Denis Vasiliev, Equity Partner

Denis is a seasoned attorney with an educational background from the International Independent University of Environmental and Political Sciences as well as the Law Faculty and the Academic Law Institute under the auspices of the Institute of State Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Before Denis joined our team he worked for more than 10 years as a Head of legal department of Femida Audit which was a part of DFK International. Denis worked closely with large Russian and international clients, on projects related to tax, corporate, corporate structuring, corporate re-organizations, real estate, financial and contract law issues. Denis is very experienced litigator with a very strong track record working on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, both for business disputes and also relating to non-corporate disputes. Denis also worked as head of the legal department for Bioenergy Corporation in Russia. For many of his international clients Denis assists in setting up legal entities in Russia and then support them during their business activities in Russia, including participation in negotiations with partners, clients and governmental bodies, drafting contracts, representation in courts etc. Denis also has extensive experience working on M&A and related transactions both in terms of deal structuring, due diligences, post-transaction issues and other related issues. Denis is a native Russian speaker and practically bi-lingual in terms of his English-language skills. In that regard he has spent almost a year in various courses in Cambridge at Cambridge University. He holds both a the Cambridge ILEC certificate and has attained Level B2 in the CEFR system. In addition to various English language trainings, Denis has also attended extensive training courses relating to the WTO, real estate and contract negotiations.

Daniel Klein, Equity Partner

Prior to founding Vasiliev Klein & Usov, American attorney Daniel Klein (also a Canadian citizen) was a co-founder of Podolsky Vasiliev & Klein. He was formerly a co-founder of the Hellevig, Klein & Usov, Avenir Group (some Avenir companies are now referred to as Awara). Prior to founding Podolsky Vasiliev & Klein, Daniel worked at Marks & Sokolov which was the successor firm to Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Marks. From 2009 till 2012 Daniel served as a member of the board of directors of some subsidiaries of PPF’s/Generali’s Eldorado Electronics, NSK, Sibzavod, etc. Daniel was also Marketing Director for Sprandi sportswear.

Daniel is an expert on legal issues relating to Western companies doing business in Russia and Europe. Daniel also served on the boards of many Russian-based companies including: Actis Software, Skate Financial News to name a few. He has spearheaded the legal and business aspects of numerous company start-ups, venture capital/private equity investments, and geographic expansions of companies through acquisition and organic growth. Among other highlights in Daniel’s experience includes his serving as the EMEA MD for the then 2nd largest payment terminal manufacturer in the world: Hypercom (formerly NYSE: HYC; recently purchased by Verifone). As head of EMEA he managed offices in Dubai, Moscow, Budapest, Paris & England.

Daniel also was a filtration officer for the Vienna-based Siemen’s which purchased many internet e-tailing start-ups across Eastern Europe and Russia. Daniel also has extensive experience in the areas of real estate, franchising, mortgages, financial leasing, company structures, and contract law. He is a seasoned intellectual property attorney, experienced in litigating and prosecuting patents, trademarks & copyrights, especially pertaining to counterfeit goods. He has also practiced at the Paris-based firm Bouju Derambure Bugnon and New York-based Pennie & Edmonds (later partially merged with Jones Day). While working at Pennie & Edmonds in New York he was the lead trademark attorney for some of the firm’s sport clients including Australian Rules Football, the NBA and also worked on many NFL trademark matters. His main function was to oversea global trademark filings and prosecutions, product licensing matters, new sport franchising (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves), as well as to pursue counterfeiters around the world.

Daniel has been very active in Russia for many years and currently resides in Moscow. Daniel holds a Juris Doctorate (New York Law School), an MBA (London Business School) and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degrees (Washington University in St. Louis; with a focus on metallurgy and turbine technologies). He passed the State Bars of New York, Massachusetts, and passed the United States Patent & Trademark bar.

Daniel used to run the first and only English-language monthly legal column referred to as “Daniel Klein’s Legal Line” in Russia’s Passport Magazine ( Daniel also used to teach Securities Regulations at Moscow’s Pericles Law School. Daniel is also a lecturer at Skolkovo’s start-up academy. Daniel has co-produced a TV program for Carlton TV (the UK), appeared as a guest on SkyNews program which he organized and produced (“The Cash Point Ghost”), and has had numerous other appearances on Russia Today, as well as many interviews on Business FM and other radio stations. Daniel is a citizen of the US and also a citizen of Canada and speaks English (as his mother tongue), French, Russian, Czech and Spanish.

Artem Usov, Equity Partner

Artem Usov joined the firm in 2017. He practices Russian law in the areas of corporate, business, dispute resolution, taxation and labor matters and assists international companies in finding legal advantages in the areas of his expertise. Being one of the name partners of the firm, Artem adds a unique approach to solving clients’ issues and accommodating clients’ needs. For more than 10 years, Artem has worked as a partner at Hellevig, Klein & Usov and Awara Law. Artem Usov was one of the co-founders of Hellevig, Klein & Usov in 2005.

Artem’s educational background is from New York University School of Law and Tax Academy of the Russian Federation. He is a frequent speaker at events and also is an author of legal articles and books. Artem is a native Russian speaker and is fluent in English.

Anna Kravtsova, Junior Non-Equity Partner

Anna Kravtsova is an attorney-at-law admitted to the Moscow Bar Association. She graduated from Moscow State Law Academy in 2001 with a degree in Law (diploma cum laude). In 2007 she completed a Master of Laws degree in US Business Law from Pericles ABLE Project. Currently Anna is studying Computer and Communications Law at Queen Mary University of London LLM program. In 2001 – 2004 Anna was working as a senior attorney for different private projects within a Russian law firm. In 2004 – 2014 she was working as a Chief Legal Officer for large IT companies, such as Luxoft, IBS Group (NYSE: LXFT), and Asteros Group (Top-10 System Integration Company in Russia), providing the whole legal support to the matters of corporate law, contracts, IP and IT law, M&A deals, employment law, taxation and real estate issues, working with more than 15 jurisdictions including USA, UK, EU, Vietnam, Russia, Ukraine and Singapore.

At Asteros Anna developed corporate and shareholding structure which allowed to attract investments of IFC. During her work at Luxoft, in 2012- 2013 she supported the legal part of the IPO of Luxoft Holding, Inc (LXFT) and its subsequent SPO on NYSE. Both Legal departments of Asteros and Luxoft were admitted as the best legal department in the sphere of IT in 2010 and 2013 respectively. In recent times Anna was working as an independent legal advisor to various startups in Russia including NAMES, Giftery, BABO, Parallels, advising them on corporate structuring, M&A, IP and IT law matters, personal data issues, CFC rules, employment related issues, etc.

Anna has a broad range of legal experience from Contracts, M&A, Corporate reorganizations, to Employment matters, IP and IT law, and International Taxation. Anna is a native Russian speaker and is fluent in English, including legal writing and negotiations.

Mikhail Badykov, Head of Chelyabinsk Office

Mikhail is a Russia/CIS general commercial lawyer and international commercial lawyer. Mikhail has degrees from British and Russian universities: Specialist in Law (Qualified Lawyer) degree with distinction from Moscow Institute of Economics and Law, LLM degree from Nottingham University and PhD in Law from the University of Essex. Specialty of his LLM is International Commercial Law. His PhD research was focused on comparative analysis of international contract law rules enforcement in Russia and the European Union. His other education includes course of French language at the EF International Language School (Paris, France); courses of English at the EF International Language School (Cambridge, UK); course of Accountancy and Taxes at the Academy of Business (Moscow).

Before joining the predecessor of Vasiliev Klein & Usov, Mikhail obtained extended 14 year legal experience, providing legal consultancy to Russian internationally active companies and multinational companies active in the CIS and Russia both as an in-house lawyer and as an independent legal counsel. His experience covers all major branches of Russian law applicable in day-to-day business activity of the clients. The special emphasis his work has had on international commercial law issues. At the beginning of his career Mikhail worked at the Foreign relations department of the Zlatoust Metal Mill (ZMM) OpJSCo, a leading Russian producer of special steel and alloys, belonging now to the MECHEL group. He was responsible for running export-import deals of ZMM and worked in close co-operation with such governmental and private bodies as the Customs Committee of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chamber of Trade and Commerce, customs brokers, international departments of Russian and foreign banks. The major aspects of work were international contract law, international trade finance law, customs law and tax law.

Later, in 1997, Mikhail switched to an in-house lawyer role at Stahl-Invest Ltd, a company – trading agent of ZMM. Being a single in-house lawyer, Mikhail provided full legal back up and led development of a structure of companies supporting business activity of ZMM. In three year time from joining the company he was providing full legal back up of five companies. The profiles of the companies were international and domestic metal, alloys and row materials trade, equipment supply and installation, international and domestic transportation, computer and net service and etc. That time Mikhail added to his legal experience a big bulk of corporate law.

In 2005 Mikhail joined Allied Metals Corp (USA) and EFP Allied Metals GmbH (Germany) as a CIS/Russian counsel and representative, providing legal and intelligence consultancy on the CIS/Russian start up and full backup of all Russia/CIS related deals of the company. Simultaneously Mikhail provided legal advice for his long-standing clients. He provided advice on international commercial law, customs law and tax law issues; drafted domestic and international contracts of different type, acquisitions and divestitures; developed national laws compliance policy, risk management protection policy; prepared court and arbitration claims, represented the clients before the court and arbiter. Mikhail’s largest project at that time was the purchase of a metallurgical shop in Switzerland.

Mikhail’s latest activity immediately before joining the firm was concentrated on SMART ClJSCo, a snack products producer, the distributing net of which has a federal coverage. The main issues Mikhail dealt with were the EvrAzES Customs Union legal regulation on trade and transportation, China-Kazakhstan-Russia sale and purchase, China-Kazakhstan-Russia transportation of goods, Russia – Kazakhstan dealer contract sale chains and trademark legal protection. This work included a big bulk of compliance of business activity with the multinational laws issues.

Mikhail had a traineeship with the Directorate of Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg) where he worked at the intergovernmental level on civil law reforms in Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. Mikhail is a winner of several international open competition awards: the British Chevening award, the Joint PhD award by the Open Society Institute (Soros fund) and British Government, and the INTAS award provided by the European Commission. Also Mikhail is the author of a number of articles, including: – M Badykov, ‘The Russian Civil Code and the Rome Convention: Implied Choice of the Governing Law’ (2008) 33 (II) Review of Central and East European Law 181; – M Badykov, ‘The Russian Civil Code and the Rome Convention: applicable law in the Absence of Choice by the parties’ (2005) 2 Journal of Private International Law 269; – M Badykov, ‘The Characteristic Performance Test in the Russian Civil Code and 1980 European Convention on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations’, in A. L. Kolodkin (ed.), Forging a Common Legal Destiny: Liber Amicorum in honour of William E. Butler (London, Wildy, Simmonds & Hill, 2005), pp. 727 – 746.

Mikhail Gavrikov, Counsel

Mikhail has a stellar background both in terms of his very extensive education and the public posts that he has held with various governmental entities. Mikhail’s education spans an impressive 12 years where he received a full 5-year legal degree and in addition he also received various Mechanical Engineering degrees in a period of 7 years. In terms of Mikhail’s work experience he has worked as a patent examiner in the Russian Patent office and later was appointed in 2005 as the Deputy Head of the Russian Patent office with 700 members of staff under his supervision. Later Mikhail was given the honorary appointment of Senior Program Officer at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in Geneva. Amongst other roles, it was Mikhail’s responsibility to meet with the heads of patent offices from all over the world. In addition to Russian, Mikhail also speaks English, French and some basics of German.

Matthew, Morley, Senior Associate

Prior to joining Vasiliev Klein & Usov as a Senior Associate, American attorney Matthew Morley practiced mainly in the areas of US immigration and nationality law and injury law. In consular practice, he has resolved over a thousand complicated visa issues, overcoming prior visa denials in more than thirty countries. Morley also has extensive experience with regard to investor visas, employment and family-based immigration law. He has also attended specialized training courses related to immigration law, global migration, aviation law, injury law, business mediation and contract law. Morley is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is admitted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts Bar. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (LPBA). In addition, Morley serves as a Panel Attorney for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Morley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Gordon College and received a Juris Doctorate from Massachusetts School of Law. He also holds a commercial pilot certificate and a flight instructor certificate from Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. He was formerly employed as a flight instructor at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire.

George Murvanidze, Counsel

Prior to joining the predecessor of Vasiliev Klein & Usov law firm George acted as a Head of Legal Department at ICT Group subsidiary and Legal Counsel to CEO of Sitronics (JSFC Sistema). At ICT Group George supervised legal affairs for gas exploration project, gas transfer from Russia’s central part to the West through Gazprom’s pipeline and construction of ammonia plant. At Sitronics George successfully managed implementation of UK Bribery Act compliance adequate procedures system. He also worked for different U.S. and English law firms, and represented world’s largest legal database LexisNexis in Caucasus. George attended Tulane University Law School and Cambridge Academy of Transport. George has been practicing in Russia and Moscow in particular more than 5 years, focusing among other issues at business related administrative procedures. George has been providing services and assistance for raising capital for various international projects. Major fields of his expertise are Admiralty & International Maritime Law, UKBA/FCPA compliance; Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Real Estate & Development, International Arbitration, Corporate Law, IT & Telecommunications, Investments & Financial transactions. George maintains personal contacts with the world’s famous experts and authors of textbooks in International and Maritime law. He is a member at London Maritime Arbitrators Association. George is Honorary Citizen of New Orleans.