Pepeliaev Group

Practice areas
Administrative law; anti-monopoly legislation; arbitration; bankruptcy; banks and banking; business law; commercial law; communications and media; consumer law; corporate law; criminal law; customs law and foreign trade regulation; data protection; dispute resolution and mediation; employment and migration law; environmental protection; finance and banking; healthcare and pharmaceuticals; immigration and naturalisation; insolvency; intellectual property and trademarks; investment projects; land law; legal support for investment projects in Russia; litigation; M&A anti-monopoly regulation; natural resources; patents; real estate and construction; regulations; securities; services for private clients; tax law and tax disputes; telecommunications.

Firm profile
Pepeliaev Group is a Russian law firm with a western approach. With more than 160 attorneys based in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk, Pepeliaev Group is a leading Russian law firm that renders legal services in Russia, the CIS and abroad. The firm has more than 1,500 clients in different industries, most of which are multinational corporations implementing long-term investment projects in Russia. As one of the first Russian law firms to provide comprehensive legal support for foreign direct investment projects executed by multinational clients in Russia, Pepeliaev Group has extensive practical experience founded on a deep understanding of Russia's legal realities, social, economic and political processes and expectations of investors. The firm's lawyers are highly qualified and skilled professionals, representing clients in negotiations with the Russian authorities at all levels. Pepeliaev Group's team was highly commended for the work done on the FIFA project with regard to the hosting and staging of the 2018 football World Cup in Russia. Pepeliaev Group's lawyers were also part of the delegation that negotiated Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. In 2012, Pepeliaev Group won The Lawyer's Best Law Firm: Russia and the CIS award. Currently, the firm is listed as a top-ranked firm for Russia by Chambers Europe and Chambers Global for 2013. In 2013, Pepeliaev Group was nominated for Legal Week's European Law Firm of the Year Award, The Lawyer's Best Law Firm: Russia and the CIS award and in five categories at the European Tax Awards: National Tax Law firm, National Transfer Pricing Law Firm, European Energy Tax Firm (as part of Taxand), European Indirect Tax Law Firm (as part of Taxand) and European Media and Entertainment Tax Firm. In 2013, the firm was also nominated for the Chambers Europe Excellence Award. Likewise, in 2013 Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and The Legal 500, Europe, Middle East & Africa recommended Pepeliaev Group as a legal adviser for companies doing business in Russia, with the firm's tax practice taking the top spot. Sergey Pepeliaev, the managing partner of Pepeliaev Group, was named by Chambers Global and Europe 2013 as a star individual -- 'a phenomenon, with an unparalleled wealth of experience'.

Tax practice
The tax practice is one of the firm's core practice areas. Pepeliaev Group's legendary and unparalleled skill in tax law has repeatedly led to numerous commendations and awards. With a more than 96 per cent victory on all cases, the firm has developed a reputation for being on the cutting edge of tax advocacy. The firm's tax lawyers provide comprehensive advice on all complicated tax issues and represent clients in courts at all levels. Pepeliaev Group is Taxand Russia.

Contact: Sergey Pepeliaev -- Tel: +7 495 967 00 07; Email:

Corporate law practice
The corporate law practice has a focus on legal support for corporate restructuring projects, joint ventures and complex cross-border transactions. In multi-jurisdictional projects, the lawyers either provide full-service legal support for the Russian component of the project or co-ordinate the whole project, including the work of attorneys in other jurisdictions.

Contact: Vladimir Sokov -- Tel: +7 495 967 00 07; Email:

Commercial/M&A practice
The lawyers in the commercial/M&A practice have extensive experience of representing both buyers and sellers in complex cross-border M&A transactions, which enables them to provide full assistance and legal support, taking into account both civil law issues and tax and currency regulation, customs and other practical aspects: they advise on all aspects of Russian antimonopoly legislation. The 2013 IFLR 1000 Rankings for Russia placed the firm's commercial/M&A practice within the notable firm category.

Contact: Ilya Bolotnov -- Tel: +7 495 967 00 07; Email:

Banking and finance practice
Lawyers from the banking practice of Pepeliaev Group provide all types of legal support to investors and bank clients at all stages of doing business, creating solutions that help banks to operate more efficiently and achieve their strategic goals. The 2013 IFLR 1000 Rankings for Russia also placed the firm's banking practice within the notable firm category.

Contact: Igor Marmalidi -- Tel: +7 495 967 00 07; Email:

Real estate and construction practice
The firm's experts in the real estate and construction practice possess a unique practical experience of focusing on particular issues relating to land and real estate transactions and construction projects. These professionals were actively engaged in drafting and improving the draft Land Code of the Russian Federation, the Law on Agricultural Land Transactions and amendments thereto.

Contact: Alexey Konevsky -- Tel: +7 495 967 00 07; Email:

Dispute resolution and mediation practice
The firm's dispute resolution and mediation practice has earned a national reputation for excellence in all areas of high-profile and complex business disputes. They successfully represent clients in litigation and legal enforcement, including in the following areas: antitrust, general contractual disputes, commercial finance, shareholder disputes, torts, libel and media defence and eminent domain.

Contact: Yuri Vorobyev -- Tel: +7 495 967 00 07; Email:

Anti-monopoly regulation practice
The firm's anti-monopoly regulation practice has extensive experience in advice on anti-monopoly legislation: anti-monopoly audit; representation of client interests before the Federal Anti-monopoly Service during the approval of transactions in accordance with legislation on foreign investments; advice on various aspects of advertising legislation; and disputes with antimonopoly authorities.

Contact: Elena Sokolovskaya -- Tel: +7 495 967 00 07; Email:

Customs and foreign trade regulation practice
The customs and foreign trade regulation practice provides extensive legal support, dealing primarily with complex cross-border transactions and direct investment projects, involving the import of complex manufacturing equipment into Russia. Its services include: advice on customs and foreign trade regulation; legal support for investment projects with regards to import/export of technical equipment and spare parts; lease of equipment and vehicles; disputes with the customs authorities; and customs issues on the relocation of employees to/from Russia.

Contact: Alexander Kosov -- Tel: +7 495 967 00 07; Email:

Employment and migration law practice
The employment and migration law practice is advising on all aspects of employment law and related legal issues. The practice is represented by leading lawyers that have extensive experience of working with leading international law firms and providing legal support in the most challenging Russian and international projects. Julia Borozdna, head of the firm's employment and migration practice, was once again recommended as an expert in her field in the 2013 PLC Which Lawyer rankings; the practice was also one of those recommended by this leading provider of legal know-how, transactional analysis and market intelligence for lawyers.

Contact: Julia Borozdna -- Tel: +7 495 967 00 07; Email:

Intellectual property and trademarks practice
The firm's intellectual property and trademarks practice offers its clients a full set of intellectual property (IP) protection services, including the registration of IP rights with the appropriate authorities, negotiation of the licensing of rights or their transfer to third parties and the resolution of possible issues on behalf of clients prior to court action, the adoption of highly efficient anti-piracy initiatives and successful defence of the IP rights of clients before the Russian Patent and Trade Mark Office, ADR bodies, anti-monopoly authorities, other government agencies and in particular in courts.

Contact: Valentina Orlova -- Tel: +7 495 967 00 07; Email:

Administrative defence for business group
The administrative defence for business group has unique experience in the Russian market in dealing with federal, regional and municipal authorities at all levels on behalf of different clients, primarily with respect to numerous issues related to long-term FDI projects.

Contact: Elena Ovcharova -- Tel: +7 495 967 00 07; Email:

More detailed information is available here.

The firm is associated with: Terralex; Taxand; and International Bar Association (IBA).


12, Entrance 7
15th Floor, World Trade Center-II
Krasnopresnenskaya nab

Total number of lawyers: 160+
Total number of partners: 16
Total number of female partners: 4