ALRUD’s Labour & Employment team is widely recognised as one of Russia’s premier practices. Our team has unrivalled expertise in working on multi-jurisdictional matters, advising domestic and multinational corporations with workforces and investments spread across the world. One of our major strengths is our expertise in advising on contentious matters and our reputation means that we are the go-to firm for many clients seeking to resolve labour disputes arising in the Russian market. We defend their interests in complex, often cross-border disputes, conduct major workplace investigations and advise on a wide range of employee non-compliance issues. We also have a leading non-contentious practice, advising on incentive plans and remuneration structures, Russian migration law and expat employment contracts, tax planning and data protection. Another major element of our practice is supporting the labour and employment aspects of our clients’ M&A activity.
ALRUD’s full-service offering is a key factor in attracting blue-chip domestic and international clients. Our Labour & Employment team routinely works with ALRUD’s top-ranking teams in other practice areas including corporate and M&A, competition & antitrust, financing, taxation, intellectual property and real estate. This approach enables us to advise on the full spectrum of a client’s complex requirements, giving us the scale of resources needed to service the most demanding situations. At the same time, our Labour & Employment team is regularly instructed by clients on a standalone basis as their trusted adviser on HR-related matters.
Our core philosophy, which sets us apart from our competitors, is that providing excellent advice on labour and employment matters is not only about the technical interpretation of the law; it is equally about the economic, political, business and social considerations. This philosophy guides our approach to recruiting and developing the best lawyers in the field. We are unique in the focus we place on educational and development programmes for our lawyers, supporting them through post-graduate programmes at top business schools and secondments to some of the world’s leading international law firms. This enables our team to bring a broader perspective to our advice.
Audits of Supervising Authorities. We help our clients to get prepared and successfully undergo audits of supervising authorities.
Complex Restructurings. Advising on the employment law consequences of all forms of complex business restructurings resulting from corporate transactions as well as the need to optimize the organizational structure.
Employee Compensation and Benefits. Advice on implementing all types of employee compensation and benefits programs including Incentive Plans and Pension Plans.
Global Mobility and Migration Support. We provide migration support services for senior executives and their family members.
HR Audits. Involves an objective look at the client’s HR policies, practices and procedures to reveal any incompliances and mitigate them to avoid claims of supervising authorities and employees.
Immigration. Provide immigration advice at all stages of relocations for senior executives (or entire teams) to high net worth individuals, high-profile celebrities or athletes, and their families. Immigration compliance audit. We also provide immigration compliance audits and ongoing assistance in managing a global workforce.
Labour Disputes and Out-of-Court Settlement. We represent clients at all stages of the litigation process as well as assist on settling the employer-employee conflicts in an out-of-court manner.
M&A employment support. Advice on the labour and employment aspects of our clients’ international and domestic transactions.
Personal Data. Advice on requirements of Data Protection Laws, including pre-employment screening, monitoring of employees.
Taxes. Advice on all types of taxes imposed on employers or employees including expat employees.
Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining Agreements. Consulting employers on managing their relationships with trade unions including dealing with trade union requests and claims, and obtaining approvals for trade union members’ dismissals. Strategic advice on balancing rights and obligations of employers and trade unions members and negotiating collective bargaining agreements including industry-specific agreements.
Workplace Compliance. Involves full legal support of Workplace Investigations of all types of employees’ misconduct.
on its dispute with the State Labour Inspectorate in relation to the remuneration of its flying crew.
on HR issues relating to the demerger of its Paints & Coatings and Specialty Chemicals businesses.
on the opening of a flagship store in Russia and associated employment matters.
on the labour issues in the Russian part of the acquisition by HP Inc. of the printer business from Samsung Electronics Co.
on the local labour law aspects of its acquisition of Nokia’s global devices and services business.
on the labour aspects of its €3bn acquisition of Bureau van Dijk.
on the legal and tax implications of implementing the international employee share plan.
with a complex internal investigation of alleged misconducts of two employees of the Russian subsidiary.
on the development of HR policies, including bonus policy for sales employees.
the Japanese international trade corporation, on its JV with a network of car dealerships for the sale of Subaru cars across Russia.
on formalization of employment of foreign employees in Russia, support on obtaining work permits and work visas.
on a range of employment matters, successfully represented the client in 4 litigations with the conflict employee, who had access to the financial resources of the client.
regarding the employment implications of its US$3.7 billion JV agreement with Yandex Taxi.
on employment, migration and data privacy issues.