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Goltsblat BLP has a notable criminal law capacity.

Chambers Europe 2016

We defended top management of TransStromService during a criminal case investigation initiated against the contracting party over failure to pay taxes. Our participation ensured success in convincing the investigators that the client had not been involved in the contracting party’s criminal activities and was unaware that the latter has failed to pay taxes.

A major global furniture and household goods retailer - Acted successfully for the company during an audit by the Moscow Region Prosecutor’s Office seeking evidence of intellectual property law violations and protected the interests of senior management during the investigation into the alleged offence. Our actions ensured that no criminal case was initiated against the company or its management.

FMCG - Represented a client in several criminal cases involving former employees accused of misappropriation and embezzlement, as well as other fraud against the client, and in connection with theft of its vehicles.

FMCG - Regular support for the client on all aspects of interaction with law-enforcement agencies, including representing its interests as a victim in various criminal cases relating to theft of products and an RTA involving its personnel. Our team also provided defence representation during investigations into alleged offences relating to consumer complaints (no criminal cases have so far been initiated).

Leading global manufacturer of household electronics and medical equipment - Advised and acted for employees of the company, from engineers to top managers, during a range of investigations by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation and other law-enforcement agencies into alleged violations during state tenders and auctions for procuring tomographs and other medical equipment.

Panasonic Russia - Successfully represented Panasonic Russia in a dispute with a former landlord that illegally withheld property after expiry of a lease. Our application to the Department for Economic Security of the Ministry of the Interior resulted in a criminal case being brought against the management of the landlord and return of the property.

A leading global foodstuffs manufacturer - Successfully settled a dispute (involving threatened criminal proceedings) over infringements of patents. Our lawyers resolved the case at the preliminary investigation stage and no criminal case was brought.

FMCG - Successfully acted for a client in a dispute with the Customs, which had initiated a criminal case for failure to make customs payments as result of allegedly incorrect application of a reduced VAT rate to imported foodstuffs.

Media - Defended TV channel 2x2 against accusations brought by the Prosecutor’s Office of promoting extremism by broadcasting the cartoon film “South Park”.

Consulting -An application was submitted by the new management and founders of a company to initiate a criminal case against the former CEO. It was based on alleged thefts involving unlawful bonuses and fictitious hiring. Our lawyers proved that the employees had, indeed, fulfilled their job duties and no fictitious hiring had taken place. No criminal case was brought.

Automotive sector - Acted for clients in a number of criminal cases relating to fraud committed against them by dealership managers.

Major mineral fertiliser supplier - Goltsblat BLP lawyers successfully defended our client’s management against unjustified criminal prosecution. According to the investigator, our client’s management allegedly stole over USD 30 m by purchasing goods by deferred payment. By carefully preparing testimonies provided by the client’s employees and submitting complaints against the investigator’s actions, we had the resolution initiating a criminal case cancelled owing to absence of a crime.

A leading global sporting goods manufacturer - During criminal case proceedings, a batch of our client’s goods was seized as material evidence.  Our lawyers managed to have the goods returned, allowing the client to deliver the batch to its counterparty on time.

Covidien - Comprehensive support to Covidien and the management of their Russian unit in liaising with law-enforcement authorities, including protection in law-enforcement investigations.

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Head of Group, White Collar Crime Defence, Compliance, Dispute Resolution
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