The practice

EPAM is one of the few law firms in the CIS with a dedicated Energy practice. Its lawyers have substantial experience and deep insight into both the economic and technical aspects of the industry.

The Firm is actively engaged in drafting of laws to meet the challenges of the immature regulatory framework currently in place, as well as the needs of investors thereby creating a transparent environment. The Firm advises large CIS-based and international companies on the operations of the wholesale and retail electricity markets, as well as on acquisitions and sales of energy assets. The Firm also has extensive experience in dispute resolution in this sector.

Due to its outstanding performance in the energy sector, EPAM has been recommended by Chambers Europe (UK) and (Russia).


Our key areas of expertise include:

  • Advising on sales and purchases in the wholesale and retail electricity markets, including:
    • reviewing and drafting of contracts for grid companies, electricity generators, electricity suppliers and consumers;
    • assessment of risks associated with the clients' business on the wholesale and retail markets (including pricing issues, antitrust and energy compliance);
    • determining the most efficient ways of acquiring electricity (capacity) and providing legal support on entry into the wholesale market (change of the product market).
  • Advising on issues related to implementing and operating fiscal metering systems.
  • Representing clients in arbitrazh (commercial) courts, Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, Russian Federal Tariffs Service, Russian Ministry of Energy, Market Council, ATS, SO UES, etc.
  • Advising on the development and implementation of investment projects for constructing and upgrading infrastructure, and electricity generating facilities.
  • Advising on transactions related to infrastructure and electricity generating facilities, shares/stakes in electricity suppliers, grid companies, generators and service companies.
  • Advising clients on antitrust laws, including the structuring of and energy company's business and building its strategy as a wholesale market player.
  • Advising on the operation of infrastructure and generating facilities, including the review and preparation of maintenance, work and startup contracts.
  • Advising on improvements to energy saving and efficiency.
  • Advising on the production, transmission and sales of thermal energy.
  • Advising on development, implementation and financing of investment projects for constructing and upgrading alternative energy generating facilities, including wind farms, biogas installations, solar and hydro power plants.

“Well versed in the intricacies of Russian law” and has “a deep understanding of the power and electricity sector” (The Legal 500 2017)

"Always ready to address instructions at the fastest possible pace". The team is "highly experienced in energy and competition law" (The Legal 500 2016)

“Very experienced in representing clients in energy and infrastructure disputes” (IFLR 1000 2016 – Energy and Infrastructure)

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« A great deal of experience in working with prominent energy clients across Russia and the CIS »

Chambers Global