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The firm

Founded in 2003, Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners is now ranked as one of Russia’s leading national law firms, employing 35 highly-qualified lawyers.

The firm is co-headed by Alexander Muranov and Dmitry Chernyakov. The partners of the firm have worked together since 1996 and have built a strong team with a reputation as specialists who ‚Äėknow the law inside out‚Äô.

The firm’s primary focus is on providing practical and cost-effective business legal advice to Russian and international public and private companies, financial institutions and state authorities.

Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners is ranked in litigation/arbitration by leading international legal directories The Legal 500, Chambers Europe, Chambers Global and others.

Areas of practice

Litigation: Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners represents the interests of Russian and foreign companies in courts of all levels, including the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and Supreme Court. The firm has a reputation as one of Russia’s premier litigation and dispute resolution practices.

International commercial arbitration: the firm assists with recognition and enforcement of foreign rulings and arbitration awards in Russia.

International trade: the firm provides Russian and international companies operating in Russia with legal advice on the key issues and implications of Russia’s accession to the WTO in different sectors, including clarification of new WTO obligations in relation to the companies’ activities and advice on the positive and negative factors. The firm also assists with trade investigations, including anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and special safeguard investigations.

Corporate/M&A: work includes due diligence, preparing commercial contracts, legal support for corporate restructuring projects, joint ventures and cross-border transactions.

Competition (anti-monopoly): the firm deals with anti-monopoly filings, anti-monopoly law compliance, analysis of distribution and other commercial agreements, representing clients in litigation and in administrative proceedings in the Federal Anti-monopoly Service.

Tax: the tax practice provides comprehensive domestic and international tax advice on all complex issues and represents clients in courts of all levels.

Bankruptcy and restructuring: the law firm’s experience in the projects on bankruptcies and restructuring allows to ensure the performance of various tasks: from local ones (separate disputes, preparing for and participation in negotiations, etc.) and consulting on different complicated issues to the all-round support of the bankruptcy procedure in order to achieve the set goal.

Energy and natural resources: the firm represents major petroleum and mining companies in corporate disputes and clients in negotiations with the Russian government authorities, and their Russian and international partners, providing follow-up support for all ongoing local and international legal needs.

Financial institutions: the firm advises large commercial and investment banks, insurance companies and funds on matters of purchase and sale, bankruptcy and restructuring, navigating through the specifics of the Russian banking system and financial legislation. It represents clients’ interests in corporate disputes.

Technology, media and telecoms: lawyers advise clients in the field of TMT, including telecommunication companies and the market’s leading software developers.

Real estate: lawyers advise clients in relation to dispute resolution, selling, purchasing, financing and leasing all kinds of properties, assisting clients at all stages of real estate projects.

  • Contacts
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  • Alexander Muranov (co-managing partner)
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  • Dmitry Chernyakov (co-managing partner)
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  • Number of lawyers: 35
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Member
  • International Bar Association
  • IBA
  • LegaLink
  • ICCA
  • International Chamber of Commerce
  • Association of Lawyers of Russia
  • The World Business Organization
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • International Association of law firms

Above material supplied by Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners.

Legal Developments by:
Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners

  • Rating of the key legal trends 2011-2012

    Last year the Russian legislation underwent considerable modifications, and in this review we tried to highlight those, which we expect to be of top significance for business in Russia.
    - Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners

Legal Developments in Russia

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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