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Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime — Russia


Asnis and Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Alexander Asnis
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its work and visibility in cases relating to corporate crime. Represents business owners, political figures and well-known private individuals as defendants in high-profile criminal cases. Particularly experienced in dealing with economic criminal cases. Also represents major domestic and international corporate clients.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Alexander Asnis "has huge experience" in corporate criminal disputes. He is well known for his defence practice, where he regularly represents individuals in high-profile cases. Noting his many years of experience, sources describe him as "really famous and incredibly clever."

About the Team (content provided by Asnis and Partners)

Law Office “Asnis & Partners” inherits the best traditions of the legal profession, at the same time following the latest legal trends. Consolidation of high-class lawyers specializing in different areas of law gives a complex result of high quality. The team of lawyers with 40 years of experience, former judges, prosecutors, investigators, forensic experts, financial experts, and young specialists is able to give the client a high level of legal protection in all situations. Major Russian and international clients trust us for more than 20 years. Our advocates have represented and continue to represent “Interros” company owner V.O. Potanin, Chairman of the Board of “ROSNANO” JSC A.B. Chubais, a former Minister of Defence A.E. Serdyukov, the former Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, the former president of CJSC “Inteko” E.N. Baturina, SPI group owner Y. Scheffler, the former deputy prosecutor of the Moscow Region A. Ignatenko, General Director of “Arbat Prestige” V.I. Nekrasov and other clients in different cases. Major companies such as JSC “Rosnano”, HC “Interros”, PwC’s, SUEK, Veles Capital, and others, as well as various government and non-profit organizations, are among our clients. Criminal Law, Constitutional & Human Rights Law, Dispute resolutions, Family Law, Real estate, Bankruptcy & Insolvency are our key practicecs.     

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Julia Romanova
- 1 partner
- 27 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, real estate, tax and customs disputes. Defends clients in disputes with state bodies including the Federal Antimonopoly Service and tax authorities. Often represents international retail and manufacturing clients and boasts experience of handling real estate disputes. Acts on debt recovery and damages claims. Represents clients in white-collar crime-related conflicts, defending business owners and corporate clients in criminal investigations. Also involved in international arbitration cases.

Strengths The team is commended for its understanding of the market, with a client praising the lawyers for being "very familiar with local specifics."

Clients praise the group's "excellent performance in court," with one source adding: "They would cover everything in a structured and presentable way, will never omit or forget anything."

Work highlights Acted for Stroyalliance on disputes with subcontractors arising from the construction of the Mercury Tower in Moscow.

Represented TP Vision in a litigation with an insurance company relating to a commercial credit insurance extended to a now-bankrupt business partner.

Significant Clients IKEA, Mars, McDonald's, TechnoNICOL, MosOtis.

Notable practitioners

London-based Roman Khodykin of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is well respected for his Russia-focused practice. One enthusiastic source describes him as "the go-to person in London when a case has a Russian aspect." He represents Russian corporates and individuals in London-based litigation and arbitration. He is also described as "creative and hard-working."

Julia Romanova joined the team from Chadbourne & Parke in late 2017. She acts as a Russian law expert on international disputes, including cross-border litigation in various jurisdictions as well as international arbitration cases.

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We have the biggest litigation team among international law firms in Russia and one of the biggest teams in the overall Russian market, with 47 trial lawyers based in Moscow.

The size and expertise of our diversified team mean we can deal with all types of dispute,in particular: recovery of debts and damages, asset financing, fraud and conspiracy claims, construction disputes, real property disputes, bankruptcy, IP, insurance, banking and corporate disputes, and disputes with consumers.

We provide clients with all types of contentious services: pre-trial settlements, representation of clients in courts of all levels throughout Russia, representation in arbitration proceedings, representation in different state bodies (Federal Antimonopoly Service, Rospatent, tax authorities, etc.).

The breadth of our resources enables us to provide clients with specialised litigation support. We have a combination of niche specialists in addition to our core dispute team (litigators in our tax, customs, competition, employment and IP practices).




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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Victoria Burkovskaya, Dmitry Dyakin, Valery Eremenko and Evgeny Raschevsky
- 8 partners
- 71 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Largest disputes team in the market with a deep domestic litigation bench and a highly experienced international arbitration team that also handles cross-border litigation. Prominent areas for the team include contractual disputes, as well as energy, environment and bankruptcy-related cases. Market-leading white-collar crime team represents corporate defendants as well as business people in economic criminal cases. Client roster includes significant Russian and international players from a broad variety of sectors.

Strengths The expertise of individuals in the department is highlighted by a source, who describes the team as "a real constellation of stars."

Interviewees highlight the lawyers' client-oriented approach: "They always keep in touch. We like this, it gives us comfort and a sense of stability," a client says.

Work highlights Acted for EWS on a dispute with Ruspetro relating to a service contract to increase the production rate at oilfields in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug valued at RUB31 billion.

Represented a shareholder of National Bank Trust in a criminal case relating to alleged fraud.

Instructed by The Federal Agency for State Property Management to assist with Russian law aspects in an international ad hoc arbitration involving shareholders of a joint venture in India, valued at USD200 million.

Significant Clients Allianz, NOREBO Holding, Yandex, VEB-Leasing, Transammiak.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Dimitry Afanasiev has extensive experience of advising clients on high-profile contentious cases across a variety of industries.

St Petersburg-based eminent practitioner Ilya Nikiforov retains his outstanding reputation in international arbitration matters, representing notable Russian companies. He also acts as arbitrator.

Victoria Burkovskaya heads the firm's white-collar crime practice. She represents clients in cases related to alleged fraud, corruption and corporate raids. Burkovskaya is commended by market sources for her pragmatic advice, with a source saying: "It is always very practical; she knows exactly what to do and how to do it."

Valery Eremenko is held in high regard for his experience in domestic litigation, where he acts on a broad range of commercial disputes, including cases that involve multiple proceedings. His recent instructions include co-leading the team representing VEB-Leasing in a dispute initiated by a leaseholder, Pervaya Transportnaya Kompaniya, challenging provisions of finance lease agreements.

Evgeny Raschevsky heads the firm's international arbitration practice and also represents clients in Russian courts. "He has good knowledge and good intuition, he's one of the best lawyers," a source says, while another interviewee describes him as "a skilled opponent." He represents private companies as well as the Russian Federation and government-owned companies.

Dmitry Dyakin is a respected name in international arbitration, with a source confirming his visibility on "a lot of big, interesting cases."

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Kniazev and Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 corporates that are being investigated. Represents clients in criminal prosecution proceedings. Also experienced in defending private individuals and business owners accused of economic and financial crimes.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's availability, with a source saying: "I don't worry about my business. I know that in an emergency situation I need only make one phone call."

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Kitsing is a key contact for clients.

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Koblev & Partners Law Firm - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Ruslan Koblev
- 3 partners

What the team is known for Strong criminal defence-focused team. Particularly adept at handling fraud-related disputes and defending business people and political figures. Regularly represents corporate clients in corporate crime-related investigations.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Ruslan Koblev is a visible and active defence attorney. He is well recognised for his experience in defending business people and former officials.

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Padva & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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

What the team is known for Long-established market-leading criminal disputes boutique with a remarkable track record in criminal defence. Defends private high net worth individuals and politicians in complex criminal investigations. Specialises in cases related to suspected fraud, tax avoidance and embezzlement. Represents domestic and international companies in relation to criminal investigations.

Strengths The firm is widely recognised as "the leading criminal firm."

Notable practitioners

Senior practitioner Genrikh Padva is described by interviewees as "the most famous advocate in Russia" in criminal law matters. He lends his extensive experience to the most complex, high-profile criminal defence matters.

Sources say Alexander Gofshteyn is "one of the best criminal lawyers in Russia." Interviewees particularly highlight his advocacy style: "He's very good at explaining the criminal procedure. Sometimes I think he's the best spokesman in the court."

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Pen & Paper, Attorneys at Law - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Alexey Dobrynin
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active St Petersburg-based team with growing experience defending individuals in criminal negligence cases as well as fraud and embezzlement allegations. Represents business owners, high net worth individuals and political figures alongside significant domestic corporate clients.

Strengths A client notes the team's strong engagement, praising the "prompt attention to any given task at hand and a high level of creativity when selecting and developing strategies."

Notable practitioners

Alexey Dobrynin heads the firm's criminal law practice and is a key point of contact for clients.

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Puchkov & Partners Law Firm - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Denis Puchkov
- 3 partners

What the team is known for Regional corporate crime-focused practice based in Ekaterinburg. The team represents clients in courts across Russia, regularly defending business people as well as representing corporate clients that are facing criminal investigations.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Denis Puchkov specialises in the criminal defence of individuals. He regularly represents clients in regional courts across Russia.

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Reznik, Gagarin & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading criminal law boutique with a long-standing reputation in the field. Known for its experience in handling suspected financial crimes. Defends high net worth individuals as well as representing companies in criminal investigations.

Strengths The firm is widely recognised for its outstanding track record, with one source stating: "They are leaders in criminal law."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Genry Reznik has been active in criminal defence for many years and is considered a market-leading practitioner in the field. He defends individuals and companies, and "is not afraid to be involved in high-profile cases which are politically charged. He's a good as well as a brave lawyer," a source says.

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Senior Statesperson

Padva & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior practitioner Genrikh Padva is described by interviewees as "the most famous advocate in Russia" in criminal law matters. He lends his extensive experience to the most complex, high-profile criminal defence matters.

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Victoria Burkovskaya

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victoria Burkovskaya heads the firm's white-collar crime practice. She represents clients in cases related to alleged fraud, corruption and corporate raids. Burkovskaya is commended by market sources for her pragmatic advice, with a source saying: "It is always very practical; she knows exactly what to do and how to do it."

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Alexander Gofshteyn

Padva & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say Alexander Gofshteyn is "one of the best criminal lawyers in Russia." Interviewees particularly highlight his advocacy style: "He's very good at explaining the criminal procedure. Sometimes I think he's the best spokesman in the court."

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Reznik, Gagarin & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Genry Reznik has been active in criminal defence for many years and is considered a market-leading practitioner in the field. He defends individuals and companies, and "is not afraid to be involved in high-profile cases which are politically charged. He's a good as well as a brave lawyer," a source says.

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Asnis and Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Alexander Asnis "has huge experience" in corporate criminal disputes. He is well known for his defence practice, where he regularly represents individuals in high-profile cases. Noting his many years of experience, sources describe him as "really famous and incredibly clever."

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Gridnev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Timofey Gridnev of Gridnev & Partners enters the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback from market players. He is known for defending high-profile individuals, including business leaders and political figures, facing allegations of financial misdeeds.

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Rustam Kurmaev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rustam Kurmaev established Rustam Kurmaev & Partners in October 2017. He is a highly regarded litigator, representing clients in regulatory and commercial disputes. A client describes him as "practical and pragmatic," adding: "He's a very calm person." He also represents corporate clients in economic crime-related criminal investigations.

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YUST Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elena Lvova is described by market sources as an experienced and hard-working advocate. She focuses her practice on defending individuals accused of corporate and economic crimes and leads the firm's criminal disputes practice.

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Koblev & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Ruslan Koblev is a visible and active defence attorney. He is well recognised for his experience in defending business people and former officials.

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Puchkov & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Denis Puchkov specialises in the criminal defence of individuals. He regularly represents clients in regional courts across Russia.

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