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Competition - ranked: tier 2


Dentons offers ‘an excellent level of service, suggesting compliant and practical solutions’ and providing ‘in-depth expertise’. Marat Mouradov has ‘extraordinary business acumen’ and ‘the unique skill of converting legal knowledge into business-oriented solutions’. The team regularly handles antimonopoly investigations and merger filings.

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Employment - ranked: tier 1


Dentons’ group has ‘excellent knowledge of the employment field and relevant case law’, and is praised for its ‘sophisticated winning strategies in litigation’. Marina Ryzhkova heads the practice and has ‘strong technical knowledge, a deep and diverse range of professional experience’ and is ‘able to win labour disputes other professionals regard as hopeless’. The firm has a strong track record in individual dismissals and mass lay-offs.

Leading individuals

Marina Ryzhkova - Dentons

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


Dentons is ‘knowledgeable and experienced in the renewables sector’, providing ‘brief, relevant and to-the-point advice with the right amount of depth’. Doran Doeh recently advised ONGC Videsh on its acquisition of shares in Vankorneft, a Rosneft subsidiary. Alexei Zakharko heads the practice.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1


The ‘strong’ team at Dentonsis able to quickly understand the issues at hand’ and ‘explains Russian procedures to international clients and internal legal teams very well’. Led by Denis Voevodin, the firm currently advises Gazprom on worldwide trade mark prosecution proceedings, and is also handling several trade mark registration matters for Rosatom. Victor Naumov is the other key figure.

Leading individuals

Victor Naumov - Dentons

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PPP and infrastructure projects
PPP and infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 1


Dentons has ‘unique expertise in PPP projects in Russia, and in-depth knowledge of the practical aspects of respective legislation’. The team advises on all stages of PPP and infrastructure projects, including financing, project agreements and issues related to construction, operation and maintenance. Karina Chichkanova is recommended. Ilya Skripnikov is now with EY Law.

Leading individuals

Karina Chichkanova - Dentons

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1


Dentons is ‘a market leader in the real estate sector’ and ‘combines deep expertise with a practical mindset and great efficiency’. Practice head Sergey Trakhtenberg is ‘a highly competent practitioner’ who recently advised UFG Real Estate on its acquisition of a Moscow office complex from Norilsk Nickel. Vladimir Sokov joined the firm in July 2018.

Leading individuals

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TMT - ranked: tier 1


Dentons’ team ‘always exceeds expectations when handling complicated, time-consuming projects with no standard legal solution’. The firm regularly advises on legislation and regulatory issues concerning new technologies, recently advising Grishin Robotics on the concept for the first draft law on robotics technology in Russia. IP specialist Victor Naumov heads the practice; Georgy Pchelintsev and Tatiana Nikiforova are also key figures.

Leading individuals

Victor Naumov - Dentons

Next generation lawyers

Tatiana Nikiforova - Dentons

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Tax - ranked: tier 2


Dentons provides ‘impressive client service’; ‘its advice is always practical, and the lawyers have in-depth knowledge of Russian tax issues’. Practice head Dzhangar Dzhalchinov focuses primarily on tax litigation, and recently represented Samsung in a dispute concerning a refund of overpaid customs and VAT. Counsel Boris Bruk advises on tax structuring concerning financial joint ventures.

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Transport - ranked: tier 2


Dentons provides ‘very quick response times and good flexibility’; its team ‘works with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail’. Andrei Strijak heads the practice, which recently advised a consortium of lenders on their acquisition of a 25% stake in Pulkovo Airport.

Leading individuals

Andrei Strijak - Dentons

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Russia: Banking and finance

Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 2


At Dentons, Timothy Stubbs is well regarded for his regulatory expertise, and Evgenia Laurson handles the full spectrum of financing matters in the energy and natural resources sectors. The team recently advised VTB Bank on a $260m financing to Sovcomflot for the construction of a liquefied natural gas tanker.

Leading individuals

Timothy Stubbs - Dentons

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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


Dentons provides ‘excellent value for money and strong client support’, and utilises its foreign desks in complex, cross-border transactions across a range of sectors. Richard Cowie is ‘a real fighter’ and ‘someone you want on your side when negotiations become tough’; he is praised by clients for ‘thinking outside the box and coming up with fast, workable solutions under time pressure’. Other key figures include Alexei Zakharko, who has notable expertise in the energy sector, and Maria Oleinik, whose experience spans oil and gas, mining and heavy industry. The team is currently advising Gazprom on its joint venture with Shell.

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St Petersburg and elsewhere
Commercial, corporate and M&A: St Petersburg and elsewhere - ranked: tier 1


Dentons provides ‘professional, timely and accurate advice’ and ‘manages each project with clarity and efficiency’. The team is notably active in the IT, TMT and e-commerce sectors, and has a strong track record of advising on domestic and cross-border deal structuring, sanctions issues and the antitrust aspects of transactions. Key figures include IP specialist Victor Naumov and Evgenia Teterevkova, whose ‘outstanding leadership ensures that everything runs like clockwork’. In a recent highlight, the team advised Grishin Robotics on the concept for the drafting of the first robotics law in Russia, focusing on the regulatory aspects of the use of artificial intelligence. Artem Zhavoronkov is now with Borenius.

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Russia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 2


Dentons advises clients on arbitration involving Russian law elements, and regularly assists with the enforcement of foreign awards in Russia. In a recent highlight, the team represented Severstal, a major steel producer, in proceedings against the European Commission regarding the legality of EU anti-dumping measures. International and commercial arbitration specialist Mikhail Ivanov jointly heads the practice with Roman Zaitsev, who has a strong track record in enforcement proceedings.

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Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2


At Dentons, key specialisms include anti-corruption, tax, bankruptcy and environment litigation; the team has also handled a number of disputes in the TMT sector. Mikhail Ivanov has significant commercial court experience; Roman Zaitsev specialises in enforcement proceedings; and Victor Naumov focuses on IP litigation.

Leading individuals

Mikhail Ivanov - Dentons

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Hong Kong

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Costa Rica

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Papua New Guinea

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South Africa

Offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town


Offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Edinburgh

South East

Offices in Milton Keynes and Watford


Offices in Singapore


Offices in Bratislava

Saudi Arabia

Offices in Riyadh


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Offices in Kiev

United States

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Offices in Tashkent and Tashkent

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    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is strategically placed between Europe and the Far East. The UAE has been ranked among the top 15 maritime nations by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the UAE Government is working on plans to transform the shipping industry into one of the country’s major economic sectors.
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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.
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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Amendments to Part IV of the Russian Civil Code in 2015

    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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    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