Firm Profile > Pepeliaev Group > Moscow, Russia
Pepeliaev Group Offices
BUILDING 1, 39 3RD TVERSKAYA
Pepeliaev Group > The Legal 500 Rankings
Russia > Tax Tier 1
Historically known for its unsurpassed tax law capabilities, Pepeliaev Group houses a large, full-service team, offering a mix of diversified tax services concerning both personal and corporate taxation issues. The group is an excellent proposition for clients seeking defence in tax litigation proceedings; managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev and senior partner Rustem Ahmetshin are stalwarts in Moscow’s taxation market, with multiple high-profile court appearances including Russian Supreme Court cases. The team is equally adept at handling the pre-trial stage of tax disputes, where Natalia Kovalenko’s recent work particularly stands out. On the non-contentious side, the department handles all types of regulatory and tax accounting issues, international taxation mandates, and tax risks and overpayments. Its broad industry-specific expertise spans telecoms, media, consumer goods, transport and pharmaceuticals, among other sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Sergey Pepeliaev; Natalia Kovalenko; Rustem Ahmetshin; Andrey Tereschenko
Brunswick Rail Group
Other key lawyers:
Ksenia Kulikova; Sergey Sosnovsky; Elena Krestyantseva
‘All lawyers were very professional, prompt, responsive and polite in communicating with us.’
‘Excellent adherence to deadlines; a full-fledged immersion of the firm in the client’s issue; a thorough study of all nuances of the project.’
Procter & Gamble
Container Terminal St. Petersburg
SCA Hygiene Products Russia
Russia > Employment Tier 2
The employment and migration practice at Pepeliaev Group is split into two teams, one headed up by Julia Borozdna, and one under the leadership of Anna Berlina. Borozdna has over 20 years' experience advising multinational and notable domestic companies on the full range of non-contentious labour law matters, and also frequently handles litigious work. Berlina is particularly known for assisting with employee dismissals, including on a large scale, and representing clients in their dealings with the State Labour Inspectorate and the Public Prosecutor's Office. Senior associate Dmitry Zykov is noted for his expertise in issues relating to data privacy.
Julia Borozdna; Anna Berlina; Dmitry Zykov
Harry’s / Barilla
Lindt & Sprüngli LLC (Russia)
Roche Diabetes Care Rus
Transactional specialist Valentina Orlova leads the team at Pepeliaev Group, and focuses on advising clients on entry into agreements regarding the use of IP and the disposal of exclusive rights, as well as assisting with e-commerce and advertising matters. For contentious work, senior associate Nikolay Medvedev is the key contact; he has significant experience protecting intellectual property rights before administrative and judicial authorities, including the Supreme Court and the Intellectual Property Court. Areas of recent growth for the firm include software licensing issues and disputes concerning violations of right to fonts.
Other key lawyers:
Barilla Rus LLC
F. Uhrenholt Holding A/S
Jaguar Land Rover
Japan Tobacco International
Procter & Gamble
Richter Gedeon Nyrt
Science and Innovation (ROSATOM)
Russia > Private client Tier 2
Pepeliaev Group is distinguished by its highly specialised team, which comprises a large number of experts. Managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev brings a wealth of experience in handling contentious and advisory taxation issues to the group, as does Rustem Ahmetshin, who heads up the tax practice. For family and inheritance law mandates, Julia Borozdna and Olga Puchkova are the names to note. On the litigious side, the key contacts are Yuri Vorobyev and Yulia Litovtseva; the latter is particularly active in bankruptcy proceedings and is frequently appointed as a mediator at both the pre-trial and trial stages.
Sergey Pepeliaev; Julia Borozdna; Rustem Ahmetshin; Yuri Vorobyev; Yulia Litovtseva
Other key lawyers:
Jointly led by Natalia Stenina and Alexey Konevsky, Pepeliaev Group’s real estate and construction practice is a key adviser for high-value domestic real estate transactions, due diligence projects and contractual arrangements. The department often acts alongside the firm's corporate and tax groups on transactional work, particularly in the energy and retail sectors. Praised for its ‘accuracy in details’ and ‘ability to work under tight deadlines’, the team also has significant experience advising on land law issues and construction projects.
Natalia Stenina; Alexey Konevsky
Other key lawyers:
‘We are very impressed by the fact that the team, with equal attention and thoroughness, works through both rather routine and complex and contradictory issues of project implementation. We appreciate the commitment that the team showed at every stage of the project. Sometimes it is difficult for consultants to focus on long-term projects, as this requires a wide variety of skills and approaches to emerging issues. But for Pepeliaev Group, this was definitely not a problem.’
‘Natalia Stenina, our key contact, has a high level of professional knowledge, as well as the ability to quickly acquire new skills as required by the project. She showed herself very well in a number of difficult and contradictory situations and managed to coordinate the work in such a way that the lawyers from her team also adhered to this line.’
‘High professionalism, accuracy in details, client focus, high level of responsibility, ability to work under tight deadlines and multitask.’
‘We work exclusively with class A office real estate and are convinced that activities in this area should be based on two main principles – a clear corporate governance structure and adherence to transparent practices in daily work. We try to strictly follow these principles and expect external consultants not only to apply this approach when preparing legal advice and opinions on our requests, but also to use similar principles in our activities. We consider cooperation with the real estate and construction practice of Pepeliaev Group very comfortable, both in terms of the level of professional training of experts, and in terms of the general principles of building work processes.’
‘Our projects at Pepeliaev Group are managed by Natalia Stenina. In cases where support is provided to us directly by her, we receive highly professional advice on a wide range of issues that are fully consistent with both our needs and existing legislation. If Natalia acts as the head of a team of lawyers of different specialisations, we are always confident in the optimal selection of team members and clear coordination of their work.’
Atrium European Real Estate
Gazprom Zakupki PJSC
Harry’s CIS LLC / Barilla Group
Mercedes Benz Rus
Moet Hennessy Distribution Rus LLC
Salym Petroleum Development N.V.
Socar Energoresource LLC
Weichai Holding Group
Zaha Hadid Architects
Delivering services which are ‘excellent in terms of quality and professionalism’, Pepeliaev Group prides itself on prevailing in the majority of the insolvency cases it handles in court. This litigation strength is mirrored in the expertise of practice head Yulia Litovtseva, a former bankruptcy judge in a regional commercial court, who is ‘very attentive to the interests of the client’. Senior associate Leonid Barkov is particularly well-versed in acting on the side of Russian and foreign corporate defendants.
Other key lawyers:
‘Yulia Litovtseva is a highly qualified specialist, who knows to support the client and search for a way out of difficult situations. She is very attentive to the interests of the client; open-minded to all issuesl as a head of the team, she contributes a lot to create a positive, efficient working atmosphere. Yulia possesses great human and professional qualities.’
‘Competent lawyers with high analytical skills and experience in many aspects of the profession. They are highly qualified specialists who professionally evaluate legal risks and have the ability to find the right solution in difficult situations. They have rapid response and efficiency in the preparation of documents. The priority of the team is always the successful solution of customer problems.’
‘Professionalism, high quality of products, excellent service, accessibility and quick response times are the main advantages of the firm. Highly recommended for those wishing legal assistance from a reputable reliable professional partner in the Russian Federation.’
‘Yulia Litovtseva has deep knowledge and extensive experience in Russian bankruptcy law; she was accessible 24/7. The work conducted by the team, which involved also court work, was excellent in terms of quality and professionalism. The advice on legal matters was always very focused and accurate. Response time was unbelievable, despite the voluminous documentation that had to be examined and the fact that most documentation involved translation into Russian. The best experience was the sense of security and confidence in relying on a professional in a completely unknown jurisdiction.’
SK Most Group
Cyprus Development Bank
Universal Leasing Company JSC
River Site LLC
Russia > Competition Tier 3Elena Sokolovskaya brings her previous experience as departmental head of the FAS' legal division to her role as antitrust team lead at Pepeliaev Group. The group advises on a wide range of competition issues, such as public procurement, trade law, and foreign investments in various strategic sectors. The practice also handles contentious work, including acting in cartel and abuse of dominance cases.
‘Elena Sokolovskaya’s previous experience in the FAS is valuable, because knowing the FAS from the inside, she has the opportunity to look at any situation through the eyes of a regulator and give valuable practical advice on it. She is distinguished by her great attentiveness to clients, a sincere desire to help them and achieve objectivity in any matter and, of course, her high professionalism!’
‘High professional level, extensive specialised knowledge, awareness of current trends and trends in the area of state regulation, strong communication with clients and regulators.’
‘Elena Sokolovskaya is an experienced thinking specialist in the field of antitrust law enforcement. I consider her an unsurpassed specialist in the field under consideration.’
‘Pepeliaev Group LLC fully carefully delves into the client’s situation, does not limit itself to a formal analysis of legal norms, searches for individual solutions based on its own practice and on the experience and wishes of the client. The processing of requests is carried out promptly, feedback is constantly given.’
‘All colleagues are distinguished by high professional qualifications, an individual approach, quick feedback, comfortable communication (the ability to call, ask additional questions, get clarifications).’
‘An excellent combination of reasonable prices and high quality work.’
‘Elena Sokolovskaya is an excellent organiser, a high-level professional, excellent human qualities.’
‘Elena Sokolovskaya pay close attention to the client, show the ability to understand the details and find a non-standard approach to intractable issues.’
Roche Diabetes Care Rus
Russia > TMT Tier 3
At Pepeliaev Group, the cross-departmental team focuses on advising clients from the telecoms and media sectors. Tax issues and dispute resolution are areas of particular expertise for the firm. The group is also regularly involved with working groups created by legislative and executive authorities to respond to initiatives in the legal regulation concerning the TMT sector. Rustem Ahmetshin and Natalia Kovalenko are the names to note.
Rustem Ahmetshin; Natalia Kovalenko
Multiregional Transit Telecom (МТТ)
Nokia Solutions and Networks
Sony Mobile Communications
Pepeliaev Group is increasingly being instructed in relation to defamation disputes. A significant part of the team’s workload also involves contractual and corporate disputes; Roman Bevzenko is among the key contacts. Dispute resolution group leader Yuri Vorobyev has extensive experience acting on the defence side of Russian and international companies in commercial disputes. Ekaterina Lebedeva leads the international litigation practice.
Other key lawyers:
Natalia Travkina; Olga Syachinova; Roman Bevzenko
Food Production Plant ‘Concord’ LLC
JSC “Teplovaya energiya”
Paneuropa S.A. – Mitsis Laguna Resort & SPA
Research and Production Enterprise Raduga-15 LLC
Rostov Grain Terminal LLC
Steelman Partners Europe
Stockmann Spb Center LLC
The offering at Pepeliaev Group utilises its close links with the firm's tax practice to provide clients from the fuel, mining and energy sectors with transactional advice, focusing particularly on the tax implications. Managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev is known for representing clients before the State Arbitration Courts and the Supreme Court. Natalia Stenina is another key name.
Sergey Pepeliaev; Natalia Stenina
‘An integrated approach, prompt response to problem solving, always on time, reasonable prices.’
‘Natalia Stenina: super-prompt response to requests, clear organisation of work, always gives high-quality results on time.’
‘The high professionalism of Pepeliaev Group’s lawyers includes a high level of communication with clients, deep practical and academic knowledge in the field of law, the choice of the most effective algorithms for solving problems and protecting the interests of the client.’
‘Strengths include the speed of processing complex requests, proactive stance and ability to take into account the strategic interests of the client.’
‘Prompt feedback, clear questions, good time-management, detailed analysis and suggestions, good risk assessment.’
‘Basically we communicate with Natalia Stenina. The advantage for us is that she oversees the regulation of the oil and gas industry, ecology and real estate at Pepeliaev Group. She is a good lawyer with a wide range of industry knowledge. She also effectively accompanies projects in which several jurisdictions are involved.’
‘Our key contact person is Natalia Stenina. She mainly provides support on real estate and regulation of the oil and gas industry, but at the same time always demonstrates her deep involvement in projects that require legal support from lawyers from other branches of law. In working with our company, Natalia has established herself not only as a good lawyer with impressive experience in the oil and gas sector, but also as an excellent manager who organises the work of the team.’
‘Over the years of co-operation, we have had the opportunity to work with many lawyers from different practices of Pepeliaev Group, however, our key contact person in the firm is Natalia Stenina. She is a very experienced lawyer with excellent skills in solving complex problems, including in crisis situations. We also appreciate her managerial skills, which allow us to form the optimal team of lawyers to support the project at every stage of its implementation.’
Gazprom and its subsidiaries
Gazprom Zakupki PJSC
Kimkan and Sutara Ore Mining and Processing Plant LLC
Salym Petroleum Development N.V.
SOCAR Energoresource LLC
Pepeliaev Group > Firm Profile
The firm: 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 Law 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
Tax: 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.
Corporate/M&A: The practice includes five partners and over 22 lawyers. They have assisted in more than 50 transactions worth between $10m and $4bn.
Commercial: 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 and finance: Lawyers from the banking practice provide complex legal support to investors and bank clients at all stages of business.
Land, real estate and 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 and 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.
Bankruptcy: 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.
TMT: The practice’s experts help companies find the optimum solutions for increasing business efficiency and ensuring financial stability.
Energy and natural resources: Lawyers are highly skilled and experienced in providing legal support for companies engaged in the energy and natural resources industry.
International litigation and 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).
|Administrative law defence of business||Yuri Vorobyev|
|Administrative law defence of business||Natalia Travkina|
|Banking and finance||Igor Marmalidi|
|Restructuring and Insolvency||Yulia Litovtseva|
|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|
|Land, real estate and construction||Elena Krestyantseva|
|Life Sciences||Alexander Panov|
|Employment and migration||Anna Berlina|
|Banking and finance||Lidia Gorshkova|
|Administrative law defence of business||Elena Ovcharova|
|Chief Marketing Officer||Olga Bulatova|
|Mr Rustem Ahmetshin||Senior Partner, Head of Tax Practice, PhD in Law||View Profile|
|Ms Valentina Akimova||Partner, Head of Tax Practice Group||View Profile|
|Ms Olga Baranova||Head of Tax Audit and Accounting Advisory Group||View Profile|
|Leonid Barkov||Senior Associate, Bankruptcy and Anti-crisis Protection of Business Practice||View Profile|
|Anna Berlina||Head of Group, Employment and Migration Law Practice||View Profile|
|Mr Roman Bevzenko||Partner, Head of Special Projects Practice||View Profile|
|Mr Ilya Bolotnov||Partner, Head of Corporate Practice, Key Contact for Life Sciences Practice, LL.M||View Profile|
|Ms Julia Borozdna||Partner, Head of Employment and Migration Law Practice, Head of Family and…||View Profile|
|Ms Lidia Gorshkova||Нead of Banking and Finance Practice Group||View Profile|
|Ms Marina Ivlieva||Partner, PhD in Law||View Profile|
|Ms Narine Khachatryan||Head of Tax Practice, PhD in Law||View Profile|
|Mr Ivan Khamenushko||Senior Partner, Head of Tax Practice, PhD in Law, Attorney-at-Law||View Profile|
|Mr Alexey Konevsky||Partner, Head of Land, Real Estate and Construction Practice||View Profile|
|Mr Maxim Koshkin||Head of Criminal Law Defence of Business Practice||View Profile|
|Mr Alexander Kosov||Partner, Head of Customs and Foreign Trade Regulation Practice, Ph.D. in Law||View Profile|
|Ms Natalia Kovalenko||Partner, Head of Cross-Sectoral Group, PhD (Law)||View Profile|
|Mr Leonid Kravchinsky||Partner, Head of Tax Practice Group||View Profile|
|Ms Ekaterina Lebedeva||Head of the International Litigation and Arbitration Practice||View Profile|
|Ms Julia Lipina||Head of Translation Department||View Profile|
|Ms Yulia Litovtseva||Partner, Head of Bankruptcy and Anti-crisis Protection of Business Practice||View Profile|
|Ms Ksenia Litvinova||Head of Tax Practice Group||View Profile|
|Mr Egor Lysenko||Head of Siberian Office (Krasnoyarsk)||View Profile|
|Mr Igor Marmalidi||Partner, Head of Banking and Finance Practice||View Profile|
|Nikolay Medvedev||Senior Associate, IP and Trademarks Practice||View Profile|
|Mr Andrey Mikulin||Head of Sakhalin Office (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)||View Profile|
|Mr Anton Nikiforov||Partner, Head of Tax Practice Group||View Profile|
|Mr Andrey Nikonov||Senior Partner, Head of Tax Practice||View Profile|
|Ms Maria Nikonova||Partner, Head of Tax Practice Group, Key contact for Life Sciences Practice,…||View Profile|
|Ms Valentina Orlova||Head of IP and Trademarks Practice, PhD||View Profile|
|Ms Elena Ovcharova||Counselor, Attorney, PhD in Law||View Profile|
|Mr Sergey Pepeliaev||Managing Partner, PhD in Law||View Profile|
|Ms Olga Puchkova||Lead Expert of the Family and Inheritance Law Practice Group||View Profile|
|Mr Sergey Savseris||Senior Partner, Head of Tax Practice, PhD in Law||View Profile|
|Mr Sergei Shorin||Head of M&A and Private Equity Group||View Profile|
|Ms Elena Sokolovskaya||Head of Antitrust Practice||View Profile|
|Mr Nikolay Solodovnikov||Partner, Head of Corporate Practice||View Profile|
|Ms Natalia Stenina||Partner, Head of Land, Real Estate and Construction Practice, Head of Environmental…||View Profile|
|Mr Sergey Taut||Expert, Attorney-at-Law||View Profile|
|Mr Andrey Tereschenko||Partner, Head of Tax Practice Group||View Profile|
|Ms Natalia Travkina||Head of Group, Administrative Law Defence of Business||View Profile|
|Mr Alexander Vinogradov||Deputy General Director||View Profile|
|Mr Yuri Vorobyev||Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and Mediation Practice||View Profile|
|Mr Dmitry Zykov||Head of Data Protection Practice||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 160 at this office : 90
LanguagesChinese English French German Russian Spanish
OtherContact : Sergey Pepeliaev (managing partner) Other offices : Beijing Other offices : Krasnoyarsk Other offices : Shanghai Other offices : St Petersburg Other offices : Vladivostok Other offices : Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Pepeliaev Group, like the entire Russian legal community in general, has always maintained an attitude that any forms of discrimination are unacceptable. We believe that mutual respect and tolerance are the fundamental principles that should be shared by members of a community or professional environment. We do our utmost to create conditions in which each employee can feel comfortable. We provide equal opportunities for professional development regardless of gender, ethnic background, disabilities or LGBT orientation.
Our company is guided by the principles of equality for men and women, both in terms of salary and in terms of professional development. As a confirmation of the above, please find below statistics illustrating the percentage ratio between men and women at Pepeliaev Group:
Partners and heads of practice – men 54%, women 46%.
Pepeliaev Group’s team can certainly be called multinational. However, we do not think that there is a way to specify a citizen’s nationality and religion without infringing upon his/her privacy. We respect the privacy of each member of our team.
In view of the above, we deliberately omit in this statement any statistics on our employees that directly relate to private information. We hope for your understanding and respect for the privacy of Pepeliaev Group’s employees.