Former Pepeliaev Group lawyers Vladimir Sokov, Sergey Klimenko, Nigina Rabieva, and Radmila Nikitina have moved, with their teams, to Dentons’ Moscow office.
Vladimir Sokov specializes in corporate law, M&A, commercial law, antitrust, and real estate in life sciences. "Over his professional career of almost 15 years," Dentons reports, "Vladimir has handled major M&A projects and has successfully participated in numerous corporate litigations as instructed by well-known transnational and Russian companies." He headed the Corporate practice group at the Pepelieav Group, where he had been since 2009, and managed Hannes Snellman's Moscow office for the three years before that.
Sergey Klimenko will head Dentons’ Life Sciences practice in Russia. According to Dentons, "he has extensive experience advising companies in the life sciences industry on a wide range of regulatory and commercial matters, including complex issues relating to the circulation of medicines, medical devices and biomedical cell products, healthcare services, PPP in healthcare, asset deals regarding medicines, medical devices, and other products for human and animal health, genetic engineering, biotechnology for agricultural companies, public procurement." He headed the Life Sciences practice at the Pepeliaev Group, which he joined in October, 2012, and he has previous experience as the Head of Legal at an unnamed pharmaceutical company.
Dentons reports that Nigina Rabieva "has extensive experience advising Russian and foreign companies in the life sciences and industrial sectors on a wide range of corporate, commercial, PPP and real estate issues, as well as on regulatory and environmental law issues." She was head of Real Estate & Construction at the Pepeliaev Group, which she joined in January 2011, and she spent a year before that at Renaissance Capital.
Radmila Nikitina, who headed the Commercial/Antitrust practice at the Pepeliaev Group, specializes in competition and commercial law. Dentons describes her as having "significant experience in advising Russian and foreign clients on a wide range of issues relating to the application of the legislation on cartels, abuse of dominance, vertical restraints, public procurement and unfair competition," and the firm reports that she "represents clients before Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service and in state commercial courts in competition related cases." Before joining the Pepeliaev Group in June 2016, she was Head of Competition at the YUST law firm, which she joined in 2010, and spent two years before that as an Associate at Alrud.
Florian Schneider, Dentons Russia Managing Partner, said: “We welcome the arrival of the new team. These are lawyers with impressive experience in their practice areas and their joining Dentons will substantially expand our capabilities in Russia, in particular in Life Sciences and Competition.”
Partner Vladimir Sokov commented: “We are excited to join the largest law firm in the world. Our goal is to continue supporting our clients using magnificent opportunities provided by Dentons. A great professional team is a real value here.”
Partner Sergey Klimenko added: “We are delighted to become a part of Dentons’ big family. Throughout our career, we have done our best to serve our client’s needs and we look forward to continuing to do so from Denton’s magnificent platform.”