Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is pleased to announce the expansion of its White Collar Crime Practice. On January 27, 2020, Konstantin Tretyakov will join the Firm as a Partner together with Senior Associate Konstantin Elfimov and Associate Maria Kilesso.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners obtains clearance from the FAS Russia for BlaBlaCar’s purchase of Russian aggregator Busfor – one of the largest M&A transactions in the digital economy in 2019
In September 2019, popular carpooling service BlaBlaCar announced its intention to purchase Russia’s largest online bus ticket aggregator Busfor. The Firm’s Competition Practice team managed to obtain clearance for this landmark deal from the FAS Russia by proving that it would not limit competition on the market for online bus ticket sales.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Announces Appointments of Sergey Kalinin, Vera Rikhterman and Andrey Mashkovtsev as Partners
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners announces its key promotions. Effective January 1, 2020, Sergey Kalinin, Vera Rikhterman and Andrey Mashkovtsev shall be promoted to Partners.
Effective January 1, 2020, the following Senior Lawyers of the Firm shall be promoted as Counsels: Oleg Bouiko and Denis Golubev (Litigation), Daria Ilyina (M&A and Corporate), Ildar Mustafin (WCC), Pavel Sukholinsky (Administrative Law), Sergey Ustalov (Energy) and Alexey Karchiomov (Maritime Shipping / Transport Law and International Trade & Customs in St Petersburg).
Evgeny Raschevsky appointed as vice president of the International Arbitral Tribunal of the Qingdao Arbitration Commission in the SCO demonstration area
On September 22, 2019, following the Qingdao Arbitration Commission (QDAC) meeting, Evgeny Raschevsky, Partner and Head of International Arbitration Practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, was appointed as vice president of the International Arbitral Tribunal of the Qingdao Arbitration Commission in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) demonstration area.
A group of bus operators filed a class action lawsuit seeking to ban BlaBlaCar operations in the Russian Federation and to prohibit the information posted on BlaBlaCar’s platfrom. The claimant and the joining operators argued that BlaBlaCar was in breach of passenger and consumer protection laws, and that the advertisements being posted on BlaBlaCar’s official website and on its mobile application were breaking Russian tax law.
New victory for Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in one of biggest bankruptcy cases in modern Russian history
Attorneys of the Litigation Practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in St. Petersburg have successfully defended the interests of the founders of air carrier Transaero in a dispute over a major loan that formed part of the company’s bankruptcy proceedings.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provides pro bono legal consulting to Big Brothers Big Sisters in Russia
Attorneys of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners have provided pro bono legal consulting to Big Brothers Big Sisters in Russia, a community organisation, that is helping to raise the younger generation. The Firm’s lawyers have developed a set of guidelines addressing legal issues and the types of government assistance available to orphaned children and children whose parents are unable to care for them. The guidelines help both volunteer mentors and children supported by the programme in St. Petersburg to navigate the state benefits system and address legal issues as they arise.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners protects mineral water producer’s Yessentuki geographical indication in copy right infringement case
Until recently, Aqua Investments Group, a client of the Firm, in cooperation with Kavminkurortresursy JSC, had successfully protected their exclusive geographical indication (GI) rights to the products Yessentuki N4 and Yessentuki N17 (GI Yessentuki). In most cases, the holder of the GI rights had managed to prevent competitors from launching counterfeit products attempting to use the well-known healing diets and mineralized healing water brands.
In one of the biggest bankruptcy cases in modern Russian history, a team from the Litigation Practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in St. Petersburg has successfully deflected the latest claim submitted by the bankruptcy trustee in the Transaero bankruptcy case.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners advises Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation on corporate law issues
Attorneys of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ M&A and Corporate Practice advised Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation on the prolongation of CEO powers in order to maintain their Russian subsidiary company
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is pleased to announce the promotion of a number of senior associates at the Firm’s Moscow and St. Petersburg offices. Effective July 1, 2019, Evgeny Gurchenko, Victor Radnaev, Vladimir Talanov and Oleg Ushakov have been promoted to counsel.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners protects one of the largest national pharmaceutical chains in the Rospatent Chamber for Patent Disputes
The national pharmaceutical chain VITA / VITA Express, which has been operating in Russia since 1995 and numbers 1,730 pharmacies, engaged the Firm’s services after it became known that a competitor was also using a logo containing the word “ВИТА” (the Russian word for VITA) and a similar colour combination on its signs. Moreover, VITA’s opponent managed to register its logo as a trademark with Rospatent. Protecting the client’s interests proved to be challenging as the logo used by the client was different from the one protected by their trademark.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners successfully defended Finnish pharmaceutical company Orion Corporation in a patent dispute
The Firm’s attorneys continue to successfully defend the patent rights of major international pharmaceutical companies. This is the fourth pharmaceutical manufacturer (along with Novartis, Bayer, and BMS) that successfully sought legal redress in the Intellectual Property Court thanks to the Firm’s team
Dmitry Dyakin elected as chairman of the Commission on Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Russia)
On June 18, 2019 a meeting of the Commission on International Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Russia) was held in Moscow to elect the Chairman of the ICC Russia Commission on Arbitration. Dmitry Dyakin, Partner and Co-Head of the Litigation and Arbitration Practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, was elected to this position by a majority vote.