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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 has ‚Äėsignificant experience in handling large-scale M&A‚Äô, and ‚Äėprovides advice that is relevant to the specifics of the client‚Äôs industry‚Äô. 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

Within: St Petersburg and elsewhere

DLA Piper‚Äôs ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team ‚Äėbrings all the necessary expertise to each matter‚Äô and ‚Äėapproaches projects with a wide level of coverage and deep research‚Äô. 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 ‚Äėfinds the right balance between a legal and a business-oriented approach‚Äô, has ‚Äėsolid intuition‚Äô and is ‚Äėquick to understand technical and factual details of projects‚Äô; legal director Wilhelmina Shavshina is noted for her regulatory expertise. Denis Sosedkin heads the practice.

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  • 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.‚Ä©
    - 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 ‚ĄĖ 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 ‚ĄĖ 163-FZ of 18.07.2017.
  • 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‚Äôs 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