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

Hogan Lovells (CIS)
MOSCOW 125009

Russia > Intellectual property Tier 1

As exemplified by practice head Natalia Gulyaeva, who leads both the IP, media and technology team, and the life sciences group, a specialised understanding of many industry sectors with a nexus to TMT marks out the offering at Hogan Lovells (CIS). The firm regularly handles patent portfolio development and litigation in Russia and other CIS countries, as well as assisting with transactional intellectual property matters. For disputes, newly promoted partner Vironika Pilyugina is a key contact; she acts in cases concerning trade mark, patent, copyright and domain name infringements, invalidity actions, defamation and slander cases, and unfair competition actions. Senior associate Julia Gurieva has a combined IP and commercial focus.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Gulyaeva

Other key lawyers:

Vironika Pilyugina; Julia Gurieva


‘Positives include knowledge of the area, good reputation and hard work.’

‘Natalia Gulyaeva amazes with the breadth of her knowledge in the field. Her approach focuses on solving the problem, rather than coming from a formal position.’

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb Holdings Ireland Unlimited Company

Novartis AG

Astellas Pharma Inc.

Suzuki Motor Corporation


Novomatic AG

McDonald’s Corporation


Russia > TMT Tier 1

Data privacy and cybersecurity are key aspects of strength and growth for the practice at Hogan Lovells (CIS); the team regularly advises on compliance and risk management challenges arising in these areas. The firm also has established expertise in regulatory, antitrust, commercial and intellectual property matters arising in the TMT sectors. Practice head Natalia Gulyaeva's diverse workload encompasses both contentious and advisory mandates. Counsel Maria Baeva is well placed to assist with transactional issues. Senior associate Serafima Pankratova handles the full range of mandates concerning contracts.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Gulyaeva

Other key lawyers:

Serafima Pankratova; Maria Baeva

Key clients



Honeywell Inc and JSC Honeywell

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp)


PJSC Sberbank

Kismet Holdings Limited

Otkritie PJSC

Discovery Communications Europe Limited

Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (CIS) regularly draws on the firm’s capabilities worldwide to handle highly sensitive cross-border disputes; clients refer to the group as being ‘second to none as regards international asset recovery, fraud, investigations and contentious insolvency’. Indeed, in an ongoing collaboration with the firm's Paris and London offices, the team is acting for the Russian Deposit Insurance Agency in a high-profile fraud and asset tracing $2bn dispute against Mezhprombank's former shadow director Sergey Pugachev. Practice head Alexei Dudko has extensive experience of representing large corporations and their senior management. Multiple team members are qualified in the US and the UK; recently promoted counsel Denis Almakaev and senior associate Anna Belova stand out in this respect. Senior associate Eugene Perkunov focuses on oil and gas as well as finance sector work.

Practice head(s):

Alexei Dudko

Other key lawyers:

Denis Almakaev; Eugene Perkunov; Daria Pavelieva; Anna Belova


‘The team are real experts in coordinating international disputes by utilizing the network of Hogan Lovells worldwide. They are available day and night, have a quick turnaround, and are ready to push as hard as it takes to get the clients where they want to be.’

‘Denis Almakaev is the key individual: he constantly performs well in high-stakes disputes, remains highly professional under pressure and works around the clock.’

‘The team does their best to understand the business of the client, which helps them successfully defend the client’s interests.’

‘Alexei Dudko is definitely one of the strongest litigators in this country.’ 

‘Hogan Lovells is a real powerhouse and is second to none as regards international asset recovery, fraud, investigations and contentious insolvency. The firm has a strong international network and relies on a solid and experienced Russian trial practice. It is a pleasure to work with them. ’

‘Hogan Lovells is an excellent pick for handling a complex international litigation, particularly when it has a Russian or CIS element in it. They have unmatched experience in pursuing fraud claims and recovering against ‘difficult’ assets, such as offshore trusts. The team is well-connected internationally with the firm’s offices in the key jurisdictions and trusted local counsel elsewhere. It goes without saying that they work extremely hard, stay cool under pressure and always remain client-friendly.’

‘Alexei Dudko is a well-respected and experienced practitioner with great tactical skills and outstanding client communication. He is very energetic and can handle extreme pressures on the most complex matters, effective matter operator and team leader. Pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

ZTE Corporation

Russian Deposit Insurance Agency

Western Union (RU) LLC

Bank of Non-Profile Assets Trust





Russia > Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (CIS) has extensive experience across a wide spectrum of financing transactions, but is particularly active in trade and export finance, as well as regulatory matters. Clients draw attention to the group’s ability to act efficiently on cross-border mandates; indeed, the team benefits from its close ties with the London office, where David Leggott is the key contact for CIS work. Splitting time between London and Moscow, Georgy Kalashnikov heads up the wider corporate and finance group. Counsel Alexander Gasparyan leads the banking and finance practice, which is equally adept at assisting both lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Gasparyan

Other key lawyers:

David Leggott; Alexander Kitaev; Georgy Kalashnikov; Alexander Kitaev


‘Hogan Lovells International LLP’s banking and finance practice consists of experienced consultants, who consistently represent the best interests of clients.’

‘The entire banking and finance team at Hogan Lovells International LLP are true professionals in their field. They are client-oriented and have extensive experience in various types of financial transactions.’

‘The team is very professional, friendly and approachable. They generate confidence in the advice they provide. They are easy to approach and response times are in line with leading Magic Circle firms. In fact, their hours are aligned on the GMT time zone. We work for a few years with David Leggott in London and the team in Moscow, which has impressed us.’

‘Alexander Gasparyan is handling the finance matters efficiently, he has extensive legal knowledge, is pragmatic and focused and very easy to communicate with. Junior associate Alexander Kitaev is also very good. ’

‘David Legott and Alexander Gasparyan are very helpful; they are always prepared to assist and provide advice.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc

VR Capital

ING Bank N.V.

UniCredit S.p.A.

ING Bank

JSC Alfa-Bank

Paysafe Financial Services Limited

J.P. Morgan

HPS Investment Partners


Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (CIS) has an impressive client roster encompassing some of the largest domestic and international names in the TMT, energy and natural resources, fintech, and automotive sectors. It handles a wide range of M&A transactions in regulated industries, often backed by the firm’s global capabilities in cross-border deals. Key figures include counsels Leonid Ervits and Maria Baeva, as well as senior associate Maria Kazakova. Former managing partner and practice head Oxana Balayan left to found her own firm; Georgy Kalashnikov took over the leadership of the practice and splits his time between London and Moscow.

Practice head(s):

Georgy Kalashnikov

Other key lawyers:

Leonid Ervits; Maria Kazakova; Maria Baeva


‘One of the strongest practices in Russia in the area of complex transactions involving English or Russian law.’

‘Maria Kazakova is a rising star.’

Key clients

PJSC “VimpelCom”

PJSC Sberbank

Discovery Communications Europe

Polymetal International plc

Kismet Holdings

Daimler AG

Lynwood (Schweiz) AG

Otkritie PJSC

Russia > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (CIS) is well positioned to act for large international clients in the financial services, mining and energy sectors, partially owing to its access to the firm’s network globally; particularly notable is its cooperation with the London office. The team is increasingly active in the investment treaty arbitration space, where it acts for Penwell Business in its investment dispute with the Kyrgyz Republic. Practice head Alexei Dudko is ‘an extraordinary lawyer with a perfect solution to any problem’.

Practice head(s):

Alexei Dudko


‘Hogan Lovells is a powerful and perfect mechanism, which works for the best result only.’

‘Alexei Dudko is an extraordinary lawyer with a perfect solution to any problem. He is one of the most experienced lawyers I’ve known.’

‘Strong focus on practical implementation of legal advice.’

Key clients

Penwell Business

Interstate Hotels and Resorts



Russia > Transport Tier 3

Aircraft financing mandates continue to form the cornerstone of the asset finance practice at Hogan Lovells (CIS); under the leadership of counsel Alexander Gasparyan, the team splits its workload between foreign lessors and financiers, and domestic airlines. The firm has also noted an increased in instructions from global clients relating to local regulatory and customs issues in the aviation field.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Gasparyan

Key clients

Veling Ltd.

JSC “Aircompany “SCAT”

Nedbank Limited

Jet Aviation Business Jets AG

Russia > Employment Tier 4

Global clients from the TMT, e-commerce, and leisure sectors regularly turn to the team at Hogan Lovells (CIS); practice head Serafima Pankratova advises a wide range of businesses on all aspects of labour law from recruitment through to termination and post-termination issues, as well as handling litigious work. Associate Denis Shakhov provides additional corporate and financial expertise.

Practice head(s):

Serafima Pankratova

Other key lawyers:

Denis Shakhov

Key clients

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp)

Weener Plastics Group

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…
Mr Alexander Gasparyan photo Mr Alexander Gasparyan Counsel
Ms Natalia Gulyaeva  photo Ms Natalia Gulyaeva Office Managing Partner
 Serafima Pankratova photo Serafima Pankratova Senior Associate
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