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Russia

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘professional’ team has ‘substantial expertise in advising both domestic and international clients’. Practice head Vassily Rudomino advises a mix of banks, financial institutions and investors on the full range of capital markets transactions, and Anton Dzhuplin is noted for his expertise in international bond offerings. The team recently advised Western Siberian Petrochemical Complex on a $1.8bn bond issuance for the financing of an infrastructure project.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm

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.

Leading individuals

Vassily Rudomino - ALRUD Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

German Zakharov - ALRUD Law Firm

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘experienced, proactive and business-oriented’ team is ‘always available to provide support when needed’, and wins plaudits for its ‘ability to find the most feasible way to resolve sensitive conflicts’. Irina Anyukhina heads the practice and advises on HR compliance, internal investigations and employment issues concerning company restructurings.

Leading individuals

Irina Anyukhina - ALRUD Law Firm

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm provides ‘tailor-made services based on a full comprehension of the matter under analysis’. ‘Efficient lawyerAndrey Zharskiy has ‘robust sector expertise’, and recently advised Great Dyke Investments and its Russian shareholder on the development of a platinum mining project in Zimbabwe.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm’s team of ‘attentive specialists’ wins praise for its ‘knowledge, expertise and deep level of IP experience’, and its ‘willingness to provide input at any stage’. The firm has been notably active in the IT sector, advising on data localisation matters, personal data protection and contentious matters involving the Roskomnadzor. Maria Ostashenko advises on IP management and protection, and counsel Larisa Lysenko ‘always evaluates potential risks and develops effective measures to solve any issues faced by the client’.

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PPP and infrastructure projects
PPP and infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm

Andrey Zharskiy heads the department at ALRUD Law Firm, which recently advised Puma Energy Holdings on a joint venture between its parent company Trafigura and Airports of Regions. The team also advises Vi Holding on the redevelopment of the territory of former Moscow airfield Tushino.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm

The ‘client-oriented and practical’ team at ALRUD Law Firm provides ‘useful, timely advice’ and ‘always sticks to agreed deadlines’. The firm advises on tax structuring, family law, immigration and estate planning and management, and acts for a mix of private individuals, trustees and administrators. ‘Reputable consultant’ Maxim Alekseyev heads the practice, and is ‘particularly strong in tax, inheritance and wealth planning matters’. Maria Ostashenko has notable expertise in advising fine art collectors.

Leading individuals

Maxim Alekseyev - ALRUD Law Firm

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm is ‘a reliable partner in large-scale due diligence and M&A in the real estate space’. The ‘proactive, client-oriented and efficient’ Alexander Zharskiy is recommended along with Andrey Zharskiy, who has notable expertise in acquisitions and disposals of commercial and residential property.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

Professional and engaging firmALRUD Law Firm has ‘impressive TMT expertise’ and provides ‘well-rounded, pragmatic and in-depth advice on complex technical issues’. Anton Dzhuplin has ‘great insights into financial and regulatory topics’, and Maria Ostashenko has ‘a wide range of practical experience in the TMT sector’. VimpelCom and HP are key clients.

Leading individuals

Anton Dzhuplin - ALRUD Law Firm

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

At ALRUD Law Firm, highlights included advising a private individual on an exit strategy from a Moscow-based retail business, and acting for a range of other clients including Hitachi and Messe Frankfurt on a range of administrative issues. Maxim Alekseyev heads the department, where counsel Elena Novikova is the other key figure.

Leading individuals

Maxim Alekseyev - ALRUD Law Firm

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Russia: Banking and finance

Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘dedicated and responsive’ team provides ‘a very high level of service’, utilising ‘the full expertise of a Russian law firm while also being able to handle a range of international matters’. The firm has increasingly advised on a range of transactions governed by Russian law with foreign law instruments, and has recently handled a number of financing projects for Chinese investors. ‘Proactive partnerAnton Dzhuplindirectly participates in each project, providing professional and client-oriented advice’, and recently assisted Coeclerici Commodities with a loan provided by Unicredit Bank. Alexander Zharskiy and senior associate Ekaterina Mayorova, who ‘quickly focuses on the main legal arguments in banking negotiations’, are the other names to note.

Leading individuals

Alexander Zharskiy - ALRUD Law Firm

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm has ‘a proactive approach, answering all queries in the shortest possible time and fully meeting all requirements’. Key partner Anton Dzhuplintakes a strategic approach to each issue’, and Alexander Zharskiy is noted for his mining, energy and real estate expertise.

Leading individuals

Alexander Zharskiy - ALRUD Law Firm

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Moscow
Commercial, corporate and M&A: Moscow - ranked: tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm is ‘a reliable partner when dealing with large-scale due diligence projects and M&A’, and ‘provides a multilateral analysis of emerging issues, adopting a constructive perception of the counterparty’s position and focusing on finding a solution’. Practice head Alexander Zharskiy has ‘robust sector expertise’, and recently advised Kansai Paint on its $572m acquisition of Helios Group. Maria Ostashenko heads the commercial practice, and Anton Dzhuplin has ‘good negotiation skills and a strong business understanding’.

Leading individuals

Alexander Zharskiy - ALRUD Law Firm

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Russia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 3

Alrud Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firmalways seeks the most effective solutions’ and is ‘always a few steps ahead of the opponents, allocating extra resources from its large team where necessary’. Vassily Rudomino has a strong track record in restructuring- and insolvency-related disputes, and has recently received a number of mandates from healthcare, life sciences and chemicals sector clients. Key partner Andrey Zharskiy is ‘an excellent lawyer with a broad range of expertise’.

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm

The ‘hands-on, responsive and professional’ team at ALRUD Law Firm has ‘a thorough, in-depth knowledge of procedural rules and material law’ and ‘offers a cost-effective approach to billing’. Practice head Vassily Rudomino is currently acting for a Russian subsidiary of Volkswagen in a number of damage recovery disputes initiated by dealers.

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Legal Developments in Russia

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