GCR 100 - 19th Edition

Alrud

22 January 2019

Russia

ALRUD ranks among Russia’s largest competition practices, with five partners and 15 associates working in close cooperation with the dispute resolution, corporate/M&A and commercial groups on a host of antitrust issues. Partner and practice head Vassily Rudomino is also the head of the Commonwealth of Independent States Competition Support Association, and has been recognised for his contributions to the development of competition legislation. Alrud boasts an impressive client roster, which in addition to Bayer, LG, Praxair, Maersk, NYK Line and Shire includes several companies that have newly retained its services in the past couple of years: Uber Technologies, Siemens and Michael Kors, among others. Alrud remains one of the go-to references for international law firms without a significant Russian presence, such as Slaughter and May, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Gleiss Lutz and Sullivan & Cromwell.

The firm’s workload has been impressive in recent years. It counselled Bayer through its $66 billion merger with Monsanto, Shire through its $32 billion acquisition of Baxalta and Praxair in its merger with Linde – a deal that would create a company with a market value of more than $75 billion. The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) demanded significant commitments from Bayer/Monsanto that were not agreed until April 2018, but cleared the Praxair/Linde deal unconditionally in October 2017. Alrud also counselled Uber in its joint venture with Yandex, a technology conglomerate that includes Russia’s largest online taxi booking service. The firm also represents Siemens in its merger with Alstom, a deal that will create a major company in the transportation industry.

Alrud’s success in mergers is complemented by strong representation of clients on the behavioural side. This past year, the firm represented LG Electronics during an unscheduled FAS inspection and subsequent examination of potential coordination among smartphone resellers. In past years, Alrud was the antitrust counsel for Maersk Line against FAS allegations that the shipping company violated the country’s anti-monopoly laws. The firm secured a settlement in that case, under which Maersk did not admit guilt.

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