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Denis Sosedkin

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Denis Sosedkin acts as the Managing Partner of St Petersburg office and leads the corporate practice at DLA Piper in Russia. He has considerable experience in corporate, M&A and investment law.


Denis has experience in M&A and has led several major sales and acquisitions in food and beverages, commercial real estate, manufacturing, retail and transportation, including a number of the largest deals in Moscow and north-west Russia. He provides a broad range of corporate and commercial legal support to many investors in the establishment of new manufacturing facilities as well as on the restructuring of existing operations. Denis has been heavily involved in several major start-up investment projects (both, greenfields and brownfields), throughout Russia, where he has advised clients on various issues during the initial investment stages (including, structuring, real estate and construction, corporate, tax and customs issues) and, subsequently, in relation to their operational stages.

Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A


Within: Moscow

DLA Piper is ‘well able to mobilise resources from various locations to address a variety of issues’. The group is advising MD Medical Group on its high-value acquisition of Medica Clinic and ArtMedGroup. Denis Sosedkin and Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili are the practice co-heads. Igor Antonyan is also noted.

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St Petersburg and elsewhere

Within: St Petersburg and elsewhere

DLA Piper has notable expertise in the automotive, manufacturing, telecoms and real estate sectors, among others. For example, department head and managing partner Denis Sosedkin advised Deme Group on negotiating two commercial contracts in the dredging and marine construction sectors, while Ruslan Vasutin assisted Zara with restructuring projects across Russia and the CIS region. Elena Zaitseva is a key name for corporate tax.

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    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.

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