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Europe Guide

Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime — Russia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alexander Asnis

What the team is known for This prominent firm maintains its well-regarded presence advising on white-collar crime cases. Has a reputation for representing business owners, political figures and well-known private individuals as defendants in high-profile criminal cases. Particularly experienced in economic criminal cases. Also represents major domestic and international corporate clients.

Notable practitioners  

Alexander Asnis is a highly regarded criminal defence lawyer. He focuses on high-profile cases, often representing business owners and political figures. Sources describe him as a "prominent, experienced lawyer and a pleasure to work with." 

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Victoria Burkovskaya, Sergey Kovalev and Evgeny Raschevsky
- 8 partners
- 70 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for The largest disputes team on the market, its deep domestic litigation bench is matched by a highly experienced international arbitration team that also handles cross-border litigation. Contractual disputes, as well as energy, environment and bankruptcy-related cases have recently been prominent areas for the team. The practice includes a market-leading white-collar crime team which acts for corporate defendants and business people on economic criminal cases. 

Strengths Clients enthuse about the technical skill and tenacity of the team: "We had a difficult case and EPAP never gave up trying to see a way though to get us out of it."

Sources confirm the leading position in the domestic market, saying "their reputation definitely precedes them; they have a great team and they have great clients," adding: "They have a very strong market presence." 

Praising the firm's white-collar crime practice, one source describes the team as a "market leader; they do the highest quality work." 

Work highlights Advised the Russian Federation on an international arbitration case heard by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce relating to a multimillion-dollar dispute with ExxonMobil regarding tax rates on production sharing agreements.

Represented the government of St Petersburg in a cancellation of a high-value PPP contract with Nevskaya Concession Company.

Represented Sistema's majority shareholder, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, in money laundering allegations. 

Significant clients Basic Elemet, Gazflot, RUSAL, Sakhalin Energy, TogliattiAzot.

Notable practitioners  

Dimitry Afanasiev lends his vast expertise to complex, high-value domestic disputes, where he represents major Russian blue-chip clients.

St Petersburg-based Ilya Nikiforov is a long-standing figure in the market. He is known for his international disputes practice and his remarkable insight into Russian law aspects. Sources say: "He can put difficult concepts into simple language."

Victoria Burkovskaya advances through the rankings this year based on outstanding feedback. She is recognised as a leading figure in the criminal disputes market. "She was excellent, she delivered above the expectations in terms of her vision, her work, her involvement," a source says, adding: "She was very quick," as well as "very persuasive." She is active on high-stakes white-collar crime cases.

Dmitry Dyakin often acts for state-owned companies in international arbitration cases. He is praised for his focus and drive. A source says: "He knows what he wants."

Valery Eremenko maintains a broad practice focusing on complex domestic disputes. As one impressed source notes: "He can handle very difficult cases and make them seem simple for his client." He represents major Russian companies in domestic corporate disputes. He also acts for international clients on disputes connected to criminal investigations. He is also involved in bankruptcy disputes, principally representing creditors.

Evgeny Raschevsky handles both international arbitration and domestic litigation mandates. In international disputes, he often acts for domestic clients. "He is a strategic lawyer," a source confirms.

Sergey Kovalev acts for major Russian corporate clients on local disputes. He is instructed on significant bankruptcies as well as large-scale corporate disputes, contractual conflicts and high-value debt recovery cases.

Up-and-coming Denis Arkhipov is active in domestic disputes. Sources note his dedication and tenacity, saying: "He tries to do everything for his client."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Oleg Arkhipov, Rustam Kurmaev and Elena Trusova
- 3 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a strong domestic litigation practice extending beyond Moscow into the regions, representing domestic industrial clients across Russia. Particularly strong in advising on contentious IP, tax and customs disputes. Also involved in international arbitration cases. Often represents international retail and manufacturing clients and has practical experience of real estate disputes. Debt recovery and damages claims have been active areas recently. Also handles white-collar crime-related conflicts, defending business owners and corporate clients in criminal investigations. 

Strengths Sources appreciate the "24/7 availability of the lawyers and their readiness to come to our assistance at any time." They add: "Everything possible was done to maximise the client's convenience and provide outstanding service." 

Another source praises "the flexibility and creativity of their suggestions." 

Work highlights Represented Novatek in a dispute against its joint venture partner Nefte Petroleum.

Defended retail chain OBI in a RUB117 million real estate lease dispute against a regional lessor. 

Significant clients Baker Hughes, IFPI, IKEA, Mars, Philips.

Notable practitioners  

Rustam Kurmaev acts for significant regional corporate clientele on domestic contractual and commercial disputes. Also represents international clients in financial disputes with Russian counterparties. His other active area of practice is white-collar crime investigations.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vladimir Kitsing
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Criminal disputes boutique specialising in corruption and abuse of power allegations, fraud and embezzlement cases, often representing corporate clients. Also experienced in defending individuals, often business owners, accused of economic and financial crimes.

Notable practitioners 

Vladimir Kitsing is a key client contact.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Kirill Belskiy, Ruslan Koblev and Ruslan Zakaluzhny 

What the team is known for An experienced, criminal defence-focused team. The firm is particularly adept at handling fraud disputes and defending business people and political figures. The firm also regularly represents corporate clients.

Strengths Sources praise the client-oriented approach, saying: "More than anything, I am impressed with the maximum focus on the client's business objectives."

Work highlights Represents Aleksandr Stepanov, a former owner of Energomash, in a criminal case relating to suspected fraud.

Significant clients Status Group, Energostream, Vostok-Zapad.

Notable practitioners

New to the rankings this year, Ruslan Koblev has a strong reputation amongst peers for his defence work for Russian business leaders and political figures.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Yuri Monastyrsky
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding domestic litigation-focused firm, singled out for its exceptional experience in corporate disputes. Also has a strong regulatory disputes practice, acting against domestic state authorities. Regularly instructed by global technology companies as well as leading domestic corporate groups. Criminal investigations linked to corporate disputes is also an active area of practice.  

Strengths Sources single out the team's pragmatic approach: "They have a very practical approach, they try to understand the substance of the case from the business point of view, not just the legal point of view." Another source adds: "They show good quality," noting that the team is good at finding unusual solutions.

Another interviewee praises the team's courtroom skill. "You can't be too aggressive in the courtroom, it doesn't work, but you should be precise, polite and hold your ground. This is how they were."

Work highlights Advised Google on challenging the decision by anti-monopoly authorities regarding an alleged abuse of dominant position. 

Acted for Prosperity Capital on the recovery of damages from board members of GAZ as well as TGK-2.

Represented Eni in a number of regulatory disputes with Russian state authorities.

Significant clients IKEA, Samsung, Bashneft, Gazprom, Uralvagonzavod.

Notable practitioners  

Eminent practitioner Yuri Monastyrsky lends his expertise to high-value domestic arbitration proceedings. He oversees the practice and advises clients on strategic matters.

Dmitry Lovyrev is highly regarded by peers as one of the leading litigators in Russia. "He may be one of the best litigation lawyers in Moscow presently, based on what I've seen of him in the court," a source says. "He's a very good, strategic-thinking litigator," another interviewee confirms. He advises international clients on Russian litigation as well as representing domestic clients in high-value disputes. 

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Genrikh P Padva
- 5 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-established market-leading criminal disputes boutique. Specialises in handling fraud and embezzlement cases, often representing companies in criminal investigations. Also experienced in dealing with insider trading disputes and other financial crimes. Maintains remarkable defence capabilities, representing individuals and companies as defendants in ongoing investigations.

Strengths Confirming the market-leading position of the firm, several sources say: "What can we say that hasn't been said? They're gurus! They're very famous Russian lawyers." 

Interviewees universally recognise the position of the firm, declaring: "The highest regards for this firm; they're amazing."  

Notable practitioners  

Genrikh Padva is recognised as a leading figure who remains actively involved in high-value, complex criminal disputes. Sources call him "absolutely brilliant" with one interviewee describing him as "the patriarch of criminal law."

Alexander Gofshteyn maintains a very strong reputation in the domestic white-collar crime market. Sources highlight both his technical skill and personal approach to cases. A source describes him as "one of the strongest criminal lawyers in Russia because of his experience, his clientele and his reputation on the market." 

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alexey Dobrynin

What the team is known for St Petersburg-based criminal defence team joining the white-collar rankings this year. Experienced in criminal negligence cases, fraud and abuse of power allegations. Represents business owners, prominent individuals and political figures alongside significant domestic corporate clients.

Strengths Several sources highlight the team's dedication. One source notes: "They worked very efficiently and were eager to help and provide the client with the best possible service under immense time pressure." Another source adds: "We liked the clear focus of the team on getting the result." 

Another source appreciates that "they always react quickly and respond to our questions, even outside work hours. They examine things from every angle." 

Notable practitioners

Alexey Dobrynin is a key point of contact.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Denis Puchkov

What the team is known for Enters our white-collar crime ranking this year. Yekaterinburg-based criminal disputes practice active across the Russian regions where it is considered one of the leading teams. Represents individuals as defendants in a wide range of criminal cases. Also acts for corporate clients.

Strengths Sources commend the team's dedication. "They're ready to fly, to go everywhere, they work nights. I trust them as partners," an interviewee says. "They know what they're doing. They're very strong, they have good clients and they're well respected," another source adds.  

Work highlights Defended Mikhail Valov, head of ZhelDorSnab, in criminal investigations relating to an alleged theft by fraud from Russian Railways.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Denis Puchkov enters the rankings this year. He represents individuals as well as corporate companies across Russia. He is well respected by peers who require help in regional cases.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for One of the top choices for criminal law advice, this boutique maintains a long-standing market-leading reputation in the field. Known for its experience in financial crimes, the firm represents individuals and corporations.

Strengths Commenting on their long-established position in the white-collar crime market, sources describe the firm as "one of the best law firms in Russia." Another source adds: "They have a great reputation and they do amazing work."  

Notable practitioners  

Genry Reznik "has an exceptional reputation as a lawyer and as a leader," according to market sources. Interviewees call him "one of the icons of criminal law." He remains a highly active white-collar crime litigator. 

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Elena Lvova
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Known for its focus on contractual and financial disputes. Acts on many cases concerning conflicts with subcontractors in construction as well as other contentious real estate cases. Also represents banks in bankruptcy and debt collection matters. In addition, maintains an active criminal disputes practice, which has experience in defending individuals in relation to corruption and fraud allegations.

Strengths Sources highlight the technical skill of the team, saying: "They know how to work, and what is important." Another source adds that the advice is "always clever and weighted." 

Work highlights Acted for Raspredelennaya Energetika on a RUB1.6 billion unjust enrichment dispute with the Far Eastern Energy Management Company.

Significant clients Intarsia, MegaMaks, MosotdelProm, Sberbank, Eriell Neftegazservis. 

Notable practitioners

Elena Lvova heads the firm's criminal law practice where she is widely regarded as "one of the best advocates in Russia, without a doubt." She represents domestic corporate clients in white-collar cases and is widely noted for her long-standing experience.

The up-and-coming Alexander Bolomatov focuses on domestic disputes for Russian corporates and is active in shareholder as well as general corporate disputes.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alexander Zabeyda

What the team is known for Enters the ranking this year as an increasingly visible criminal disputes practice. Principally defends individuals accused of fraud, abuse of power, criminal negligence, embezzlement and bribery. Mainly acts for business owners and private individuals.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's pragmatic approach, with one stating that they offer "fast and non-standard solutions." "Clarity of formulating and solving problems" is another strength. 

Notable practitioners 

Alexander Zabeyda is a key contact. 

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victoria Burkovskaya advances through the rankings this year based on outstanding feedback. She is recognised as a leading figure in the criminal disputes market. "She was excellent, she delivered above the expectations in terms of her vision, her work, her involvement," a source says, adding: "She was very quick," as well as "very persuasive." She is active on high-stakes white-collar crime cases.

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Padva & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Genrikh Padva is recognised as a leading figure who remains actively involved in high-value, complex criminal disputes. Sources call him "absolutely brilliant" with one interviewee describing him as "the patriarch of criminal law."

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Reznik, Gagarin, Abushakhmin & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Genry Reznik "has an exceptional reputation as a lawyer and as a leader," according to market sources. Interviewees call him "one of the icons of criminal law." He remains a highly active white-collar crime litigator. 

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Asnis and Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Asnis is a highly regarded criminal defence lawyer. He focuses on high-profile cases, often representing business owners and political figures. Sources describe him as a "prominent, experienced lawyer and a pleasure to work with." 

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Padva & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Gofshteyn maintains a very strong reputation in the domestic white-collar crime market. Sources highlight both his technical skill and personal approach to cases. A source describes him as "one of the strongest criminal lawyers in Russia because of his experience, his clientele and his reputation on the market." 

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Goltsblat BLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rustam Kurmaev acts for significant regional corporate clientele on domestic contractual and commercial disputes. Also represents international clients in financial disputes with Russian counterparties. His other active area of practice is white-collar crime investigations.

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YUST Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elena Lvova heads the firm's criminal law practice where she is widely regarded as "one of the best advocates in Russia, without a doubt." She represents domestic corporate clients in white-collar cases and is widely noted for her long-standing experience.

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Koblev & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

New to the rankings this year, Ruslan Koblev has a strong reputation amongst peers for his defence work for Russian business leaders and political figures.

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Puchkov & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Denis Puchkov enters the rankings this year. He represents individuals as well as corporate companies across Russia. He is well respected by peers who require help in regional cases.

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