Competition/Antitrust

Competition/Antitrust

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ALRUD’s Competition and Antitrust team is widely recognized as one of the leading and most reputable practices with market-leading expertise in all aspects of Russian competition law. We support clients on a wide range of antitrust issues: coordination of merger control transactions with the FAS (Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service), cartel investigations, antitrust disputes, commercial agreements and antitrust compliance.

Our full-service offering is a key factor in attracting blue-chip domestic and international clients. Our Competition and Antitrust team routinely works with our top ranking M&A, commercial law and dispute resolution practices, enabling us to advise on the full spectrum of a client’s complex requirements and provide the scale of resources needed to service the most demanding cases. Our multilingual approach is a significant advantage, allowing us to provide legal services in English and Russian as well as multiple other languages including German, French, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

<> Our core philosophy, which sets us apart from our competitors, is that providing excellent advice on competition matters is not only about the technical interpretation of the law: it is equally about the economic, business and social considerations. This philosophy guides our approach to recruiting and developing the best lawyers in the field.

Our in-depth knowledge of local competition laws and wide network of international law firm partners are recognized as core factors determining our clients’ success in complex multijurisdictional projects.

ALRUD’s Competition and Antitrust team is consistently ranked as an elite practice by the major international legal directories and is highly regarded by the Russian competition authorities.

Our practice is supported by some 15 further lawyers specialising in competition and anti-trust matters, making it one of the leading teams in Russia.

Our Competition and Antitrust practice is headed by Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner and co-founder of ALRUD. Vassily is widely regarded as one of the most experienced competition lawyers in Russia. He brings deep experience in all aspects of Russian competition legislation including merger control clearance of complex transactions and cartel investigations. He is recognised as one of the most influential practitioners in the enforcement of effective competition and antitrust law-making in Russia.

Partner German Zakharov also participates in the leadership of the practice. He worked for several years as a leading expert for FAS Russia where he was involved in merger control cases, rule-making, legal investigation of competition law infringements and dawn raids. German supports clients on a wide range of antitrust issues. His previous experience as a regulator offers clients rare and valuable insights into the workings of the Russian competition authorities. <>

Competition / Antitrust services

Merger control

We advise on Russian and CIS competition and regulatory aspects of acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures. We have unique experience representing clients during strategic investments review processes and in regulated sectors of economy.

Cartels, Abuse of Dominance and Unfair Practices

Clients seek our advice in cases involving high-profile CIS, Eurasian and Russian antitrust investigations and subsequent litigation. Our experience includes: conducting audits, risk assessment, preparing for inspections and challenging dawn raids, coordinating legal strategy, negotiating leniency and settlement agreements.

Antitrust Litigation

We handle high-stakes litigation in Russia and CIS, producing successful results for our clients. We are experienced at trying complicated cases involving allegations of monopolization, price fixing, bid rigging, exclusive dealing, claims pertaining to vertical restraints and merger control cases.

Sectoral regulation

We are known for our strong sectoral regulation experience (strategic industries, transport, product retail, energy) where we have a successful track record of advising clients on restructurings, regulatory initiatives, transactions and governmental investigations.

Antitrust Counseling

We provide clients with ongoing antitrust counseling in Russia, Eurasia and CIS – advice on antitrust concerns arising out of our clients’ business.

Highlights of recent domestic and international work

Bayer AG

with regard to its 66 billion US dollar takeoverof Monsanto Company in FAS Russia, including courtchallenging of FAS Russia decision.

Uber International Inc.

with regard to clearance of thejoint-venture agreement with Yandex NV in FAS Russia.The deal is the largest merger in the taxi aggregatorsmarkets in Russia.

Praxair Inc.

with regard to its merger with Linde AG,leading to creation of the largest global industrial gasesleader with combined market value in excess of USD 75billion.

The Blackstone Group L.P.

in FAS Russia with regardto acquisition of a majority stake in Thomson ReutersCorporation’s financial and risk unit that values thebusiness of the company at 20 billion US dollars.

Diebold Inc.

in FAS Russia with regard to its acquisition ofWincor-Nixdorf AG, leading to the merger of the 2nd andthe 3rd largest ATMs producers in Russia.

LG Electronics Inc.

during FAS Russia dawn-raids andfurther consideration of the antimonopoly case oncoordination of economic activity of LG smartphoneresellers resulting in resale price maintenance.

Maersk Line

with regard to cartel investigation andsubsequent court dispute against FAS Russia.

Andreas STIHL

with regard to FAS Russia investigationon coordination of economic activities of its distributors.The investigation was terminated due to absence of anyviolation.

AGC Glass

on different aspects of antimonopolylegislation, including unfair competition, cartels and otheranticompetitive agreements, dominance, tariff regulationsand other legislative matters.

Vimpelcom

in FAS Russia investigation of the allegedcollusive behavior on smartphone market and in courts inrelation to the strategic investments investigation.

Nabors Industries Ltd.

in two related court disputesagainst FAS Russia aimed at challenging FAS Russiadecision and solving the difficulties in appliance of theStrategic Investments Law.

Rankings and Awards

ALRUD confirms its position in the Global Competition Review 100 ranking

ALRUD Law Firm has been recognized by the leading antitrust rating of Global Competition Review 100 (GCR 100). For the eleventh time, the company has ...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2019

On March 12, 2019 worldwide-known international rating agency Chambers and Partners has published the results of the Chambers Europe 2018 research. AL...

ALRUD - Law Firm of the year 2019 in Russia

For a fourth consecutive year the international ranking Who’s Who Legal recognizes ALRUD Law Firm as Russian Law Firm of the Year. Since 1996 every y...

Global Competition Review 100 recommended ALRUD among Elite law firms

Annual ranking Global Competition Review 100 (GCR100) rating has once again included ALRUD in the category of Elite law firms in the area of antitrust...

ALRUD took leading position in the Legal 500 EMEA 2019 rating

On April 10, Legal 500, one of the most influential international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. Annually, the agency a...

ALRUD positions in the Best Lawyers 2020 rating

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, announced the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Russia on 24th May 2019. ...

ALRUD among the top 100 Elite law firms for International Investigations

In 2018, ALRUD was recognized among the 100 leading law firms in the world in the field of international investigations according to the Global Invest...

ALRUD is among the leaders of antitrust law according to GCR 2018

The famous Global Competition Review 100 (GCR100) rating has once again included ALRUD in the category of Elite law firms in the area of antitrust law...

Best Lawyers 2019 recognized ALRUD experts

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, announced the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Russia on 27 June 2018. A...

Alrud strengthens its positions in the Legal 500 EMEA 2018 ratings

On April 12, Legal 500, one of the most authoritative international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. Annually, the agency...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2018

On March 8, 2018 worldwide-known international rating agency Chambers and Partners has published the results of the Chambers Europe 2017 research. ALR...

ALRUD among TOP 100 firms for International Investigation

ALRUD was ranked among the top 100 leading law firms in the world in the field of international investigations according to the Global Investigation R...

ALRUD in Merger Market rating

January 4th, reputable global information and analytical agency Merger Market published 2017-year report with the rating of the most successful law fi...

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