Natalia Korosteleva, Partner and Head of Competition Law Practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, was awarded with the Letter of Commendation by the FAS Russia for special merits in ensuring freedom of competition and effective protection of business.
One of the leading lawyers in the field of competition, Natalia Korosteleva advises and represents clients in all areas of Russian competition law.
She coordinates merger control approvals of domestic and international transactions, regularly appears before the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia during antitrust investigations in cases concerning abuse of dominance, concerted actions, cartels and vertical restraints, advises on business restructurings and market strategies to comply with antimonopoly regulations, as well as a variety of other matters.
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 in the form of a takeover. Her recent victories in the area of competition enforcement include representation of a leading Russian electricity consumer in antitrust proceedings conducted by the Russian Fedaral Antimonopoly Service for alleged price manipulation on the energy wholesale market. After almost two years of hearings, the case was closed by the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia due to the absence of apparent manipulation. She also frequently advises on the legal regime of foreign investments into strategic sectors of the Russian economy. Over the years of practice Natalia has developed expertise in such sectors as metals, mining, energy, packaging, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, transport, building materials, media, banking and others.
She is a member of General Counsel of Competition Experts Association, and a number of Advisory Councils at the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia. Thanks to her active involvement in drafting of laws, she has contributed to the drafting of inter alia the Second, the Third, and the Fourth “Antimonopoly Packages” of laws, of amendments and additions to the federal laws On Competition Protection and On Strategic Investments, of the Governmental Regulation No. 583 (with respect to “vertical agreements”).
Natalia is recommended as a Competition Law expert by Chambers Europe, Global Competition Review 100, IFLR, Best Lawyers, and Guide to Leading BRIC Practitioners. In 2016 Natalia has been named as one of the Global Competition Review’s Women in Antitrust, being 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.