Marina V. Abramova
Head of Antimonopoly Regulation
Areas of practice:
Marina Abramova has been with AGP from the very beginning. She has 20 years of legal experience in virtually all areas of Russian law governing business activities and is highly skilled in providing legal support to foreign companies in establishing their businesses in Russia, including drafting and localizing contracts and internal corporate regulations; acting as lead counsel on structuring businesses, real estate and intellectual property ownership structuring, and operations management structuring projects.
Antimonopoly law is one of the key areas of Marina’s practice which includes antimonopoly advice, due diligence of companies and contract terms, support during audits by antimonopoly agencies and in matters involving non-compliance with antimonopoly regulation. Moreover, being a member of the Association of Antimonopoly Experts (former Non-Commercial Partnership “Competition Promotion”), she works tirelessly to improve the Russian antimonopoly legislation.
Marina has extensive experience representing clients in commercial (arbitrazh) courts and general jurisdiction courts, in out-of-court settlement of ownership disputes and disputes arising from performance or termination of contracts. She has successfully defended clients in disputes with tax and customs agencies and in disputes over land rights.
Marina has gained solid experience coordinating and supporting Russian and foreign clients’ real estate construction projects and real estate purchase transactions in Moscow and elsewhere in Russia.
She devotes a substantial portion of her practice to providing labor law advice and client support on all issues concerning employer/employee relations, rendering legal assistance to employment agencies when hiring top managers for Russian companies, and securing clients’ interests in employee dismissal cases and in out-of-court settlement of conflicts with employees.
- Represented a major Russian spirits/liquor producer in connection with trademark licensing and creation of a distribution network, acuqisition and implementation of know-how; developed a legal strategy and drafted contracts.
- Represented an international confectionary maker in an investment project to acquire land and build a plant in the Vladimir Region.
- Represented a major Finnish provider of trading sector services in its purchase of a Swedish holding company’s assets and companies in Russia.
- Legal support to an agricultural producer in its agricultural land purchase transactions and structuring ownership, and advising on corporate law issues.
- Legal support for land purchase transactions of legal successors to former collective farms in the Moscow and Tula Regions.
- Acted as defense counsel for a major Korean producer of electronics, a large Czech construction enterprise, a major travel agency, a big telecommunications company, and a major spirits/liquor producer in disputes with tax and customs agencies.
- Organizational and advisory support for setting up foreign companies’ subsidiaries in Russia and joint ventures with Russian partners; representing clients in negotiations and at the initial stage of interaction; legal support for operations of newly created companies; structuring commercial transactions and participating in financial planning; providing organizational advice on such companies’ activities and legal support during the start-up period.
- Provided legal support for business activities of groups of companies, developed and helped implement corporate management structures and coordinated the management of groups of companies set up outside Russia.
- Legal support to a foreign manufacturer and its Russian subsidiary during the audit by the antimonopoly authority.
- Represented a Russian holding company in a business defamation dispute.
- Legal support of day-to-day operations of:
- A major Korean manufacturer of household appliances, including advice on competition, advertising, product certification legislation, customs and labor law matters, including representation of the client in court;
- A major multibrand retail chain, on customs matters, leasing space, labor relations, and antimonopoly issues, including representation of the client in court;
- US-based global corporations and a famous American cosmetics manufacturer, including representation in consumer disputes;
- A Japanese automaker and its Moscow representative office;
- A Russian subsidiary of a major Japanese bank, including advice on labor law issues.
- Prepared legal opinions in connection with the ADR offerings of a major Russian telecommunications holding company and a major Russian dairy producer.
Practice of law:Andrey Gorodissky & Partners (since 1992)
Education:Moscow Academy of Economics and Law
Took seminar courses on various aspects of Russian law: consideration of disputes in commercial (arbitrazh) courts; stock exchange transactions; corporate legislation; securities; construction; land legislation, and taxation (2000, 2002, 2006-2009)
Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityDegree in Meteorology and Climatology (1989)
Membership:Moscow Bar Association (since 2001)
- Russian (native)
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