The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
Work +7 495 737 5353
Fax +7 495 737 5347

Alexander Ermolenko

Work +7 (495)
FBK Legal


Partner, PhD in Law



Alexander Ermolenko manages M&A projects, advises major Russian and foreign companies on corporate law, and consults on corporate governance projects for over 18 years. He also provides legal support on asset restructuring projects in the Russian Federation.
Mr Ermolenko has over 15 years of experience in litigation, including resolution of disputes in corporate, commercial, antitrust law, as well as disputes with public authorities.. Worked as an arbitrator.
Alexander Ermolenko is currently an Associate Professor at the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) and has over 17 years of teaching experience.
Alexander is recommended by the leading international and Russian law firm rankings: The Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers, Pravo.Ru-300. Kommersant newspaper.


Russian, English


  • Member of International Bar Association (IBA), 
  • Member of the Management Board of Russia-China Law Society,
  • Expert Board of Transneft JSC


2004 Moscow State Academy of Law, PhD
2000 Moscow State Academy of Law (summa cum laude)
2004 Fundamentals of Bankruptcy in Sweden (as part of the TACIS Insolvency II project)


Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

At FBK Legal, notable work included advising GT Energo on its high-value acquisition of a company specialising in the design and production of gas pipelines, and acting for Stroygazmontazh on the construction of a long-distance gas pipeline in the Russian regions. Managing partner Nadezhda Orlova is recommended along with Alexander Ermolenko, who specialises in corporate law and M&A.

[back to top]

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

FBK Legal has notable expertise in the retail, IT, pharmaceutical and non-profit sectors, and counts a range of domestic and foreign companies among its clients. Alexander Ermolenko heads the practice, which is currently acting for Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits in a series of longstanding trade mark disputes.

[back to top]

PPP and infrastructure projects

Within: PPP and infrastructure projects

FBK Legal advises on legal risk assessment, tender procedures and project implementation, and has been notably active in the oil and gas and transportation sectors. Alexander Ermolenko heads the practice, which recently advised China Railway Rolling Stock on its investment in a Russian infrastructure project.

[back to top]

Private client

Within: Private client

FBK Legal ‚Äėdifferentiates itself through its balanced and thoughtful approach to solving problems, its outstanding legal knowledge and its excellent client service‚Äô. The team recently advised on a number of voluntary asset declarations, personal bankruptcy cases and tax-related issues, and also has a strong track record in representing private individuals before courts of various jurisdictions. Alexander Ermolenko heads the practice, and is supported by tax expert Dmitry Paramonov.

[back to top]

Russia: Dispute resolution


Within: Litigation

FBK Legal provides ‚Äėtimely, high-quality responses to all questions and challenges that arise‚Äô, and is praised for its ‚Äėability to work ahead of time‚Äô. The firm has notable tax and IP expertise, and is currently acting for Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits in a series of longstanding trade mark disputes. The ‚Äėprofessional and optimistic‚Äô Alexander Ermolenko heads the team.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments by:
FBK Legal

  • The discovery process in Russia. Will the new era come?

    According to the official statistics of the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation (SAC) in 2011, Russian arbitration courts tried 1 675 cases involving foreign parties, 463 court orders of foreign courts were executed. 198 out of the total number of cases related to international commercial transactions, 6 - to administration of Russian legislation on foreign investments. In addition, arbitration courts tried 110 petitions on application of injunctions, filed by foreign parties1.
    - FBK Legal

Legal Developments in Russia

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • The coming into force of the legislative package on the second stage of "Capital amnisty"

    On 19th February 2018, a legislative package on the extension of the tax capital amnesty and the tax-free liquidation of foreign companies came into force.
  • No More Linked In Russia?

    One of the biggest and most popular Internet companies, LinkedIn, has become the first target of the recent Russian data localization law. The legislation requires businesses operating online to keep Russian Internet users’ data on servers located within Russia. Read more...
  • New standards on the unjustified tax benefit included in the tax code

    The Federal Tax Service of Russia issued Letter ‚ĄĖ CA-4-7/ 6152 @ of 16.08.2017, in which it clarified to its subordinate tax authorities the application of new Art. 54.1 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation "Limits on the Exercise of Rights in Calculating the Tax Base and (or) the Amount of Tax, Levy, Insurance Contributions", which was included in the Tax Code of the Russian Federation by Federal Law ‚ĄĖ 163-FZ of 18.07.2017.
  • Information law for company participants ‚Äď the search for a balance of interests

    At the present time, in various legal relationships there exists the acute problem of observing a balance of interests concerning the parties involved in these legal relationships, their legal rights, and their mutual economic needs. Judicial practice, when considering disputes between these kinds of parties, takes into consideration not only the formal requirements of legislation, but also the real economic and legal goals and interests of the participants.
  • What businessmen should know about legislative changes with major and interested transactions?

    It is well known that before making significant managerial decisions, the general director must obtain approval from the shareholders or the board of directors. Apart from that, if a director is personally interested in entering into a transaction, approval is also required to proceed with the transaction. In the absence of such an approval, the transaction can be challenged and, in certain circumstances, invalidated. In order to minimize such risks and to eliminate legal uncertainty for the parties to the transaction, the rules governing major transactions and interested transactions must be sufficiently clear. Previously, however, the application of these rules was associated with a large number of controversial legal issues, which were finally solved as a result of the legislative amendments, which will enter into force on January 1, 2017. According to the new amendments, the distinction between major and non-major transactions has been delineated more clearly, parties have been allowed more flexibility in relation to approving transactions, the burdensome obligation to obtain prior approval of interested transactions has been abrogated, and finally the procedure for challenging transactions in question has been made much more complex. Overall, the changes should have a positive influence on business, as they contribute to the establishment of firm legal certainty in this area of the law. 
  • A Lessee‚Äôs Dream: the Drastic Devaluation of the Russian Currency Has Triggered New Discussions of

    The rent for leases, especially those in downtown Moscow and other large cities, is often based on the foreign currency exchange rate, which has recently increased almost threefold. Many businesses have been taken aback by this consequence of the economic crisis. Some of them have been put on verge of bankruptcy because of the increased rent and were forced to seek remedies in courts.
  • Amendments to Part IV of the Russian Civil Code in 2015

    Author: Valentina Orlova, Head of Intellectual Property and Trademarks Practice, Pepeliaev Group
  • Parallel Import of Medicines: High Time or the Wrong Time?

    Authors: Sergey Klimenko, Head of Life Sciences Group; Yuri Yahin, Head of IP Group, Pepeliaev Group
  • A Look at Russia's Antimonopoly Legislation

    Elena Sokolovskaya, Head of Antimonopoly Regulation Group, Pepeliaev Group The main areas covered by Russian antimonopoly legislation are prohibition of the abuse of a dominant position, regulation of prohibited agreements, antimonopoly requirements for bidding, merger control, and prohibition of unfair competition. In recent years more attention has been paid to the development of Russian antimonopoly legislation. For this purpose, the State Duma of the Russian Federation (the lower chamber of Russia's parliament) is considering draft measures billed as the 'Fourth Antimonopoly Package'. This comprises amendments to Law No. 135-FZ 'On Protecting Competition' (the "Law on Competition") as well as to the Russian Administrative Code. The measures have already been passed in the first reading and are expected to make it onto the statute book before the end of 2015.

    Pepeliaev Group Advises of Amendments to Article 178 of the Russian Criminal Code to Decriminalise Certain Offences and Introduce a New Condition for being Released from Criminal Liability for Restricting Competition