Firm Profile > Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners > Moscow, Russia
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Offices
21, 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Str.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners > The Legal 500 Rankings
Capital markets Tier 1
Headed up by ‘highly renowned expert’ Dmitriy Glazounov, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is recognised in the market for its ability to handle the full range of complex capital markets transactions. Described as ‘Glazounov’s capable right hand’, recently promoted counsel Oleg Ushakov is experienced in handling projects involving the issuance of bonds and shares, IPOs and securitisation matters. Senior associate Vladimir Goglachev is also singled out.
‘A great team of professionals‘
‘I have only good impressions of the services which EPAM renders: the team is client-oriented; it has both international and domestic experience and access to the expertise of other competent departments, where needed; lawyers have a deep understanding of the trends and tendencies on the market and have a good relationship with the regulators.‘
‘Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ team members know their business and deserve high praise. They implement pioneering projects and represent clients in cross-border loan and security transactions, transactions involving bonds in both primary and secondary markets, securitization, and others.‘
‘Dmitry Glazounov deserves to be singled out as standout team manager and law expert. He is also a sagacious and sharp advocate. Dmitry’s team includes intelligent and hardworking lawyers such as Oleg Ushakov and Vladimir Goglachev, always available for any urgent issue that may appear, even if this extends beyond standard working hours.‘
‘Dmitry Glazounov and Oleg Ushakov are enthusiastic, helpful, supportive and precise.‘
Elena Agaeva leads Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners ’ corporate department in St. Petersburg, which advises a client base of primarily international companies. The group advises on the full range of corporate work including issues relating to M&A deals and corporate structures, and handles the related employment and data protection mandates. The team has also been notably active advising on the newly adopted capital amnesty programme. Senior associate Evgenia Evdokimova has expertise in contract law; associate Elena Kvartnikova is another key name to note.
‘Great understanding of the client’s needs, quick response, great professional skills, and out-of-the-box thinking.‘
‘Experienced professionals which get the job done quickly and provide top-notch advice.‘
‘This is a team of lawyers which has the ability to cover the most complicated, multi-jurisdictional matters as well as matters with a regulatory element that other law firms cannot cope with.‘
‘Practice head Elena Agaeva leads a team which works as accurately and precisely as a Swiss watch.‘
‘It is a pleasure to work with Elena Agaeva – she is very supportive and always focused on the task I have to solve.‘
‘Client-oriented, open-minded and clear, Elena Agaeva is a unique lawyer who specialises in a wide range of corporate law issues.‘
EDS Group AS
Competition Tier 1
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has a substantial, full-service competition practice, which is led by ‘merger control star’ Natalia Korosteleva. Alongside its strong track record in obtaining merger clearances and providing compliance advice, the team is also well versed in competition litigation, which is a key area of expertise for seasoned practitioner Anna Numerova. Recently promoted partner Evgeny Bolshakov, counsel Maria Kobanenko and senior associate Elena Kazak are also noted. Senior associate Anna Arutyunyan joined from Antitrust Advisory in 2019.
‘The practice has a strength in breadth and depth, and lawyers are also very well-connected.‘
‘Senior associate Elana Kazak has been very helpful in our last deals; she is very responsive and adopts a hands-on approach to handling issues.’
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ international arbitration department attracts praise for its ‘proactive and highly commercial approach’. The team handles investment treaty and commercial arbitration proceedings, and team members have experience in cross-border matters across a variety of arbitration forums, including the Moscow-based International Commercial Arbitration Court, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the London Court of International Arbitration. The group’s work spans a wide range of industries including the marine, transport and construction sectors. The ‘intelligent, committed and focused’ Evgeny Raschevsky leads the department. Recently promoted counsel Victor Radnaev. Dmitry Dyakin and Vladimir Pestrikov left the firm in 2020.
‘Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ team is excellent. It is very knowledgeable about the law, very diligent, and exercises great judgment and strategic sense.‘
‘Fantastic understanding of international litigation and arbitration, coupled with in-depth knowledge amongst lawyers across all levels‘
‘The team stands out for its excellent knowledge of international arbitration, its great contacts at the Bar in London and other law firms, and its unique insight into the Russian market. Overall, this is a first-class team of highly intelligent and hardworking lawyers.‘
‘Very commercial, proactive and well-connected – the best law firm in Russia by far for any form of commercial dispute. The partners are fully on board with disputes and do not simply leave issues to associates.‘
‘Exceptional practical skills utilised in handling arbitration cases, such as choosing the winning strategy, as well as managing and responding to excessive documents produced by the opponent‘
The Federal Agency for State Property Management
‘The team is superbly professional, proactive, creative and client-oriented; it always demonstrates perseverance and perfect commercial knowledge across multiple industries. All team members, including the associates, have excellent rhetorical skills.‘
‘Some clients treat the team as their last hope. That is why we hired Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners and it successfully represented our interests in litigation proceedings. The firm’s dispute resolution lawyers have remarkable professional instincts, they are attentive to details, and thoroughly review everything concerning a matter. They build up comprehensive and innovative, yet efficient strategies, which lead to outstanding results.‘
‘EPAM is one of the few firms on the market that has such diversified capacities and expertise in the resolution of all types of disputes.‘
‘Lawyers’ unique litigation expertise is reinforced by their sector-specific knowledge in sectors such as IP, shipping, transport, customs, real estate, and multiple others.‘
‘We collaborated with Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners in St. Petersburg. We are convinced that the team has the best experience in this region, particularly in the field of transport.‘
‘Valery Eremenko is a very skilled and well-connected lawyer — this presents him with the opportunity to come up with more creative solutions while remaining able to see the bigger picture. He is a true strategist aiming at winning the war, not just a particular battle.‘
‘Evgeny Gurchenko is a remarkable lawyer with a lot of charisma. Evgeny is highly skilled in litigation, having a flawless reputation on the market due to his creativity, dedication and bags of experience.‘
‘Vera Rikhterman demonstrates absolute professionalism and brilliance in working on the most complex matters.‘
Northern Capital Gateway Consortium
Intellectual property Tier 1
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is noted for its 'great knowledge of the industry and great connections all over Russia' and is a 'go-to firm' for global brands, technology companies and pharmaceutical clients for the full range of IP matters, from the registration of IP rights and patents to the commercialisation of IP, licensing and trade mark prosecution. The team also handles advertising law disputes, particularly those related to the infringement of IP rights, confidentiality issues and violation of cryptographic services laws. Trade mark and patent attorney Pavel Sadovsky heads the team and focuses on enforcement, transactional IP and data protection. Irina Kosovskaya is a 'perfect match' for litigation with the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent), acting for Russian and international clients in the field of trade marks, industrial design, technology and software. Other key figures include associate Maxim Burda, who is recommended for IP protection from piracy, counterfeiting and cybersquatting. Dmitry Dyakin left the firm in 2020.
‘The company is one of the leading law firms in the Russian market, is highly rated and is specialised in the relevant fields of law. The team’s strengths are professionalism, attention to detail and quality.’
‘Always ready to assist. Always offer a few alternative strategies with a detailed description of every course of action. Great knowledge of the industry and great connections all over Russia. If evidence has to be collected fast, they definitely are the go-to team.’
‘Pavel Sadovsky and Irina Kosovskay make a formidable team. Pavel Sadovsky has extensive experience in counselling on intellectual property issues; he is flexible and proactive. Irina Kosovskaya is a professional with excellent industry knowledge, a result-driven person.’
‘Irina Kosovskaya is a perfect match if you are looking for a disputes attorney for court or Rospatent matters. She is calm, self-assured, smart and always finds a way to win. She never gives promises she cannot keep and can be relied upon in complex issues’
Boslita (CORA S.P.A.)
Petersburgsky Traktorny Zavod
Private client Tier 1
The team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is highly recommended for its 'depth of knowledge and experience across all areas of private client practice'. Denis Arkhipov has significant experience in structuring business and private asset ownership in Russia and abroad, the establishment of personal holding structures, and family law matters. On the contentious side, he also represents clients in the settlement of family disputes, including divorce and division of marital property. Tax specialist Sergey Kalinin and senior associates Oleg Bouiko, Evgeniya Fedoreeva and Denis Golubev are also of note.
‘The practice is very professional, reliable, strategic, efficient and result-oriented. They provide win-win decisions in complex, sensitive personal cases, including personal insolvency and family and inheritance law matters. The lawyers are the best litigators on the market and their clients can be confident that their personal assets have been reliable defended.’
‘Depth of knowledge and experience across all areas of private client practice. The ability to provide plain English advice with clear road maps and action points.’
‘Evgenia Fedoreeva is responsive, dedicated and precise. She keeps in touch constantly about all the available options. She is able to discuss diverse topics in a very clear and result-oriented manner.’
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ bankruptcy and restructuring department is led by Valery Eremenko from the Moscow office. Clients and peers praise the group’s traditional strength in bankruptcy litigation; the team is also well versed in non-contentious issues and draws on the expertise of the firm’s M&A practice for issues concerning distressed assets and financial rehabilitation. Ivan Smirnov is a seasoned bankruptcy litigator and manages the St. Petersburg office, where he works closely with recently promoted counsel Evgeny Gurchenko. Dimitry Afanasiev and Denis Arkhipov are also noteworthy individuals in the Moscow-based group. Dmitry Dyakin left the firm in 2020.
‘Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ lawyers have remarkable professional instincts and are attentive to details. They thoroughly review everything, build efficient strategies, and achieve outstanding results.‘
‘In Russia, bankruptcy and insolvency issues are closely linked to litigation. That is why we chose Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners to represent our interests. Lawyers demonstrate perseverance, excellent rhetorical skills, and a fantastic high level of commercial awareness.‘
‘This is a top-notch firm for restructuring and insolvency cases. Team members act both for creditors and debtors and particularly excel in cases regarding subsidiary liability. Clients benefit from their deep knowledge of the law, superb performance in courts, and high efficiency.‘
‘St. Petersburg-based counsel Evgeny Gurchenko is distinguished by his foresight, strategic thinking, impeccable knowledge and highly commercial approach. He successfully handles the most complex bankruptcy cases.‘
‘Ivan Smirnov and counsel Evgeny Gurchenko are experienced practitioners with both litigation and transactional expertise.‘
‘Ivan Smirnov is uniquely intelligent and enjoys a strong reputation in litigation. Ivan understands exactly what is going to lead to winning a case and makes sure the client sticks to the agreed plan.‘
IQG Asset Management
White-collar crime Tier 1‘Amazing leader’ Viсtoria Burkovskaya heads up Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ dedicated white-collar crime department, which is praised by clients for ‘its practical approach and successful strategy’ during investigations. The team focuses on all aspects of criminal litigation and regulatory enforcement, and has significant cross-border experience, which includes matters involving Interpol. Counsel Andrey Bastrakov and senior associate Svetlana Chirkova are also noted. In 2020, the team considerably strengthened its capabilities through the appointment of Dentons' former practice head Konstantin Tretyakov, who has experience acting as prosecution and defence counsel in fraud, money laundering, bribery and tax cases; and senior associate Konstantin Elfimov. Tatyana Nozhkin left the firm in 2020.
‘Top professionals in white-collar crime. It is one of the best law firms we have ever cooperated with, particularly in terms of bringing results.‘
‘Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is definitely unique due to its client-focused and highly experienced team. I can trust the white-collar crime team with the most complex cases and sensitive issues. The team always displays excellent service and pragmatic approach in terms of timing and meeting our the most exigent demands.‘
‘The team is at the forefront of criminal defence of business, having worked on some of the most high-profile criminal cases in Russia. The highest skill and professionalism of lawyers in the team is confirmed by the success which they achieve in very complex and complicated criminal litigation disputes involving a number of jurisdictions.‘
‘The core benefit in comparison to other firms is the firm’s superb team of lawyers, who easily handle the toughest cases, availability and engagement.‘
‘The practice successfully combines perfect theoretical knowledge, wealth of experience, and innovative approaches, which makes it the best choice for solving seemingly unsolvable situations. Team members specialise in criminal defence in all kinds of economic offences and provide comprehensive pre-criminal compliance. I recommend the team to in-house peers demanding a turn-key touch, in-depth immersion into the problem, and a catch-all strategy minimising possible risks.‘
‘Tenacious, hard-working and tactically very astute, senior associate Svetlana Chirkova is always willing to explore creative solutions with the client. Svetlana is clearly passionate about what she does, and is highly capable and approachable.‘
‘Konstantin Tretyakov and Konstantin Elfimov are excellent specialists with extensive experience in handling major criminal proceedings. Their knowledge of criminal law and procedure and their unrivalled experience allow them to build a competent client defence. As a result of the highly professional approach of Konstantin Elfimov, excellent results were achieved in my case.‘
‘Konstantin Tretyakov is a very experienced and respected advocate. I consider him invaluable as a defence attorney.‘
At Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, the ’impressive’ Dmitriy Glazounov heads up the banking and finance practice, which benefits from its strong relationship with the Russian financial markets regulator, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. The department also has notable strength in complex financing transactions. Clients recommend counsel Roman Malovitsky for project finance and syndicated loan work, and recently promoted counsel Oleg Ushakov is an expert in capital market transactions and project finance mandates.
‘Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev and Partners is known as a solid and respectful law firm. It stands out for the breadth of its high-quality legal services, its highly educated specialists, and its efficient project management structure.‘
‘The team set up by Dmitriy Glazounov has a lot of advantages — vast experience, a hands-on approach, and a can-do attitude.‘
‘Strong experience and work background are key factors for the practice. Dmitriy Glazounov combines both. Dmitriy has unique experience, having previously worked at the Federal Commission for the Securities Market of Russia, which is why he knows the Russian securities market inside and out. Such knowledge is a great advantage and a good supplement for successful project leading, and Dmitry has proved it during our joint projects.‘
‘Dmitry Glazounov is an amazing team leader, a much respected lawyer and a bright legal practitioner. His approach is pragmatic and his determination to resolve issues for clients is outstanding.‘
‘A very promising lawyer, counsel Oleg Ushakov is diligent, with great analytical skills and creativity. I am sure he is promising lawyer. He has impressed me with his deep knowledge and practical recommendations.’
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners assists with transactions, particularly relating to project finance and securitisation issues; clients also praise the team's regular interactions with the regulator, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. Department head Dmitriy Glazounov is a recognised name for financial regulation advice, while corporate law specialist Arkady Krasnikhin is licenced to practice in the State of New York and is a key contact for acquisition and project finance instructions. Counsels Roman Malovitsky and Oleg Ushakov are also noteworthy names.
‘The team cooperates with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, which is why it is able to provide insight into any regulatory changes and to get clarifications from this regulatory body faster than anybody else.‘
‘A team of professionals whose advice is always valuable and appropriate.‘
‘Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is able to provide us with legal services across a great variety of practice areas, which is really fantastic, as a client gets everything from one firm, for both national and international work.‘
‘Dmitry Glazounov is a respected lawyer and a bright practitioner, who demonstrates professionalism, responsiveness and reliability.‘
‘My main contact person was counsel Oleg Ushakov, who is particularly great at structuring complex transactions.‘
‘Counsels Roman Molovitsky and Oleg Ushakov are both striking professionals, who are well known in the financial circles.‘
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners attracts strategic corporate and M&A mandates from high-profile domestic and international clients. The group also has substantial strength in shareholder negotiations as part of larger deals, and is a key name in the market for Russian law advice alongside US and UK-related legal issues. Department head Arkady Krasnikhin is dual qualified in Russia and the US, while Robin Wittering stands out for his experience as a barrister and solicitor in the UK. Dividing her time between Kiev and Moscow, Ilona Zekely handles projects for blue-chip clients across the CIS and Europe.
Employment Tier 2
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners' practice head Anna Ivanova has a 'terrific reputation in the market' and 'extensive experience' providing legal assistance on general employment law and HR issues, employee benefits and incentive plans, and immigration law. She also has a successful track record of representing employers in individual and collective labour disputes, including litigation and out-of-court settlements.
‘Anna Ivanova has terrific reputation in the market coupled with extensive experience in a variety of labour matters in Russia. A highly accomplished litigation lawyer.’
Retail Insight Limited
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners acts on high-value transactions relating to commercial and residential property, which is a key area of expertise for Moscow-based national real estate group leader Elena Gavrilina. The team also handles large-scale construction projects for a client base of architectural, engineering and construction companies. Managing partner Ivan Smirnov heads up the St. Petersburg practice and is a standout practitioner in the contentious real estate and construction space. Counsel Olga Mischenko is also a key contact in St. Petersburg. Counsel Andrey Bashirov departed in 2019.
Tax Tier 2
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners attracts private and corporate clients seeking assistance with matters spanning restructuring issues, tax planning and tax risk management. The department handles the tax aspects of large-scale projects, and acts alongside the firm’s private client, banking and finance, dispute resolution and corporate teams. Recently promoted partner Sergey Kalinin heads up the practice and assists with Russian and international contentious and non-contentious tax issues. Senior associate Ekaterina Roletr is also recommended. In 2020, the practice strengthened its international taxation expertise with the recruitment of counsel Igor Schikow, who returned to the group from Dentons.
‘EPAM’s lawyers have excellent knowledge of the law and exercise strict control over complex matters at all times.‘
‘The team understands standard and unique situations equally well; it also puts effort into fully grasping the specifics of each client’s situation and in understanding their business. It helps when clients and lawyers speak the same language and care about resolving the issues at hand.‘
‘The professional approach and the efficient support provided by Sergey Kalinin and senior associate Ekaterina Roletr helped our organisation in taking appropriate management decisions.‘
TMT Tier 2
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has a strong focus on advising TMT clients in relation to personal data protection and cryptographic operations, and also on assisting with any corporate, tax and regulatory compliance issues. On the contentious side, the team represents clients in commercial litigation. Department head Pavel Sadovsky is also a seasoned professional in IP, where he advises on transactional matters and the enforcement of IP rights.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provides full-service corporate and financial support in relation to national, regional and municipal infrastructure projects in the areas of transportation, waste utilities, leisure and public recreation, industrial facilities and healthcare centres. Core areas of expertise include advising on PPP procurement and bidding processes, risk analysis and due diligence, and the drafting of concession and project agreements and all related documentation. Real estate and construction partners Elena Gavrilina and Andrey Vorobyev are the key contacts in the practice.
Transport Tier 3
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provides 'top-notch expertise' in financial, dispute resolution, corporate and project finance matters in the shipping, aviation and rail sectors, including in issues involving seaports and airports. St Petersburg-based senior associate Alexey Karchiomov heads the maritime and transportation practice, advising on a range of issues including ship construction, acquisition and sales, marine insurance, chartering and ship arrests. He is also experienced in international trade and customs regulations.
‘They know everything about transportation, in particular seaport transport infrastructure matters. They are very strong in complicated assignments related to access to railways, the development of railway infrastructure, loading and unloading port operations, the privatisation of seaport berths and railways, trans-shipment of goods, and pricing.’
‘The team stand out beyond their competitors thanks to their very reputable litigation practice, which handles the full scope of transport law matters including corporate, land, antitrust and other regulatory issues. Clients benefit from their diversified team, top-notch expertise, unique experience and business-oriented approach.’
‘The team is well versed in the aviation industry, focusing on restructuring and insolvency and the cross-border bankruptcy of airlines. The team brilliantly handles complicated transport industry matters with a foreign element and achieves great results in court’
Founders and ex-owners of Transaero
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation
Energy and natural resources Tier 5
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has a strong offering in the settlement of disputes and regulatory issues in the energy, oil and gas, and natural resources sectors. The firm has niche expertise in the heat energy sector, regularly assisting in the operations of electricity grid companies and in the sales of energy assets. On the regulatory side, the team is also experienced in advising on environmental issues and compliance with legislation concerning natural resources, subsoil, forest reserves and the continental shelf. Taras Rabko and Ivan Smirnov are the key contacts in the Moscow and St Petersburg offices, respectively.
Solntse Mexico/Mission Foods
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners > Firm Profile
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.
|Elena Agaeva||Counsel, Head of the M&A and Corporate Practice in St. Petersburg||View Profile|
|Denis Arkhipov||Partner||View Profile|
|Andrey Bastrakov||Counsel||View Profile|
|Oleg Bouiko||Counsel||View Profile|
|Maxim Burda||Associate||View Profile|
|Viсtoria Burkovskaya||Head of White Collar Crime Practice||View Profile|
|Valery Eremenko||Co-head of Litigation Practice||View Profile|
|Evgeniya Fedoreeva||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Dmitriy Glazounov||Head of the Banking & Finance and Capital Markets Practice||View Profile|
|Denis Golubev||Counsel||View Profile|
|Anna Ivanova||Head of the Employment Law Practice||View Profile|
|Sergey Kalinin||Partner, Head of the Tax Practice||View Profile|
|Natalia Korosteleva||Head of Competition Law Practice||View Profile|
|Irina Kosovskaya||Counsel, Deputy Head of Intellectual Property / TMT Practice||View Profile|
|Arkady Krasnikhin||Head of the M&A and Corporate Practice||View Profile|
|Roman Malovitsky||Counsel||View Profile|
|Andrey Mashkovtsev||Partner||View Profile|
|Tatyana Neveeva||Counsel||View Profile|
|Anna Numerova||Partner||View Profile|
|Vladimir Pestrikov||Counsel||View Profile|
|Victor Radnaev||Counsel||View Profile|
|Evgeny Raschevsky||Partner, Head of International Arbitration and Litigation Practice||View Profile|
|Vera Rikhterman||Partner||View Profile|
|Pavel Sadovsky||Head of Intellectual Property / TMT Practice||View Profile|
|Oleg Ushakov||Counsel||View Profile|
Staff Figures: 250+ associates and attorneys
MembershipsInternational 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)
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Capital markets
- Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere
- Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation
- Dispute resolution: Litigation
- Intellectual property
- Private client
- Restructuring and insolvency
- White-collar crime