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  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Regulatory Practice Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice Project Finance and Development Practice Telecommunications Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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Denis Belyaev was awarded 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in

Denis Belyaev

DS Law
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Trade Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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Andrey A. Goltsblat was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andrey A. Goltsblat

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Family Law Trusts and Estates Mergers and Acquisitions Law Real Estate Law Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice Investment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Real Estate Law Private Equity Law
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Alexander Karpukhin was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alexander Karpukhin

Five Stones Consulting
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Immigration Law Corporate Law Labor and Employment Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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Alexey V. Kiyashko was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alexey V. Kiyashko

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Private Equity Law Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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Dmitri V. Kovalenko was awarded 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in

Dmitri V. Kovalenko

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Equity Law Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Customs and Excise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Trade Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Mergers and Acquisitions Law Tax Law Corporate Law Customs and Excise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Real Estate Law Trade Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Project Finance and Development Practice Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Project Finance and Development Practice Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Private Equity Law Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Investment Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law Labor and Employment Law Competition / Antitrust Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Mergers and Acquisitions Law Tax Law Corporate Law International Arbitration Litigation Investment Energy and Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Structured Finance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law Trade Law Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Corporate Law Arbitration and Mediation Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law
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Alexander Zyuba was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alexander Zyuba

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners (MZS)
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Moscow, Russia
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law Telecommunications Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law

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Practice Area Definition

Corporate Law Definition

Corporate lawyers advise and assist their clients with regards to the formation of legal entities, their governance and operations, and the rights and obligations of, and relationships between, directors, shareholders, employees, and other stakeholders. Russian corporate law is contained in the Russian Civil Code and in specific corporate laws in respect of joint-stock companies and limited liability companies. Russian corporate law has significantly developed since its original adoption in the early 1990s. Now it offers many of the legal protections and mechanisms that are typically seen in developed Western jurisdictions. Recently, for example, the concept of an indemnity, previously unknown in Russian law governed affairs, has been introduced into Russian law. 

Corporate law establishes the legal framework for the following:
The formation of public and private legal entities, their registration, continued existence, and dissolution. 
Obligations to provide information to shareholders and the public, including the maintenance of public and private registers and other information.
The adoption and amendment of articles of associations, charters, or other constitutional documents.
Arrangements and agreements between shareholders, partners, and joint venture parties.
Corporate governance systems according to which legal entities are controlled and managed, including the allocation of decision-making powers between a company's shareholders, its board of directors, and executive management. 
The rights and obligations of directors, mechanisms for the appointment and removal of directors, and the creation and operations of the board of directors and committees thereof.
The processes for convening board meetings, and proposing and adopting board decisions.
The rights and obligations of shareholders, the processes for convening shareholder meetings, and proposing and adopting shareholder decisions.
The share structure, the number and class(es) of shares, and the rights attaching thereto. The increase and reduction of share or charter capital, including the creation of new shares and new classes of shares. The issuance of new shares, including by way of bonus issues, rights issues, and public and private placements. 
The process for proposing and approving of corporate restructurings, plans of arrangement, and corporate mergers. 
The rules relating to public and private takeovers.

Naturally, many aspects of Corporate law, as outlined above, are involved in other practice areas, including:

Mergers & Acquisitions – Mergers and acquisitions transactions involve the transfer of shares in a company. For transactions involving Russian companies, although the merger agreement or acquisition agreement will be a matter of contract law, the mechanisms for the transfer of the shares, the change of shareholders and directors, and corporate (board and shareholder) approvals by the companies involved are a matter of Russian corporate law.

Equity Capital Markets
– The listing, trading, and/or placing of securities (including, shares, depository interests, warrants, and other convertible instruments) are a matter of the laws, rules, and regulations applicable where the relevant stock markets or trading platforms are located and/or the location of the investors. However, even where the stock exchange is non-Russian, where a Russian company is seeking a listing, Russian corporate law will govern, for example, the mechanisms by which the securities are created/issued, the rights attaching to the shares, the rules relating to the transfer and, if applicable, conversion of those securities. 

Private Equity – Typically, private equity transactions involve private money held through a fund structure, being used to finance, or acquire a minority interest in, a private (non-public) company. In a private equity transaction involving the investment into a Russian company, although the investment and/or subscription documents may be governed by the laws of various jurisdictions, but Russian corporate law will apply, for example, in relation to the board and shareholder structure, the transfer or issuance of new shares, and shareholder rights. 

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Corporate lawyers advise and assist their clients with regards to the formation of legal entities, their governance and operations, and the rights and obligations of, and relationships between, directors, shareholders, employees, and other stakeholders. Russian corporate law is contained in the Russian Civil Code and in specific corporate laws in respect of joint-stock companies and limited liability companies. Russian corporate law has significantly developed since its original adoption in the early 1990s. Now it offers many of the legal protections and mechanisms that are typically seen in developed Western jurisdictions. Recently, for example, the concept of an indemnity, previously unknown in Russian law governed affairs, has been introduced into Russian law. 

Corporate law establishes the legal framework for the following:
The formation of public and private legal entities, their registration, continued existence, and dissolution. 
Obligations to provide information to shareholders and the public, including the maintenance of public and private registers and other information.
The adoption and amendment of articles of associations, charters, or other constitutional documents.
Arrangements and agreements between shareholders, partners, and joint venture parties.
Corporate governance systems according to which legal entities are controlled and managed, including the allocation of decision-making powers between a company's shareholders, its board of directors, and executive management. 
The rights and obligations of directors, mechanisms for the appointment and removal of directors, and the creation and operations of the board of directors and committees thereof.
The processes for convening board meetings, and proposing and adopting board decisions.
The rights and obligations of shareholders, the processes for convening shareholder meetings, and proposing and adopting shareholder decisions.
The share structure, the number and class(es) of shares, and the rights attaching thereto. The increase and reduction of share or charter capital, including the creation of new shares and new classes of shares. The issuance of new shares, including by way of bonus issues, rights issues, and public and private placements. 
The process for proposing and approving of corporate restructurings, plans of arrangement, and corporate mergers. 
The rules relating to public and private takeovers.

Naturally, many aspects of Corporate law, as outlined above, are involved in other practice areas, including:

Mergers & Acquisitions – Mergers and acquisitions transactions involve the transfer of shares in a company. For transactions involving Russian companies, although the merger agreement or acquisition agreement will be a matter of contract law, the mechanisms for the transfer of the shares, the change of shareholders and directors, and corporate (board and shareholder) approvals by the companies involved are a matter of Russian corporate law.

Equity Capital Markets
– The listing, trading, and/or placing of securities (including, shares, depository interests, warrants, and other convertible instruments) are a matter of the laws, rules, and regulations applicable where the relevant stock markets or trading platforms are located and/or the location of the investors. However, even where the stock exchange is non-Russian, where a Russian company is seeking a listing, Russian corporate law will govern, for example, the mechanisms by which the securities are created/issued, the rights attaching to the shares, the rules relating to the transfer and, if applicable, conversion of those securities. 

Private Equity – Typically, private equity transactions involve private money held through a fund structure, being used to finance, or acquire a minority interest in, a private (non-public) company. In a private equity transaction involving the investment into a Russian company, although the investment and/or subscription documents may be governed by the laws of various jurisdictions, but Russian corporate law will apply, for example, in relation to the board and shareholder structure, the transfer or issuance of new shares, and shareholder rights.