Firm Profile > Pepeliaev Group > Moscow , Russia

Pepeliaev Group

Tax Tier 1

Pepeliaev Group’s 'client oriented team' maintains a strong reputation for domestic tax regulatory matters, where it is 'highly experienced in tax compliance and the operations of tax authorities', corporate and private taxation and M&A and security market transactions. Andrey Tereschenko is assisting Hitachi Zosen Inova with tax and customs structuring concerning a large-scale waste incineration construction project in Moscow and Kazan. In other matters, practice head and tax disputes lead Rustem Ahmetshin is representing Atrium Europe Real Estate Group in a series of cases challenging the orders of the tax authorities. Andrey Nikonov has particular experience of profit tax, VAT, and mineral extraction tax and Ivan Khamenushko specialises in currency regulation and securities transactions. Valentina Akimova is recommended for transfer pricing and VAT disputes. Managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev is 'a leading expert' in corporate and private taxation. Viktor Arhipov joined Nadmitov, Ivanov and Partners Law Firm LLC and Lyudmila Merkulova is now with Danilov & Partners. Andrey Kirillov was anew arrival from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal CIS B.V.).

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

Pepeliaev Group’s expertise covers joint ventures, M&A transactions, foreign direct investment, corporate governance and commercial disputes. Key partner Sergey Spasennov is assisting a client in the maritime industry with its long-term investment project in St Petersburg, and a major Russian retailer with the corporate and commercial aspects concerning its acquisition of commercial real estate premises. Sergey Sosnovsky advises on the tax aspects of transactions in the sports, construction and oil and gas sectors.

Employment Tier 2

Extremely professional, knowledgeable and possessing high-level legal expertise’, Pepeliaev Group's employment group adopts ‘a practical, client-focused attitude towards solving problems’. Julia Borozdna, who ‘approaches each client's issue carefully and inspires the whole team with a positive attitude and proactivity’, heads the department together with senior associate Dmitry Zykov, who stands out as ‘an excellent professional with deep knowledge of the processing of personal data’. Associates Anna Berlina and Vitalia Kuznetsova are also noted.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Jointly headed by the 'incredibly knowledgeableValentina Orlova and Yuri Yahin, the IP department at Pepeliaev Group assisted Rosatom with projects involving local patent registrations based on Russian applications and patent registrations through the European Patent Office. The firm also represented Richter Gedeon Nyrt in patent cancellation proceedings against Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, with the matter currently pending before Rospatent. Other clients include Procter & Gamble and mineral water manufacturer Kavminvody.

Private client Tier 2

Pepeliaev Group's team assists private clients with family and inheritance issues, asset ownership structuring, and family law and immigration matters. The firm is also well known for its strong tax and wealth planning practice.  Julia Borozdna is noted for immigration, inheritance and international real estate planning. Olga Puchkova is a name to note for family law matters.

Competition Tier 3

At Pepeliaev Group, the competition department is headed by Elena Sokolovskaya, who led the team in successfully acting for Rehau in an FAS investigation concerning an alleged abuse of dominance. Other clients include Pochta Bank and Procter & Gamble. Radmila Nikitina, Vladimir Sokov, Sergey Klimenko and Ksenia Kozhina departed to join Dentons.

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 3

At Pepeliaev Group, department head Yuri Vorobyev has extensive courtroom experience representing clients from a broad-range of sectors in commercial and financial disputes, including those concerning leasing agreements, loan agreement contracts, transactions and investments. Roman Bevzenko specialises in real estate and construction disputes. Yulia Litovtseva is the main practitioner for insolvency and debt recovery.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Pepeliaev Group advises clients on complex matters concerning land and real estate transactions and construction projects. The department is headed by Natalia Stenina and Alexey Konevsky. The group advised pharmaceutical company Bionorica on multiple legal aspects, including various contractual obligations and construction bidding by contractors, regarding the construction of a plant in Voronezh. Nigina Rabieva, Vladimir Sokov and Ivan Laskov are now at Dentons.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Pepeliaev Group assists domestic and international creditors with the recovery of debt from their Russian subsidiaries and contractors, representation in bankruptcy proceedings and the management of insolvency risks. The practice, which is led by former judge Yulia Litovtseva, also has strong expertise in the area of subsidiary liability for debtors. Alrosa, Bank Kuznetskiy, Creditbank, Rietumu Banka and Universal Leasing Company are among its clients.

TMT Tier 3

At Pepeliaev Group, Natalia Kovalenko heads the practice, which provides corporate and tax advice to large TMT firms, including Vimpelcom and Steccom, among others. Alexander Kosov led the team in successfully representing local subsidiary Samsung Electronics Rus Kaluga LLC in a dispute with customs authorities concerning the classification of power units imported into the country. Rustem Ahmetshin is noted for his expertise in handling contentious matters.

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 4

Specialising in banking disputes and bankruptcy matters, Pepeliaev Group's banking department is led by Igor Marmalidi whose experience spans banking and securities regulations, structuring of international financial and investment transactions and litigation. Yulia Litovtseva represents banks in bankruptcy disputes.

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Recent highlights for the team at Pepeliaev Group include advising Zarubezhneft on various regulatory matters concerning the implementation of the product sharing agreement and development of Kharyagaoil field in the Nenets autonomous region. Real estate and construction partner Natalia Stenina and tax specialist Sergey Pepeliaev are the main figures.

Firm Overview:

For over 15 years Pepeliaev Group has grown and developed along with its clients and the Russian economy. The firm has broadened its range of services considerably, while maintaining the balance between the quality of its services and a reasonable pricing policy. The firm has more than 1,500 major Russian and international clients. Over the past 15 years, it has handled more than 12,000 major matters for clients. Thanks to its extensive international links and membership in the associations TerraLex and Taxand, Pepeliaev Group has 200 international partners in 100 countries of the world. Its outstanding expertise is confirmed by the ongoing academic work and research done by its lawyers. Over 30 of its employees are Doctors of Laws or hold PhDs in Law. Lawyers sit on the academic boards of Russia’s leading higher education institutions. The firm publishes two periodical journals available throughout Russia – Nalogoved (from 2004) and Competition and Law (from 2010).

Main Areas of Practice:

The tax practice is one of the firm’s key practice areas. More than 80 lawyers including 14 partners provide comprehensive advice on all complicated tax issues and represent clients in courts at all levels. The practice lawyers conducted ten successful tax cases at the Russian Constitutional Court. The average professional experience of the tax lawyers is 13 years.

The practice includes five partners and over 22 lawyers. They have assisted in more than 50 transactions worth between $10m and $4bn.

The firm’s lawyers who specialise in commercial contracts have extensive experience of drafting and preparing contracts, analysing the movement of funds and changes in the value.

Banking & Finance:
Lawyers from the banking practice provide complex legal support to investors and bank clients at all stages of business.

Land, Real Estate & Construction:
For the past three years the practice’s lawyers have succeeded in implementing around 450 projects in major industrial and agricultural centres across Russia. The most expensive deal was valued at $700m. The lawyers contributed to drafting legislative amendments to the Russian Land Code, the Law on Transactions with Agricultural Land and the Law on the Russian Continental Shelf.

Dispute Resolution & Mediation:
The practice has earned a national reputation for excellence in all areas of high profile and complex business disputes: general contractual disputes, commercial finance, shareholder disputes, etc.

The practice handles over 100 projects annually, safeguarding the interests of any party involved in insolvency proceedings. The lawyers of the practice have helped to preserve transactions and assets worth about $ 205m.

Antimonopoly Regulation:
Around 600 projects have been completed over the 8 years for which the practice has existed. The practice was the first on the Russian market to implement a full-fledged system of antitrust compliance. The practice is developing advisory services regarding the antitrust requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union and has successful experience in dealing with the Eurasian Economic Commission. 100% of Pepeliaev Group’s petitions for the approval of transactions in the context of concentration control and foreign investments in strategic economic sectors have been approved by the FAS and the government committee.

Customs & Foreign Trade Regulation:
The practice handles more than 130 projects per year, providing legal support to around 70 clients annually. Among the practice’s recent legislative work – drafting certain chapters of the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Decisions of the EEC Council required to conduct import and export operations for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Employment & Migration:
The practice is one of the strongest in Russia. The employment and migration practice advises on all aspects of employment law and related legal issues.

Data Protection:
Pepeliaev Group offers both integral legal services and IT support from experts.

Digital Economy Legal Support:
The firm has set up a team of experts who are well versed in technological changes in the digital economy and who possess many years of experience in launching business innovations in an integrated and changing regulatory environment.

Intellectual Property & Trademarks:
The practice is dealing with around 150 projects every year, participating in refining legislation and the law enforcement practice as part of working groups of the Federation Council, the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission, Rospatent, etc. The practice experts developed a specific procedure for using and protecting IP during the organising and staging of the football World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Administrative Law Defence of Business:
The practice has unique experience in the Russian market in dealing with federal, regional and municipal authorities at all levels.

Criminal Defence of Business:
The firm’s lawyers provide clients with highly qualified legal assistance in dealings with law enforcement agencies with regard to all matters associated with a potential criminal prosecution.

Family & Inheritance Law:
The group’s lawyers provide advice on property and non-property related personal issues.

Life Sciences:
The lawyers of the practice have worked over many years with manufacturers, distributors, professional associations and regulators in medicine and pharmaceuticals, providing high-quality legal advice and helping companies to improve their performance and mitigate risks.

The practice’s experts help companies find the optimum solutions for increasing business efficiency and ensuring financial stability.

Energy & Natural Resources:
Lawyers are highly skilled and experienced in providing legal support for companies engaged in the energy and natural resources industry.

International Litigation & Arbitration:
The team in this practice group has gained sound experience in representing clients in disputes considered by Russian arbitration tribunals and international commercial arbitration courts both in Russia and abroad (institutional arbitration and ad hoc arbitration).

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative law defence of business Yuri Vorobyev
Administrative law defence of business Natalia Travkina
Competition/Antitrust Elena Sokolovskaya
Banking and finance Igor Marmalidi
Restructuring and Insolvency Yulia Litovtseva
Commercial Ilya Bolotnov
Corporate/M&A Ilya Bolotnov
Corporate/M&A Nikolay Solodovnikov
Corporate/M&A Sergey Shorin
Corporate/M&A Sergey Spasennov
Criminal law defence of business Maxim Koshkin
Criminal law defence of business Leonid Kravchinsky
Customs and foreign trade Alexander Kosov
Data protection Dmitry Zykov
Dispute resolution and mediation/ international litigation Yuri Vorobyev
Dispute resolution and mediation/ international litigation Roman Bevzenko
Dispute resolution and mediation/ international litigation Ekaterina Lebedeva
Employment and migration/family and inheritance Julia Borozdna
Legal translation Alexander Vinogradov
Legal translation Evgeniy Brezgin
Intellectual property and trade marks Valentina Orlova
Foreign currency regulation Ivan Khamenushko
Foreign currency regulation Alexander Kosov
Land, real estate and construction Alexey Konevsky
Land, real estate and construction Natalia Stenina
Tax Sergey Pepeliaev
Tax Rustem Ahmetshin
Tax Andrey Nikonov
Tax Sergey Savseris
Tax Valentina Akimova
Tax Marina Ivlieva
TMT Natalia Kovalenko
Tax Leonid Kravchinsky
Tax Ksenia Litvinova
Tax Anton Nikiforov
Tax Maria Nikonova
Tax Andrey Tereschenko
Corporate Natalia Prisekina
Tax Sergey Sosnovsky
Land, real estate and construction Elena Krestyantseva
Life Sciences Alexander Panov
Tax Narine Khachatryan
Tax Olga Baranova
Employment and migration Anna Berlina
Banking and finance Lidia Gorshkova
Compliance Sergey Taut
Tax Egor Lysenko
Commercial Andrey Mikulin
Administrative law defence of business Elena Ovcharova
Chief Marketing Officer Olga Bulatova
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Rustem Ahmetshin  photo Mr Rustem Ahmetshin
Ms Valentina Akimova  photo Ms Valentina Akimova
Ms Olga Baranova  photo Ms Olga Baranova
Mr Roman Bevzenko  photo Mr Roman Bevzenko
Mr Ilya Bolotnov  photo Mr Ilya Bolotnov
Ms Julia Borozdna  photo Ms Julia Borozdna
Mr Evgeniy Brezgin  photo Mr Evgeniy Brezgin
Ms Lidia Gorshkova  photo Ms Lidia Gorshkova
Ms Marina Ivlieva  photo Ms Marina Ivlieva
Mrs Narine Khachatryan  photo Mrs Narine Khachatryan
Mr Ivan Khamenushko  photo Mr Ivan Khamenushko
Mr Alexey Konevsky  photo Mr Alexey Konevsky
Mr Maxim Koshkin  photo Mr Maxim Koshkin
Mr Alexander Kosov  photo Mr Alexander Kosov
Mrs Natalia Kovalenko  photo Mrs Natalia Kovalenko
Mr Leonid Kravchinsky  photo Mr Leonid Kravchinsky
Ms Ekaterina Lebedeva  photo Ms Ekaterina Lebedeva
Ms Yulia Litovtseva  photo Ms Yulia Litovtseva
Ms Ksenia Litvinova  photo Ms Ksenia Litvinova
Mr Egor Lysenko  photo Mr Egor Lysenko
Ms Igor Marmalidi  photo Ms Igor Marmalidi
Mr Andrey Mikulin  photo Mr Andrey Mikulin
Mr Anton Nikiforov  photo Mr Anton Nikiforov
Mr Andrey Nikonov  photo Mr Andrey Nikonov
Ms Maria Nikonova  photo Ms Maria Nikonova
Ms Valentina Orlova  photo Ms Valentina Orlova
Ms Elena Ovcharova  photo Ms Elena Ovcharova
Mr Alexander Panov  photo Mr Alexander Panov
Mr Sergey Pepeliaev  photo Mr Sergey Pepeliaev
Ms Olga Puchkova  photo Ms Olga Puchkova
Mr Sergey Savseris  photo Mr Sergey Savseris
Mr Sergei Shorin  photo Mr Sergei Shorin
Ms Elena Sokolovskaya  photo Ms Elena Sokolovskaya
Mr Nikolay Solodovnikov  photo Mr Nikolay Solodovnikov
Ms Natalia Stenina  photo Ms Natalia Stenina
Mr Sergey Taut  photo Mr Sergey Taut
Mr Andrey Tereschenko  photo Mr Andrey Tereschenko
Ms Natalia Travkina  photo Ms Natalia Travkina
Mr Alexander Vinogradov  photo Mr Alexander Vinogradov
Mr Yuri Vorobyev  photo Mr Yuri Vorobyev
Mr Yuri Yahin  photo Mr Yuri Yahin
Mr Dmitry Zykov  photo Mr Dmitry Zykov
Number of lawyers : 160
at this office : 90
Contact : Sergey Pepeliaev (managing partner)
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Krasnoyarsk
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : St Petersburg
Other offices : Vladivostok
Other offices : Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Being actively involved in social policy and in community life is an important component of Pepeliaev Group’s corporate strategy.

Pepeliaev Group views all its social obligations as closely connected with the general commitment to further develop and expand our business, raise the quality of the services we provide and to meet the highest global standards. Serious social projects are impossible without the firm developing overall.

The primary features of our social policy include:

• participating in sponsorship and charity events aimed at supporting socially vulnerable groups;

• providing legal support on a non-profit basis to companies involved in education, training and international cooperation;

• following a publishing policy that is aimed at expanding legal knowledge to the widest extent possible;

• ensuring a high level of social guarantees for the firm’s employees, taking account of how such guarantees are set out in the employment legislation;

• contributing to strengthening the civil society, particularly the section of it formed by large professional associations and communities of corporate lawyers and attorneys.

Pepeliaev Group voluntarily accepts and unfailingly performs social obligations to its employees. As a responsible employer, the firm preserves and creates jobs, maintains compliance with the Russian employment legislation and provides fitting working conditions and social protection for its staff. Occupational safety for and safeguarding the health of all employees are among the key priorities in our activities.

We aim for our relationships with clients and business partners to be based on sincerity, good will and mutual understanding. The human element of business relationships is of no less value for us than the economic part of them. Clients and partners who have successful experience of working with our firm usually want to continue to do so.

Pepeliaev Group regards it as vital that the firm should not take on cases which appear doubtful from the legal perspective or which are in conflict with our business ethics and the inner convictions of the firm’s management or staff.

Our primary principle is a commitment to fair competition. Pepeliaev Group is open to dialogue, pursuing joint projects or holding events together with other companies. Our activities are aimed at joining efforts with “industry peers” to achieve not only important corporate goals but also socially valuable results.

In the context of a cultural project entitled “People and Taxes” that Pepeliaev Group pursued, in October 2007 the firm, together with Mossovet Theatre in Moscow organised the reprinting of the play “L’Ecole des Contribuables” (”The School of Taxpayers”) by French writers Louis Verneuil and Georges Berr.
In 2015 Pepeliaev Group and the State Historical Museum completed the unique project to restore the 13th century Novgorod “Book of the Helmsman”.

We believe that our work in social matters helps to strengthen our country, promote democracy and increase the level of legal culture in society. This enhances the well-being of the Russian people.