LML Alliance is an alliance of two leading Russian law firms, Maxima Legal and Lidings, who advise Russian and international companies in a variety of sectors on all legislative aspects of doing business in Russia and the CIS. Among our clients are market leaders, international investors, representatives of medium and large global businesses interested in entering the Russian and CIS markets and pursuing projects in the region.

Over the years, both firms have assembled teams of dedicated and experienced professionals and have earned a reputation as reliable legal partners both in the domestic and international markets. The firms’ cooperation has allowed us to operate fully in the markets of Moscow and St Petersburg simultaneously and to deepen our level of legal expertise; complementing our strengths and areas of practice, as well as significantly strengthening the teams of lawyers who are ready to support larger and more diverse assignments and projects.

Through ongoing cooperation with leading national legal advisors and government authorities in all regions of Russia and the CIS, we have access to experts in any region of the country and are able to solve clients’ legal issues effectively regardless of project complexity and scope.

Among our key services:

  • Antitrust & competition
  • Banking & finance
  • Corporate & M&A
  • Criminal defense
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy & natural resources
  • General business
  • Government relations
  • Bankruptcy
  • Intellectual property & TMT
  • Private Wealth
  • Public-private partnership (PPP)
  • Real estate & construction
  • Tax & customs
Both firms and its lawyers are annually recommended by all key international legal directories highlighting its expertise in advising domestic and international businesses in Russia. We are recognised by Chambers and Partners (Europe and Global), The Legal 500, IFLR1000, 300, Kommersant, Best Lawyers, Who is Who Legal and others.

Chambers and Partners Global
  • Intellectual Property
Chambers and Partners Europe
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences
  • Best Legal Practices:
    Commercial Dispute Resolution(mid-market)
    Corporate law/ M&A: International (mid-market)
    Corporate law/M&A of Russian assets (high-end)
    Corporate law/M&A of Russian assets (mid-market)
    Employment & Migration: Advice on employment & Migration law
    Employment & Migration: Disputes
    Family & Inheritance law: Disputes over Divorce, Division of Property and Inheritance
    Insolvency: Bankruptcy of credit Institutions
    Insolvency: Bankruptcy of legal entities
    Intellectual Property: Advice on Intellectual Property law
    Intellectual Property: Dispute Resolution
    PPP/Infrastructure Projects
    Tax Law: Resolution of Disputes with the Federal Tax Service, tax law advice
  • Best Industry Practices:
    Arts: Advising arts & cultural sector leaders
    Construction & Real Estate: Dispute Resolution & Advisory
    Energy & Natural Resources: Advising energy market leaders
    Energy & Natural Resources: Advising natural resources industry leaders
    Energy & Natural Resources: Dispute Resolution in Metals & Coal sector
    Energy & Natural Resources: Dispute Resolution in the Energy sector
    Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals: Dispute Resolution
    Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals: Medical & Pharmacology
    Industry: Advising market leaders
    Private Wealth
    Retail & FMCG: Advising market leaders
    TMT: Advising market leaders
    Transport & Logistics: Advising market leaders
  • Individual rating of lawyers:
    Commercial Dispute Resolution – Maxim Avrashkov
    Construction & Real Estate – Maxim Avrashkov
    Corporate law/M&A – Maxim Avrashkov and Natalia Diatlova
    Employment law – Alexander Popelyuk
    Family & Inheritance law – Natalia Demina
    Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals – Alexander Popelyuk
    Industry – Maxim Ali
    Intellectual Property – Maxim Ali
    PPP – Maxim Avrashkov
    Private Wealth – Natalia Demina
    Tax: Dispute Resolution & Consulting – Maxim Avrashkov
World Trademark Review 1000
  • Enforcement & Litigation
  • Prosecution & Strategy 300
  • Arbitration (mid market)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Criminal defense
  • Employment & migration law
  • Family/Inheritance law
  • Intellectual property
  • Land law/Commercial real estate/Construction
  • Natural resources/Energy
  • Pharmaceuticals & healthcare
  • PPP/Infrastructure projects
  • Private Wealth Management
  • Tax consulting & disputes
  • TMT
Ranked lawyers:
Arbitration: mid market – Stepan Guzey
Corporate law/ M&A – Natalia Diatlova
Family and Inheritance law – Natalia Demina
Intellectual property – Maxim Ali, Boris Malakhov and Andrey Zelenin
Land law/Commercial real estate/Construction – Konstantin Boytsov
Natural resources/Energy – Konstantin Boytsov
Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare – Andrey Zelenin
Private Wealth Management – Natalia Demina

  • Banking
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Project Development (PPP)
  • Project Finance
  • Restructuring and insolvency
Best Lawyers Russia
  • Ekaterina Abakumova – Family Law
  • Maxim Ali – Arbitration & Mediation; FinTech Practice; Franchise Law; Gaming Law; Information Technology Law; Intellectual Property Law; Privacy & Data Security Law
  • Maxim Avrashkov – Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice; Investment; M&A
  • Sergei Bakeshin – Arbitration & Mediation; Financial Institutions; International Arbitration
  • Konstantin Boytsov – Arbitration & Mediation; Project Finance & Development Practice;
    Real Estate Law
  • Natalia Demina – Tax Law; Trusts & Estates
  • Natalia Diatlova – Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice; Corporate Law;
    Government Relations; Project Finance & Development Practice
  • Leonid Filanovskiy – Criminal Defense
  • Dmitry Gravin – Banking & Finance Law
  • Stepan Guzey – Arbitration & Mediation, Insolvency & Reorganization Law
  • Boris Malakhov – Intellectual Property Law
  • Alexander Popelyuk – Arbitration & Mediation; Corporate Law; Criminal Defense; Insolvency & Reorganization Law; Litigation
  • Andrey Zelenin – Arbitration & Mediation; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Life Sciences; Litigation; Product Liability
The Legal 500 EMEA – Russia
  • Commercial and corporate law, M&A: Moscow
  • Commercial and corporate law, M&A: St Petersburg and elsewhere
  • Dispute resolution: Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • PPP & infrastructure projects
  • Private client
  • Restructuring & insolvency
Who is Who Legal
  • Andrey Zelenin – Life Sciences – Patent Litigation 2021
Benchmark Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution

Lidings Website:
Maxima Website:

Firm Email Address: and
Firm Contacts
Maxim  Avrashkov Maxim Avrashkov
Telephone: +7 (812) 454 22 14

Practice Groups:
General Business Law

ILN Specialty Groups:
Corporate, Energy, International Commercial Transactions Specialty Group

Andrey  Zelenin Andrey Zelenin
Telephone: +7 (495) 989-44-10

Practice Groups:
Antitrust and Competition Corporate and M&A Dispute Resolution Intellectual Property

ILN Specialty Groups:
Corporate, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Medical Device and Drug Manufacturing Litigation

Partners Practice Groups Telephone E-mail Address
Maxim Ali Antitrust and Competition, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, TMT +7 (812) 454-22-14
Maxim Avrashkov General Business Law +7 (812) 454 22 14
Natalia Diatlova Corporate and M&A, Public-private partners (PPP), Real estate and construction +7 (812) 454-22-14
Leonid Filanovskiy Criminal Defense, Dispute resolution +7 (812) 454-22-14
Stepan Guzey Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Dispute Resolution, Tax and Customs +7 (495) 989-44-10
Boris Malakhov Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, TMT +7 (495) 989-44-10
Alexander Popelyuk Bankruptcy, Dispute Resolution, Employment +7 (495) 989-44-10
Andrey Zelenin Antitrust and Competition Corporate and M&A Dispute Resolution Intellectual Property +7 (495) 989-44-10
Office Locations
Moscow, Russia (Main Location)
Mercury Tower
1st Krasnogvardeysky proezd, 15
Moscow, 123100 Russia
Telephone: +7 (495) 989-44-10
Facsimile: +7 (495) 989-44-20
St. Petersburg, Russia
Preobrazhenskiy Dvor, 26, Liteyniy Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 191028 Russia
Telephone: +7 (812) 454 22 14
Facsimile: +7 (812) 454 22 14
Contact: Maxim Avrashkov
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