One of the most significant law-rating agencies, the Legal 500 has published new annual guide The Legal 500 EMEA 2015. Traditionally ALRUD Law Firm is highly recognized by this ranking. By the results of the past year, ALRUD is recommended for the following seven areas of law: Competition, Employment, Corporate and M&A, Dispute resolution, Banking and finance, Intellectual property, Real estate and construction.
For the second year in a row ALRUD Competition/Antitrust practice is highly appreciated by international experts and is positioned in the Tier 1 in Russia. According to the view of the market commentators, ALRUD Law Firm has “excellent technical knowledge combined with a practical approach”. Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner and practice head, is ranked as “Leading Individual” and is “a senior statesman in the field”, and “very user-friendly” German Zakharov, Senior Associate, advised NYK Line during a cartel investigation into the shipping container market by Russian regulatory authorities.
Labour and Employment practice holds high position in ranking and is placed in Tier 2. The Legal 500 notes that the practice provides “a high level of service”, exhibiting “a client-oriented approach and deep understanding of the Russian legal environment”. Practice head Irina Anyukhina, Partner, advised Microsoft on the Russian employment aspects of its acquisition of Nokia’s global devices and services business.
Corporate and M&A practice enters the Tier 3 of the ranking. ALRUD is called “A leading firm for Russian law advice”. ALRUD Law Firm combines “practical advice, strong value for money, very good responsiveness and a focus on clients’ needs and interests”. Alexander Zharskiy, Partner and head of the practice, is “strong private equity and corporate governance lawyer”. He advised North Atlantic Drilling and Seadrill on their joint venture with Rosneft. Newly promoted Anton Dzhuplin, Partner and second leader of the practice, is “extremely efficient and a great team player”.
ALRUD Dispute resolution team (Tier 3) is “very responsive, client-friendly and always ready to think outside the box”. Feodor Vyacheslavov, Partner and practice head, who is “always ready to go the extra mile”, represented Fiat Group Automobiles in an antidumping investigation conducted by the Eurasian Economic Commission, highlighting the firm’s strength in competition law matters.
Banking and Finance practice holds strong position in the ranking and is placed in Tier 3. According to the edition, Alexander Zharskiy, Partner is “Leading Individual” and together with Anton Dzhuplin, Partner are ‘very good at combining commercial and legal intelligence when handling banking and finance transactions’. The practice focuses on Russian law and acts for Sberbank, Hungarian Export-Import Bank and OLAM International.
ALRUD Intellectual Property practice gets excellent responses from clients and market commentators: ALRUD is “one of the very few firms that understands the principles of Russian advertising and marketing law”. Practice head Irina Anyukhina, Partner is “an excellent communicator: responsive and concise”.
Irina Anyukhina who is also head of the Real Estate practice and Stanislav Veselov, Senior Asociate are well recognized by the Legal 500 for their “straight-to-the-point and practical advice”, as well as their broad-ranging expertise. It is noted that Alexander Zharskiy advised large IT group Systematic on the complex leasing of a new class-A office building in Moscow.