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Competition/Antitrust — Russia


Baker McKenzie - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Rises to the top tier in recognition of activity on highlight cases as well as excellent market feedback. Assists international blue-chip clients with cross-border and domestic competition matters. Offers regulatory support, including merger control and advertising issues. Highly regarded for its visibility in contentious matters, representing clients in disputes against the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) as well as supporting them in investigations by the FAS. Pharmaceuticals feature highly among the clients along with automotive and technology companies.

Strengths Clients note the team's business-focused approach. A client praises the lawyers as "practical and using an innovative approach," while another client reports that the team knows "how the regulator works."

Work highlights Advised Safran on the obtaining of Russian merger control clearance for the global sale of a part of its business to Smiths.

Notable practitioners

Department head Anton Subbot is a notable competition law specialist focusing on contentious work, including regulatory investigations and disputes with the FAS. "He picks up on what a client wants, he is not overly formalistic and he finds solutions," a client says.

Nadia Goreslavskaya is recognised for dealing with non-contentious aspects of antitrust law including advisory work on joint ventures and merger control. Clients describe her as pragmatic and available at short notice.

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

The team is widely known for representing multinational clients in antitrust investigations, with the subject matter of such investigations ranging from various forms of abuse of market dominance, restrictive practices to bid-rigging, cartels, collusion with state authorities and anticompetitive agreements generally. 

It regularly assists multinationals with implementing their antitrust compliance, anti-bribery and, increasingly, trade sanctions compliance policies in a manner which minimizes exposure to Russian antitrust liability. The team was involved in several precedent-setting abuse of dominance cases concerning refusal to do business with prospective commercial partners, and has assisted a number of multinational clients with Russian government inquiries into restrictions imposed on local commercial partners as a consequence of trade sanctions. 

The group is exceptional in that each member of the team, often having a background in a neighbouring practice area, complements each other in his/her field of specialization both in antitrust and other fields, contributes his uniqueness into the overall group expertise, creating a harmonious group of professionals offering a holistic approach to any issue and client approaching it in any area of antitrust regulation in Russia. 

All this is coupled with the global approach, know-how and experience that the team is practicing being a member of Baker McKenzie global antitrust team.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Climbs to the top tier as a result of consistently strong performance and visibility on high-stakes cases. Primarily active and best known for its practical experience of competition disputes. Also assists with abuse of dominance cases as well as FAS investigations, including in the regions of Russia. Offers regulatory compliance support and advisory services in merger clearance as well as commercial contracts matters.

Strengths Clients particularly value the team for its practical advice in relation to investigations by the Russian competition authorities. "They are really good in representation before the FAS in investigations: writing explanations, giving evidence," a client says, while another source notes that they offer "practical solutions."

Work highlights Advised Zeppelin Russland on the defence strategy in a cartel investigation conducted by the FAS in conjunction with EAEU.

Acted for re:Store on the proceeding initiated by the FAS against Apple regarding alleged price co-ordination amongst its distributors.

Notable practitioners

Nikolay Voznesenskiy is one of the leading competition lawyers in Russia, particularly noted for his involvement in contentious cases. "He is very straightforward and explains all complications that a case might have," a client says, adding that "he's a very good negotiator. He can find interesting solutions." He regularly represents clients in FAS investigations and also advises on broader competition-related matters.

Vitaly Dianov is particularly notable for his experience in contentious competition matters, including cartel investigations and compliance issues.

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

Goltsblat BLP has one of the biggest antitrust teams in Russia with more than twelve years’ experience and is one of the few law firms in Russia that have a dedicated Competition Practice with a significant focus on antitrust audits and antitrust litigation.

Our practical experience in antitrust is more diversified compared with some other firms in Russia. We have experience in antitrust litigation and competition cases in antimonopoly authorities, merger and strategic enterprise clearances, antitrust audits, structuring of distribution contracts, advice in public procurement (government contracts) and public procurement litigation.

Our associates are active members of expert organisations liaising with the FAS of Russia with a view to improving the country’s antimonopoly legislation.


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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Largest on the market, the competition team is highly regarded for appearing at the forefront of major complex cases. Represents notable international and domestic clients in abuse of dominance and unfair competition claims, cartel investigations and high-profile competition disputes. Also maintains an outstanding domestic advisory team. Advises clients from the pharmaceutical, IT, retail and transportation sectors.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the team's particular understanding of FAS investigations as a result of extensive experience dealing with such cases. A client praises their "very good knowledge of legal issues and very good understanding of what the state regulator wants from us."

Sources note the depth and the breath of the practice.

Work highlights Represented Mondi Syktyvkar before the FAS against allegations of abusing a dominant position by fixing high prices for offset paper.

Represented T2 Mobile in the proceeding against the Moscow Metro regarding unfair tariffs for placing telecommunications equipment in the underground.

Notable practitioners

Natalia Korosteleva is a distinguished antitrust lawyer offering versatile expertise and depth of practical experience. A source says she "develops brilliant strategies for dealing with state authorities."

Anna Numerova is a well-known lawyer in the antitrust market advising clients on competition law aspects of M&A transactions as well as due diligence and compliance. Clients are keen to highlight her logical thinking and accuracy, adding that she "can explain things and lead negotiations."

Evgeny Bolshakov is noted for his focus on the contentious side of competition law. "He is bright and creative," a source says.

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ALRUD Law Firm - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established practice group covering the full spectrum of antitrust issues. Particularly experienced in advisory and regulatory issues, including assisting with merger control matters relating to international deals. Additionally, represents international clients in cartel investigations and unfair competition disputes. Acts for clients from various sectors with particular expertise in the pharmaceutical and transportation industries.

Strengths Clients emphasise the team's pragmatic approach and advice. "They understand business issues and provide practical advice," a source says.

Work highlights Represented LG in the FAS investigation of the company's pricing policy, including representation in the dawn raid.

Advised Bayer on the Russian competition aspects of its acquisition of Monsanto.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Vassily Rudomino offers many years of proven expertise in all competition law aspects including matters of merger control and antitrust investigations. A client emphasises that he is "extremely responsive and very understanding of our needs."

German Zakharov assists clients with merger clearance and commercial contracts compliance and is also active in representing them in antitrust investigations by the FAS. "He's always very practical, he combines technical skills with what is doable," an interviewee says.

About the Team (content provided by ALRUD Law Firm)

ALRUD Antitrust/Competition team is widely recognized as one of the leading and most reputable practice with market-leading expertise in all aspects of Russian competition law. We support clients on a wide range of antitrust issues: coordination of merger control transactions with Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service, cartel investigations, antitrust disputes, advising on distributorship agreements, and analyzing compliance of commercial agreements with antitrust requirements. Particularly our team is highly regarded in the field of creation of JVs and making foreign and strategic investments in Russia.

ALRUD Team works with international and Russian companies from different industries, including healthcare, energy and natural resources, media and communication, information technologies, FMCG and retail.

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Antitrust Advisory LLC - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Increasingly visible antitrust law boutique particularly noted for its dispute resolution capabilities. Often instructed on high-profile cases in relation to alleged abuse of dominance, unfair competition and price fixing. Possesses extensive expertise in trade law and domestic regulatory matters, including merger clearance and advertising issues. Boasts a client roster of major international brands alongside significant domestic companies. Consumer goods, pharmaceutical, technology and industrial companies all feature on the firm's client list.

Strengths Clients particularly value the team for its business-friendly approach. A source praises the knowledge of "how business works in reality."

Another interviewee adds: "We like that they are very informal."

Work highlights Represented Procter & Gamble in an unfair competition claim against Stockeast.

Advised INC Research on the obtaining of merger clearance for its acquisition of inVentiv Health.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Evgeny Khokhlov is a top-ranked antitrust specialist who is involved in high-profile cases concerning antitrust investigations by the FAS. Sources praise the high quality of advice he provides and his depth of experience.

Alexander Egorushkin assists with a variety of competition matters, including compliance and regulatory investigations. A client reports that he provides "very clear advice and solutions" and also praises his availability.

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Clifford Chance - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Particularly known for its cross-border capabilities, including EU-related competition matters. Regularly acts on merger filing and regulatory compliance mandates. Also active in contentious matters. Acts for companies active in the telecommunications, financial services, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors.

Strengths Sources note the team's technical expertise, approachability and accuracy.

Work highlights Advised Pfizer on the antitrust aspects of its localisation project with NovaMedica.

Notable practitioners

Torsten Syrbe is a highly experienced competition lawyer advising clients on merger clearance and commercial competition-related issues. He also advises on related EU-law matters.

About the Team (content provided by Clifford Chance)

Our Moscow Antitrust Practice forms an integrated part of our Global Antitrust Practice, which is one of the leading global competition teams

Merger Control

We cover all aspects of merger control, including the negotiation of remedies and challenging of decisions in relation to acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures vis-à-vis the Federal Antimonopoly Service and in relation to merger control proceedings in other CIS and European countries, China and the US

Abuse of Dominance and Restrictive Agreements

Our team advises on all aspects of potentially restrictive agreements, whether horizontal or vertical, as well as joint venture and cooperation arrangements, national and cross-border distribution systems and dominance rules. In this context we regularly represent companies in cartel and abuse of dominance
investigations and antitrust proceedings of federal and regional antimonopoly authorities and in national courts

Compliance, Unfair Competition and Public Procurement

We act for clients in relation to all other areas of competition legislation, whether in connection with unfair competition, natural monopolies, state aid and public procurement or access to infrastructure. In addition, we have developed online training courses on the Russian competition rules and offer tailor-made compliance seminars, antitrust audits and advice on internal rules of conduct.

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Dentons - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable team acting on large-scale cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, representing both major Russian and international corporations against the state authorities. Additionally recommended for merger control filing and compliance matters. Often works in close co-operation with the firm's Brussels office.

Notable practitioners

Department head Marat Mouradov is a highly respected antitrust specialist with a broad knowledge of competition issues. He is best known for handling contentious cases. A client describes him as "focused on solution-finding."

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Pepeliaev Group - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Focuses on behavioural and compliance issues. Known for its strength in advisory services, the team assists international and domestic clients with regulatory compliance issues relating to contracts and transactions. Provides support in contentious cases, including investigations by the FAS.

Strengths Clients value the team for its clear and client-oriented communication.

Notable practitioners

Elena Sokolovskaya is a reputable competition specialist predominantly assisting with advisory and contentious matters. A client describes her as "very accurate and fast."

About the Team (content provided by Pepeliaev Group)

Breaching antimonopoly legislation may have adverse effects and be detrimental to business. Pepeliaev Group has broad experience in advising on antimonopoly regulation.

Around 600 projects have been completed over the 8 years for which the practice has existed. Our lawyers were the first on the Russian market to implement a full-fledged system of antitrust compliance. The practice is developing advisory services regarding the antitrust requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union and has successful experience in dealing with the Eurasian Economic Commission. 100% of Pepeliaev Group’s petitions for the approval of transactions in the context of concentration control and foreign investments in strategic economic sectors have been approved by the FAS and the government committee.

We are ready to provide comprehensive legal support in all aspects of antimonopoly regulation.

Our services:

  • Representing clients before the FAS, the Eurasian Economic Commission and in courts, including cases on cartels and abuse of a dominant position
  • Performing antimonopoly audits and developing antimonopoly compliance systems
  • Providing support during antimonopoly audits
  • Providing advice on antitrust legislation and other issues that fall within the jurisdiction of the FAS
  • Obtaining approval for transactions and other actions with the FAS and with the Governmental Commission for Overseeing the Making of Foreign Investments in Russia




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Art De Lex - Competition/Antitrust Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Growing antitrust practice group advising both domestic and international clients on competition matters ranging from inspections and investigations to compliance and merger control. Also handles contentious matters.

Strengths Sources value the in-depth analysis and solution-oriented approach the team offers.

Work highlights Represented Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works in the FAS investigation of RUSAL on the basis of alleged abuse of its dominant position as a buyer.

Notable practitioners

Yaroslav Kulik advises clients on a broad range of antitrust matters including abuse of dominance, allegedly concerted actions and merger control.

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CMS - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Active team assisting with advisory and regulatory issues. Co-operates with its Western European offices to handle merger clearances in high-value M&A deals. Also acts on disputes with the FAS.

Strengths Sources highlight that the team is business-oriented and on time.

Work highlights Advised Komatsu on the Russian competition clearance of its USD3.7 billion acquisition of Joy Global.

Notable practitioners

Maxim Boulba is a well-known name assisting with merger control as well as commercial competition issues such as distribution contract structuring. "He is always ready to listen and propose solutions," a client reports.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Regularly advises on merger clearance in the context of high-end, cross-border M&A deals and joint ventures, often working together with offices from across its global network. Additionally, assists with compliance as well as dawn raids. Client base includes significant international companies from a range of sectors.

Strengths The team is best known for its visibility in assisting with Russian merger control aspects of global deals.

Work highlights Advised LANXESS on the Russian competition law aspects of the formation of a joint venture with Saudi Aramco.

Advised Johnson & Johnson on the Russian merger control regarding its acquisition of Actelion.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Viktorov heads the antitrust practice advising mostly international clients on Russian law elements of cross-border M&A transactions.

About the Team (content provided by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP)

Please visit the Freshfields website for more details about our work in this category: http://www.freshfields.com/en-gb/what-we-do/services/antitrust-and-competition/


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Eminent Practitioner

ALRUD Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Vassily Rudomino offers many years of proven expertise in all competition law aspects including matters of merger control and antitrust investigations. A client emphasises that he is "extremely responsive and very understanding of our needs."

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Antitrust Advisory LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Evgeny Khokhlov is a top-ranked antitrust specialist who is involved in high-profile cases concerning antitrust investigations by the FAS. Sources praise the high quality of advice he provides and his depth of experience.

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Natalia Korosteleva

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Natalia Korosteleva is a distinguished antitrust lawyer offering versatile expertise and depth of practical experience. A source says she "develops brilliant strategies for dealing with state authorities."

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Marat Mouradov is a highly respected antitrust specialist with a broad knowledge of competition issues. He is best known for handling contentious cases. A client describes him as "focused on solution-finding."

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Torsten Syrbe is a highly experienced competition lawyer advising clients on merger clearance and commercial competition-related issues. He also advises on related EU-law matters.

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Nikolay Voznesenskiy

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikolay Voznesenskiy is one of the leading competition lawyers in Russia, particularly noted for his involvement in contentious cases. "He is very straightforward and explains all complications that a case might have," a client says, adding that "he's a very good negotiator. He can find interesting solutions." He regularly represents clients in FAS investigations and also advises on broader competition-related matters.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Numerova is a well-known lawyer in the antitrust market advising clients on competition law aspects of M&A transactions as well as due diligence and compliance. Clients are keen to highlight her logical thinking and accuracy, adding that she "can explain things and lead negotiations."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Anton Subbot is a notable competition law specialist focusing on contentious work, including regulatory investigations and disputes with the FAS. "He picks up on what a client wants, he is not overly formalistic and he finds solutions," a client says.

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Alexander Egorushkin

Antitrust Advisory LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Egorushkin assists with a variety of competition matters, including compliance and regulatory investigations. A client reports that he provides "very clear advice and solutions" and also praises his availability.

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Tatiana Kamenskaya

Kamenskaya & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tatiana Kamenskaya of Kamenskaya & Partners Law Firm is a respected antitrust lawyer with focusing on contentious matters. Sources highlight her experience in unfair competition as well as anti-competitive agreement cases.

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Elena Sokolovskaya

Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elena Sokolovskaya is a reputable competition specialist predominantly assisting with advisory and contentious matters. A client describes her as "very accurate and fast."

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Alexander Viktorov

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Viktorov heads the antitrust practice advising mostly international clients on Russian law elements of cross-border M&A transactions.

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Anti-Monopoly Law Office LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yevgeny Voevodin of Anti-Monopoly Law Office LLC is a well-known and experienced antitrust lawyer leading his own boutique firm.

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ALRUD Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

German Zakharov assists clients with merger clearance and commercial contracts compliance and is also active in representing them in antitrust investigations by the FAS. "He's always very practical, he combines technical skills with what is doable," an interviewee says.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evgeny Bolshakov is noted for his focus on the contentious side of competition law. "He is bright and creative," a source says.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maxim Boulba is a well-known name assisting with merger control as well as commercial competition issues such as distribution contract structuring. "He is always ready to listen and propose solutions," a client reports.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vitaly Dianov is particularly notable for his experience in contentious competition matters, including cartel investigations and compliance issues.

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Nadia Goreslavskaya

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nadia Goreslavskaya is recognised for dealing with non-contentious aspects of antitrust law including advisory work on joint ventures and merger control. Clients describe her as pragmatic and available at short notice.

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KIAP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ilya Ischuk of KIAP specialises in antitrust-related dispute resolution, mostly acting for domestic clientele.

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Art De Lex

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yaroslav Kulik advises clients on a broad range of antitrust matters including abuse of dominance, allegedly concerted actions and merger control.

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Infralex

From the Chambers Europe guide

Artur Rokhlin of Infralex law firm specialises in contentious aspects of competition law, including abuse of dominance and unfair competition cases.

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White & Case LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ksenia Tyunik of White & Case LLC is an associate advising global corporations in the range of antitrust aspects including regulation of foreign investments and merger control. A client describes her as "very effective and thorough."

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