Firm Profile > Capital Legal Services > St Petersburg, Russia

Capital Legal Services

Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere Tier 1

Capital Legal Services is distinguished by its ‘practical and flexible client-focused approach’, ‘taking into account all the specific circumstances of the matter’. The department is led by Dmitry Churin, who ‘is deeply involved in all aspects’ and ‘sets out recommendations to include all the fine points in a very organised, clear and convincing manner’. Highlights included advising Perm Concession Company on corporate issues and shareholders agreements concerning a major transportation project in Perm. Pavel Karpunin has extensive expertise in investments and acquisitions made by foreign entities. Managing partner Vladislav Zabrodin is also of note.

PPP and infrastructure projects Tier 2

The ‘highly creative and responsive’ team at Capital Legal Services provides 'value for money' and is particularly active in regional transport and healthcare projects where it demonstrates ‘in-depth expertise of Russian law and industry practices’. Project finance expert Pavel Karpunin advises the Sibirskaya Concession on a concession agreement for the construction and operation of a toll bridge across the Ob River in Novosibirsk. He also advised the City of St Petersburg on the first healthcare PPP agreement for the construction of a hospital and rehabilitation facility. Dmitry Raev ‘demonstrates the perfect combination of creativity and outstanding quality of expertise with a hands-on approach’ and works alongside Karpunin in handling large-scale investment and infrastructure projects.

Private client Tier 3

Capital Legal Services' ' results-driven team' has 'a rigorous approach and in-depth knowledge' of private wealth matters, the creation of personal holding structures using trusts, asset protection and immigration issues. 'Responsive and client-orientedAnastasia Kuzmina is 'very experienced in tax and private wealth'; she is handling a number of cases involving corporate restructuring, protection of assets and tax compliance for high-net-worth clients. St Petersburg–based Vladislav Zabrodin advises on tax compliance and residency matters in multiple jurisdictions.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Jointly headed by Elena Stepanova and Vladislav Zabrodin, Capital Legal Services’ ‘highly qualified and trustworthy specialists’ provide ‘great advice in a timely manner’ and ‘offer the most effective, up-to-date solutions to clients’ problems’. The firm supported retail company Leroy Merlin during the $200m acquisition of multiple shopping locations from Kesko. Associate Alexander Rumyantsev is also highly recommended.


The firm

Capital Legal Services was established in Russia in 1999. Since then, the firm – managed by Vladislav Zabrodin, the founder and managing partner – has become one of the leading national law firms, providing support for major international companies operating in Russia and large and medium Russian companies in Russia and CIS. The firm has offices in Moscow, St Petersburg and Helsinki.

Areas of practice

Corporate/M&A: services include due diligence, support for merger and acquisition transactions, developing effective corporate structure alternatives and supporting company restructuring, corporate management services and support for foreign investments.

Commercial: performing pre-contract and contract work, drafting primary pre-contract instruments (letters of intent, preliminary agreements, etc), drafting commercial agreements (including multilateral foreign trade agreements and foreign law contracts), advising on arrangement and development of a distribution network, advising on currency regulation and foreign trade transactions, data protection and e-commerce.

Real estate and construction: due diligence and support in real estate transactions, legal assessment of land plot suitability for construction, support in real estate construction (including infrastructure), drafting and approving construction contracts (including FIDIC contracts), developing a lease policy for facilities under construction, negotiating and signing lease agreements with tenants,representing and protecting investors’ interests before state authorities.

Project financing/public-private partnership: the firm has solid experience in advising state and private clients on project financing and project implementation. The firm is an official consultant for the World Bank in legal issues in infrastructure project implementation.

Anti Corruption/Compliance: the firm offers a full range of services on practical application of Russian and international anticorruption laws, including trainings on application of the FCPA and the Bribery Act.

Antitrust: developing business models and effective competition strategies, support in the course of antitrust inspections, representing interests in disputes with antitrust authorities, antitrust approvals for economic concentration transactions and investments in companies, support in tender procedures related to state procurement, and advising on current antitrust issues.

Commercial arbitration and out-of-court dispute resolution: representing clients in courts (including in arbitration courts and commercial arbitration) on the following issues: protection of ownership title, legalisation of unlawful facilities, privatisation issues, protection of private property, construction and construction contracts (FIDIC), tax law and labour disputes, among others. The firm also defends clients in administrative cases and handles out-of-court dispute resolution.

Employment: the scope of the firm’s activities includes comprehensive legal support in projects concerning labour law and migration legislation.

Intellectual property: the firm renders a full range of services in the field of intellectual property and ensures a comprehensive and case-by-case approach to any issue pertaining to protection of rights to clients’ intangible assets.

Sanctions Compliance:  the firm has deep experience advising on complex issues of application of international sanctions and Russian counter-sanctions, with the aim of providing maximum market access while ensuring responsible compliance and risk management.

Bankruptcy: the firm provides the full scope of services within insolvency and restructuring practice protecting interests of debtors, creditors and other interested persons at all the stages of bankruptcy proceedings, as well as before and after the bankruptcy took place.

IT & TMT: the firm provides legal support for hi-tech companies and companies implementing hi-tech into existing business models on issued related to their business, transaction support, regulatory requirements, etc.

Private Wealth: the firm provides a broad array of services on asset management at any stage: issues tied to investments, saving and accumulation of capital.

Tax law: the scope of the firm’s activities includesa full range of services on the issues of applying tax law, including pre-trial settlement and litigation matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Vladislav Zabrodin
Commercial Pavel Karpunin
Real estate and construction Elena Stepanova
Antitrust Pavel Karpunin
Project financing and public-private partnership Pavel Karpunin
Commercial arbitration and out-of-court dispute resolution Irina Onikienko
Employment Irina Onikienko
Sanctions Compliance Vladislav Zabrodin
IT & TMT Pavel Karpunin
Tax Irina Onikienko
Intellectual property Irina Onikienko
Bankruptcy Irina Onikienko
Healthcare and pharmaceuticals Pavel Karpunin
Natural resources/energy Pavel Karpunin
Transport/infrastructure Pavel Karpunin
Private Wealth Irina Onikienko
Food Irina Onikienko
Retail Vladislav Zabrodin
Data protection Pavel Karpunin
Banking and finance Dmitriy Raev
Foreign investments Vladislav Zabrodin
Food Irina Onikienko
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Vladislav Zabrodin  photo Mr Vladislav Zabrodin
Number of lawyers : 55+
at this office : 27
Law Society of England and Wales
Non-commercial partnership 'Support in Developing Corporate Law'
St Pete Partner's Club
International Council of Shopping Centers European Advisory Board
Islamic Finance Lawyers (IsFin)
Other offices : Helsinki
Other offices : Moscow