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Dentons’ team ‘always exceeds expectations when handling complicated, time-consuming projects with no standard legal solution’. The firm regularly advises on legislation and regulatory issues concerning new technologies, recently advising Grishin Robotics on the concept for the first draft law on robotics technology in Russia. IP specialist Victor Naumov heads the practice; Georgy Pchelintsev and Tatiana Nikiforova are also key figures.

Hogan Lovells (CIS) is ‘exceptional in all areas’ and can ‘translate complex law into practical and relevant advice’. Led by Natalia Gulyaeva, the team recently advised 21st Century Fox on various matters related to theatrical distribution, and also acted for Digital Assets, a Sberbank spin-off, on a joint venture to produce pre-installed tax software. Serafima Pankratova advises on corporate governance issues.

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Velchev & Co Law Office

Velchev & Co Law Office provides practical solutions and straightforward legal advice by offering a wide range of legal services across various industry sectors, with particular emphasis on TMT; Corporate and Commercial law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Gaming law and Intellectual Property Rights Protection. We pride ourselves on our commercial awareness and sector-specific expertise, which allows us to offer outstanding legal services.

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White & Case LLC provides ‘efficient, high-quality service’, advising on a broad range of TMT sector transactions. Recent highlights include assisting Telia on its $740m acquisition of a controlling stake in Mail.ru, and acting for Natixis on several technology-related regulatory matters. Eric Michailov is a key practitioner along with Andrei Dontsov, who ‘knows Russian business very well and is an expert at finding commercial solutions’.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has ‘a deep understanding of the regulatory environment around international TMT companies with Russian operations’. The team advises on transactions, disputes and regulatory matters in the TMT space, and recently advised USM Holdings on the sale of its stake in Mail.ru to Telia. Vladimir Kouznetsov jointly heads the practice with Sebastian Rice, who splits his time between London and Moscow. Anna Semashko is also recommended.

Professional and engaging firmALRUD Law Firm has ‘impressive TMT expertise’ and provides ‘well-rounded, pragmatic and in-depth advice on complex technical issues’. Anton Dzhuplin has ‘great insights into financial and regulatory topics’, and Maria Ostashenko has ‘a wide range of practical experience in the TMT sector’. VimpelCom and HP are key clients.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP provides ‘a perfect level of customer service’ and ‘highly professional advice’, and has notable expertise in fintech, cryptocurrencies, payment systems and TV programming. Led by Ekaterina Dedova, the team recently advised Da Vinci Capital on its acquisition of Uralsib Securities.

CMS provides ‘excellent value for money’ and is ‘highly knowledgeable in the TMT field’. The team regularly advises on obtaining licences to provide telecoms services, and also handles TMT sector transactions and internet-related issues. Maxim Boulba is ‘aware of the commercial realities faced by clients’ and recently advised Lycamobile on various regulatory issues.

Dechert Russia LLC handles a mix of M&A, joint ventures, financings and regulatory and licensing matters. The team recently represented a Russian screenplay writer in a dispute with a group of filmmakers arising from the alleged misappropriation of a draft script.

Alexei Roudiak is the key figure at Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP, which utilises its cross-border TMT expertise, liaising closely with its Asia, Australia and US offices. Notable work included advising Uber on the combination of its ride-sharing businesses across several countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), including Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, with Yandex Taxi.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides ‘smart, valuable and practical advice in a timely manner’. Clients include a mix of social network, media and technology companies, and the team is noted for its advice to Hollywood studios and film and television companies in Russia. Anastasia Dergacheva is ‘an experienced lawyer who takes a practical approach to all matters’ and has ‘a good understanding of media businesses’.

The ‘strong and responsive’ team at Noerr is headed by Vyacheslav Khayryuzov, who ‘takes the time to understand the client’s requirements and provide the necessary advice’. Highlights included advising Dell EMC on various aspects of Russian law in relation to the worldwide acquisition of its business by OpenText.

Edward Bekeschenko is the key contact at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited, which advises on M&A, technology litigation and various regulatory matters in the IT and telecoms space. Highlights included advising Condé Nast on its restructuring following changes to Russian mass media law.

Clifford Chance has ‘a good sense of the requirements of cross-border clients’ and is ‘quick, accurate and efficient’. The firm regularly advises on various sector-specific regulatory issues, and is currently assisting ER-Telecom with its St Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast and Ryazan operations. Torsten Syrbe has ‘a great ability to find the most productive solution to complex issues’.

DLA Piper has notable expertise in issues related to the commercialisation of IP, and also advises on licensing and franchising, data protection and privacy matters. Counsel Michael Malloy is the key figure, and is currently advising Gett on its roll-out of new service lines.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is currently advising Danone Russia and Soyuzmultfilm on negotiations over rights to the well-known Prostokvashino cartoon and trade mark, with Danone acting as investor for a potential sequel. Pavel Sadovsky is the name to note, and has significant expertise in regulatory matters and contentious cases.

Intellect-S advises on laws governing mass media along with personal data protection and product due diligence, and regularly represents clients before Roskomnadzor. The firm is representing Yekaterinburg-based news provider Glagol Media in a libel suit filed by a competitor alleging damage to its business reputation. Anastasia Makhneva heads the department.

King & Spalding LLP provides ‘quick response times, strong industry knowledge and relevant advice’, handling a mix of M&A and regulatory issues. Alla Naglis has ‘deep knowledge of the entertainment industry’.

Liniya Prava Law Firm acts for a mix of telecoms operators, internet providers, and broadcasting companies, and is advising Mobile TeleSystems on its acquisition of a subsidiary of Smarts in the Republic of Mari El. Andrey Novakovskiy is the key figure.

At Linklaters, highlights included advising Sberbank on its potential acquisition of a stake in Yandex.Market, and acting for Senjo Group on its acquisition of a UK-based payment processing unit. Lev Loukhton is the key practitioner.

MGAP Attorneys at Law provides ‘well-reasoned advice that takes enforcement practice trends into consideration’. Yuriy Korchuganov heads the practice, which has notable expertise in content screening and compliance, M&A and investment deals.

Pepeliaev Group is led by Rustem Ahmetshin, who has a strong track record in contentious TMT sector cases. Tax expert Natalia Kovalenko regularly advises on regulatory issues in the media and telecoms space.

Vegas Lex has ‘deep industry knowledge’ and ‘always defends the interests of the client’. Alexandra Vasyukhnova advises on technology regulation and commercial contracts, and Natalia Abtseshko is recommended for e-commerce issues.

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