Firm Profile > BGP Litigation > Moscow, Russia

BGP Litigation
123112 MOSCOW

Russia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

BGP Litigation’s ‘truly unique team of high-class specialists’ has extensive experience representing private individuals, domestic companies, and Russian subsidiaries of international companies in bankruptcy-related proceedings. Of particular note, the team has deep expertise in subsidiary liability issues, debt restructuring and debt recovery matters. Dmitry Bazarov, Sergey Lisin and Alexander Vaneev jointly head up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Dmitry Bazarov; Sergey Lisin; Alexander Vaneev

Other key lawyers:

Anton Pomazan


‘BGP has a truly unique team of high-class specialists in Russian law that are extremely responsive, reliable and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘This is not the first time that we have worked together with BGP Litigation and Dmitry Bazarov’s team. We turn to the firm in complex disputes, primarily due to the combination of the expertise of lawyers in bankruptcy and dispute resolution, the size of the team and the willingness to work with complex projects in an extremely tight timeframe. For us, as a large holding company with subsidiaries throughout Russia, the team’s ability to handle several complex mandates in parallel, across different regions of the country, are extremely important.’

‘I am pleased with the cooperation with BGP Litigation and Dmitry Bazarov personally. Dmitry is professional, his experience and expertise allow him to build a business strategy several steps forward, anticipating the possible actions of the opponent. Dmitry thinks strategically, promptly immerses himself in the project, while his decisions go beyond standard legal advice. I would also like to note the high level of Dmitry’s involvement in the project. I can also note the work of Anton Pomazan, a senior lawyer of the firm; Anton stands out for his knowledge, experience and willingness to promptly provide us with the necessary legal advice.’

Key clients

Lukoil-Komi LLC

PJSC Gazprom Neft

PJSC Baltinvestbank

Ilya Naumovich Gavrilov

Zemsky Bank LLC

Kubansky Soyeviy Kontsentrat LLC

Toyota Motor Rus LLC

Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 5

Bankruptcy procedure work and corporate disputes are BGP Litigation’s mainstays. Notably, the team’s recent work involved cross-border advice and expert opinions on Russian law in relation to cases pending before courts in the UK. The team also remains an active market player in the financial services space. Practice co-heads Alexander Vaneev, Dmitry Bazarov and Sergey Lisin are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Vaneev; Dmitry Bazarov; Sergey Lisin

Russia > Tax Tier 5

BGP Litigation is well-versed in tax litigation, including advising on potential tax claims. International tax planning work is also a mainstay of the practice. Alexander Golikov heads up the department; senior associates Anastasiya Baskova and Denis Savin are also key figures.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Golikov

Other key lawyers:


‘Deep expertise, a client-oriented approach, and a proactive attitude are among the key qualities of BGP Litigation’s team.’

‘We worked with partner Alexander Golikov. I want to note Alexander’s readiness to quickly get involved in the project, offering the best solutions to optimize costs and minimize tax risks.’

‘I appreciate the opportunity to work with BGP Litigation and I am impressed by the team’s high level of expertise. I would also like to note the speed and quality of services, and most importantly, the firm’s close-knit team.’

‘We worked with partner Alexander Golikov and Denis Savin. Their experience and expertise allow the firm to work at the intersection of several areas of law, to take on complex cases in terms of time frames and volumes. The solutions offered by the company are well thought out, well-grounded, and often creative.’

Key clients

Alfa Capital Management Company

Banque Cramer & Cie SA



A1 Group

“Natsionalnaya Transportnaya Kompaniya” LLC

Trade firm “Caramel Trading” LLC

Russia > Dispute resolution: Arbitration and mediation

The firm: BGP Litigation is a leading firm specialising in comprehensive protection of business. The firm was founded in 2006 and combines legal and investment expertise. The firm employs over 90 lawyers, litigation and criminal attorneys, as well as tax and investment experts. The substantial size of our team enables us to work efficiently on global projects that require simultaneous support of a great number of parallel proceedings at various levels and in various jurisdictions.

Our team has a full range of competences necessary to protect efficiently the interests of our clients, including the coordination of negotiations, support in Russian and cross-border courts and arbitration proceedings, restructuring of business, international tax advice, support of tax disputes and criminal law defense. A great part of our current and past projects implemented by our team has a substantial cross-border element, which includes support during international arbitration disputes and courts, coordination of assets recovery and obtaining of provisional remedies in various jurisdictions. Our international focus, together with Russian presence, allows us to find the most effective and cost-efficient solutions for the protection of our clients.

Areas of practice:

Dispute resolution: The practice of dispute resolution is focused on the support for complex disputes in Russia. This experience allows us to find unique solutions using the legal tools in different jurisdictions: litigation at courts with a focus on complex disputes being conducted in multiple concurrent jurisdictions; protecting clients’ property interests, including at the early stages of proceedings by means of provisional remedies. The practice is recommended by Chambers Europe, The Legal 500 EMEA, Benchmark Litigation, Russia’s Pravo.Ru-300, Kommersant rankings.

International arbitration:  The international commercial arbitration practice is focused on complex cross-border disputes and is one of the most dynamic. BGP Litigation represent interests of large Russian and transnational corporations in arbitration proceedings administered by all widely recognized international arbitration institutions.

Bankruptcy: The firm has a wide experience in clients’ representation in bankruptcy cases, including major cross-border disputes. Practice’s team within the framework of bankruptcy cases successfully levies execution upon assets in the Russian Federation and abroad, which allows our clients to get maximum satisfaction of claims. The practice is recommended by Chambers Europe, The Legal 500 EMEA, IFLR1000, Russia’s Pravo.Ru-300 rankings.

M&A and corporate restructuring: One of the core competencies is a comprehensive support of M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and special situations projects. The competitive advantage comes from practical many years’ experience in acquisition, disposal and turnaround of distressed assets in Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe, as well as from our ability to quickly raise mezzanine-, bridge- or litigation funding for distressed assets and situations which are impossible to be financed using straight private equity or traditional credit facilities. The practice is recommended by IFLR1000 ranking.

Tax disputes: One of the major specializations of BGP Litigation is business protection from tax claims. The wide range of the firm’s services allows to address thoroughly the taxpayers’ issues related to the current and potential tax risks. Success of projects implementation is determined by a proactive approach to protection from tax claims as well as a unique team personnel, which includes specialists with many years of experience in both consulting firms and tax authorities. The practice is recommended by World Tax, The Legal 500 EMEA, Russia’s Pravo.Ru-300.

International tax planning:  The team helps our clients find effective decisions in the era of deoffshorization. Introduction of the CFC rules, fast development of judicial practice for a beneficial owner of income, limitation of benefits under international agreements – all this makes a taxpayer to take a different look at his/her business structure. The practice is recommended by World Tax and Russia’s Pravo.Ru-300.

Antitrust/competition: BGP Litigation associates have profound expertise in: providing support in legal disputes pertaining to antitrust regulation; representing clients during the course of proceedings conducted by antitrust authorities; public procurement; obtaining required approvals for mergers, acquisitions and market concentration including in relation to strategic enterprises and under the advertising law and the investment in strategic enterprises law. The practice is recommended by Russia’s Pravo.Ru-300 ranking.

Family law: BGP Litigation lawyers possess a wealth of expertise in supporting divorces that involve settlement of issues of division of marital property, payment of alimony, child custody and visitation, travel of minors outside of the Russian Federation, challenging and establishing paternity, forfeiture and limitation of parental rights.

White-collar criminal defense and internal investigations:  The team represents clients in criminal proceedings, with a particular focus on white collar matters. The attorneys handle a wide range of criminal law defense matters, including: providing legal advice and protecting the interests of corporate management and owners in the course of preliminary enquiries, preliminary investigations and judicial proceedings; prompt evaluation of criminal risks associated with relationships under civil law, and implementation of preventive measures prior to enquiries by law enforcement authorities; advising on anti-money laundering and anti-corruption legislation, including compliance issues.

Life Sciences & Technology: Comprehensive support of businesses on all issues of legal regulation of the healthcare industry. Regulatory and transaction support of life science companies

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution Alexander Vaneev
Dispute resolution Dmitry Bazarov
Bankruptcy Dmitry Bazarov
Bankruptcy Sergey Lisin
International arbitration Alexander Vaneev
International tax planning Alexander Golikov
Tax disputes Alexander Golikov
M&A and corporate restructuring Timur Unarokov
M&A and corporate restructuring Aleksey Akhuba
M&A and corporate restructuring Kirill Parinov
Antitrust/Competition Irina Akimova
Family Law Victoria Dergunova
Life Sciences & Technology Alexander Panov
Photo Name Position Profile
 Irina  Akimova  photo Irina  Akimova Partner
 Dmitry Bazarov  photo Dmitry Bazarov Partner
 Victoria Dergunova  photo Victoria Dergunova Partner, Head of Family Law Practice
 Alexander Golikov  photo Alexander Golikov Partner
 Sergey Lisin  photo Sergey Lisin Partner
 Alexander Panov  photo Alexander Panov Partner
 Timur Unarokov  photo Timur Unarokov Partner
 Alexander Vaneev photo Alexander Vaneev Partner
Number of lawyers : 90


By Karina Kolobova, Associate BGP Litigation, Life Sciences & Technology practice