Business regulations are constantly expanding and becoming more detailed. This is due in part to the emergence of new economic sectors, and also to changes in the forms of business interactions and the conditions in which they are conducted.

This process is especially clear in business relationships that are subject to regulations designed to ensure competition and guard against monopolies.

In Russia today, medium- and large-sized businesses find themselves in a dilemma. On the one hand, they are the object of attention from the antitrust regulators and must comply with the applicable limitations, but on the other hand, they themselves are subject to the negative effects of unfair competition.

Both these situations require an understanding of the essence of the relevant laws and the ability to correctly apply those laws, to ensure that businesses can defend their rights against illegal actions by either regulatory agencies or competing businesses.

Grigoryev, Merenkov and Partners provides a full range of services in the area of antitrust regulation, and places a high priority on work in this area.

The firm’s team of antitrust specialists has participated in more than 30 antitrust cases that were resolved in administrative or judicial proceedings.

We have considerable experience with antitrust agencies, with regard to listing organizations in a registry of unreliable suppliers, support and regulation of production, public procurement, approval for transactions, commercial agreements, and joint ventures.

The attorneys of Grigoryev, Merenkov and Partners have been successful in a large number of cases contesting actions by FAS RF (Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation) and its territorial branches, as well as in disputes involving the conduct of public bidding processes.

We currently have ongoing consulting relationships with a number of manufacturing companies and provide legal support to them in public tender procedures, including drawing up strategies, preparation of proposals, and assistance in contract negotiations.

The primary areas of our work in antitrust are the following:

  • review of transactions for compliance with legal requirements concerning market share, price fixing, and other concerted actions
  • coordination of transactions with antitrust authorities
  • representation and defense of clients during investigations of antitrust violations
  • administrative and judicial challenges to the decisions of antitrust agencies
  • structuring of the client’s business to comply with antitrust regulation
  • legal review of the client’s behavior in the market to reveal antitrust risks
  • representation of clients contesting their inclusion in a registry of unreliable suppliers
  • support for clients during public tender processes and disputes regarding the conduct of public bidding
  • appeals to the antitrust authority on behalf of clients