Victoria Burkovskaya is the Head of White Collar Crime Practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. She specialises in corruption and financial crime, fraud and tax evasion, money laundering, smuggling, and crimes against government services, state and municipal authorities.
She has extensive experience of representing both Russian and foreign clients in legal proceedings at various stages: from opening criminal cases to court hearings, including investigative actions; examination of transactions to identify possible penal risks; preparing recommendations; and conducting staff training in case of an unexpected raid on a company. Victoria can also provide support in conducting internal investigations of reported abuse by a company’s employees.
Her experience includes, but is not limited to:
- Defending the interests of the Russian Federation (represented by The Federal Agency for State Property Management, Rosimushchestvo) as a majority stakeholder of Russian-Indian joint venture against fradulent actions of minority stakeholders. This cross-border case involves Russian and Indian jurisdictions. Matter value: estimated over USD 200m.
- Defending the owner of the biggest Russian fishing company against a corporate raid by a former business partner who tried to take over a 33% share in the business illegally. This is an unprecedented case of open extortion over a share in one of Russia’s largest industrial holdings, involving criminal activity of a record value.
- Defending the interests of Allianz, one of the leading international insurance companies, in a confrontation with bogus agricultural lawyers who had brought claims worth over RUB 1bn against the company.
- Defending the interests of the former chairman of the RusHydro Management Board, Evgeny Dod, who was accused of defrauding the company to the amount of RUB 73m. This is a rare example of a liability case involving a former manager of a state corporation and calling into question actions which are a common feature of the decision-making process in other government-sponsored organizations.
- Representing a shareholder in a major Russian bank, National bank Trust, with respect to a criminal case. This cross-border case involves USA, Cyprus, and UK jurisdictions. Matter value: USD 121m.
- Representing the interests of one of the Russian ex-Minister in a criminal case. Matter value: USD 2m.
Victoria is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris) Working Group on Criminal Law and Arbitration and has been appointed to the Expert Council of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation among other roles. She also acts as Co-Chair of the Business Against Corruption public centre (under the auspices of the Delovaya Rossiya chamber). In addition to her legal practice, Victoria is involved in drafting amendments and supplements to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, other Russian regulations (including the Criminal Procedure Code), and legal opinions on cases reviewed by the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. She also prepares documents for the Supreme Court.
Victoria has been named Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defence by Best Lawyers 2018.
Victoria graduated from Moscow State Law Academy. She completed postgraduate studies at the Research Centre for the Enhancement of the Rule of Law and Public Order of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation. In 2000, Victoria obtained her PhD in criminal law, and in 2006 she was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Management Academy.
She is a member of the Moscow Bar Association.