Maria Blagovolina is a partner and head of white-collar practice.
Maria represents clients in Russian white-collar cases, including those relating to fraud, misappropriation, embezzlement and money-laundering.
Maria has over 20 years of practice; Maria has acted as a defence attorney in a number of major white-collar criminal cases. In addition, she has extensive experience in managing and co-ordinating major international multi-jurisdictional projects, including those involving criminal matters.
At the start of her career, Maria worked in the Moscow offices of leading international law firms, including Allen & Overy. Furthermore, she was one of the founders and a managing partner at a Russian law firm with a most outstanding criminal practice.
Maria also has extensive experience of advising clients on family and succession law as well as corporate and employment law.
Primary Practice Focus: Dispute Resolution, White Collar Practice
Industry Sectors: Pharmaceutical Companies and Healthcare Industry, Energy & Natural Resources, Industry & Transportation, Retail & Real Estate, Telecom & Media, Fintech & Financial Institutions
Languages: English, Russian, French, German
Defending co-owner of a major Russian insurance company accused of embezzlement and fraud on an especially large-scale and of money-laundering
Defending a top manager of a major Russian aircraft corporation accused of misappropriation on an especially large-scale during performance of a contract
Defending a prominent Russian businessman against whom criminal charges were brought in connection with tax evasion on an especially large scale
Advising on commencement of succession with respect to the estate of a major Russian businessman and co-founder of a leading IT company and his family members coming into an estate (including taking over of rights to shares in the company)
Advising president of a major bank on succession issues
Advising Russian citizens on divorce in the US
Advising a Russian businessman in the US on a variety of migration issues.
Representing a foreign individual in a case to reinstitute the period for taking over an estate in Russia and recognise his title to the estate
Advising family of a businessman (founder of a major IT company with offices in Germany and the US) on succession matters
Representing World Class in a number of transactions to sell shares in the fitness centres to a private equity fund and other investors
Representing Evraz Group in connection with the acquisition of OJSC Inprom, one of the leading metal services companies in Russia
Representing a major investment fund in connection with a tender to acquire an airport in Russia and entering into an investment agreement
Representing a major international oil company in connection with a proposed acquisition of a strategic Russian oil field
Representing TRUST, a Russian bank holding which comprises Trust Investment Bank and Trust National Bank, in connection with the sale of a 10% shareholding to Merill Lynch
Representing Smiths Group in connection with the arrangement of engineering safety systems import and distribution
Representing Smith & Nephew in connection with various matters of Russian law relating to the company's operations in the Russian market
Representing WPP Group in connection with setting up a joint business in Russia and numerous M&A transactions to acquire Russian and CIS-based advertising and telecom companies
Representing Volkswagen Finance in connection with various corporate matters
Representing a pool of investors in connection with a proposed acquisition of the largest shopping centre in Europe
Representing an international oil trader in connection with the splitting up of business with its partners
Representing shareholders of one of the largest Russian tech companies in connection with a proposed sale of some of its shares
Advising Accenture on various aspects of employment law and employment disputes
Advising a major European bank on the matters of employment law in connection with its winding-up in Russia
Advising a major Russian energy company on transfer of staff in connection with consolidation of business
Advising leading European banks on various aspects of employment law (including compliance of a company’s policy with the Russian laws, development of a new employment policy to meet the Russian legal requirements)
Advising a major international insurance company on dismissal of its CEO and the resulting court disputes
Advising a major pharmaceuticals company on a wide range of employment law matters
Advising a major Russian oil services company on remuneration and bonuses
Advising a major international hospitality group on employment of hotel managers
Advising WPP Group on employment law, including redundancy, entering into and termination of employment agreements with managers, etc.
Advising Visa International on employment law and compliance issues
LLM (with honours), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), 2001
LLB, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), 1999
The Best Lawyers 2020-2022 – ranked among the top Criminal and M&A lawyers in Russia
"Kommersant" ranking - ranked among leading individuals specializing in Criminal Law