Roman Vedernikov

Roman Vedernikov

Senior Associate, Solicitor in England and Wales
Roman Vedernikov

Chambers Europe

Roman Vedernikov is always deep in the details, with the due legal vision on the best way to get to the goal.

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Roman Vedernikov is a Senior Associate in the Competition/Antitrust, Foreign Direct Investment Regulation, White Collar Crime, Compliance and Investigation practices at ALRUD Law Firm.

Roman advises on a wide range of antimonopoly issues: merger control clearance of global M&A/JV transactions, including with presenting to the authority economic analysis for complex deals. He is also involved in cartel investigations, dawn raids and running compliance trainings for the clients’ employees. He has considerable experience in advising international retailers on difficult antimonopoly aspects of the enforcement of the Russian Trade Law.

Roman has extensive experience in advising on foreign and strategic investments legislation, representing clients during the securing of national security clearances in a number of transactions with the Government Commission for Control over Foreign Investments. Within the White Collar Crime, Compliance and Investigation practice, Roman advises on criminal and anticorruption matters, including on the application of the Russian anticorruption legislation to foreign clients operating in Russia. Also, he participates in different compliance projects.

Roman graduated from MGIMO University, International Law School, and has a Master of Laws degree from the National Research University - Higher School of Economics. Roman joined ALRUD in April 2014.

Roman is a member of the Competition Experts Association and the International Bar Association (IBA).

Includes advising and representing:


on the sale of the Modi business, a retail chain of goods at affordable prices, in favour of GEM Invest, a Russian investment company.

Qiwi Plc.

on the sale of Russian assets to management for RUB 23.75 bn.

Natura &Co

on obtaining clearance of FAS Russia (Federal Antimonopoly Service) and of the Government Commission for Control over Foreign Investments for the acquisition of Avon Products, Inc.


on obtaining clearance of FAS Russia for establishing a joint venture between 4 federal telecommunications operators-competitors, aimed at release/conversion of the radio frequencies and construction of 5G in Russia.

French aerospace, space, defence and security group

in the acquisition of a digital identity and security group. Roman assisted the client with successful receipt of the national security and merger control clearances.

Auchan Retail, METRO, DIA and Casino Group

(all are large international retail groups) in FAS Russia with regard to approval of entering into a joint venture agreement on rendering international services for suppliers.

CEFC China Energy Company Limited

during national security clearance with the Government Commission for Control over Foreign Investments of acquisition of 14,16% of shares in Rosneft Oil Company.

Munich RE / ERGO International AG

in merger control clearance of the sale of ERGO Insurance Company to RESO-Garantia.


in merger control clearance with FAS Russia of the acquisition of EMC Corporation.


with respect to various antimonopoly and trade legislation issues.

Large telecommunication company

in preparation of an expert report for a US court, on issues related to clearance of its M&A transaction in accordance with Russian merger control and foreign investments procedures.

International industrial vehicle manufacturing company

during an investigation conducted by the Eurasian Economic Commission in the Eurasian Economic Union trans-border market of commercial vehicles and trucks.

Honda Motor Rus LLC

in an antimonopoly dispute with a dealer. As a result, the court ruled that the client (Honda) did not have a dominant position in Russia and did not have to conclude a contract with the dealer.

Leading food retailer in Russia

during support in several simultaneous unscheduled inspections by FAS Russia. As a result, the antimonopoly authority confirmed absence of any signs of violation of antimonopoly and trade legislation in the client’s activity.

Japanese transport company

on regulation of bribery-related issues in Russia.

ALRUD team supported a transaction on the sale of Modi
The shareholders (heirs of Igor Sosin) sold the Modi business (a retail chain of goods at affordable prices) in favour of GEM Invest, a Russian investment company owned by Vladimir Paliy. ALRUD team provided the comprehensive legal support to the seller, including structuring the transaction, drafting legally binding documentation under the Russian and English law, advising on the regulatory and sanctions aspects both under Russian and EU law, supporting the transaction closing and international settlement. ALRUD team working on the project was led by Alexander Zharskiy, Partner of Corporate and M&A Practice, and included Senior Associates Kristina Akalovich and Roman Vedernikov, Associates, Olesya Klesheva and Arsen Simonyan.
29 May 2024
Risks for foreign shareholders of breaching management duties in Russia
As we have learned from publicly available acts and news, sanctions imposed in the EU, UK and certain other jurisdictions include, inter alia, restrictions on providing business and management consulting services to persons connected with Russia (including subsidiaries of foreign companies active in our jurisdiction), while the scope and exposure of such restrictions is not yet well defined. In the meantime, we would like to caution you that current Russian civil and corporate legislation contains a number of obligations for shareholders of Russian companies that they must observe while being present in Russia regardless of their jurisdictions and foreign law restrictions in place.
15 May 2024
German Zakharov and Roman Vedernikov spoke at the conference “Legal Challenges and Opportunities in the Age of Sanctions”
On 14 March 2024 a conference on "Legal Challenges and Opportunities in the Age of Sanctions" organized by was held. German Zakharov, ALRUD Partner, acted as a moderator at the 3rd session: “Prevention and management of sanctions risks: current practice, national peculiarities of sanctions compliance”. Roman Vedernikov, Senior Associate in ALRUD Antitrust Practice, spoke at the 3rd session on “Over-compliance in the sanctions environment: analysis of judicial approaches relating to the arguments of an aggrieved counterparty”. Speaking on the topic, the expert defined the concept of over-compliance, its key factors, and also reviewed foreign court practice. Roman came to the following conclusion: “Foreign participants assess risks of legal and secondary sanctions exposure very high, sometimes even if the person is not actually subject to sanctions, and/or the parties to the transaction have no relation to the jurisdictions that imposed the sanctions. This leads to over-compliance that gives rise to greater discrimination. But legal proceedings in various jurisdictions suggest that there are some positive trends to a more balanced and unbiased approach”. Read more (in Russian) about the event here.
15 March 2024
ALRUD team supported Qiwi Plc. on the sale of its Russian assets to management for RUB 23.75 bn
Qiwi Plc. sold its Russian assets to a Hong Kong based Fusion Factor Fintech Limited owned by Andrey Protopopov, former Qiwi CEO. The 23.75 bn RUB transaction was approved by the Russian regulators and the Qiwi Plc. board of directors. ALRUD team provided Qiwi Plc. with legal support of the transaction, including drafting binding documents and advising on particular regulatory and counter-sanction issues. The ALRUD team was headed by Corporate and M&A Practice Partner Sergey Khanaev and comprised Senior Associate Kristina Akalovich, Senior Associate Natalia Raschevskaya, Senior Associate Roman Vedernikov, Associate Olesya Klesheva, and Associate Eva-Maria Shakhmaeva.
31 January 2024
Pravo-300, 2023 recommends Roman Vedernikov for Antitrust law.
Best Lawyers, 2022 recommends Roman Vedernikov for Competition/Antitrust Law.
Best Lawyers, 2021 recommends Roman Vedernikov for Competition/Antitrust Law.
The Legal 500, 2021 recommends Roman Vedernikov for Competition/Antitrust Law.
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