Firm Profile > Hogan Lovells (CIS) > Moscow, Russia

Hogan Lovells (CIS)
MOSCOW 125009

Intellectual property Tier 1

Natalia Gulyaeva heads the 'very reputable and knowledgeable team' at Hogan Lovells (CIS), which has 'exceptional understanding' in the area of patents, trade marks and designs. The team has a wealth of expertise in contentious IP, with a focus on patent litigation and trade mark prosecution, as well as in transactional IP, portfolio management and the commercialisation of IP rights. Counsel Vironika Pilyugina frequently represents local and international clients in patent and trade mark infringement disputes before Rospatent and the Chamber of Patent Disputes.

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‘Exceptional understanding of the industry and its problems, which gives them the unique ability not just to advise on the topic but to know which solution will serve the client best.’

‘Very reputable and knowledgeable team with deep knowledge and a proactive approach.’

‘The strength of this IP team is tremendous and they are full of great insight and knowledge. They are responsive all the time, and efficient in their turn around. A great team to work with!’

‘Natalia Gulyaeva is a queen of IP. Exceptionally intelligent and confident, she is ready to advise on the spot on the issues which are not clear at first sight. She is a strong leader and her team are great professionals who are not only skilled lawyers but also inspiring personalities.’

Key clients


Lego Group

Novartis AG

Bristol-Myers Squibb Holdings

Google LLC

TMT Tier 1

Natalia Gulyaeva chairs the TMT practice at Hogan Lovells (CIS) and primarily advises on regulatory and competition matters, commercial transactions, intellectual property issues and dispute resolution. Oxana Balayan is particularly noted for TMT transactional work, as are counsel Maria Baeva and senior associate Serafima Pankratova.

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Key clients

Subsidiaries of Sberbank (Digital Assets LLC and Sberbank Asset Management)

A&NN Investments Ltd (Rambler Group)

TicketBis (StubHub)


Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 2

Corporate law sits as one of Hogan Lovells (CIS)’s core practice areas, and the team acts on high-value M&A transactions and leverages its close cooperation with the firm’s offices in the UK and Germany. Dual-qualified in Russia and the UK, department head Oxana Balayan is a go-to specialist for M&A deals and has extensive experience in the TMT industry; the wider group also excels in the life sciences, energy, fintech, retail, technology and financial services sectors. Senior associate Maria Kazakova is a key contact for private equity transactions, and counsel Maria Baeva has expert knowledge of M&A, disposals and joint ventures. Counsel Leonid Ervits is also highly recommended.

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The team should be recommended due to its professionalism not only in the context of standard corporate tasks, but more importantly, when it comes to important and challenging transactions. Hogan Lovells’ lawyers always come to help with our decision making and give us their full attention. If a full, in-depth legal analysis is needed, clients are in luck, because that is the team’s strongest advantage.

Oxana Balayan has top-notch transactional expertise.

Leonid Ervits is focused on delivering solutions—he is always punctual, optimistic and friendly. His considerable experience helps him to answer clients’ questions clearly and comprehensively, and to help them attain their goals.

Key clients

Windar Renovables, SL

Polymetal International plc

Magnit PJSC

A&NN Investments


Digital Assets LLC/ Sberbank Asset Management LLC

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (CIS)’s dispute resolution practice houses specialists in Russian and English law. The department is a one-stop shop for contentious matters relating to regulations, fraud and insolvency issues, and investigations. The team is also adept at handling cross-border disputes thanks to the global strength of the firm’s network and the internationally oriented experience of practice head Alexei Dudko. Clients also single out counsel Denis Almakaev.

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A well-organised team with a strong work ethic, which is not afraid to put in the hours in working hard on complex issues, when necessary.

Hogan Lovells Russia is great at handling complex and high-profile litigation, especially if it involves cross-border issues. All members of the team are very experienced, knowledgeable, commercially minded and result-oriented. What makes the team unique is the ability to always do its job perfectly, with everyone staying cool under any circumstances.

Alexei Dudko and counsel Denis Almakaev not only have strong legal minds, but are also practical in their approach to problem-solving.

Alexei Dudko is a great strategic thinker; he is very well versed in cross-border litigation and is able to provide top-notch advice.

Counsel Denis Almakaev is an outstanding team member: he is a tremendously talented lawyer with great litigation experience. What is also important, he has a great manner with clients and really cares about their interests.

Key clients

Russian Deposit Insurance Agency


BTA Bank

Metal One UK





Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (CIS)’ banking team has notable strength in trade and export finance mandates, and acts on significant cross-border transactions. The practice has also seen a growing stream of instructions from clients seeking advice on financial services regulation. Counsel Alexander Gasparyan heads up the practice, while London-based David Leggott is also a key name to note.

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Key clients



PJSC Gazprombank

ING Bank N.V.

Deutsche Bank AG

Western Union



Bank Otkritie

JSC SCAT Airlines

PJSC Rosselkhozbank

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

The team at Hogan Lovells (CIS) operates as part of the firm's global network acting for domestic and international household names in arbitration and mediation matters across a wide range of sectors including the energy, finance, industrial services and technology industries. Practice co-head Alexei Dudko is noted for his breadth of experience across Russia, Europe and Southeast Asia, while fellow co-head Natalia Gulyaeva has particular expertise in IP matters. Clients also single out senior associate Anna Belova, who is dual-qualified in Russia and New York.

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Team members are highly disciplined and remain professional at all times.

Alexei Dudko and Anna Belova are hardworking and cooperate efficiently with clients.

Key clients

Deposit Insurance Agency


BTA Bank

Metal One UK

VTB Bank



Gazprom Neft

Transport Tier 3

Alexander Gasparyan leads the team at Hogan Lovells (CIS) and specialises in the Russian and English law aspects of asset finance, banking, trade, commodities and export financing. He is notably active in relation to aircraft financings and leasing transactions in Russia and across the CIS region, advising foreign lessors, financiers and CIS-based airlines.

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Key clients

JSC Aircompany Scat

Nedbank Limited

Jet Aviation

Business Jets AG

Veling Ltd

Air Lease Corporation

Employment Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (CIS) focuses on providing assistance to international clients on Russian employment law matters such as executive level terminations, mass redundancy procedures and workplace harassment issues, as well as on the labour aspects of cross-border corporate transactions, business transfers and outsourcing. It also handles employment litigation. Serafima Pankratova is the main figure in the team alongside corporate managing partner Oxana Balayan.

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Key clients


Chr. Hansen


Real estate and construction Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (CIS) stands out for its strength in transactional work including real estate investments, property acquisitions and lease transactions. Clients benefit from the team’s close cooperation with the firm’s offices in Germany and the UK. In Russia, the department adopts a one-stop approach and works closely with the corporate, commercial and regulatory teams. Corporate expert Oxana Balayan is the key practitioner, alongside counsels Maria Baeva and Leonid Ervits.

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Key clients

Magnit PJSC

Dell Inc.

Host Broadcast Services

The firm: Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organisations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities.

Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

The firm’s lawyers are straight-talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

Moscow office: Hogan Lovells in Moscow provides clients with a vital strategic perspective as Russia continues to undergo a vast economic transformation. Its highly skilled lawyers understand Russia’s business dynamics. It helps Russian businesses and international companies navigate its complex regulatory environment. It has a solid track record working with clients in the metals and mining, telecommunications, financial, media and technology, pharmaceutical, and energy sectors. Along with the English-qualified lawyers in Moscow, the firm operates a dedicated Russia practice in the London office. The Hogan Lovells team in Moscow is consistently ranked by the major international legal directories as one of the leading providers of legal services in the Russian market.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking transactional
Corporate governance
Intellectual property
Automotive and mobility
Energy and natural resources
Financial institutions
Life sciences and healthcare
Real estate
Photo Name Position Profile
 Denis Almakaev photo Denis Almakaev Counsel
Mr Alexei Dudko  photo Mr Alexei Dudko Heading the Russian dispute resolution practice of the firm, Alexei offers clients…
 Alexander Gasparyan photo Alexander Gasparyan Counsel
Ms Natalia Gulyaeva  photo Ms Natalia Gulyaeva Office Managing Partner
 Serafima Pankratova photo Serafima Pankratova Senior Associate
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