Firm Profile > BGP Litigation > Moscow, Russia

BGP Litigation
123112 MOSCOW

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

BGP Litigation specialises in domestic and cross-border bankruptcy proceedings, and also has notable strength in asset tracing matters, particularly relating to document discovery and disclosure of information. Department leaders Dmitry Bazarov, Sergey Lisin and Alexander Vaneev are all standout figures in the local market.

Practice head(s):

Dmitry Bazarov; Sergey Lisin; Alexander Vaneev

Key clients

Lukoil PJSC

Zemsky Bank LLC


Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 5

At BGP Litigation, practice co-heads Alexander VaneevDmitry Bazarov and Sergey Lisin are key advisers to clients active in the oil and gas, financial services, TMT and construction fields. The team is particularly strong in corporate litigation and bankruptcy-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Vaneev; Dmitry Bazarov; Sergey Lisin


The team is bright, solution-focused, and good at taking strategic decisions.

The team’s communication style is better than its competitors.

Alexander Vaneev is an excellent strategist.

Key clients

JSC Investment Company “IT Invest”

Dinamo Direct Investments LLC

Lukoil PJSC

Akado Telecom

Hyundai Corporation

Tax Tier 5

The tax disputes and international tax planning team at BGP Litigation stands out for its tax litigation capabilities. Practice head Alexander Golikov has expertise in the resolution of disputes at the pre-trial and litigation stages. Senior associate Anastasia Baskova is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Golikov


Very good experience and understanding of the Russian tax system. Creative and client-tailored solutions.

I was impressed by the team’s ability to go into the details of a project quickly and to understand the specifics of our industry, which later showed in the accuracy of the delivered advice and the high-quality representation during the dispute. The team’s preparedness to work on complicated cases under extremely demanding timelines is also important.

I would like to point out Alexander Golikov’s willingness to commence working at a project immediately, proposing the best solutions for reducing costs and minimising tax risks.

Anastasia Baskova is a great professional with deep knowledge and understanding of Russian tax law and its application.

Key clients

Alfa Capital Management Company

Aton Investment Company

Banque Cramer & Cie SA


LLC «Russialoppet»

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 60 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.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Irina Akimova  photo Irina Akimova Partner
 Dmitry Bazarov  photo Dmitry Bazarov Partner
 Victoria Dergunova  photo Victoria Dergunova Counsel, Head of Family Law Practice
 Alexander Golikov  photo Alexander Golikov Partner
 Sergey Lisin  photo Sergey Lisin Partner
 Timur Unarokov  photo Timur Unarokov Partner
 Alexander Vaneev photo Alexander Vaneev Partner
Number of lawyers : 60