Employment in Russia

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Igor Makarov heads the employment practice at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited, which has ‘exceptional litigation experience’ and is considered by one client to provide ‘the best advice tailored to the client’s culture and its values’. Elena Kukushkina is ‘reliable and a pleasure to work with’. Heading the employment group in St Petersburg, associate Alexander Korkin has ‘a unique combination of superb legal expertise and business ethics’. Also recommended are associates Elena Pitirimova and Georgy Mzhavanadze. Clients include Whirlpool and Pfizer, among others.


Dentons provides ‘clearly reasoned and well-structured legal advice, which is always supported by references to the most up-to-date developments and case law’. ‘Incredibly experienced and knowledgeable’ practice head Marina Ryzhkova successfully represented multiple prominent companies in negotiations and disputes with employees alleging unfair dismissals and breaches of working duties. Associate Dmitry Slyusarev ‘always reacts quickly'and is 'very efficient in giving advice and reaching highly practical solutions’.

ALRUD Law Firm

The core strength of ALRUD Law Firm’s employment team lies in its ‘proactive approach, flexible communication and awareness of what the client needs’. Irina Anyukhina heads the department and advises on complex cross-border workplace issues. Maria Gnutova is ‘extremely helpful’ and ‘addresses the needs of the client by suggesting really functional solutions’. Senior associate Anastasia Petrova is valued for 'her ability to communicate coherent advice with clarity’.

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners

Led jointly by Marina Abramova and Kristina Timoshenko, the employment department at Andrey Gorodissky & Partners is praised by clients for its ‘highly professional attitude and client-oriented approach towards issues’.  With her ‘great legal expertise’, Timoshenko is ‘always there to help and quick to respond’. The team advised BMW on all issues arising from the establishment of a new local subsidiary, including the terms of employment of top managers and the administration of workplace safety measures. Petr Kazbekov left the firm.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

The employment practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is ‘capable of achieving incredible results quickly’ and ‘delivers a superb client management service’. Recommended for their ‘strong legal expertise and creative ideas', head of the department Nadezhda Ilyushina and senior associate Yuri Ivanov successfully defended Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in proceedings regarding claims brought by former employees.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper Rus Limited’s team has a focus on migration law, personal data protection, commercial secrecy and employment litigation. The department is headed by Vladislav Mazur, who also leads in providing general employment advice to high-profile clients, including batteries manufacturer Duracell, airline Emirates and Uber. The team is advising ride-sharing app Gett on a wide range of matters, such as the material liability of employees, the implementation of a bonus plan, and the development of a commercial secrecy policy. The group also assisted ITE Group, a leading organiser of exhibitions and conferences, with a restructuring project raising human resources issues.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners handles a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. ‘Highly experienced’ practice head Anna Ivanova has significant expertise in complex litigation regarding employee dismissal and misconduct. Based in St Petersburg, Elena Agaeva supports clients with issues pertaining to the recruitment, transfer and dismissal of employees. The team is instructed by key client Jaguar Land Rover, among others.

Pepeliaev Group

Extremely professional, knowledgeable and possessing high-level legal expertise’, Pepeliaev Group's employment group adopts ‘a practical, client-focused attitude towards solving problems’. Julia Borozdna, who ‘approaches each client's issue carefully and inspires the whole team with a positive attitude and proactivity’, heads the department together with senior associate Dmitry Zykov, who stands out as ‘an excellent professional with deep knowledge of the processing of personal data’. Associates Anna Berlina and Vitalia Kuznetsova are also noted.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal)

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal CIS B.V.) advises on a wide range of employment issues, such as grounds for dismissal, remuneration and bonus schemes. The team is appreciated by clients for ‘its result-oriented strategy and proven track record in long-term workplace incentive programmes’. Senior associate Alexei Dingin heads the practice and ‘always proposes creative solutions, thereby allowing clients to achieve their goals’. Co-head Yana Zoloeva is also a key figure.


At CMS, Valeriy Fedoreev heads the practice and leads in assisting clients, including Qatar Airways and Aggreko, with employment, migration and personal data issues. The team also successfully represented Peugeot Citroën Mitsubishi Automobiles Rus in court proceedings regarding the introduction of an innovative work-time scheme.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team is led by practice head Olga Chislova and assisted Bristol-Myers Squibb with internal reorganisation matters affecting its employees. The firm also advised Stentex on various legal aspects of its employees’ secondment. Other notable clients include the Konstantin Khabensky Charity Foundation and Puma.

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

At KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law), the employment team consists of ‘devoted professionals with strong knowledge and expertise’. In recent work, the group assisted TCC Retail Marketing with a senior manager’s dismissal. Senior associate Georgy Karaoglanov, who heads the department, is recommended for his ‘impressive litigation experience and exceptional skills in seeking solutions’.


With ‘a deep understanding of the Russian legal system and substantial knowledge of both German and Russian laws’, Noerr ‘performs excellently’ in advising multiple German clients, such as Rolls-Royce Power Systems. The team is assisting IT company Advanced Micro Devices with matters concerning internal compliance regulations, redundancies and employment dismissals, among others issues. Practice head Alexander Titov is ‘extremely experienced, knowledgeable and responsive’. Counsel Olga Mokhonko ‘provides quick and pragmatic advice, tailored exclusively to what the client needs’.

Personnel Law Bureau

At Personnel Law BureauSergei Kouksa is the key name. Following an acquisition of GeoStream by another entity, the group also advised the company's managers on their respective employment rights. Other clients include Dassault Systèmes and Tigers Realm Coal.


Led by Andrey Slepov, BEITEN BURKHARDT's employment practice stands out for its ‘in-depth knowledge of Russian labour legislation’. The firm handles contentious work and provides advice on matters regarding secondments, appointments and dismissals of employees.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises on employment matters in the areas of banking and IT. Dmitri Nikiforov heads the practice. Anna Maximenko is also noted.

Dechert Russia LLC

Headed by Evgenia Korotkova, the labour department at Dechert Russia LLC handles issues concerning the recruitment and dismissal of staff, employment contracts, migration and dispute resolution. Hyatt Hotels Corporation is a notable client.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland handles HR audits, strategic employment policies and changes in the management of companies, among other matters. Victoria Goldman and Anu Mattila jointly head the department. Associates Ekaterina Mironova and Olga Chirkova are also noted.

FBK Legal

FBK Legal’s employment practice is led by practice heads Alexandra Gerasimova and Alexander Ermolenko. The team advises on employment issues and disputes arising from changes in corporate structure and strategy. Notable clients include Actavis, Yamaha Motor CIS and Gazprombank.

Five Stones Consulting

Boutique law firm Five Stones Consulting focuses on advisory work as well as on the representation of clients in court and in labour union matters. Alexander Karpukhin heads the team, which provides general employment advice to clients such as British American Tobacco, UnionPay and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Squire Patton Boggs

Irina Golovanova heads the employment department at Squire Patton Boggs, which assists corporate clients with matters including appointments and dismissals of senior staff as well as the hiring and transfer of employees.