Alexander Ermolenko
PhD in Law
Alexander Ermolenko manages M&A projects and also advises major Russian and foreign companies on corporate law and provides support on corporate governance projects. He also provides legal support on restructuring in the Russian Federation.

He has over 18 years of experience in client interests’ representation in courts. He specialises in resolving disputes related to corporate, antitrust, labour and commercial law, as well as disputes with public authorities.

Participated in International Commercial Arbitration as an arbitrator.

Alexander is currently an Associate Professor at Moscow State Law University and has over 18 years of teaching experience. Since 2018 he has been the Chairholder of Practical Jurisprudence opened with his support.

According to such leading international and Russian rankings as The Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe, IFLR1000 and Pravo.Ru-300, FBK Legal’s Corporate Law Practice supervised by Alexander is one of the best in Russia. The rankings recommend Alexander as "a gifted lawyer" and note that "he’s very good at solving problems, and he thinks outside the box".

The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 endorses Alexander personally in Dispute Resolution: Litigation, Intellectual property, Restructuring and insolvency, PPP and infrastructure projects, Employment, Private client.

Chambers Europe 2019 recognised Alexander as one of the best lawyers in Corporate/M&A and endorsed him in Dispute Resolution.

The Best Lawyers 2020 ranking recommends Mr Ermolenko as one of the best Russian lawyers in Litigation, Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice, Competition/Antitrust Law.

Alexander was named one of the best Russian lawyers in Corporate law/M&A practice in Pravo-300 2019.

Alexander was personally named among the best Russian lawyers in corporate law in the 2017 preference ranking.

Alexander participated in the working groups of numerous legislative initiatives, including TACIS Insolvency II (developing bankruptcy regulations), Budget Accounting, Reporting and Auditing (analysing the budget legislation of federal subjects of the Russian Federation for compliance with the federal budget legislation), the Law on Consolidated Accounts, and the concept for implementing IFRS in the legal system of the Russian Federation.

Major projects:
  • structuring and supporting transactions of the largest fishing company in Russia on acquisition of over a dozen of fishing companies with prior due diligence of each target;
  • legal due diligence and supporting sale of one of the world’s biggest coal deposits (Elginskoye coal deposit) containing above 2.2 billion tonnes of reserves;
  • representing Marie Brizard in courts, including the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, in several disputes on invalidation of agreements on the alienation of the exclusive rights in trademarks;
  • complex legal support of a joint venture between CRRC Corporation and Sinara aimed at train manufacturing for high-speed railway Moscow-Kazan;
  • legal support of the concession agreement in IT field;
  • complex legal support under the project featuring restructuring of Kässbohrer holding in the Russian Federation and in Europe;
  • due diligence of Sberbank’s debtors (entities of various industries) and their subsidiaries, as well as supporting acquisition of one of them;
  • legal support of acquisition of the Russian part of the group specializing in Matador tire manufacturing by a large European company SODECIA producing automobile spare parts;
  • successfully representing Actavis in arbitration courts in seven cases on collection of debts from distributors totalling RUB 1.6 billion;
  • representing the client in court to challenge allegations of being controlled by a foreign investor;
  • expert legal advice on IP legislation in a joint project of the Russian Ministry of Finance and the World Bank;
  • legal support of a unique international project on the establishment of a joint venture by the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan aimed to develop rich oil and gas resources at the bottom of the Caspian Sea;
  • comprehensive legal support, including representation in court, for M.Video (corporate law, real estate, consumer disputes, advertising legislation);
  • legal support in establishing an online banking facility;
  • support in reorganising ER Telecom holding;
  • successful challenging of RUB 2.5 billion claims filed against a Gazprom subsidiary by its creditors;
  • providing advice to Alrosa on issuing international securities (credit linked notes);
  • providing legal support in a project implemented by Russian Helicopters and AugustaWestland to construct the first Russian plant to produce civil helicopters.

Practice areas

Corporate law, M&A, restructuring, reorganisation, representation in court, bankruptcy, IP


2004 Kutafin Moscow State Law Academy, PhD in Law

2000 Kutafin Moscow State Law Academy (diploma with distinction)

2004 Fundamentals of Bankruptcy in Sweden (as part of the TACIS Insolvency II project)

Professional community

  • Member of International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Expert Board of Transneft JSC
  • Member of the Management Board of Russia-China Law Society



Sector experience
  • Oil&gas
  • Industrial production and engineering
  • Construction / Real estate / Development
  • IT / TMT / Technology
  • Retail / FMCG
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