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Infralex Corporate/M&A Department is recognized by "Chambers and partners" Europe 2019 Edition

The partners of the firm Atem Kukin, Artur Rokhlin and Maxim Rovinsky are ranked in Corporate/M&A, Competition/Antitrust and Tax areas accordingly

Bankruptcy year in the Russian Supreme Court

Infralex partner Artem Kukin has taken part in summarizing the activity of the Judicial Chamber on Economic Disputes of the Russian Supreme Court in 2016. The research has been hosted by the website “”. Almost a third of the cases reached the Supreme Court relates to the bankruptcy, these cases were the most interesting for practice. Artem Kukin believes this is due to the economic situation. At the same time bankruptcy cases reveal the most complicated Civil and Corporate Law problems. 


2016 – Legal results

On the eve of the New Year Infralex traditionally has summed up the outgoing year. Infralex partners Artem Kukin, Alexey Popov and Artur Rokhlin have named the most important events in the legal area. The passing year is not marked by new fundamental laws, substantial precedents, “trials of the century”. The more notable amendments to the Russian Law will come into force on the 1st of January’2017: the new Law “On the State Registration of Real Estate”, the Law on titles to a car-parking space, the new provisions for challenging of companies’ transactions. These laws significantly affect the fundamentals of the economy and the regulation.


Economic decisions of the Russian Constitutional Court

Infralex took part in the newspaper “KommersantЪ”special project on choosing the most significant decision s of the Russian Constitutional Court in economic area. The decisions have been held for 25 years of the Court’s activity. The expert chose the 14 decisions related to taxes, right to housing, liquidation of companies, payment of damages to shareholders, courts of private arbitration. The today’s publication of the special project has been timed to the hearing of the case under the Ministry of Justice’s request. The Constitutional Court shall decide whether Russia must pay 1,9 bln euro compensation to formers YUKOS’s shareholders. The judgement about this compensation has been delivered by the European Court for Human Rights but the Russian Ministry of Justice believes that there are a number grounds for refusal to perform this judgement in Russia.


M&A in Russian

Infralex partner Artem Kukin has commented to the newspaper “Vedomosti” on the M&A practice under the Russian law. The newspaper published in the special category “Legal services business” a review of the M&A market after the amendments to the Russian Civil Code borrowed some institutions from the English law. According to lawyers, “Transactions in Russian” are becoming more. However the main motivation is not the new provisions of the Civil Code but the deoffshorization of the Russian business. Artem Kukin believes that the participants to big M&A transactions are afraid to use the Russian law. The main reason is the lack of stable and user-friendly judicial practice.


Hazardous bankruptcy

Infralex partner Artem Kukin has taken part in a traditional research of the Russian legal market, undertaken by the newspaper “Vedomosti”. The results have published today in the review “Legal Money” in the special category “Legal services business”. This year the subject of the research is the crisis and new legislations effect on the law firms. In particular lawyers noted the most hazardous laws adopted recently. According Artem Kukin, “Hazardous rules” include the banks’ right to issue of bankruptcy proceedings against their debtors without a preliminary suit for debt recovery (now the courts allow not only banks but other persons to follow this similar procedure). Moreover a requirement to every legal entity to know its beneficiaries and disclose the information about them can be also considered as a “touchy” rule.


Directors’ liability for damages

The magazine “KommersantЪ Vlast” has published today the article “With full liability for damages” by Infralex partner Artem Kukin and analyst Olga Pleshanova. The authors examine the Russian judicial practice related to holding liable of companies’ top managers. Now the liability for damages strengthens, the courts answer claims for damages more often. The experts are afraid that business can remain without leaders: few will risk all their assets. Additionally, directors' and officers' liability insurance is not developed in Russia. 


The criteria of bankruptcy managers’ responsibility

The magazine “Vestnik economicheskogo pravosudiya” (“Bulletin of economic justice”) 10’2016 has published an article by Infralex partner Artem Kukin and analyst Olga Pleshanova. The authors commented two cases of bankruptcy managers’ responsibility (court acts № 303-ЭС16-1164 (1, 2) from 04.07.2016, № 309-ЭС15-18344 from 29.07.2016) considered by the Judicial Chamber on Economic Disputes of the Russian Supreme Court. The Supreme Court looks for criteria of damage recovering from managers and develops the positions expressed be the Higher Arbitrazh (Commerсial) Court in the guidelines of its Plenary Session from 30.07.2013 № 62.


Infralex has been ranked by IFLR1000

Infralex has been ranked by the international rating IFLR1000 - The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms. The IFLR1000’s 2017 Financial and Corporate Guide has been published. Infralex is recommended in Corporate Law, M&A.

«Split personality» of a corporation

Indirect claims in a corporate disputes were discussed yesterday at the scientific round table hosted by the Law Institute «M-Logos». The Article 65.2 of the Russian Civil Code allows corporation members to take legal actions appearing as representatives of a corporation. For instance such representatives can bring an action for damages or contest a transaction. The Russian Supreme Court interprets the new rules contradictory to some extent. The participants to the yesterday discussion couldn’t also find responses to the great number of questions including the methods of overcoming conflicts between various representatives of a corporation. Infralex analyst Olga Pleshanova took part in this discussion.


Shareholder’s agreement has led to the creditor's register

Infralex head of practice Yulia Karpova has commented to the newspaper “KommersantЪ” on the unprecedented act in the Probiznesbank bankruptcy case. The Moscow Arbitrazh (Commercial) Court considered one of the bank’s shareholders as a bankruptcy creditor and listed the shareholder’s claims into the creditor's register. The ground for this decision is a shareholder’s agreement concluded between the shareholder and the bank. Yulia Karpova believes that the shareholder’s agreement can be seen as avoidance of law. According to the law the bank shareholders’ claims can be satisfied only after the bank creditors’ claims. 


Artem Kukin has acted as an expert in «The strategic View» magazine

Infralex partner Artem Kukin has become an expert of the English annual «The Strategic View – Corporate Restructuring 2016». The Strategic View series provide expert perspective and insight from leading international lawyers, covering topical issues in a range of practice areas through an accessible and engaging interview-style format. "The Strategic View – Corporate Restructuring 2016" raised questions relating to the insolvency and restructuring market, and the key tools and emerging innovative processes for effecting restructures in 23 jurisdictions. Russia has been represented by Artem Kukin.

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Competition Law Advising on economic concentration and the application of antitrust legislation, legislation on advertising, on foreign investment in Russian strategic enterprises, on government procurement. Representation of the clients’ interests. Infrastructure. Transport. PPP Legal support for PPP participants by both private investors and public entities that is the Russian Federation, Russian regions, municipals, entitled state corporations and state companies. Concepts for infrastructure projects structuring. Corporate Law and M&A Advising on corporate relations in overall economy, legal support for transactions including ones under foreign law, legal due diligence, corporate disputes resolution. Tax Law Advising on Russian and international taxation, tax risks assessment,  representation in administrative and judicial disputes with tax authorities. Real Estate. Land. Construction Advising on investments in capital construction, legal support for activity of developers, investors, contractors. Assistance in the registration of titles, real estate disputes resolution. Insolvency (Bankruptcy) Advising on the insolvency (bankruptcy) legislation and procedures related to individuals and legal entities including banks and other financial institutions. Legal support for bankruptcy proceedings.
Dispute Resolution Representation of our clients’ interests in all instances of the judicial system, including in the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, arbitration proceedings, including in the International Commercial Arbitration Court under the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and international arbitration institutions. Criminal Law and Procedure Advising of our clients and their representation and defense in criminal proceedings for tax crimes and other cases of corruption and economic disputes. Intellectual Property Advising on intellectual property related issues, drafting of agreements, legal due diligence of intellectual property, patent and trademark dispute resolution including non-use cancellation actions, assistance in registration.