Natalia Korosteleva, Competition Law Practice Partner at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, has been named as one of the Global Competition Review’s Women in Antitrust 2016. Natalia is the only lawyer from Russia to be featured among the 100 elite practitioners working on public and private aspects of antitrust litigation and enforcement across multiple jurisdictions.
As head of one of the largest competition teams in Russia, Natalia has extensive experience of representing clients in all areas of Russian competition law. She coordinates work to obtain merger control approvals for domestic and international transactions, regularly appears before the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) during antitrust investigations into cases concerning abuse of dominance, concerted actions, cartels and vertical restraints, and advises businesses on restructuring operations and market strategies to ensure compliance with antimonopoly regulations, as well as a variety of other matters. Natalia also frequently advises on the legal aspects of foreign investment into strategic sectors of the Russian economy.
Natalia has worked to obtain antimonopoly clearances for some of the most significant transactions in Russian corporate history, including the Danone-Unimilk pan-CIS merger, and the merger of two major banks, etc. Her recent victories include successfully representing Yandex in its dispute with Google, representing consumer goods giant, Procter & Gamble before the regulators in clearing transaction with Coty Inc., protecting the interests of a leading Russian ammonia transport company Transammiak in a dispute with Russia’s largest manufacturer of fertilisers, representing the large Chinese meat processing company Shuanghui International Holdings Limited in transaction with Smithfield Foods Inc., successfully defending the large container carrier Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) before the FAS in a high-profile case related to the concerted actions of international sea and ocean container carriers, and defending the interests of a leading Russian electricity consumer in antitrust proceedings conducted by the FAS for alleged price manipulation on the energy wholesale market.
Prior to joining Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in 2006, Natalia was the Head of Legal at a leading Russian cement holding, EuroCement Group.
Natalia Korosteleva is a member of the General Counsel of Competition Experts Association, and a number of FAS advisory councils. She is actively involved in drafting legislation, and has contributed to the development of Russia’s key laws on the regulation of competition.
Natalia is widely recognised as Russia’s leading competition law expert. She is recommended by Chambers Europe, Global Competition Review (GCR) 100, the International Financial Law Review (IFLR), Best Lawyers, and the Guide to Leading BRIC Practitioners. In 2013, she was named as Competition Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.
“This reward means a lot to me. And, of course, it means recognition from my peers and colleagues in the broadest sense. I am very honored indeed”, Natalia Korosteleva said.