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What she specialises in

Elena has over 20 years of experience of advising on antitrust law and legislation on advertising, as well as legislation on public procurement, legislation on foreign investments and other issues falling within the competence of the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) and the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). She has extensive experience of holding antimonopoly audits and implementing compliance, and of providing support to clients in the context of scheduled and unscheduled inspections conducted by Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service. She represents clients before the FAS, the EEC and in court in all cases within the competence of the FAS and the EEC. Elena’s professional experience includes implementing projects for companies from various sectors. She is a member of the Competition Experts Association, of the not-for-profit partnership “Competition Support in the CIS Countries”, of the Association of European Businesses (Legal Committee), of the FAS’s Expert Panel for Promoting Competition in the social sphere and healthcare, of the FAS’s Expert Panel for Promoting Competition in the retail sector, of the competition committee of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and of the Consultative Committee of the EEC for Competition and Antimonopoly Regulation, Price Controls, and Public (Municipal) Procurement.
Elena graduated with honours from the International University in Moscow and successfully completed the European Competition Law programme at King’s College, London.
According to the leading independent international ranking The Best Lawyers, she is a leading Russian expert in antitrust law.

Her key achievements

Elena's major projects include, among others:
  • successfully represented a major US manufacturer of construction equipment before the EEC;
  • developed and implemented a system of antimonopoly compliance in the activity of MTS, a Russian mobile operator;
  • represented a major pharmaceutical company before the FAS when the issue of the interchangeability of medicines was considered.
Elena worked for the FAS for more than seven years, including as departmental head within the FAS’s legal division. According to Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, Pepeliaev Group’s antitrust practice is one of the strongest practices in Russia. Elena has authored articles in a number of foreign and Russian professional publications, such as Vedomosti, Corporate Lawyer, and The Global Competition Review. She also has extensive experience of speaking at conferences on issues relating to antimonopoly legislation. In addition, she is the lead expert of and a regular contributor to “Competition and Law” magazine.

What they say

The practice specialises in interacting within the industry; sources note the “excellent organisation of conferences and workshops involving representatives of supervisory bodies”.
(Chambers Europe, 2019).
Elena Sokolovskaya is an acknowledged expert in antimonopoly legislation. She supports clients mainly by providing advice and representing them in courts. According to a client, Elena’s distinctive feature is “attention to detail and high speed of work” (Chambers Europe, 2018).
Elena Sokolovskaya’s experience of working at the Russian FAS is particularly valuable. One of our clients noted that, ‘She could tell us a great deal about how the FAS works in practice’ (Chambers Europe, 2015).

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