Firm Profile > FBK Legal > Moscow, Russia

FBK Legal
MYASNITSKAYA STREET 44/1
101990 MOSCOW
Russia

Tax Tier 1

The practice at FBK Legal expanded its expertise through its merger with St. Petersburg-based firm NB Legal Agency in 2019. The group is led out of the Moscow office, where managing partner Nadezhda Orlova, tax litigator Galina Akchurina and tax consulting expert Tatiana Matveicheva are the key contacts. The department garners praise for its tax work across contentious and non-contentious mandates, and provides the full scope of tax-related advice at a domestic and cross-border level. The team also increasingly focuses on tax monitoring services, and has recently launched a new tax monitoring group, chaired by Alexander Grigoriev. Tatiana Golovaneva and Mikhail Golovanev are also noted by clients. Dmitry Paramonov joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP in 2020.

Testimonials

FBK Legal’s specialists can resolve the most complex tax issues; they are well aware of the practices of the local tax authorities and of the Russian courts, which enables them to successfully represent our company for many years now.

We have been working with FBK Legal for over eight years. Taxation is a main practice area for the firm and we believe that the team is the best at what it does. Unlike multiple other firms, the firm houses a sizeable team of tax lawyers, who solely specialise in tax. This is why everyone in the team is aware of recent trends and precedents in the area. Also, the group consists of specialists not only in the area of law, but also in the fields of accounting and economics.

We have always been satisfied with our cooperation with the team during all these years; there has not been an occasion when the lawyers have appeared at a meeting unprepared. It is great that everyone goes beyond formally answering our questions; the team members try to gain a deeper understanding of the situation and explain to us issues and problems which we did not initially notice.

Our main contact is Galina Akchurina. We sincerely appreciate Galina’s expertise and we trust her opinion. She is highly responsive and always goes deep into detail. We appreciate that Galina’s legal opinions are always well reasoned, very clear and practical; they also contain relevant parts for our top management and a more detailed analysis for specialists. We do not need to ask for further explanations. Everything in very clear and easy to understand.

Tatiana Golovaneva properly calculates all tax risks and tax implications of all decisions to be made by our company. She assists us competently in our communication with the tax authorities.

Mikhail Golovanev is distinguished by his attention to detail, good presentation skills and his strict observance of deadlines.

Key clients

Gazprom

Aviaexport

Camozzi

DKV Euro Service GmbH + Co. KG Balcke-Dürr-Allee

Egger Group

EuroChem

Glencore

Herbalife

IBS

Knauf

Per Aarsleff

Ranbaxy

Rosatom

Russian Fish Company

Russian Fishery Company

Sovcomflot

Tarkett

Transneft

Veka

VTB

Yamaha

Home Credit Group

McDonald`s

M.Video

TNS Energo

Wintershall

Oil Processing Company

Russian Sea

Moldovagas

Private client Tier 2

With a strong focus on the contentious side, FBK Legal represents clients in personal bankruptcy procedures and advises on various aspects of family law and inheritance planning, such as pre and post-nuptial agreements, divorce and separation proceedings, and estate planning. Alexander Ermolenko is the key contact.

Competition Tier 3

FBK Legal‘s antitrust practice acts for clients in contentious issues, particularly disputes against the Federal Antimonopoly Service. The department has also experienced an increase in instructions concerning cartel-related issues, anti-competitive agreements and vertical agreements. Alexander Ermolenko and Sergey Ermolenko jointly head up the practice, which is well versed in the fisheries, financial services, energy, oil and gas and technology sectors.

Testimonials

The team stands out due to its innovative and professional strategy in solving uncommon legal issues.

Sergey Ermolenko is a great lawyer with longstanding experience and client-oriented approach.

Key clients

Gazprombank

Yamaha Motor CIS

Fanuc

Actavis

Russian Fishery Company

M.Video

Roland Music

Sesderma Rus

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits

CRRC

Can-Pack S.A.

Wintershall

Diasoft

Digis

Emarsys

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 3

FBK Legal’s dispute resolution group is divided between Moscow and St. Petersburg and is headed up by Alexander Ermolenko and Nina Boer, respectively. The practice adopts a multidisciplinary integrated approach and regularly cooperates with the firm’s tax, competition, IP and energy teams. The department’s client base primarily consists of large public and private companies and high-net-worth individuals. Elena Bokareva and Sergey Ermolenko are also key figures in the Moscow-based team.

Testimonials

Communication is extremely important during high-value litigation. This is why we choose FBK Legal –the team is quick, responsive, and inspires trust in clients.

Comprehensive support during various types of litigations, ranging from corporate matters to debt collection and advertising

Alexander Ermolenko is able to build a strong case while remaining calm and friendly.

Sergei Ermolenko is a skilful litigator who is always ready to come up with creative solutions.

Key clients

Actavis/ Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

Yamaha Motor CIS

Fanuc

Sesderma

NGK Spark Plugs

Per Aarsleff

Chukotsnab

Can-Pack

Gazprom

Gazprombank

Wintershall

Ranbaxy

M.Video

Diasoft

Digis Group

MedSwiss

Russian Fishery Company

Central Geological Company

Teplocom Service

Sindbad

360 Construction

Elektropribor

SK Stil

Employment Tier 3

FBK Legal's employment law capabilities range from general HR support, such as advising on the hiring and dismissal of Russian and foreign employees, incentive schemes, and immigration and data protection issues, to representation in contentious cases before the regulatory authorities. The firm also expanded its offering in St Petersburg with the acquisition of boutique firm NB Legal Agency. Alexandra Gerasimova and Sergey Ermolenko are the key figures.

Key clients

Teva (Actavis)

Can-Pack S.A.

Sesderma

Wintershall

Yamaha Motor CIS

Intellectual property Tier 3

With a strong focus on contentious IP, FBK Legal specialises in acting for clients from a range of industries in trade mark and patent infringement litigation. Alexander Ermolenko heads a multi-disciplinary team which is able to advise on the various IP aspects of commercial transactions, licensing, tax and regulatory compliance.

Key clients

Sesderma

Teva (Actavis)

Fanuc

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits (Belvedere)

Yamaha Motors

PPP and infrastructure projects Tier 3

The team at FBK Legal is led by Nadezhda Orlova, who specialises in tax structuring and the drafting of concessionary agreements and EPC contracts for the construction of oil and gas infrastructure. Alexander Ermolenko is also recommended for corporate transactions.

Key clients

Gazprom and its subsidiaries

CRRC Corporation Limited (China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation)

Gazprombank

Rusatom

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

FBK Legal advises on a wide array of contentious and non-contentious issues, including corporate restructurings, debt enforcement work and bankruptcy procedures; the team is also growing its bankruptcy administration work. Practice co-head Alexander Ermolenko leads on debt restructuring issues in the financial services sector. The firm has expanded its presence in St. Petersburg through its merger with NB Legal Agency; Nina Boer manages the local office and advises on restructuring matters. Clients single out Elena Bokareva, whose insolvency practice focuses on representing shareholders and creditors.

Testimonials

The team is good at assessing risks and estimating the potential economic effect on our activities.

Elena Bokareva remains highly involved in all issues, while her team provides comprehensive timely legal support.

Key clients

Gazprom

Gazprombank

Sberbank

Yamaha Motor

Actavis

NGK Spark Plugs

Diasoft

Digis

GT Energo

Per Aarsleff

Veka

Central Geological Company

Technoserv Consulting

Kozhukhovskaya-Invest

Sindbad

Torgmash

Areal-S

Logistika 1520

Teplocom Service

Scania

DA-Logistika

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 5

FBK Legal

Key clients

Gazprom and its subsidiaries

Gazprombank

Sberbank and its subsidiaries

Can Pack

Russian Fishery Company

Wintershall

Russian Helicopters

Roland Music

Yamaha Motor CIS

FANUC

Sesderma

Camozzi

Ranbaxy

CRRC Corporation Limited (China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation)

Tuva Energy Industrial Corporation (TEPK)

Aviaexport

Herbalife

M.Video

NGK Spark Plugs

IBS

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Emarsys

GT Energo

Per Aarsleff

SODECIA

Nucmed Innovation

Alfa bank

TVEL

Rigla

SK Stil LLC

Emris Plast LLC

Novel-Il

Energy and natural resources Tier 5

Best known for its strength in tax advisory, FBK Legal's team, led by Nadezhda Orlova, focuses on tax structuring and litigation, M&A transactions, investment into energy-related construction projects, and general corporate law matters.

Key clients

Gazprom and its subsidiaries

Wintershall

EuroChem

Rosatom and its subsidiaries

Transneft and subsidiaries

TAIF

The firm: FBK Legal is one of the leading Russian law firms and a part of the FBK Group.

FBK was established as an audit and consulting company in 1990. Tax and legal advice have been at the forefront of the firm’s work from day one. Then the corporate and M&A practice was opened, which remains one of the key areas of expertise of FBK Legal. In 2002, FBK Legal became a Bar association in order to represent clients in court. Nadezhda Orlova became FBK Legal president.

All other practices were developing through the years, as the number of lawyers, clients, and cases rapidly grew.

Since March 1st, NB Legal Agency team from St. Petersburg led by partner Nina Boer has acceded to FBK Legal. The firms now operate under a common brand.

Today, FBK Legal is an acknowledged leader in Russia in several legal practices with over 75 qualified lawyers, attorneys, tax consultants, and litigators. The firm provides a wide range of legal services, based on numerous successfully implemented projects and on an understanding of corresponding branches of law.

The core strength of FBK Legal is the opportunity of a comprehensive solution of clients’ problems in the field of taxation and law, as well as support from the best auditors, accountants, consultants, appraisers and cybersecurity experts.

The clientele of FBK Legal includes major Russian and international companies active in different markets and sectors of the economy, and small and medium enterprises of various kinds. The firm has expertise in such industry sectors as oil and gas, retail, pharmaceuticals, real estate, banks, IT, and TMT, as well as in investments and transportation.

Our quality management system is certified. Our liability is insured.

Areas of practice: The Tax practice is represented by the two departments of the firm. Galina Akchurina is a partner and head of tax litigation, acknowledged as one of the best tax lawyers in Russia. The total of successfully disputed tax claims and tax returned to companies under Ms Akchurina’s supervision exceed $2bn.

The tax consulting practice is led by a strong methodologist and partner, Tatiana Matveicheva. Ms Matveicheva supervises projects on tax structuring and tax support of the activities of large industrial enterprises and financial groups. Within this practice, FBK Legal provides clients with legal services on issues of international tax planning, tax due diligence, and taxation guidelines.

The corporate and M&A practice of FBK Legal is headed by partner Alexander Ermolenko, who successfully advises major Russian and foreign companies on corporate law and corporate governance projects. Mr Ermolenko provides legal support on asset restructuring projects in the Russian Federation. Alexander also represents companies in dispute resolution proceedings, including debt collection disputes, shareholder conflicts, and disputes with government agencies.

Managing partner Nadezhda Orlova supervises the energy and natural resources and real estate practices of the firm. Ms Orlova oversees the provision of tax and legal services to oil and gas and construction companies, and has significant experience supporting major Russian and multinational corporations.

Nina Boer, partner, head of St. Petersburg office, is distinguished by her negotiating skills and her ability to structure unusual investment arrangements, including international ones, and select the most effective strategies for any court or bankruptcy proceedings. She has over twenty years of experience in client representation in negotiations and judicial disputes, including those handled by international arbitration tribunals and courts.

Sergey Ermolenko, FBK Legal partner,  manages projects in the field of antitrust regulation including advice on the applicability of advertising and antitrust laws, and co-ordination of transactions with the antimonopoly body.

Elena Bokareva is a partner at FBK Legal. For over 18 years she has represented clients in construction, real estate, land and subsurface use, urban planning disputes, disputes with government authorities and disputes over bankruptcy of legal entities and individuals. She represents clients in arbitration proceedings. Elena is an experienced mediator who managed to settle disputes at the pre-trial stage for many clients.

FBK Legal also successfully consults major Russian and international companies on issues of employment, intellectual property, commercial law, and on other legal affairs.

The services provided by FBK Legal as well as FBK at large meet the requirements of international standards. In 2014 the group joined the international network of independent audit and consulting firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd.

Department Name Email Telephone
Alexander Ermolenko Banking & finance, Partner
Alexander Ermolenko Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Partner
Natalia Lezhennikova, Elena Shigidina, Alena Ermolenko, Alexandra Susarova, Yuliya Nikiforova Commercial, Corporate and M&A
Sergey Ermolenko Competition, Partner
Alexander Ermolenko, Elena Bokareva Dispute resolution, Partners
Nina Boer Dispute resolution, Partner, SPb
Alexandra Gerasimova, Alena Ermolenko, Yuliya Nikiforova Dispute resolution
Alexandra Gerasimova, Daria Shevtsova Employment
Nadezhda Orlova Energy & Natural resources, Managing Partner
Alexander Yalushkin Energy & Natural resources
Alexander Sotov Financial investigations & forensic inquiry
Sergey Ermolenko Intellectual Property, Partner
Alena Ermolenko, Alexandra Susarova, Darya Tereshchenko Intellectual Property
Nadezda Orlova PPP and Infrastructure projects, Partner
Alexander Yalushkin PPP and Infrastructure projects
Nadezhda Orlova Real Estate and Construction, Managing Partner
Alexander Ermolenko, Elena Bokareva Real Estate and Construction, Partners
Nina Boer Real Estate and Construction, Partner, SPb
Natalia Lezhennikova, Alena Ermolenko, Olga Nazarchuk Real Estate and Construction
Alexander Ermolenko, Elena Bokareva Restructuring and Insolvency, Partners
Nina Boer Restructuring and Insolvency, Partner, SPb
Alena Ermolenko,Yulia Nikiforova, Ksenia Gopkalo Restructuring and Insolvency
Nadezhda Orlova, Galina Akchurina, Tatiana Matveicheva, Mikhail Golovanev, Tatiana Golovaneva (Grigorieva), Alexander Grigoriev, Artem Lomize Tax
Galina Akchurina Tax dispute resolution, Partner
Tatiana Golovaneva (Grigorieva), Mikhail Golovanev, Artem Lomize Tax dispute resolution
Nadezhda Orlova Tax advice, Managing partner
Tatiana Matveicheva, Alexander Grigoriev Tax advice
Levon Grigorian, Darya Tereshchenko Economic sanctions and sanctions compliance
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Galina Akchurina  photo Ms Galina Akchurina
Mr Dmitriy Andreev  photo Mr Dmitriy Andreev
Ms Nina Boer  photo Ms Nina Boer
Ms Elena Bokareva  photo Ms Elena Bokareva
Mr Sergey Ermolenko  photo Mr Sergey Ermolenko
Mr Alexander Ermolenko  photo Mr Alexander Ermolenko
Ms Alena Ermolenko  photo Ms Alena Ermolenko
Ms Viktoriya Franchenko  photo Ms Viktoriya Franchenko
Ms Alexandra Gerasimova  photo Ms Alexandra Gerasimova
Mr Mikhail Golovanev  photo Mr Mikhail Golovanev
Ms Tatiana Golovaneva (Grigorieva)  photo Ms Tatiana Golovaneva (Grigorieva)
Ms Ekaterina Golubeva  photo Ms Ekaterina Golubeva
Ms Kseniya Gopkalo  photo Ms Kseniya Gopkalo
Mr Sergey Gorokhov  photo Mr Sergey Gorokhov
Mr Levon Grigorian  photo Mr Levon Grigorian
Mr Alexander Grigoriev  photo Mr Alexander Grigoriev
Ms Alesya Homich  photo Ms Alesya Homich
Ms Elizaveta Kapustina  photo Ms Elizaveta Kapustina
Mr Alexander Levitskiy  photo Mr Alexander Levitskiy
Ms Natalya Lezhennikova  photo Ms Natalya Lezhennikova
Mr Artem Lomize  photo Mr Artem Lomize
Ms Tatiana Matveicheva  photo Ms Tatiana Matveicheva
Ms Elena Mende  photo Ms Elena Mende
Ms Olga Nazarchuk  photo Ms Olga Nazarchuk
Mr Aleksey Nefedov  photo Mr Aleksey Nefedov
Ms Yuliya Nikiforova  photo Ms Yuliya Nikiforova
Ms Nadezhda Orlova  photo Ms Nadezhda Orlova
Ms Valentina Polyakova  photo Ms Valentina Polyakova
Ms Natalia Ryabova  photo Ms Natalia Ryabova
Ms Darya Shevtsova  photo Ms Darya Shevtsova
Ms Elena Shigidina  photo Ms Elena Shigidina
Ms Elena Shkadova  photo Ms Elena Shkadova
Ms Alexandra Susarova  photo Ms Alexandra Susarova
Ms Darya Tereshchenko  photo Ms Darya Tereshchenko
Mr Alexey Yarzutkin  photo Mr Alexey Yarzutkin
Ms Irina Zhiradkova  photo Ms Irina Zhiradkova
Number of lawyers : 75
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FBK Legal is a law firm of FBK Group
which is a member of Grant Thornton International