Julia Kirpikova

Head of practice
Attorney at law
  • Employment practice provides high-quality, commercial legal assistance
    Legal 500 EMEA 2014
  • KIAP is a standout team of breakthrough litigators
    Legal 500 EMEA 2014
  • The team always works hard to find the best solution for our business
    Chambers Europe 2014
  • The team has excellent expertise and is aware of the subtleties of the arbitration process
    Chambers Europe 2014
  • Close co-operation with a number of international firms on cross-border mandates
    Chambers Europe 2015
  • The litigation team is praised for its ability to advise “in a very easy manner which is what clients appreciate, an easy way to understand issues
    Chambers Europe 2015
  • Has excellent technical skills, and is extremely easy to work with
    Legal 500 EMEA 2016
  • The team demonstrated a very commercial approach: hands-on partners that helped clients to achieve their goals
    Chambers Europe 2016
  • A top choice for mid-market cases, representing both international clients and notable local names
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • KIAP areas of expertise include financial liability and insurance disputes as well as debt recovery claims. Acts on contractual disputes and assists with local enforcement proceedings
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • Represents clients from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail and pharmaceuticals
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • The team has a very practical and can-do attitude
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • KIAP team provides comprehensive legal advice that combines a strong breadth of resources with deep knowledge of the client’s business
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • Outstanding litigation lawyers with an extensive experience in various legal matters
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • The team is praised for their ability to resolve complex cases quickly
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • They are flexible and everything they provide is highly detailed. We appreciate the commercial approach and personalised attention of KIAP lawyers
    Chambers Europe 2019
  • Highly professional and experienced
    Legal 500 EMEA 2019
  • Reliable partners for business due to their deep knowledge of the industry
    Legal 500 EMEA 2019
  • Julia Kirpikova handles a broad range of commercial law issues
    Legal 500 EMEA 2019
Head of Commercial and Employment practices, Attorney at law and one of the leading lawyers at KIAP, which has been with the firm since its inception in 2010. Personally recommended by international ratings Best Lawyers 2021 (Litigation) and Legal 500 EMEA 2020 (TMT, Antitrust law). She provides clients with consulting services in the matters of doing business in Russia, including in relation to contractual links, internal policies and protection of personal data. Julia also specializes in consulting on antitrust and corporate issues as well as in the sphere of tax and employment.


  • Law department of Amur State University (diploma with honours 2005 — 2010)


Commercial practice:

  • Advising Russian subsidiaries of an international air carrier in complex negotiations.
  • Expertise in and development of the contractual links structure for the global hotel chain.
  • Due diligence of the supply contract for the international chemicals manufacturer.
  • Advising a leading company specializing in development of marketing programs for retail business in relation to the changing of its contractual regime with retail chains.
  • Advising a large Russian hotel regarding termination of a distribution agreement with an international hotel chain.
  • Advising an Italian luxury brand of fashion and leather goods on legal risks concerning implementation of a new marketing program aimed at attracting  a new age category of customers.
  • Advising a large manufacturer of drinks on the holding of a public event in the Russian Federation.
  • Advising an international producer of bakery products on its package of internal documents relating to personal data protection.
  • Advising an international producer of glass and glass products on the preparation of a personal data protection policy.
  • Consulting in the sphere of legal requirements to installation, storage, operation and disposal of generators produced by the global leader in the sphere of telecommunications.
  • Multidisciplinary consulting of the large Russian investment company in the sphere of requirements of the Russian legislation to operations of the rabbit farms, including environmental and veterinary regulations.

Antitrust and Competition:

  • Advising the Russian subsidiary of one of a large European retailer on trade law enforcement practices by the territorial subdivisions of the Federal Antimonopoly Service and by Arbitrazh courts.
  • Advising a large retailer on the carrying out of a legal audit of compliance with restrictions set forth under the  law on trade and the law on protection of competition by its employees.
  • Advising a multinational hotel chain with respect to its obligations under the law on trade  and restrictions specified in this law concerning the purchase of food products.

Corporate / M&A:

  • Providing legal support to Zvezda Shipbuilding complex in preparation of transaction documents and negotiations with partner, Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (HSHI), on terms of the transaction on launching a joint venture in the field of engineering and project management of the construction of tankers – OOO “Zvezda-Hyundai”. 
  • Conducting a due diligence review of the Russian assets of a world-wide producer of paints and varnishes, chemicals, optics and specialized materials, owned by the international group of companies, before their takeover. 
  • Supporting the client (EPAM Systems Inc.) in the course of M&A transaction – purchase of GGA Software Services (Russian and CIS scientific informatics services provider) – in a part related to purchase of Russian assets.
  • Advising one of the world biggest insulation producers on working out a target structure and a scheme of Russian companies restructuring for the purpose of their consolidation.
  • Advising European concrete panels producer in the course of sale of its Russian business (value of project exceeds 12 mln euro). 
  • Carrying out due diligence of large-scale industrial forest holding company in the course of its acquisition by an international holding company, one of the major producers of wooden houses.

Tax law:

  • Development of the operational structure of a real estate project in the context of the successive demolition of dilapidated buildings and construction of new real estate (investments in an amount of 8 billion rubles).
  • Pre-trial settlement of tax claims worth more than 500 million rubles submitted against a client based on the findings of a repeated field audit by the Federal Tax Service Department (FTSD) for the Kostroma Region.
  • Advising Russian private investors on tax and currency control consequences of opening a business abroad.

Employment law:

  • Consulting Panalpina Group regarding wide range of employment issues, among others, regarding possible grounds of disciplinary actions against employees and procedure of procedure for the application of disciplinary sanctions under the Russian law.
  • Providing full range of services in relation to termination of employment with the employees in Russia in the interests of the largest international companies including JDA Software Group, TCC Retail Marketing, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, FujiFilm, SonoSite.
  • Representing Direct Group in a number of claims by senior employees against our client for dismissals which involved claims for significant premium compensation as well as compensation for moral injury. All disputes were resolved in our client’s favor.

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