Firm profile submitted by BGP Litigation
Chairman: Igor Baranovsky
Managing Partners: Timur Unarokov, Alexey Akhuba, Kirill Parinov
Number of partners: 10
Number of lawyers: 60
Languages: English, Russian
BGP Litigation is a leading firm specialising in comprehensive protection of business. The firm was founded in 2006 and combines legal and investment expertise. The firm employs over 60 lawyers, litigation and criminal attorneys, as well as tax and investment experts. Many of them are comprised in the leading international and Russian ratings, including Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, IFLR 1000, BestLawyers, Who's Who Legal, Kommersant.
The substantial size of the team enables firm to work efficiently on global projects that require simultaneous support of a great number of parallel proceedings at various levels and in various jurisdictions.
The firm’s team has a full range of competences necessary to protect efficiently the interests of the clients, including the coordination of negotiations, support in Russian and cross-border courts and arbitration proceedings, restructuring of business, international tax advice, support of tax disputes and criminal law defense. A great part of current and past projects implemented by the team has a substantial cross-border element, which includes support during international arbitration disputes and courts, coordination of assets recovery and obtaining of provisional remedies in various jurisdictions. The international focus, together with Russian presence, allows BGP Litigation to find the most effective and cost-efficient solutions for the protection of the clients.
■ Dispute Resolution
■ International Arbitration
■ Tax Disputes
■ International Tax Planning
■ Corporate Restructuring/ M&A
■ White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
The practice of dispute resolution is focused on the support for complex disputes in Russia. This experience allows the firm to find unique solutions using the legal tools in different jurisdictions: litigation at courts with a focus on complex disputes being conducted in multiple concurrent jurisdictions; protecting clients' property interests, including at the early stages of proceedings by means of provisional remedies. The practice is recommended by Chambers Europe, The Legal 500 EMEA, Russia’s Pravo.Ru 300, Kommersant rankings.
The international commercial arbitration practice is focused on complex cross-border disputes and is one of the most dynamic practises. BGP Litigation represents the interests of large Russian and transnational corporations in arbitration proceedings administered by all widely recognised international arbitration institutions.
The firm has a wide experience in clients' representation in bankruptcy cases, including major cross-border disputes. Practice’s team within the framework of bankruptcy cases successfully levies execution upon assets in the Russian Federation and abroad, which allows clients to get maximum satisfaction of claims. The practice is recommended by Chambers Europe, IFLR1000, Russia’s Pravo.Ru-300 rankings.
M&A and Corporate Restructuring:
One of the core competencies is a comprehensive support of M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and special situations projects. The competitive advantage comes from practical many years’ experience in acquisition, disposal and turnaround of distressed assets in Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe, as well as from the team's ability to quickly raise mezzanine-, bridge- or litigation funding for distressed assets and situations which are impossible to be financed using straight private equity or traditional credit facilities. The practice is recommended by IFLR1000 ranking.
One of the major specialisations of BGP Litigation is business protection from tax claims. The wide range of the firm's services allows to address thoroughly the taxpayers' issues related to the current and potential tax risks. Success of projects implementation is determined by a proactive approach to protection from tax claims as well as a unique team personnel, which includes specialists with many years of experience in both consulting firms and tax authorities.
International Tax Planning:
The team helps clients find effective decisions in the era of deoffshorization. Introduction of the CFC rules, fast development of judicial practice for a beneficial owner of income, limitation of benefits under international agreements - all this makes a taxpayer to take a different look at his/her business structure.
White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations:
The team represents clients in criminal proceedings, with a particular focus on white collar matters. The attorneys handle a wide range of criminal law defense matters, including: providing legal advice and protecting the interests of corporate management and owners in the course of preliminary enquiries, preliminary investigations and judicial proceedings; prompt evaluation of criminal risks associated with relationships under civil law, and implementation of preventive measures prior to enquiries by law enforcement authorities; advising on anti-money laundering and anti-corruption legislation, including compliance issues.