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Advocates Bureau Yug - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Yuri Pustovit and Sergei Radchenko
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Krasnodar

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm based in Krasnodar acting for clients engaged in commercial disputes across southern Russia. Corporate disputes, particularly regarding energy supply as well as land ownership, are major areas of activity. Also visible representing banks in financial disputes, including in relation to financial products. Acts for a client base of significant domestic companies with industrial assets in the Krasnodar region.

Strengths Sources are quick to praise the team's pragmatic approach. One source enthuses: "They're focused on results, they provide a tailored approach, they react quickly to our questions and they have a huge amount of practical experience in coming up with strategies for litigation."

Clients highlight the team's business judgement, with a source reporting: "They are excellent lawyers with good knowledge of the region and the specifics of the market. They are able to quickly understand how much a dispute is worth and how to fight."

Work highlights Defended Otkritie Bank against a series of fraudulent deposit recovery claims.

Represented Kubanenergo in a dispute with local Krasnodar authorities regarding a high rate for the transmission of electricity that was heard by the Supreme Court.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Yuri Pustovit is widely considered to be one of the leading regional litigators, with a specialism in energy regulatory disputes. "He has a good knowledge of the specifics of regional and federal court practices. He is able to quickly come to grips with a changing situation, to find the best position and tactic," a client says, while another adds that he presents his ideas in "a simple and understandable way."

Sergey Radchenko acts on a broad range of disputes in the region, and is best known for assisting with energy, real estate and general corporate disputes. "Sergei is extremely attentive to detail, he is able to quickly analyse huge amounts of material and find the necessary facts and details," a client says.

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Advocates Bureau Yug operates since 1995 and provides services to the clients of business disputes in courts of different instances, including the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.
Our clients are large and medium businesses representatives of various branches of economy, such as finance, retail and energy sectors, and oil operations.
While working for our clients and interacting with law associations, we can achieve results, which are both significant for our clients and legal society. Thus, we create judicial practice on challenging law issues, publish comments and articles in the press, and make speeches at conferences for our colleagues and clients.

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Grebneva and Partners law firm - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Irina Grebneva and Sergei Obukhov
- 1 partner
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Novosibirsk

What the team is known for Highly respected dispute resolution firm in Novosibirsk active across Siberia. Handles large regional debt recovery and bankruptcy claims, acting for debtors as well as creditors. Maintains a strong IP practice. Recognised for its experience of handling matters related to corporate crime. Regularly assists with commercial disputes. Represents large regional companies from a variety of industries. Also works in co-operation with national and international law firms.

Strengths Highlighting the firm's prominence in the region, one enthusiastic source reports: "I would think of them first in Siberia, they're one of the oldest firms," while another source describes the outfit as "one of the strongest firms in the market," adding that "they are a broad practice."

Work highlights Represented Siberian Agrarian Holding in bankruptcy proceedings of companies that are members of the holding, including claims of the liability of the holding for the subsidiaries.

Represented Konsalt-aktiv in a dispute relating to the transfer of trade marks to a third party without shareholders' consent.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Irina Grebneva is one of the most active lawyers in the Siberian legal market. She is particularly recognised for handling white-collar crime-related cases and also acts on commercial and bankruptcy disputes. "She's impressive, she's very experienced," a source says, and another adds: "She's very proactive, she's genuinely kind, and she believes in her clients."

Sergey Obukhov is recognised for his litigation skills. He is highlighted for his experience in bankruptcy and real estate disputes as well as his involvement in handling white-collar criminal cases. One impressed client describes him as "very smart, very responsive. He thinks things through; you could trust him with the most complex cases."

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INTELLECT-S - General Business Law Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Evgeny Shestakov
- 11 partners
- 43 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Chelyabinsk, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Perm and Ekaterinburg

What the team is known for Remarkable firm with a head office in Ekaterinburg. Benefits from a presence in several major cities across Russia, including Moscow. Best recognised for its focus and experience in IP, including registration and representation in contentious cases. Acts on bankruptcy, debt recovery and contractual disputes as well as transactional mandates for international and domestic clients from a wide range of industries. Also provides general corporate support to Russian regional businesses.

Strengths Several sources highlight the breadth of geographic coverage the firm offers. "No one else has a coverage like they do. So we turn to them for help very often," a source says.

Another confirms: "It is very convenient to use them for court proceedings in those regions," adding: "They are available and always on time."

Work highlights Represented Altair Group as a creditor in a RUB3.5 million debt recovery dispute against the bankrupt retail chain recovered from a private owner of Sem Pyatnits who was a private guarantor.

Acted for Signum on a patent registration dispute in which Signum was contesting the registration of a competitor's patent.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Evgeny Shestakov is described by sources as "one of the leaders of the Russian regional market." He oversees the practice, lending his advice and support to international and domestic clients involved in debt recovery and commercial disputes. He is also head of the firm's intellectual property practice and acts on related contentious cases. "If you have tooth pain you go to the dentist and when we have legal pain we go to Evgeny," a source says.

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Kovalev, Ryazantsev and Partners (KR&P) - General Business Law Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Evgenii Kovalev and Ekaterina Tumanova
- 8 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Chelyabinsk

What the team is known for Strong disputes-focused firm from Chelyabinsk. Represents clients across the Urals in contractual and administrative disputes. Also active in bankruptcy and debt recovery cases, where the firm acts for both debtors and creditors. Additionally, assists clients in relation to white-collar criminal proceedings. Acts for a client base of significant Russian regional clients.

Strengths Interviewees praise the firm's readiness to help, including the lawyers' 24-hour availability, and its efficient handling of cases.

Work highlights Acted for Rodnik on a cancellation of a permit for a construction of a shopping centre dispute with the administrative authorities of Chelyabinsk.

Represented Service-Food in a dispute with a franchisor regarding the use of the Sbarro and Vostochny Bazar brands.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Evgenii Kovalev advises on a wide range of corporate as well as administrative disputes. He has particular experience in civil disputes with related corporate crime elements. One impressed source notes: "He really listens, understands the nub of the problem, can see the bigger picture and then comes up with the solution taking into account all the needs of the client."

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LexProf Law Firm - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Tatiana Goncharova and Semen Smirnov
- 1 partner
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Novosibirsk

What the team is known for Exceptionally strong Siberian disputes-focused firm based in Novosibirsk that climbs to the top of the rankings following excellent market feedback. Acts on contractual, construction, real estate tax and debt recovery disputes across the region. Predominantly represents significant regional corporates, often from the construction and industrial manufacturing sectors. Maintains a corporate advisory offering.

Strengths Sources are quick to highlight the team's client-oriented approach, with a client appreciating "their genuine desire to help us."

Work highlights Acted for Bajr Stroy on its attempt to lift a court-issued suspension of its construction of a residential district project.

Represented Sibupravtodor in a dispute regarding the addition of an extension to a road construction project brought in by an owner of a local business.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Tatiana Goncharova is one of the leading litigators in the region. "She's very good at coming up with and developing the strategy," a client reports, while another source praises her people skills: "She is able to guide a person as well as be hard and firm."

Newly ranked Semen Smirnov represents clients in a range of financial disputes, including bankruptcy and claims for damages, as well as general corporate conflicts. One source reports: "He has an uncommon ability to work through huge amounts of information and find the necessary details for the case."

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Puchkov & Partners Law Firm - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Denis Puchkov
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Ekaterinburg

What the team is known for Based in Ekaterinburg, the firm houses a significant team focusing on white-collar crime issues. Additionally, handles corporate and real estate disputes as well as bankruptcy and debt recovery cases. Acts for a client base of regional and national corporates as well as high net worth individuals. Has strong English language skills.

Strengths Sources highlight the experience and dedication of the team as a key strength. One source explains: "They can find complex solutions to a hopeless situation, and can always rationally evaluate your chances. They are also always prepared to help, day or night."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Denis Puchkov is widely recognised for his track record in handling corporate crime-related cases. He oversees the practice, lending his expertise to complex financial criminal investigations, including fraud and embezzlement cases, often representing individual defendants. Sources highlight his experience and the strategic insight he offers, with one interviewee describing him as "an excellent strategist."

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RBL Law Office - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Dmitry Samigullin
- 8 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Samara

What the team is known for Samara-based disputes-focused firm that climbs to the top tier as a result of positive market endorsement. Handles disputes with state authorities as well as contractual, corporate, bankruptcy and payment-related conflicts. Acts for a broad client base of regional, national and international clients. Often represents domestic and international industrial and construction corporates. The firm also houses an active corporate practice, providing local law support on cross-border transactions as well as domestic mandates. Works in partnership with GRATA International and has English language capability.

Strengths Sources are quick to praise the firm's client-oriented approach. "They listen to what the client needs, understand the client's business needs, and then patiently solve the problem," a source reports.

Work highlights Advised TAS Group on local law issues related to its USD10 million cross-border acquisition of train carriages from a Russian leasing company.

Represented Ishtar in an anti-monopoly dispute against the local authority after the client was denied inclusion on the municipal transport register.

Notable practitioners

Denis Gerasimov advances to the top of the rankings this year as a result of highly positive market endorsement. He advises on a broad range of commercial disputes as well as covering real estate and M&A matters. A client describes him as "efficient and always available to speak."

Managing partner Dmitriy Samigullin advises on corporate and contentious mandates, including corporate structuring and transactions as well as bankruptcy and contractual disputes. A source appreciates his attention to detail and focus, saying he is "able to sift the important details from everything else."

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Regionservice - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Denis Rybakov and Sergey Uchitel
- 4 partners
- 60 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Kemerovo, Moscow, Tomsk, Tyumen and Ekaterinburg

What the team is known for With a head office in Kemerovo and further offices across Siberia and the Urals as well as in Moscow, this firm offers a significant regional presence. Acts for major domestic industrial corporates on contentious and transactional projects. Well known for representing regional subsidiaries of natural resource giants. Debt recovery, bankruptcy and corporate disputes are key areas of strength. Also assists with general commercial matters, including corporate governance issues.

Strengths Clients appreciate the innovative solutions the firm provides. "They weren't focused on ready-made solutions; they created their own," a source reports.

Work highlights Advised a private investor on the buyout of shares in the coal mine Mezhdurechie.

Acted for Siberian Coal Company on a RUB543 million construction dispute with a contractor regarding the design and construction of power supply facilities to the Uvalnaya coal mine.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Sergei Uchitel is a highly respected commercial litigator with a significant track record in assisting regional natural resources companies. Sources praise his experience of handling complex cases as well as his client-oriented approach.

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Volga Legal - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Andrey Sychev
- 1 partner
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Samara

What the team is known for Impressive Samara-based firm that offers strong litigation representation in Southern Russia and the Urals. Acts on financial disputes, including payment and debt recovery conflicts. Also assists with commercial disputes, including contractual, corporate and labour mandates. Handles disputes with state authorities. Predominantly represents significant regional industrial and construction companies as well as municipalities. Instructed by international corporates and law firms, providing local law support.

Strengths Sources unanimously praise the firm's handling of disputes, with a source elaborating: "We like that they understand our cases so well and can offer various solutions to solve our problems. Also, the lawyers always warn us of risks and complications."

Work highlights Provided local law support to SMARTS in a large-value dispute with one of its buyers, a mobile network operator, that included proceedings abroad.

Acted for Volgocemmash on a dispute with a bank regarding a bank guarantee.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Andrey Sychev is an outstanding litigator known for his strategic approach to mandates. One source reports: "He's experienced, responsive, attentive to detail, open-minded and able to speak in a language we can understand." As well as acting for domestic corporates, he also provides local law support on cross-border mandates.

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Aspect - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Elena Fedorova
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Tyumen

What the team is known for Based in Tyumen, this notable firm offers a strong corporate litigation team alongside a well-established debt recovery and bankruptcy practice. Also represents clients in disputes with state authorities. Active across the Urals, the firm acts for regional construction, industrial and agricultural clients.

Strengths Sources note the firm's strength in regional disputes, with a client praising the team's detailed approach, saying the lawyers discuss "all the options we have to solve our problems, explaining the risks of each option."

Work highlights Acted for agricultural concern Mezhdurechye on a series of disputes against the state regulator, Rosselkhoznadzor, regarding alleged administrative infringements.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Stepan Mataev focuses on commercial litigation, regularly advising on contractual, payment and construction-related disputes. A source describes him as "reliable and responsive" and also highlights his ability to think creatively in complex cases.

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Borodin & Partners - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Sergei Borodin
- 6 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Moscow and Voronezh

What the team is known for Litigation-focused firm with a head office in Voronezh, Southern Russia, and an office in Moscow. Particularly active in bankruptcy and debt recovery disputes. Tax, administrative and business-related criminal cases are additional areas of particular activity. Also visible in construction disputes. Predominantly acts for significant regional corporate clients.

Strengths Several sources highlight the firm's solution-focused approach and timely assistance. "Most of all I like the efficiency with which they solve problems," a client says.

Work highlights Represented Pavlovskagroprodukt in a criminal case regarding alleged tax evasion.

Acted for Ertan on initiating its bankruptcy proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Sergey Borodin oversees the practice, lending his experience to white-collar crime, real estate and debt recovery disputes. "He's always available to speak about details when you need him," a client reports.

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Civil Compensations - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Irina Fast and Alexei Nesterov
- 1 partner
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and St Petersburg

What the team is known for With a head office in Nizhny Novgorod as well as offices in Moscow and St Petersburg, the firm is Russia's pre-eminent claimant-focused personal injury practice. Acts on labour, road traffic, industrial disease, product liability, damages and medical liability cases across the majority of the Russian regions. Has additional offices in 13 cities across Southern Russia.

Strengths Clients note the firm's sensitive handling of cases, with a source saying: "Most of all I value that they put people first, they help an individual and provide emotional support," adding that "when investigating difficult situations they're sympathetic."

Sources also note the team's perseverance.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Irina Fast is a venerated figure in claimant-focused personal injury cases. "When we have questions in this sphere we know that no one knows more than Irina, she has incredible experience in this type of work," a source reports.

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INCO Ltd. - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Valeria Belova and Ekaterina Shekhtman
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Novosibirsk

What the team is known for Novosibirsk-based IP boutique assisting clients with all manner of contentious and non-contentious mandates. Acts on trade mark and patent registration and disputes as well as domain name and copyright infringement cases. Represents domestic and international FMCG, industrial and corporate clients.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's creative approach, with a source saying: "They're prepared to think outside the box in complex cases."

Work highlights Assisted Clear Water Company with registering the design of their website as an industrial patent with Rospatent.

Acted for Tehnotrade on a software infringement dispute.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Ekaterina Shekhtman is widely respected for her in-depth knowledge of IP. She acts for international corporates located in Russia as well as domestic companies, including assistance with cross-border mandates. Sources highlight her pragmatic approach and quick assistance.

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Lexfort - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Igor Zhurikov
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Omsk

What the team is known for Strong Siberian firm based in Omsk with a well-established commercial litigation practice and also seen in bankruptcy-related cases. Regularly acts on real estate and construction disputes. Also represents clients in tax and alleged corporate crime cases. Predominantly acts for regional industrial and construction corporates across the Siberia and Urals regions. Maintains a general commercial advisory practice.

Strengths Clients praise the team's detailed approach, with a client reporting: "They try to come up with all possible variations of a situation, evaluate the risks and then plan accordingly."

Work highlights Represented Omsk Carbon Plant in a supply contract dispute with Omskshina relating to heat losses in the network.

Advised Sushi-Market on reorganising its franchise system and contracts with 170 franchisee restaurants.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Igor Zhurikov represents clients in corporate and financial disputes, including contractual and bankruptcy cases. "He always takes the initiative, coming up with unusual solutions to problems," a client says.

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Sergis - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Timur Sergeev
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Kazan and Moscow

What the team is known for Highly regarded across the Volga Federal District. Focuses on disputes, representing clients in corporate and contractual disputes as well as bankruptcy and debt recovery cases. Represents regional companies from a wide range of industries. Clients benefit from its additional office in Moscow.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's pragmatic approach, as one client explains: "Sergis offered the best solution to the problem and also proved that they were able see it through."

Others are quick to note their prominence in the Republic of Tartarstan. "We work with them when we have question in Kazan, they're leaders of the region."

Work highlights Represented the Zhilservis in a dispute with Komservice over the rights to manage the Raduzhny Residential Complex, which involved multiple court cases.

Advised Contented Rus on intellectual property licensing agreements for online training courses.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe managing partner Timur Sergeev as "one of the best lawyers in Kazan, he knows the Tatarstan market very well." He represents domestic corporates in commercial disputes.

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Stepanov & Aksuk - General Business Law Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Igor Stepanov
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Rostov-on-Don

What the team is known for Based in Rostov-on-Don, the firm maintains its highly regarded position in Southern Russia. Boasts a well-established maritime law practice alongside a more traditional contentious and corporate advisory offering. Construction, real estate, contractual and labour disputes are all areas of expertise. Represents both domestic and international clients active in the region, and works in partnership with GRATA International.

Strengths Several sources confirm its status as one of the leading firms in the region, with one describing it simply as "the best firm in Rostov-on-Don."

Sources further recognise the firm for its strength in particular areas of practice, with one reporting: "They have a lot of experience in maritime law and real estate."

Work highlights Advised Louis Dreyfus on the acquisition of a grain terminal under construction, including the related construction licences.

Acted for RZ Agro on long-term lease agreements of land plots.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Igor Stepanov oversees the practice, lending his insight to complex disputes, often in relation to real estate issues. "He's a very good lawyer and a very good manager," a source reports.

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Timofeev/Cherepnov/Kalashnikov - General Business Law Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Mikhail Cherepnov and Oleg Timofeev
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod

What the team is known for Based in Nizhny Novgorod, the firm is well regarded in the region for its strong corporate law practice. Assists with transactional and contractual matters, real estate issues, project financing, corporate governance and labour-law mandates. Also maintains a disputes team acting for clients in regulatory disputes with state authorities as well as tax disputes. Represents significant international and domestic industrial and manufacturing clients. Has a satellite office in Moscow.

Strengths The firm is widely recognised as one of the leaders in Nizhny Novgorod. "They are the best in the local region," a client says, adding that the team "stood out in their understanding, their proposed solutions, their experience."

Work highlights Defended an automotive factory in a VAT dispute against the tax authorities.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Oleg Timofeev assists clients with corporate and commercial matters and also represents clients in administrative disputes against state bodies. "He understands our problems and issues. He provides really pragmatic solutions to help us," a client says.

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Usconsalt - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Evgeniya Bondarenko
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Novosibirsk

What the team is known for Advancing in the rankings, this Novosibirsk-based Siberian firm assists regional corporates with contractual, real estate and financial disputes. Also active representing clients in administrative conflicts. Provides corporate advisory services. Works in partnership with GRATA International.

Strengths Clients like the firm's pragmatic approach, with a source praising the firm's "focus on the results and ability to come up with various solutions."

Work highlights Represented Clean Water Company in a damages dispute against a supplier regarding the quality of goods received.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Evgeniya Bondarenko is a well-respected litigator. She acts on a broad range of contentious mandates, with particular experience in bankruptcy and real estate disputes. "She's focused on solving the problem," a client reports.

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Gain & Partners Law Firm - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Ksenia Gain
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Kazan

What the team is known for Corporate and commercial law firm based in Kazan. Assists regional corporates with transactions, contracts, lease agreements and corporate governance issues. Additionally, has a disputes practice focusing on debt recovery, contractual and real estate disputes. Well known for working with regional IT and technology corporates. Works in partnership with GRATA International.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Ksenia Gain is recognised for her corporate law expertise. She is known for her focus on assisting regional IT companies.

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Gudkov, Korelskiy, Smolyarzh - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Denis Gudkov and Vladimir Smolyarzh
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Arkhangelsk and Moscow

What the team is known for Corporate law firm based in Arkhangelsk and active across North-West Russia on large-scale natural resources and industrial construction projects, regularly representing significant domestic energy and industrial companies. Also acts on contractual and debt recovery disputes. Maintains a satellite office in Moscow.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's in-depth knowledge of natural resources exploration and related construction issues.

Work highlights Assisted MRTS with the construction of Sabetta, a seaport and terminal on the Yamal Peninsula.

Advised Spetsfundamentstroy on the construction of an LNG terminal at the Yuzhno-Tambeyskoye gas field.

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Smolyarzh is a key contact for English and Russian speakers.

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LL.C-Pravo - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Dmitriy Lizunov and Ekaterina Lizunova
- 2 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Novosibirsk and Tomsk

What the team is known for Based in Tomsk, the firm specialises in bankruptcy mandates, acting on cases across Siberia, often representing companies that undergo bankruptcy. Also advises creditors. Construction and tax disputes are other areas of activity. Additionally offers real estate, corporate and regulatory advice. Mostly represents significant regional companies.

Strengths The firm is well regarded for its prominence in the regional market and noted for its "high quality work."

Work highlights Represented Kuzbasselectromotor in its bankruptcy proceedings.

Assisted Agroholding Tomskiy with complex lease agreement proceedings regarding private and state-owned land.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Dmitriy Lizunov is noted for his experience in regional bankruptcy matters. He regularly represents both creditors and debtors and is also active in real estate disputes, where he advises on ownership and construction-related issues.

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Meyer and Partners - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Oleg Elkin and Oleg Korobov
- 2 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Volgograd

What the team is known for Based in Volgograd, the firm is known for its bankruptcy and debt recovery practice. Represents creditors as well as bankruptcy managers and third parties in disputes across Southern Russia and the Volga region. Real estate disputes and disputes with state authorities are also areas of experience.

Strengths The firm is recognised as one of the leaders in the region, particularly when it comes to bankruptcy cases and one source notes: "They're very famous in the region, very active. They do a lot of complex litigation."

Work highlights Represented LUKOIL-Volgogradenergo in RUB7.5 million debt recovery proceedings.

Acted for Yuzhny Mir on an asset seizure dispute related to the bankruptcy of one of the partners of the company.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Oleg Korobov enters the rankings for the first time this year following extensive feedback. "He always sees important details and comes up with solutions to non-standard situations. This is a very creative person," a source says.

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Mitra - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Yury Mirzoev
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Krasnodar, Moscow and Yessentuki

What the team is known for Active across all of the North Caucasus region, the firm primarily focuses on commercial and regulatory disputes, principally in the energy sector. Represents a core client base of significant regional energy companies. Maintains a satellite office in Moscow and a head office in Yessentuki.

Strengths Sources praise the firm's readiness, noting that "they don't put off until tomorrow what can be done today - at any moment they are ready to give you advice."

Work highlights Defended Kavkazkabel against allegations of participation in an alleged cartel in the submersible cables industry.

Represented Dagestan Energy Supply in appealing a fine levied by the Federal Antimonopoly Service.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Yuri Mirzoev is a key contact for Russian-speaking clients.

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Ratum - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Olga Romanova
- 2 partners
- Office location: Kursk

What the team is known for Located in Kursk, South-West Russia, the firm has extensive experience in agriculture-related issues and acts across several Russian regions. Assists international and domestic corporates with investments in the agricultural sector and also assists with related contentious cases.

Strengths The firm is highly recognised for its focus on agriculture mandates. "They're very well known in the region for their agricultural work," a source says.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Olga Romanova is widely regarded as one of the leading agricultural lawyers in Russia. "She has a very good understanding of both the legal and business issues surrounding agricultural projects," a source says. She advises on commercial as well as contentious mandates, and is considered a strong and experienced litigator in these types of cases.

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Russin & Vecchi LLC - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Sergei Lazarev
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Moscow, Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

What the team is known for Notable for its significant presence in Russia's Far East, the firm maintains offices in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladivostok. Acts for a client base of international and domestic energy corporates with assets in the region. Increasingly assists companies from a broader selection of sectors, including construction. Advises on employment, corporate governance and regulatory compliance issues. Also houses a disputes team. Has close ties with Chinese and South Korean law firms and corporates, providing local law advice on a variety of commercial mandates. Has a satellite office in Moscow and boasts English-speaking staff.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's client-focused approach, with a source saying the lawyers were "extremely helpful and always proactively resolved any concerns that we had."

Another interviewee says: "Their attorneys treat our cases like an in-house would treat them."

Work highlights Advised on contractual and regulatory issues related to the construction of the Primorsky Entertainment Resort City.

Assisted S D Diamond with opening a diamond cutting factory in Vladivostok.

Notable practitioners

Based in Vladivostok, Natalia Prisekina is a key contact for Russian and English-speaking clients.

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Vinder Law Office - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Artem Abramov
- 7 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Moscow, St Petersburg and Ekaterinburg

What the team is known for Ekaterinburg-based firm with satellite offices in St Petersburg and Moscow. Predominantly represents regional and domestic companies in commercial and financial disputes, including debt recovery and bankruptcy, tax, contractual and corporate disputes. Additionally, offers day-to-day business support as well as transactional advisory services.

Strengths Clients highlight the determination and dedication to clients. One source notes: "They do the job in the best possible way, no matter how hard it is."

Work highlights Defended Vodokanal, an Akhangelsk utility company, against bankruptcy proceedings initiated by creditors.

Represented Sodexim in a RUB1.5 billion dispute relating to the payment on promissory notes issued by Geotechnology.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Artem Abramov is a key contact for clients.

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Eminent Practitioner

Civil Compensations

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Irina Fast is a venerated figure in claimant-focused personal injury cases. "When we have questions in this sphere we know that no one knows more than Irina, she has incredible experience in this type of work," a source reports.

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RBL Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Denis Gerasimov advances to the top of the rankings this year as a result of highly positive market endorsement. He advises on a broad range of commercial disputes as well as covering real estate and M&A matters. A client describes him as "efficient and always available to speak."

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Tatiana Goncharova

LexProf Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Tatiana Goncharova is one of the leading litigators in the region. "She's very good at coming up with and developing the strategy," a client reports, while another source praises her people skills: "She is able to guide a person as well as be hard and firm."

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Grebneva and Partners law firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Irina Grebneva is one of the most active lawyers in the Siberian legal market. She is particularly recognised for handling white-collar crime-related cases and also acts on commercial and bankruptcy disputes. "She's impressive, she's very experienced," a source says, and another adds: "She's very proactive, she's genuinely kind, and she believes in her clients."

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Kovalev, Ryazantsev and Partners (KR&P)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Evgenii Kovalev advises on a wide range of corporate as well as administrative disputes. He has particular experience in civil disputes with related corporate crime elements. One impressed source notes: "He really listens, understands the nub of the problem, can see the bigger picture and then comes up with the solution taking into account all the needs of the client."

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Puchkov & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Denis Puchkov is widely recognised for his track record in handling corporate crime-related cases. He oversees the practice, lending his expertise to complex financial criminal investigations, including fraud and embezzlement cases, often representing individual defendants. Sources highlight his experience and the strategic insight he offers, with one interviewee describing him as "an excellent strategist."

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Advocates Bureau Yug

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Yuri Pustovit is widely considered to be one of the leading regional litigators, with a specialism in energy regulatory disputes. "He has a good knowledge of the specifics of regional and federal court practices. He is able to quickly come to grips with a changing situation, to find the best position and tactic," a client says, while another adds that he presents his ideas in "a simple and understandable way."

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Dmitriy Samigullin

RBL Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Dmitriy Samigullin advises on corporate and contentious mandates, including corporate structuring and transactions as well as bankruptcy and contractual disputes. A source appreciates his attention to detail and focus, saying he is "able to sift the important details from everything else."

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Band 1

Sergis

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe managing partner Timur Sergeev as"one of the best lawyers in Kazan, he knows the Tatarstan market very well." He represents domestic corporates in commercial disputes.

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INTELLECT-S

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Evgeny Shestakov is described by sources as "one of the leaders of the Russian regional market." He oversees the practice, lending his advice and support to international and domestic clients involved in debt recovery and commercial disputes. He is also head of the firm's intellectual property practice and acts on related contentious cases. "If you have tooth pain you go to the dentist and when we have legal pain we go to Evgeny," a source says.

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Band 1

Volga Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Andrey Sychev is an outstanding litigator known for his strategic approach to mandates. One source reports: "He's experienced, responsive, attentive to detail, open-minded and able to speak in a language we can understand." As well as acting for domestic corporates, he also provides local law support on cross-border mandates.

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Band 1

Regionservice

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Sergei Uchitel is a highly respected commercial litigator with a significant track record in assisting regional natural resources companies. Sources praise his experience of handling complex cases as well as his client-oriented approach.

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Band 1

Lexfort

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Igor Zhurikov represents clients in corporate and financial disputes, including contractual and bankruptcy cases. "He always takes the initiative, coming up with unusual solutions to problems," a client says.

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Band 2

Aspect

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Stepan Mataev focuses on commercial litigation, regularly advising on contractual, payment and construction-related disputes. A source describes him as "reliable and responsive" and also highlights his ability to think creatively in complex cases.

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Band 2

Grebneva and Partners law firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergey Obukhov is recognised for his litigation skills. He is highlighted for his experience in bankruptcy and real estate disputes as well as his involvement in handling white-collar criminal cases. One impressed client describes him as "very smart, very responsive. He thinks things through; you could trust him with the most complex cases."

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Advocates Bureau Yug

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergey Radchenko acts on a broad range of disputes in the region, and is best known for assisting with energy, real estate and general corporate disputes. "Sergei is extremely attentive to detail, he is able to quickly analyse huge amounts of material and find the necessary facts and details," a client says.

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Ratum

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Olga Romanova is widely regarded as one of the leading agricultural lawyers in Russia. "She has a very good understanding of both the legal and business issues surrounding agricultural projects," a source says. She advises on commercial as well as contentious mandates, and is considered a strong and experienced litigator in these types of cases.

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Stepanov & Aksuk

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Igor Stepanov oversees the practice, lending his insight to complex disputes, often in relation to real estate issues. "He's a very good lawyer and a very good manager," a source reports.

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Band 2

Timofeev/Cherepnov/Kalashnikov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Oleg Timofeev assists clients with corporate and commercial matters and also represents clients in administrative disputes against state bodies. "He understands our problems and issues. He provides really pragmatic solutions to help us," a client says.

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Band 3

Evgeniya Bondarenko

Usconsalt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Evgeniya Bondarenko is a well-respected litigator. She acts on a broad range of contentious mandates, with particular experience in bankruptcy and real estate disputes. "She's focused on solving the problem," a client reports.

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Band 3

Borodin & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Sergey Borodin oversees the practice, lending his experience to white-collar crime, real estate and debt recovery disputes. "He's always available to speak about details when you need him," a client reports.

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Band 3

Gain & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Ksenia Gain is recognised for her corporate law expertise. She is known for her focus on assisting regional IT companies.

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Meyer and Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Oleg Korobov enters the rankings for the first time this year following extensive feedback. "He always sees important details and comes up with solutions to non-standard situations. This is a very creative person," a source says.

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Band 3

LL.C-Pravo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Dmitriy Lizunov is noted for his experience in regional bankruptcy matters. He regularly represents both creditors and debtors and is also active in real estate disputes, where he advises on ownership and construction-related issues.

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Band 3

Ekaterina Shekhtman

INCO Ltd.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Ekaterina Shekhtman is widely respected for her in-depth knowledge of IP. She acts for international corporates located in Russia as well as domestic companies, including assistance with cross-border mandates. Sources highlight her pragmatic approach and quick assistance.

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Up and Coming

LexProf Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Newly ranked Semen Smirnov represents clients in a range of financial disputes, including bankruptcy and claims for damages, as well as general corporate conflicts. One source reports: "He has an uncommon ability to work through huge amounts of information and find the necessary details for the case."

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