April 25 the worldwide known ranking agency Chambers and Partners published the results of the Chambers Europe 2015 rating. ALRUD Law Firm confirmed and improved its position in the ranking.
The Competition / Antitrust practice (Band 2) is a long-standing practice covering the full spectrum of antitrust issues, including in cartel investigations and on merger control matters. "When looking for competition lawyers in Russia, we only use ALRUD", one client says.
Senior Partner Vassily Rudomino (Eminent Practitioner) retains his reputation as one of the key figures in competition and antitrust law in Russia. German Zakharov (Band 4), Of Counsel, rises in the rankings due to a rapidly developing reputation for strong work. One satisfied client says: "He is hard working, very client-oriented and gives useful advice." Associate Lyudmila Merzlikina is well regarded by clients for her knowledge of antitrust law.
Labour and Employment practice (Band 2) is well regarded in Russian legal market. ALRUD Partner Irina Anyukhina (Band 3) heads the practice and focuses on large-scale employee restructuring. She advises foreign companies on the Russian labour aspects of their global business activities, including mergers and the reduction of operations.
Our Restructuring and Insolvency Practice improved its position compared to the last year and took place in Band 2 of the ranking. "Very hands-on and service-minded. ALRUD displayed an outstanding understanding of cultural and legal differences between jurisdictions", say the clients.
Corporate and M&A Practice is well-respected for its active role in both Russian and cross-border transactions and joint ventures. Works with a number of other international firms, including as a "best friend" of Slaughter and May, often providing due diligence and regulatory assistance.
Founding partner Vassily Rudomino is a practitioner with broad and extensive experience in Russian M&A and competition matters, including cross-border transactions. "Vassily is always quick to respond with very useful answers, and we have found him to be very good overall," a source says. Vassily assists clients with high-level strategic matters. ALRUD Partner and Practice head Alexander Zharskiy is praised by clients for his "very quick and efficient" advice. A general corporate lawyer, Alexander assists clients from a broad range of industries including the energy and heavy industry sectors. ALRUD Partner Anton Dzhuplin is a corporate lawyer who also assists with financing matters in the Practice. "He's very client-oriented; it was easy to work with him," a client says. He advises on transactional and corporate issues across a variety of sectors.
Dispute Resolution Practice (Band 3) reputed for handling various types of domestic disputes including regulatory cases, IP, real estate, bankruptcies, and cross-border cases, including international arbitration. Represents both notable international and local corporates. "Advice was very precise and delivered in an effective way; there was no waste of time and money. This is what I want from lawyers", client says.
Banking and Finance Practice (Band 4) advises both banks and corporate borrowers in infrastructure financing matters, particularly in the Russian regions. Clients appreciate the “flexibility and timely support” of the team. The ranking also recognizes Anton Dzhuplin heading the practice.
Intellectual Property Practice improves its position this year on the basis of positive market feedback and strong work. The lawyers represent clients across a variety of industries in trade mark, patent, copyright and domain name disputes. "I was satisfied across the board. The lawyers were really good at managing expectations and also very responsive", client says.
Tax Practice (Band 4) is known for representing clients before the tax authorities and providing legal opinions on tax optimization schemes. ALRUD experts “provided us with clear tax advice which often went beyond the questions we asked”, client says. "We have a very good relationship with ALRUD. We find them serious and valuable partners for all questions we ask them."
Real Estate Practice (Band 4) is a notable market player providing assistance with sales and acquisitions, often including due diligence advice.
ALRUD Law Firm Partner Andrey Zharskiy heading the Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure Practice is ranked as «Up and Coming» expert.