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About us

Vasiliev, Klein, Usov & Litvinov (VKUL) was founded in 2005 and consists of 4 partners, 2 Of Counsel and 4 Associates.

VKUL, a leading Western-owned foreign law firm, which specializes in assisting Western Companies with Russian operations applies Western-compliant best business and legal practice to maximize the value of their Russian operations. We strive to help companies to understand the legal framework that affects their business operations in Russia. Co-Founder Daniel Klein speaks English (mother tongue; also Russian & French) and all other lawyers speak Russian (mother tongue) and English at a bi-lingual level.

VKUL offers a complete range of Corporate Legal services and offers Big Law Firm service quality for very reasonable costs.

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Denis Vasiliev

Equity Partner

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.

Daniel Klein

Equity Partner

Daniel is an expert on legal issues relating to Western companies doing business in Russia and Europe.

Artem Usov

Equity Partner

Artem 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.


We advise on all relevant aspects relating to customs and taxes as concern the importation and exportation of products. We also advise on issues relating to contract manufacturing, localization of production, product certifications.

Our real estate services include:

  • Due Diligence
  • Tax
  • Audit
  • Transaction Support
  • Permits and Licenses
  • Construction tenders
  • Advice on investment memoranda for real estate acquisitions/sales
  • Financial modeling for real estate projects
  • Development of business plans and feasibility studies
  • Market research
  • Site selection and site acquisition services
  • Property value assessments
  • Real Estate dispute resolution

Our specialists have worked with practically all types of real estate projects, including hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, energy plants, factories, warehouses, research facilities, and residential complexes.

We advise on all aspects of VC investment and exit. We assist companies with:

  • Legal Due Diligences
  • Technical Due Diligences
  • Financial Audits (through our partner companies)
  • Drafting of all relevant term sheets, shareholders’ agreements, share purchase agreements, closing documents, etc.
  • Relevant filings

We assist in trademark searches, filings in Russia and other countries. We also assist companies maximize the value of their trademark portfolio and advise on licensing and litigations.

We assist operators who are negotiating Master Franchise Agreements for Russia and CIS countries. We also assist perspective franchisees.

We have worked in the past with:

  • Wendy’s
  • Nathan’s Famous hot dogs
  • Sprandi
  • Sela
  • National Football League
  • National Basketball Association
  • Australian Rules Football
  • United States Tennis Association

We can assist patent owners to evaluate patents and also conduct patent due diligences that may come up during M&A transactions or transfer of intellectual property portfolios.

Watch tradition

For over a decade, Vasiliev, Klein, Usov & Litvinov has consistently adhered to the tradition – promoting a valuable lawyer to the status of a partner, the company presents him with a pocket watch. 

We value this tradition and see in it a reinvention of the well-known principle of carpe diem and a symbol of the fact that from now on the partner is entrusted with the clients’ time. Obtaining all the advantages of the partnership, the lawyer takes over responsibility as well – for caring, ethical, efficient and economical management of clients’ time.