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ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘well-connected’ team is ‘highly knowledgeable on merger control issues’. ‘A thought leader in the antitrust sphere’, Vassily Rudomino has ‘excellent relationships with the FAS’. The team is representing NYK Line and Maersk Line in an ongoing cartel investigation.

Clifford Chance’s team is ‘highly intelligent, trustworthy and attentive to details’, and has ‘a deep knowledge of antitrust regulations’. Torsten Syrbe heads the practice, which recently represented GE in a major procurement-related cartel case.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ ‘knowledgeable and well-connected’ team handles the full range of competition issues. Practice head Natalia Korosteleva is ‘a real team leader, who always chooses the right position at crucial moments’. Maria Kobanenko is also a key figure. Highlights included advising Procter & Gamble on the competition aspects of its sale of beauty brands to Coty.

For some, the team at Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner provides ‘the best advice across all aspects of competition law’. It represented Freight One in an appeal before FAS regarding cartel charges. Nikolay Voznesenskiy heads the practice, where Vitaly Dianov is the other key figure.

Antitrust Advisory LLC’s practice head Evgeny Khokhlov successfully represented Yandex in its infringement complaint against Google before the FAS and the Court of Appeal. Alexander Egorushkin and Igor Panshensky are also noted.

Anton Subbot is the key figure at Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited, which has notable strength in antitrust investigations. Nadia Goreslavskaya heads the non-contentious practice, which advised Hitachi Koki and Kaba on acquisition and merger control issues.

Dentons’ ‘professional and proactive’ team ‘always works at lightning speed, and has a good comprehension of market trends’. The recent workload includes numerous anti-monopoly investigations. Novolipetsk Steel and Colgate-Palmolive are clients. Practice head Marat Mouradov is ‘outstanding’.

Pepeliaev Groupprocesses all inquiries within a reasonable timeframe’. Elena Sokolovskaya, who is ‘highly qualified’, is noted for her advice on anti-monopoly and advertising legislation. Vladimir Sokov left the firm in 2017.

At White & Case LLC, highlights included advising OBI Group on the competition aspects of its €80m acquisition of a stake in Do-It-Yourself. Igor Ostapets has notable expertise handling abuse of dominance cases.

CMS advised Alcatel-Lucent on merger clearance with regards to the sale of its business to Nokia. Maxim Boulba heads the department, which includes senior associate Elena Andrianova.

FBK Legal’s team provides ‘strong and well-crafted legal opinions’. The ‘bright and talentedSergey Ermolenko heads the practice and Alexander Ermolenko is ‘a master practitioner’.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law)’s team has ‘practical and pragmatic experience in competition matters’. Practice head Ilya Ischuk recently represented Metro Cash & Carry in a cartel investigation.

Managing partner Dmitry Chernyakov and practice head Oleg Moskvitin are the key figures at Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners. The latter advises HeadHunter on the drafting of its terms and conditions in the context of competition law.

Vegas Lex’s ‘team of true professionals’ has ‘a well-thought-out approach to key issues’. Maxim Grigoryev leads the special projects practice. Yulia Tormagova recently left the firm.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, practice head Alexander Viktorov advised Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec on the competition aspects of its $1.5bn investment in Bombardier Transportation UK. Russian Railways and London Stock Exchange Group are also clients.

Infralex’s ‘results-oriented’ team successfully defended Sberbank in a dispute pertaining to an alleged violation of antitrust law. Artur Rokhlin heads the practice.

At Kamenskaya & Partners Law Firm, name partner Tatiana Kamenskaya is ‘confident and has an excellent knowledge of legal activities in Russia’. Clients include Auchan and Rosvodokanal.

At YUST Law Firm, managing partner Evgeny Zhilin advises on competition issues arising from corporate transactions, and also handles litigation. Sberbank is a notable client.

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