Competition Law

The expertise and top calibre service of largest Competition Law Practice in the CIS are recommended by the leading international legal guides.



“Substantial, top-quality team…”

"I like its responsiveness, high quality of work and the results it has achieved for us."

Partner Natalia Korosteleva (Moscow) is “a very experienced lawyer who has "acted on contentious competition cases for a very long time."

Counsel Anna Numerova (Moscow) “has enough experience to advise very quickly. She understood the issues, speaks perfect English and is able to tailor advice to our business needs, spot on."

“The well-regarded Oksana Ilchenko (Kyiv) has a growing presence in the competition sector.”



The firm is “highly recommended for its meticulous approach, outstanding negotiating skills and ability to find innovative solutions to complex issues”.

Practice head Natalia Korosteleva (Moscow) is recommended for her “strong project management skills”.

Counsel Anna Numerova (Moscow) is also recommended. 

In Russia “renowned team endorsed for its deep bench strength. Highly recommended for assisting with contentious matters, and able to call on a market-leading litigation team to handle anti-monopoly disputes. Additionally strong on transactional merger control issues, covering acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.”

"A well-established player with strong industrial knowledge, which is a great asset."

"Everything is well organised, the lawyers get the work done quickly and we always get great results with the team."

Natalia Korosteleva (Moscow) heads the department. As a “very active participant at the Antitrust Bar,” she advises on merger control approvals and investigations relating to cartels, concerted actions and abuse of dominance.”

“A recent addition to the team, Anna Numerova (Moscow) is known to be a “rising star.” She is highly recommended for her expertise in merger control matters and is described as a “practical problem solver and very hands-on.”

“Key senior associate Evgeny Bolshakov (Moscow) continues to win praise from clients for his work in competition.”

Elena Kazak (Moscow) recently joined the team. Clients appreciate that “her quality and turnaround time are excellent."

In Ukraine the firm is “well known for merger clearance, antitrust investigations and unfair competition. Works in close co-operation with its litigation and IP practices to provide comprehensive compliance advice.”

“The well-regarded Oksana Ilchenko (Kyiv) has a growing presence in the competition sector.”

In Russia “the firm’s sizeable competition team is “one of the best of its kind in Russia, especially with regards to dominance enquiries”. Practice head Natalia Korosteleva is “extremely knowledgeable and well-connected in the Russian antitrust community”. Newly recruited counsel Anna Numerova is “an excellent antitrust lawyer with substantial merger control and behavioural experience”.

The firm is categorised as "elite" in the annual ranking for Russia.

“The team at this major Russian firm has the capacity to handle the most complex and largest competition matters, including cases relating to cartels and abuse of dominance. The department is best known for its work in antitrust litigation, but it provides a full service as required.”

“Brilliant professionals who are flexible and able to solve problems.”

“Natalia Korosteleva heads up the competition practice [in Moscow] and covers all areas of competition law. She is particularly acknowledged for her work in anti-monopoly investigations, in which she regularly represents clients before the FAS.”

“Evgeny Bolshakov (Moscow) is a “smart lawyer” with a growing profile, thanks to his work in the Russian non-governmental competition law partnership.”

In Ukraine “this prominent firm maintains a strong competition practice, which predominantly handles merger clearance issues.”

“Recently appointed head of the corporate and M&A department, Oksana Ilchenko (Kyiv) also advises on competition issues. Sources describe her as a competition law all-rounder.”

“The firm now fields the largest number of lawyers in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and its competition team is the largest in Moscow. Its size means it can handle a significant number of matters simultaneously, and its reputation for high-quality advice attracts prominent local and international players. … The firm's excellent disputes department is an added bonus for clients.”

“Before working with this firm, I never believed that an outside consultant could be as helpful, or as concerned, as an in-house counsel.”

“Natalia Korosteleva (Moscow) is highlighted for her exceptional management and negotiation skills, and is described as having “very strong qualities when dealing with people and making connections.”

"In keeping with the firm's reputation for dispute resolution, this competition team has handled a stream of antitrust litigation of late. Clients say the firm houses "some of the most talented lawyers in the Russian legal community," and are impressed with the high level of expertise, at both partner and junior level."

"The associates are not afraid to advise directly. They don't have to go back to check with the partner, which saves us time and money," says one interviewee. Besides representation before the FAS and courts, the team has also handled its share of transactional work."
   “The partnership has long been present on the country's legislative scene, and the team comes into its own in competition litigation: “It would be my first choice when the case goes to dispute,” asserted a source.”
   “This relatively compact local outfit is very well regarded by its peers... Peers add that the firm is quite a force in competition-related litigation.”

“Interviewees agree that “regardless of his senior position and status as a top lawyer, Dimitry Afanasiev will always handle sensitive matters himself.”
   “Clients consider this group a top choice when it comes to Russia-specific, complex issues and note its “impressive track record for merger clearance work.”
   “EPAM has cemented its position as one of the leading Russian corporate practices with a consistent string of high-profile mandates. Led by ‘charismatic’ and ‘impressively well-connected’ Dimitry Afanasiev, the team helped a client achieve clearance from the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia.”
   “Additional strength in related areas such as competition has helped it to “make real waves” this year in corporate M&A. According to one interviewee: “It is dealing with larger deals than many of the other domestic firms and, as such, is one of the few outfits that is looking ready to compete head to head against the internationals.”
   “The competition and anti-monopoly practice here enjoys a wealth of positive remarks. The firm’s merger clearance work is respected in a market as “big and precedent setting,” with interviewees adding that “lots of international clients now consider this experienced domestic group; they match the other firms in expertise and excel in local know-how.”

“Market sources note that the firm is “a popular choice due to its exceptional contacts with Russian authorities.”

“Dimitry Afanasiev is credited for being “visible on very high-profile and important deals.”