Paul Melling is an English solicitor and the founding partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Moscow office (he is also founding partner of the Firm’s Almaty office).He first joined Baker & McKenzie’s London office in February 1980, as a member of the Firm’s East-West Trade Department, specializing in the COMECON countries of Eastern Europe and particularly the USSR. He took up residence in Moscow in January, 1989 and has spent over 27 years as a partner in the CIS. Mr. Melling is the founder of and leads the pharmaceuticals and healthcare industry practice in Russia/CIS and is a Steering Committee member of the Firm’s Global and EMEA Pharmaceuticals/Healthcare Practice Groups. For 22 years he has been Honorary Legal Adviser in Russia to the Association of International Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers (AIPM). He has also been the Honorary Legal Adviser to the British Ambassador in Moscow since 1990.and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Melling also leads the compliance practice in the Firm’s CIS offices and is a Steering Committee member of the Firm’s European Compliance Practice Group. He is a member of the International Business Leaders Forum’s International Advisory Council for Russia and a member of the Leadership Group for IBLF’s “Improving Business Standards in Russia Initiative”. In 2013 he was appointed to Russia’s B 20 Task Force on Transparency and Anti-Corruption. In 2009 Mr. Melling received the Distinguished Service Award from AIPM for “Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the Russian Pharmaceuticals Market”.