GCR 100 - 20th Edition

ALRUD

14 January 2020

Russia

Five partners and 15 associates make up the competition team at ALRUD – one of the largest and most competent in Russia. Vassily Rudomino and German Zakharov lead the team, which includes several former enforcers. The client list features Bayer, LG, Praxair, Maersk, NYK Line and Shire. Companies that have retained the firm in the past few years include Uber Technologies, Coty and Ball. Top firms throughout the world, such as Slaughter and May, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Gleiss Lutz and Sullivan & Cromwell, refer work to Alrud.

Its workload has been heavy in recent years, as it advises some of the world’s biggest multinational deals: Bayer’s $66 billion merger with Monsanto, Praxair’s merger with Linde and Uber’s joint venture with Yandex, for example. Siemens retained Alrud regarding its global merger with Alstom, which was cleared in Russia but failed to secure clearance in the EU. The firm is representing both Gardner Denver and Ingersoll-Rand regarding the former’s acquisition of the latter’s industrial business, which would create the world’s second-largest industrial pump and compressor manufacturer.

In what has become a major area of scrutiny for the Federal Antimonopoly Service, Alrud represented the Russian subsidiary of LG Electronics during an unscheduled inspection and the associated investigation into coordination among smartphone resellers. That case was one of several that the FAS has launched or concluded in the industry against such conduct; LG was found to have used an algorithm to monitor the prices its resellers charged.

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