Firm Profile > Borenius > St Petersburg, Russia

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Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere Tier 2

Distinguished by a flexible approach and efficiency’, Borenius advises large companies in the oil and gas, property development and private equity sectors. It focuses on corporate and M&A transactions, including acting on the Russian law aspects of cross-border mandates. Alexey Nikitin leads the practice, and clients also recommend managing partner Andrei Gusev. Other key team members include senior associates Artyom Berlin and Irina Dudareva.

Practice head(s):

Alexey Nikitin

Other key lawyers:

Andrei Gusev; Artem Zhavoronkov; Artyom Berlin; Irina Dudareva


‘They counsel with a high degree of certainty, which is much appreciated when you know as little about Russian law as I do. All this applies to Alexey Nikitin.

‘The firm’s practice is distinguished by a flexible approach and efficiency in the provision of legal services. I would also like to note the depth of expertise of the team members, they have unique experience and knowledge.’

‘Andrey Gusev has vast experience, legal wisdom and many connections with legal experts abroad, which is important for the implementation of our projects. Andrey offers non-standard ways to solve problems.’

Key clients

Neste Corporation

Norebo Holding

ZyXel Communications



Vorwerk International Strecker & Co

LSF X Investment




Triton Investment Management Limited

Real estate and construction Tier 4

St. Petersburg-based Borenius focuses on industrial and residential construction project work across the country, with notable strength in handling contractual arrangements and disputes in the hospitality sector. Recently promoted specialist partner Arina Dovzhenko leads the department, which, in early 2020, bolstered its property transactions offering with the arrival of associate Zara Russkikh from Capital Legal Services.

Practice head(s):

Arina Dovzhenko

Other key lawyers:

Zara Russkikh

Key clients

Rive Gauche





Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 6

St. Petersburg-based Borenius acts as co-counsel on Russian law issues in cross-border proceedings; it is recommended for its work on ‘disputes relating to the former Soviet Union’. The practice is traditionally active in corporate litigation and asset tracing, but is also increasingly instructed in relation to property disputes raising cultural heritage issues. Practice head Anna Zabrotskaya, managing partner Andrei Gusev, and senior counsels Lyubov Erigo and Irina Selezneva are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Anna Zabrotskaya

Other key lawyers:

Andrei Gusev; Lyubov Erigo; Irina Selezneva; Artyom Berlin


‘Experts in disputes relating to the former Soviet Union; they bring a huge amount of experience and technical skill in matters requiring foreign lawyers and multi-jurisdictional disputes. They are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The team led by Andrei Gusev is technically very knowledgeable and follows a strong service culture being very responsive and prompt. They combine the above with very strong English language skills and with familiarity, earned on the field, with how European law firms work. Their collegiality is refreshing.’

‘Anna Zabrotskaya has founded the fashion and luxury goods practice at the firm – a highly innovative and novel area.’

‘Borenius are truly exceptional in putting together a multi-disciplinary team to get the best result for their client. They have contacts in multiple jurisdictions and choose the right people to deliver the best service for their clients whilst always overseeing the strategic direction of the case.’

Key clients

Fiskars Brands Rus LLC

SSAB Swedish Steel CIS LLC

Gorod LLC

Prometey Central Research Institute of Structural Materials Federal State Unitary Enterprise

William Grants & Sons Ltd.

Platinum GmbH & Co. KG

Tirazh LLC

Borenius Russia has a strong track record in Russia and other countries of the former USSR for handling major deals for major international and domestic oil and gas, real estate and private equity players. Our team’s expertise, professionalism, and business thinking have been acknowledged by the leading international ranking institutions such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and The Best Lawyers.

Having a wide network of contacts, we often act as lead counsel for transactions performed in various jurisdictions in Europe and the CIS and coordinate the work of numerous legal teams.

Being headquartered in Helsinki, we are subject both to Finnish (EU) and Russian regulations on business conduct, ethics and compliance procedures, which entails the highest standards of advice and client approach. Borenius is the only Finnish top tier law form having a Russian office.

Department Name Email Telephone
Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation Andrei Gusev
Arbitration Anna Zabrotskaya
Asset tracing & recovery Andrei Gusev
Banking and finance Alexey Nikitin
Capital markets Alexey Nikitin
Commercial contracts Alexey Nikitin
Competition and public procurement Alexey Nikitin
Corporate advisory and compliance Andrei Gusev
Dispute resolution Anna Zabrotskaya
Employment Alexey Nikitin
Enforcement Anna Zabrotskaya
Fashion and lux Anna Zabrotskaya
Fishing Andrei Gusev
Intellectual property Andrei Gusev
Litigation Anna Zabrotskaya
M&A and private equity Alexey Nikitin
Private clients Andrei Gusev
Real estate and construction Arina Dovzhenko
Restructuring and insolvency Andrei Gusev
Sanctions Artem Zhavoronkov
Shipping, transport and insurance Andrei Gusev
Tax Andrei Gusev
Technology, media and telecommunications Andrei Gusev
White-collar crime and crisis management Andrei Gusev
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Artyom Berlin  photo Mr Artyom Berlin Artyom Berlin is a Senior Associate of Transactions & Corporate Law practice, and…
Ms Arina Dovzhenko  photo Ms Arina Dovzhenko Arina Dovzhenko is a Specialist Partner and the Head of the Real…
Ms Irina Dudareva photo Ms Irina Dudareva Senior Associate
Mrs Lyubov Erigo photo Mrs Lyubov Erigo Senior Counsel
Ms Andrei Gusev photo Ms Andrei Gusev Andrei Gusev is the Managing Partner, Russia since February 2013.  Andrei has…
Mr Alexey Nikitin  photo Mr Alexey Nikitin Alexey Nikitin is a Specialist Partner and Head of the Transactions &…
Ms Zara Russkikh photo Ms Zara Russkikh Associate
Mrs Irina Selezneva photo Mrs Irina Selezneva Senior Counsel
Ms Anna Zabrotskaya  photo Ms Anna Zabrotskaya Anna Zabrotskaya is a Specialist Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Head of the Dispute Resolution…
Mr Artem Zhavoronkov photo Mr Artem Zhavoronkov Artem Zhavoronkov is a Specialist Partner at Borenius Russia. Artem specialises in…
Number of lawyers : 15
Number of Partners : 5
IBA (International Bar Association)
American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham Russia)
About us: : Borenius Russia is one of the largest business law firms in Northwest Russia. We advise local and foreign clients from various industries on all aspects of business law throughout Russia. Based on a thorough understanding of the Russian legal system and business environment we offer hands-on approach to work and efficient business solutions. Our team’s expertise, professionalism, and business thinking have been acknowledged by the leading international ranking institutions such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and The Best Lawyers. Borenius Attorneys Russia Ltd is a daughter company of Borenius Attorneys Ltd with headquarters in Helsinki. Borenius provides our clients easy access to more than 200 Finnish, Russian and US professionals.

We place our people, pro bono work and the environment at the heart of our corporate responsibility programme.

We are committed to providing all employees with equal opportunities and the best possible support to help them combine their work and private life.

Diversity is our strength. We are defined by our values, and we are proud to have a culture of respect within our organisation in terms of our people and strategy. Our carefully selected pro bono partners and programmes are a further reflection of our commitment to promoting diversity and social inclusion. These allow us to give back to society while maximising the positive impact of our employees’ legal expertise.

Our current pro bono programmes are: 

  • The Finnish Paralympic Committee. We have been the official legal adviser to the Finnish Paralympic Committee on a pro bono basis since 2013. Our support includes assisting the organisation and individual athletes on various legal matters. We have also taken an active role in developing the procedures of classification in Paralympic sports while actively contributing to the legal discussion currently evolving around the equal treatment of athletes. 
  • Helsinki Pride. We are one of the main partners of Helsinki Pride community and the Helsinki Pride Week event. We foster a society of equality and individual welfare that includes everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. 
  • Young Office. Fostering connections between young people and the business world is one the most important ways in which we can contribute to society. To support this, we have implemented a multicultural work experience programme aimed at pupils in lower secondary schools. 
  • Icehearts. This Finnish innovative early-intervention operating model provides long-term professional support for vulnerable children facing the risk of social exclusion. The children in this project are divided into teams that operate for a period of 12 years during which they will gain support and supervision from professional educators.

Responsibility with thought-leadership. Being one of the thought leaders in the legal industry comes with the responsibility to look ahead. We must dare to challenge the established ways of working in the legal community. For us this means that we have a responsibility to actively discuss issues having legal importance for the society. We also want to be involved in discussions on how the legal industry will be a pro-active force in improving business practices, diversity, and leadership in order to make a difference. This means not only a responsibility to answer to these requirements set on us by the society, but also a commitment to give back in the form of pro bono work in areas in which we have leading expertise. We actively share our knowledge and views to develop business and the society through national committee work. We also offer a substantial amount of training opportunities for students and we see this work as a platform for educating business lawyers that later can serve the business community from in-house positions.