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Olga Chirkova, Counsel

Olga Chirkova

Counsel

Languages

Russian, English

Practice areas

  • Commercial agreements
  • Construction and engineering
  • Corporate Real estate
  • Employment law
  • Employment litigation and dispute resolution
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Real estate litigation
  • Real estate planning

Practice notes

Olga’s practice focuses primarily on real estate development, investment and construction. Olga represents clients in state commercial (arbitrazh) courts and courts of general jurisdiction, participating in commercial and administrative disputes in different regions of Russia.

Olga’s practice also includes liaising with various state agencies, including Prosecutor’s Offices, the Federal Bailiffs Service, the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography, Customs, the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service, EMERCOM, the Federal Service for the Surveillance of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, Federal Agencies subordinated to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, and others.

Olga has also participated in developing a number of regulatory acts for Saint Petersburg as parliamentary assistant to an MP in the Saint Petersburg Legislative Assembly.

Having worked as an external consultant for over 11 years and as in-house lawyer for several companies in her past career, Olga has extensive experience in real estate development, land law issues, buying out real estate owned by the Federal or regional governments, liaising with state agencies on the use of cultural heritage objects, as well as in the construction and operation of shopping malls and office centres, negotiating long-term lease deals and representing both landlords and tenants in various regions of Russia. In addition, Olga has also advised on the construction and operation of production facilities, including matters related to environmental compliance, health care and production safety matters.

Since the very beginning of her career, Olga has also intensively practiced within employment law. Besides representing clients in labor disputes in courts of all levels in various regions of Russia, Olga advises international and domestic clients on both contentious and non-contentious HR issues and any aspects of employment and labor law. Olga’s competence includes advising on executive severances/compromise agreements, change of management, planning and implementation of redundancy plans, and the employment aspects during corporate transactions, corporate restructuring and the relocation of production facilities. Olga’s experience in this sphere also includes advising on environment, health and safety matters and legal support during work accidents, assistance to clients in developing and implementing Human Resources policies and procedures as well as environment, health and safety management systems, collective negotiations with unions on bargaining agreements, and advising during strikes.

Olga was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Environmental Law and Labor and Migration Law in the Kommersant Legal Rating 2021

Olga has been recommended in Environmental Law and Labor and Migration Law, Pravo300 Legal Rating 2019-2020

Olga has been recommended in Labor law, Legal 500 2019

Education:

  • Law Department at Saint Petersburg State University (Russia), 2003