Firm Profile > Eversheds Sutherland > Moscow, Russia

Eversheds Sutherland
7 Gasheka Street
123056 MOSCOW

Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere Tier 1

Recommended for its ‘incredible knowledge and experience’, Eversheds Sutherland focuses on cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions, with additional strength in corporate governance and restructuring work. ‘Very experienced and knowledgeable’ practice head Mikhail Timonov splits time between Moscow and St. Petersburg, and managing partner Victoria Goldman is praised for her ‘incredible strategic abilities and outstanding legal knowledge’. Counsel Anton Bakov is a key contact for TMT sector mandates, and senior associate Leyla Ibragimova is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Timonov

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Goldman; Natalia Ivolgina; Anton Bakov; Leyla Ibragimova


‘A qualified team with incredible knowledge and experience. The most spectacular feature is that the team always goes above and beyond for clients.’

‘Extremely experienced and professional. The team has sophisticated talent. Their outstanding teamwork meets all our expectations. It’s always a pleasure to work with these people.’

‘Victoria Goldman is a fantastic lawyer! She has incredible strategic abilities and outstanding legal knowledge. Victoria always puts people first, we can rely on her at any moment. Natalia Ivolgina is a high-quality lawyer, she is exceptionally efficient and commercial.’

‘Extremely pleased with the services provided by Eversheds Sutherland. Their corporate M&A team is the strongest. They are really helpful and always available. When we require immediate responses, they are very cooperative.’

‘Victoria Goldman is an excellent lawyer who provides in-depth legal analysis and adopts a commercial approach. Working with her is always a good experience, she has deep sector understanding and understands our needs quickly.’

‘Good lawyers with a good reputation, they are efficient and proactive.’

‘Victoria Goldman is an extremely qualified and experienced partner.’

‘Mikhail Timonov is a very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer.’

Key clients


Warwick Holdings

Indutrade Flödesteknik AB

Cherkizovo Group

Trackmobile, Cornelius


Nurminen Logistics




Russia > Intellectual property Tier 3

Ekaterina Tilling, who has over 20 years of experience handling both contentious and advisory matters, heads up the intellectual property practice at Eversheds Sutherland. The team is equally proficient in assisting with complex investment projects involving different IP assets and in representing clients in disputes before courts of all levels. Senior associate Alexey Darkov is particularly recommended for litigious work.

Practice head(s):

Ekaterina Tilling

Other key lawyers:

Alexey Darkov


‘The lawyers give clear and precise answers which get to the essence of the issue within the set deadlines.’

‘Deepest expertise and years of successful experience.’

‘Ekaterina Tilling is result oriented, shows true interest in the client’s success, and has the ability to offer effective solutions.’

Key clients

The International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Bayer HealthCare

Moscow Planetarium

BURDA Publishing House

Clark Equipment Company




Indutrade Flödesteknik AB

Russia > Tax Tier 3

At Eversheds Sutherland, counsel Andrey Grachev heads up the practice. Senior associate Anton Borisichev is also noted; clients recommend the duo for tax consulting services. Contentious tax work is also a mainstay for the team members, whose tax litigation experience 'makes their advice very practical'. Of late, the team has also been very active in cross-border tax structuring, regulatory and customs matters. Transport, retail and IT are among the group’s sector-specific strengths.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Grachev

Other key lawyers:

Anton Borisichev


‘Tax court experience of key lawyers in the team makes their advice very practical.’

‘Counsel Andrey Grachev is very outspoken and very attentive to detail.’

‘We have known Andrei Grachev for many years, so for us, the main advantage is understanding the specifics of the industry in which our company operates. This greatly minimizes the need for additional explanations to lawyers about business processes. Moreover, in our opinion, this knowledge of our activities allowed us to apply tax rules in situations where there were no official explanations and court practice.’

‘Andrey Grachev proved himself to be a professional who knows how to draw clear and understandable conclusions on our issues and give useful recommendations suitable for our company. In addition, one of the important points for us is simplicity and ease of communication, which we can always count on.’

‘Responsiveness is their number one quality – they are on top of business and provide feedback instantly. ’

‘Andrey Grachev and Anton Borisichev directly provide us with tax consulting services. We are pleased with the progress of the project and the progress that our company has been able to achieve globally.’

Key clients

XPO Logistics LLC

Fashion Retail Group

RBA-Management LLC

Cherkizovo Group PJSC

JSC Freight One

Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 4

Ever since the firm’s entrance into the Russian market in 2017, Eversheds Sutherland’s corporate group has been notably active in domestic and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions; it leverages the firm’s Europe-wide resources for cross-border mandates. Particular areas of recent activity include joint venture projects and share purchase agreements governed by Russian law. Key team members include practice head Mikhail Timonov, managing partner Victoria Goldman and Anu Mattila.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Timonov

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Goldman; Anu Mattila; Leyla Ibragimova; Nikita Butenko; Anton Bakov


Their corporate and M&A team is recognised in the Russian market. They are known for good-quality work, pragmatic advice and a client-oriented approach.

Eversheds Sutherland has excellent knowledge of the market, international experience, and it always works with high professional standards. Its hardworking and solution-oriented team handles high-profile transactions, has a good reputation and provides client-tailored advice.

From start to finish, we felt our requests were handled professionally, delicately and with utmost care and concern to protect our wishes and needs. We appreciate the work put together by the entire team led by Victoria Goldman.

I think that Eversheds Sutherland’s corporate team is highly qualified and takes the initiative to do what is needed for clients. The most impressive feature is the team always goes beyond offering formalistic legal advice, and provides services specifically for each client.

Victoria Goldman is a very business-oriented practitioner who can always think of intelligent solutions for her clients.

We were supported by Mikhail Timonov and Leyla Ibragimova from Eversheds’ Russia team on this process. They did an excellent job, offering strong professional advice and always acting in the best interests of their client.

Victoria Goldman is a star! Incredible woman and fantastic lawyer. She is dedicated and incredibly responsive. I love working with her. Also, their head of corporate and M&A Mikhail Timonov is well known in the market. Mikhail is a pragmatic deal-maker and an excellent negotiator.

Key clients

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc.

Cherkizovo Group






Kering group

Rockwell Collins International


Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 4

The litigators at Eversheds Sutherland ‘always formulate an efficient strategy for each case’ and have an excellent track record assisting companies and private clients during all stages of contractual, regulatory, corporate, tax and debt recovery disputes. The ‘extremely intelligentYury Pugach manages the office in Moscow and leads the dispute resolution department. Clients highly recommend Oxana Peters and IP expert Ekaterina Tilling, alongside senior associates Pavel Falileev, Ilia Tarabrin, and Olga Chirkova in St. Petersburg.

Practice head(s):

Yury Pugach

Other key lawyers:

Oxana Peters; Ekaterina Tilling; Pavel Falileev; Ilia Tarabrin; Olga Chirkova; Tatiana Kandrina; Olga Eremina


‘Strong and effective team. They are very experienced in dispute resolution, well known and widely respected. You can definitely count on them, as they always formulate an efficient strategy for each case.’

‘Yury Pugach is a very thorough litigator, he is attentive and smart. Pavel Falileev is a very clear and well-prepared advocate, he is a strategic thinker with wide-ranging litigation experience.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland has one of the strongest international networks. The Russian team has a reputation as one of the most reliable groups on the Russian market. They regularly advise on complex domestic and cross-border disputes.’

‘Yury Pugach is an outstanding partner, extremely intelligent. He provides sound and practical advice. Olga Chirkova is an exceptional specialist whom we can fully trust. Everything she does is done at the highest professional level. She is a creative and experienced litigator who handles large and complex cases.’

‘I was very impressed by Pavel Falileev.’

‘Great experience in court, especially in the field of civil and labour law, where we sought assistance.’

‘Oxana Peters has a lot of experience in court; this allows her to look at the situation from the point of view of a judge. Ilia Tarabrin gets more and more court experience; he goes through very difficult legal issues in a way that would present the client’s side well to the judges.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland matches my expectations from an international law firm and even goes beyond that. The Moscow office DR team handles my case, fighting for it as if it was in their own best interest.’

Key clients

Company Shavara Limited


Flakt Woods

Elgad ZSI

Publishing House Burda

Levi Strauss Moscow

Burda Distribution Services


Cherkizovo Group

Russia > Employment Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland's employment offering has a strong corporate focus; the team works across both the Moscow and St Petersburg offices, and frequently provides support on the labour-related aspects of transactions, including due diligence and the implementation of global company standards at a local level. Mikhail Timonov is recommended, as are principal associates Olga Chirkova and Ekaterina Mironova .

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Timonov

Other key lawyers:

Olga Chirkova; Ekaterina Mironova


‘Fast and high-quality preparation responses according to the client’s requirements, timely feedback, support in solving legal issues even if they are only potentially related to the problem, a comprehensive approach to solving the problem.’

‘Olga Chirkova punctually and efficiently provides support in legal matters, assesses the potential risk, comprehensively considers the problem and uses complex approaches to solving the problem.’

‘An experienced team, the quality of their work is really good. They are responsive and always give advice, taking into account future consequences.’

‘Olga Chirkova is a commercially oriented, attentive and responsive lawyer. She offers us effective and practical solutions.’

‘Cohesive team which is very good in different employment and labour matters. They know our industry and their advice is commercial, prompt and reliable. They solve problems and get things done.’

‘Olga Chirkova is a first-class practitioner with a good name in the market. She has a very strong knowledge of the employment law and a practical view of the matter. Olga is a great listener who is very pleasant to deal with.’

‘High competence, customer focus and the ability to see individual legal tasks in a wider business context.’

‘Our company co-operates with Ekaterina Mironova, and we are very glad of her support. Ekaterina is a top professional who is also distinguished by quick responses, clear fulfilment of promises, and the ability to find solutions in a specific business context.’

Key clients


Van der Vlist Transportgroep B.V.


Levi Strauss & Co.

SZA law firm

Cherkizovo Group


Russia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland is adept at representing both creditors and debtors, among other interested parties, in bankruptcy proceedings; Moscow office managing partner Yury Pugach and Oxana Peters are both names to note in this regard. The team’s insolvency strength across the board is reflected in the praise garnered from clients: ‘they are all very strong and professional, from partners to associates’.

Practice head(s):

Yury Pugach; Oxana Peters

Other key lawyers:

Olga Chirkova


‘The practice offers a full service across restructuring and insolvency. They are all very strong and professional, from partners to associates.’

‘A qualified team which provides quick, detailed responses and variety of solutions. The team always goes above and beyond for clients.’

‘The team demonstrates in-depth expertise within bankruptcy proceedings. They provide a high-quality service and are experienced handling disputes.’

‘The team provides excellent service, they get things done and are very technically strong. Can say for sure that they are very client-oriented in their approach, I highly recommend this firm.’

‘Olga Chirkova is extremely smart and talented. She has vast experience in dealing with debt restructuring and other bankruptcy proceedings. In addition to her professionalism, Olga is a very nice person and it is always a pleasure to work with her.’

Key clients

Cherkizovo Group

Bronto Skylift

International Air Transport Association

Wales > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Working independently, as well as being to draw from additional personnel throughout the firm's UK network of offices, Eversheds Sutherland's ten-strong team excels in handling complex and resource-intensive regional and UK-wide public sector disputes. A sizeable proportion of this work relates to public procurement matters and under the guidance of Richard Pitt , the team garners praise for the 'commercial and pragmatic' advice it is able to provide, both in a risk management setting during the procurement process, as well as in any disputes that may subsequently arise from failed bidders. Notably, Pitt recently led the team's high-profile representation of the Department for Transport in the defence of claims by Arriva and Stagecoach entities in relation to the East Midlands rail franchise competition. Luisa Gibbons is also well-versed in public procurement matters, combining this work with a niche professional discipline offering. Lawyers from the Cardiff office also regularly provide assistance to the firm's broader market-leading public inquiries offering, which is primarily led out of Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Richard Pitt

Other key lawyers:

Luisa Gibbons; Angharad Haf Hurle; Dorian Morris; Helen Rowland; Anna Lois Senter


The team provides commercial and pragmatic advice.

Key clients

Department for Transport

Network Rail

Gloucestershire County Council

Serious Fraud Office

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Thames Water

Close Brothers Limited


Eastleigh College

Airbus UK

Teaching Regulation Agency

Welsh Language Commissioner

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

The Haemophilia Society

Forest England

Stena Line/Stena Ports

Department for Education

Telford and Wrekin Council

Eversheds Sutherland is a full service law-firm with in-depth knowledge and practical experience handling complex issues in all areas of business law, from corporate issues to international arbitration. We apply global best practice in a Russian context, make practical and commercially-sensitive advice and act as a trusted advisor to business. We offer an innovative consultancy service that can assist in-house legal departments of all sizes with legal strategy, regulatory risk and compliance, HR consultancy, efficiency and technology.

With a proven track record of more than 25 years, our team of lawyers advises numerous Russian and international clients, from publicly listed companies who have operated in Russia for many years to start-ups and newcomers to the market.

The Russian offices are staffed by 5 partners and a team of experienced associates. We have offices in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the two largest cities in Russia. However, our operations and clients are located all over Russia.

Number of Russian partners: 5
Number of other Russian fee-earners: 40

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Corporate/M&A Victoria Goldman +7 921 999 3111
Corporate/M&A Mikhail Timonov +7 921 415 0475
Dispute Resolution, Real Estate & Construction Yury Pugach +7 921 894 9515
IP, Dispute Resolution Ekaterina Tilling +7 985 765 6722
Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Sanctions Anu Mattila +358 50 550 5768
Tax Angrey Grachev +7 903 157 0912
Energy & Natural Resources Alexey Bardin +7 903 795 6907
Corporate/M&A Anton Bakov +7 921 300 4126
Dispute Resolution, Employment Olga Chirkova +7 921 767 5251
Real Estate & Construction, Corporate/M&A, Banking & Finance Nikita Butenko +7 903 171 7046
Antitrust & Competition Alexander Gavrilov +7 963 645 1424
Photo Name Position Profile
 Alexey Bardin  photo Alexey Bardin Counsel, Head of Energy & Natural Resources
 Nikita Butenko  photo Nikita Butenko Counsel
 Alexander Gavrilov  photo Alexander Gavrilov Principal Associate
 Andrey Grachev  photo Andrey Grachev Counsel, Head of Tax practice in Russia
 Yury Pugach  photo Yury Pugach Partner
 Ekaterina Tilling  photo Ekaterina Tilling Partner, Head of IP Practice in Russia
English (fluent)
AEB (Association of European Businesses)
AmCham American Chamber of Commerce
Russian-German Chamber of Commerce
Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce
IBA (International Bar Association)
INTA - International Trademark Association
International Chamber of Commerce – World Business Organisation (Russia) (ICC)

Eversheds Sutherland berät Reconomy bei Übernahme der deutschen Noventiz-Grupp

München, 10. Dezember 2020 - Die globale Wirtschaftskanzlei Eversheds Sutherland hat Reconomy, den führende Anbieter von Entsorgungs- und Rücknahmelösungen in Großbritannien, bei der Übernahme des deutschen Entsorgungsfachbetriebs Noventiz beraten. Verkäufer ist das deutsche PE-Haus SEAFORT Advisors.