The Legal 500 international ranking has once again confirmed Maxima Legal’s leading position in the Russian legal services market

Maxim Avrashkov - Managing Partner Natalia Demina - Partner Natalia Diatlova - Partner Sergei Bakeshin - Senior Associate

An independent international ranking The Legal 500 has presented the results of the research on the Russian market of legal services for the year 2020, confirming Maxima Legal’s leading position in 4 areas of legal support.


Maxima Legal’s expertise in commercial, corporate and M&A was once again highly valued. According to the client feedback included in the research, the practice’s key experts are distinguished for their excellent knowledge of national and international legislation, responsiveness and ability to work under time pressure. At the same time, Natalia Diatlova, Partner and Head of Corporate Practice, “feels confident at all stages of negotiations, copies with a large amount of diverse legal work, thinks systematically, and is always open for communication. The memoranda and agreements she drafts reflect her many years of experience working with major international businesses”.


Maxima Legal was also recognized as the leading law firm, offering legal advice to private clients. The editors emphasized the development of matrimonial areas of the practice as well as the clients were impressed by the individual approach to each case, the ability to handle international projects, the diversity of the firm’s team and its willingness to help at any time. Furthermore, the referees have also assessed the personal qualities of Natalia Demina, Head of Private Wealth practice, highlighting that she is not only “a very experienced specialist” possessing “all the necessary competences”, but also “a pleasant person to talk to”.


The editors of the ranking have traditionally placed Maxima Legal among the best legal teams in PPP and infrastructure projects. According to the clients feedback, Natalia Diatlova, Head of PPP practice, is one of the few professionals in St Petersburg with a deep understanding of PPP matters.


Maxima Legal was recommended by the ranking in restructuring and insolvency area for the third time in a row. It shouls be noted, that the firm is once again the only one not headquartered in Moscow. According to the reasearch’s reviewers, Maxima Legal lawyers are highly skilled, not afraid of challenges, persuasive in litigation and more likely than their colleagues at other law firms to get the results they want for their clients. Head of the Dispute Resolution and Insolvency practice Sergei Bakeshin is “a very experienced lawyer” who “is attentive to details and knows how to devise strategies”.

The Legal 500 is one of the most respected international legal rankings. The ranking is annually prepared by the British publishing corporation Legalease and recommends national law firms and particular spesialist in various areas of law, based on the results of numerous interviews with clients of law firms as well as with the leading players of the national and international legal services market. The independent assessments provided by the rankings are intended to help in the search for the best national consultants in various jurisdictions.

Read more about the research and the ranking of Russian law firms at The Legal 500 EMEA Russia 2021 >>>