LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR: RUSSIA

WINNER: Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Russia’s biggest law firm and a previous winner of this category, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners continues to stand out for our judges, who describe the firm as a “clear standout” and a “powerhouse”.

Turnover at Egorov Puginsky grew by 14 per cent last year, with Moscow the standout performer, while partner headcount rose by 25 per cent through both promotions and lateral hires. The firm also increased its fee-earner numbers by 21 per cent.

The firm’s client roster also grew. Egorov Puginsky said it added 370 new clients in 2012 and 2013, including UK steel company Evraz and consumer goods giant Unilever.

Among the lateral hires was legacy Herbert Smith partner Robin Wittering, making good on the firm’s promise to develop its own English law practice. Egorov Puginsky has plans to continue the development of English and US law to better meet clients’ needs, and will train its lawyers accordingly. Business acumen and commercial advice are another focus for training, targeted at junior and mid-level lawyers.

The firm is continuing to work on its diversity profile and now has five female partners – in 2010 it had none. This pace of development is likely to be mirrored across Egorov Puginsky’s activities in the next few years, as the firm pursues what has, for the 20 years since its foundation, proved to be a highly successful strategy.

Shortlist

  • Khrenov and Partners
  • Muranov Chernyakov & Partners
  • Pepeliaev Group