BGP Litigation represents clients in criminal proceedings, with a particular focus on white collar matters.

Our attorneys handle a wide range of criminal law defense matters, including:

  • initiating civil action in the framework of criminal proceedings, and representing complainants;
  • providing legal advice and protecting the interests of corporate management and owners in the course of preliminary enquiries, preliminary investigations and judicial proceedings;
  • advising on anti-money laundering and anti-corruption legislation, including compliance issues;
  • organizing, coordinating and conducting internal corporate investigations into suspected violations;
  • prompt evaluation of criminal risks associated with relationships under civil law, and implementation of preventive measures prior to enquiries by law enforcement authorities.
 
Our Experience
  • BGP Litigation obtained a judgment of acquittal for a city administrator of a sub-federal constituent entity of the Russian Federation who had been accused of a serious crime involving abuse of authority. The defense team's meticulous analysis of the materials compiled by the investigation, which lasted more than a year, led the court to deliver a fair verdict, despite unprecedented media pressure.
  • Our attorneys, taking into account various macroeconomic factors, worked together with the shareholders and senior management of a bank that had its license revoked by the Central Bank of Russia to formulate and implement a joint plan of action in order to protect them against unsubstantiated accusations and safeguard the bank's assets.
  • The elaboration of a considered position by our legal team together with a client in evaluating the evidence in a RUB 1 billion criminal fraud case relating to a partially government-owned bank set the foundation for the conclusion of a mediation agreement providing for compensation of damage and cooperation with the investigation. As a result, the client was justifiably released from custody.
  • Representing the majority shareholder in a large holding as complainant, BGP Litigation collected information in a criminal proceeding into theft of assets worth USD 80 million, which provided the investigation with grounds to obtain provisional relief in the form of freezing the accused's assets and bank accounts.
  • Defending the management of a commercial bank against twenty charges of fraud for an aggregate value of RUB 6 million, the defense team successfully had the charges reduced, with the court ultimately handing down an inconsequential penalty. In constructing the defense, the focus was on robust assessment of the evidence rather than challenging the events themselves.
  • Representing the owner of a manufacturing firm in a RUB 120 million criminal tax evasion case against it, our attorneys managed to have the amount of damages reduced. The client was assessed a penalty in the form of a fine.