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.
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."