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General Business Law — St Petersburg


Baker McKenzie - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Maxim Kalinin
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading team acting for blue-chip international and domestic corporates from a variety of sectors. Acts on joint ventures and transactions as well as offering complex corporate governance support, including on corporate structuring. Real estate team has practical experience of assisting with the construction of manufacturing premises and also acts on sales and acquisitions of property.

Strengths Sources note the team's pragmatic approach and consistency, stating: "The advice was client-friendly and clear." Another source adds: "The team provides an excellent and consistent level of services."

Work highlights Advised Orkla on selling shares in LandGrand to Pioneer Group.

Acted for Renaissance Construction as general contractor on the construction of a company headquarters in St Petersburg for a major oil and gas company.

Significant clients Four Seasons, Gazprom Neft, Ford, Baltika Brewery, Siemens.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Maxim Kalinin is one of the best-established lawyers in St Petersburg and heads both the corporate and real estate practices. He also offers corporate, transactional and regulatory advice to major international corporates and is also recognised for handling construction issues. "He's very confident in critical situations," a source reports, adding that he is someone "you can lean on."

Counsel Olga Anikina advises on general corporate matters. She is also well recognised for her knowledge of real estate. Sources describe her as "proactive and client-oriented."

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Borenius - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andrei Gusev
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong team assisting international and local clients with a wide range of corporate instructions, often acting for Nordic companies. Handles M&A deals, corporate governance matters, project financing and restructuring. Houses a well-regarded real estate group that assists with transactions and is also active on construction-related topics.

Strengths Sources praise the team's market insight. "They have a very deep understanding of the Russian legal system and Russian business," a client says, adding: "They are quick to understand the specific needs of business."

The dedication of the team is highlighted as an asset. A source describes the team as "very ambitious and eager to satisfy."

Work highlights Advised a large Russian developer on the acquisition of a construction project in St Petersburg.

Assisted an international retailer with establishing shops in St Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

Significant clients Fortum, Kesko, Ølen Betong, ExxonMobil, Servisny Metallotsentr Stami.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Andrei Gusev is a market-leading corporate practitioner. He assists with transactional mandates as well as regulatory issues. "He is pragmatic and responsive," a source confirms.

Maya Petrova is a top-ranked real estate lawyer and also acts on construction matters. She has a strong track record of advising on all aspects of transactions. Sources describe her as "proactive."

Department profile by Borenius

Borenius Russia offers services to Russian and foreign clients in the fields of M&A and corporate law, encompassing all legal aspects of the rapidly changing Russian business environment. We have the comprehensive expertise in every stage of a deal and in-depth understanding of how to get a deal done.

Having headquarters in Helsinki, we combine Nordic manner and business culture with deep knowledge and understanding of Russian law and business environment. Also, Borenius Russia is subject both to Finnish (EU) and Russian regulations on business conduct, ethics and compliance procedures, which entails highest standards of advice and client approach.

The department advises on a wide variety of legal issues, including M&A deals on all project stages, corporate law, commercial contracts, shipping and insurance issues, employment law, antitrust advice. Our projects are located throughout Russia, which makes Borenius Russia a so-called federal player.

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Capital Legal Services International LLC - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Pavel Karpunin
- 2 partners

What the team is known for Well-regarded St Petersburg firm with a strong corporate advisory practice. Assists with corporate structuring, including supporting joint venture deals and establishment in Russia as well as transactions. Clients include internationals with business assets in the North-West region and also advises on broader aspects of operating in Russia.

Work highlights Advised Dutch seller Agro-Invest Brinky on the sale of its Russian business to Charoen Pokphand Foods for USD680 million.

Significant clients Ansaldo Energia, Messe München, Metsä Group, Paroc.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Vladislav Zabrodin is a visible figure on the market, assisting clients with strategic issues on key projects.

Pavel Karpunin advises on corporate, regulatory compliance and transactional matters.

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Castrén & Snellman - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sergei Lee

What the team is known for Well-established Finnish-born firm representing a core client base of Finnish companies. Acts on all manner of corporate mandates, assisting with due diligence, local law advice, transactions and regulatory issues.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Sergei Lee remains an active presence on the market. He frequently acts for Nordic clients active in Russia.

Department profile by Castrén & Snellman

Your Nordic Coach in the Russian Arena.
 
The vast Russian market with its high potential is right next door to the Nordic countries. As your trusted advisor, we are here to help you make the most of this attractive market. We have a proven track record of supporting our clients’ success in Russia since 1994 – Russia is in our DNA. We know the local business environment like the back of our hand, making us the ideal partner to identify and minimise your risks.
 
Whether you are looking to enter, expand or exit, we have the right solutions.

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Dentons - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Victor Naumov
- 5 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent corporate team providing transactional, compliance and day-to-day business support to an array of international and domestic companies. Houses a market-leading real estate team and also has strong specialists with in-depth understanding of the technology sector and related business. Works in close co-operation with the Moscow team and also advises clients with business in the North-West region. Real estate team handles transactions in commercial and industrial real state, predominantly representing large domestic and international companies in M&A and project development.

Strengths Sources appreciate the client-oriented and dedicated approach of the team, describing them as "very well organised and very responsive. The legal advice had to be 24/7 and they were able to provide that."

Another interviewee adds: "They don't offer only legal advice, they give commercial advice as well which is always good."

Work highlights Represented Fortum in the sale of Tobolsk CHP to SIBUR Holding.

Advised Morgal Investments on a sale of land intended for the development of the Planetograd project.

Significant clients Avielen, Lenta, Palfinger, Rosatom, VKontakte.

Notable practitioners

Artem Zhavoronkov focuses on advisory and transactional corporate mandates. A client says he "looks at issues more broadly and that helps us to consider the task better. He's also very responsive."

Karina Chichkanova is a market-leading real estate practitioner, assisting clients with transactional mandates as well as regulatory issues. "She has a lot of knowledge, a lot of business sense and a lot of emotional intelligence," a source reports.

Victor Naumov specialises in corporate IP and technology matters and also has a strong track record in high-profile litigation relating to technology companies. Sources describe him as a really strong expert in matters related to IP rights, compliance and technology-reliant ways of doing business.

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Denis Sosedkin
- 3 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong and well-established team advising blue-chip domestic and European clients. Has an on-the-ground tax capacity. Particularly active in contractual matters and structuring mandates for major international corporates matters. Boasts a real estate team that focuses on construction matters, often related to significant PPP projects. Also assists with transactional mandates.

Work highlights Advised a Chinese contractor on the construction of a new factory for RUSAL.

Assisted Ariston with inter-company charges relating to transactions between the Russian subsidiary and its Italian headquarters.

Significant clients Alcatel-Lucent, Danaher Corporation, Gazprom Neft, Nintendo, Zara.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Denis Sosedkin is one of the top-ranked corporate lawyers in St Petersburg. He supports predominantly international clients on general commercial as well as transactional matters. Sources praise his understanding of international clients and say he is "commercial, direct and very bright." He also heads the real estate team.

Ruslan Vasutin focuses on tax matters, assisting with tax structuring and compliance issues. He regularly acts for for international and domestic corporates.

Legal director Natalia Vygovskaya is closely involved with the firm's key instructions, mainly assisting with transactional deals.

Department profile by DLA Piper Rus Ltd

Top Tier Client Base: The fact that our team has been able to earn repeat instructions from some of the leading corporate entities in Russia and around the globe, particularly in recent – quite challenging – years, speaks to its high standing in this market.


Full Service Capability and Understanding of Various Industry Sectors: The full service capability of our firm and multidisciplinary approach are highly valued by clients across a range of industry sectors including: automotive, manufacturing, hospitality, banks, telecoms & media, life sciences, consumer goods, retail, logistics and real estate.


Strong Academic Background of the Team: Capabilities of our team are backed by involvement of the prominent legal experts, who have received wide recognition in Russia and abroad, in almost all projects we carry out, which has become our unique feature distinguishing us from the other law firms in St Petersburg. Our team is supported by Dr Alexander Sergeev (Civil & IP Law), Dr Oksana Nogina (Tax Law), and Dr Oleg Skvortsov (Commercial & Investment Law).



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Duvernoix Legal - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Igor Guschev

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm providing commercial and M&A support to notable domestic corporates and holding companies. Also instructed by a number of international names. Real estate team primarily acts on construction matters. Also represents individual shareholders.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's approach, describing the lawyers as "proactive, flexible and creative."

Work highlights Advised a domestic pharmacy chain, Ladushka, on its sale to Raduga.

Significant clients Trigon Agri, IC Holding.

Notable practitioners

Igor Guschev focuses on corporate and M&A matters, predominantly supporting domestic clients. Sources praise his dedication to projects and strong management skills.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Elena Agaeva
- 2 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Significant domestic firm offering corporate structuring, regulatory and transactional advice to major international clients. Expertise includes compliance and regulatory mandates and has experience of dealing with state institutions. Acts on cross-border and domestic M&A.

Strengths Sources note the team's client-friendly attitude. "We always get professional support, we don't have any problems," a client says, adding: "They're always very pleasant to deal with."

Work highlights Advised Mondelez on a variety of commercial issues, including the construction of a factory in Novosibirsk.

Assisted Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions with a number of commercial matters.

Significant clients Calderys, Gruma, Tennecco, Energyst.

Notable practitioners

Elena Agaeva assists day-to-day commercial matters as well as corporate transactions. Sources describe her as "smart and experienced," adding that "it's very pleasant to work with her."

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Eversheds Sutherland - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Victoria Goldman and Mikhail Timonov
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Former office of Hannes Snellman that became part of Eversheds in September 2017. Provides local support to Finnish and Nordic corporates active in the Russian North-West. Assists with transactional, corporate governance and regulatory mandates. The real estate practice is largely transaction-focused, representing clients in mid-market deals as well as in contractual matters.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the team's strong analytical skills, noting that they provide "deep analysis of the problem and a clear explanation of a solution."

Work highlights Advised SRV Group on the financing of the construction of the Promenad shopping centre.

Significant clients Ahlstrom, Cherkizovo Group, NEFCO, Subway, Wärtsilä.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Victoria Goldman oversees the practice, lending her experience to compliance mandates as well as transactional projects.

Yury Pugach focuses on transactional matters, principally representing Finnish and other Nordic clients active in Russia. He also assists clients with real estate projects. Sources note his experience and activity.

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Kachkin & Partners - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Kirill Saskov
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A notable local firm that provides commercial business support and also houses a well-respected real estate team. Provides general day-to-day business assistance and is also instructed on transactions. Acts on real estate M&A as well as construction-related matters. Predominantly represents mid-market and large regional Russian corporates.

Strengths Clients appreciate the responsiveness of the team. "They're on time, we can always reach them, even late at night," a client reports, adding that the team "can solve complex problems."

The client-oriented and tailored approach of the real estate team is a strength. "We like their result-oriented style and they're fast, they write in simple language for us. It's easy to work with them."

Work highlights Drafted a franchise agreement for the Russian franchisee of Domino's Pizza.

Acted for Baltic Commerce on the privatisation of a historical building in central St Petersburg.

Significant clients Mamoshin, Seven Suns, Union Finance, TI Automotive, Shell Neft.

Notable practitioners

Dmitry Nekrestyanov is a real estate specialist with a well-established reputation in the market. "He has a lot of experience, so he always knows how to solve problems and he works very fast," says a client, adding: "He's very good to work with, he's very client-oriented."

Kirill Saskov assists clients with a variety of corporate issues, including corporate governance and general compliance support. He is described as "very reliable, confident and experienced."

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Maxima Legal - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Maxim Avrashkova and Vladimir Kilinkarov
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Local firm offering corporate governance, advisory and due diligence services to domestic corporates as well as local law regulatory support to international corporates. Predominantly acts on mid-market M&A mandates.

Work highlights Advised Tinno Mobile Technology with due diligence in relation to the client's plans to establish a joint venture in Russia.

Assisted INTRATOOL Holding with corporate governance matters.

Significant clients Bryden Wood, Etalon Group, Jonacor Marine, Kellogg.

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Kilinkarov is a key client contact.

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Pepeliaev Group - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sergey Spasennov
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for St Petersburg-based outfit of a highly regarded domestic firm. Advises on corporate structuring and governance matters as well as tax issues. Also provides M&A and transactional support. Newly ranked real estate team advises on real estate disputes as well as general construction matters. Clients include both European and domestic corporates.

Strengths Clients note the team's pragmatic attitude, highlighting the "practical and realistic advice," and also praise the lawyers for working well under time pressure.

Work highlights Assisted a foreign building materials manufacturer with a sale of participatory interest in a Russian company.

Significant clients Heineken, Lenta, Maersk, Palfinger, BAT.

Notable practitioners

Sergey Sosnovsky heads the tax practice in St Petersburg. He is well regarded for his tax compliance advice and support in the related disputes. A client describes him as "a skilful" lawyer.

Managing partner Sergey Spasennov oversees the corporate practice, assisting clients with structuring and transaction. "He manages things very well," a client reports.

Department profile by Pepeliaev Group

Description: 

The team responsible for handling business law issues works closely with business owners and CEOs to provide high-quality advice on a broad array of issues including: 

  • corporate law, including M&AS and corporate restructurings, 
  • tax aspects of companies’ business activities;real estate and construction advisory;
  • drafting and negotiating all types of commercial contracts;
  • regulatory compliance;
  • employment; 
  • data protection, etc. 

Our clients are mostly large and medium-sized Russian and international companies from the industrial, production, oil and gas, retail, banking and financial sectors. We have supported and represented lots of our long-term clients since their start and have been a part of their growth and success. 

We are best known for: 

- Ability to assess the clients’ assignments not only from legal but also from practical point of view. We offer realistic schemes and solutions that actually work.

- Outstanding expertise in handling non-standard issues with respect to which legislation is sometimes unclear and ambiguous. 

- Excellent results in resolution of complex conflict situations involving corporate, employment and other issues. We helped lots of clients to restore control of their businesses, avoid reputational risks and introduce new business practices and policies to achieve a better level of performance.

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Prime Advice Law Offices - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Inna Vavilova and Denis Khimilyaye

What the team is known for Domestic firm especially active in corporate structuring matters. Advises on joint ventures, corporate governance and market entry and exit matters. Most often acts on mid-market transactions. Benefits from its notable bankruptcy practice.

Strengths Sources mention the firm's client-focused approach. "They have a creative approach to problem solving," a client reports.

Significant clients Cargill, Novikov Group, Sberbank, Vnesheconombank, Bank Saint Petersburg.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Inna Vavilova oversees the practice, assisting with general corporate matters. "Inna effectively solves business problems and always gives timely advice."

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Eminent Practitioner

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Victoria Goldman oversees the practice, lending her experience to compliance mandates as well as transactional projects.

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Vladislav Zabrodin

Capital Legal Services International LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Vladislav Zabrodin is a visible figure on the market, assisting clients with strategic issues on key projects.

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Borenius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Andrei Gusev is a market-leading corporate practitioner. He assists with transactional mandates as well as regulatory issues. "He is pragmatic and responsive," a source confirms.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Maxim Kalinin is one of the best-established lawyers in St Petersburg and heads both the corporate and real estate practices. He also offers corporate, transactional and regulatory advice to major international corporates and is also recognised for handling construction issues. "He's very confident in critical situations," a source reports, adding that he is someone "you can lean on." 

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Denis Sosedkin is one of the top-ranked corporate lawyers in St Petersburg. He supports predominantly international clients on general commercial as well as transactional matters. Sources praise his understanding of international clients and say he is "commercial, direct and very bright." He also heads the real estate team.

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Duvernoix Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Igor Guschev focuses on corporate and M&A matters, predominantly supporting domestic clients. Sources praise his dedication to projects and strong management skills.

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Castrén & Snellman

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Sergei Lee remains an active presence on the market. He frequently acts for Nordic clients active in Russia.

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Artem Zhavoronkov

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Artem Zhavoronkov focuses on advisory and transactional corporate mandates. A client says he "looks at issues more broadly and that helps us to consider the task better. He's also very responsive."  

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elena Agaeva assists day-to-day commercial matters as well as corporate transactions. Sources describe her as "smart and experienced," adding that "it's very pleasant to work with her."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Olga Anikina advises on general corporate matters. She is also well recognised for her knowledge of real estate. Sources describe her as "proactive and client-oriented."

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Karina Chichkanova

Dentons

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Karina Chichkanova is a market-leading real estate practitioner, assisting clients with transactional mandates as well as regulatory issues. "She has a lot of knowledge, a lot of business sense and a lot of emotional intelligence," a source reports. 

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victor Naumov specialises in corporate IP and technology matters and also has a strong track record in high-profile litigation relating to technology companies. Sources describe him as a really strong expert in matters related to IP rights, compliance and technology-reliant ways of doing business.

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yury Pugach focuses on transactional matters, principally representing Finnish and other Nordic clients active in Russia. He also assists clients with real estate projects. Sources note his experience and activity.

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Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergey Sosnovsky heads the tax practice in St Petersburg. He is well regarded for his tax compliance advice and support in the related disputes. A client describes him as "a skilful" lawyer.

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Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Sergey Spasennov oversees the corporate practice, assisting clients with structuring and transaction. "He manages things very well," a client reports.

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ruslan Vasutin focuses on tax matters, assisting with tax structuring and compliance issues. He regularly acts for for international and domestic corporates.

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Up and Coming

Capital Legal Services International LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pavel Karpunin advises on corporate, regulatory compliance and transactional matters.

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Kachkin & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kirill Saskov assists clients with a variety of corporate issues, including corporate governance and general compliance support. He is described as "very reliable, confident and experienced."

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Prime Advice Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Inna Vavilova oversees the practice, assisting with general corporate matters. "Inna effectively solves business problems and always gives timely advice."

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Up and Coming

Natalia Vygovskaya

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Legal director Natalia Vygovskaya is closely involved with the firm's key instructions, mainly assisting with transactional deals.

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