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ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘terrific’ team ‘expertly navigates the peculiarities of the Russian system’ and ‘communicates effectively with both Russian and Western clients’. The firm has notable expertise in merger control and cartel cases, with a focus on complex international matters. Vassily Rudomino is described as ‘one of the best competition lawyers in Russia’, and recently represented Maersk in an international cartel investigation initiated by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS). ‘Talented up-and-comer’ German Zakharov is also recommended.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP provides ‘detailed, competent and to-the-point advice’, handling a mix of cartel work, competition compliance and antitrust litigation. Vitaly Dianov recently represented Re:Store in a price coordination dispute with Apple. Nikolay Voznesenskiy heads the team.

Clifford Chance is ‘extremely service-oriented’, providing ‘fast, quality advice and a solid understanding of the industry’. The team handles major cartel cases, merger control matters, market investigations and regulatory issues, and has been notably active in the healthcare and TMT sectors. Torsten Syrbe heads the practice, where Teva Pharmaceuticals is a key client. Sardaana Nogovitsyna is also a name to note.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners takes ‘a results-oriented approach’, has ‘profound knowledge of competition legislation’ and is ‘able to act immediately to solve complex problems’. Practice head Natalia Korosteleva recently represented Procter & Gamble before the FAS in a case regarding the sale of its beauty business to Coty.

Antitrust Advisory LLC in advising Yandex on its antitrust complaint against Google, following the latter’s bid to invalidate an FAS infringement decision. Evgeny Khokhlov specialises in merger filings, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases.

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides ‘great support, combining a thorough knowledge of competition law with a deep understanding of the relevant industry’. Anton Subbot heads the team, which recently advised Safran on merger control clearance for the sale of its security business to Smiths.

Dentons offers ‘an excellent level of service, suggesting compliant and practical solutions’ and providing ‘in-depth expertise’. Marat Mouradov has ‘extraordinary business acumen’ and ‘the unique skill of converting legal knowledge into business-oriented solutions’. The team regularly handles antimonopoly investigations and merger filings.

Pepeliaev Group is ‘quickly able to understand the specifics of each business sector’, and offers ‘solution-oriented, business-focused advice’. Elena Sokolovskaya heads the practice, and has extensive experience of conducting antimonopoly-related due diligence and representing companies before the FAS.

Igor Ostapets is the key practitioner at White & Case LLC, and has recently handled a number of abuse of dominant position cases. Other highlights included representing Evergreen Marine in an appeal against a concerted practice decision.

At CMS, key active clients include Medtronic, Unicredit and Komatsu. Led by Maxim Boulba, the team recently advised the latter on obtaining merger clearance for its $3.7bn acquisition of Joy Global.

FBK Legal has notable expertise in matters concerning alleged unfair advertising, and maintains a strong track record in cartel investigations and prosecutions. Sergey Ermolenko recently defended Emarsys in FAS proceedings concerning alleged illegal email marketing.

Alexander Viktorov heads the practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which is currently advising Hapag-Lloyd on the competition aspects of its $4.5bn merger with United Arab Shipping. Russian Railways and Siemens are also key clients.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law) provides ‘comprehensive legal advice that combines a strong breadth of resources with deep knowledge of the client’s business’. ‘Respected antitrust lawyerIlya Ischuk is ‘a bright litigator with excellent negotiation skills’. Active clients include TCC Retail Marketing and Miratorg.

Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners’ range of expertise includes merger filings, compliance issues and FAS disputes. Practice head Oleg Moskvitin specialises in competition-related court and arbitration proceedings.

At Vegas Lex, highlights included advising Mosvodokanal on various antimonopoly-related risks regarding its activities in the water, energy and heat supply sectors. The team is also acting for Auchan in an overpricing case before the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Republic of Tatarstan. Alexander Sitnikov is recommended.

ART DE LEX Law Firm’s ‘team of rational optimists’ has ‘an outstanding reputation in the market’ and provides ‘unconventional but effective legal solutions’. The team recently advised Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works on an abuse of dominant position investigation brought against Rusal. Yaroslav Kulik heads the team which also includes the ‘bright and motivated’ Kirill Dozmarov.

DLA Piper is ‘a strong competitor in the market’, advising on merger control, antitrust compliance and FAS investigations. It is currently advising Gett on various issues regarding anticompetitive agreements and procurement procedures. Egis Pharmaceuticals is another key client. Azamat Abdulmenov heads the department.

Infralex’s Artur Rokhlin is ‘a solid practitioner’, who has notable expertise in the power generation, transport, finance and sports sectors. Recent work includes representing Sberbank in a challenge to three FAS decisions concerning antitrust infractions, and acting for Federal Freight in a competition-related damages dispute.

Kamenskaya & Partners Law Firm has ‘a very professional approach to all matters’, achieving ‘positive results within the promised timeframe’. Tatiana Kamenskaya is ‘a well-known antitrust professional who always digs into the core of the problem’, and has notable expertise in the aerospace, defence and nuclear sectors.

Noerr’s ‘reputable’ practice is headed by Stefan Wolfgang Weber, who recently advised Shanghai Electric Group on the Russian competition law aspects of its acquisition of Broetje Automation. Associate Artem Kara is the other name to note.

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