Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Largest on the market, this competition team is highly regarded for appearing at the forefront of major complex cases. Represents notable international and domestic clients in abuse of dominance claims and high-profile competition disputes. Outstanding domestic advisory team handles advisory mandates concerning compliance and merger clearance in transactions. Advises clients from the pharmaceutical, energy, financial services and transportation sectors.

Strengths An impressed interviewee says: "They turned around a very difficult situation," adding: "They tackled it from all angles and were very effective."

Another client praises the team's "ability to quickly develop a defence strategy in the case and attention to detail."

Work highlights Represented Beluga in an antitrust investigation against ASG, its key competitor, before the FAS, proving unfair competition practice by ASG.

Notable practitioners

Anna Numerova climbs to the top tier as a result of excellent market feedback. She is reputed for her skills in merger control mandates as well as antitrust investigations. "She is very calm and organised. She gets down to the details of a problem, she digs hard. When she's looked through a matter, it's covered 100%," a client says. Another client adds that even in difficult situations she is "consistently looking for options." She regularly assists clients from the energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Denis Gavrilov enters the rankings due to his growing market presence and positive feedback. Clients appreciate that he "thinks outside the box." His particular areas of focus include antitrust investigations and regulatory compliance matters.

Evgeny Bolshakov is well-versed in advising on antitrust compliance as well as abuse of dominance cases. A client notes that he is "able to react quickly in different unpredictable situations."

Maria Kobanenko joins the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback and involvement on the firm's key mandates. She assists with cartel investigations and has a particular focus on procurement-related matters. A satisfied client characterises her as a "down to earth" lawyer "with a good understanding of the business needs."

Natalia Korosteleva is a highly regarded practitioner with extensive expertise in antitrust matters, particularly in advising domestic and international clients on merger control issues. Market observers unanimously praise her broad experience and strong negotiation skills.