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The firm

Formed in 1991 and based in Moscow, the firm has an almost-unequalled track record and reputation across a diverse range of practice areas and industries – representing some of the world’s largest companies.

MZS is ideally placed to solve the complex challenges of international and Russian law that increasingly arise in everything from mergers and acquisitions to dispute resolution. The foundation of much its success is based on its long-term investment in people and resources.

The firm’s knowledge of, and contribution to, doctrinal work has consistently enabled its lawyers to provide winning arguments based on proven academic authority – with a strong heritage in dispute resolution and the courtroom.

Most importantly, this experience has provided a solid foundation for expertise and growth that feeds into virtually every part of the MZS service portfolio – in products ranging from taxation through to employment and antitrust and across sectors from energy and metals to retail.

As a result, MZS is now one of the leading independent Russian law firms with strong links to the legal establishment. For the past decade it has been repeatedly recommended by Chambers and The Legal 500 and continues to feature highly in various professional ratings.

Areas of practice

Dispute resolution: since 2004, MZS firm has been rated one of the leaders in dispute resolution by various leading international law surveys and journals – evidenced by the fact that it has successfully represented corporations and organisations as diverse as Gazprom, A1, AFK Sistema and IKEA in disputes involving billions of dollars. These high rankings have been earned through continuous success in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.

The firm’s innovative approach to dispute resolution combined with solid academic background has allowed MZS to repeatedly achieve success in cases that have discouraged other litigators. It remains committed to these principles while keeping up with the highest international standards of legal services.

Corporate: MZS manages a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial work including M&A, securities and finance, taxation and antitrust. It regularly advises on highly complex domestic and international commercial transactions, often working with clients’ in-house legal people as a single, integrated, team.

Intellectual property: the growth of both global brands and technology-related fields has made IP one of the most important issues for major companies in Russia and elsewhere.

MZS advises on the full range of IP issues from conducting due diligence exercises for IP assets to protecting IP against infringement.

Its IP services enable international companies to manage IP issues relating to the commercial use of Russian products abroad, as well as foreign products in Russia. It advised and led on a number of joint venture projects between international and local partners, involving transfer of breakthrough telecommunications and transport technology. In addition, it supports domestic Russian companies in the Russian market with everything from manufacturers’ identification marks, firm names, trade marks and designs. Also, the firm regularly represents clients in the sphere of copyright.

Real estate: MZS helps clients get the most from real estate investments with a diverse range of services that cover conveyancing, legal protection, the establishing and transferring of real property rights, as well as advice on project development and implementation.

It provides comprehensive advice on various individual real estate projects; entire building complexes in the Moscow region; plus transactions aimed at acquiring and selling enterprises for large-scale real estate development.

A key aspect of real estate is land regulation – which has various restrictions in Russia. Its team has advised on many complex transactions, including extensive research and preparation of all the necessary documentation.

  • Number of lawyers: 39
  • Languages
  • English
  • Russian

Above material supplied by Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners.

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