Firm Profile > Five Stones Consulting > Moscow, Russia

Five Stones Consulting
8-5 Podolskoe shosse

Employment Tier 4

Five Stones Consulting advises on HR matters, personal data protection and trade union relations, such as collective negotiations and industrial actions. The firm is skilled at advising senior executives and employers alike, particularly in relation to the negotiation of compensation and contract terms. Alexander Karpukhin has 'excellent knowledge and practical understanding' of non-contentious and contentious employment matters.

Practice head(s):


‘The team has unique knowledge of Russian labour law and an understanding of foreign clients’ needs. Very supportive on different types of audits by the authorities (which is a tough exercise in Russia). The most professional team in labour law in Russia with a very transparent and reliable billing system.’

‘This practice is unique as they understand how to work both for companies and individuals and understand how the parties to an employment dispute really think in practice. They understand the judge’s views and the drivers for the decision-making process, and their view is practical and useful for the client.’

‘Alexander Karpukhin has excellent knowledge, practical understanding and is always positive.’

‘Alexander Karpukhin is the best adviser on employment matters and has very deep and longstanding experience in employment matters across different areas. He is well known in this area of law and we feel safe when dealing with him.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco


Jones Lang LaSalle

Association of Russian Young Dentists

Taste of Russia

Five Stones Consulting is a boutique consultancy firm of a premium rank which provides business-focused advice in different regions of the world.  The firm is established specifically for acting in the Russian and CIS markets in a partnership with well-known South Asian advisory company with the valuable support of the members of All China Lawyers Association.  Our clients include both foreign players actively working in Russian market and local companies developing their business in Russia and worldwide.

The key principle of our work is to provide the advice that our client really needs to run its business rather than mechanical reference to sophisticated legal framework.  We are doing our best to predict and avoid the issues that our client may meet in its deals.  Although the firm positions itself as a modern business-oriented vehicle which focuses on opportunities without excessive unreasonable complications, our advice always outlines all the risks that shall be considered.  We are constantly educating ourselves to understand the business of our clients and provide desirable and sought solutions.  The quality of our services complies with the best practices of the legal industry.

Our team is composed in a way which allows us to support the projects of various complexity.  The leaders are recognized by well-known Asian rankings as well as by Chambers, Legal 500 and the Best Lawyers.

The firm practices all the areas of law which may be requested by contemporary clients to run their business, including M&A and corporate law, general commercial law, real estate and construction law, tax law, finance law, labor and employment law, and litigation.

Eastern origins and western approach are the qualities which give us an opportunity to successfully deal with any project to the satisfaction of our clients.

M&A and Corporate Law:  the firm provides full scope of transactional advisory legal services, including due diligence, structuring, drafting and commenting of the deal documents, participation in negotiations, arrangement of and assistance with completion.  Our capacity allows us to provide advice related to various transactional aspects of local law and English law.  Our experience includes participation in various both high profile and junior M&A projects of different complexity, such as classic acquisitions, JV deals, venture capital and start-up projects, representation of minor shareholders and investment funds, etc. General corporate matters, such as drafting of corporate resolutions and policies, establishing of companies, shareholding structuring are also dealt with.

General Commercial Law: the firm has a capacity to do full scope of general commercial work, such as drafting and negotiating of various contracts, drafting and adjusting to local laws of the general terms and conditions, procurement procedures and other internal processes; developing of template contracts, policies and supplement documentation.
Real Estate and Construction Law: the firm provides all types of real estate-related legal advice, in particular in connection with acquisition/disposal and lease of real property, development, construction, property management, facility management, and real estate financing.
Finance Law: the firm has strong experience in dealing with financial law aspects, such as drafting and negotiating of loan agreements and facilities, assignment and transfer of debt, issuing of the securities (both technical level and issuance structuring), financial restructurings, etc.

The firm also has a unique expertise in dealing with national and international payment systems, including development of rules and other internal documentation of payment systems, contracts with participants and third parties, as well as interaction with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and AO NSPK.

Labor and Employment Law:the firm advises on a full scope of labor and employment matters, including on-going advisory support, litigation matters, top-management relations and trade union relations (including collective negotiations and industrial actions), personal data protection.  We can provide daily advice and represent clients in court disputes, assist in contract terms negotiations both to the employers and executives, support clients on an on-going basis in dealings with various labor and employment matters, develop/adapt internal policies, and conduct full-scope or limited HR audits upon clients’ requests.  A notable angle of our practice is assistance to high-level executives in negotiating their compensation and contract terms, as well as terms and conditions of exiting the companies.
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Tax: the firm provides full scope of legal services related to the taxation of companies and persons and to the application of currency regulation.
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Litigation: we represent our clients in state courts of all levels and arbitration.  We also provide legal support to individuals in the courts of general jurisdiction.  Additionally, we assist clients in the local procedures related to global disputes, such as local deposition, interviews, supplementary local litigation, enforcement of awards, etc.

Sanctions Compliance: Considered that our firm is often engaged to provide multijurisdictional advice, we have perfect understanding and expertise in advising local clients regarding sanction legislation of EU and US with regard to local companies and individuals, and vice versa.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Partner Alexander Karpukhin +7 (495) 788-56-15
Partner Ksenia Kazakova +7 (495) 788-56-15
Partner Ekaterina Boldinova +7 (495) 788-56-15
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Ekaterina Boldinova  photo Mrs Ekaterina Boldinova Partner
Mr Alexander Karpukhin photo Mr Alexander Karpukhin Partner
Mrs Ksenia Kazakova  photo Mrs Ksenia Kazakova Partner
Number of lawyers: : 10