30 December 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.
24 December 2019
EPAM announces its key promotions. Effective January 1, 2020, Sergey Kalinin, Vera Rikhterman and Andrey Mashkovtsev shall be promoted to Partners.
24 December 2019
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).
22 November 2019
On September 22, 2019, following the Qingdao Arbitration Commission (QDAC) meeting, Evgeny Raschevsky, Partner and Head of International Arbitration Practice at EPAM, was appointed as vice president of the International Arbitral Tribunal of the Qingdao Arbitration Commission in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) demonstration area.
23 October 2019
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.
17 October 2019
Attorneys of the Litigation Practice at EPAM 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.
17 October 2019
Attorneys of EPAM 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.
25 September 2019
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.
29 August 2019
In one of the biggest bankruptcy cases in modern Russian history, a team from the Litigation Practice at EPAM in St. Petersburg has successfully deflected the latest claim submitted by the bankruptcy trustee in the Transaero bankruptcy case.
20 August 2019
Attorneys of EPAM’ 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
29 July 2019
EPAM 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.
25 July 2019
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.
25 June 2019
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
18 June 2019
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 EPAM, was elected to this position by a majority vote.
20 May 2019
On May 20, 2019 an annual meeting of the Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA) was held in Stockholm. Ilya Nikiforov, Managing Partner at EPAM, was elected as a new member of SAA executive committee and is now the only representative from Russia.