Antitrust & Competition

Ranked Band/Tier 1 by all leading international rankings –
The Legal 500 2021, Elite by GCR 100 2020, Chambers Europe 2021

What we do/ specific areas of focus

  • Advising in relation to natural monopolies
  • Advising on application of the rules governing abuse of a dominant position and restrictive agreements
  • Advising on application of the rules on unfair competition
  • Advising on civil contracts in relation to their compliance with competition law
  • Advising on merger control and related strategic matters, including obtaining clearance from the Russian antimonopoly authorities and other competition authorities
  • Advising on state aid matters
  • Analysing and developing business models on the basis of competition law
  • Assisting bidders and contracting authorities with respect to public procurement (government contracts)
  • Assisting clients in challenging the outcome of tender procedures
  • Carrying out antitrust internal audits and mock dawn raids
  • Creating company’s trade policies and competition codes of conduct
  • Handling antimonopoly cases examined by the FAS of Russia and its territorial bodies
  • Representing clients in court litigations against the antimonopoly authorities
  • Representing clients in private antitrust claims
  • Supporting companies during dawn raids and antitrust audits

The international Antitrust & Competition Practice in Russia, the UK, EU and US brings together experts in antitrust law, each with extensive experience of its application in practice.

The Antitrust & Competition Practice of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) is one of the strongest teams in Russia, ranked among the top / elite by leading Russian and international legal directories, such as The Legal 500, Chambers Europe, Global Competition Review (GCR),, etc.

Chambers Europe 2021

"We like how they work," a client says, explaining: "We liked their preparation skills and their presentation in court."

In 2017 and 2019 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) was named Law Firm of the Year for Competition / Antitrust in Russia by Best Lawyers Awards / 2018, 2020 Editions.

Our associates are active members of expert organisations liaising with the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia with a view to improving the national antitrust laws. They also have extensive law-making experience, including in competition and antitrust, and have been involved in drafting amendments to the Federal Laws “Protection of Competition”, “Fundamentals of State Regulation of Trade in the Russian Federation” and other regulations as part of the work undertaken by the Competition Experts Association (f/k/a the Competition Support Non-Profit Partnership), the Russian Corporate Counsel Association (RCCA) and expert councils under the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and RusBrand.

Chambers Europe 2019

Interviewees recommend the "very reliable and trustworthy firm" and emphasise the strength of its individuals, describing them as "very well-known experts in antitrust law." Another source enthusiastically sums up: "BCLP Russia is a rare combination of deep expertise, the highest ethical standards and flexibility to serve clients' needs."


  • We stand out by integrating a well-established Russian team with a more than 13-year track record in competition, a strong client base, sterling reputation and eminent Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner lawyers based in our London, Brussels, Paris, New-York, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Kansas City, Atlanta, Boulder, Denver, Phoenix and St. Louis offices. This positions us to advise clients on any complex competition matters in Russia and handle challenging cases relating to Russian, EU, US and/or UK competition laws.
  • We boast a successful track record as counsel for big multinationals: for several years now, we have been advising Mars, HP Inc., Sanofi, Jaguar Land Rover and Renault, to name just a few, on a broad range of antitrust matters.
  • We have developed a strong industrial focus in FMCG, manufacturing, telecoms, retail, automotive, subsoil and logistics and do considerable work for the biggest Russian corporates in their industry sectors: United Metallurgical Company, NOVATEK, Freight One Company, UCL Holding, etc.
  • Our practical antitrust experience is more diversified than that of some other firms in Russia. We have a track record of antitrust litigation and antitrust cases before antimonopoly authorities, M&A and strategic enterprise clearances, antitrust audits, structuring of distribution contracts, advice on public procurement and public procurement litigation.
  • We are well-known for supporting M&A, strategic enterprise advice and high profile clearances managed hands-on for our clients. This line of our antitrust practice has seen robust development in recent years in response to our clients’ needs and in light of the antitrust regulator’s ever-increasing focus on economic concentration matters.

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Antitrust & Competition

PSA Group

Advised PSA Group on obtaining Russian antitrust clearance for its merger with FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).

Johnson & Johnson

Advised Johnson & Johnson’s medical devices division on competition law compliance and trade terms development.

NPK Katren

Advised NPK Katren on matters involving anti-bribery policies and a range of antitrust matters, including compliance requirements, supply and shortage of goods, etc.

Russian Platinum Group

Advised Russian Platinum Group on a number of strategic and tactical aspects of a project to develop one of the world’s largest mineral deposits, including support and representation on a number of disputes with the local authorities and in Federal Antitrust Service.


Support for OMK (a major Russian manufacturer of large-diameter pipes) in a case regarding an alleged cartel: division of the large diameter pipe market for construction of trunk pipelines. During the court hearings, it was proven that the parties to the agreement should be released from liability by virtue of achievement of a positive socio-economic effect.


Advised HyperGlobus on various antitrust/trade law matters in connection with the Russian antimonopoly authorities inspection. In particular, we undertook a limited antitrust audit of current HyperGlobus’ activity in view of pending inspection within a tight deadline.

Freight One and Independent Transport Company

Acted for JSC Freight One and JSC Independent Transport Company in a Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia case accusing the Administration of the Kemerovo Region, RZD JSCo and a number of operators of concluding agreements prohibited by articles 11 and 16 of the Law on Competition.

Delo Group

Acted for Delo Group, one of the largest private transportation and logistics holding companies in Russia comprising port assets in the Azov-Black Sea, Baltic and Far Eastern basins and rail and multimodal operator of containerised cargo, during consideration of Global Ports’ application seeking to challenge the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) compliance order to switch to RUB tariffs. The order was issued in early 2018 due to Delo’s acquisition of a share in Global Ports. Arguments were provided supporting the fact that Global Ports has fulfilled the requirements of the FAS order on pricing policy (as was subsequently confirmed by the FAS). As a result, Global Ports withdrew its application.


Acted for Zeppelin, a leading worldwide dealer in Caterpillar machinery, during a dawn raid conducted by the FAS Cartel Department in a joint investigation with the EEC’s Antitrust Department.

Federal Freight Company

Represented Federal Freight Company, a major railway freight operator in Russia, a 100% subsidiary of Russian Railways – owner of almost all railway network and park of locomotives in Russia, in an antitrust case launched by the FAS at the end of 2016.

Tuapse Commercial Sea Port (UCL Holding)

Represented the Tuapse Commercial Sea Port (UCL Holding) in a case brought by the Russian FAS over alleged monopoly high prices for stevedoring services.


Represented Re:Store in a high-profile case brought by the FAS of Russia against Apple over alleged maintenance of distributor prices.


Acting for PAO VimpelCom, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has triumphed in the first instance, appeal and cassation arbitrazh (commercial) courts in a dispute between mobile operators and the FAS of Russia over changes to B2B SMS service tariffs.

Sberbank of Russia

Represented Sberbank in arbitrazh (commercial) courts over alleged violation of the laws on procurement of goods, works or services by certain types of legal entity. The laws were allegedly breached by competition-restricting requirements set for participants. We devised a successful representation strategy, convincing the appellate court that the decision given by the FAS of Russia was unlawful.

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