Competition in Russia

ALRUD Law Firm

The 'talented and capable' practitioners comprising ALRUD Law Firm's competition team work on the largest merger control and cartel cases in the market, specialising particularly in complex international cases with a nexus to Russia; practice head Vassily Rudomino and ex-FAS advisor German Zakharov are both known for their proficiency in these matters, as well as their representation of clients during dawn raids. High-profile competition disputes are also a key area of strength for the firm, and litigation expert Sergey Petrachkov is the name to note for such cases. Associate Roman Vedernikov focuses on advising large international retailers on the antimonopoly aspects of Russian trade law.

Practice head(s):

Vassily Rudomino; German Zakharov; Sergey Petrachkov

Other key lawyers:

Roman Vedernikov

Testimonials

‘The partners and lawyers deeply analyse the issues they face and provide clear and well-developed answers. They always act as a team, involving specialists in the required field.’

‘The team is very flexible and customer-oriented. If there is a need to clarify a question related to a project through instant messenger, or via e-mail, or by phone, the answer will not be long in coming. You feel that you are always in touch and there is always a clear explanation.’

‘A responsive and commercially minded firm that look to find pragmatic solutions for clients. They are our preferred Russian counsel on complex global transactions involving Russian filings.’

‘Strong professional lawyers.’

‘ALRUD’s competition team offers great support across a range of competition matters. They provide clear legal advice, with deep knowledge of the law but also combining this with a practical and strategic approach to legal matters. They are also experienced in interacting with the Russian competition authority and provide a clear path to navigate through the regulatory process.’

‘The team at ALRUD has a range of talented and capable individuals, not only at partner level but with associates and senior associates also able to confidently steer matters and provide a high level of responsiveness.’

‘Vassily Rudomino and German Zakharov are leaders in their field. They combine great technical and client-handling skills.’

‘It is enjoyable to work with such an amiable and positive team.’

Key clients

Nabors Industries Ltd.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc.

Ingersoll-Rand Plc

Danaher Corporation

Booking.com B.V.

Uber Technologies Inc.

Moody’s

Honeywell

Natura & Co Holding SA

VimpelCom, PJSC

F5 Networks, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Rus Company LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Danaher Corporation on its $21.4bn acquisition of the biopharmaceutical business of General Electric.
  • Assisted Gardner Denver Holdings and Ingersoll-Rand with the acquisition of the latter’s industrial business, creating the world’s second-largest manufacturer of industrial pumps and compressors.
  • Represented the Samsung Electronics Rus Company in an FAS investigation and case concerning anticompetitive coordination of the economic activity of resellers on the smartphones and tablets market, as well as advising the company during a dawn raid.

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

With litigation expert Anton Subbot at the helm, Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited's antitrust offering handles transactional and contentious work, ranging from assisting clients with external and internal investigations, to representing them in subsequent court proceedings against both the antitrust authorities and private claimants. The team is able to leverage the firm's innovative Global Merger Analysis Platform to advise on complex national and multijurisdictional joint venture and foreign investment matters. Corporate compliance specialist Nadia Goreslavskaya sits as a member of several expert councils at the FAS.

Practice head(s):

Anton Subbot

Other key lawyers:

Nadia Goreslavskaya

Testimonials

‘An approach which shows an understanding of business needs, active involvement in projects, correct and timely communication.’

‘Anton Subbot shows professionalism, a creative approach to problem solving, extensive experience, and is focused on business needs.’

‘Anton Subbot effectively manages projects. He has extensive experience in working with the Federal Antimonopoly Service and is well aware of the regulator’s opinion on various issues, which allows him to optimally solve emerging problems. Anton’s experience and work is useful both in terms of tariff regulation and in terms of procurement procedures and foreign investment.’

‘One of the leading practices in the market, with a deep understanding of the market and its developing trends.’

‘Always responsive and highly reliable.’

‘Anton Subbot comes up with innovative ideas and is a great strategist. Nadia Goreslavskaya has superb client relationship skills.’

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

The ability to handle the full range of both contentious and advisory antitrust work differentiates the team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP. Working closely with colleagues from the London, Brussels, and US offices, the firm frequently leverages its global footprint to represent  leading international companies in complex cases under Russian, UK, and EU competition law. In Moscow, key names include practice head Nikolay Voznesenskiy and Vitaly Dianov; the latter has particular expertise in cartel investigations, including dawn raids. Counsels Alexander Muravin and Andrey Neminuschiy are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Nikolay Voznesenskiy

Other key lawyers:

Vitaly Dianov; Alexander Muravin; Andrey Neminuschiy

Testimonials

‘Combine excellent knowledge of the rules with an understanding of how they work and how they are applied in practice by the antitrust authority and can explain that clearly. They are creative, looking for different ways to solve a problem, always ready to offer a strategy and do not shift problems onto the client.’

‘Vitaly Dianov is an honest and straightforward lawyer who loves his job and fights for the client’s interests not so much for money as for the result and reputation.’

‘Strong expertise, excellent knowledge of the FAS and courts. Ability to conclude projects on a tight schedule.’

‘Nikolay Voznesenskiy is an outstanding professional, always ready to delve into the problem and competently advise, at the same time, friendly and pleasant to talk to. Alexander Muravin is the best expert in pharmaceuticals and antitrust issues, he perfectly understands the needs of clients and finds the best solutions.’

‘Very good understanding of the specifics of our sector, knowledge and understanding of trends.’

‘Great involvement of all team members.’

‘Vitaly Dianov really listens and understands the request, takes into account the wishes of the client as much as possible.’

Key clients

Avon Group

Peugeot S. A. (PSA)

Aqua Investments LLC

Federal Freight Company

NOVATEK

United Metallurgical Company

Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories

Delo Group

Vimpel Communications (VimpelCom)

Mars

TechnoNICOL

NPK Katren

Sanofi

Medipal-Onko

Work highlights

  • Advised Avon Group on obtaining merger control and foreign investment clearances in order to sell its business to Natura Group.
  • Representing the Federal Freight Company in antitrust and court disputes concerning abuse of dominance.
  • Assisting Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories with a revision of its commercial policy, including addressing the recent enforcement practice of the FAS.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

The competition offering at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has 'excellent understanding of the regulator's activities'. The firm's 'superb knowledge of legislation and court practice, allows it to solve the most complex projects' on behalf of both domestic and global clients. Under the leadership of Natalia Korosteleva, the team is extensively involved in legislation drafting, including acting as expert counsel for the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service. The practice also includes an experienced investigations team, which is assisted by the firm's specialised compliance practice. Anna Numerova, Evgeny Bolshakov, recently promoted partner Maria Kobanenko, and senior associate Elena Kazak are all key members of the group.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Korosteleva

Other key lawyers:

Anna Numerova; Maria Kobanenko; Elena Kazak; Evgeny Bolshakov; Denis Gavrilov

Testimonials

‘Excellent understanding of the regulator’s activities, along with superb knowledge of legislation and court practice, allows the company to solve the most complex projects.’

‘Evgeny Bolshakov is an expert in the field of antitrust law with creative thinking and a non-standard approach to solving problems. Natalia Korosteleva is a leader who knows how to perfectly organise the work of her team and set the right train of thought.’

‘The whole team is very good, exceptionally good. They really impress. Their partners are very influential. EPAM always justify their impeccable reputation.’

‘When you hear such words as “a remarkable person” and “a brilliant lawyer” that definitely is about Natalia Korosteleva. She really stands out. She has a high level of competence. She’s a smart lawyer and a tough negotiator. We praise her organisational skills, attention to details and hands-on approach. She is tremendously client-oriented. She is the one who can always get a positive result.’

‘Evgeny Bolshakov has unique abilities for a lawyer to analyse the economic data. He manages the team well, is capable of reacting quickly in different and unpredictable situations. He acts convincingly and clearly before the FAS. He does great work.’

‘There is a unique approach tailor-made for each client.’

‘High level of expertise, focus on results.’

Key clients

Comuto S.A. (BlaBlaCar)

Outotec

R-Pharm

Rhone Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised BlaBlaCar on obtaining clearance from the FAS for its purchase of Busfor.
  • Representing R-Pharm in disputes with the FAS Russia in a number of cartel cases.
  • Advised Rhône Capital on obtaining foreign investment control clearance from the FAS and the Governmental Commission on Control over Foreign Investments for its acquisition of a controlling interest in Maxam.  

Antitrust Advisory

Boutique competition firm Antitrust Advisory handles a considerable number of high-profile antitrust cases, as well as carrying out a significant amount of day-to-day consulting and compliance work for the largest multinational and Russian corporations, including advising on dominance, distribution and commercial issues. The practice is jointly headed by Evgeny Khokhlov, who is a member of the specialised advisory IT sector group for the FAS; Alexander Egorushkin, who focuses on contentious unfair competition cases; and risk mitigation, distribution, pricing, and M&A expert Igor Panshensky. The team also benefits from the presence of an in-house economist.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Egorushkin; Evgeny Khokhlov; Igor Panshensky

Testimonials

‘A unique and inimitable company with deep knowledge of antimonopoly law and law enforcement, and an individual approach to the client.’

‘Alexander Egorushkin has great customer focus and excellent knowledge of the business process.’

‘An individual approach to solving the assigned tasks, efficiency, brilliant results.’

‘I always recommend Alexander Egorushkin to my colleagues on issues related to antitrust regulation because you can rely on him and get great results. We have been cooperating with this firm for a long time and are very satisfied with the quality of work.’

‘The team has unique practical experience in resolving non-standard situations. The team offers unexpected solutions and balanced risk assessments based on current law enforcement practice. The team responds promptly to any inquiries, showing loyalty even in extremely tight deadlines. The team speaks professional English and conducts negotiations in two languages at the highest level. The team is well versed in the regulatory aspects of the alcohol market. The team understands financial issues (and terminology), which helps in the formation of a new commercial policy for our company. The team actively cooperates with the RCCA, offering the FAS balanced proposals and best business practices for the formation of law enforcement practice.’

‘I would like to note Alexander Egorushkin as an extremely attentive, patient listener with phenomenal analytical skills and quick responses. Even for small requests, he shows a creative approach and the highest professionalism.’

‘Great knowledge of the industry, always at the forefront of market news and law enforcement practice, proactively sending information that may be relevant taking into account past requests, respond promptly to requests.’

‘The partners are highly involved.’

Key clients

Adidas

Delphi Technologies

KPS Capital Partners

Moet Hennessy

Ottobock

EQT

Vitruvian Partners

Brown Forman

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Froneri

Tenneco

Canon

Nestlé

OBI

Procter & Gamble

PRODO

Sanofi

Sibur

Yandex

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the National Financial Market Council in court proceedings concerning an abuse of collective dominance by the major Russian network operators.
  • Represented Procter & Gamble before the FAS in a matter which related to alleged unfair competition concerning the differences in consumer characteristics of the client’s products in the EU and in Russia.
  • Represented Yandex as a third party in a dispute concerning the client’s alleged unfair competition practices.

Clifford Chance

A strong sector focus on healthcare, technology and industrial processes sets the team at Clifford Chance apart; the Moscow group assists clients with all types of antitrust matters, including restrictive agreements, regulatory clearances, public procurements, unfair competition issues, and natural monopolies. The practice comprises both EU and Russian competition lawyers, and is able to leverage this dual expertise when obtaining merger and foreign investment clearances for international corporations. Practice head Torsten Syrbe is supported by senior associate Olga Mizikova, who regularly advises on cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, and has significant experience of public procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Torsten Syrbe

Other key lawyers:

Olga Mizikova

Testimonials

‘Very practical, understand the particulars of the client’s requirements.’

‘Torsten Syrbe leads a very good team that are very practical and understand what US based clients demand. Torsten himself is also very involved and always available to discuss a question or issue.’

‘Clifford Chance’s team is unique. Lawyers are available 24 hours a day, they understand all the technical details (this is very important for us). They have a 100% knowledge of the practice area.’

Key clients

Abbott

Advent

Bayer

Blackstone

Bridgepoint

CVC

DP World

General Electric

Henkel

Huawei

Intel

KKR

MasterCard

Mondelez

Mondi

NBCUniveral

Pfizer

Plastic Omnium

Professional Logistics Technologies

Stone Point Capital

Teva

UNIPRO

Work highlights

  • Advised Unipro, a major Russian power generation company controlled by Uniper SE, on the Russian foreign investment approval process relating to the acquisition of a controlling share of the Uniper group by Fortum.
  • Advising Pfizer on its joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline.
  • Advising a multinational conglomerate company on the proposed changes to the structure of its joint venture with a major Russian state-controlled energy company.

Dentons

At Dentons, team lead Marat Mouradov's broad practice includes advising on Russian antimonopoly regulations and compliance, assisting with product distribution structures, and representing clients in antimonopoly investigations and disputes relating to abuse of dominance and unfair competition practices. The competition practice also includes Edward Borovikov, who leads the Brussels group and has extensive experience litigating before the competition authority of the EU, and counsels Valeria Ponomareva and Radmila Nikitina. The group routinely acts for notable domestic and international corporations from a wide range of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Marat Mouradov

Other key lawyers:

Edward Borovikov; Valeria Ponomareva; Radmila Nikitina

Testimonials

‘A well-established practice with experienced and knowledgeable lawyers.’

‘Marat Mouradov is a street-smart antitrust practitioner. Easy to deal with, responsible and reasonable.’

‘I was impressed with the team’s willingness and ability to understand a new sector, which is only emerging in Russia, and provide advice that made sense from the perspective of that particular sector.’

‘Radmila Nikitina is a brilliant lawyer who is able to provide advice in a simple and understandable form, so that it can be understood not only by legal professionals but also by non-lawyer colleagues. She understands the commercial context of the issue and provides advice which is sound from a commercial standpoint and is not cut off from reality.’

Key clients

Novo Nordisk

STADA

Roche

CHEMK Group

Gazprom

Work highlights

  • Advised Novo Nordisk, a Danish multinational pharmaceutical company, on antitrust issues relating to participation in public tenders following the launch of a new diabetes product on the Russian market.
  • Conducted a multijurisdictional analysis of merger control rules applicable in Russia, CIS and Europe for Stada, a global pharmaceutical company.
  • Assisted Chemk Group, the major ferroalloy producer, with the ongoing expiry review investigation into ferro-silicon.

White & Case LLC

Notable clients from a range of specialist industries, including TMT, metals and mining, finance, oil and gas, power, and manufacturing frequently instruct the antitrust team at White & Case LLC; recently, the department has noted an increase in instructions from major pharmaceutical companies. Cross-border work is an area of particular expertise for the Moscow-based group, which is able to leverage the global strength of the firm to advise on merger control matters, cartel cases, and alleged abuses of dominance issues with a multijurisdictional dimension. Practice head Igor Ostapets is supported by senior associate Ksenia Tyunik.

Practice head(s):

Igor Ostapets

Other key lawyers:

Ksenia Tyunik

Key clients

Arconic

Takeda

Grupo Bimbo

Blue Water Energy

Canon Medical Systems

Moscow Exchange

Bpifrance

Metso Corporation

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Representing Arconic and its subsidiaries in litigation initiated by the FAS in connection with an alleged acquisition by the Elliott group, one of the shareholders of Arconic, of control over ‘strategic’ companies as defined by the Russian Strategic Investments Law.
  • Advised the Metso Corporation on various competition and foreign investment law issues in connection with the merger of Metso Minerals and Outotec under the name Metso Outotec.
  • Advised Canon Medical Systems on its agreement to establish a joint venture with leading Russian healthcare provider, R-Pharm Holding.

CMS

The competition team at CMS, with Maxim Boulba at its head, is known particularly for its expertise in EU competition law. The group comprises corporate and commercial lawyers who combine a focus on competition law with industry-specific expertise. The department handles the full gamut of antitrust work, including compliance, FAS investigations, dawn raids, litigation, public procurement, and merger clearance issues. Senior associate Elena Andrianova is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Boulba

Other key lawyers:

Elena Andrianova

Key clients

Continental

Dufry International

Boehringer Ingelheim

ORPEA

Maersk

Hasbro

Urbaser

Medtronic

SPAO RESO-Garantia

Vestas

Work highlights

  • Advised Continental on various competition law issues related to its distribution of products on the Russian market and conducted a review of the client’s internal documents.
  • Advised Maersk on various competition law issues related to the client’s projects in Russia.
  • Advised Orpea as the seller on a foreign investment filing submitted to the FAS.

FBK Legal

Litigious work is a cornerstone of the antitrust practice at FBK Legal; the team frequently acts in disputes between natural monopolies and regulating bodies and successfully challenges procurement documents and tender results. Recently, the department has also worked on an increasing number of cartel cases. Away from contentious work, the group regularly assists with M&A-related competition law issues. Alexander Ermolenko and Sergey Ermolenko jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Ermolenko; Sergey Ermolenko

Key clients

Gazprom and its subsidiaries

Yamaha Motor

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Roland Music

Central Geological Company

Sesderma Rus

Kronospan

Russian Fishery Company

DIGIS

Kerama Marazzi

Emarsys

CAN-PACK S.A.

Lex

Work highlights

  • Assisted Kronospan with its application to obtain approval for several woodworking factory purchases from the FAS.
  • Assisted the Russian branch of Roland Music with compliance issues in connection with European competition investigations.
  • Advised ICL Techno on procurement procedures concerning equipment for educational institutions.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law

The competition team at KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law 'is made unique by its deep knowledge of the specifics of antimonopoly regulation relating to trading activities', and continues to develop its expertise in the area of government procurement, with particular regard to heavy industries; Maxim Buzin takes the lead on both advisory and litigious work of this kind. Cartel-related issues are another cornerstone of the practice, which is headed by Ilya Ischuk and also includes Julia Kirpikova.

Practice head(s):

Ilya Ischuk

Other key lawyers:

Julia Kirpikova; Maxim Buzin

Testimonials

‘The antimonopoly practice of KIAP is unique in that for many years it has remained one of the few that has been specialised in the issues of antimonopoly regulation of trade activities. Its key capabilities include the ability to settle the claims of antimonopoly authorities at the stage of antimonopoly proceedings, without bringing the issue to court. This clearly indicates a high level of competence and a good knowledge of the current law enforcement practice.’

‘I work with Ilya Ishchuk and Maxim Buzin. They are excellent professionals in their field. In each of them, I value their passion for my work and high level of competence. They know how to achieve the best results.’

‘Good knowledge of current trends in the development of law enforcement.’

‘The team is very mobile, distinguished by strategic planning of antitrust and litigation several steps forward. The line of defence provides several alternatives, which allows you to achieve success. KIAP is distinguished by the honesty of its predictions and is never reassuring in cases where there is no reason for this.’

‘All are excellent experts in the field of antitrust regulation. Ilya Ischuk is responsible for the strategy as a whole, Maxim Buzin for its practical implementation. Their tandem works very well. Apart from unconditional quality, the KIAP colleagues distinguish themselves from other lawyers by their strict adherence to deadlines, and timely and advance preparation of the necessary documents.’

‘Among the members of the team, I can single out Ilya Ishchuk and Maxim Buzin. Both are good practicing professionals with excellent knowledge of the specifics of various industries and of antitrust regulation in general.’

‘The antimonopoly practice of KIAP is made unique by its deep knowledge of the specifics of antimonopoly regulation relating to trading activities.’

‘I work primarily with Ilya Ishchuk. In addition to his highly professional qualities, Ilya is distinguished by a high level of communication and quick feedback.’

Key clients

Mosregionlift

Leroy Merlin East

Energoprom

Lidskoe pivo

Giperglobus

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mosregionlift, the Russian provider of lift solutions, in a cartel case, including assisting with the FAS investigation stage, penalty proceeding and court appellation.
  • Advised Leroy Merlin East on the legal details and risks of the Russian Covid-19 emergency regulations.
  • Representing Energoprom, a leading Russian manufacturer of graphite and carbon-based products, in a claim for recovery of losses, inflicted by a violation of energy and antitrust law.

Kulik & Partners Law.Economics

In February 2020, boutique firm Kulik & Partners Law.Economics was formed by former members of the competition team at ART DE LEX Law Firm. The newly formed practice 'stands out in the market among competitors by combining legal and economic approaches in the field of antitrust law'. Key contacts include Yaroslav Kulik, antimonopoly specialist Kirill Dozmarov and Anna Bolshakova.

Practice head(s):

Yaroslav Kulik; Kirill Dozmarov; Anna Bolshakova

Testimonials

‘A highly professional team has been assembled, which includes diverse specialists, ranging from disputes to technical and economic areas.’

‘The practice is made unique by its core staff, who have extensive experience and knowledge in various even non-related branches of law, which allows it to develop comprehensive and most suitable solutions to the problems encountered by clients.’

‘A distinctive feature of the team is the presence of experience and deep understanding not only of legal issues, but also of the market itself.’

‘To my mind, the antitrust practice of Kulik & Partners Law.Economics is a unique team, since all practitioners have experience in the antitrust service or at well-known law firms. Kulik & Partners Law.Economics stands out in the market among competitors by combining legal and economic approaches in the field of antitrust law. This approach allows the team to provide more reliable protection of the client’s business from a wide range of risks.’

‘Among the team members, I would especially like to highlight Yaroslav Kulik and Kirill Dozmarov. Yaroslav is characterised by his high involvement in the projects his team is working on, as well as strong leadership qualities and excellent knowledge of industry specifics.’

‘Yaroslav Kulik is a recognised expert in his field of law, leads complex disputes and speaks on interesting topics at conferences, seminars and forums dedicated to antitrust law.’

‘Yaroslav Kilik is one of the best antitrust lawyers.’

‘A flexible and non-standard approach to the work.’

Key clients

Energoprom Group, a part of RENOVA Group

Global Ports Group

National Computer Corporation Group

Lancet PJSC

Pharmimex JSC

Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works PJSC

New Forwarding Company JSC (a part of Globaltrans Group)

CIAN (iRealtor LLC)

iConText Group

Avgust Inc. PJSC

Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (a part of Rusnano Group)

Russian Elevator Association

Mosregionlift LLC

Solid-Commodity Markets JSC

Karacharovsky Mechanical Plant PJSC

Security Intelligence Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Advising the Global Ports Group on a complaint submitted to the FAS regarding the client’s allegedly monopolistically high prices on stevedoring services.
  • Representing a a subsidiary production company of the National Computer Corporation in a high-profile cartel case.
  • Defended Pharmimex JSC in a case which concerns entering into an anticompetitive agreement with a state customer while conducting a tender for supply of a cancer medicine.

Pepeliaev Group

Elena Sokolovskaya brings her previous experience as departmental head of the FAS' legal division to her role as antitrust team lead at Pepeliaev Group. The group, which also includes senior associate Olga Protchenko, advises on a wide range of competition issues, such as public procurement, trade law, and foreign investments in various strategic sectors. The practice also handles contentious work, including acting in cartel and abuse of dominance cases.

Practice head(s):

Elena Sokolovskaya

Other key lawyers:

Olga Protchenko

Testimonials

‘Elena Sokolovskaya’s previous experience in the FAS is valuable, because knowing the FAS from the inside, she has the opportunity to look at any situation through the eyes of a regulator and give valuable practical advice on it. She is distinguished by her great attentiveness to clients, a sincere desire to help them and achieve objectivity in any matter and, of course, her high professionalism!’

‘High professional level, extensive specialised knowledge, awareness of current trends and trends in the area of state regulation, strong communication with clients and regulators.’

‘Elena Sokolovskaya is an experienced thinking specialist in the field of antitrust law enforcement. I consider her an unsurpassed specialist in the field under consideration.’

‘Pepeliaev Group LLC fully carefully delves into the client’s situation, does not limit itself to a formal analysis of legal norms, searches for individual solutions based on its own practice and on the experience and wishes of the client. The processing of requests is carried out promptly, feedback is constantly given.’

‘All colleagues are distinguished by high professional qualifications, an individual approach, quick feedback, comfortable communication (the ability to call, ask additional questions, get clarifications).’

‘An excellent combination of reasonable prices and high quality work.’

‘Elena Sokolovskaya is an excellent organiser, a high-level professional, excellent human qualities.’

‘Elena Sokolovskaya and Olga Protchenko pay close attention to the client, show the ability to understand the details and find a non-standard approach to intractable issues.’

Key clients

Astellas Pharma

Barilla (Harry’s)

Dentsply Sirona

Glaston

Karcher

KrasAvia

Kraskom

Roche Diabetes Care Rus

Rusfic

Tarkett Rus

Technonicol

VEGAS LEX

The team at VEGAS LEX is known for its ability to handle complex compliance projects which involve advising on business processes and structure as well as on antimonopoly issues. Domestic and international clients also frequently instruct the group to represent them in competition disputes. Managing partner Alexander Sitnikov leads the team of 'professionals who find and offer extraordinary solutions in the most difficult and confusing situations'; these include senior associates Anastasia Cheredova and Ksenia Podguzova.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Sitnikov

Other key lawyers:

Anastasia Cheredova; Ksenia Podguzova

Testimonials

‘The lawyers have deep expert knowledge in the field of antitrust regulation, successfully and on time cope with assigned tasks, proactively approach solving problems with high quality services and strict adherence to ethical standards. The reputation of the lawyers in the market is very high. Consulting services are practically applicable and economically relevant.’

‘Good knowledge of the legislation and relevant issues.’

‘The team is result-oriented and ready to consider different options for solving the problem.’

‘VEGAS LEX lawyers are real professionals, whose advice you can rely on and who you are never ashamed to recommend. They organise seminars on various topics and such events and activities make it clear that they keep their finger on the pulse of changing legislation and law enforcement practice, and are also in demand in the market. They show excellent results.’

‘The firm is distinguished by an integrated approach. The professionalism of the team headed by Alexander Sitnikov deserves the highest praise. We have chosen them to support a number of major antitrust disputes, where a non-standard approach and in-depth analysis of antitrust issues are required. At the same time, despite the complexity of the tasks being solved, the team often achieves positive results, which is important.’

‘In this area, I especially wanted to highlight the role of Alexander Sitnikov in team leadership. He and Ksenia Podguzova are professionals who find and offer extraordinary solutions in the most difficult and confusing situations.’

‘The VEGAS LEX team clearly explains the legal consequences in connection with the circumstances that have arisen, realistically assesses the risks that have arisen and proposes adequate mechanisms to reduce them. Colleagues from VEGAS LEX offer the customer a visual plan of action, describing the pros and cons of each option, which allows effective and quick management decisions. They always try to convey information as clearly as possible and not confuse the customer with complex legal constructions.’

‘First of all, I would like to note the high qualifications of specialists and, at the same time, the ability to comprehensively consider a specific problem. Broad economic outlook. Efficiency and clarity in work.’

Key clients

Volga Fuel Filling Company, LLC

UGORIA insurance company

Inter RAO

Tatenergo

Fortum

Pro-group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Competition Development Committee of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs on its communications concerning the new Unified Tariff Law with the FAS and other state authorities.

DLA Piper

Merger control, unfair competition issues, compliance matters, and Federal Antimonopoly Service investigations comprise a considerable part of the practice's workload at DLA Piper. The firm has a pan-Russian approach, with senior associate Azamat Abdulmenov heading up the team in Moscow, and legal director Roman Golovatsky and senior associate  Ilya Bulgakov taking the lead in St. Petersburg.

Practice head(s):

Azamat Abdulmenov

Other key lawyers:

Ilya Bulgakov; Roman Golovatsky

Key clients

Michelin

Philipp Morris

Headhunter

Aker Solutions

OneWeb

Novaya Vagonoremontnaya Kompaniya

Liberty Mutual

Ecolab

Work highlights

  • Represented Headhunter, a recruitment portal, in an FAS investigation relating to an alleged breach of merger control rules.
  • Advised Michelin, a leading global tire manufacturer, on its joint venture with Faurecia, a global automotive parts manufacturer.
  • Advised OneWeb, a global communications company, on competition and foreign investment issues relating to its sale of shares to a consortium of investors.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Infralex

Domestic and international clients frequently instruct the antitrust team at Infralex, which is particularly known for advising on foreign investments into strategic enterprises, state procurements, and advertising issues. Contentious work is also an area of strength for the firm. The practice is jointly headed by Arthur Rokhlin and Elena Kuznetsova, and also includes senior associate Maria Kot.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Rokhlin; Elena Kuznetsova

Other key lawyers:

Maria Kot

Testimonials

‘Infralex has a very professional and experienced competition team, which focuses on complex cross-border cases. I am always ready to recommend them.’

‘High-class professionals with extensive experience in both legal consulting and communication with the antimonopoly authority.’

‘Infralex lawyers analyse the problem from all possible sides and form a legal position taking into account the achievement of the client’s business goals.’

‘Arthur Rokhlin provides a strategic vision of the issue from the point of view of the client’s business. Elena Kuznetsova is a deep expert in antitrust law and a proactive lawyer who is able to offer a non-standard solution.’

‘The team is always in touch, ready to promptly answer questions and requests from the client, as well as provide any support, from legal to technical.’

‘Elena Kuznetsova has a deep knowledge of the legislation and practice of the antimonopoly service, she can always advise on the correct wording of documents to best reflect the situation. Elena is always in touch, promptly answers letters and calls, always remains calm and positive.’

‘Very fast and professional solution of the tasks assigned by the client.’

‘Professional attitude to their work. High-quality and fast response to customer requests.’

Key clients

PH Prosvetsheniye

Moscow Endocrine Plant

Abris Trading Company

PTK-Holding

Work highlights

  • Advised PH Prosvetsheniye, a publisher of educational literature, on the development of its unique antitrust compliance model and procedures.
  • Represented PTK-Holding in a case in the arbitration court concerning the FAS’ decision on the client’s economic concentration transaction.
  • Advised a large oil and gas construction company on obtaining a permit from the FAS for a significant M&A deal.

Kamenskaya & Partners Law Firm

Matters relating to foreign investments and business transactions remain an area of particular expertise for the competition team at Kamenskaya & Partners Law Firm, and the firm has recently seen an increase in instructions from clients in the pharmaceutical industry. Small and medium-sized businesses frequently instruct the group to represent them in disputes. Managing partner Tatiana Kamenskaya and senior associates Ilya Tyulenev and Ilya Kozhevnikov are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Tatiana Kamenskaya; Ilya Tuylenev

Other key lawyers:

Ilya Kozhevnikov

Testimonials

‘The firm has made its antitrust practice the main and core specialisation. The managing partner has spent 20 years of professional activity in order to build the deepest possible relationship with the leadership of the Federal Antimonopoly Service.’

‘Good understanding and insights relating to the regulator.’

‘Tatiana Kamenskaya is very well respected. ’

‘Tatiana Kamenskaya and her team understand the needs of my business very well. They focus on important details. They look at issues from a strategic point of view and anticipate all risks. In their consultations, they do not limit themselves to specific legal issues, but see the whole picture. Accordingly, I can be confident in the thoughtfulness and consistency of their advice and answers to questions. This gives me added value.’

‘They are not only professional, but also proactive. Most lawyers react to the current situation, but this company predicts risks and tries to mitigate them.’

‘This team is one of the best in Russia in the field of antitrust law. They have vast experience, understanding of the field and their opinion is authoritative. They are actively involved in law-making. It is very comfortable to work with them, because I am always aware of all the stages of my projects. It’s a pleasure to communicate and work with them.’

‘Tatiana Kamenskaya is a wonderful specialist, leader and person. She offers the best solutions for our problems. She is always ready to give reasons for her proposals and we are pleased that her vision takes into account the interests of our business.’

Key clients

Group of companies S7

Group of companies PIK

Al’fa Tekhnotrans

Nizhnekamskneftekhim

Astellas Pharma

Russian Post (“Pochta Rossii”)

Elox Prom

RM-Terex

Smart Line ink

Ferro stroi

Megasoft

Production Association “Zavod imeni Sergo” (POZIS)

Lubov eto

Work highlights

  • Advised the S7 group of companies on an antitrust approval procedure concerning several intragroup transactions  as well as on regaining control over the client’s parent company.
  • Advised the PIK group of companies on antitrust approval for its $115m acquisition of shares.
  • Advised Japanese multinational pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma on the approval of prices by the antimonopoly authority during state registration and re-registration of drugs.

Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners

At Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners, practice head Oleg Moskvitin regularly represents local and international companies from the energy and natural resources, industrial, and financial services sectors in antitrust disputes before Russian commercial courts, arbitral tribunals and courts of general jurisdiction. The group has also noted an increase in instructions relating to unfair competition and advertising issues.

Practice head(s):

Oleg Moskvitin

Key clients

LLC “ATM ALLIANCE”

LLC “R.I.M. Partners Network”

CJSC “SuperOx”

LLC “PromEcoConsulting”

LLC “Publishing house” COURIER-MEDIA “

Work highlights

  • Advised ATM Alliance on a major procurement procedure for the provision of comprehensive maintenance of cash register equipment for the needs of a federal state institution.
  • Assisted SuperOx with a large purchase for a unique energy facility in Moscow.
  • Advised R.I.M. Partners Network on a major procurement procedure concerning the right to conclude a state contract for the organisation of measures for cleaning the banks of bodies of water.

Noerr

Merger control and strategic investment filings are the key strength of the team at Noerr, which is under the leadership of corporate specialist Stefan Weber. Other areas of expertise for the group include supply and distribution issues, compliance matters and unfair competition claims. Senior associates Artem Kara and Tatiana Dovgan are also noted.