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FBK Legal
101990 MOSCOW

Tax Tier 1

FBK Legal has notable expertise in tax planning and domestic and international structuring, due diligence and tax litigation, and counts Glencore International and Russian Fish Company among its list of clients. Nadezhda Orlova specialises in tax structuring and planning and is a popular choice for clients in the oil and gas and energy sectors. Galina Akchurina has 'a strong reputation' in tax litigation; in recent works she successfully represented the interest of Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy in a complex audit case concerning transfer pricing totalling $77m. Tatiana Matveicheva focuses on tax planning. Tatiana Grigorieva, Alexander Grigoriev and Olga Krivitskaya are recommended for tax disputes.

Private client Tier 2

Alexander Ermolenko at FBK Legal is representing a private individual in a complex hereditary dispute that raises Russian and Ukrainian citizenship issues. Other areas of expertise include advising on real estate sales and purchase transactions, investment strategies and wealth planning. Dmitry Paramonov is a name to note for private international tax planning matters.

Competition Tier 3

Headed by Sergey Ermolenko, the competition team at FBK Legal successfully represented major electronic retailer in proceedings brought by the FAS concerning alleged unfair advertising. The group also handles contentious and non-contentious matters for notable clients such as Russian Fishery Company, Gazprom and Yamaha Motor CIS.

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 3

FBK Legal's litigation team handles commercial, competition and tax-related conflicts, the recovery of damages and bankruptcy disputes. Elena Bokareva is representing Gazprom transgaz Stavropol in a series of disputes brought by a landowner seeking compensation following the building of a gas pipeline. Practice head Alexander Ermolenko and Sergey Ermolenko are experienced in handling cases against regulatory authorities.

Intellectual property Tier 3

FBK Legal’s practice is headed by Alexander Ermolenko. Highlights included advising Yamaha Motor CIS on the use of its trade mark by distributors and representing Sesderma in combatting the illegal use of its trade mark. Sergey Ermolenko is another name to note.

PPP and infrastructure projects Tier 3

FBK Legal is notably active in projects in the oil and gas, natural resources and transportation sectors, where it assists with risk assessments, the development of concessionary agreements and project implementation. Nadezhda Orlova advises Gazprom on several large-scale oil and gas and mining infrastructure projects. Alexander Ermolenko is also recommended.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

FBK Legal is able to draw on its expertise from the dispute resolution and corporate teams in handling complex insolvency matters on the side of the borrower and also acting for creditors in the recovery of debt. Alexander Ermolenko and Natalya Lezhennikova are assisting long-standing client Sberbank with conducting a thorough due diligence and assessment of associated risks relating to indebted companies as well as for the debtor’s subsidiaries. Sergey Ermolenko assisted Central Geological Company with setting up a debt-repayment plan for TNI, an insolvent company acquired by the client.

Employment Tier 4

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.

Energy and natural resources Tier 5

At FBK Legal, managing partner Nadezhda Orlova assists Gazprom with regulatory matters concerning its activities and development projects in the Kirinsky subsea gas production complex, the Kovytkinskoye gas field in the Irkutsk region and the Gryazovetskaya compressor station, among others. She is also working alongside Alexander Yalushkin in advising Gazprom on its investment and development activities pertaining to mineral extraction projects.


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 $2 bn.

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
Ms Alena Ermolenko  photo Ms Alena Ermolenko
Mr Alexander Ermolenko  photo Mr Alexander Ermolenko
Mr Sergey Ermolenko  photo Mr Sergey Ermolenko
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
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
Mr Aleksey Nefedov  photo Mr Aleksey Nefedov
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
Number of lawyers : 75
FBK Legal is a law firm of FBK Group
which is a member of Grant Thornton International