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Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s ‘accessible’, ‘extremely knowledgeable team of great litigators’ advises on legal compliance in human resources (HR) transactions, trade union matters and work safety issues, and has also handled a number of personal data protection matters. Igor Makarov heads the practice, where Whirlpool, Novo Nordisk and AstraZeneca are key clients.

Dentons’ group has ‘excellent knowledge of the employment field and relevant case law’, and is praised for its ‘sophisticated winning strategies in litigation’. Marina Ryzhkova heads the practice and has ‘strong technical knowledge, a deep and diverse range of professional experience’ and is ‘able to win labour disputes other professionals regard as hopeless’. The firm has a strong track record in individual dismissals and mass lay-offs.

ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘experienced, proactive and business-oriented’ team is ‘always available to provide support when needed’, and wins plaudits for its ‘ability to find the most feasible way to resolve sensitive conflicts’. Irina Anyukhina heads the practice and advises on HR compliance, internal investigations and employment issues concerning company restructurings.

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners has ‘deep knowledge of each client’s industry from an employment law perspective’ and has ‘a strong understanding of the local labour market’. Practice head Marina Abramova recently advised IM Engineering Services on disciplinary sanctions pertaining to an employee.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advises on data protection issues, immigration law and health and safety practices, and has a strong track record in employment litigation. Nadezhda Ilyushina heads the team and is supported by senior associate Yuri Ivanov, who ‘is able to offer workable solutions in complex situations’.

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.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal CIS B.V.) has notable expertise in tax issues and HR management, and regularly advises on cross-border employment issues. Yana Zoloeva heads the team, and the ‘very experienced’ Alexei Dingin can ‘clearly explain sophisticated law provisions to non-professionals’.

Pepeliaev Groupalways responds within the agreed timeframe’ and provides ‘a thorough risk analysis of each matter along with suggestions on how to mitigate accordingly’. Practice head Julia Borozdna is ‘very personable’ and advises on employment disputes.

CMS provides ‘great service in terms of response times and cost’, and has ‘strong, wide-ranging experience across many sectors’. Valeriy Fedoreev heads the employment and migration practice, and recently advised Peugeot Citroën Mitsubishi Automotive on complaints from employees regarding a new work time scheme.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP primarily advises on employment issues arising from M&A, handling the due diligence into, and acquisition and retention of, key employees. The team also advises on the full spectrum of migration matters, including work permits, transfers and cross-border HR policy issues. Dmitri Nikiforov heads the practice.

Dechert Russia LLC advises on issues arising from employment contracts, dismissals, data protection matters and trade secret misappropriation. The group is led by Evgenia Korotkova, who has notable expertise in M&A- and joint venture-related employment issues.

At Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, highlights included advising Cisco on various non-contentious employment and labour issues, and assisting a metal company with trade union-related matters. Senior associate Anna Ivanova heads the team, advising on a mix of immigration and dismissal issues.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides ongoing support to Bristol-Myers Squibb pertaining to various HR issues arising from an internal reorganisation. Olga Chislova heads the team, where other key clients include Russian Railways, Flowserve and the Konstantin Khabensky Charity Foundation.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law)’s ‘customer-oriented’ team provides ‘fast responses and great value for money’. Recent work includes advising Doosan on the redundancy of several senior managers, and assisting Panalpina with a services agreement for staffing services. Konstantin Astafiev is the key figure.

Noerr’s team is ‘responsive, helpful and clear in its advice’, and is ‘always able to meet tight deadlines’. Practice head Alexander Titov has notable expertise in issues involving top management, including dismissal cases and employment disputes. Counsel Olga Mokhonko is ‘very professional and quick to respond’.

Employment boutique Personnel Law Bureau is led by Sergei Kuksa, who has significant expertise in disciplinary proceedings, immigration issues and regulatory matters along with employment disputes. Notable clients include AccorHotels, Ericsson and Red Bull.

Headed by Irina Golovanova, Squire Patton Boggs has recently handled a number of sexual harassment disputes, and also advises on dismissals, staff redundancies and performance reviews. The firm has strong cross-border capabilities, and regularly liaises with its pan-European offices to advise on high-stakes issues.

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