Pepeliaev Group’s practice areas have demonstrated exceptional results in The Legal 500 – 2021

emea-top-tier-firms-2021.jpgPepeliaev Group has continued to perform positively at the top of The Legal 500 international ratings.

The firm's real estate and construction practice has made the leap to Tier 2. Experts note that the firm is a “key adviser for high-value domestic real estate transactions, due diligence projects and contractual arrangements”. The practice is headed by partners Natalia Stenina and Alexey Konevsky.

The Tax Practice has retained its leading position in Tier 1. According to the researchers, Pepeliaev Group is “an excellent proposition for clients seeking defence in tax litigation proceedings”. Sergey Pepeliaev, managing partner, Rustem Ahmetshin, senior partner, and Natalia Kovalenko, partner, are marked out as leading individuals.

Pepeliaev Group’s bankruptcy and anti-crisis protection of business practice entered Tier 2. According to the researchers, Yulia Litovtseva, partner, is “very attentive to the interests of the client”. The ranking also notes senior associate Leonid Barkov, who is “particularly well-versed in acting on the side of Russian and foreign corporate defendants”.

The firm is also rated in high positions in the field of employment (Tier 2). Julia Borozdna, partner, “has over 20 years' experience advising multinational and notable domestic companies on the full range of non-contentious labour law matters, and also frequently handles litigious work”. Anna Berlina, head of the employment and migration law group, is “particularly known for assisting with employee dismissals, including on a large scale, and representing clients in their dealings with the State Labour Inspectorate and the Public Prosecutor's Office”. Dmitry Zykov, head of the legal protection of information practice, is “noted for his expertise in issues relating to data privacy”.

The practice providing services for private clients has retained its position in Tier 2. According to the experts of the Legal 500, “Pepeliaev Group is distinguished by its highly specialised team, which comprises a large number of experts. Managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev brings a wealth of experience in handling contentious and advisory taxation issues to the group, as does Rustem Ahmetshin, who heads up the tax practice”. Julia Borozdna, partner, and Olga Puchkova, expert, are marked out as “the names to note for family and inheritance law mandates” and partners Yuri Vorobyev and Yulia Litovtseva are “the key contacts on the litigious side”.

Our competition practice is ranked in Tier 3. According to the experts of the Legal 500, “Elena Sokolovskaya’s previous experience in the FAS is valuable, because knowing the FAS from the inside, she has the opportunity to look at any situation through the eyes of a regulator and give valuable practical advice on it”.

The energy and natural resources industry group retains its position in Tier 4. Its key specialists are Sergey Pepeliaev, managing partner, and Natalia Stenina, partner.

Our corporate law / M&A practice is ranked in Tier 5.

The TMT Group (Tier 3) is represented by Rustem Ahmetshin and partner Natalia Kovalenko. Experts of the Legal 500 note that Pepeliaev Group's team is “regularly involved with working groups created by legislative and executive authorities to respond to initiatives in the legal regulation concerning the TMT sector”.

The corporate practice in Pepeliaev Group’s St Petersburg office is placed in Tier 2. According to the researchers, the team is “adept at handling contentious corporate issues, corporate governance matters, due diligence assignments and investment projects”. Sergey Spasennov, senior partner, Sergey Sosnovsky, partner, Elena Krestyantseva, head of the land law, real estate and construction practice, are noted in the ranking.

The IP and trademarks practice has retained its position in Tier 2. Valentina Orlova, head of the practice, “focuses on advising clients on entry into agreements regarding the use of IP and the disposal of exclusive rights, as well as assisting with e-commerce and advertising matters”. Senior associate Nikolay Medvedev is also marked out in this category as the “key contact for contentious work”.

The dispute resolution and mediation practice is ranked in Tier 4. Experts note that Yuri Vorobyev “has extensive experience acting on the defence side of Russian and international companies in commercial disputes”. Roman Bevzenko, partner, and Ekaterina Lebedeva, head of the international litigation and arbitration practice, are also marked out in this category.

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