Vladimir Sokov has been elected a senior partner of Pepeliaev Group


As a partner in the firm, Vladimir Sokov became head of Pepeliaev Group’s corporate division in February 2009. Since 1 March 2013, Vladimir became a senior partner. Before joining Pepeliaev Group, Vladimir headed up the Moscow office of international law firm Hannes Snellman. Before working at Hannes Snellman, in 2005-2006, Vladimir was a partner at ETL Law Offices.

Vladimir specialises in corporate law. Across almost fifteen years of his professional career, Vladimir has handled major projects involving mergers and acquisitions of companies. He has also successfully taken part in numerous pieces of litigation regarding corporate issues, having been instructed by well-known international and Russian companies. Vladimir has extensive experience of advising  in areas such as real estate and antimonopoly regulation. He has been actively involved in projects such as: the acquisition by SCA of the Georgia-Pacific businesses; providing legal support on the development of the Shtokman deposit; providing legal support on drafting the regulatory and legislative basis for hosting the football World Cup 2018 at the behest of FIFA, among others. 

Vladimir and the lawyers of our corporate practice have provided ongoing support to companies such as: Energy Standard Group, Hoffmann La Roche, MSD Pharmaceuticals, NovoNordisk, AUCHAN, Shtokman Development, Volkswagen, Skamol, Rosneft, Johnson & Johnson, Becton Dickinson, Omya Rus and Gals Development among others.  
Vladimir is a member of of the Russian Bar Association. Mr Sokov and lawyers from Pepeliaev Group’s division he heads have regularly been recommended for their advisory work by leading international and Russian legal directories that rate lawyers and law firms, such as PLC Which Lawyer, the journal M&A, IFLR 1000, Pravo-300, Chambers Europe, and Legal 500.
Under Mr Sokov’s management, Pepeliaev Group’s corporate division has experienced significant growth, achieving impressive results. Pepeliaev Group’s corporate division now numbers three partners and around 50 lawyers, providing advisory services to and legal protection of the business of clients in such areas as: corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial law, support for investment projects, real estate and construction, antimonopoly regulation, securities and capital markets, private equity, nature management and environmental protection, pharmaceuticals and healthcare and telecommunications. Over the past three years, lawyers from Pepeliaev Group’s corporate division have provided support on and closed transactions involving the sale and purchase of businesses with an overall value of more than USD 8 billion. 
“The fact that Vladimir has been elected a senior partner is the result of the successful performance of all the lawyers in the corporate division. Thanks to their expertise, we are receiving a lot more instructions from clients within large-scale investment and M&A projects”, says Sergey Pepeliaev, managing partner of Pepeliaev Group. “We encourage professional growth of our employees and help them to advance in their careers; this allows us perform increasingly large-scale tasks that our clients entrust to us,” Mr Pepeliaev adds.
PEPELIAEV GROUP is a leading Russian law firm providing a full range of legal services in Russia, CIS and abroad. The company has more than 180 lawyers working in three offices (Moscow, St Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk) and in providing legal support to more than 1000 companies operating in various industry sectors, 60% of them being international corporations involved in long-term investment projects in Russia.
Tax law and tax disputes;
Corporate law;
Commercial/M&A practice;
Antimonopoly regulation;
Real estate and construction;
Legal support of investment projects;
Dispute resolution and mediation;
Intellectual property and trademarks;
Employment and migration legislation;
Customs law and foreign trade regulation;
Administrative and criminal law defense of business;
Restructuring and bankruptcy.
Pepeliaev Group is an absolute Russian leader for providing legal services in taxation according to independent international ratings Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. They also recommend a number of other divisions of the company for conducting business in Russia, including real estate and construction, commercial, M&A, employment and migration, dispute resolution and mediation, intellectual property and trademarks, antimonopoly regulation, bankruptcy (Chambers, The Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer, IFLR, World Tax, Pravo.ru – 300, RA Expert and others).
In 2012, authoritative international magazine The Lawyer recognised Pepeliaev Group as Best Law Firm in Russia and CIS.
Clients and lawyers believe that Pepeliaev Group has the best reputation on the legal services market (Pravo.ru – 300, 2011 and 2012).
Pepeliaev Group is a member of the international associations TerraLex and Taxand.

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