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Dentons’ team provides ‘prompt and comprehensive answers to all questions’ and ‘always takes new laws and practices into account’. Practice head Victor Naumovalways finds the right solution for clients’ and has significant expertise in internet regulation, e-commerce, data protection, and media and telecoms matters. VKontakte is a key client.

At Hogan Lovells (CIS), practice head Natalia Gulyaeva focuses on data protection, privacy and cybersecurity issues. Managing partner Oxana Balayan handles M&A transactions, and is advising InVenture Partners on two acquisitions of shares in United Press and Mondadori. Discovery Communications, Walt Disney and Google are also clients.

White & Case LLC provides ‘excellent quality support’ and ‘is able to deliver solid results’. Practice head Eric Michailov is ‘quick, smart and to-the-point’, and corporate and M&A lawyer Andrei Dontsov is also noted. Highlights included advising Naspers on its $1.2bn acquisition of shares in Swedish holding company Avito.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP handles major transactions for its TMT clients, which include VimpelCom, Garsdale and USM. Practice head Vladimir Kouznetsov focuses on cross-border transactions across Russia and the CIS. Svetlana Volevich handles corporate matters, litigation and securities regulatory issues.

CMS advises on regulatory issues in the TMT space, and also handles employment, competition and transactional matters. Practice head Maxim Boulba is advising Lagardère Television on issues related to amendments to Russian mass media law.

Dechert Russia LLC’s Laura Brank is advising IPG Photonics on real estate and corporate issues, and is also assisting Karo Film with various potential acquisitions. BearingPoint, NBC Universal and VimpelCom are also clients.

The ‘excellent’ team at Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner has ‘a deep knowledge of TMT industry regulations’. Practice head Ekaterina Dedova is ‘a true professional with significant experience’. Elena Trusova handles IT and IP disputes.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP handles TMT-related corporate and M&A matters, and also advises on licensing, regulatory and IP protection issues. Practice head Alexei Roudiak advised Telecom-Holding on the merger of Siberian Networks with Norilsk Telecom. Evgeny Zelensky handled Goldman Sachs’ $130m acquisition of HeadHunter.ru.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises a range of media, telecoms and technology companies. The team advised CTC Media on divesting a 75% interest in its Russian operating business, CTC Investments. Other clients include Walt Disney Studios and NBC Universal. Brian Zimbler heads the practice.

Noerr’s Vyacheslav Khayryuzov has ‘an excellent knowledge of privacy and data protection law’ and provides advice that ‘considers business needs’. Clients include Urban Science and Teradata.

ALRUD Law Firm advised Totvs on its joint venture with National Computer Corporation. Practice head Anton Dzhuplin and employment specialist Irina Anyukhina are the key names.

Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited’s Edward Bekeschenko specialises in technology litigation and arbitration, and also advises on regulatory issues. Alexander Monin handles corporate transactions and Arseny Seidov focuses on tax planning and restructuring.

Clifford Chance’s team ‘stands out for its TMT expertise’. Torsten Syrbe advised VimpelCom on the Russian aspects of its international operations.

At DLA Piper, Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili is advising Verizon on various regulatory requirements applicable to the client’s telecom facilities. Counsel Michael Malloy leads the department and Leo Batalov focuses on corporate finance transactions.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provides ‘appropriate advice in a timely manner’ and has ‘unparalleled strength in court proceedings’. Practice head Pavel Sadovsky advised CTC Media on Russia’s new media regulations. Yandex, Orange and Cisco Systems are also clients.

Intellect-Sreplies promptly and precisely to all questions’. Anastasia Makhneva advises on transactional matters, e-commerce issues and mass media laws, while Maxim Labzin handles IP proceedings and competition disputes.

King & Spalding LLP’s ‘high-quality’ team acts for clients including Herbalife, New Regency and Syngenta. Alla Naglis advised Turner Broadcasting System Europe on its operations following regulations restricting foreign ownership of Russian channels.

Linklaters’ Denis Uvarov and Lev Loukhton advise on M&A transactions and joint ventures. Clients include VKontakte, MegaFon and Rostelecom.

MGAP Attorneys at Law’s ‘highly competent’ team has ‘great problem-solving capacity’ and ‘effectively manages a vast array of tasks’. Practice head Yuriy Korchuganov has notable expertise in domestic and international film production, and Anna Alekseeva handles risk management for IT, theatre and film projects.

Pepeliaev Group’s team has ‘good industry knowledge’ and is ‘highly experienced, prompt and professional’. Tax expert Rustem Ahmetshin and Natalia Ivashchenko, who specialises in TMT-related regulatory issues, are the practice co-heads.

Vegas Lex’s Alexandra Vasyukhnova is ‘a real professional, who has a deep knowledge of TMT’. Natalia Abtseshko advises on corporate and M&A matters, e-commerce and international disputes.

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