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Pepeliaev Group jointly with the State Historical Museum have republished a centuries old Siberian b

January 2016. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has contributed to the republishing of Siberia's Book of Business Records (Okladnaya Kniga) - a project launched by the State Historical Museum.  Siberia's Book of Business Records is a handwritten heritage document dating back to the end of the seventeenth century. It contains exhaustive data on Siberia's business, financial and political life.

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Pepeliaev Group has successfully defended a major foreign bank in a case concerning the deduction o

December 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

At the end of November 2015, a tax authority handed down a decision based on the results of a field tax audit of a foreign bank. The authority went back on a point that had previously been demonstrated in terms of expenses relating to futures transactions being legitimately deducted from the tax base for profit tax. Including fines, the amount claimed was more than RUB 300 million.

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Pepeliaev Group tops the Pravo.Ru-300 rankings

December 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group is, for the fifth time,  winner of the 'Best reputation on the market' category in the Pravo.Ru-300 rankings, with the firm being awarded the maximum score.

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Pepeliaev Group has successfully challenged the cadastral value of the Central Children's Store on L

December 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has successfully completed a project in which the law firm challenged the cadastral value that had been set for the premises of  the Central Children's Store on Lubyanka. The project was ongoing for over a year, coming to an end when the Moscow City Court adopted its decision on case No. 3-0075/2015. That decision recently came into legal force.

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Pepeliaev Group announces opening of associated offices in China

December 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

specialised practice group, known as the Chinese Desk, that will provide legal assistance for Chinese investors in Russiaand Russian investors doing business in China. During the most recent business mission of delegates from Pepeliaev Group to China, it was announced that the firm is opening associated offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

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The Russian Constitutional Court has upheld Sony Mobile’s appeal, which was prepared by lawyers

July 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Russia's Constitutional Court has held to be invalid the requirement of the Russian Tax Code that a taxpayer should include in its tax base for VAT not only the cost of goods (work, or services) sold, but also the amount of an insurance payout the taxpayer has received because the buyer has breached its obligation to pay for the goods (work or services). 

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Pepeliaev Group Impresses in the IFLR 1000

July 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The annual international IFLR 1000 ratings have named Pepeliaev Group among the top firms for legal support on restructuring and bankruptcy projects (Tier 3). Though much of the firm’s work remains confidential, there are a few matters, which are public knowledge. One example is advising a former shareholder and the CEO of Sitronics during an application for subsidiary liability to be imposed on them in the context of the bankruptcy case of ZAO Digital Electronics.

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Pepeliaev Group successfully appealed on behalf of Sony

July 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The Russian Constitutional Court has accepted for prosecution an appeal by LLC Sony Mobile Communications Rus, which is represented by law firm Pepeliaev Group.

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The Russian Constitutional Court sides with Pepeliaev Group’s and Zapolyarneft's lawyers

June 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

On 2 June 2015, the Russian Constitutional Court announced its resolution concerning the claim of OOO Zapolyarneft stating that environmental charges imposed on this company were disproportionate. One of the rules of the Russian Forestry Code and the Russian Government's resolution based on it were recognised as inconsistent with the Constitution.

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Pepeliaev Group's representatives have once again visited China

June 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

A delegation from Pepeliaev Group law firm has made a further business visit to China. Our team included Senior Partner Rustem Ahmetshin, Partner Yuri Vorobyev and Head of Real Estate and Construction Practice Natalya Stenina. 

Seminars were held for representatives of Chinese business community in Beijing (21 May) and Shanghai (20 May) under the auspices of Russia's Trade Representation in China. 

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Pepeliaev Group at the V St. Petersburg International Legal Forum

June 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group took part in the V St. Petersburg International Legal Forum (SPILF), which was held in St. Petersburg from 26 to 30 May. 

On the opening day of the forum, Sergey Pepeliaev, Managing Partner of Pepeliaev Group, spoke at the V Annual Workshop of the Russian Corporate Counsel Association. The title of the talk was: "How can Russia come out on top against competing legal systems?" Mr Pepeliaev will moderate the event and make a presentation about the new role and tasks of Russian law in the context of a changed world order.

At the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Sergey Pepeliaev participated in the roundtable discussion "Regulating state procurement and procurement by state-owned companies" on 28 May, with a presentation titled: "Boosting Russian legal consulting through the state procurement system". 

A roundtable discussion titled "The regional development and investment climate: New legal solutions" was organised by OJSC "MMC "NORILSK NICKEL". Those taking part in the discussion considered legal and economic tools for developing the country's regions, as well as the collaboration of the state and business with regard to increasing the regions' investment potential and many other issues. Egor Lysenko, Head of the Siberia office of Pepeliaev Group, was invited to participate in the roundtable discussion. 

Every year, the SPILF offers its guests not only a varied professional programme but also a lot of entertainment events in the planning of which Pepeliaev Group is directly involved. As the co-organiser of the Best Legal Departments ceremony, hosted by the Legal Insight journal, Pepeliaev Group once again offered a fun but challenging quiz to its guests.

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Pepeliaev Group takes top placings in the Chambers Europe 2015 ratings

May 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group’s tax practice (Band 1) has once again been hailed as the best on the Russian market according to the Chambers Europe 2015 international legal ratings. Clients surveyed by the experts of Chambers Europe consider that “the lawyers dig deep to find issues that play a role in the mandate," while the team stands out because it “is flexible and understands clients' needs."

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Pepeliaev Group tops the Best Lawyers 2015 ranking

April 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The authoritative international ranking of law firms Best Lawyers 2015 has hailed Pepeliaev Group as Top Listed in Tax. This means that Pepeliaev is recognised as the top firm in Russian tax law. The award is handed to firms whose lawyers occupy the highest positions in the rankings within a certain region and practice area.


The reviewers of the Best Lawyers set great store by the professional achievements of Managing Partner Sergey Pepeliaev, Senior Partners Rustem Ahmetshin and Ivan Khamenushko, Partner Valentina Akimova, together with Head of Pepeliaev Group's St. Petersburg office Sergey Spasennov, and Head of the Tax Practice in the St. Petersburg office Sergey Sosnovsky.

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Finishing the restoration of the 13th century Novgorod "Book of the Helmsman"

April 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group and the State Historical Museum are pleased to announce that they have completed the unique project to restore the 13th century Novgorod "Book of the Helmsman".

The Novgorod "Book of the Helmsman" was created in 1280 as one of the first legal documents in Ancient Rus. Apart from Byzantine records (such as the "Syntagma Canonum" and the Serbian-edited "Nomocanon"), it comprises Russian legislative acts, including the oldest known copy of the "Russkaya Pravda" (‘Russian Justice’) and the "Zakon Sudnyi Liudem" (‘Court Law for the People’ legal codes. In the 14th century, the compendium was updated with the Prince Vladimir Charter (the oldest copy) and the Prince Svyatoslav Olgovich Charter.
The restoration work performed on the book was so complicated that the Museum's administration had to spend six months just to find an expert who would be ready to take on the restoration of the antique tome.

Pepeliaev Group initiated the restoration of the first known code of laws and rules of Ancient Rus (which is regarded as the first Russian state). This formed a part of the firm’s activities aimed at fostering science and culture and promoting the study of legal history.

Sergey Pepeliaev, Managing Partner of Pepeliaev Group, commented on why the firm decided to support this project in particular. "Legal culture has very long traditions in Russia - this is something to remember and be proud of,” he noted. “By participating in the restoration of the Novgorod "Book of the Helmsman", we believe that we have helped to promote the rule of law."

Alexey Levykin, Director of the State Historical Museum, also spoke about the project. "We are deeply appreciative of Pepeliaev Group's support of for the project to restore one of the rarest pieces of our museum - the Novgorod "Book of the Helmsman",” he said. “Experts have for a long time been banging the drum for the manuscript to be restored. but it was not until recently that we have obtained the opportunity to implement this project - thanks to the support from our partners. After meticulous restoration, this rarest document in Old Russian has taken its rightful place in the display of the Historical Museum."

Pepeliaev Group is a leading Russian law firm offering the full range of legal services in all regions of Russia, most former Soviet countries and abroad. Over 160 lawyers in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk, as well as in Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (within the alliance with Russin & Vecchi), provide legal assistance to over 1,500 companies operating in various industries. 50% of these are international corporations implementing long-term investment projects in Russia. 

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Pepeliaev Group's mission to London

March 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

A delegation from Pepeliaev Group recently made a business visit to London. During the trip, the firm's lawyers took part in seminars organised jointly with leading British law firms.

 

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Chambers Global again names Pepeliaev Group as top law firm for tax litigation

March 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The international Chambers Global 2015 rankings have again hailed the Tax Practice of Pepeliaev Group and its Managing Partner Sergey Pepeliaev the best in Russia in tax litigation (band 1 and Star Individuals).

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Pepeliaev Group figures at the top of the Tax Director's Handbook 2015 international ratings

March 2015. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Law firm Pepeliaev Group has headed the Director's Handbook 2015 influential international rating in the "Leading tax law firm" category (Tier 1).

The official press release for the ratings advises that Pepeliaev Group brings together the largest tax team in Russia. The team consists of 70 fee-earnersworking under the ‘expert guidance’ of Sergey Pepeliaev,whose ‘astonishing attention to detail and commitment are matched only by his knowledge of Russia’s legal system’.    

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Pepeliaev Group heads the Pravo.Ru-300 ranking

December 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

For the fourth time, Pepeliaev Group has topped the Pravo.Ru-300 reputational ranking. The firm was awarded the maximum possible points in its category.

Pravo.Ru-300's experts acknowledge the firm as occupying leading positions in areas including Tax Law, Commercial Real Estate and Construction, Natural Resources and Energy, Commercial Arbitration, Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property. In addition, the analysts gave high ratings to the results of the firm's projects in Corporate Law and International Arbitration.

"We appreciate our colleagues' high opinion of our accomplishments and professionalism," commented Sergey Pepeliaev, managing partner of Pepeliaev Group. The 'best reputation in the market' is a very satisfying title, but with it comes great responsibility. From year to year we do work with utmost quality because we understand the level of expertise and services that our clients expect. Successfully solving their business tasks will always remain our main priority."

This is the fourth successive year that Pepeliaev Group has headed the Pravo.Ru-300 ranking and has claimed the 'Best reputation in the market' award. In this category, law firms evaluate one another.
The Pravo.Ru-300 ranking is based on a firm's financial and statistical data, an analysis of the firm's largest and most important projects during the period as well as peer reviews and evaluations by fellow professionals.

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Valentina Orlova hailed as the top IP expert, according to Managing IP

December 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Valentina Orlova, Head of the Intellectual Property and Trademarks Practice at Pepeliaev Group, has been named as 'IP Star in Trademarks' - the highest award of the influential international directory Managing Intellectual Property. The title in question is given to IP experts from different countries.

Pepeliaev Group's Intellectual Property and Trademarks Practice was also highly acclaimed in the study by Managing IP.
Mrs Orlova was given the prestigious award for her outstanding results in the area of IP protection. Valentina advises clients in relation to copyright, related rights, patent law, selective breeding achievements, and means of identification (such as trademarks, corporate names, and commercial designations). When giving advice, she focuses in particular on creating security for and protecting know-how, introducing commercial confidentiality regimes, allocating and securing the rights to intellectual property, and means of identification within contractual relationships.

Mrs Orlova played a role in drafting and providing commentaries on Russian legislation regarding trademarks. Before joining Pepeliaev Group, Valentina headed the legal department of Rospatent (the Federal Service for Intellectual Property).
The Managing IP directory was founded in 1990 and it remains one of the key sources of news and analytical information concerning IP protection worldwide.

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Pepeliaev Group tops the 'World Transfer Pricing 2015' ratings

October 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Law firm Pepeliaev Group has been named the top Russian adviser (Tier 1) for transfer pricing according to the ITR's 'World Transfer Pricing 2015' international tax ratings.

Those compiling the ratings set much store by a series of the firm's transactions: Pepeliaev Group represented a major oil and gas corporation in a dispute regarding additional tax being assessed based on transfer pricing principles.  Moreover, the firm's lawyers analysed, for a pharmaceutical corporation, the potential customs and tax implications of intra-group prices being reduced. They also handled a range of other large-scale projects.

The professionalism of Pepeliaev Group's specialists was also rated highly in Tax Controversy Leaders 2014,  the leading global guide to advisers on tax disputes. Featuring in the ratings were managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev, senior partners Rustem Ahmetshin and Andrey Nikonov, and head of analytics Vadim Zaripov. 
To take top spot (Tier 1) in the ratings, a company needs to play a substantial role in the relevant sector in its own jurisdiction, providing legal services across the board in relation to transfer pricing.  Moreover, it is a mandatory condition that the firm has a large number of clients engaged across different areas of the national economy. 
Earlier this year, Pepeliaev Group won in the category 'European tax transaction of the year in the energy sector' , as rated by the ITR European Tax Awards.  This involved the production sharing agreement drafted by Pepeliaev Group for the Russian Energy Ministry being acknowledged as the most significant in Europe. The agreement set a specific tax regime for investors during development of the Khvalynsk deposit. 

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Pepeliaev Group employees named among Russia's top managers

October 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Employees of Pepeliaev Group figure prominently in the ‘Top-1000 Russian Managers' ratings. The firm's marketing director Ekaterina Kleimenova, finance director Alexander Nuzhdin, and IT director Dmitry Fadeev have all been named among the five best managers in Russia in their respective professional fields. The ratings were compiled by the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant publishing house. 

Ekaterina Kleimenova has been successfully working to promote Pepeliaev Group over many years. She implements an effective marketing and PR strategy, as well as maintaining a favourable image for the firm.  Under Ekaterina's direction, our firm's marketing team has grown thanks to the addition of high-quality specialists with experience of working in international business associations and leading media sources. These supplement employees whose professional development has been achieved within the firm.  The current image of the firm is due in large measure to the effective work done by Ekaterina and our marketing department as a whole. Under Ekaterina's leadership, one of the roles the department performs is as a fee-earning unit. It runs the 'Academy of Law' project and arranges open educational events.

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Pepeliaev Group - Russin & Vecchi alliance at the Sakhalin Oil & Gas Conference

August 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Lawyers from Pepeliaev Group's alliance with Russin & Vecchi will take part in the 18th international Sakhalin Oil & Gas Conference from 22 to 25 September 2014 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Pepeliaev Group's Director of Offshore Projects & PSA Group Pavel Kondukov will address the conference on topical issues and the anticipated changes in the taxation of companies in the Far East and Sakhalin. Sergei Lazarev, Managing Partner of Russin & Vecchi, will speak on "Contract labour in Russia.  Now that the law has been adopted, you need to prepare for the changes".
Those taking part in the Conference will also have the opportunity to benefit from tax and customs advice from the alliance's leading experts: joining Pavel Kondukov and Sergei Lazarev will be Olga Evseeva, an associate from Pepeliaev Group's Customs Law and Foreign Trade Regulation Practice.
Every year the Sakhalin Oil & Gas Conference brings together major players from the oil and gas industry worldwide. It gives them the opportunity to talk over the most pressing issues facing the sector and to share their experience on a range of difficult topics. The event is supported by the Government of the Sakhalin Region.
This year, special emphasis will be placed on analysing the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 projects, and on discussing the world liquefied natural gas markets. Also coming under the microscope will be Russia's role in the Asian and Pacific markets, transportation and logistics issues in the Far East and safeguarding industrial and environmental safety during exploration for and the production of hydrocarbons.
Among the keynote speakers at the Conference will be Alexander Khoroshavin, Governor of the Sakhalin Region, who will talk about the role of Sakhalin and the Russian Far East in the World Energy System. The many other notable industry figures alongside him will include Kirill Molodtsov, Deputy Minister of Energy, JSC GAZPROM Deputy Chairman Aleksandr Medvedev, President & Country Chair of Shell in Russia Olivier Lazare, and Vice President of Exxon Neftegas Ltd Roger Higham.

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Pepeliaev Group announces that new partners have been elected

August 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

 

Pepeliaev Group announces that three new partners of the firm have been elected. In August 2014 heads of the Employment and Migration Law Practice, Customs & Foreign Trade Regulation Practice and Dispute Resolution & Mediation Practice have become partners.

 


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Pepeliaev Group Impresses in the IFLR 1000 Ratings

July 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The annual international IFLR 1000 ratings have named Pepeliaev Group among the top firms for legal support on restructuring and bankruptcy projects (Tier 3) and in the energy sector (Tier 4).
According to the compilers of the ratings, the firm "deserves the highest evaluation in restructuring and bankruptcy". Clients describe the Head of the Dispute Resolution and Mediation Practice Group, Yulia Litovtseva as "a consummate professional in this area". 
In the energy and infrastructure sector, it was Head of the Offshore Projects and PSA Group Pavel Kondukov who was named as Pepeliaev Group's foremost specialist.
Pepeliaev Group was also recommended for its legal advisory work in Russia in banking and finance, infrastructure projects, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets (debt).
The success of our Banking and Finance Practice owes to the experience gained across more than two decades by Partner Igor Marmalidi, who joined Pepeliaev Group's team in 2012. Igor had previously spent 14 years heading the legal department at Citibank, where he directed legal support for the bank's operations in Ukraine and Kazakhstan as well as Russia. 
In M&A, our practice is flourishing under the direction of Senior Partner Vladimir Sokov. According to one of our clients, Vladimir is an eminent professional who is capable of "seeing the whole picture", pays "close attention to detail" and is "a master of his craft."  Another client gave top marks to Partner Ilya Bolotnov: "I thoroughly enjoyed working with Ilya.  He is a first-rate specialist who understands in depth what it takes to get M&A deals done in Russia."

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Pepeliaev Group tops the Chambers Europe 2014 ratings

July 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Chambers Europe 2014 has once again ranked Pepeliaev Group's Tax Practice among the best on the Russian legal market (Band 1). According to market research, the firm is marked out by its experienced team which provides support in complex lawsuits and easily handles tax issues. Pepeliaev Group's experts have profound knowledge of the legal sector since they are actively involved in legislative drafting work.

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Pepeliaev Group has been ranked among the most influential advisers in the M&A market

July 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has been ranked among the most influential legal advisers for mergers and acquisitions in 2013. The ranking was compiled by Russian M&A-Agency, a group of experts and analysts.

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Pepeliaev Group at the IV St Petersburg International Legal Forum

June 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

23 June 2014, Moscow
Pepeliaev Group's specialists were actively involved in the IV St Petersburg International Legal Forum, which took place between 18 and 21 June in Russia's ‘northern capital'.
On the first day of the Forum, Pepeliaev Group's managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev took part in a panel discussion of the topic: "The Russian legal industry at 20 years old: outcomes and prospects". This event was organised by RBC and the journal Legal Insight. The view of those was that the volume of work for Russian firms will soon increase, with the market expected to grow over the next two years.
Mr Pepeliaev noted that the current political situation could change the way resources are spread across the legal services market: for several years, the Russian legal industry has developed hand in hand with the advent of in-house legal departments within companies and the expansion of foreign law firms, but this could all now change.

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Pepeliaev Group wins the ITR "European Tax Transaction of the Year in the Energy Sector" award

June 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has won the ITR European Tax Award in the "European Tax Transaction of the Year in the Energy Sector" category.
The most significant tax transaction in the energy sector across Europe was the production sharing agreement drafted by Pepeliaev Group for the Russian Ministry of Energy, which set a special taxation regime for investors developing the Khvalynskoye field.
This project is of particular importance for the national energy sector and the Russian economy in general. It is based on an inter-governmental agreement entered into by Russia and Kazakhstan, and is only the fourth of its kind within Russia. The expert support that Pepeliaev Group provided to the representatives of the Ministry of Energy allowed the contract to be concluded on advantageous terms, ensuring that it was as efficient as possible for the Russian Federation, with the country's national interests safeguarded.

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AmCham: Pepeliaev Group is Company of the Year

June 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Law firm Pepeliaev Group has come out on top in the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) awards in the small and medium-sized enterprise category. The winners of the prestigious prizes were announced at a gala awards dinner held in Moscow on 29 May.

"The Chamber's mission of developing commercial links between Russia and the international community really strikes a chord with us," commented Pepeliaev Group's managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev. "As a national law firm, Pepeliaev Group is striving to guide business along what is not right now the easiest of paths. We provide support and guidance through the most dangerous and steepest legal twists and turns."

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Pepeliaev Group launches a service providing legal support for investors – a Korean Desk

June 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

On 1 June 2014, Pepeliaev Group launched a fully fledged service providing legal support for Korean investors in Russia - our Korean Desk. Pepeliaev Group's lawyers along with Korean specialists will provide support at all stages of a business process, including selecting a region to invest in, minimising the tax burden, dealing with state authorities, foreign trade regulation, and a host of other matters.

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ITR European Tax Awards nominates Pepeliaev Group in several categories

May 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

ITR European Tax Awards has included Pepeliaev Group in the nominations in four categories for the year 2014.
Pepeliaev Group will contest the awards for best Russian tax firm and the best adviser in the field of transfer pricing. In addition, Pepeliaev Group, together with a number of other companies, features in the "Best European Indirect Tax Adviser" category.
The production sharing agreement drafted by Pepeliaev Group for the Russian Ministry of Energy and setting a special tax regime for investors developing the Khvalynsk deposit, has been nominated in the category "European energy transaction of the year".
Those compiling the ratings have taken into consideration several aspects: the number of the team members involved in working on the draft (the organisers point out that this is an important factor but not the decisive one), how innovative the project was (whether the team was able to suggest in its advice new solutions for typical problems), the complexity of the task and creativeness in handling it.

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Julia Borozdna chairs the Employment Law Subcommittee of the Association of European Businesses

May 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Julia Borozdna, head of Pepeliaev Group's employment and labour law practice, has been named Chairperson of the Employment Law Subcommittee of the Association of European Businesses (AEB). The results of nominations to committees were announced at the AEB's annual meeting on 17 April.


The AEB's regulations preclude representatives of Russian companies from heading committees. However, in the case at hand the Association has departed from its own rules and appointed her to the post, in doing so taking account of Julia's specialist experience over many years and her outstanding service in reforming national employment law.
Over several years, Ms Borozdna has been an accredited member of the AEB and before being appointed to her new position she was deputy chair of the AEB's Employment Law Subcommittee.

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Sergey Pepeliaev is Lawyer of the Year according to Best Lawyers 2014

May 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The authoritative international legal guide Best Lawyers 2014 has named Sergey Pepeliaev, Managing Partner of Pepeliaev Group, as its Lawyer of the Year for litigation in Moscow.
Furthermore, since 2009 Mr. Pepeliaev has been a mainstay of the Best Lawyers ratings, appearing in the following categories: Banking and Finance Law, Arbitration and Mediation, Corporate Law, Tax Law, Tax Litigation, and Mergers and Acquisitions.

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Pepeliaev Group at the 10th annual Legal Forum

April 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has become the partner at Vedomosti newspaper's 10th annual legal forum, which will be held in Moscow on 17-18 April 2014.

It is noteworthy that, 10 years ago, it was Pepeliaev Group that was the driving force behind the first forum. Now the event has become a landmark occasion in the Russian legal calendar. Over the last decade, major business figures have come together every year, hosted by the newspaper Vedomosti, to discuss the most pressing issues facing the legal sector and Russia's judicial system.

The first day of the conference will feature a plenary session ‘Deoffshoring the economy and creating a favourable business environment', with Sergey Pepeliaev, managing partner of Pepeliaev Group, taking the chair.

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Once again, The Legal 500 has acknowledged Pepeliaev Group as a leader on the Russian legal market

April 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Once again, international legal directory The Legal 500 has named Pepeliaev Group Russia's best tax law firm (Tier 1).  Pepeliaev Group fields the largest tax team in Russia, working under the ‘expert guidance' of Sergey Pepeliaev, whose ‘astonishing attention to detail and commitment are matched only by his knowledge of Russia's legal system'.

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Pepeliaev Group’s partner speaks at the RICS conference at MIPIM (Cannes)

March 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Cannes, 11 March 2014


Pepeliaev Group has taken part in the conference "Just Imagine: Real Estate 2030" organised by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The event took place on 11 March 2014 in Cannes at the 25th property exhibition MIPIM 2014.
At the RICS conference, various practical professional issues were discussed, including the operation of buildings, assessment and information modelling of buildings, as well as agency. 
During the discussion, Alexey Konevsky, Partner at Pepeliaev Group, addressed legal aspects of Russia's real estate and construction sector, including opportunities for foreign investment.

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Cannes: Pepeliaev Group participates in a panel dedicated to development

March 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Cannes, 11 March 2014


Pepeliaev Group has participated in the workshop "Development: Evolution or Revolution?" organised by Kommersant Publishing House at the 25th property exhibition MIPIM 2014. The event took place on 11 March 2014 in Cannes.
The participants of the panel session discussed the main trends of global urban planning strategies, new approaches to developing areas in Moscow as well as the experience gained in the field of developing regional property and issues of raising investments (using Kaluga Region as an example).
The participants dwelled on the influence that vast transport projects on a federal level have on the economic, investment and social development of the Moscow Region, and the opportunities associated with the prospective development of industrial zones in the capital.
Natalia Stenina, Head of the Real Estate and Construction Practice at Pepeliaev Group, presented her expert opinion at the panel session concerning new legal mechanisms in the area, and spoke about what investors and owners should expect.

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Pepeliaev Group was general partner of an investment conference within the scope of MIPIM 2014

March 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

11 March 2014, Cannes


Pepeliaev Group law firm was a general partner of an investment conference "Moscow in the global real estate market " organised by the Moscow Government in association with The Moscow Times within the scope of the 25th real estate fair MIPIM 2014. The event took place on 11 March 2014 in Cannes.
The conference featured a discussion of topical issues connected with development of the Moscow real estate market. Experts provided a review of international investment activity in the Russian capital based on results of the last year and also talked about the measures aimed at improving the city's investment climate on the global real estate market.
Those taking part in the conference considered the legal issues connected with regulation of land matters in Moscow and also analysed key transactions concluded in 2013-2014 on the real estate market of the Russian capital. Among other things, participants of the discussion provided their forecasts for short-term and long-term development prospects of the all-Russian real estate market.
Vladimir Sokov, Senior Partner at Pepeliaev Group, provided his authoritative opinion on topical issues discussed during the investment conference.

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Pepeliaev Group has been named one of the Best National Law Firms in international commercial arbitr

March 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

4 March 2014, Moscow

According to Legal Insight, Pepeliaev Group is one of the Best National Law Firms in international commercial arbitration in the CIS. The research was carried out together with the Russian Arbitration Association and CIS Arbitration Forum, while Deloitte counted the votes.
A nominee's score was based on the number of votes for that nominee in an online poll and expert interviews with partners of law firms, heads of legal departments of leading companies and arbitrators. On the whole, 21 national law firms (from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine) were named within the scope of this research.

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Chambers and Partners nominates Pepeliaev Group for the 2014 Russian Law Firm of the Year award

March 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Chambers and Partners, the international directory of law firms, has nominated Pepeliaev Group in the category of Best National Law Firm of the Year 2014. The 2014 Chambers Europe Awards ceremony will take place in London on 24 April 2014.

The Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence reflect which law firms occupy the leading positions in key areas of the law. The list of Chambers Europe Awards nominees is drawn up annually and is based on data relating to a firm's large-scale projects, its strategic growth and exceptional client service. Pepeliaev Group has been included in the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence shortlist for the last three years.

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Pepeliaev Group’s Alexey Konevsky speaks at international investment conference held in Germany

March 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Alexey Konevsky, Partner "Real Estate and Construction" at Pepeliaev Group, was invited to speak at the international conference "A Growing Market. Modernisation. Medium-Sized Business". Dedicated to improving Russia's investment reputation in Germany, the conference was held in Berlin on 21 February 2014.

The event was organised by the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce and the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce.

Those present discussed Russia's economy and possibilities for economic cooperation between Russia and Germany, including opportunities for German businesses in Russia.

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Pepeliaev Group successfully holds a panel within the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum

March 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

On 27 February 2014, Pepeliaev Group held, within the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum, a panel dedicated to: "What the Krasnoyarsk Region should do to become an investment leader for Russian and global businesses."

At the panel session, experts, representatives of business and state authorities exchanged opinions on how to improve the Region's position in the national ratings for investment climate and what tools should be implemented to support entrepreneurs.

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Moscow Region Chamber of Attorneys honours Pepeliaev Group lawyers

February 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The Moscow Region Chamber of Attorneys has begun 2014 by honouring various Pepeliaev Group lawyers, awarding them the prestigious Federal Chamber of Lawyers' medals ‘For services in defending citizens' rights and freedoms' (2nd level).

Senior partner Ivan Khamenushko and head of tax practice group Andrey Duyunov have been rewarded for their work in defending the constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens. Moreover, the panel noted the substantial contribution of head of information and analytics Vadim Zaripov in developing both the academic and practical strands of tax law. Senior associate Konstantin Sasov received his award for developing tax, customs, administrative and constitutional law in both an academic and a practical sense.

The panel also praised the contribution of Pepeliaev Group's lawyers in educating young attorneys.

"It is pleasing to know that Moscow Region Chamber of Attorneys has recognised the contribution our lawyers have made to the development of Russian law," said Sergey Pepeliaev, the managing partner of the firm. "Educating young lawyers is one of Pepeliaev Group's overriding objectives, because in this way we contribute to the common cause, instilling high standards of professional ethics in the specialists of tomorrow."

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Pepeliaev Group advises UFG Asset Management on its purchase of Obolenskoye Pharmaceutics

February 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group advises United Financial Group Asset Management on its purchase of a majority interest in Obolenskoye Pharmaceutics


The lawyers of Pepeliaev Group's corporate practice advised United Financial Group Asset Management on its purchase of a 80.55% majority interest in Obolenskoye Pharmaceutics CJSC, a leading Russian pharmaceuticals producer. This transaction resulted in the largest pharmaceuticals holding being established in Russia. The transaction to acquire the enterprise was closed at the end of September.                                             

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Pepeliaev Group tops the Pravo.ru-300 ratings for 2013

January 2014. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group continues to head the reputation category and is among the three most in-demand, professional and first-rate law firms in Russia, according to the Pravo.ru-300 ratings for 2013. 

Pravo.ru-300's experts consider Pepeliaev Group the leader in tax law, civil litigation procedure, commercial real estate and construction, antitrust law, natural resources and energy, bankruptcy and international arbitration: http://pravo.ru/stat/rating2013_results/   

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Pepeliaev Group makes The Lawyer’s list of top law firms

December 2013. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Prestigious international publication The Lawyer has shortlisted Pepeliaev Group in the Best Russian Law Firm category for The Lawyer European Awards 2014 (http://www.thelawyereuropeanevent.com/).

The Lawyer is among the most prestigious legal magazines globally. The nominees for the award consist solely of firms of international renown, whose reputations are fully matched by the elevated professional standards they embody. The shortlist is selected by an independent jury consisting of in-house lawyers from top-name companies, as well as lawyers from private practice and the heads of law firms. The experts take into account not only opinions about a nominee from leading market players, but also the number of successful projects the firm in question has handled. As a result, lawyers, legal departments and law firms as a whole may all be shortlisted.

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Pepeliaev Group nominated for 2013 Best European Law Firm

October 2013. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group is the only law firm from Russia nominated for 2013 Best European Law Firm - European Law Firm of the Year 2013 in the annual British Legal Awards organized by Legal Week magazine.


Legal Week's experts have noted the excellent performance of Pepeliaev Group in the FIFA project leading up to the 2018 World Cup being held in Russia. Our firm's lawyers were also commended for setting precedents in commercial (‘arbitration') court practice on a number of thorny issues for business, including court costs being reimbursed to legal representatives. The jury also noted Pepeliaev Group's role as legal adviser in the transaction that involved SCA purchasing a European subdivision of Georgia-Pacific for EUR 1.32 billion. The transaction covered a range of legal matters and several practice areas of the firm worked on it, handling M&A, corporate law, antimonopoly compliance and environmental issues.

Pepeliaev Group is the leading Russian full-service law firm, operating in all regions of Russia and the CIS. The firm has more than 180 lawyers based in three offices (Moscow, St. Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk) and provides legal support to more than 1,000 companies, over 60% of them multinational corporations implementing long-term investment projects in Russia.

"Most our current large-scale projects touch on several areas of law, so they require us to follow an integrated approach, involving specialists from different units in our firm," explains Sergey Pepeliaev, managing partner of Pepeliaev Group. "For instance, the project in which we are providing legal support to FIFA in its preparations for the 2018 World Cup is now in its second year, and it is such a vast undertaking that lawyers from the corporate, commercial, real estate and construction, employment and migration, foreign trade regulation, intellectual property and antimonopoly practice groups are working on it at the same time".

Legal Week magazine's British Legal Awards mark the achievements of law firms, legal departments and individual lawyers. The independent jury choosing the winners in each category comprises representatives of household-name companies, practitioners from and the heads of law firms. Prizes may be awarded to individuals, as well as in-house legal departments and law firms. Apart from the feedback of market players, the experts take account of projects that firms have handled successfully.

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Pepeliaev Group participates in the programme for supporting small business

July 2013. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has signed a public contract with the government of the City of Moscow to provide legal and analytical support to the Headquarters for protecting lawful rights and interests of business entities in Moscow. The Headquarters' activities are supervised by the City of Moscow Department for science, industrial policy and entrepreneurship.

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Pepeliaev Group shortlisted for The 2013 Chambers Europe Awards

February 2013. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has been nominated by Chambers and Partners, the international directory of law firms, for the 2013 leading national law firm in Russia award (Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence).

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Pepeliaev Group’s Siberian Office Opens in Krasnoyarsk

February 2013. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

February 2013 will see Pepeliaev Group branch out into Siberia, as it creates a permanent presence in Krasnoyarsk. Opening an office in Siberia is part of the leading Russian law firm's programme to continue its regional growth and support its clients.

The office in Krasnoyarsk has been opened to provide dedicated services for the convenience of Pepeliaev Group's clients in Siberia. The office will provide the full range of legal services, advising on tax, corporate, antimonopoly, land, employment, customs, commercial and intellectual property issues, defending business in administrative and criminal law matters, and handling even the most complicated commercial and tax disputes.

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The Russian Tax Summit, supported by Pepeliaev Group

January 2013. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

On 12 December 2012, there was a discussion of short-term trends in Russian tax policy at a tax summit organised by news agency RIA Novosti and the Moscow News newspaper with the support of Pepeliaev Group. Those taking part included representatives of the Russian Finance Ministry, the CEOs of major companies, lawyers, economists and experts.

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Pepeliaev Group’s website was the most frequently cited in 2012

January 2013. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The website of Pepeliaev Group, at www.pgplaw.ru, was the most frequently cited website in 2012 out of all Russian law firms. The Russian Agency of Legal and Court Information, known by the Russian acronym ‘RAPSI', compiled the ratings in December 2012: http://rapsinews.ru/social_ratings/court-websites-law-firms/.

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Pepeliaev Group is one of the leading Russian law firms in the private equity market

December 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group is regarded as one of the top Russian law firms providing advice in the private equity sector. The winners at the PREQVECA Awards-2012 for their achievements in private equity and venture capital were selected according to the votes of clients. The awards took place in Moscow at the IV Russian Private Equity Congress.

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TAXAND NAMED ‘WORLDWIDE TAX ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR’ IN CORPORATE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2012

December 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group is Taxand Russia.

"Pepeliaev Group - Taxand is a respected contender in the market with a distinguished managing partner who is recognised among peers and clients. Sergey Pepeliaev heads the department, which has achieved a high percentage of successful outcomes from judicial cases in the country." - World Tax 2013.

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World Tax 2013 ranked Pepeliaev Group

November 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group is Taxand Russia. World Tax 2013 ranked Pepeliaev Group - Taxand as Tier 2.

"Pepeliaev Group - Taxand is a respected contender in the market with a distinguished managing partner who is recognised among peers and clients. Sergey Pepeliaev heads the department, which has achieved a high percentage of successful outcomes from judicial cases in the country." - World Tax 2013.

Clients highlighted Sergey Savseris and Mikhail Zausalin for their expertise in tax litigation. One said: "We are greatly satisfied with the services received from Pepeliaev Group in Russia. The most impressive areas of service is in their preparation for the courts, using different ways to build the right defence, and participation in the court."

As part of the Taxand global network, Pepeliaev Group benefits from the collaboration with independent member firms in almost 50 countries with more than 300 tax partners and 2,000 tax advisors.

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Pepeliaev Group and TerraLex Hold Joint Conference in Moscow

November 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The Northern Europe Regional Law Firm Meeting for TerraLex member firms, jointly organised by Pepeliaev Group and TerraLex, was held in November 2012 in Moscow.

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Pepeliaev Group’s Russian business breakfast in Dublin

November 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

On 3 October 2012, Pepeliaev Group held a Russian business breakfast at the annual conference of the IBA (International Bar Association), which took place in Dublin, Ireland.

Ilya Bolotnov, a partner at Pepeliaev Group, took part in the discussion at a special session devoted to the effective safeguarding of competition in the BRICS countries. The session also involved an address from Andrey Tsyganov, deputy head of the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service, and heads of the competition authorities of other countries. "We discussed the specifics of antimonopoly regulation in Russia," explained Mr. Bolotnov, "and exchanged views of our own countries' experience of international enforcement practice." 

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2012 Northern Europe Regional Business Development Meeting

November 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the TerraLex Northern Europe Regional Business Development Meeting taking place in Moscow on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16.

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The Lawyer Ranks Pepeliaev Group as 2012 Best Law Firm in Russia and CIS

October 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The Lawyer, the authoritative international legal publication, has ranked Pepeliaev Group as 2012 Best Law Firm: Russia and the CIS.

Every year The Lawyer, as one of the world's most respected legal publications, selects the best law firms that have earned recognition in the international community and whose professional skills and competence have been noted by their clients and colleagues. The independent jury choosing the winners in each nomination comprises heads of legal departments in household name companies, as well as heads of law firms. Apart from the feedback of the market players, the experts take account of firms' successful projects, quality of services and customer care standards.

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Pepeliaev Group bolsters its Banking and Finance Practice

October 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

16th October 2012 - Igor Marmalidi has joined Pepeliaev Group as partner and head of Banking and Finance Practice. Prior to joining Pepeliaev Group, Igor has served for 14 years as Head of the Legal Department of Citibank providing legal support for Citibank’s businesses in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.  He graduated from the International Law Faculty of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and received a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) at Case Western Reserve University (USA).  Before joining Citibank, Igor spent several years working as a lawyer at Russian and international law firms in Moscow and New York City.  He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, USA.

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The 7th Siberian Tax Forum and legal business seminar

October 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

On 21 September 2012, Pepeliaev Group and the magazine "Nalogoved" (www.nalogoved.ru) organized the 7th Siberian Tax Forum in Krasnoyarsk. 

The Siberian Tax Forum is a very well known event in business and professional circles in East Siberia. It brings together leading experts, lawyers, judges, representatives of the Ministry of Finance and tax authorities in Russia to discuss areas of specific interest and concern in tax law. The decisions then taken help to shape the country's judicial practice; more often than not, they are the reason behind amendments made to Russian tax law.

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THE LAWYER RANKED PEPELIAEV GROUP AMONG THE BEST LAW FIRMS

September 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

August, 2012 - The respected publication, The Lawyer, has included Pepeliaev Group in the list of finalists competing for the title of Russia’s best law firm in 2012. The winner will be announced in October of this year.

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PEPELIAEV GROUP STRENGTHENS ITS REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION PRACTICE

September 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

August, Moscow 2012 - Alexey Konevsky, the Head of Pepeliaev Group's Real Estate and Construction Practice, has been elected a Partner of the firm.

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The Lawyer ranked Pepeliaev Group among the best law firms

September 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The respected publication, The Lawyer, has included Pepeliaev Group in the list of finalists competing for the title of Russia’s best law firm in 2012. The winner will be announced in October of this year.

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Pepeliaev Group strengthens its Real Estate and Construction Practice

September 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Alexey Konevsky, Pepeliaev Group’s Head of Real Estate and Construction, has been elected a partner of the firm. Alexey graduated from St Petersburg State University in 1999.

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Taxand takes home six awards at the ITR EUROPE AWARDS 2012

June 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Taxand, the world’s largest global organisation of independent tax advisors to multinational businesses, has been voted ‘European Private Equity Tax Team of the Year’ by the International Tax Review (ITR) magazine, at its eighth annual European Tax Awards in London on 16th May.

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Pepeliaev Group strengthens in Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare

May 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

In April 2012, Pepeliaev Group’s Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Group was strengthened by the recruitment of Irina Naumenko as a Senior Associate. Irina joins from a major pharmaceutical company.

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The Legal 500 recommends Pepeliaev Group

April 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa 2012, an international legal directory, has recommended Pepeliaev Group as a legal adviser for companies doing business in Russia.

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Pepeliaev Group heads the 2012 Chambers Europe Awards

April 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has been nominated as best law firm in Russia in 2012 by law firm ratings agency ĐĄhambers Europe. The 2012 Chambers Europe Awards ceremony will take place in Amsterdam on 10 May 2012.

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Pepeliaev Group’s anniversary

March 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Over this time, the firm has cemented its position as one of the top law firms in Russia, offering its clients an international level of quality and service, high-level expertise in all areas of its work and an impeccable reputation.

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Special DTT between Russia and United Arab Emirates

January 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group advises that on 7.12.2011 the Double Tax Treaty between Russian government and the Government of United Arab Emirates was signed in Abu Dhabi. This DTT is very unusual because it isn’t based on the OECD Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital and tax benefits would be applied only by government’s offices of the both countries.

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Pepeliaev Group heads the 2011 Pravo.ru ratings

January 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has topped the 2011 Pravo.ru-300 ratings of Russian law firms and been hailed as the best in the areas of tax and labour law (http://pravo.ru/stat/rating2011_results/)

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Pepeliaev Group is on the committee dealing with cross-border trade

January 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The Pepeliaev Group partner Galina Balandina has been elected to chair the Association of Russian Managers’ committee for cross-border trade in 2012. The firm has been working successfully with the Association of Russian Managers for ten years, having been represented on various of the Association’s committees and commissions and taking part in a number of its projects.

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Monitoring the Russian Justice Ministry’s enforcement of the law

January 2012. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group and the Russian Justice Ministry have signed an agreement to work together to monitor the enforcement of the law.

Under the agreement, Pepeliaev Group and the Justice Ministry will create joint working groups on the issue of monitoring the enforcement of the law, will arrange consultations and exchange information regarding the monitoring of the enforcement of the law and the results of that exercise, and will be involved in preparing and holding an annual academic and practical conference on the state of legislation and the enforcement of it.

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Pepeliaev Group nominated for European Legal Team of the Year

December 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group lawyers were nominated for the 2011 European Legal Team of the Year within the annual British Legal Awards held by Legal Week magazine.

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Sergey Pepeliaev is Russia’s most authoritative lawyer

December 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Sergey Pepeliaev, the Managing Partner of Pepeliaev Group, has been named Russia's most authoritative lawyer, according to the '10 most authoritative lawyers' ratings produced by journal Russian Reporter

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Pepeliaev Group has the most cited website

December 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The website of Pepeliaev Group atwww.pgplaw.ru has topped the 2011 charts for the most cited law firm website. The ratings were issued in November 2011 by the Russian Agency for Legal and Judicial Information (RALJI) (http://infosud.ru/social_ratings/citation-index/).

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Pepeliaev Group managers lead the way in the ‘TOP-1000 Russian Managers’ ratings

December 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Alexander Nuzhdin, the Finance Director of law firm Pepeliaev Group, Ekaterina Kleimenova, the firm’s Marketing Director, and Alexander Vinogradov, its Deputy CEO, had been named among the best managers of 2011 in the annual ‘Top-1000 Russian Managers’ survey carried out by the Association of Russian Managers and publishing house Kommersant.

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Valentina Orlova speaking on the enforcement of intellectual property rights at RussiaTALK 2011

December 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Valentina Orlova, head of Pepeliaev Group’s intellectual property practice, told the RussiaTALK 2011 investment forum about the prospects of enforcing intellectual property rights in Russia. This annual forum hosted by the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce brings together delegates from leading British and Russian companies and the public authorities.

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Pepeliaev Group creates Direct Private Investments Group

August 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has formed a group specialising in supporting direct private investments. Having successfully completed a series of projects in this field and in view of clients’ heightened interest in it together with the experience our lawyers have accumulated, we have created a dedicated team of lawyers to support direct private investments.

 

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Pepeliaev Group is Best Russian Law Firm 2011

July 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has won the international prize Best Russian Law Firm 2011. The awards ceremony took place on 23 June in Paris as part of the annual International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards.

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Pepeliaev Group has a new corporate partner

July 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Ilya Bolotnov has been named a partner of Pepeliaev Group’s corporate division of with effect from 1 July 2011.      

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Pepeliaev Group rated by Chambers Europe among the top law firms in 2011

July 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Сhambers Europe , one of the top international legal directories, ranks Pepeliaev Group as an undisputed leader in Russian tax law in 2011. Sergey Pepeliaev, the firm’s managing partner, is recognised as Russia ’s best tax lawyer – Band Star (an absolute leader).

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Pepeliaev Group adds Lead Associates to key practice groups

June 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

In March 2011, Pepeliaev Group has strengthened two of its key practice areas by appointing Lead Associates.

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Pepeliaev Group Wins 2011 Real Estate Market Records Award

June 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group’s land, real estate and construction practice has received this year’s Real Estate Market Records Award, earning recognition as the best real estate team in 2011.

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Pepeliaev Group is number one for tax advice in Russia

May 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The International Tax Review journal has hailed Pepeliaev Group's tax practice as Russia 's best in the area of tax advice and tax law in 2011

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Corruption in the Name of ‘Democracy’: Sad Lessons of the 1990s

May 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Alexander Domrin, Candidate of Law (Russia), Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School) Head of Department for International Programs, Pepeliaev Group

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Pepeliaev Group is the top law firm for motivating staff

May 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has been hailed as the top firm in the “Staff Incentivisation” category in the Successful Personnel Management Awards organized by Legal Insight magazine.

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Preventing tax evasion – drafting legislation

May 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

An open All-Russian Contest for Draft Laws Against Tax Evasion has been launched. The contest has been initiated by Pepeliaev Group and is supported by the Russian Ministry of Finance.

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Foreign exchange losses from interest

May 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group advises that according to Russian Ministry of Finance, exchange losses on foreign currency interest are not deductible fr om taxable profit where such interest has been classified as dividends under clause 4 of article 269 of the Russian Tax Code (Letter No. 03-03-06/1/91 dated 11 February 2011).

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Pepeliaev Group appoints a new head of its intellectual property and trademark practice

April 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The new head of Pepeliaev Group’s intellectual property and trademark practice is Valentina Orlova. Prior to joining the firm, she was the head of the Legal Department in the Patents Office (Rospatent). She is also a member of Rospatent’s Scientific and Technical Council, professor, doctor of law, and academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

 

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Pepeliaev Group has been shortlisted for the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2011

March 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has been shortlisted for the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2011 amongst the best national law firms in Russia.

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Personal Lawyer Programme – legal first aid

March 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Pepeliaev Group has launched the “Personal Lawyer” legal support programme for private clients.

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Russia's tax strategy at the turn of the decade

March 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

On 14 December 2010, the 6th All-Russian Tax Forum, dedicated to ‘Russia’s tax strategy at the turn of the decade’, took place in Moscow.

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Current trends of the Russian real estate market at MIPIM 2011

March 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

“A significant growth in asset and property transactions compared with transactions with shares or participation interest against a backdrop of more severe judicial and administrative decisions,”

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Pepeliaev Group is an expert of Tax Policy Group of the Russian Government

March 2011. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Vadim Zaripov, Head of Analytical Department of Pepeliaev Group has become member of the Russian Government’s Tax Policy expert group.

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Pepeliaev Group lawyer becomes a Customs Union expert

December 2010. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Galina Balandina, a Pepeliaev Group partner and Head of the firm’s Customs Law and Foreign Trade Regulation Practice, has been named as a member of the Council of Experts of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

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Pepeliaev Group – leader of Russian legal business

December 2010. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

The portal Pravo.Ru has hailed Pepeliaev Group as a leader among Russian law firms.

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PEPELIAEV GROUP LISTED IN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION’S GUIDE TO FOREIGN LAW FIRMS

October 2010. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Moscow, Russian Federation – Pepeliaev Group has been selected to be included in the latest edition of the American Bar Association’s Guide to Foreign Law Firms, which was published in October with the cooperation of the ABA Section of International Law. Pepeliaev Group is a member of TerraLex, the worldwide network of independent law firms and a global source for business lawyers. 

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Hi-Tech Companies Need “Green Channel”

February 2010. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Lawyers from the customs and foreign trade regulation practice of Pepeliaev Group, headed by Galina Balandina, are delighted to announce completion of a project entitled “Green Channel” for innovation companies. The assignment was ordered by the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO). The project proposes a “Green Channel” for innovation companies, which will help remove a number of customs barriers and thereby expand the foreign economic activities of Russian hi-tech companies and also enhance the international exchange of research data between scientific and research institutions.

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Best Transfer Pricing Team 2010

February 2010. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

According to the results of the voting at World Finance Awards 2010 organised by the World Finance magazine, lawyers from Pepeliaev Group have been awarded the title of best transfer pricing specialists. Our lawyers were also nominated as Russia’s best tax specialists in the Best Tax Practice category at the Tax and Accountancy Awards 2010.

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From now on the decision of a foreign court may be enforced in Russia:

February 2010. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Even if no special international treaty is in place.     Attorneys from Pepeliaev Group proved in the Moscow Region Arbitration Court that the decision of a foreign court should be recognised and enforced in the Russian Federation even if no special international treaty is in place. The Russian Supreme Arbitration Court upheld these conclusions in December. The relevant ruling was published on 14 December 2009 on the web site of the Russian Supreme Arbitration Court (Ruling No. VAS-13688/09 of the Russian Supreme Arbitration Court, dated 7 December 2009, on the refusal to transfer the case to the Presidium of the Russian Supreme Arbitration Court).

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    The Federal Tax Service of Russia issued Letter № 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 № 163-FZ of 18.07.2017.
  • Information law for company participants – 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.
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    Author: Valentina Orlova, Head of Intellectual Property and Trademarks Practice, Pepeliaev Group
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    Authors: Sergey Klimenko, Head of Life Sciences Group; Yuri Yahin, Head of IP Group, Pepeliaev Group
  • A Look at Russia's Antimonopoly Legislation

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  • A NEW DEVELOPMENT IN CRIMINAL LIABILITY FOR RESTRICTING COMPETITION

    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