Pepeliaev Group has been recognised as Law Firm of the Year for Tax Law in Russia according to the major legal peer review publication Best Lawyers™ 2020*. In addition, Sergey Sosnovsky, Partner, and Head of the Tax Practice in the St Petersburg Office, has been named Lawyer of the Year for Tax Law in St Petersburg.
This year, 22 lawyers of Pepeliaev Group have been ranked by the publication for the first time, one of whom has debuted in three categories at the same time while another has made it in two categories. Therefore, approximately one quarter of all Pepeliaev Group’s lawyers (36 out of 160) are on the list of Best Lawyers™.
This year first-timers in Tax Law include Senior Partner Sergey Savseris, Partners Marina Ivlieva, Leonid Kravchinsky and Andrey Tereschenko, Head of Pepeliaev Group’s Siberian Office Egor Lysenko, Head of the Tax Audit and Accounting Advisory Group Olga Baranova and Senior Associates in the firm’s St Petersburg Office, Rustam Galiyahmetov and Vitaly Grigoriev.
Sergey Pepeliaev, Pepeliaev Group's Managing Partner, has been a mainstay of the Best Lawyers list in the Tax Law Practice area since 2009. Also featuring in the area of tax law are our Senior Partners Rustem Ahmetshin, Ivan Khamenushko (both listed since 2014), and Andrey Nikonov (since 2018). They are joined by Partners Valentina Akimova (since 2014), Anton Nikiforov (since last year) and Ksenia Litvinova (since 2019), as well as Partner Sergey Sosnovsky (since 2014).
Partner Alexander Kosov enters the rating in Customs and Excise Law. Alexander Panov, Head of Commercial Practice, Life Sciences, has been singled out in the Life Sciences Practice and Elena Sokolovskaya, Head of the Antitrust Practice, has been featured in Competition / Antitrust for the first time.
Ekaterina Lebedeva, Head of the International Litigation and Arbitration Practice, has made her debut in the International Arbitration practice area. The Litigation category has for the first time acknowledged Partner Yuri Vorobyev and Head of Administrative Law Defence of Business Group Natalia Travkina. It is also the first time for Natalia to be featured in the Regulatory Practice area, with Elena Ovcharova, Counsel at Pepeliaev Group, joining her. The Litigation category also includes Partners Yulia Litovtseva (since 2019) and Roman Bevzenko (since 2018). Roman is also singled out in Arbitration and Mediation.
Senior Associate Anna Berlina has debuted in the Employee Benefits Law. Julia Borozdna, Partner and Head of our Employment and Migration Law Practice, has been recognised in the Best Lawyers list since 2010.
In Corporate Law, Partner Ilya Bolotnov and Partner Natalia Prisekina, Head of Pepeliaev Group’s Far East Office, have been recommended for the first time. Since 2009, the ratings have mentioned Sergey Spasennov, Senior Partner and Head of the St Petersburg Office, who is recommended in Mergers and Acquisitions Law. The M&A Law practice area has seen the debut of Partner Nikolay Solodovnikov. Sergey Sosnovsky has been recommended in this area since 2014.
Partner Alexey Konevsky has for the first time been hailed in three practice areas at the same time: Construction Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law. The latter area also for the first time features Elena Krestyantseva, Head of the Land Law, Real Estate and Construction Practice in Pepeliaev Group’s St Petersburg Office. Partner Natalia Stenina has been a recommended lawyer in this category of the Best Lawyers list since 2018.
Valentina Orlova, Head of the IP Practice, has been acknowledged for the first time in Intellectual Property Law area of the rating, which has included Yuri Yahin, Head of Group, IP Practice, since 2018.
Pepeliaev Group’s Partner Yulia Litovtseva has been a recommended expert for services in Insolvency and Reorganization Law since 2019.
*The Best Lawyers ranking results apply to the following year. This means that the results of Best Lawyers™ 2019 were published in 2018 and the Best Lawyers 2020 list has been published this year.