Victoria Filippov Nemeth is the Managing Member of Filippov Law Group, PLLC. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Victoria is a native Russian speaker who moved to Texas 25 years ago, receiving her undergraduate and law degrees in Houston. She is a member in good standing of the Texas Bar and is an experienced litigation attorney with a comprehensive background in the areas of Business Law, Commercial Litigation, Collections, Contract Management and Negotiation and Corporate Governance & Risk Management.
In her roles as an outside corporate counsel, general counsel, chief compliance officer and COO, Victoria has managed the legal affairs and operations of both private and publicly traded companies, within the United States and internationally. Since 1999, Victoria has helped hundreds of companies make their enterprises more efficient, while reducing legal risk and exposure. As the managing member of our firm, she works directly with our clients to design and implement best practice processes and procedures that encompass their vision and goals, while reducing the need for costly attorney’s fees and time-consuming litigation.
Victoria’s practice experience includes advising on the following matters:
- Contract Management and Negotiation
- Commercial Litigation
- Construction Law
- Corporate Services
- Employment Issues
- Energy Transactions
- Entity Selection and Formation
- International Business Transactions
Victoria has substantial experience with companies and investors in energy transactions, including all phases of oil and gas exploration and production, refining, power generation, energy services, transportation and midstream. She has handled multiple domestic and international business acquisitions, overseen the litigation and settlement of domestic and international shareholder lawsuits, managed formal SEC and Labor Relations Board inquiries, and resolved compliance issues related to service agreements for engineering, construction drilling and project management operations, including Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED), Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI), Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of customer-owned rigs.
Collections and Liens
In the course of representing her business clients, Victoria handles commercial collections and secures mechanics and oil and gas liens. She has recently secured a mechanics lien on $2 million of draws on a foundation construction project against an oil and gas project owner.
Victoria has reviewed, negotiated and prepared thousands of master service agreements and nondisclosure agreements. She has overseen submission of design and construction bid packages and permitting, created joint venture partnership agreements, and assisted with financing of international projects. Some of her most recent contracts and bid submissions include:
Engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) contract to build a new combined-cycle, natural gas-fueled power station with a total project investment value exceeding $1 billion USD.
Work management systems implementation contract for the development of upstream gas, pipeline infrastructure, central processing units, and LNG train valued at approximately $5 million USD.
Submission of a $50 million USD bid on pipeline design, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).
Reallocation of approximately $15 million USD risk exposure in upstream contracts by using a combination of exclusion and limitation of liability clauses and indemnity clauses.
Victoria works closely with her clients’ operations departments to design and execute safety and training programs for employees, whose functions or responsibilities involve compliance with laws or standards of conduct, including anti-boycott laws, anti-bribery laws, antitrust/competition law, economic sanctions and import/export controls. She has reviewed and prepared company policies and employee manuals and developed procedures designed to prevent and/or detect violations of laws and risk exposures in areas of corporate governance, employment, safety, information technology, procurement, marketing, and international anti-corruption matters.
Victoria is sometimes called by her clients to conduct independent investigations into allegations concerning corporate practices and alleged wrongdoing. She is experienced in designing effective investigation plans, conducting interviews and document reviews, preparing reports, and offering lessons learned from the investigation to her clients. In appropriate circumstances, her participation as legal counsel in internal investigations may provide the benefit of attorney-client privilege coverage of investigations.
Working as a litigator and corporate counsel, Victoria has handled numerous common employment issues, claims and labor investigations. She is trained to evaluate both sides of every issue from the perspective of employers and employees and quickly resolve them without the need for litigation.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Victoria’s practice includes the representation of private companies in public and private financing (equity and debt); M&A transactions, including stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions; and the representation of private companies from organization and start-up through angel and venture capital private financing.
Victoria frequently advises clients in the development of corporate compliance programs, corporate codes of conduct, and business ethics policies. Her representation of clients in compliance matters includes securities, employee benefits, energy, health care, labor and employment, securities regulatory and compliance issues. Victoria has prepared company policies, employee handbooks, and human resource systems for a major oil and gas service provider company to comply with the FCPA and UK Bribery Act. Victoria has also represented corporate officers and directors in a broad range of compliance and regulatory matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission and state regulatory agencies. She believes that a sound corporate compliance program starts with training, policies, and practices that lay the foundation for a workplace culture of compliance.