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Yuri Monastyrsky

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Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners


Yuri Monastyrsky is a founder of Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners (1991), a litigation boutique firm based in Moscow. He have extremely broad experience in dispute resolution, securities and finance, intellectual property, taxation, financial services, insolvency, telecoms, media & technology, real estate, anti-trust, transport, white-collar crime as well as general corporate law. Yuri's significant clients: Abbot, Bayer, Duferco, EBRD, IKEA MOS, Itochu, Jones Day, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, NESTLE, Rabobank, Reuters, Russian Standard, Weather Investments.


English, Russian.


Moscow Bar.


Yuri is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He also holds a Candidate of Law degree from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of State and Law.

Russia: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation

Within: Arbitration and mediation

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is ‚Äėvery fast to react to new developments‚Äô; it fields ‚Äėknowledgeable professionals‚Äô, who are noted for their ability to ‚Äėtake on cases others consider difficult‚Äô. Headed by Yuri Monastyrsky, the team is currently representing Bank UralSib in an $80m LCIA arbitration brought by VTB Bank and FIMBank. Dmitry Lovyrev is the other key figure.

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Within: Leading individuals

Yuri Monastyrsky - Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners

Within: Litigation

The ‚Äėcreative, proactive, business-oriented‚Äô team at Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners ‚Äėdisplays a brilliant level of knowledge and experience in litigation‚Äô, and ‚Äėis particularly recommended for clients facing difficult corporate conflicts‚Äô. Practice head Yuri Monastyrsky is noted for his expertise in the IP, tax, insolvency and real estate fields, among others, and Dmitry Lovyrev is the key contact for multi-jurisdictional disputes. The firm represents Ikea in all its court proceedings, including a $1bn dispute with a local electricity supplier, and is also acting for Google in a competition dispute with Yandex over an alleged abuse of dominant position.

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  • The coming into force of the legislative package on the second stage of "Capital amnisty"

    On 19th February 2018, a legislative package on the extension of the tax capital amnesty and the tax-free liquidation of foreign companies came into force.
  • No More Linked In Russia?

    One of the biggest and most popular Internet companies, LinkedIn, has become the first target of the recent Russian data localization law. The legislation requires businesses operating online to keep Russian Internet users’ data on servers located within Russia. Read more...
  • New standards on the unjustified tax benefit included in the tax code

    The Federal Tax Service of Russia issued Letter ‚ĄĖ CA-4-7/ 6152 @ of 16.08.2017, in which it clarified to its subordinate tax authorities the application of new Art. 54.1 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation "Limits on the Exercise of Rights in Calculating the Tax Base and (or) the Amount of Tax, Levy, Insurance Contributions", which was included in the Tax Code of the Russian Federation by Federal Law ‚ĄĖ 163-FZ of 18.07.2017.
  • Information law for company participants ‚Äď the search for a balance of interests

    At the present time, in various legal relationships there exists the acute problem of observing a balance of interests concerning the parties involved in these legal relationships, their legal rights, and their mutual economic needs. Judicial practice, when considering disputes between these kinds of parties, takes into consideration not only the formal requirements of legislation, but also the real economic and legal goals and interests of the participants.
  • What businessmen should know about legislative changes with major and interested transactions?

    It is well known that before making significant managerial decisions, the general director must obtain approval from the shareholders or the board of directors. Apart from that, if a director is personally interested in entering into a transaction, approval is also required to proceed with the transaction. In the absence of such an approval, the transaction can be challenged and, in certain circumstances, invalidated. In order to minimize such risks and to eliminate legal uncertainty for the parties to the transaction, the rules governing major transactions and interested transactions must be sufficiently clear. Previously, however, the application of these rules was associated with a large number of controversial legal issues, which were finally solved as a result of the legislative amendments, which will enter into force on January 1, 2017. According to the new amendments, the distinction between major and non-major transactions has been delineated more clearly, parties have been allowed more flexibility in relation to approving transactions, the burdensome obligation to obtain prior approval of interested transactions has been abrogated, and finally the procedure for challenging transactions in question has been made much more complex. Overall, the changes should have a positive influence on business, as they contribute to the establishment of firm legal certainty in this area of the law. 
  • A Lessee‚Äôs Dream: the Drastic Devaluation of the Russian Currency Has Triggered New Discussions of

    The rent for leases, especially those in downtown Moscow and other large cities, is often based on the foreign currency exchange rate, which has recently increased almost threefold. Many businesses have been taken aback by this consequence of the economic crisis. Some of them have been put on verge of bankruptcy because of the increased rent and were forced to seek remedies in courts.
  • Amendments to Part IV of the Russian Civil Code in 2015

    Author: Valentina Orlova, Head of Intellectual Property and Trademarks Practice, Pepeliaev Group
  • Parallel Import of Medicines: High Time or the Wrong Time?

    Authors: Sergey Klimenko, Head of Life Sciences Group; Yuri Yahin, Head of IP Group, Pepeliaev Group
  • A Look at Russia's Antimonopoly Legislation

    Elena Sokolovskaya, Head of Antimonopoly Regulation Group, Pepeliaev Group The main areas covered by Russian antimonopoly legislation are prohibition of the abuse of a dominant position, regulation of prohibited agreements, antimonopoly requirements for bidding, merger control, and prohibition of unfair competition. In recent years more attention has been paid to the development of Russian antimonopoly legislation. For this purpose, the State Duma of the Russian Federation (the lower chamber of Russia's parliament) is considering draft measures billed as the 'Fourth Antimonopoly Package'. This comprises amendments to Law No. 135-FZ 'On Protecting Competition' (the "Law on Competition") as well as to the Russian Administrative Code. The measures have already been passed in the first reading and are expected to make it onto the statute book before the end of 2015.

    Pepeliaev Group Advises of Amendments to Article 178 of the Russian Criminal Code to Decriminalise Certain Offences and Introduce a New Condition for being Released from Criminal Liability for Restricting Competition