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General Business Law — Russia Regions


Advocates Bureau Yug - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Yuri Pustovit
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Krasnodar

What the team is known for Highly respected firm based in Krasnodar, offering support with commercial disputes across southern Russia. Recently active in energy and real estate-related conflicts. Acts for a client base of significant domestic and international companies with industrial assets in the Krasnodar region. Assists Moscow-based law firms, providing local representation in courts and due diligence services. Boasts strong English language skills.

Strengths Sources appreciate the firm's client-oriented attitude. "We like their individual approach, their focus on our interests, their responsiveness to our questions and the high level of service they provide."

Clients highlight the team's industry-specific knowledge: "They have an excellent understanding of the energy market, they are always in the thick of things."

Work highlights Represented Esmar in a construction-related dispute with Ristekhstroy and Stroylogistic.

Significant clients Avito, Austromobil-Sochi, Kubanenergo, M.video, Philip Morris.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Yuri Pustovit receives strong praise for his experience in litigation and corporate work. "He is an excellent strategist and court lawyer as well as an excellent manager," a source says. Another interviewee adds: ”He can quickly see the whole picture, what we need to do to win our case."

Sergey Radchenko advises clients on a broad range of regulatory and contentious issues, assisting with tax, corporate and litigation cases. "His detailed analysis always helps find the details of the dispute which had previously been overlooked," a source reports.

Department profile by Advocates Bureau Yug

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

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Irina Grebneva
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Novosibirsk

What the team is known for Highly respected dispute resolution and IP-focused firm from Novosibirsk active across Siberia. Represents large regional companies in debt recovery disputes as well as bankruptcy claims, acting principally for creditors. Maintains strong IP practice, representing international and domestic corporates in contentious and registration matters. Additionally, assists clients with a broad range of general corporate issues. Regularly works in co-operation with regional international as well as Moscow-based Russian law firms. It has English and Italian language capabilities.

Strengths Sources appreciate the firm's experience of handling significant regional corporate projects. "They're well known, they have a big reputation and they have an understanding of how to handle big projects."

Clients note the firm's dispute resolution expertise, saying the team handles "large disputes and effectively supports customers needs."

Sources point out the breadth of the team, commenting: "I think they're number one in Siberia. They have different practices."

Work highlights Acted for PNK-Tolmachevo on a series of disputes related to the use of a client's real estate and energy-generation capacity.

Assisted Farmak with trade mark registration in Russia, including handling contentious aspects.

Significant clients Auchan, Giprougol, Kompaniya Holiday, Novosibirsk Poultry Farm, Relieff.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Irina Grebneva is recognised as one of the leading regional disputes lawyers: "She is one of the best arbitration specialists in the region." One referee reports that "she has charisma" while another describes her as "a very energetic and strong lawyer." Sources also say: "She's a very experienced, very active lawyer and she has a lot of knowledge of the legal market."

Sergey Obukhov specialises in insolvency-related mandates with sources asserting: "He's an expert in bankruptcy." He also advises clients on trade mark and debt recovery disputes.

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INTELLECT-S - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Evgeny Shestakov
- 10 partners
- 36 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Perm and Yekaterinburg

What the team is known for Benefiting from presence in several Russian regional centres as well as Moscow, this notable firm has its head office in Yekaterinburg. Highly experienced in IP, including registration and representation in contentious cases. Also acts for international and domestic clients on bankruptcy, debt recovery and insurance cases as well as shareholder conflicts. Provides general corporate support to Russian regional businesses. Has English-speaking capability.

Strengths The firm's broad geographical coverage is an invaluable asset: "They're one of the few regional firms with offices in different cities, which is convenient, and they're also a strong team."

Sources appreciate the range of capabilities of the team, saying: "They are most well known for intellectual property, but they also have a strong disputes practice."

Work highlights Acted for Russian soft drinks company Innovate on a dispute regarding its trade mark 'Vitality'.

Represented Oxford Medical in a public procurement tender dispute regarding the shortlisting of its competitor's equipment that allegedly lacked required technical characteristics.

Significant clients DeltaCredit, Double Tree by Hilton, Huawei, Kopernik Group, Rosbank.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Evgeny Shestakov maintains a strong reputation in IP, with sources saying: "He knows everything there is to know about it." He also acts as a litigator on debt recovery and corporate disputes.

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

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Evgenii Kovalev
- 7 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Chelyabinsk

What the team is known for Well-regarded disputes-focused firm from Chelyabinsk. Represents clients across the Urals in contractual, bankruptcy, debt recovery cases and white-collar criminal proceedings. Public contracts-related disputes have been a recent area of activity. Instructed by significant Russian regional clients.

Strengths Market sources praise the breadth of the firm's practice: "They do cover different things – corporate, civil disputes and criminal – and they're strong in each."

Interviewees also commend the delivery of services as "very efficient and high-quality work."

Work highlights Advised Centroresurs on a RUB20 million contractual dispute with Monopolist.

Assists Chelpromdiamond with the company's complex bankruptcy proceedings.

Significant clients Fortum, Rodnik, Service-Food, Tryokhgorny City Municipality, Chelyabmetrostroy.

Notable practitioners

Evgenii Kovalev is a well-known name in the Urals region. He focuses on disputes, often representing clients against regulatory and state bodies. "Evgenii always sees the situation comprehensively, taking into account the potential risks, the client's needs and goals," a client says. Sources also describe him as a "very clever, wise, experienced and creative" lawyer.

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Puchkov & Partners Law Firm - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Denis Puchkov
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Yekaterinburg

What the team is known for Based in Yekaterinburg, the firm houses a well-respected white-collar criminal defence practice. Additionally, it handles bankruptcy and debt recovery cases as well as real estate and corporate disputes. Supports international and Russian clients on general commercial, due diligence and regulatory matters. Notable English language skills.

Strengths Sources recognise the firm's criminal law focus, describing the firm's practice as "one of the most well-respected criminal law practices in the Russia regions. They're one of the few regional law firms to have international contacts."

Sources praise the firm's experience: "They do international work as well as national and regional cases; clients know they can get results even in difficult cases."

Work highlights Acted for VizStroy on a real estate dispute with regional authorities.

Represented Rezhevskoj shchebenochnyj zavod in a dispute with regional authorities regarding alleged ecological damages.

Significant clients Stroydormash, SurgutSeverStroy.

Notable practitioners

Denis Puchkov is highly respected for his criminal law practice where he often represents top managers of companies. "He's one of the leaders in the market in the regions," a source confirms. He also acts for domestic and international clients on corporate matters and is commended for his strong English language skills.

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Regionservice - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Sergei Uchitel
- 7 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Kemerovo, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Tomsk, Tyumen and Yekaterinburg

What the team is known for With a head office in Kemerovo, this firm offers a significant regional presence that includes several regional economic centres. Acts for major domestic industrial corporates on contentious and transactional projects. Represents a number of mining and natural resources clients established in the region. Debt recovery, bankruptcy and corporate disputes are key areas of strength. Also assists with general commercial matters, including real estate issues. Has English language capabilities.

Strengths The firm is well known for its strength in dispute resolution. "We respect their style, I like what they do. They do a lot of commercial disputes."

Sources appreciate the size, geographical coverage and specialisation of the firm.

Work highlights Assisted Technohol shareholders with preparation for the sale of the company, valued at USD4.7 million.

Acted for SUEK on a series of disputes with contractors.

Represented RG-Trans as creditor in filing for bankruptcy of UTC.

Significant clients Platinum Real Estate, Sberbank.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Sergei Uchitel is a well-respected litigator, described by interviewees as "one of the strongest in the regions." "He has a lot of court experience himself, acting all over Russia," a source adds. "He does a lot to defend his clients," says another interviewee. Alongside his commercial disputes expertise, he also assists clients with significant transactions.

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Volga Legal law firm - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Andrey Sychev
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Samara

What the team is known for Based in Samara, the firm offers strong litigation representation in southern Russia and the Urals. Handles real estate, contractual, corporate and labour disputes as well as disputes with state authorities and debt recovery cases. Predominantly represents significant regional industrial and construction companies as well as municipalities. Acts for notable Russian and international corporate names.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's approach: "They are accurate and have attention to detail. They're knowledgeable."

Sources highlight their experience in disputes, commenting: "They have a very good reputation and know how to win complex cases."

Work highlights Represented Energoservis in two significant construction disputes with Samara's regional authorities.

Acted for Kurumoch International Airport on a debt recovery dispute.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Gazprombank, Optogan Group, Kinel City Municipality, Ecostroy.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Andrey Sychev is widely considered as one of the leading litigators in the region. "He is very impressive, with a very high quality of work. Clients really believe in him," comments one source, with another noting his experience of corporate disputes: "He can find the right approach to help the client." His litigation style is particularly appreciated, with clients saying: "He's very good at resolving disputes peacefully."

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Aspect - General Business Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Stepan Mataev
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Tyumen

What the team is known for Based in Tyumen, this notable firm offers a strong debt recovery and bankruptcy litigation advice alongside a growing corporate and contractual disputes practice. The firm also represents regional corporates in disputes with state authorities. The firm's clients include local construction, industrial and agricultural clients

Strengths Sources appreciate the firm's client-oriented approach: "They're always helpful and ready to assist us." Another client adds: "They're creative, they take the initiative, they think outside of the box."

Work highlights Defended Zummer in a RUB4.7 billion dispute against Severnoe Volokno.

Represented Kurganribhoz and Aquacultura Zauralya in a series of disputes with local authorities related to the use of natural resources.

Acted for Sib-Invest on a construction dispute.

Significant clients Gosribzentr, K-Nikom, Nizhneobrybvod, SIB Agro.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Stepan Mataev is a well-regarded litigator. "He's good, he really cares about his work," a source says. Another interviewee adds: "He takes our problems as his problems, so he is very attentive."

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Civil Compensations - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Irina Fast
- 1 partner
- 11 other qualified partners
- Office location: Nizhny Novgorod

What the team is known for Located in Nizhny Novgorod, the firm remains one of Russia's strongest personal injury practices, representing individuals as claimants. Acts on labour, road traffic, industrial disease, product liability, damages and medical liability cases across the majority of the Russian regions.

Strengths Highlighting their market-leading position in personal injury cases, sources say: "I don't know another firm in Russia with such an experienced and strong team in this sector." Another source describes the team as "excellent specialists who knew just how to help me."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Irina Fast is a well-recognised personal injury lawyer. "She's a great leader. She's been doing this type of work since 1996," says one source, while another adds: "She is excellent, she knows her sector better than anyone." Alongside her technical skill she is also praised for her client care skills: "She knows how to work with people."

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INCO Ltd. - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Ekaterina Shekhtman
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Novosibirsk

What the team is known for Based in Novosibirsk, Siberia, this boutique firm assists clients with all manner of IP matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Acts on trade mark and patent registration as well as domain name infringement, patent and trade mark disputes and copyright infringement. Represents domestic FMCG, industrial and corporate clients. Also acts for international clients on local disputes.

Strengths Several sources have highlighted the firm's specialist focus: "They're the best IP firm in our region."

Work highlights Acted for MediKraft on a trade mark dispute and the registration of the trade mark 'Akugel'.

Assisted Double GIS with the registration of a trade mark in Chile, in co-operation with the Chilean office of an international law firm.

Significant clients Kraskon Confectionary Factory, ProEnergoSoft, KDV Group, Sibirsky Gurman.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Ekaterina Shekhtman is one of the leading IP lawyers in the Russian regions. "She has a good reputation, she's been developing her specialism for a long while," a source says. Interviewees also recognise her experience in disputes and strong foreign language skills.

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Lexfort - General Business Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Igor Zhurikov
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Omsk

What the team is known for Strong Siberian firm from Omsk with a well-established litigation practice as well as corporate assistance capabilities. Represents a core of predominantly regional industrial and construction corporates across Siberia and the Urals regions. The firm regularly acts on real estate and construction matters, including disputes. Tax disputes have been a recent area of activity. Additionally, it assists with general commercial issues.

Strengths Sources highlight the client-oriented nature of the team: "They are always reachable. They really care about the client's needs and they try to achieve the best results."

Their approach to cases is also noted. "We like their responsiveness and we like their creativity."

Work highlights Assisted Otkritoe Business Prostranstvo with the development of a large business and residential centre near Omsk.

In cooperation with Kachkin and Partners, represented Omsk Carbon Plant in a EUR10 million ICC arbitration in Geneva over a distribution agreement against three co-claimants from Slovakia, Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Significant clients NK-Group, Teploenergomontazh, Yastro, VNIMI-Sibir.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Igor Zhurikov oversees the practice, assisting clients with contentious and transactional mandates. Sources particularly praise his litigation skills: "He has excellent analytical skills. He is able to scrupulously prepare a case and develop arguments based on precedents." Another source adds: "He's done some excellent work for us, he solved some very complex problems."

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LexProf Law Firm - General Business Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Tatiana Goncharova
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Novosibirsk

What the team is known for Prominent Siberian disputes-focused firm based in Novosibirsk with an expanding corporate offering. Acts on contractual, construction, procurement, tax and debt recovery disputes across the region and in Moscow. Additionally, assists with day-to-day commercial matters, including financing, mostly representing regional corporates.

Strengths Clients appreciate the tenacity and efficiency of the team. "I really value their knowledge," a client says, adding: "They can find unusual solutions to complex problems."

Work highlights Assisted Sibhydromekhstroy with negotiating a construction contract relating to the water supply project for Yakutsk.

Represented Capital in a USD80,000 VAT dispute related to the change of value of Russian ruble.

Significant clients Aviatekhsnab, Flotstroymost, Kompaniya Holiday, Obuv Rossii Group, SibirTrans Group.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Tatiana Goncharova has developed a reputation as one of the leading litigators in Siberia. Described by sources as "very good in commercial disputes," her courtroom style is highlighted as a particular strength: "We appreciate her speaking skills, she's very convincing."

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RBL Law Office - General Business Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Dmitriy Samigullin
- 8 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Samara

What the team is known for Based in Samara, this notable firm has a significant disputes practice. Contractual, disputes with state authorities, corporate and bankruptcy conflicts have all been recent areas of activity. Acts for a broad client base of regional, national and international clients. Often represents regional industrial and construction corporates as well as international companies. Also boasts English language skills.

Strengths Sources consider the firm as one of their strong regional partners: "We know we can rely on them to help us in that region if we need to."

Work highlights Represented VolgaProject Design Centre in a contractual dispute with a general contractor.

Advised M.video on a dispute regarding the invalidation of the sale of a land plot.

Significant clients Philip Morris, Samara Bearing Plant, GRAD, Ayaks.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Dmitriy Samigullin is a well-respected disputes lawyer. Sources praise his dedication: "He thinks things through properly, analysing the situation. He looks at things very closely. He really dives into projects."

Denis Gerasimov represents clients in corporate and contractual disputes. "He views it from every angle to come up with the perfect solution," a source says.

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Sergis - General Business Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Timur Sergeev
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Kazan and Moscow

What the team is known for Highly regarded throughout the Urals region, this Kazan-based firm focuses on disputes, representing clients in bankruptcy and debt recovery cases as well as disputes against state authorities. Predominantly represents large regional industrial and construction companies as well as retailers and food businesses. Maintains a satellite office in Moscow.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's detailed and thorough approach: "All issues are examined thoroughly, they suggest various solutions to solve complex problems and they explain the pros and cons of each option."

Sources note the firm's availability, saying: "I can call any time day or night, I can e-mail whenever and I always get a response."

Work highlights Defended Tulpar Technic in a large damages dispute relating to a Yak42D aircraft.

Represented Sultanmurat in a real estate sale dispute with Avtogradbank.

Significant clients DIO Plast, Tatplodoovoshchprom.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Timur Sergeev is praised for his client-oriented approach: "He is always trying to understand what the client really needs, then he finds the best possible way to complete this task." Another source praises his insight, saying: “He understands the nuances of the law." He is well known for his litigation work.

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Stepanov & Aksuk - General Business Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Igor Stepanov
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Rostov-on-Don

What the team is known for Based in Rostov-on-Don, the firm maintains its strong reputation in southern Russia. Boasts a well-established maritime law practice alongside a more traditional corporate and contentious services offering. Contractual, construction, labour and maritime disputes have all been active areas of late. The firm represents both domestic and international clients active in the region.

Strengths Sources praise the firm's client-oriented approach, saying: "They are accurate, quick and flexible and have considerable expertise in corporate law."

Broad coverage of areas has been noted as a key strength: "Everything has been excellent. They have a broad range of specialists, they can answer everything I need."

Work highlights Acted as Russian counsel to Quadra Commodities on a cross-border debt dispute with a Russian shipowner.

Represented a Russian company Forum in a significant tax dispute.

Significant clients Louis Dreyfus, Thomas Cooper, Seatron Shipping, Nuh Çimento Sanayi, Rostovvodokonal.

Notable practitioners

Name partner Igor Stepanov is a well-recognised litigator and also has strong knowledge of such local industries as agriculture and construction. "He gave us very good advice and he handled it all very well," a client reports.

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Timofeev/Cherepnov/Kalashnikov - General Business Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Oleg Timofeev
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod

What the team is known for Based in Nizhny Novgorod, the firm is well regarded for its regional presence with a strong corporate law practice. Assists with transactional and contractual matters, real estate issues, project financing plus corporate governance mandates. Also maintains a disputes team acting for clients in tax and contractual disputes. Represents significant international companies alongside notable domestic clients. It houses English-speaking staff and has a satellite office in Moscow.

Strengths Highlighting their position in the Volga region, sources call them "one of the leaders of the regional market."

Work highlights Assisted ARaymond with obtaining a priority investment status for the firm's factory in Nizhny Novgorod region.

Provided corporate governance support to Hexagon Composites factory in Nizhny Novgorod.

Significant clients AGC, Banca Intesa, Magna International, NMGK Group, Vesuvius Belgium.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Oleg Timofeev assists clients with non-contentious matters. Described as "communicative and charismatic," he advises on real estate, tax, corporate structuring and regulatory issues. Sources appreciate his experience, commenting: "Oleg Timofeev has a lot of expertise in corporate issues and in supporting investment projects in Russia."

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Borodin & Partners - General Business Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Sergei Borodin
- 6 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Voronezh

What the team is known for Litigation-focused firm based in Voronezh, southern Russia. Commercial, tax, administrative and bankruptcy cases are areas of particular activity. Also represents clients in real estate disputes and white-collar criminal proceedings. Predominantly acts for significant regional corporate clients.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's can-do approach: "We like how effective, how proactive they are. They always pick up the phone, they organise themselves very quickly, they're always ready. They travel when we need them."

Work highlights Represented Tecnopool in a EUR52,000 equipment supply and installation dispute.

Acted for Sberbank as a creditor on the bankruptcy of Promkomplekt.

Significant clients Liski-Hleb, Nilax, Water Treatment Plant of the City of Ryazan.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Sergei Borodin is a key contact for Russian-speaking clients.

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Gain & Partners Law Firm - General Business Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Kseniia Gainanova
- 4 partners
- 2 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. The firm also has an increasingly active disputes practice focusing on debt recovery, contractual and real estate disputes.

Work highlights Assisted B12 with the acquisition of a non-bank financial institution for USD4.7 million.

Assisted Sputnik with establishing itself in Skolkovo Innovation Center.

Significant clients DOMTAT, Fabrika Alafuzova, Tatinter-servis, MIK.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Kseniia Gainanova is a key contact for Russian-speaking clients.

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Gudkov, Korelskiy, Smolyarzh - General Business Law

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Denis Gudkov and Vladimir Smolyarzh
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Archangelsk

What the team is known for Corporate law firm based in Archangelsk in north-west Russia. Active on construction mandates. Regularly represents energy companies and significant domestic industrial company groups. Also acts on contractual and debt recovery disputes.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's regional experience: "They have formed a strong team that is the best at solving complex problems and has a broad range of knowledge."

Sources also note their client-oriented approach. "They have a high level of service – they respond quickly to our clients, I feel like they care about us as a client."

Notable practitioners

Denis Gudkov is a key contact for Russian and English-speaking clients.

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LL.C-Pravo - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Dmitriy Lizunov
- 2 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: 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. Additionally, offers corporate, real estate and regulatory advice. Mostly represents significant regional companies.

Work highlights Acted for state-owned ZPP Tomskiy on the company's bankruptcy proceedings.

Represented Tihookeanskaya Mostostroitelnaya Kompaniya in its bankruptcy proceedings.

Significant clients Almaz-Invest, Henda-Sibir, Komplekt-Servis, RosKitInvest, TomskAgroInvest.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Dmitriy Lizunov specialises in bankruptcy, including disputes and general bankruptcy administration. He is described as "charismatic" by sources, who also say: "He's very good, he takes care of things." A client adds: "He knows exactly what we want and he takes care of it himself."

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Meyer and Partners - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Based in Volgograd, southern Russia, the firm is known for its bankruptcy and debt recovery practice. Predominantly represents creditors in disputes ranging across southern Russia and the Volga region. Real estate disputes and disputes with state authorities are recent areas of activity. Acts for regional clients and domestic corporates with regional assets.

Strengths Sources note their proactive approach: "They're responsive, creative, they come up with different options."

Work highlights Acted for Volgograd Plant of Reinforced Concrete Products No. 1 on a land lease agreement dispute.

Represented Astrakhan Fish-Canning Company in a dispute relating to interest payments by tax authorities that was taken to the Constitutional Court of Russia.

Significant clients Astrakhan Heat Networks, Gazprom, Lukoil, Volzhsky Heat Networks.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Oleg Korobov is a key client contact for Russian-speaking clients.

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Mitra - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Yuri Mirzoev
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Krasnodar and Yessentuki

What the team is known for One of the few firms with a presence in the North Caucasus, with its head office in Yessentuki. Primarily focuses on commercial and regulatory disputes, often in the energy sector. Represents a core client base of significant regional energy companies.

Strengths Clients note the firm's thorough approach: "They look at things deeply, they look into the details, and in a complicated case they're methodical."

Work highlights Acted for North Caucasus Power Repair Company on a series of large debt recovery matters.

Represented Saint-Gobain Kavminsteklo in a tax dispute against local authorities.

Significant clients AvtoBerg, Dagestan Energy Supply Company, Daggaz, Kabbalkenergo, Kavkazkabel.

Notable practitioners

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

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Ratum - General Business Law

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Olga Romanova
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Kursk

What the team is known for Located in Kursk, south-west Russia, the firm has strong experience of 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.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Olga Romanova is described as one of the leading agriculture-specialised lawyers. "She is one of the best experts in agriculture in Russia," sources assert.

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Russin & Vecchi LLC - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Natalia Prisekina
- 2 partners
- 7 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. Regularly acts for international and domestic energy corporates with assets in the region. Supports clients with employment, corporate governance and regulatory compliance mandates. Also maintains a contentious team focused on contractual, bankruptcy and payment disputes. Has a satellite office in Moscow and English-speaking staff.

Strengths Sources appreciate their client-oriented approach, saying the lawyers are "very responsive, very knowledgeable and very willing to jump on a call. They're very proactive."

Their regional and industry knowledge is appreciated by clients: "They understand our market and our customers, so they provide services to us and they make our lives easier."

Work highlights Represented GML Capital as the creditor in a USD25 million debt recovery dispute.

Assisted CH2M Hill with their exit from the Russian market.

Significant clients Fund for Development of the Russian Far East and Zabaikalskiy Region, Glatfelter, Samsung, NagaCorp, FMC Eurasia.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Natalia Prisekina is a key client contact for Russian- and English-speaking clients.

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Usconsalt - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Evgeniya Bondarenko
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Novosibirsk

What the team is known for A new addition to the rankings, this Siberian firm from Novosibirsk assists regional corporates with commercial, real estate and financial disputes. Also provides due diligence and corporate advisory services alongside tax and regulatory support.

Strengths Sources appreciate the client-oriented approach: "They give very useful advice and they represent us in court very well. I'm satisfied with everything they do."

Clients note the detailed and thorough approach of the firm, commenting: "They look at everything from every single angle, they know everything, inside out."

Work highlights Represented Siberian Anthracite in a dispute with Novosibirskavtodor relating to the quality of a constructed road.

Acted for Vokzalnaya 10 on a land plot ownership dispute.

Significant clients Sibresurs, Taiga.Info.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Evgeniya Bondarenko enters the rankings this year. She is known for her focus on tax issues and also advises clients on a broad range of commercial issues. Sources say that "she comes up with interesting ways to solve problems."

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Vinder Law Office - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Practice head: Artem Abramov
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Moscow, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg

What the team is known for Yekaterinburg-based firm with satellite offices in St Petersburg and Moscow. Predominantly represents regional and domestic companies in commercial disputes, including labour, tax, contractual and corporate. Additionally, offers day-to-day business support.

Strengths Sources describe the approach of the team as "client-oriented, highly motivated, proactive and responsible."

Clients appreciate the breadth of the team: "They have rich practical experience in a wide range of areas."

Work highlights Acted for SIBUR on an unjust enrichment claim.

Significant clients Ogneuporinvest, PRED group, RusVinil, Sibur–Neftehim, Tizpribor.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Artem Abramov is a key client contact for Russian-speaking clients.

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Eminent Practitioner

Civil Compensations

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Irina Fast is a well-recognised personal injury lawyer. "She's a great leader. She's been doing this type of work since 1996," says one source, while another adds: "She is excellent, she knows her sector better than anyone." Alongside her technical skill she is also praised for her client care skills: "She knows how to work with people."

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Tatiana Goncharova

LexProf Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Tatiana Goncharova has developed a reputation as one of the leading litigators in Siberia. Described by sources as "very good in commercial disputes," her courtroom style is highlighted as a particular strength: "We appreciate her speaking skills, she's very convincing."

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Grebneva and Partners law firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Irina Grebneva is recognised as one of the leading regional disputes lawyers: "She is one of the best arbitration specialists in the region." One referee reports that "she has charisma" while another describes her as "a very energetic and strong lawyer." Sources also say: "She's a very experienced, very active lawyer and she has a lot of knowledge of the legal market."

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Kovalev, Ryazantsev and Partners (KR&P)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evgenii Kovalev is a well-known name in the Urals region. He focuses on disputes, often representing clients against regulatory and state bodies. "Evgenii always sees the situation comprehensively, taking into account the potential risks, the client's needs and goals," a client says. Sources also describe him as a "very clever, wise, experienced and creative" lawyer.

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Puchkov & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Denis Puchkov is highly respected for his criminal law practice where he often represents top managers of companies. "He's one of the leaders in the market in the regions," a source confirms. He also acts for domestic and international clients on corporate matters and is commended for his strong English language skills.

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Advocates Bureau Yug

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Yuri Pustovit receives strong praise for his experience in litigation and corporate work. "He is an excellent strategist and court lawyer as well as an excellent manager," a source says. Another interviewee adds: ”He can quickly see the whole picture, what we need to do to win our case."

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Dmitriy Samigullin

RBL Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Dmitriy Samigullin is a well-respected disputes lawyer. Sources praise his dedication: "He thinks things through properly, analysing the situation. He looks at things very closely. He really dives into projects."

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Sergis

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Timur Sergeev is praised for his client-oriented approach: "He is always trying to understand what the client really needs, then he finds the best possible way to complete this task." Another source praises his insight, saying: “He understands the nuances of the law." He is well known for his litigation work. 

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INTELLECT-S

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Evgeny Shestakov maintains a strong reputation in IP, with sources saying: "He knows everything there is to know about it." He also acts as a litigator on debt recovery and corporate disputes.

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Volga Legal law firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Andrey Sychev is widely considered as one of the leading litigators in the region. "He is very impressive, with a very high quality of work. Clients really believe in him," comments one source, with another noting his experience of corporate disputes: "He can find the right approach to help the client." His litigation style is particularly appreciated, with clients saying: "He's very good at resolving disputes peacefully."

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Regionservice

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Sergei Uchitel is a well-respected litigator, described by interviewees as "one of the strongest in the regions." "He has a lot of court experience himself, acting all over Russia," a source adds. "He does a lot to defend his clients," says another interviewee. Alongside his commercial disputes expertise, he also assists clients with significant transactions.

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Lexfort

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Igor Zhurikov oversees the practice, assisting clients with contentious and transactional mandates. Sources particularly praise his litigation skills: "He has excellent analytical skills. He is able to scrupulously prepare a case and develop arguments based on precedents." Another source adds: "He's done some excellent work for us, he solved some very complex problems." 

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RBL Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Denis Gerasimov represents clients in corporate and contractual disputes. "He views it from every angle to come up with the perfect solution," a source says.

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Aspect

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Stepan Mataev is a well-regarded litigator. "He's good, he really cares about his work," a source says. Another interviewee adds: "He takes our problems as his problems, so he is very attentive."

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Grebneva and Partners law firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergey Obukhov specialises in insolvency-related mandates with sources asserting: "He's an expert in bankruptcy." He also advises clients on trade mark and debt recovery disputes.

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Advocates Bureau Yug

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergey Radchenko advises clients on a broad range of regulatory and contentious issues, assisting with tax, corporate and litigation cases. "His detailed analysis always helps find the details of the dispute which had previously been overlooked," a source reports.

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Ratum

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Olga Romanova is described as one of the leading agriculture-specialised lawyers. "She is one of the best experts in agriculture in Russia," sources assert.

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Stepanov & Aksuk

From the Chambers Europe guide

Name partner Igor Stepanov is a well-recognised litigator and also has strong knowledge of such local industries as agriculture and construction. "He gave us very good advice and he handled it all very well," a client reports.

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Timofeev/Cherepnov/Kalashnikov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Oleg Timofeev assists clients with non-contentious matters. Described as "communicative and charismatic," he advises on real estate, tax, corporate structuring and regulatory issues. Sources appreciate his experience, commenting: "Oleg Timofeev has a lot of expertise in corporate issues and in supporting investment projects in Russia."

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Evgeniya Bondarenko

Usconsalt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Evgeniya Bondarenko enters the rankings this year. She is known for her focus on tax issues and also advises clients on a broad range of commercial issues. Sources say that "she comes up with interesting ways to solve problems."

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LL.C-Pravo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Dmitriy Lizunov specialises in bankruptcy, including disputes and general bankruptcy administration. He is described as "charismatic" by sources, who also say: "He's very good, he takes care of things." A client adds: "He knows exactly what we want and he takes care of it himself."

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Ekaterina Shekhtman

INCO Ltd.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Ekaterina Shekhtman is one of the leading IP lawyers in the Russian regions. "She has a good reputation, she's been developing her specialism for a long while," a source says. Interviewees also recognise her experience in disputes and strong foreign language skills.

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