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Practice Focus

Elena Pitirimova specializes in employment litigation and pre-trial resolution of disputes with employees, audits of the state authorities, general employment advice, employee hires and terminations, corporate restructuring, staff redundancy, disciplinary enforcement, cooperation with trade unions, other issues concerning social partnerships, executive compensation and employment benefits.

Representative Legal Matters
  • Supported an international pharmaceutical company in the global restructuring process entailing major internal restructurings within the client’s subsidiaries in 13 jurisdictions (Russia and all former Soviet republics, except for Baltic states, and Mongolia); provided ongoing advice on employment and personal data law issues.
  • Assisted a multinational conglomerate in a mass restructuring of its headcount in Russia, including developing the strategy and step-plan, drafting all required documents, resolving non-standard situations and successfully participating in termination negotiations with the employees in several regions of Russia.
  • Advised an international pharmaceutical company on employment issues and on structuring of the company’s business operations during COVID-19 lockdown.
  • Successfully represented an international IT company, a leading global provider of testing and compliance automation solutions for the financial industry, in administrative proceedings related to a migration law.
  • Represented an international FMCG company in a complicated labor dispute with a conflict trade union leader, who was dismissed due to the closure of the company’s subdivision.
  • Represented an industrial facility company in several disputes with a former employee, who claimed reinstatement at work, payment of a bonus as well as payment of an additional sick leave allowance envisaged by the employee’s employment agreement.
  • Supported a Russian subsidiary of an Italian group of companies in the engineering, technology and energy sectors during the audit of the State Labor Inspectorate.
  • Assisted a multinational pharmaceutical company in termination of employment and corporate relations with CEO of its legal entities in Russia and Ukraine and head of representative offices in 10 jurisdictions (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan).
  • Advised an oil field services company on complicated issues related to bonus and severance payments to top managers in case of business restructuring.
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in a labor dispute with the employee, who challenged imposing of disciplinary sanction, disciplinary termination and claimed increased salary.
Professional membership
  • member of the Human Resources Committee of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Moscow State University (MSU), Law Degree with Honours, 2011