Ratings and Awards
Tax – Tier 1
Sergey Pepeliaev heads Pepeliaev Group’s ‘highly professional’ practice. The team advised Gazprom Export on tax legislation and compliance matters. Rustem Ahmetshin and Ivan Khamenushko are the other key figures, assisting with the full range of tax issues including international taxation, VAT and contentious matters.
Rustem Ahmetshin - Pepeliaev Group
Sergey Pepeliaev - Pepeliaev Group
Employment – Tier 2
Julia Borozdna heads the ‘highly professional’ team at Pepeliaev Group, which ‘takes an individual approach to each client’ and ‘achieves excellent results’. Highlights included defending Ikea in salary-related disputes brought by two former employees.
Competition – Tier 2
Pepeliaev Group ‘processes all inquiries within a reasonable timeframe’. Vladimir Sokov leads the practice, which includes ‘highly qualified’ Elena Sokolovskaya, noted for her advice on anti-monopoly and advertising legislation.
Intellectual Property – Tier 2
Pepeliaev Group’s ‘quick and attentive’ team is jointly headed by Valentina Orlova and Yuri Yahin. The duo recently represented the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in a dispute pertaining to the unlawful exhibition of copyrighted paintings. Other clients include Rosatom, Monsanto and Japan Tobacco International.
Real Estate and Construction – Tier 3
Pepeliaev Group’s ‘professional and business-oriented’ team is advising Leroy Merlin on purchasing land plots for the construction of retail centres. Natalia Stenina heads the practice, and Vladimir Sokov is noted for corporate and regulatory matters.
TMT – Tier 3
Pepeliaev Group’s team has ‘good industry knowledge’ and is ‘highly experienced, prompt and professional’. Tax expert Rustem Ahmetshin and Natalia Ivashchenko, who specialises in TMT-related regulatory issues, are the practice co-heads.
Energy and Natural Resources – Tier 5
Pepeliaev Group’s opening of a new office in Sakhalin has increased its presence in the oil, gas and mining sectors, and the firm retains its traditional strengths in tax and regulatory matters in the space. Pavel Kondukov and Rustem Ahmetshin are the key names.
Banking and finance: borrower side - Tier 4
At Pepeliaev Group, practice head Igor Marmalidi advises on banking and securities regulations, corporate finance and international investment. Ivan Khamenushko is the key contact for tax-related matters.
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - Tier 4
Pepeliaev Group represented Rietumu Banka in several bankruptcy cases. Igor Marmalidi heads the practice and Lidia Gorshkova has ‘excellent industry knowledge’.
Corporate and M&A: Moscow – Other recommended
Commercial, corporate and M&A: St Petersburg and elsewhere - Tier 3
Pepeliaev Group’s ‘responsive and well-coordinated’ team ‘can effectively deal with multiple issues at the same time’, and ‘puts an outstanding effort into resolving complicated situations’. Sergey Spasennov heads the practice, and Elena Krestyantseva ‘is a professional, high-calibre lawyer.’ Fazer and British American Tobacco are clients.
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: Tier 4
Pepeliaev Group’s team has ‘great knowledge of industry specifics’. Department head Yuriy Vorobyev handles commercial and financial disputes, while Yulia Litovtseva heads the bankruptcy and anti-crisis protection of business practice. Aeroflot and Yandex are clients.