Elena Agaeva
COUNSEL, Head of M&A and corporate practice (St. Petersburg)
Elena Agaeva


  • Chambers Europe (2014-2020)
  • The Legal 500 (2017-2020)
  • Best Lawyers (2009-2020)
  • IFLR1000 (2019-2021)
  • Pravo.ru-300 (2021)

24 Nevsky Av.,
St. Petersburg, 191186, Russia

Tel.: +7 (812) 322 9681
Fax: +7 (812) 322 9682


« The best-known transactional lawyer at the firm, and a key figure in the local market »

Chambers Europe

Elena Agaeva heads M&A and Corporate Practice at the St. Petersburg office of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners.

Elena provides legal support across a broad array of corporate and employment law issues, as well as on M&A deals, establishing, closing, and reorganizing businesses, hiring and dismissing employees, recruiting foreign workers, carrying out due diligence, and general support on corporate and employment issues.

Elena represents the Corporate Practice at the Firm’s St. Petersburg office and has vast experience working with the finance, automotive, logistics, IP/TMT, mining, and other sectors of foreign and Russian business.

Her recent experience includes:

  • Advising on the reorganization of a major Russian bank.
  • Devising a plan for the reorganization of a leading automotive supplier group.
  • Advising a European investment company on selling its shares in a Russian security services provider.
  • Advising on the acquisition of a stake in a company holding television assets.
  • Advising a leading Russian software developer on establishing a joint venture with a strategic investor.
  • Advising on corporate issues stemming from the opening of a plant in the Leningrad Region by a major automotive supplier.
  • Providing ongoing advice to foreign investors on corporate and employment law in Russia.
  • Advising on the opening and closing of subsidiaries, branches, and representative offices of foreign investors.

Prior to joining the Firm, Elena worked at Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Graduated cum laude from the Law Institute, St. Petersburg.

Elena’s competence and professionalism are reflected in major international law firm directories, such as Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, and Best Lawyers. According to newly edition of Chambers Europe 2019 Elena assists international industrial clients with corporate governance and Russian-law support on cross-border mandates. Clients appreciate her  “precise and practical advice and commercial approach,”  noting that she  “understands the business environment and provides win-win decisions.” The Legal 500 ranked “excellent, consistent and reliable” M&A and Corporate Practice in St. Petersburg led by Elena in Tier 1. In 2017 she debuts in an elite Leading Individuals list as the only national law firm's lawyer recommended in Band 1. Elena has been named Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice by Best Lawyers 2020.

A member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association since 2002, Elena has earned the Bar’s acknowledgement for highly professional and conscientious work, along with an award for her successful professional debut in the St. Petersburg legal profession.

Elena is fluent in English.


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