10.09.2018 | News
Antitrust Law — New BGP Litigation Practice


Moscow, 10 Sepember 2018. — BGP Litigation announces opening of the department in the field of antimonopoly (competition) law.

Opening of the new department is conditioned by increase in the number of requests coming from business. Firm's clients note growing risks related to antimonopoly regulation, tendency for growth of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service powers, as well as significant liability for violations.

The new department of the firm will provide clients with legal support on all key issues of antimonopoly regulation, protection of interests during antitrust proceedings conducted by antimonopoly authorities, implementation of state procurement, agreement of transactions of economic concentration. Firm's expertise of antimonopoly department also includes antimonopoly compliance and representation of clients' interests on issues related to unfair competition.

"Opening of the new department is a logical continuation of the firm's strategy to provide our clients with the most complete range of services in the area of dispute resolution," said Timur Unarokov, managing partner of BGP Litigation.

Head of Antimonopoly department will be Irina Akimova, who has 15 years of experience in the field of antimonopoly regulation and competition law.

Irina has been focused on the application of antimonopoly, advertising and procurement legislation for over 15 years.

Irina has extensive experience in implementation of projects involving antimonopoly audits, setting up antimonopoly compliance systems, dealer and distributor relationships, anti-competition agreements, economic concentration, as well as the legislation on trade, advertising, unfair competition, procurement and state defense purchases. She has represented clients in various industries in cases involving violations of antimonopoly legislation, administrative offence cases before the antimonopoly authorities, as well as court cases on challenge of the acts issued by the antimonopoly authorities.

Before joining BGP, Irina headed antimonopoly practices in major Russian law firms. Before becoming a legal adviser, she had worked for the Federal Antimonopoly Service for 8 years.

Irina is an associated professor of the basic chair of the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service at the Financial University under the Russian Government. She is an author of several books and many theoretical and practical articles on antimonopoly regulation. She has been lecturing Competition Law at the Lomonosov Moscow State University from 2015. Irina is an active member of the Association of Antimonopoly Experts, a member of several expert councils of the FAS of Russia and an attorney-at-law.

The international rating of Chambers Europe recommends Irina Akimova in the category of Competition/Antitrust. The Best Lawyers directory has included Irina in the list of the best antimonopoly lawyers.

"Companies really develop when new products are introduced to the market. We constantly follow customers' needs and are always ready to change to satisfy their interests better. Irina is a successful professional, a recognized expert in her area, close to us in values and ambitions. It's such people that we want to see in the firm," said Dmitry Bazarov, partner of BGP Litigation.