Sotov Alexander
Attorney at law, Head of Financial Investigations & Forensic Research Practice, PhD in law
Alexander Sotov manages the Financial Investigations & Forensic Research practice at FBK Legal and serves as a court expert on forensic economic matters. He also advises clients on financial and business law.

In addition to defending clients in criminal cases on economic and tax crimes, Mr. Sotov successfully implements projects to put in place anti-theft systems at major enterprises in the metals and engineering sectors, the wholesale and retail trade, and at service companies.

Alexander Sotov has taken part in World Bank and EBRD programs designed to improve bankruptcy law. In addition, Mr. Sotov has worked on projects to improve Russia's civil service and, in particular, was a member of the working group which prepared a report on optimizing the work of the tax police for the President of the Russian Federation and participated in the drafting of the law on combating corruption in public service. Alexander Sotov was one of the auditors who conducted a comprehensive financial analysis of Russia's Pension Fund. Alexander also led the team that prepared proposals to improve tax legislation on behalf of Russia's Ministry of Economy.

Alexander Sotov has been a Lecturer at the Law Faculty and an Associate Professor at the Department of Criminology at Moscow State University since 1998.

Alexander has written the chapters on tax crimes in the textbooks Tax Law and Criminology, which are used as course books at Moscow State University.

Alexander Sotov played a direct role in and directed independent investigations on, among others:
  • the abuse of power by management;
  • the fraudulent withdrawal of property and assets from proprietorship;
  • the implementation of malicious and fraudulent bankruptcy;
  • the presentation of fraudulent claims aimed at seizing enterprises.


Financial investigations, forensic economic research, tax disputes, criminal investigations


1998 Ph.D. in Law, Moscow State University
1995 Faculty of Law, Moscow State University. Major: Criminology

2000 Internship, Faculty of Law, Royal University of Leiden, the Netherlands

Professional community

  • Bar Association of Moscow
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)



  • Mining and metallurgy
  • Retails / FMCG
  • Chemicals and petrochemicals
  • Energy
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