Bela Pelman counsels clients on all aspects of employment law, with particular focus on regulatory employment matters, including dismissals, redundancies, team moves, and employment aspects of corporate transactions. Bela advises on compensation matters, equal pay, and discrimination questions.
Bela also counsels employers on compliance aspects of Russian immigration laws, including employment of foreign employees in and business visitors to Russia.
A member of Morgan Lewis's cross-practice global workforce team, Bela works with other members of the group to provide integrated cross-border advice, counseling, and strategic planning across a spectrum of labor, employment, benefits, and immigration issues.
In coordination with colleagues in the Moscow office of Morgan Lewis, Bela advises on Russian labor-related disputes and data privacy matters.
She also advises foreign investors on corporate and compliance issues to address when establishing a presence in Russia, including setting up wholly owned subsidiaries and joint ventures, or mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Additionally, Bela works with clients on Russian corporate and commercial matters, and antitrust, securities, and currency regulation.
Bela is a native speaker of Russian and is fluent in English.
Numerous international companies on optimizing their staff structure and staff reductions and layoffs
A large pharmaceutical company on a range of employment law issues, such as the Russian rules on discrimination against employees
A large international newspaper on Russian employment law issues in connection with review of their arrangements with local personnel
A global private equity firm and one of the world's largest oilfield services company on regulatory issues and recent case law relating to indexation of salaries for employees in Russia
A global supplier of quality production termination of a senior employee, including support in negotiations of the dismissal terms
One of the multinational TV entertainment corporations on various Russian labor law issues related to their Russian subsidiaries, including hiring and dismissal of the employees, drafting of the employment-related documentation
M&A project teams on employment-related aspects of due diligence and post-closing employee and personnel arrangements
Various clients in providing day-to-day support on employment matters, including preparation of the employment-related documents
A multinational TV entertainment corporation in a dispute over dismissal of an employee due to staff redundancy
A large international newspaper on disciplinary matters in connection with employees’ misconduct
A major international company on risks of litigation in case of employee's dismissal due to misconduct
A major international energy company on risks of fines as a result of on-site inspection by employment authorities
A major international oil and gas company on immigration compliance of a top executive to avoid deportation from Russia
A major charity on a dispute with an employee over terms of dismissal
Moscow State Law Academy, Russia, 1997, Law Diploma
Eligible in the Russian Federation
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Labor and Employment Law, Moscow, The Best Lawyers in Russia (2022)
Recommended, Labor and Immigration including Disputes, Pravo.ru-300 (2020)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)