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Employment — Russia


Dentons - Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Marina Ryzhkova
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent employment team with a strong disputes practice. Specialises in contentious cases, representing major corporates in disputes with individuals and trade unions. Assists with compliance issues, including migration and personal data protection.

Strengths Sources describe the group as "a strong practice" with "big coverage of the market and a strong client base."

Notable practitioners

Marina Ryzhkova is a stellar practitioner with an excellent reputation for handling complex employment disputes. "She is a very experienced lawyer and she is very charismatic," a source says.

About the Team (content provided by Dentons)

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Pepeliaev Group - Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Julia Borozdna
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading team with a significant contentious practice alongside well-established advisory capabilities. Strong track record in handling unfair dismissals, migration and employee payment disputes as well as negotiations with trade unions. Also has experience advising on matters regarding the restructuring of personnel. Acts for a client base comprising major global and domestic companies.

Strengths Clients particularly value the team's analytical skills, with one of them specifying: "They give us thoughtful analysis of all steps and risks," adding that the team also offers "practical solutions."

Significant Clients FIFA, Nestlé, Gazprom-Media, Yandex.

Notable practitioners

Department head Julia Borozdna is a top-tier employment specialist with a long-standing reputation, offering expertise in advising both domestic and international companies on a broad array of employment issues. "She has substantial practical experience," a source confirms.

Senior associate Anna Berlina is particularly active in contentious employment work and also assists with advisory mandates.

About the Team (content provided by Pepeliaev Group)

The employment and migration law practice of Pepeliaev Group is one of the strongest in Russia and is consistently ranked as one of three leading practices by the ratings of the leading international legal directories. 

We advise our clients on any issues of applying employment and migration law and offer the most effective and safest tailor-made solutions. 

Our services:

  • Advising on a wide range of general issues of employment and migration law
  • Advising on the optimisation and restructuring of personnel; developing and assisting in downsizing procedures and mass redundancy programmes
  • Providing legal support for employers in settling individual and collective employment disputes
  • Representing clients before governmental authorities
  • Advising on all issues entailed in regularising the position of foreign employees in Russia; determining the best way to execute documents for or concerning foreign employees
  • Advising on and drafting incentive programmes and private pension plans
  • Advising on issues relating to data protection
  • Developing and implementing regulations and procedures in respect of the establishment of a trade secret regime
  • Advising on how to apply the legislation relating to insider information

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ALRUD Law Firm - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Irina Anyukhina
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice group assisting with a broad range of employment law matters. Acts on advisory matters and is increasingly busy with contentious mandates. Experienced in matters concerning regulatory compliance, contractual assistance and non-contentious redundancies. Represents clients from a variety of industries.

Strengths Clients note the team's dedication, and one notes: "I am impressed with how they manage to handle numerous matters, keeping in mind our business strategy and best interests."

Sources also praise the team's availability, stating: "They can work long hours to satisfy a client's requests."

Work highlights Advised a global biotechnology company on a complex redundancy matter, defending the client against the employee's claim of unfair dismissal and compensation of moral damage.

Represented a chemical production company in complex cross-border litigation against claims of unfair dismissal by an employee.

Significant Clients IPG, AVON, Mastercard, Viacom, Moody's.

Notable practitioners

Irina Anyukhina is a versatile practitioner with practical experience of handling HR compliance projects and contentious employment matters.

About the Team (content provided by ALRUD Law Firm)

ALRUD has one of Russia’s premier Labour and Employment Law Practices. We provide proficient legal advice on any aspect of Labour and Employment Law that our clients may potentially come across. Our success stems from our unique expertise, individual approach to clients’ needs, accurate, practical and cost-effective advice. We always stay concurrent with the latest changes and developments in the law and law enforcement practices.

Our close cooperation with other legal practices within ALRUD enables us to see the bigger picture and cover all legally important aspects.

We are not only involved in clients’ work but actively participate in legislative initiatives, conferences, working groups as well as organize workshops and training programs for the clients.

We offer advice both to multinational and Russian clients originating from all types of industries. We represent clients from banking and finance sector, mass media, retail, automobile, oil and gas, IT, pharmaceutical industries and many others. We are well aware of the challenges that our clients from different industries face and always tailor our advice to the specifics of each industry.

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Baker McKenzie - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Igor Makarov and Maxim Kalinin
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced employment team offering full-scale legal support in employment matters to mostly international companies with subsidiaries in Russia. Represents clients in collective disputes against trade unions. Advises on contractual and remuneration issues. Assists with immigration and data protection matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's pragmatic approach, with a source saying that the team can "simplify things for people who have limited understanding of Russian legal realities."

Work highlights Advised Emerson on payment structure in relation to its senior employees.

Significant Clients Novo Nordisk, UBS, Microsoft, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Evgeny Reyzman is a widely recognised employment specialist who remains the face of the practice. He offers strategic support on most complex employment issues.

Elena Kukushkina is a highly regarded employment lawyer who advises major multinational and domestic companies on various employment issues, including contract termination and immigration as well as employment benefits and compensations. "She is a knowledgeable expert in the employment space," a client reports.

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

Russian employment and migration law practice is among very few law firms in Russia that provide services in all areas of the practice: 

  • advised clients on issues of law and practices in coping with unions, representing employers in negotiations of collective bargaining agreements, collective disputes and litigations on issues of collective disputes;
  • advised clients on legal requirements and best practices at structuring and performing HR transactions: selection, hiring, changing employment terms, structuring incentive plans, terminations; preparing relevant documents;
  • settlement of individual disputes, negotiating individual termination agreements;
  • internal investigations on violations of employers rules and procedures, including compliance violations, violation of personal data processing, etc. entailing further disciplinary actions up to termination of employment;
  • represented clients in court disputes with employees on various ranges of issues, defending clients in disputes with State Inspectorate and other regulatory authorities;
  • consulted on Russian personal data protection issues.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Nadezhda Ilyushina
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded team offering comprehensive employment law services to a wide variety of multinational companies. Advises clients on employment disputes, remuneration and employment matters related to transactions.

Strengths Clients are very satisfied with the level of engagement. "They dig deeply," a client says, adding that the team thinks ahead and advises what potential risks may emerge.

Work highlights Advised Intel on employment issues connected with the acquisition of two Russian businesses.

Advised Bio-Rad Laboratories on disciplinary actions and dismissal of an employee.

Significant Clients Mars, METRO Cash & Carry, Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox CIS, Bridgestone.

Notable practitioners

Nadezhda Ilyushina is a versatile labour lawyer advising clients on labour disputes, including dismissals, as well as general employment matters. "She has some very innovative ideas and creative ways of solving legal issues," a client reports, while another source adds that she provides "very fast risk analysis of solutions."

Yuri Ivanov is a senior associate who focuses on employment litigation. "I was thrilled by his performance in court. He has very good charisma and deep knowledge; everyone listens to him," a client reports.

About the Team (content provided by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP)

We advise clients on any labour law issues that might arise in their daily business, perform due diligence of the company’s employment paperwork in order to identify and minimise potential risks, make recommendations for optimal application of the labour legislation rules considering the client’s specific sphere of business, and provide support for major comprehensive projects.

HR management is a very subtle sphere of activity: labour law issues often intersect with such areas as protection of intellectual property, confidential information, liability of company executives/employers, etc. By representing the interests of employers in their striving for maximum efficiency, including in resolving HR issues, we help our clients achieve this in a competent and effective manner from the legal point of view.

Our many years of experience advising and acting for major foreign investors, multinational corporations and big Russian employers on all labour matters mean that individual members of the group can specialise in the particular aspects of labour law most in demand: pension legislation, relations with trades unions, outstaffing and immigration legislation. Such specialisation results in services of unsurpassed quality and the most effective support for our clients.

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CMS - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Valeriy Fedoreev
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advisory-focused practice group assisting international clients with a range of labour compliance issues. Assists with immigration matters, personal data protection, non-contentious terminations and relationships with trade unions. Active in migration cases.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's business-oriented approach. "They always give several solutions," a source says, adding: "They know how to resolve problems."

Work highlights Advised AkzoNobel on employment-related personal data and internal policy issues.

Significant Clients BOIRON, SBM, VINCI, Oliver Wyman, Franklin Templeton Investments.

Notable practitioners

Valeriy Fedoreev is head of practice advising on labour disputes, employment of top management and data protection issues. "He is a good co-ordinator," a client says, adding that he is "always on top of matters."

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Anna Ivanova
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded employment disputes team representing both domestic and international clients. Offers advisory service on issues ranging from bonuses and compensation to employment structuring. Assists with regulatory, compliance and state inspections alongside contentious dismissals.

Notable practitioners

Department head Anna Ivanova assists with dismissal disputes as well as general employment issues. A source says that she "can find a solution to very hard questions where law is very ambiguous and there is no clear precedent to follow."

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  • Other Noted Practitioners

    Olga Chislova

    (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP)

Eminent Practitioner

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Evgeny Reyzman is a widely recognised employment specialist who remains the face of the practice. He offers strategic support on most complex employment issues.

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Star Individuals

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marina Ryzhkova is a stellar practitioner with an excellent reputation for handling complex employment disputes. "She is a very experienced lawyer and she is very charismatic," a source says.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Julia Borozdna is a top-tier employment specialist with a long-standing reputation, offering expertise in advising both domestic and international companies on a broad array of employment issues. "She has substantial practical experience," a source confirms.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Nadezhda Ilyushina

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nadezhda Ilyushina is a versatile labour lawyer advising clients on labour disputes, including dismissals, as well as general employment matters. "She has some very innovative ideas and creative ways of solving legal issues," a client reports, while another source adds that she provides "very fast risk analysis of solutions."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Anna Ivanova assists with dismissal disputes as well as general employment issues. A source says that she "can find a solution to very hard questions where law is very ambiguous and there is no clear precedent to follow."

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Band 2

Personnel Law Bureau (PLB)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergei Kouksa of Personnel Law Bureau (PLB) is a widely recognised labour lawyer with a long track record, particularly in relation to disputes. He represents both employers and employees.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elena Kukushkina is a highly regarded employment lawyer who advises major multinational and domestic companies on various employment issues, including contract termination and immigration as well as employment benefits and compensations. "She is a knowledgeable expert in the employment space," a client reports.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

ALRUD Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Irina Anyukhina is a versatile practitioner with practical experience of handling HR compliance projects and contentious employment matters.

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Valeriy Fedoreev is head of practice advising on labour disputes, employment of top management and data protection issues. "He is a good co-ordinator," a client says, adding that he is "always on top of matters."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yuri Ivanov is a senior associate who focuses on employment litigation. "I was thrilled by his performance in court. He has very good charisma and deep knowledge; everyone listens to him," a client reports.

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Up and Coming

Beiten Burkhardt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrey Slepov of Beiten Burkhardt enters the rankings as the result of positive market feedback. He advises on varied employment issues, including in relation to data protection. Sources describe him as hard-working.

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Associates to watch

Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Anna Berlina is particularly active in contentious employment work and also assists with advisory mandates.

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Associates to watch

PwC Russia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Alexei Dingin of PricewaterhouseCoopers enters the rankings as a result of positive market feedback. A client praises his availability and offering of "different options to solve problems."

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