Pavel Elnikov

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Pavel Elnikov
Legal Director, Head of Hospitality
Pavel Elnikov
Pavel Elnikov Legal Director, Head of Hospitality
Leontievsky pereulok, 25
Pavel Elnikov advises major foreign and Russian companies on a broad range of commercial and general corporate issues, franchising, intellectual property and technology, tax, dispute resolution and day-to-day activities.

Pavel focuses on the hospitality matters. He is involved in hotel development projects in Russia and the CIS and participates in structuring transactions, holding negotiations and drafting hotel management and related agreements. Pavel also represents investors and hotel owners in negotiations with international hotel operators.

Pavel is recommended in the area of real estate and construction by Legal 500. He is also mentioned as a key lawyer within Hospitality; a client commented about him saying: “Unique experience in the hotel industry; Pavel Elnikov is a unique expert in this sphere, a very dedicated person, who always comes up with thoughtful advice. Pavel is also very helpful in negotiations, due to his strong argumentation skills.”
HSE University, Law Degree, 2003



Pavel was a frequent participant of IHIF (Berlin) and also acts as a speaker at regional conferences on hospitality investments in Russia and the CIS.


  • 2022-present

    Legal Director, Head of Hospitality, Denuo (Moscow)
  • 2018-22

    Legal Director, Head of Hospitality, DLA Piper (Moscow)
  • 2009-18

    Senior Associate, DLA Piper (Moscow)
  • 2005-09

    Associate, DLA Piper (Moscow)
  • 2003-05

    Lawyer, Soloviev Institute for State and Local Procurement Management (Moscow)
  • 2002-03

    Lawyer, Yurinforconsult (Moscow)
  • 2001

    Legal Intern, BASF (Moscow)

Teaching experience

HSE University
Lecturer, Hospitality course within the Master’s programme