Anton Gusev

Head of White Collar Criminal Defence Practice

Anton represents companies in corporate law matters, judicial proceedings in state arbitration courts and courts of general jurisdiction, bankruptcy procedures and criminal law protection for business.

Anton has a great deal of experience of successful settlement of disputes with administrative authorities, including in relation to administrative offences, real estate titles and land relations, as well as labour and other disputes in the sphere of civil and commercial law, banking and finance.

Anton Gusev has acted for businessmen and well-known state figures during criminal prosecutions, including high profile political cases. In addition, Anton has acted extensively for major Russian and foreign companies as aggrieved parties in criminal proceedings.

In 2019, Anton Gusev has been recommended by the major international legal directory The Legal 500 in White Collar Crime. Anton was also selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Russia 2020 Edition for Litigation.

Track Record

Below are some projects in which Anton has been involved:

  • Acting for a precious metals exploration and production company and its employees in a criminal investigation into the death of a company employee. 
  • Defending a top manager of an oilfield major in a criminal investigation relating to tax evasion in particularly large amounts.
  • Acting for the Director of a Regional Capital Construction Department of the Russian Federation accused of abuse of office.
  • Legal assistance to a company participating in a project for constructing a medium haul aircraft in a check conducted by the Customs as part of search and detect activities investigating importation into the Russian Federation and declaration of dedicated equipment for compliance with the customs value declared by its customs representatives.
  • Representing a major dairy product manufacturer in Belarus in a check conducted by law-enforcement authorities seeking signs of tax evasion upon vehicle leasing. 
  • Defending employees of a major Russian developer and the CEOs of its subsidiaries against criminal charges of tax evasion.
  • Defending employees of a leading Russian agricultural company in a preliminary investigation into an alleged tax crime. 
  • Defending a cryptocurrency exchange developer against allegations of theft, by fraud, of the source code of big-ticket software.
  • Representing a food product manufacturer in an investigation into alleged illegal banking operations.
  • Defending the interests of a Russian state theatre in a preliminary investigation related to funding issues. 
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in Southern Europe in a criminal investigation into falsification of data from the Russian Companies Register pertaining to the client’s Russian representative office by a group of persons with the intention of unlawfully acquiring more than a million euros from the company’s bank accounts.
  • Defending the rights and lawful interests of a Russian subsidiary of a leading global construction materials manufacturer in a preliminary investigation, to prevent criminal charges being brought against its employees.
  • Representing an official distributor of medical equipment in Russia during an audit of its financial operations triggered by a criminal case initiated against a business partner of the company.
  • Representing the Embassy of an Arab state in Russia in a criminal investigation initiated by request of the Embassy into theft, by fraud, of a large sum of money by Russian representatives of an airline.
  • Representing a senior executive of a national bank in a law enforcement check launched over alleged property damage reported by the Central Bank of Russia.
  • Defending a shareholder in a metallurgical company in a criminal investigation following unlawful withdrawal from the Russian Federation’s ownership of real estate kept on the company’s books.
  • Representing a beauty company during an audit of its financial operations seeking elements of a tax crime in the actions of the company’s officers and other staff.
  • Represented a well-known RF Ministry of Defence official in a criminal prosecution.
  • Acted for Panasonic as the aggrieved party in a criminal case.
  • Acted for a major sports gear manufacturer in a criminal case relating to return of goods seized within the scope of a criminal case.
  • Represented the head of a major Finnish logistics company in a criminal cases relating to an oil product spill at the company’s warehouse.
  • Defended officers of a big consumer electronics company in a law enforcement check into a crime report submitted by a counterparty in connection with an ongoing commercial dispute. The check resulted in a ruling refusing to open a criminal case.
  • Defended the CEO and top management of a Moscow airport in a check opened by the Investigative Committee Office for the Central Federal District into a reported crime of particularly major tax evasion. The check resulted in a ruling refusing to open a criminal case.
  • Represented a top official of an RF constituent entity during an investigation into a criminal case relating to abuses during acquisition of medical equipment.
  • Defended the CEO and officers of a major food company in a criminal case over evasion of customs payments. The case was closed. 
  • Represented a major chewing gum manufacturer in criminal cases opened across Russia over theft of its goods in transit. The client needed to have documents confirming the theft as soon as possible for submission to foreign supervisory authorities.
  • Acted for a big international airline in connection with a counterparty’s failure to pay for our client’s services.
  • Represented an LLC and its participants in disputes constituting part of a corporate conflict and attempted hostile takeover. The complex litigation included defence against claims for decisions of the General Meeting of the company’s participants to be recognised as unlawful and major transactions as invalid.
  • Acted for an LLC and its participants (Moscow Region manufacturer) in complex litigation during a corporate conflict and relating to theft of company assets. The litigation included participants' claims for a major transaction to be recognised as invalid and for recovery of property from unlawful possession by other persons, representation of the company during the criminal proceedings, defence of the decision of the General Meeting of the company’s participants on election of the company’s sole executive body.
  • Acted for purchasers of an interest in a Russian entity against claims for the transaction to be recognised as invalid and the interest to be returned to its former owner.
  • Acted for a British public company (oil-loading business). Represented the client in a complex litigation against a Cyprus company concerning a corporate conflict within a Russian LLC. Both companies own 50% of the authorised capital of the Russian LLC. The litigation included claims against an unlawful decision electing the sole executive body, claims for a receivable assignment transaction to be recognised as invalid, claims for an additional share issue to be recognised as invalid and defence of a decision electing a new CEO.
  • Represented a major Russian agricultural holding company and its beneficiaries within the scope of a corporate conflict.
  • Advised and provided legal support to a well-known Moscow food retailer in purchasing a retail centre building.
  • Represented a famous foreign manufacturer of cosmetics and household chemicals in an administrative-offence-related case. The fire safety authorities accused the company of breaching the fire safety rules, which triggered a fire. The decision served as grounds for the victims of the fire to file claims. The decision of the fire safety control authorities was recognised as unlawful.
  • Defended the owner of Chelpipe Group in a criminal case over alleged commercial bribery.
  • Defended employees of a big metals company in a criminal case over alleged evasion of customs payments. The defence involved challenging the Customs’ actions and decisions in general jurisdiction and arbitrazh (commercial) courts.

Anton was admitted to the Moscow Bar in 2012; he is fluent in Russian and English.