White-collar crime in Russia
ALRUD Law Firm's corporate crime practice spans regulatory enforcement, investigations, fraud and anti-corruption and the group regularly acts on the most complex cross-border investigations and criminal cases. Newly appointed practice head and disputes specialist Magomed Gasanov assists clients with criminal proceedings, civil and commercial matters. Vassily Rudomino regularly cooperates with US and European counsel in advising clients on anti-corruption and anti-bribery matters and preventative compliance measures. Other key figures include German Zakharov, who is experienced in major cartel investigations, Sergey Petrachkov, who handles regulatory investigations and cross-border disputes, and Irina Anyukhina, who is recommended for internal investigations.
Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s full-service white-collar crime practice assists clients with a variety of matters including criminal defence and the initiation of proceedings, as well as assisting with investigations and seizures. Expert litigator Edward Bekeschenko has been highly active in a number of the team's most significant cases. Oleg Tkachenko is a name to note for criminal proceedings and investigations, as are Pavel Novikov and Vladimir Khvalei.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners' ‘highly skilled’ team, which is led by Viсtoria Burkovskaya, has an impressive track record in 'protecting the interests of the client by using all available legal means'. Recently promoted partner Tatyana Nozhkina splits her time between the firm's Moscow and St Petersburg offices. Burkovskaya successfully defended the former Minister of Economic Development against charges of bribe extortion. She is also representing the former head of a company against allegations of defrauding the company. Counsel Andrey Bastrakov regularly works alongside Burkovskaya and is also experienced in criminal defence work. Konstantin Tretyakov was a new arrival in January 2020 from Dentons.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s white-collar crime practice has expertise in tax and fraud matters and cybercrime. The team expanded its capabilities with the hire of Julia Romanova from Chadbourne & Parke. Anton Gusev is a key name to note; his recent work includes securing the dismissal of criminal charges against the employees of JSC Pipeline Bends and successfully suspending criminal investigations for a major construction materials manufacturer. Alexander Erasov is a name to note for tax-related disputes, criminal defence and investigations.
Dentons is a popular choice for corporations and senior executives in criminal proceedings and investigations, and also advises on potential risks and compliance with anti-corruption legislation. Konstantin Elfimov is the name to note. Konstantin Tretyakov joined Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in 2020.
KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law) strengthened its capabilities in complex financial crime investigations and corruption with the hire of counsel Denis Kasatkin in April 2018 from the prosecutor’s office of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. Konstantin Astafiev leads the team, which also includes Dmitry Kalinichenko and Evgeny Metla. Standout cases include representing Huawei in an investigation concerning a $1.2m theft. Kalinichenko regularly works alongside Astafiev on complex white-collar defence mandates. The practice counts multinational corporations in the retail, technology, bio-tech and manufacturing sectors, and well-known Russian companies and individual clients among its client list.
Koblev & Partners
At Koblev & Partners, managing partner Ruslan Koblev has a strong track record in criminal defence work for private clients. His recent work includes representing a well-known musician in a criminal and civil suit, and defending senior government officials against embezzlement and fraud charges. He and Kirill Belskiy are also defending the ex-senator of the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic against a number of financial crimes charges, including petitioning for an appeal to the Human Rights Council.
Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners has an impressive track record in defending corporations and senior executives in proceedings concerning tax evasion, fraud and embezzlement among others. Litigation specialist Yuri Monastyrsky is currently defending clients against allegations of embezzlement. Dmitry Lovyrev acts for international corporations and private individuals in complex cross-border proceedings, as does Anton Aleksandrov.
ZKS Law Attorneys
White-collar criminal defence boutique ZKS Law Attorneys is distinguished by its 'understanding of the intricacies and operations of the investigative authorities'. The 'excellent' practice is led by Denis Saushkin, who has extensive 'courtroom experience in defending business managers in criminal prosecution'. 'Criminal and procedural law expert' Andrey Grivtsov uses 'his prior experience in law enforcement to advise clients on the best possible strategy'; he is defending a senior official against tax evasion charges, which has included working with an Austrian firm to halt the client's extradition from Austria. Alexey Bukanev and Kirill Makhov 'are very knowledgeable in the intricacies of criminal law'. Alexey Kasatkin specialises in defending corruption and financial crime charges and 'always gives accurate advice'.
A-Pro Law ’s white-collar crime team regularly assists individuals and enterprises with financial and business advice and investigations, and has experience of domestic courts and handling cross-border matters. Department head Valeriy Volokh is experienced in criminal defence and prosecution. Key contact Alexey Grebenskoy specialises in defence work in cases concerning property, and illegal activities involving financial transactions such as tax evasion, illegal loans and intentional bankruptcy. Alexander Mikhailov’s broad range of experience includes the prevention of asset-grabbing and anti-corruption compliance. Igor Starodubov and Sergey Efremenkov are recommended for inquiries and financial crime investigations.
BEITEN BURKHARDT remains a firm favourite with German clients, and has a strong focus supporting companies and their executives during criminal investigations. Managing partner Falk Tischendorf assisted a long-standing international client with conducting internal investigations. Key contact Alexander Bezborodov is currently acting for several clients in various criminal proceedings.
Kniazev & Partners
Kniazev & Partners is praised for its ‘reliability, responsiveness, ability to see the whole picture' and its 'strategic' advice. It has a strong focus advising corporations and company executives on risks and potential criminal liability, and also advises on financial losses, reputation management and general security issues. Vladimir Kitsing leads the 'experienced and highly qualified' team, which includes Alexey Serduyk and Artem Chekotkov.
Noerr’s expertise in white-collar criminal defence work attracts foreign companies and their Russian subsidiaries as well as private investors, The group handles investigations, compliance with various domestic and international legislation and advice relating to running operations within Russia. Hannes Lubitzsch is assisting multinational companies with conducting internal investigations concerning allegations of bribery.
Puchkov & Partners
Yekaterinburg-based practice Puchkov & Partners is best known for advising on forensic investigations and representing corporate executives in criminal proceedings. The practice is jointly led by managing partner Denis Puchkov, Alexey Zakharov and Konstantin Farberov. Sergey Kolpashchikov, Alexander Yassin and Anton Terekhin focus on investigations, while Yulia Radosteva is a key name for investigations and is also highly experienced in handling complex and unusual cases.
Regionservice’s key strengths lie in supporting Russian clients in criminal investigations. Kemerovo-based practice head Dmitry Grechko and Sergey Uchitel are representing the former owner of Novokuznetsk Municipal Bank in a series of complex proceedings concerning several financial crime allegations. Moscow-based Denis Rybakov and Uchitel are defending the Deputy Governor of the Kemerovo Region against criminal allegations. As part of a state-mandated criminal investigation, Rybakov and Uchitel, as well as a number of other leading firms, are acting pro bono for the families of victims of a fire that occurred at the Kemerovo Zimnaya Vishnya shopping centre in March 2018.
Boutique firm Rustam Kurmaev & Partners has a strong offering in white-collar criminal defence work. Managing partner Rustam Kurmaev, whose 'advice is always timely and strategically impeccable', successfully defended the senior management of the Chelyabinsk Pipe-Rolling Plant against criminal charges and allegations of unlawful pressure before the Moscow City Court. Dmitry Gorbunov, who is 'a skilful and effective white-collar crime heavyweight' practitioner, obtained a criminal liability dismissal for the manager of Otis Elevator Company following an escalator accident at a shopping centre in Podolsky district. Dmitry Kletochkin regularly supports Kurmaev and Gorbunov in disputes involving state investigative authorities.
Zabeyda & Partners
Boutique criminal defence firm Zabeyda & Partners 'will not hesitate to put an expert on the spot' and has 'solid experience of the prosecution side' of white-collar crime work, which it is able to leverage in defending individual and corporate clients. Managing partner Alexander Zabeyda uses his 'experience to create a winning strategy'; he is currently defending a senior official of Tuapse Refinery against embezzlement charges and extradition proceedings. Daria Konstantinova, whose 'drive and ambition makes her a perfect spearhead for any case', is defending the vice-governor of the Ivanovskaya region against allegations of bribery and corruption.