Antonina Potanina


Antonina Potanina specialises in representing customers before law enforcement bodies of various ministries and agencies, and participating in criminal legal proceedings. She has over 18 years’ experience of investigating complex economic crimes committed against credit institutions and state-owned companies, as well as in the business and bankruptcy spheres. Antonina has monitored investigations conducted by preliminary investigation authorities of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs into criminal cases relating to currency crimes (Articles 193 and 193.1 of the Russian Criminal Code).

Antonina is recommended by The Legal 500 2021 as a leading lawyer in white collar crime.

Antonina has been an advocate since 2019.

Track record

Some of Antonina's recent projects:

  • Representing an international credit institution in liaising with law enforcement bodies concerning an investigation into fraud involving particularly large sums of money.
  • Providing legal assistance to employees of Russia’s biggest car dealer in connection with criminal prosecution of its management.
  • Providing legal support to a company engaged in development, integration and debugging of civil and transport aircraft onboard equipment in a criminal case investigated by customs authorities over evasion of customs payments.
  • Advising the management and employees of a company providing private security services to Moscow businesses on avoiding potential criminal risks associated with prosecution of third parties by law enforcement agencies.
  • Providing legal assistance to representatives of a global provider of information security software in a criminal case relating to obstruction of a legal entity’s lawful business activities. Assisting in mitigating potential negative consequences for the company’s business.
  • Rendering legal assistance to representatives of a foreign embassy in connection with fraud committed against them and a pre-investigation inspection conducted at their request.
  • Advising the management and employees of a major global company engaged in production and sale of non-perishable foodstuffs, and a Russian foreign-invested importer and seller of motor oils in the Russian Federation and CIS countries on how to avoid potential criminal risks under the currency legislation.
  • Acting for a major company importing medical devices into Russia during the preliminary investigation into a criminal case involving unlawful use of the company trade mark. 
  • Protecting a major investment company and its employees against groundless raids by law enforcement officers.
  • Advising oil and gas companies and retail chain stores on criminal business risks in Russia.
  • Advising representatives of a group of companies engaged in production and distribution of beauty and skincare products on various aspects of the currency legislation in order to avoid potential criminal risks.
  • Acting for private customers, as well as for Russian and foreign companies, during inspections conducted by various law enforcement bodies.