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.
ALRUD’s Competition and Antitrust team is widely recognized as one of the leading, and most reputable, practices in Russia. It provides market-leading expertise in all aspects of Russian competition law. ALRUD supports clients on a wide range of antitrust issues: coordination of merger control transactions with the FAS (Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service), cartel investigations, antitrust disputes, commercial agreements and antitrust compliance.
ALRUD’s full-service offering is a key factor in attracting blue-chip domestic and international clients. ALRUD’s Competition and Antitrust team routinely works with its top-ranking M&A, commercial law and dispute resolution practices, enabling them to advise on the full spectrum of a client’s complex requirements and to provide the scale of resources needed to service the most demanding cases.
ALRUD is consistently ranked as an elite competition practice by the major international directories, such as Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and Global Competition Review.
ALRUD has unique experience and advises on Russian and CIS competition and regulatory aspects of acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures. It counselled Bayer through its $66 billion merger with Monsanto, Danaher Corporation through its $21.4 billion acquisition of the Biopharma business of General Electric and Praxair in its merger with Linde – a deal that created a company with a market value of more than $75 billion. 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 represented Siemens in its merger with Alstom, valued at $17 billion.
In addition to successful work on merger control cases, ALRUD has a wide experience in supporting Clients and representing their interests in landmark behavioral cases. The firm represented LG Electronics during an unscheduled FAS inspection and subsequent examination of potential coordination among smartphone resellers. Earlier, ALRUD was the antitrust counsel for Maersk Line against FAS allegations that the shipping company violated the country’s anti-monopoly laws. ALRUD achieved an unprecedented settlement, closing the case and agreeing a minimum settlement fee for the client.
Senior Partner, Advocate, Head of Competition/Antitrust Practice
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