Olga Chirkova

Senior Associate
St. Petersburg
+7 812 363 3377


Olga’s practice focuses primarily on real estate development, investment, construction and land issues, as well as representation of major landlords and tenants in long-term lease deals. She is experienced in representing clients in complex disputes in state commercial (arbitrazh) courts, courts of general jurisdiction in different regions of Russia and in various state agencies. Olga has extensive experience with complex labour issues including those related to restructuring and relocation of production facilities, negotiations with unions, mediation, court disputes and top-level option programs.

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


Olga’s experience over the years has included the following issues:

  • Advised foreign and Russian clients on construction and land issues
  • Provided legal support in the design, construction, and operation of trade, entertainment and office complexes
  • Provided legal support in transactions connected with the acquisition of long-term lease of land plots, including state owned
  • Co-operated with self-regulating organizations in the fields of construction and design
  • Performed due diligence investigations and advised on M&A transactions
  • Advised on various employment issues, including HR audit, mediation and top-level management consultation
  • Provided support in the acquisition of shares in open joint stock companies at auctions conducted by the Open Joint Stock Company Property Fund of Saint Petersburg
  • Prepared shareholder registers for joint stock companies
  • Participated in litigations concerning employees’ and unions’ rights
  • Advised companies on labour legislation issues
  • Prepared and reviewed various civil contracts
  • Provided support in the activities of retail trade organizations in various regions of Russia, including in lease relations


  • Senior Associate, Hannes Snellman, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2010
  • Associate, Hannes Snellman, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2008
  • Lead Lawyer, OOO Stockmann StP Centre, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2006–2008
  • Head of Legal Department, M-Svyaz Group, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2004–2006
  • Legal Counsel, Aegis Law Centre, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2001–2004
  • Law Degree, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2003