Firm Profile > Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners > Moscow, Russia

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
21, 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Str.
125047 MOSCOW

Russia > Capital markets Tier 1

With a particular emphasis on domestic deals, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is highly recommended by clients for securitisation work. The team is well-equipped to handle complex bond issuances; it recently advised Raiffeisenbank on Ipotechny Agent Raiffeisen 01’s capital raising and the sustained repayment of outstanding bonds, a first-of-its-kind transaction in the domestic market. Practice head Dmitriy Glazounov ‘has gathered an excellent team of professionals’, which includes counsel Oleg Ushakov and senior associate Vladimir Goglachev.

Practice head(s):

Dmitriy Glazounov

Other key lawyers:


‘In my opinion, this is one of the best teams for securitisation and bond issues in Russia. They are pioneers as they deal with unique deals that include newly adopted legislation; they even develop this new legislation. They always leave a very positive impression. We had a project with them and we were more than satisfied with the results.’

‘Dmitriy Glazounov, Oleg Ushakov and Vladimir Goglachev are our main contacts. Dmitriy Glazounov, partner and head of practice, maintains a solid presence in the market and is considered a strong capital markets expert. We praise his strong knowledge; he is very detailed and concise. He has gathered an excellent team of professionals. We can give only positive feedback to Oleg and Vladimir as well. Both of them are efficient, hardworking and knowledgeable. Vladimir Goglachev was the team leader of our most recent project. He made a lot of progress over the last years. He is result-oriented, very responsive, and reliable and always available. It was a real pleasure to work with him. He is always ready for any unexpected or difficult questions that may arise; and ready to provide very detailed and reasonable answers.’

‘Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners is an excellent firm for capital markets issues. We have been cooperating for a long time. The firm can cope with any challenge. It seems to me that all clients who give feedback admire them for being able to resolve any issue and find the proper solution. That is true.’

‘Dmitriy Glazounov leads the team and provides services of outstanding quality. His experience and workload portfolio always impresses. He is the partner who is personally involved into each project, devoting sufficient time to each client.’

‘Dmitriy Glazounov, Oleg Ushakov, and Vladimir Goglachev are vivid personalities. Dmitriy is highly-respectable and a well-known banking and finance lawyer. Oleg Ushakov backs Dmitriy and is a good project manager. He is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and a good goal-setter. Vladimir Goglachev is very flexible and responsive. He has the ability to always find a solution to a problem.’

Key clients


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

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners' recent work testifies to its ability to handle the full array of corporate and commercial issues; the group recently experienced an uptick in instructions relating to investment projects and data protection issues. As part of the firm’s EPAM Coronavirus Task Force efforts, the team has been providing extensive advice on commercial contracts and corporate governance issues. Clients praise department head Elena Agaeva for her ‘emotional intelligence, superior communication skills, proactivity and professionalism’, and counsel Alexey Karchiomov heads up the international trade and customs practice. Senior associate Evgenia Evdokimova departed to an in-house role in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Elena Agaeva

Other key lawyers:

Alexey Karchiomov; Elena Kvartnikova


‘EPAM partners are professionals with a proven track record in the industry. Given her solid expertise in complex M&A transactions, Elena Agaeva is indeed a great asset to the St. Petersburg team. Despite challenging market conditions in Russia, Elena is definitely bringing added value to client development and perspective of the firm thanks to her emotional intelligence, superior communication skills, proactivity and professionalism.

‘The attorneys are not only highly skilled and specialised in their areas of expertise but this expertise is coupled with excellent client care, knowledge and attention to detail in respect of the business needs of their clients.’

‘Elena Agaeva is technically excellent and shows a deep understanding not only of her specialised areas of the law but also really understands her clients needs and goals.’

‘Very approachable team, excellent quality.’

‘Elena Agaeva is a superstar. Very good, nice to work with, and fast.’

‘EPAM is a team of professionals. All advice and solutions come ready for immediate implementation, with clear consistency, arguments and documentation.’

‘Elena Agaeva is ready to answer any question or organise a meeting with a specialised lawyer of EPAM. It is thanks to her that our company has a feeling of  having a “family lawyer”.’

Key clients


Blago Group

Calderys CIS

Quest Software


Clemco Baltic LLC

Gruma Group

Industrial & Marine Projects


Foundation Asset Management AB

Russia > Competition Tier 1

The competition offering at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has 'excellent understanding of the regulator's activities'. The firm's 'superb knowledge of legislation and court practice, allows it to solve the most complex projects' on behalf of both domestic and global clients. Under the leadership of Natalia Korosteleva, the team is extensively involved in legislation drafting, including acting as expert counsel for the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service. The practice also includes an experienced investigations team, which is assisted by the firm's specialised compliance practice. Anna Numerova, Evgeny Bolshakov, recently promoted partner Maria Kobanenko, and senior associate Elena Kazak are all key members of the group.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Korosteleva

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent understanding of the regulator’s activities, along with superb knowledge of legislation and court practice, allows the company to solve the most complex projects.’

‘Evgeny Bolshakov is an expert in the field of antitrust law with creative thinking and a non-standard approach to solving problems. Natalia Korosteleva is a leader who knows how to perfectly organise the work of her team and set the right train of thought.’

‘The whole team is very good, exceptionally good. They really impress. Their partners are very influential. EPAM always justify their impeccable reputation.’

‘When you hear such words as “a remarkable person” and “a brilliant lawyer” that definitely is about Natalia Korosteleva. She really stands out. She has a high level of competence. She’s a smart lawyer and a tough negotiator. We praise her organisational skills, attention to details and hands-on approach. She is tremendously client-oriented. She is the one who can always get a positive result.’

‘Evgeny Bolshakov has unique abilities for a lawyer to analyse the economic data. He manages the team well, is capable of reacting quickly in different and unpredictable situations. He acts convincingly and clearly before the FAS. He does great work.’

‘There is a unique approach tailor-made for each client.’

‘High level of expertise, focus on results.’

Key clients

Comuto S.A. (BlaBlaCar)



Rhone Capital

Russia > Dispute resolution: Arbitration and mediation Tier 1

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ ‘exceptional expertise in arbitration and dispute resolution’ enables its sizeable team to focus on high-stakes commercial and investment treaty arbitration. The department stands out for its multi-jurisdictional enforcement work; acting alongside the firm’s white-collar criminal law team. Practice co-head Evgeny Raschevsky led on representing The Federal Agency for State Property Management in relation to an ad hoc arbitration in the construction sector involving the Republic of India. Counsel Tatyana Neveeva is also well versed in multi-jurisdictional disputes. In February 2020, it strengthened its cross-border offering with the arrival of counsel Andrew Lomas, who is qualified as a barrister in the UK; Lomas currently leadership of the practice with Raschevsky.

Dispute resolution boutique Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners has been on an expansion streak since its establishment in 2018, most recently gaining ground in the international commercial and investment arbitration space through multiple arrivals from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in early 2020. Particularly notable is the appointment of highly regarded practice head Dmitry Dyakin (‘he’s one for the hardest and most complex disputes when you need the best’). Alongside Dyakin, clients also praise Vladimir Pestrikov and senior associate Vsevolod Taraskin for ‘attending diligently to all matters’. Other noted practitioners include counsels Dmitry Kaysin and Yuri Makhonin, and senior associate Stanislav Karandasov.

Practice head(s):

Evgeny Raschevsky; Andrew Lomas

Other key lawyers:


‘Exceptional expertise in arbitration and dispute resolution.’

I would say that EPAM proved to be the leading national law firm. EPAM successfully represented our interests in arbitration case in ICC.’

‘Quite a big team was engaged in our matter. Tatyana Neveeva was one of the key members of the team. She is very talented. She perfectly defines the goals, develops the strategy and can explain each step that is going to be undertaken. Her work was very well structured and disciplined. Tatiana deals with most complex matters, manages and coordinates project teams. She was our main contact for immediate communication on the project.’

‘Very professional, very experienced.’

‘Tatyana Neveeva is very committed, very bright and very experienced in representing parties in complex arbitrations.’

Key clients

The Federal Agency for State Property Management of the Russian Federation

Practice head(s):

Dmitry Dyakin


‘Dmitry Dyakin is one for the hardest and most complex disputes when you need the best.’

‘RGP is fairly unique in that it is a domestic boutique that is launched by international lawyers. It has truly international experience, with team members having been involved in some huge and complex cross-border cases which ordinarily would be undertaken by large international firms rather than boutiques. So, it is small, agile and has exceptional experience of big-ticket disputes.’

‘Ilya Rybalkin is an international transactional and disputes lawyer with excellent judgement, strong tactical instincts and a client list that would be the envy of every international firm doing Russian work.’

‘We are working with Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners on international matters (international arbitration and litigation outside Russia). They have an experienced team with international background, who are skilled and result-oriented. They are a first choice for us on Russian market for complex international disputes involving numerous jurisdictions.’

‘Our main contact is Yuri Makhonin. He is an excellent and hardworking lawyer with an out-of-the-box approach. Very knowledgeable and effective, and very easy to work with. His clear and persuasive advocacy skills are highly impressive and recommended for the most complex matters.’

‘The absolute star individual in the team – and in my view, in Russia – is Dmitry Dyakin. I have not seen a better Russian arbitration practitioner and his track record says it all. He is highly experienced and versed both in treaty arbitration as well as in commercial arbitration.’ 

‘Dmitry Dyakin is one of my favourite Russian arbitration specialists; this lawyer is super-smart. Fabulously internationally oriented, incredibly smart and collegial.’

‘I have worked with Dmitry Dyakin, Vladimir Pestrikov and Vsevolod Taraskin and found them to be an exceptionally dynamic and talented team. They were all diligent, approachable and collaborative throughout the case. All three gentlemen were exceptional in their approach to the case. They were unfailingly courteous, well-informed and entirely appraised of the legal issues, attending diligently to all matters as they arose.’

Key clients

Da Vinci


Grand Express



T Plus



Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 1

Widely considered ‘a true leader’ by clients and peers alike, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has one of the largest full-service dispute resolution groups in the Russian market. The team is split between Moscow and St. Petersburg, with Valery Eremenko sitting at the helm of the national litigation group, while the St. Petersburg-based team is led by Ivan Smirnov and counsel Evgeny Gurchenko. Denis Arkhipov heads the firm’s dedicated Coronavirus Task Force, which focuses on force majeure issues, rental disputes and contentious bankruptcy-related matters, with Smirnov responsible for the St Petersburg offering. In addition, the team in Moscow has a solid track record assisting clients with corporate and contractual disputes; Denis Arkhipov and recently promoted partner Vera Rikhterman both stand out in this respect. Clients also recommend counsel Tatyana Neveeva.

Practice head(s):

Valery Eremenko; Denis Arkhipov


‘The firm is a true leader. Their niche are the most complex cases.’

‘EPAM rightfully occupies a leading position in all dispute resolution ratings. We contacted this firm on the recommendation of their other client. Finding a good lawyer is very difficult. EPAM has a number of undeniable advantages: experience in working with large clients, experience in high-value disputes, and the presence of a large number of practices. I also want to note the style of work of the firm – it is focused on the client, punctual and transparent.’

‘Professionalism, client focus, flexibility. Separately, I would like to note Tatyana Neveeva for the high level of knowledge and skills, approach to work and relationship with the client.’

‘Valery Eremenko and Vera Rikhteman are exclusively professional lawyers who show the highest level of  interest in the client’s success, involvement, focus on results, and are able to find and offer effective solutions.’

‘Ivan Smirnov represents clients in an intelligent, strategic and successful manner. Ivan deals efficiently with special situations and achieves high results thanks to his rich hands-on experience, excellent knowledge of law, great insight into the core of the problem, and perfect understanding of client’s business and market.’

‘Our success was in the hands of Ivan Smirnov and Evgeny Gurchenko – lawyers with an iron grip in defence, thorough knowledge of law, the ability to analyse a huge layer of legislation in the shortest possible time and build a win-win strategy. In court they are like sharks: the arguments of the opponents have no chance of survival.’

‘Vera Richterman is a brilliant expert who combines professional knowledge and the ability to understand the client.’

‘Tatyana Neveeva has an outstanding ability to accurately and simply state the most complex legal position.’

Key clients

Northern Capital Gateway Consortium

Central Telegraph

Bank St. Petersburg

Russia > Employment Tier 1

At Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, practice head Anna Ivanova  is a key name for complex HR matters; as well as providing general labour advice, Ivanova is particularly experienced in dealing with issues concerning employee disciplinary actions and subsequent employment terminations. St Petersburg-based of counsel Elena Agaeva is another key member of the team, as is recently promoted senior associate Elena Kvartnikova. The latter frequently advises clients on matters relating to the processing of personal data, particularly in instances which involve a cross-border element.

Practice head(s):

Anna Ivanova

Other key lawyers:


‘Experienced lawyers who always work in close contact with the client.’

‘High qualifications, extensive experience.’

‘The lawyers are not only highly skilled and specialised in their areas of expertise but this expertise is coupled with excellent client care, knowledge and attention to detail in respect of the business needs of their clients.’

‘Elena Agaeva is technically excellent and shows a deep understanding not only of her specialised areas of the law but also really understands her clients’ needs and goals.’

‘The main strength of the Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Labour Law Practice, which distinguishes this team from others, is the speed of providing consultations and preparing documents at the client’s request while maintaining a consistently high quality of services provided. The lawyers of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Labour Law Practice are well acquainted with the current law enforcement practice in the relevant areas, which allows them to promptly advise clients and give clear answers, without imposing “hidden” additional services on them.’

‘We value the competence and high speed of work.’

‘Practitioners answer not only formally as it should be according to the law in a broad sense, but clarify the essence of the problem and are always happy to answer additional questions. Their strength lies in good communication, when working on questions from us as a customer.’

Russia > Intellectual property Tier 1

The team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provides comprehensive advice on the full range of matters relating to the registration, transfer and use of intellectual property. Contentious work is also an area of strength for the group, which comprises a large number of registered patent and trade mark attorneys, including 'experienced team leadPavel Sadovsky and deputy practice head Irina KosovskayaMaxim Burda, who was recently promoted to senior associate, is noted for his proficiency in advising on the administrative protection of IP assets, particularly from piracy, counterfeiting and cybersquatting.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Sadovsky

Other key lawyers:


‘Good understanding of international needs and the Russian legal environment.’

‘The team is easily accessible and involved. Pavel Sadovsky is an experienced team lead, Maxim Burda is very knowledgeable and committed.’

‘They are very practical, they fight for the client and the result and do not give up. Excellent forensic work.’

‘The EPAM team are leaders in Russia. They have an excellent team and specialists, which allows them to be constantly involved in various projects, gain experience and improve their skills. The EPAM lawyers have excellent educations and are well aware of changes in legislation. They have excellent connections with specialists throughout Russia, which helps a lot in working on large projects, where you need to act in several directions and do business in specific areas.’

‘Pavel Sadovsky is an outstanding lawyer who always finds optimal solutions to problems. The strategies he suggests show good results. He is familiar with Russian legislation, the judicial system and the specifics of the regulation of intellectual property rights. Pavel is an IP expert with fresh ideas and deep practical skills. He is always ready to share his valuable knowledge. I can also recommend Irina Kosovskaya, she is very smart and has extensive knowledge. It is comfortable to work with her. Irina is attentive to the needs of clients, is proactive and has extensive experience in resolving intellectual property issues.’

‘Pavel Sadovsky is an excellent professional who is distinguished by intelligence, excellent knowledge of the practice area, knowledge of all aspects of the case, commitment, accuracy, pragmatism, and the ability to critically look at the situation. Irina Kosovskaya is a creative specialist with the highest level of professionalism. An excellent practitioner, well versed in practical aspects, with excellent writing skills and reasoning of position, as well as a calm, confident and reasoned manner in court.’

‘We instructed EPAM as we were sure that its skilled IP practice would excellently handle our contentious matter. EPAM has already resolved numerous issues for us.’

‘Pavel Sadovsky is a very pleasant lawyer with an excellent reputation. Pavel combines excellent knowledge of theory with a wide practice. He has extensive experience in counselling on intellectual property issues. He is flexible and proactive.’

Key clients


Orion Corporation

AKVA Investments

Russia > Private client Tier 1

Equity capital distribution matters, including company appraisals and non-property rights issues, form a core part of the practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. Away from capital structuring, the team also advises on real estate acquisition, immigration and dual residency issues, succession planning and divorce proceedings. For tax-related mandates, Sergey Kalinin, who recently made partner, is the name to note, while Denis Arkhipov is the key contact for private asset ownership mandates, both in Russia and internationally. Newly promoted counsels Denis Golubev and Oleg Bouiko are also recommended. Away from the Moscow office, clients highlight managing partner Ivan Smirnov and counsel Evgeny Gurchenko, both based in St Petersburg. Senior associate Evgeniya Fedoreeva is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Kalinin; Denis Arkhipov


‘Very client-friendly team characterised by attention to detail and strong technical skills.’

‘Prompt and quick service always supported with technical arguments.’

‘Private client cases tend to be the most sensitive and therefore require a client-centred attitude and attentiveness to details. The team is nimble and well-experienced in these aspects and is always ready to defend the client. They’re very experienced especially in personal liability of stakeholders and top-manager cases, particularly in subsidiary liability disputes. They act in the most expensive and comprehensive disputes in Russian history in this sphere.’

‘The team is distinguished by its great judgement, efficiency at court and unprecedented victories. That’s thanks to Ivan Smirnov’s and Evgeny Gurchenko’s endeavours, and their result-oriented and business-like approach. Ivan is one of the most seasoned and experienced attorneys. He is thoughtful, commercial and he’s really able to get things done when others can’t. He is so calm and collected while being incredibly experienced and knowledgeable. Extraordinarily persuasive and smart Evgeny Gurchenko is a great dealmaker and always sees the endgame in advance which helps to adapt the strategy and win. He thinks like a business person and knows how to get a transaction done. He never lets us down and does his best to defend us.’

‘The case that I brought to the lawyers was in an extremely neglected and deplorable state – almost hopeless. Many law firms refused to take part in the resolution of mistakes already made by other colleagues. But this firm agreed and very professionally resolved the previous mistakes into strengths by finding the necessary arguments.’

‘EPAM lawyers are distinguished by their deep expertise, innovative approaches and, as a result, high performance, even in complex projects.’

‘Ivan Smirnov is a highly professional person, who impressed by his honest approach to doing business. He does not give false hopes. He leads and directs the team superbly. Evgeny Gurchenko deserves complete trust as a classy legal specialist and high-level manager. He has excellent erudition, understands both the specifics of the profile business and the approaches and specifics of the clients. We are pleased with the results, attention to the entire set of factors and details, the proposed approaches and solutions that give effective results.’

Key clients

Ex-owners of the former second largest air carrier in Russia Transaero

Russia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The sizeable department at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has ‘the experience and talent to add invaluable assistance to any dispute’ and stands out for ‘its great judgement, efficiency in court, and its unprecedented victories’. Indeed, the team’s primary strength lies in the area of insolvency litigation – this is also reflected in the expertise of litigation practice head Valery Eremenko, who ‘can lead any difficult case to a successful result’. The department acts for a mix of private clients, as well as large companies active in the banking, transportation, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing sectors, among others. Counsel Evgeny Gurchenko leads the St. Petersburg-based litigation group and is recommended by clients as ‘a true professional; a smart and far-sighted strategist’. Denis Arkhipov and recently promoted partner Vera Rikhterman are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Valery Eremenko


‘High-quality feedback; professionalism; immersion in the client’s problems, teamwork.’

‘EPAM stands head and shoulders above any other Russian firm for international disputes. They have the experience and talent to add invaluable assistance to any dispute.’

‘EPAM is known as a major player on the Russian legal market in any kind of dispute resolution. Bankruptcy and restructuring issues requiring dispute resolution are not an exception either. Over the years, EPAM has gained reputation in bankruptcy matters. Clients turn to EPAM because they are confident that they will receive high-quality services, the lawyers will devote enough time and full attention to each client, and propose several ways of resolving the matter.’

‘This is a go-to practice for resolving the most complicated and precedent-setting bankruptcy disputes. A reliable and highly qualified team with deep expertise, high success rate and flawless service.’

‘We work with Evgeny Gurchenko and his team. They are a very reliable team that can win the most difficult bankruptcy dispute in a short time. I would like to mention their oratorical skills, fundamental knowledge of the law, resourcefulness and ingenuity. Evgeny has established himself as a true professional, smart and far-sighted strategist.’

‘The team is distinguished by its great judgement, efficiency in court, and its unprecedented victories. Extraordinarily persuasive and smart, Evgeny Gurchenko is also a great dealmaker.’

‘Vera Rikhterman is a brilliant lawyer who can find a solution to any non-standard situation. We value her work in bankruptcy and litigation cases, as such cases demand professionalism and total commitment to the client.’

Key clients



Russia > White-collar crime Tier 1

The offering at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has greatly increased in strength since the recent arrival of well-regarded practitioner Konstantin Tretyakov, along with a team consisting of senior associate Konstantin Elfimov and associate Maria Kilesso, from Dentons. Tretyakov's 'expertise in criminal law is outstanding', and he is singled out for his 'ability to find solutions in uneasy circumstances'. Other key contacts in Moscow include practice head Viсtoria Burkovskaya and counsel Andrey Bastrakov. In St Petersburg, senior associate Andrey Tuzov is the key figure. The firm is known for 'defending the interests of clients in any complicated and non-standard situations', at all stages of the criminal litigation process.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Burkovskaya


‘I think the WCC team of EPAM stands out for its professionalism, integrity and impressive practical experience in defending the interests of clients in any complicated and non-standard situations.’

‘Konstantin Tretyakov is very knowledgeable and responsive. To my mind, his expertise in criminal law is outstanding.’

‘They react quickly, are deeply immersed in the client’s problem, are ready to communicate at any time.’

‘Andrey Tuzov is a high-level professional, able to describe the situation in a language accessible to a non-lawyer and propose solutions.’

‘EPAM stands out for the team’s ability to advise on the full array of legal matters. They offered us an expert in criminal law and the level of the services was very high. Our case was complicated, and they did solve it very beneficially for us.’

‘Konstantin Tretyakov dealt with our case and acted as the criminal defence attorney. I was impressed by his experience and ability to find solutions in uneasy circumstances.’

‘Unconditional market leaders, combining practical experience and excellent knowledge of law and judicial practice, which allows you to solve the most complex and intricate problems.’

‘Konstantin Tretyakov is a highly qualified lawyer with personal experience on both the prosecution and defence side, which allows him to understand the situation from the inside and determine the most effective defence strategy. Maria Kilesso carefully defends the interests of the client.’

Key clients

Peterburgsky Traktorny Zavod (Kirovsky Zavod Group)

Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&A: Moscow Tier 2

Rated for its unique business-oriented mentality’, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ lawyers are adept at handling large-scale domestic M&A and joint venture transactions, as well as regulatory matters. Particular sectors of focus include the energy, mining, financial services and real estate industries. US-qualified Arkady Krasnikhin and Dimitry Afanasiev jointly lead the department. Dividing her time between Kiev and Moscow, European desk head Ilona Zekely is recommended by clients alongside St. Petersburg-based counsel Elena Agaeva.

Practice head(s):

Arkady Krasnikhin; Dimitry Afanasiev

Other key lawyers:

Ilona Zekely; Elena Agaeva; Alexander Mandzhiev; Daria Ilyina


‘Pragmatic approach to due diligence. High availability.’

‘Ilona Zekely and St. Petersburg-based counsel Elena Agaeva have been very proactive in assisting us, guiding us through the specifics of Russian law. Truly valuable assistance.’

‘We have received exceptional services from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, the quality of their deliverables has been outstanding from a legal perspective. They also have a unique business-oriented mentality that has helped us overcome obstacles and has make us feel comfortable when trying to understand the complexity of Russian law and the country’s regulatory framework. From our perspective, what makes Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners different from other law firms is that they really get involved in the transaction and know what is best for the company, not only from the legal standpoint, but also bearing in mind how to improve the client’s overall business.’

‘We have been working mostly with Arkady Krasnikhin and his team. Arkady is a very reliable expert who can gets things done.

Key clients

Uzhuralzoloto Group

Russia > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is recognised for its dispute resolution strength, which it utilises in disputes relating to the implementation and other stages of construction projects. The practice is also active on the transactional front, where it conducts due diligence and advises on construction contracts and structuring transactions. Elena Gavrilina heads up the national real estate group, while counsel Olga Mischenko leads the department in St. Petersburg. Counsel Anton Alekseev and senior associate Yuri Nadezhin are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Elena Gavrilina


‘A strong team that can solve complex issues, taking into account all possible risks and consequences. Recommendations for action are always accurate and timely, based on available jurisprudence.’

‘A team of professionals, responds promptly to requests by clients.’

Key clients

Professional Investments Management Company

Russia > Tax Tier 2

The tax specialists at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners garner praise for their ‘excellent client care, knowledge and attention to detail’. The practice has particular expertise regarding international taxation issues arising in the context of cross-border transactions. Of late, the team is also increasingly being instructed by high-net-worth individuals on private wealth tax issues. Recently promoted partner Sergey Kalinin heads up the department and has additional experience handling tax disputes. Senior associate Ekaterina Roletr and associate Anastasia Berman are also key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Kalinin

Other key lawyers:


‘The attorneys are not only highly skilled and specialised in their areas of expertise, but they also show excellent client care, knowledge and attention to detail in respect of the business needs of their clients.’

Russia > TMT Tier 2

The team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is equally proficient in both contentious and advisory TMT work, and is noted for its 'good grasp of not just the letter of the law but also how it is applied in practice'. On the litigious side, the group frequently represents clients in libel suits and advertising law disputes, working closely with public patent authorities and antitrust agencies. Practice head Pavel Sadovsky is singled out for 'his attention to detail in complex TMT projects', and senior associate Maxim Burda is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Sadovsky

Other key lawyers:


‘The practice has proven itself in the management of TMT Projects. With its expertise in the field of both extrajudicial and (especially) judicial work, the practice successfully carries out large complex projects.’

‘Pavel Sadovsky is a recognized and respected lawyer in the field of IP and TMT with tremendous experience in managing complex and significant projects. His qualities: a balanced approach to the needs of the clients, and his attention to detail in complex TMT projects.’

‘Highly experienced in telecoms law matters, excellent market overview, thorough understanding of telecoms regulation in the field of M2M communication/connected car services.’

‘Pavel Sadovsky, great to work with, high expertise in telecoms law issues, always sound and thorough work.’

‘A strong, responsive team, with a good grasp of not just the letter of the law but also how it is applied in practice.’

Russia > Transport Tier 2

Recently promoted counsel Alexey Karchiomov, who heads up the maritime and transport practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, is noted for his wide-ranging knowledge of shipping law. As well as advising on the full gamut of maritime issues, including ship construction, purchase and sale, bill of lading and charter party disputes, and ship arrest and release, Karchiomov has recently been involved with Covid-related work, such as co-ordinating with state authorities of the Russian Federation and the EAEU member countries to ensure the free movement of drivers and freight vehicles across the borders of states.

Practice head(s):

Alexey Karchiomov


‘The team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners are always on hand to answer any of my questions, no matter how large or small. I have an excellent rapport with the team.’

‘Although they address the main issues, they also make sure to give additional details.’

‘Fast response to inquiries, clear and understandable comments and recommendations. Offers several solutions.’

‘Willingness to provide assistance at any time, quick coordination of necessary actions.’

Key clients


Northern Capital Gateway Consortium

State Transport Leasing Company

Russia > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has expertise in syndicated lending and project finance work. Singled out as ‘a highly respectable and well-known banking and finance lawyer’, Dmitriy Glazounov heads up the practice and is a key contact for securitisation work. Counsel Oleg Ushakov and senior associate Vladimir Goglachev are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Dmitriy Glazounov

Other key lawyers:

Oleg Ushakov; Roman Malovitsky; Vladimir Goglachev


‘All attorneys we worked with were extremely client-oriented and professional.’

‘Dmitriy Glazounov, Oleg Ushakov and Vladimir Goglachev are vivid personalities. Dmitriy is a highly respectable and well-known banking and finance lawyer. Oleg backs Dmitriy and is a good project manager manager; he is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and a goal-setter. Vladimir Goglachev is very flexible and responsive; he has the ability always find a solution to a problem. ’

‘EPAM supports prominent banks in numerous deals, some of them related to securitisation.’

‘Dmitriy Glazounov is a brilliant manager. He has a systematic approach and provides only high-quality results. He clearly understands the tasks and properly delegates them, but keeps control over the whole project. Personal involvement is a key of success, and Dmitriy is the partner who personally controls the process. Counsel Oleg Ushakov is another great team member; he is attentive to clients.’

Key clients


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

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has a notable strength in financial regulation, where it maintains a close relationship with the regulator, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. The group has additional expertise in project financing and acquisition matters, which are areas of specialism for Arkady Krasnikhin. Clients laud practice head Dmitriy Glazounov as ‘a brilliant manager’. Counsels Oleg Ushakov and Roman Malovitsky are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Dmitriy Glazounov

Other key lawyers:


‘EPAM supports prominent banks in numerous deals. EPAM often assists banks in improving their capital ratio, through attracting capital and thus enabling banks to increase lending. EPAM easily copes with various transactions related to securitization. The Banking and Finance team was the first who implemented nearly all projects based on newly adopted legislation. It seems that EPAM can resolve any issue.’

‘Dmitriy Glazounov is a brilliant manager. He has a systematic approach and provides only high-quality results. He clearly understands the tasks and properly delegates them, but keeps control over the whole project. Oleg Ushakov is another great team member – he is attentive to clients.’

Stability, confidence and knowledge – these three words best characterize EPAM’s practice. The team provides high-quality service; their approach is well-structured and organized. EPAM always offers options that really work. It is especially well-versed in banking regulation, which is essential for any bank.

Russia > PPP and infrastructure projects Tier 4

The team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners handles a wide range of advisory matters, including evaluation of the state of existing infrastructure, risk management assessments and drafting of relevant documentation. Elena Gavrilina takes the lead in Moscow. St Petersburg-based counsel Olga Mischenko is another name to note; she has extensive experience of conducting due diligence on real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Elena Gavrilina; Olga Mischenko

Russia > Energy and natural resources Tier 5

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners fields a dual offering; the energy team has a strong focus on the electrical energy and power sub-sector, while the environmental and technical regulations group advises on the use and protection of natural resources. Moscow-based Taras Rabko oversees both practices, supported by recently promoted counsel Sergey Ustalov and senior associate Anastasiya BoytsovaIvan Smirnov is the key contact in St Petersburg.

Practice head(s):

Taras Rabko


‘Diversified competencies of specialists, extensive experience gained in previous places of work.’

‘Anastasia Boytsova has deep knowledge of the work, extensive experience, the ability to create excellent conditions.’

Key clients

Northern Capital Gateway Consortium (St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport Management Company)

Founded in 1993, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is the leading full-service law firm in the CIS with offices in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and associated offices in the UK, the USA and Cyprus.

We advise our clients in many areas of law, including: dispute resolution in Russia and abroad, corporate law, M&A, antitrust issues, project finance and PPP, restructurings and insolvencies, energy and natural resources, property management and privatization, environment, technical regulation and industrial safety, banking and finance, intellectual property, criminal law, real estate and construction, taxation, family and labour disputes, marine and transport law, and international trade and customs.

We combine high academic qualifications, international best practice, senior partners’ professional experience and the keen knowledge of our younger attorneys to provide clients with first-class service.

Department Name Email Telephone
Moscow +7 (495) 935 8010
St. Petersburg +7 (812) 322 9681
Photo Name Position Profile
 Elena Agaeva  photo Elena Agaeva Counsel, Head of the M&A and Corporate Practice in St. Petersburg
 Denis Arkhipov  photo Denis Arkhipov Partner, Co-Head of Litigation Practice
 Andrey Bastrakov  photo Andrey Bastrakov Counsel
 Oleg Bouiko  photo Oleg Bouiko Counsel
 Maxim Burda  photo Maxim Burda Senior Associate
 Viсtoria Burkovskaya  photo Viсtoria Burkovskaya Head of White Collar Crime Practice
 Valery Eremenko  photo Valery Eremenko Co-Head of Litigation Practice
 Evgeniya Fedoreeva  photo Evgeniya Fedoreeva Senior Associate
 Dmitriy Glazounov  photo Dmitriy Glazounov Head of the Banking & Finance and Capital Markets Practice
 Denis Golubev  photo Denis Golubev Counsel
 Evgeny Gurchenko photo Evgeny Gurchenko Counsel, Head of Litigation Practice (St. Petersburg)
 Anna Ivanova  photo Anna Ivanova Head of the Employment Law Practice
 Sergey Kalinin  photo Sergey Kalinin Partner, Head of the Tax Practice
 Natalia Korosteleva  photo Natalia Korosteleva Head of Competition Law Practice
 Irina Kosovskaya photo Irina Kosovskaya Counsel, Deputy Head of Intellectual Property / TMT Practice
 Arkady Krasnikhin  photo Arkady Krasnikhin Head of the M&A and Corporate Practice
 Elena Kvartnikova photo Elena Kvartnikova Associate
 Roman Malovitsky  photo Roman Malovitsky Counsel
 Andrey Mashkovtsev  photo Andrey Mashkovtsev Partner
 Olga Mischenko photo Olga Mischenko Counsel, Head of the Real Estate, Construction and PPP in St. Petersburg
 Tatyana Neveeva photo Tatyana Neveeva Counsel
 Anna Numerova  photo Anna Numerova Partner
 Evgeny Raschevsky  photo Evgeny Raschevsky Partner, Co-Head of International Arbitration and Litigation Practice
 Vera Rikhterman  photo Vera Rikhterman Partner
 Pavel Sadovsky  photo Pavel Sadovsky Partner, Head of Intellectual Property / TMT Practice
 Ivan Smirnov photo Ivan Smirnov Managing Partner of the St. Petersburg office
 Konstantin Tretyakov photo Konstantin Tretyakov Partner
 Andrey Tuzov photo Andrey Tuzov Counsel
: 250+ associates and attorneys
International Chamber of Commerce – World Business Organisation (Russia) (ICC)
Lex Mundi member for Russia
International Bar Association (IBA)
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
Association of European Businesses (AEB)
American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham Russia)
Deutsch-Russische Auslandshandelskammer (AHK)

The Higher School of Economics Launches a Foundation Department with Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

The Law Faculty of the Higher School of Economics, a leading center for legal education in Russia and abroad, announces the opening of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners' foundation department.


The 12th Lawyer European Awards, celebrating excellence across the European legal market, took place on 1st December 2021. Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners was once again awarded Law Firm of the Year Russia and the CIS, confirming its local and international standing.