), Law Faculty/ J.D.


Practicing lawyer since 2007

Practice Expertise

Elena Hmeleva advises clients in all areas of employment law, including employee benefits, hiring of local and foreign employees, structuring and implementing of individual and collective dismissals, mass redundancies, severance arrangements, transfers of employees and leasing of personnel, drafting and adjusting to Belarusian laws employment compliance policies and by-laws.

Elena has considerable experience in negotiating, drafting and reviewing commercial contracts of all types, including IPR licensing, dealership and agent agreements, sales and marketing agreements, consulting agreements, real estate contracts, confidentiality agreements and non-disclosure agreements, etc. Conducts legal due diligence and advices clients on general legal issues related to commercial activities, including, inter alia, selection of the most effective legal structure when establishing a company in Belarus. Has handled commercial litigations relating to matters arising out of corporate governance, commercial agreements and other; settled claims without the need for judicial intervention through mediation and conciliation.

Work Highlights:

  • Advising and representing BSA and Microsoft Corporation with respect to protection of the intellectual property rights;
  • Preparing a comprehensive memorandum, including inter alia the description of possible options for rendering professional services, peculiarities of managing and keeping accounting and tax records by outsourcing companies in Belarus to an international company offering management, technology and outsourcing services;
  • Complex legal assistance with respect to the transfer of the company’s real estate to private persons with the most efficient tax consequences;
  • Drafting and approving a land lease agreement, legal support in state registration of the rights to real estate and related transactions;
  • Advising on import and export of nonferrous metals, as well as the most efficient customs regimes;
  • Preparing a comprehensive memorandum regarding the lease of Belarusian employees to a foreign company with the most favorable tax burden;
  • Advising the client on the employment of personnel employed at the divisions of an enterprise which has been sold as an asset complex during a bankruptcy procedure, drafting the necessary by-laws and other employment-related documents;
  • Advising on firing an employee, who is government official, as well as termination of employment in case of winding up a company;
  • Adjusting the employment-related documents of Belarusian subsidiaries of a foreign company to the internal policies and regulations of such foreign company;
  • Representing clients in courts under the commercial disputes arising in connection with international trade and corporate matters

Additional Information

  • For the past years has been assisting the World Bank in its annual surveys on Doing Business in Belarus.
  • Certified to practice law by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus in 2009.


  • Russian
  • Belarusian
  • English


Recommended as a contributor by the World Bank in its annual surveys on Doing Business in Belarus.


Author of numerous publications on employment law, as well as Belarusian employment law overview for foreigners.