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Pepeliaev Group

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Moscow, St Petersburg

Russia

Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Pepeliaev Group

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

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Groupalways responds within the agreed timeframe’ and provides ‘a thorough risk analysis of each matter along with suggestions on how to mitigate accordingly’. Practice head Julia Borozdna is ‘very personable’ and advises on employment disputes.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 4

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Groupperforms tremendously when working on complex projects’, and has ‘in-depth knowledge of Russian oil and gas legislation, along with solid commercial understanding’. Sergey Pepeliaev has significant energy tax expertise; real estate specialist Natalia Stenina is ‘a real rainmaker, with the energy and commitment to drive projects forward’. Clients include Gazprom, Zarubezhneft and Alrosa.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group provides ‘a high level of professional support’ and is ‘a valuable partner in IP issues’. Practice head Valentina Orlova is praised for her ‘thorough analysis of complex issues’ and ‘efficient support across the full range of registration processes’. Work highlights included advising Rosatom on various patent registrations overseas, and representing Richter Gedeon Nyrt. in patent cancellation proceedings before the CPD.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group specialises in family and inheritance law, and advises on asset ownership structuring, personal data protection and immigration issues, among other matters. Managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev leads the group and handles personal taxation issues.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group provides ‘comprehensive support and excellent advice throughout each stage of a project’, ‘pulling out all the necessary stops to ensure that the project is implemented’. Corporate partner Natalia Steninahas in-depth knowledge of Russian construction legislation’. Vladimir Sokov is now with Dentons.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group is led by Rustem Ahmetshin, who has a strong track record in contentious TMT sector cases. Tax expert Natalia Kovalenko regularly advises on regulatory issues in the media and telecoms space.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group’s team ‘always tries to get a deep understanding of the client’s business and the case at hand’, and offers ‘comprehensive and detailed responses within the agreed timeframe’. Practice head Rustem Ahmetshin has extensive tax dispute experience, and Sergey Pepeliaev advises on corporate and personal taxation issues. Highlights included advising Gazprom on cross-border tax structuring.

Leading individuals

Rustem Ahmetshin - Pepeliaev Group

Sergey Pepeliaev - Pepeliaev Group

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Russia: Banking and finance

Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 4

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group specialises in the tax-related aspects of financial transactions, and also advises on transaction structuring and support. Igor Marmalidi handles international financial and investment transactions, and Ivan Khamenushko advises on the full spectrum of banking-related tax issues.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 4

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group’s pan-Russian practice specialises in banking disputes and bankruptcy matters. Recent highlights include acting for Rietumu Banka on a number of bankruptcy cases before the Court of Appeal. The team is led by Igor Marmalidi, who advises on banking and securities regulations and international financing and investment transactions.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Moscow
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Pepeliaev Group

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St Petersburg and elsewhere
Commercial, corporate and M&A: St Petersburg and elsewhere - ranked: tier 2

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group advises on corporate reorganisations, M&A, antitrust and compliance matters, and also has a strong track record in commercial contract drafting and corporate disputes. Key individuals include Sergey Spasennov, who specialises in foreign direct investments, restructuring and real estate transactions, and Sergey Sosnovsky, who advises on the tax aspects of transactions in the banking, real estate and oil and gas sectors. In a recent highlight, the team represented Daesung Industrial in a dispute regarding sale and purchase agreements for products manufactured in South Korea. Other active clients include Lenta, Maersk and Calsonic Kansei.

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Russia: Dispute resolution

Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Pepeliaev Group

At Pepeliaev Group, highlights included representing Thomson Reuters in a contract-related dispute. Yuriy Vorobyev heads the practice and focuses on disputes in the financial services sector; Roman Bevzenko has a strong track record in commercial disputes involving real estate and construction elements.

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Legal Developments in Russia

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  • 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 № 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.
  • 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’s 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.
  • 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