About the Firm Regional development

Office of Central directorate of VEGAS LEX is located in Moscow. Headquarters focused management firm in the face of the Council partners.

The scope of Central directorate includes all areas of the company. The portfolio of successful projects VEGAS LEX complex transactions, winning the major disputes, support of high-profile investment projects, participation in the drafting of laws.

Central directorate traditionally holds a leading position in the ranking of the largest companies in Russia in the number of legal staff. Legal expertise of partners and associates of the company annually receives recognition from leading Russian and international directories and publishers.

Regional directorate


The main aim of the regional strategy - is to provide customers with a highly complex legal services in any region of Russia and neighboring countries. 
Regional management companies are located in Volgograd (Volga directorate) and Krasnodar (Southern directorate).

Today, we have ample opportunities to support customer projects in regional centres of the country, Yekaterinburg, Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Tyumen, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Saratov, Ufa, Chelyabinsk, Astrakhan et al., as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus.

Leadership

Publics 2820

23
August

Stanislav Matushov, Associate of Litigation practice

21
August

Ksenia Podguzova, Associate of Commercial group

13
August

Denis Kozhevnikov, Associate of Tax practice

9
August

Stanislav Shibulkin, Associate of Bankruptcy projects

6
August

Evgeniy Rodin, Partner, Head of Energy practice

29
July

Anastasia Cheredova, Senior associate of Commercial group

11
July

Alexander Garmaev, Head of Corporate and M&A practice

8
July

Victor Petrov, Head of Litigation practice

26
June

Natalia Abtseshko, Head of International projects group

News 50

Analytics 204

23
September

13
March

VEGAS LEX on CHAMBERS EUROPE 2019 ranking

This year the VEGAS LEX law firm retained its position in its traditionally strong categories on Chambers Europe 2019.

8
February

13
December

7
December

25
July

12
July

5
July

2
July

30
April

The directorate office is located in Volgograd – the administrative and industrial center of the Lower Volga Region.

Volga directorate is in charge of services provided to clients from the Volgograd, Samara, Saratov and Astrakhan Regions, and from the Republic of Tatarstan.

Specialization profile of the Volga directorate

Comprehensive legal support services in bankruptcy in the best interests of the debtor or the lender

  • Formulating of the strategy aimed at protection of the company’s interests
  • Preparing and filing of the petition for recognition of the debtor’s bankruptcy
  • Including of the lenders’ claims in the register
  • Contesting of the claims from unscrupulous lenders
  • Contesting of the transactions consummated shortly before the bankruptcy
  • Bringing of the persons controlling the debtor to subsidiary liability; recovery of damages
  • Contesting of the bankruptcy auctions
  • Participation in the lenders’ meetings/committees
  • Submitting objections regarding the estimation of the debtor’s financial standing; expert reports on absent evidence of intended bankruptcy

Corporate fraud control

  • Building of the anticorruption compliance system
  • Legal forensics of corporate fraud

Corporate law and governance

  • Transactions in mergers and acquisitions; setting up of joint ventures; due diligence investigations of companies
  • Corporate structuring (holding companies, associations, etc.)
  • Legal support in settlement of corporate conflicts and disputes

Real Estate. Land. Construction

  • Structuring and auditing of the relationships between investors, developers and contractors
  • Resolving land-use, construction and property title related disputes through arbitration proceedings
  • Due diligence on real properties, including complex and linear facilities

Projects in the Fuel and Energy Sector/Housing and Utilities

  • Development and deployment of the conflict prevention system
  • Legal support in tariff regulation procedures
  • Legal support in challenging disputes in the energy sector

Antimonopoly regulation

  • Legal support in antimonopoly litigations
  • Antimonopoly audit aimed at minimizing risks of law violation
  • Consulting in purchasing operations; contesting of auctions, tenders, purchases

Public-private partnership (PPP)

  • Assessment of the applicability of public support instruments and development of patterns aimed at participation of the public sector in the project
  • Development of an optimum organization and legal structure of the project
  • Comprehensive legal support for infrastructure and PPP projects


Leadership

Publics 324

5
August

Dmitriy Motorin, Associate of Volga directorate

30
July

Natalia Malilkova, Associate of Volga directorate

10
July

Сollective of authors, VEGAS LEX

13
May

Natalia Malilkova, Associate of Volga directorate

16
April

15
February

Alexander Vyazovik, Partner, Head of Volga directorate, Head of Restructuring & Insolvency practice

29
November

Alexander Vyazovik, Partner, Head of Volga directorate, Head of Restructuring & Insolvency practice

19
November

Alexander Vyazovik, Partner, Head of Volga directorate, Head of Restructuring & Insolvency practice

8
October

Alexander Vyazovik, Partner, Head of Volga directorate, Head of Restructuring & Insolvency practice

News 23

Analytics 5

16
April

Former senior executive officer must not pay the bankrupt plant’s debts

VEGAS LEX associates have succeeded in standing against a token approach of judges when judging actions of the former chief executive officer of Volgograd Drilling Equipment Plant at the Supreme Court.

8
December

VEGAS LEX is ranked among the best law firms by “Pravo.ru-300” 2017

There were published the results of the annual ranking “Pravo.ru-300” according to which VEGAS LEX became a leader in the areas of Commercial Real Estate / Construction and PPP and gained recognition in other areas of law.

28
September

VEGAS LEX and Pravo.ru webinar: defense in competition abuse cases

VEGAS LEX experts have explained ways to defend companies in competition abuse cases, and how the authorities consider the most common types of violations in this area in a webinar they led jointly with Pravo.ru.

15
June

VEGAS LEX ranks the Best Lawyers in Russia 2018

VEGAS LEX experts are traditionally included in the top list of the best lawyers of the international rating “Best Lawyers in Russia 2018” and improved their performance.

28
March

VEGAS LEX at Volgograd State University Job Fair

VEGAS LEX has taken part in the annual Job Fair at Volgograd State University.

25
July

20
January

Bankruptcy under the new rules

Starting from 29 January 2015, the rules of the Federal Law “On insolvency (bankruptcy)” shall be applied to the bankruptcy procedures as amended by the Federal Law of 29 December 2014 No. 482-FZ.

4
July

Presidium of SAC RF on major transactions and related party transactions

On 28 May 2014, the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation issued Resolution of the Plenum No. 28 dated 16.05.2014, in which SAC RF clarified a number of issues related to the contestation of major transactions and related party transactions. (This legal update is available only in Russian)

13
July

The Presidium of the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation on the pledge of leased property

The lessor may transfer the leased asset as collateral. On 22 March 2012, published was a Decree of the Presidium of SAC RF, expressing the position of the Court concerning the transfer by the lessor of the property pledged to the bank, without the consent of the lessee. (This legal update is available only in Russian)

17
April

The new practice of SAC RF on recovery of shares

The burden of proving the amount of shares subject to recovery has now been placed on the defendants – unscrupulous purchasers of shares. (This legal update is available only in Russian)

The directorate office is located in Krasnodar, the administrative and industrial center of the South of Russia.

The South of Russia is one of the most dynamic and investment-attractive regions of the country. The geographical area of responsibility of Southern directorate of VEGAS LEX includes the Krasnodar, Stavropol and Rostov Regions.

Specialization profile of the Southern directorate

Corporate law and governance

  • M&A transactions, setting up of joint ventures, due diligence investigations of companies
  • Corporate structuring (holding companies, associations, etc.)
  • Legal support in settlement of corporate conflicts and disputes

Antimonopoly regulation

  • Legal support in antimonopoly litigations
  • Antimonopoly audit aimed at minimizing risks of antimonopoly law violation
  • Consulting in purchasing operations; contesting of auctions, tenders, purchases

Projects in the Fuel and Energy Sector/Water Supply

  • Development and deployment of the conflict prevention system
  • Legal support in tariff regulation procedures
  • Legal support in challenging disputes in the energy sector

Real Estate. Land. Construction

  • Structuring, auditing and reconfiguring of the relationships between investors, developers and contractors
  • Resolving land-use, construction and property title related disputes through arbitration proceedings
  • Legal due diligence on land lots and other real properties, etc.


Leadership

Publics 107

14
June

Сollective of authors, VEGAS LEX

5
October

Ilya Shengeliya, Project manager Southern directorate

18
July

Maxim Grigoryev, Partner, Head of Southern directorate, Head of special projects

19
January

Failure to pay for housing and public utility services: practice and potential solutions

This article outlines possible measures to combat the growth of arrears for energy provided in the housing and utilities sector. To do this, the author analyzes current legislation aimed toward reinforcing financial discipline on the part of energy consumers, practice with how it is applied, and the relevant factors in the growth of accrued arrears.

Ilya Shengeliya, Project manager Southern directorate

17
January

Pausing when a statute of limitations runs out: five criteria that indicate the assumption of debt

Almost two years have passed since the Russian Federation Supreme Court Plenary Assembly adopted a resolution on issues concerning statutes of limitations. Over that time, express approaches to applying these interpretations have taken shape in judicial practice. We will gain an understanding of how the mechanism works nowadays for pausing when a statute of limitations runs out.

Maxim Grigoryev, Partner, Head of Southern directorate, Head of special projects

Artem Gasparyan, Junior Associate of Southern directorate

28
November

Information on beneficial owners: disclose it and do not make any errors

In August 2017, the Russian government published the rules on how legal entities need to present information about their beneficial owners to government agencies. The new rules will permit checking how companies identify, update, and store information on the people that control their actions. To ensure that relevant responsibilities are adequately fulfilled, it is necessary to gain a detailed understanding of these new provisions, since in practice they might not be interpreted in a clear-cut manner.

Ilya Shengeliya, Project manager Southern directorate

15
November

Special investment contracts in the Russian Federation

Starting in 2015, for the first time a new form of cooperation between the state and private investors became available – the special investment contract (hereinafter SPIC). The goal of implementing it is to stimulate the attraction of large-scale investment to help create and upgrade industrial production facilities inside Russia by providing industry incentives, credits, and stable conditions in which to conduct business. What advantages does this investment mechanism have, and what additional obligations must a party that is investing take upon itself in order to enjoy them?

Maxim Grigoryev, Partner, Head of Southern directorate, Head of special projects

9
November

Ilya Shengeliya, Project manager Southern directorate

29
September

Currency clauses: the consequences and risks

A currency clause decreases losses incurred by fluctuations in the exchange rate for an unstable currency. However, judicial practice when resolving disputes that involve this mechanism is not marked by uniformity. That is why, if the relationship has been poorly structured, having these conditions in a contract can cause unfavorable consequences for every participant in the transaction.

Ilya Shengeliya, Project manager Southern directorate

News 32

Analytics 6

22
February

VEGAS LEX discusses practice of proving business losses in court

On 21 February 2018, VEGAS LEX’s experts with the support of RSPP Committee for Property and Judicial System held a conference in Moscow, following a series of events dedicated to main trends in disputes involving recovery of business losses and recommendations for getting the best result (for a plaintiff or a defendant).

8
December

VEGAS LEX is ranked among the best law firms by “Pravo.ru-300” 2017

There were published the results of the annual ranking “Pravo.ru-300” according to which VEGAS LEX became a leader in the areas of Commercial Real Estate / Construction and PPP and gained recognition in other areas of law.

29
November

VEGAS LEX discusses SICs at the fourteenth joint meeting of the Russian-Japanese and Japanese-Russian committees for economic cooperation

Maxim Grigoryev, VEGAS LEX Partner and Head of special projects, spoke at the fourteenth joint meeting of the Russian-Japanese and Japanese-Russian committees for economic cooperation on the topic of efficient use of special investment contracts (SICs) for the creation and development of production in Russia.

1
November

VEGAS LEX discusses practice and prospects of recovery of damages

VEGAS LEX has organized a series of events in Krasnodar and Rostov-on-Don on Recovery of damages: confirmation, denial, reduction.

28
September

VEGAS LEX and Pravo.ru webinar: defense in competition abuse cases

VEGAS LEX experts have explained ways to defend companies in competition abuse cases, and how the authorities consider the most common types of violations in this area in a webinar they led jointly with Pravo.ru.

25
July

29
November

Currency controls: the new rules for dealing with banks

In November 2017, two regulatory acts were published that made significant adjustments to the mechanisms for banks to control hard currency. The first one is Guideline Manual No. 181-И, issued by the Bank of Russia (the Central Bank), that must be followed starting January 1st, 2018 to record and furnish reporting on operations with hard currency (hereinafter Manual No. 181-И). The Manual is supposed to loosen currency controls by decreasing the burden borne by residents. The second act has the opposite effect, and is geared toward tightening currency controls. This is Federal Law No. 325-FZ, which, when it enters into force on May 14th, 2018, will make it easier for banks to respond to any violations of currency law, and draws distinctions between the types of administrative liability in this area.

28
September

Checklists: what to expect from the new audit mechanism

Starting October 1st, 2017 certain supervisory and audit authorities are supposed to use checklists hat have questions used to gather information. This new mechanism is designed to solve several tasks at once: to streamline, simplify, and increase the transparency of audits. This is all for the auditors. However, people who are involved in business will also benefit from this tool if they can adopt the right approach.

11
March

Nationwide Survey "Practice of Fighting the Corporate Fraud"

VEGAS LEX law firm and Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs are happy to bring to your attention the Nationwide Survey «Practice of Fighting the Corporate Fraud» Final Report. The key mission of the Survey was to improve the tools of fighting the corporate fraud in Russia and elaborate suggestions for improving and updating Russian laws.

21
May

Consumers blackmaling the car dealers

Recently, in the sphere of retail purchase and sale of vehicles, gaining momentum is such a thing as “consumer greenmail” (in other words, consumer blackmail). The consumer imposes on the car dealer unfavourable conditions for the sale of the car, often blackmailing by claiming violation of his rights and of existing legislation and sometimes threatening litigation. Such consumer behaviour from a formal point of view is lawful, and at first glance, it may be recognized only as “unethical”. At the same time, it is fraught with serious financial and reputational losses for the auto dealers. In this connection, the problem of “consumer greenmail” requires thorough diagnostics and systemic solutions.

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