Firm Profile > Five Stones Consulting > Moscow, Russia

Five Stones Consulting
8-5 Podolskoe shosse

Employment Tier 4

Boutique firm Five Stones Consulting continues to be known for its proficiency in assisting high-level executives with the negotiation of their compensation and contract terms. The practice, under the leadership of Alexander Karpukhin, also advises on day-to-day employment matters including the development of internal policies, represents clients in labour disputes, and conducts HR audits.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Karpukhin


‘Excellently trained team, always customer and result-oriented.’

‘First of all, for us, the uniqueness of the practice lies in their ability to quickly respond to requests, which are often very specific and confidential. Excellent professional competence and negotiation skills.’

‘Alexander Karpukhin is the face of the practice, he is in touch 24 hours a day and is open to any inquiries. Excellent professional.’

‘Most important of all is the attitude towards customers. Any questions with which I addressed them were resolved at the highest level, a very high level of practical understanding of problems and a very responsible attitude to the tasks being solved.’

‘I work with Alexander Karpukhin, his level of understanding of problems is very high and fully takes into account the interests of the business. Excellent technical background and deep knowledge of the industry, always trying to offer something new.’

‘The team always helps my business, promptly and reliably. Their help is always helpful and practical.’

‘Alexander Karpukhin has been our constant partner and advisor for many years. Conscientiousness and competence are his main qualities.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco


Jones Lang LaSalle

Association of Russian Young Dentists

Taste of Russia

Mobis Module CIS

Talgo Patentes

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 a 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 the 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 clients really need to run their businesses rather than mechanical reference to a sophisticated legal framework.  We are doing our best to predict and avoid the issues that our clients may come across.  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 should be considered.  We are constantly educating ourselves to understand the business of our clients and provide desirable and sought after solutions.  The quality of our services comply 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, The Legal 500 and the Best Lawyers.

The firm practices in 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 the 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 high profile and junior M&A projects of different complexities, 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 the capacity to do the full scope of general commercial work, such as drafting and negotiating various contracts, drafting and adjusting local laws of the general terms and conditions, procurement procedures and other internal processes; developing 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 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 the 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 the 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 the 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 at 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: Considering 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