Firm Profile > ZKS Law Attorneys > Moscow, Russia

ZKS Law Attorneys
23 Novoslobodskaya street

White-collar crime Tier 1

Boutique firm ZKS Law Attorneys fields a strong team which is noted for its ability to 'effectively defend businesses in criminal cases for economic and tax crimes'. When representing clients in a wide range of matters including those concerning fraud, corruption and bribery charges, the group can 'skilfully assess risks, predict the development of the situation and offer balanced solutions which are logical for businesses'. 'Energetic leaderDenis Saushkin heads up the practice, supported by Sergey MalyukinAndrey GrivtsovMaria Korchagina and Tatyana Nozhkina. The firm's 'experience and understanding of the specifics of the work of law enforcement agencies' is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Denis Saushkin

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Malyukin; Tatyana Nozhkina; Andrey Grivtsov; Maria Korchagina


‘An important advantage of ZKS’ practice is a large experience in difficult criminal cases of economic nature and committed by public officials. This easily allows the firm to forecast criminal risks and to propose the adequate solutions.’

‘Andey Grivtsov is one of the best lawyers in difficult criminal cases. He is a scrupulous lawyer and reveals an analytic approach to the case including a clearly elaborated defence strategy and attention even to little details. He is able to organize work with investigative bodies in an optimal way and reveals a huge amount of experience in criminal trials. He is a person of high ethical standards.’

‘A large and well-coordinated team of lawyers who effectively defend businesses in criminal cases for economic and tax crimes. Thanks to their experience and understanding of the specifics of the work of law enforcement agencies, carefully developed tactics and training of employees, it was possible to avoid initiating a criminal case.’

‘An excellent, energetic and professional team! They are one of the best teams, if not the best one, in criminal law. They are excellent in their knowledge of business procedures and may be entrusted with difficult projects whilst being sure of a high quality result.’

‘Denis Saushkin is a leading professional in criminal law. He is an energetic leader of the team with an active and systematic approach to cases. His strategy allows the best results to be achieved in a short time. You feel safe with him. Sergey Dyakin is a professional in criminal law who is able to develop a communication with investigative authorities.’

‘The practice of ZKS Law Attorneys is unique for its team of highly professional lawyers specialising in criminal law. They have experience of both Russian and international projects. They know how the law enforcement system works and effectively resist their illegal actions in the interests of the client. They skilfully assess risks, predict the development of the situation and offer balanced solutions which are logical for businesses.’

‘In my opinion, ZKS is distinct from other firms in their big and well-organised team. All the lawyers have a long experience of dealing with investigative bodies and in representing their clients in trial procedures. They understand business procedures and are able to make a prognosis of criminal risks at their early stage. In this project, they were excellent and achieved dismissal of all suspicions against the client.’

‘Our key contact in the firm is Andrey Grivtsov, a well-known lawyer in the market with extensive experience of work representing large corporate clients and prominent people. We like his professional approach, analytical mindset, thoroughness and accuracy of all estimates and decisions. We are also advised by Maria Korchagina, a confident and competent lawyer in the area of criminal law and procedure, with extensive previous experience in investigative agencies. She also perfectly understands all business processes of the company, which allows her to offer solutions appropriate to situations.’

Key clients

PJSC “Ksenyevsky Priisk”

Top managers of holding company “Gema”

OOO “Yastro”


Founders of “Nginx Inc”




ZKS Law Attorneys specializes in criminal law. We represent our clients in criminal proceedings on charges of economic and white-collar crimes.

We protect Russian and foreign clients’ interests in criminal cases involving fraud, corruption and bribery charges, official misconduct, tax misconduct, bad faith conduct in bankruptcy proceedings, contract default, including public contracts; and corporate conflicts with a criminal element. We represent our clients in pre-trial investigations and in court, both as alleged offenders and witnesses. We protect our clients’ businesses against interference of law enforcement agencies, including dawn raids, advise on criminal due diligence and help with internal investigations. We also provide defence in criminal proceedings conducted in foreign jurisdictions or at the international level including extradition procedures.

All of our attorneys have worked as investigators across a number of internal state and investigative organs making up the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, Investigation Committee and Prosecutor’s Office prior to joining the firm.

Developing the practice of legal support in criminal cases at international level, ZKS included as a partner Mrs Maria Korchagina. She speaks English and French and acts as a counsel for both Russian and foreign clients.

Professor Gennady Esakov also joined the ZKS as a counsel. He acted as an expert in Russian and foreign courts and international jurisdictional bodies. In recent years, he worked as an expert with Baker McKenzie, Debevoise & Plimpton, Clifford Chance CIS, FBK Legal, Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasyev & Partners, Sberbank and other large Russian and foreign companies. Professor Esakov provides legal support on issues of Russian, foreign, and international criminal law.

Tatyana Nozhkina, Senior Partner, joined ZKS in 2020 to strengthen its international criminal law practice. Tatyana joins the firm from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, where she was a partner in the criminal law practice. She previously worked at Padva & Partners. Tatyana speaks English and Italian. Her experience includes defending the interests of top managers of major Russian and foreign companies.

We provide legal assistance in business spheres including:

  • defence of Russian and foreign business structures in criminal proceedings complicated by international element
  • protection of business structures from unlawful and/or unreasonable intrusion of authorities in business activity
  • protection of business structures from fraud
  • audit and minimization of risk of criminal investigation as to business activity
  • implementation a strategic program of protection from risks of criminal nature in a company

We provide legal assistance to individuals including:

  • defence of Russian and foreign individuals in criminal proceedings complicated by international element
  • defence of individuals in criminal proceedings conducted in foreign jurisdictions or at the international level including extradition procedures
  • criminal defence, legal assistance to witnesses and victims in criminal cases
Department Name Email Telephone
White-collar crime Denis Saushkin +7 (495) 660-37-60
White-collar crime Andrey Grivtsov +7 (495) 660-37-60
White-collar crime Maria Korchagina +7 (495) 660-37-60
White-collar crime Gennady Esakov +7 (495) 660-37-60
White-collar crime Tatyana Nozhkina +7 (495) 660-37-60
Photo Name Position Profile
 Alexey Bukanev photo Alexey Bukanev Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Victoria Buklova  photo Victoria Buklova Attorney-at-Law, Junior partner
 Sergey Dyakin  photo Sergey Dyakin Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Gennady Esakov  photo Gennady Esakov Counsel, Doctor of Law, Professor
 Andrey Grivtsov photo Andrey Grivtsov Attorney-at-Law, Senior partner
 Maria Korchagina  photo Maria Korchagina Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Kirill Makhov photo Kirill Makhov Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Sergey Malyukin  photo Sergey Malyukin Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Tatyana Nozhkina  photo Tatyana Nozhkina Attorney-at-Law, Senior Partner
 Denis Saushkin photo Denis Saushkin Attorney-at-Law, Managing partner
 Daria Shulgina  photo Daria Shulgina Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Artem Yudin  photo Artem Yudin Attorney-at-Law, Junior Partner
Number of lawyers : 16

ZKS Law Attorneys cooperates with the National Fund of Rehabilitation Development, the main purpose of which is to help children, adolescents and young adults with disabilities by unlocking their potential and assisting them to integrate into society.

ZSK helps the Fund to develop the project “Workshop of Good”, in which teachers teach student the basics of computer design and typesetting of printed materials. The second aim of the project is training in various skills in the workplace.