Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Well-established practice with significant experience of big-ticket investment projects and strong expertise in competition law matters. Noted for general corporate and commercial, tax, employment and real estate advice and its solid track record in legal due diligence. Also provides support on a range of IP issues, including registration and protection of trade marks as well as franchising. Impressive client portfolio includes big players from a number of industry sectors, notably telecommunications, leisure and pharmaceuticals.
Strengths "The most important thing is that every question is answered by a specialist. They have people who have the expertise in separate subjects."
"They are a front runner in having expertise in other things, particularly in competition law. They are very hands-on and speedy."
"They are quite proactive, fast in responding, have good commercial skills and understand what we ask. Their advice is straightforward."
Work highlights Advised Regula on developing the franchising structure and strategy.
Significant clients Microsoft Corporation, Oasis Group, Electrolux, Beiersdorf, ICOND.
Managing partner Alexander Stepanovski has extensive experience in the market, attracting praise for his strong leadership and organisational skills. Interviewees appreciate his "hands-on approach" with another source adding: "We rely on him when we have complicated issues. He is very commercially oriented and very responsive."
Valery Papakul is described as a "very good negotiator" who "tries to find the answer to every question" and is "very supportive, friendly and easy to work with." Another client adds: "He is the guy I can turn to, he is a devoted partner I can trust." He is one of the most respected practitioners in the market, handling M&A, capital markets and corporate law issues.
Tatiana Ignatovskaya comes strongly recommended for her expertise in competition law and experience of the energy sector. She also deals with IP-related matters. Sources describe her as "very straightforward, technical and commercially aware." Another client appreciates her quick replies: "You send a question and she gets back to you."
Elena Sapego is recognised by sources for her strong expertise in tax law and customs matters. She also advises on commercial and employment matters.
Sviatlana Valuyeva heads the IP practice, attracting very positive feedback. "Very good practical advice, aligned with our goals, she has a focus to get the deal done," a client reports. Her recent instructions include advising Skechers on entering a trade mark licence agreement.