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Recent projects
Advised a foreign client on compliance with corporate Anti-Money Laundering Policy and possibility of its application in the Russian Federation.
Ratings
For a third consecutive year the international ranking Who’s Who Legal recognizes ALRUD Law Firm as Russian Law Firm of the Year.

White Collar Crime, Compliance and Investigations

Having excellent reputation and one of the largest teams in the Russian legal market, - ALRUD is  one of the leading Russian advisors in criminal law matters and investigations. ALRUD Criminal Law, Compliance, and Investigations Practice, comprises graduates of leading Russian universities, such as the Moscow State University and National Research University – Higher School of Economics. Most of the practice members have been admitted to the state bar and have legal degrees in both Russian and foreign law.

Practice members specialize in supporting complex criminal-law projects and representing the clients in all stages of criminal proceedings, including pre-investigation stage. Our specialists have extensive experience in supporting our clients in administrative inspections and corporate investigations, and advising on anti-money laundering and anti-bribery compliance.

Practice members have vast experience in working on the cases with international element, which require not only excellent legal qualification, but also a perfect knowledge of foreign languages. 

Our services include: 

Criminal Law
  • Advising on criminal law matters, including assessment of criminal proceedings and criminal liability risks, review of business projects from the criminal-law standpoint;
  • Representing the clients in all stages of criminal proceedings on economic crimes, including pre-investigation stage;
  • Protection from fraudulent and other illegal activities of counterparties in criminal proceedings, including representing the victim’s interests, and recovery of damages in the course of criminal proceedings;
  • Legal support in the course of investigative and other procedural activities of law enforcement bodies, preparation of management and personnel for undergoing possible investigative and procedural actions.

Support of Audits and Investigations

  • Conducting internal investigations, including inquiries into suspect internal operations and investigation in support of due diligence projects in order to assess criminal liability risks;
  • Representing in course of inspections and investigations held by state authorities which may cause the risk of criminal proceedings.

Compliance

  • Due Diligence, assessment of compliance of the company’s and employees’ actions with applicable criminal and antitrust law;
  • Assessment, drafting and implementation of various internal compliance procedures, ethics programs, and codes of business conduct;
  • Audit of compliance with Russian and international anti-bribery legislation, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act;
  • Conducting compliance seminars and regulatory trainings.
Our recent projects include:

Criminal Law
  • Advised a large international patent-holder on criminal liability issues for patent infringement. Represented in criminal and administrative court proceedings, organized interaction with detective.
  • Successfully protected interests of the largest European railway logistics operator in a dispute related to restoration of corporate control in a Russian subsidiary, including support in criminal case against the former CEO of the client.
  • Represented interests of the largest international logistics company in a complex dispute with the developer of huge logistics complex in the Moscow Region, in particular, ensured initiation and successful completion of criminal proceedings against the developer’s management.
  • Represented an employee of a global wood-shaving plates producer with regard to criminal case on a car accident in Russia. Successfully negotiated the case and prepared conciliation agreement. As a result, the criminal case was terminated and the client’s employee was not brought to criminal liability.
  • Successfully represented interests of one of the largest Russian oil companies in a complex dispute with a customs broker for a huge amount, including representation of the client's interests in a bankruptcy case; support of parallel court proceedings and representation in a criminal case against the debtor's management at the pre-investigation stage.
Support of Audits and Investigations
  • Conducted several internal investigations for a large international producer of electronic automation systems on antitrust violations in its Russian office and conducted risk assessment of potential investigations by the law enforcement agencies. As a result, elaborated approaches on mitigation of risks.
  • Conducted complex internal investigation for an international packaging company on possibility of bringing its employees to liability for criminal conduct against the company. Elaborated approaches on possibility of official investigation.
  • Conducted internal investigation for a global logistics company in respect of fraudulent conduct of its Russian management.
  • Conducted internal investigation of Russian affiliate of French FMCG company listed in NYSE. Investigation included analysis of possible corruption, FCPA applicability, procurement fraud, violation of books and records;interviews of employees, coordination of computer forensic team.
  • Advised a large foreign commercial bank on issues related to prevention of fraudulent conduct of employees and participants of the company. Held audit of risks of fraud, detected features of fraud in several business functions and conducted detailed analysis of risks and options for mitigation.

Compliance

  • Conducted a large-scale antimonopoly due diligence in a tight schedule of a major producer of packaging systems in Russia, made a relevant risk-assessment.
  • Conducted internal investigation for a global logistics company in respect of fraudulent conduct of its Russian management.
  • Advised a large international company on FCPA application in Russia, developed and brought into compliance the company’s policies with the antibribery legislation considering provisions of the foreign legislation, in particular FCPA.
  • Adapted global compliance policy with Russian legislation for Russian affiliate of the leading international appliance producer.
  • Advised Russian affiliate of international FMCG company on procurement fraud in respect of construction of new plant. Met with employees suspected in violation and drafted the complaint to the police.
  • Conducted several compliance seminars for companies in such industries as glass, retail and FMCG.
  • Advised a large producer of cosmetics on implementation of policy for cooperation with counterparties (including FCPA provisions) and trained its general employees.