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Competition - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is ‘a strong competitor in the market’, advising on merger control, antitrust compliance and FAS investigations. It is currently advising Gett on various issues regarding anticompetitive agreements and procurement procedures. Egis Pharmaceuticals is another key client. Azamat Abdulmenov heads the department.

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘knowledgeable team of lawyers’ provides ‘quick response times’, and recently advised Coty on various employment and compliance matters in connection with an inspection. The team also advises Duracell, Gett and FMC on various Russian labour law issues. Vladislav Mazur handles employment litigation, migration law issues and personal data protection matters.

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides ‘a very good level of service’; the ‘responsive’ team ‘always has lawyers available with the relevant knowledge and experience’. Highlights included advising ESN Group on the restructuring of Rusnergosbyt, a Russian power supply company, and representing Gazprom in a dispute with Naftogaz at the Stockholm Arbitration Institute. Feruz Fidaev heads the practice; competition expert Azamat Abdulmenov is the other name to note.

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper recently advised Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on its joint venture with Mubadala Investment, Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund, and on its acquisition of two warehouse assets in Novosibirsk. The team is also acting for Fosun International on its acquisition of an office and retail building in Moscow. Sergey Koltchin heads the practice.

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TMT - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has notable expertise in issues related to the commercialisation of IP, and also advises on licensing and franchising, data protection and privacy matters. Counsel Michael Malloy is the key figure, and is currently advising Gett on its roll-out of new service lines.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is ‘a strong international firm’ that provides ‘excellent advice and good value for money’. The team acts for a range of domestic and multinational companies, advising on the tax aspects of business operations, transactional activity and transfer pricing issues. Igor Venediktov and Ruslan Vasutin jointly head the group, which recently assisted Avestra Group with tax matters related to a restructuring project.

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Transport - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper handles the finance and leasing of ships and aircraft, transport sector disputes and customs and regulatory issues. Anna Otkina heads the team, and recently acted for AviaAM Financial Leasing on the sale and leaseback of 16 aircraft to Aeroflot.

Leading individuals

Anna Otkina - DLA Piper

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Russia: Banking and finance

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s full-service practice advises on lending transactions, leasing and asset finance, acquisition finance and regulatory matters, and has notable expertise in the real estate space. Karen Young is the name to note, and recently advised Sberbank on Belkamneft’s $2.8bn refinancing.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Commercial, corporate and M&A: Moscow - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has ‘significant experience in handling large-scale M&A’, and ‘provides advice that is relevant to the specifics of the client’s industry’. The team has been notably active in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and also has a strong track record in venture capital, telecoms and natural resources transactions. Highlights included acting for Egis Pharmaceuticals on its $50m acquisition of the D-Panenthol brand. Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili and Denis Sosedkin are the key figures.

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘excellent’ team ‘brings all the necessary expertise to each matter’ and ‘approaches projects with a wide level of coverage and deep research’. The team recently advised Zara on the due diligence aspects of an IT centralisation project launched by Indtex Group. Other work included advising Bank Saint-Petersburg on the structuring of its venture capital fund and innovation lab, which focuses on early-stage projects. Other clients include the St Petersburg City Administration and Deutsche Bank. Key partner Natalia Vygovskaya ‘finds the right balance between a legal and a business-oriented approach’, has ‘solid intuition’ and is ‘quick to understand technical and factual details of projects’; legal director Wilhelmina Shavshina is noted for her regulatory expertise. Denis Sosedkin heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Natalia Vygovskaya - DLA Piper

Next generation lawyers

Wilhelmina Shavshina - DLA Piper

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Russia: Dispute resolution

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘responsive’ group ‘always fields lawyers who have the relevant knowledge and are available to take on complex matters’; it ‘consistently delivers good value for money’. Notable highlights included representing Gazprom in arbitral proceedings against Naftogaz related to gas supply contracts, a matter valued at approximately $50bn, and acting for the St Petersburg City Administration in an Uncitral arbitration against a foreign investor regarding the construction of a new terminal at Pulkovo Airport. Yaroslav Moshennikov heads the practice, where Oleg Skvortsov is also a key figure.

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Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Headed by Yaroslav Moshennikov, DLA Piper’s team advises on corporate, commercial, administrative and regulatory disputes, and has a strong track record in cross-border litigation. Highlights included acting for Sberbank Leasing in a lawsuit against Transaero Airlines, its creditors and its bankruptcy managers.

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Legal Developments by:
DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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.

    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