Firm Profile > ALRUD Law Firm > Moscow, Russia

ALRUD Law Firm
6TH FLOOR, 17 SKAKOVAYA STREET
BUILDING 2
125040 MOSCOW
Russia

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm’s full-service banking and finance team has been increasingly active in financing transactions structured under Russian law, and leverages its connections with and referrals from the global offices of international law firms on cross-border work. The firm has also recently launched a dedicated financial technologies projects practice, which additionally bolsters the group’s expertise in financial services regulation. Anton Dzhuplin heads up the department, which fields Alexander Zharskiy and senior associate Ekaterina Rogacheva as key figures. In early 2020, the group expanded its financial services regulation knowledge with the recruitment of Alexander Rymko from Harneys.

Practice head(s):

Anton Dzhuplin

Testimonials

A well-structured and dynamic team, with strong knowledge of the local laws and a good understanding of the needs of the client

The team’s knowledge of the international banking and finance market makes its advice fine-tuned and effective.

Ekaterina Rogacheva’s response timing is excellent, especially when a client is in trouble.

Key clients

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Mechel

Elko Grupa

Hungarian Export – Import Bank

Bank of Baroda

Alfa Bank Ukraine

Sanofi

Kreditech

Asia Cement

China International Capital Corporation

Trafigura

Sberbank of Russia

Coeclerici Commodities

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Promsvyazbank

Mastercard Europe

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 1

Corporate transactions remain a key area of focus for ALRUD Law Firm, particularly across the technology, energy, metals and mining, and pharmaceuticals sectors. The team is praised as ‘synonymous with high-quality corporate law advice’ by its clients base, which includes notable Asian investors. ‘Superb adviserAlexander Zharskiy heads up the corporate and M&A practice and specialises in public and private M&A deals. Commercial team leader Maria Ostashenko advises clients on issues regarding business activities in Russia and is a key contact for international commercial contracts work. Clients also single out Anton Dzhuplin, who is an expert in the financial services space. Senior associate Sergey Khanaev has extensive experience handling corporate transactions governed by Russian law.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Zharskiy

Testimonials

Alrud is the leading independent law firm for corporate transactions in Russia. The department is particularly strong in M&A work.  Lawyers are very responsive and pay close attention to the quality of client service, thus taking all potential burdens away from the client where they can.

The team’s main strengths include its availability, practitioners’ strong language skills, and its efficient support during negotiations.

Anton Dzhuplin is our key contact point – he is very knowledgeable.

Key clients

China National Gold Corporation

Munich Re/ Ergo Group

Sicpa Security Solutions

Zuffa International

CTrip

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Vaan LLC

VTB Capital

Vimpelcom

Gazprombank

LSC Communications

Accel

Bayer AG

Uber Technologies

Trafigura

Olam International

Sojitz Corporation

Wieland-Werke

Nidec

Temasek

Competition Tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm acts for leading domestic and international clients on the full scope of contentious and non-contentious competition law issues. The department is noted for its recent work on high-value merger control issues and complex competition litigation. Team co-head Vassily Rudomino is praised for his extensive experience in enforcement matters, and the wider team has strength in the regulatory space, where it benefits from the experience of co-head German Zakharov at the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS). Associate Roman Vedernikov works alongside Zakharov and is recommended for compliance work, while co-head Sergey Petrachkov is a key contact for contentious matters. As a new arrival from the FAS, Daniil Lozovsky handles cartel-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Vassily Rudomino; German Zakharov; Sergey Petrachkov

Testimonials

The firm is responsive and understands the specifics of the US and the European deal mechanisms.

Alrud is very well-connected and efficiently helps a client navigate through the complex Russian regulatory environment.

Alrud has a great competition law team with a helpful “best friends” network. Its webinars are also useful to clients.

Effective in managing clients’ expectations, Vassily Rudomino is immensely experienced and has good contacts.

German Zhakarov and associate Roman Vedernikov are effective in handling merger clearances.

German Zakharov is very pragmatic and solution-oriented.

Key clients

Uber Technologies Inc.

LG Electronics

Siemens AG

Auchan LLC

AGC Glass Europe SA

Armstrong World Industries

Nabors Industries Ltd.

Tata Steel Ltd.

Thyssenkrupp AG

Ball Corporation

Ergo Insurance JSC

Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc.

Ingersoll-Rand Plc

Danaher Corporation

Employment Tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm fields a team of 'highly qualified specialists' expertly led by Irina Anyukhina, who has 'an immense amount of expertise and excellent knowledge of local employment practices'. The practice handles the labour aspects of M&A-related restructurings and transfers, outsourcing and mobility issues, and trade union matters, and has been notably active recently in relation to workplace compliance issues. Other key figures include Maria Gnutova and Margarita Egiazarova for employment litigation and out-of-court conflict settlement. Olga Pimanova and Anastasia Petrova are recommended for general non-contentious labour matters.

Practice head(s):

Irina Anyukhina

Testimonials

‘The team are very experienced and have a substantial knowledge of the practice. They are passionate, hands-on and keen. Their most significant strength is their experience in employment matters.’

‘The Alrud team consists of highly qualified specialists. The employment practice has provided effective advice to our company on labour law in difficult circumstances. They acted quickly and very confidently. The team’s advice was very clearly structured and easy implemented. The fees are reasonable and absolutely transparent.’

‘Irina Anyukhina has an immense amount of expertise and excellent knowledge of local employment practices. She also has a wide network of contacts, and clients value her willingness to help in the most unusual situations.’

‘Maria Gnutova has deep expertise in local labour regulations and excellent knowledge of local practices. Great availability and fast response times, even for the most complicated cases.’

‘Margarita Egiazarova has deep expertise in statutory regulations. She gives valuable advice, factoring in both business needs and statutory compliance.’

Key clients

Shire Plc.

Uber B.V.

Moody’s

Goldman Sachs

Viacom

Private client Tier 1

As one the longest-established private client practices in Russia, ALRUD Law Firm has 'a wealth of expertise' in personal taxation and international wealth structuring; family, immigration and inheritance law; estate planning; and cross-border real estate and asset acquisitions. The practice led by Maxim Alekseyev has a further niche specialisation in advising on the purchase, export and import of fine arts objects. Counsel Kira Egorova is also recommended for her 'very hands-on and solution-driven approach to private client matters'.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Alekseyev

Testimonials

‘Alrud’s private client team is second to none in the Russian market.’

‘Maxim Alekseyev always makes himself available to his clients.’

‘Alrud is one of the few Russian law firms with a private client team that has a deep understanding of international private wealth planning and structuring, as well as concrete experience in advising on such structures.’

‘Kira Egorova is one of the best specialists in the private client area, combining a wealth of knowledge with a very hands-on and solution-driven approach.’

‘Maxim Alekseyev and Kira Egorova are both serious, technical lawyers but have a personal touch too, and they understand the importance of cross-border collaboration, making them a pleasure to work with.’

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The large dispute resolution team at ALRUD Law Firm advises clients on restructuring and insolvency matters. The team’s industry-specific expertise attracts a growing number of clients in the financial services, oil and gas and automotive industries. Sergey Petrachkov leads the restructuring team, where litigator and recently promoted partner Magomed Gasanov, banking law specialist Anton Dzhuplin and founding partner Vassily Rudomino are all key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Petrachkov

Testimonials

Professionals with deep knowledge of the applicable law

The team is reliable, efficient, supportive and accessible.

Team members are exceptionally good at keeping their court filings as simple as possible, while keeping them precise and formally correct. This is also very important for drawing judge’s attention to important aspects of the issue at stake.

Magomed Gasanov is hard-working and creative in terms of legal argumentation.

Key clients

Gazprom Neft

Signet Bank AS

General Motors Uzbekistan

Sova Capital

Sklostroj Turnov CZ, s.r.o.

Sib Trading AG

Zoomlion Capital Rus

Sberbank Europe AG

White-collar crime Tier 1

ALRUD Law Firm’s growing white-collar crime, compliance and investigations department adopts a multidisciplinary approach to advising individual and corporate clients across a wide range of sectors including the oil and gas, consumer goods, retail, transport and chemicals industries. The team focuses on matters relating to regulatory enforcement issues, investigations, corruption work and corporate crime. Recently promoted partner Magomed Gasanov heads up the practice, which counts dispute resolution practice head Sergey Petrachkov as a key figure. Associate Alexander Mikhailov is a notable new arrival, whose expertise significantly bolsters the firm’s expertise in criminal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Magomed Gasanov

Testimonials

Client-oriented professionals and strategic thinkers.

The team is highly professional, responsive, knowledgeable, and sensitive to business realities in the market. It also delivers a high-quality end product.

The team was accountable, responsible, available, and knowledgeable.  It was able to understand our issues quickly, and to provide reliable and realistic advice. The staffing was appropriate, and the team was able to function well in English.

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

Anton Dzhuplin heads up ALRUD Law Firm’s banking and finance department, which advises clients on complex transactions structured under or governed by Russian law. Beyond its capabilities in mainstream banking work, the practice also acts on trade and acquisition finance, financial restructuring and financial services regulation mandates. The team stands out for its international expertise, which leverages its 'best friends' network. Alexander Zharskiy and senior associate Ekaterina Rogacheva are also noted. Alexander Rymko joined the team from Harneys in 2020, and has niche expertise in financial services regulation.

Practice head(s):

Anton Dzhuplin

Key clients

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Mechel

Elko Grupa

Hungarian Export – Import Bank

Bank of Baroda

Alfa-Bank Ukraine

Sanofi

Kreditech

Asia Cement

China International Capital Corporation

Trafigura

Sberbank of Russia

Coeclerici Commodities

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Promsvyazbank

Mastercard Europe

Capital markets Tier 2

At ALRUD Law Firm, Vassily Rudomino and Anton Dzhuplin jointly head up the capital markets practice, which handles domestic and cross-border mandates; the practice leverages its extensive international ‘best friends’ network on global matters. The team also has notable strength in advising domestic and international issuers, investment banks and other market participants on the Russian elements of securities offerings. Senior associate Ekaterina Rogacheva is also a key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Vassily Rudomino; Anton Dzhuplin

Testimonials

The team is quick in its response and provides high-quality services.’

Key clients

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Raiffeisenbank

Monnalisa S.p.A.

South Ural Mining and Processing Company

Kreditech Holding

Goldman Sachs

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm focuses on general commercial litigation and has extensive experience acting in disputes in the financial services, energy, technology, retail and transport sectors. The department's precedent-setting work in the corporate litigation space also stands out; it recently represented Sova Capital in a precedent-setting corporate dispute for the recovery of $200m in losses. Sergey Petrachkov heads up the practice and specialises in bankruptcy-related litigation; Magomed Gasanov is a standout practitioner in civil litigation and white-collar crime proceedings; and clients also single out senior associate Dmitry Kuptsov.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Petrachkov

Testimonials

The team is creative, knowledgeable, precise and reliable.

Outstanding capabilities in cross-border litigation

Sergey Petrachkov is a very competent professional.

Senior associate Dmitry Kuptsov is an exceptional lawyer.

Key clients

General Motors Uzbekistan

Sberbank Europe AG

Sova Capital

Nabors Industries

SSI Schäfer

Signet Bank

GoDaddy

Auchan LLC

UNICREDIT BANK

Daimler AG

Hörmann Group

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers B.V.

Swissquote Bank AS

Armstrong World Industries

Shreya Life Sciences LLC

Vi Holding

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm's full-service energy practice is headed by the 'very pragmatic and commercial' Andrey Zharskiy, with senior associate and 'outstanding up-and-comer' Timur Akhundov focusing on regulatory issues, investment and project development in the energy and mining sectors. The firm is a popular choice for inbound and outbound Chinese investors, with clients such as China National Gold Group, ZPEC and China Silver Group.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Zharskiy

Testimonials

‘The practice’s extensive knowledge and experience make it one of the leaders in the market. Good co-ordination within the team allows it to address matters quickly and to stay in direct contact with the client. As a full-service law firm, ALRUD is also noteworthy for its ability to involve lawyers from other departments in clients’ matters, which allows it to reach outstanding results.’

‘Andrey Zharskiy has extensive experience in energy and natural resources as well as related practices. He is very pragmatic and very commercial, always striving to give efficient advice.’

‘Timur Akhundov has an excellent understanding of the client’s needs and works remarkably well alongside Zharkiy, as well as being an outstanding up-and-comer in the energy field.’

Key clients

China National Gold Group

Tata Power

Great Dyke Investments

South Ural Mining and Processing Company

Trafigura

Tax Tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm fields a standalone tax practice consisting of specialists with legal and accounting experience. The team garners praise for its advice on private wealth tax planning to high net-worth individuals; senior partner and practice head Maxim Alekseyev is a key name in this space. The department also handles a wide scope of issues encompassing corporate tax, international tax and property-related tax work, and has notable expertise in the tax aspects of corporate restructurings and other transactions. Associate Sergey Artemiev is a key contact for contentious tax matters, and clients also single out counsels Elena Novikova and Kira Egorova.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Alekseyev

Testimonials

The team is great for advice on Russian law, but also has an understanding of tactics and strategies involving a foreign element, particularly due to its extensive experience assisting private clients. I would also like to note that the team delves into the details of the client’s situation and does not cut corners in doing so.

Of counsel Elena Novikova is strong in projects involving the preparation of tax-related reports to be submitted to the Russian tax authorities. Elena has a very professional approach and you can always get in contact with her quickly.

Of counsel Kira Egorova has extensive experience in advising on issues at the junction of Russian and foreign law, particularly in the area of taxation, family and inheritance law.

Key clients

Munich Re/ Ergo Group

Zuffa International

VTB Capital

TMT Tier 2

ALRUD Law Firm 'has an impressive understanding in the complex and fast-moving TMT area', combining expertise in corporate issues, M&A and joint ventures, IP, data protection and cybersecurity, fintech and regulatory matters. Intellectual property partner Maria Ostashenko has extensive experience advising clients on licence and franchise agreements, software development and the resale of digital products. Other key partners Anton Dzhuplin and Alexander Zharskiy focus on cross-border transactions in the TMT space.

Practice head(s):

Anton Dzhuplin; Maria Ostashenko

Testimonials

‘Alrud has an impressive understanding of the complex and fast-moving TMT area and its regulation in Russia, and a great understanding of the technical aspects of the businesses which operate in the respective industries. The team is very responsive, pragmatic and has wide-ranging expertise.’

‘Maria Ostashenko is highly recommended. Maria has broad expertise in TMT and is calm, collected and responsive. Maria has handled complex projects which required excellent technical understanding of the technology, network and products in order to provide well-balanced legal and commercial advice. We value her pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Thomson Reuters

Accel

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm’s cross-departmental arbitration and mediation team is jointly led by Sergey Petrachkov and Magomed Gasanov, who have significant experience internationally. Team members have particular expertise in handling corporate, commercial and real estate disputes, and the group has been increasingly active in restructuring and insolvency mandates. Associate Denis Bekker is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Petrachkov; Magomed Gasanov

Testimonials

The team cooperates to provide the best possible solution for protecting the client’s interests. The lawyers are very responsive and have extensive experience in cross-border litigation arising in the context of arbitration.

The team stands out for its high speed and quick understanding of a complex situation internationally.

Sergey Petrachkov is sharp and kept his course even when facing pressure from a client. He also understood the root course of the dispute from very beginning.

Key clients

General Motors Uzbekistan

Dirs Drilling Instruments Rental & Supply N.V.

Auchan LLC

SSI Schäfer

Lego

Intellectual property Tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm offers a wide range of expertise in Russian IP law, from commercial support in the monetisation of IP rights to trade mark and design portfolio management, registration, prosecution and enforcement and the co-ordination of anti-counterfeiting strategies. Department head Maria Ostashenko focuses on transactional matters and the commercialisation of IP assets, especially in licensing and franchise agreements, marketing campaigns and advertising. She also handles trade mark prosecution and disputes involving digital content, where she is supported by Ilya Khodakov, an IP protection specialist who 'is always ready to find the best solution for the client'.

Practice head(s):

Maria Ostashenko

Testimonials

ALRUD Law Firm has strong expertise in the field of intellectual property issues, which allows them to provide solutions to the client that are both cost and effort effective.’

‘Ilya Khodakov has a very gentle yet firm approach to his clients and quickly understands each and every aspect of their request. He always delivers work of great quality and never misses deadlines.’

‘Ilya Khodakov is very responsive and attentive to detail. He is always ready to find the best and most proper solution for the client.’

Key clients

Mjólkursamsalan ehf.

Interior’s S.A.S.

PPP and infrastructure projects Tier 3

ALRUD Law Firm focuses on corporate M&A in the projects and infrastructure space, bolstered by the group's expertise in drafting agreements and structuring joint developments and investments into natural resources development and construction projects. Corporate partner Andrey Zharskiy has extensive experience assisting foreign corporate clients with their investments, while Anton Dzhuplin specialises in corporate and acquisition finance.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Zharskiy

Key clients

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Block AS

China National Gold Corporation

Trafigura B.V./Puma Energy

Tata Power

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Clients praise ALRUD Law Firm's strength in the commercial property space, where it is instructed by domestic and international retail clients. The team is also noted for its ability to handle complex due diligence relating to high-value construction projects. Practice head Andrey Zharskiy has extensive experience in property development and construction projects. Senior associate Stanislav Veselov is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Zharskiy

Testimonials

A highly professional team: when we work on a tight schedule, team members remain responsive 24/7 and ready to deliver results quickly.

We regularly work with ALRUD on due diligence matters. The team is experienced and has significant knowledge of real estate matters. If a client needs advice, they can be confident that ALRUD’s lawyers will dive into the issue in sufficient depth and provide well-structured advice.

Stanislav Veselov has a very good understanding of clients’ needs and constraints. He is a flexible and proactive lawyer.

Key clients

X5 Retail Group

Vi Holding

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Goldman Sachs

Auchan

VTB Capital

Louis Dreyfus Company

LAMODA

Samvardhana Motherson Reydel Companies

Hugo Boss

Stevedores Yamal

Block AS

ALRUD is one of the leading full service Russian law firms, serving domestic and international clients. We stand for high quality advice, excellent service and rigorous ethical standards.

Established in 1991 by Senior Partners Maxim Alekseyev and Vassily Rudomino, ALRUD is widely recognized as one of the leading and most reputable Russian law firms.

We provide full scope of legal services to local and international clients in the areas of corporate/M&A, competition/antitrust, banking & finance, intellectual
property, commercial law, data protection/cybersecurity, dispute resolution, inward investment, employment, restructuring/insolvency, real estate and tax.

Our clients include blue-chip multinationals, privately owned companies and Russian State-owned enterprises.

Outside of our domestic market, our clients are spread across Europe, Asia, North and South America.

ALRUD serves clients across a range of industries including energy and natural resources, mining, banking and finance, consumer goods and retail,
investment management, government and public services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, industrials, chemicals, technology, media and telecoms, transport and logistics.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Anton Dzhuplin adzhuplin@alrud.com
Banking and finance Alexander Zharskiy azharskiy@alrud.com
Capital markets Vassily Rudomino vrudomino@alrud.com
Competition/antitrust Vassily Rudomino vrudomino@alrud.com
Competition/antitrust German Zakharov gzakharov@alrud.com
Corporate/M&A Alexander Zharskiy azharskiy@alrud.com
Corporate/M&A Anton Dzhuplin adzhuplin@alrud.com
Dispute resolution Sergey Petrachkov spetrachkov@alrud.com
Energy, natural resources and infrastructure Andrey Zharskiy andrey.zharskiy@alrud.com
Healthcare and pharmaceutical Anton Dzhuplin adzhuplin@alrud.com
Healthcare and pharmaceutical Maria Ostashenko mostashenko@alrud.com
Healthcare and pharmaceutical German Zakharov gzakharov@alrud.com
Intellectual property Maria Ostashenko mostashenko@alrud.com
Investments in Russia and the CIS Maxim Alekseyev malekseyev@alrud.com
Labour and employment Irina Anyukhina ianyukhina@alrud.com
Telecom, media and technology Anton Dzhuplin adzhuplin@alrud.com
Telecom, media and technology Maria Ostashenko mostashenko@alrud.com
Private clients Maxim Alekseyev malekseyev@alrud.com
Regulatory Maxim Alekseyev malekseyev@alrud.com
Real estate Andrey Zharskiy andrey.zharskiy@alrud.com
Restructuring and insolvency Anton Dzhuplin adzhuplin@alrud.com
Restructuring and insolvency Sergey Petrachkov spetrachkov@alrud.com
Tax Maxim Alekseyev malekseyev@alrud.com
Commercial Maria Ostashenko mostashenko@alrud.com
White-Collar Crime, Compliance and Investigations Magomed Gasanov mgasanov@alrud.com
Dispute resolution Magomed Gasanov mgasanov@alrud.com
Banking and finance Alexander Rymko arymko@alrud.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Maxim Alekseyev photo Maxim Alekseyev
Ms Irina Anyukhina  photo Ms Irina Anyukhina
Ms Maria Ostashenko  photo Ms Maria Ostashenko
Number of lawyers : 100
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Vassily Rudomino and Anton Dzhuplin are co-authors of an article in American Bar Association

The American Bar Association (ABA) has issued an annual international law review. Leading lawyers of the world are the authors of the publication. Experts in the Russia region were Vassily Rudomino, Alrud Senior Partner, and Anton Dzhuplin, Alrud Partner.