Firm Profile > Noerr > Moscow, Russia

125047 MOSCOW

Intellectual property Tier 2

Noerr has an outstanding track record in IP litigation, underpinned by a stellar client list of leading brands across several sectors, including Volvo, Shell and Harry Winston. Viktor Gerbutov is 'very competent' and 'a safe pair of hands' in complex trade mark prosecution, internet domain name disputes and all other IP-related litigation. Vyacheslav Khayryuzov focuses on the transactional IP side, particularly technology, media and software licensing and personal data protection. Trade mark attorney Polina Galtsova advises on the management of IP portfolios and trade mark litigation.

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‘Viktor Gerbutov is a safe pair of hands – very competent, reliable, effective, quick to respond, friendly and emphatic.’

‘Noerr are well known for precedent-setting IP disputes.’

Key clients

Shell 6 No

Harry Winston




Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH

Employment Tier 3

Alexander Titov leads the team at Noerr and advises international clients on the full range of Russian employment and immigration matters. Other areas of expertise include recruitment, incentives and the dismissal of senior executives; compliance with local regulations; outsourcing; internal restructuring; and the settlement of employment disputes.

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‘Noerr provided excellent legal advice and managed to explain Russian legal concepts very well.’

Key clients



Rolls-Royce Power System

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Noerr’s real estate investment group is led by Thomas Mundry, and handles a wide array of issues including compliance advice, EPC contract matters and other complex contractual arrangements. The group is also praised for its ability to advise on greenfield and brownfield construction projects. Recently promoted counsel Ekaterina Kalinina is a key contact for issues concerning mortgages, leases and building design and construction work.

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Key clients


Continental AG

CA Immo

AO Avielen AG

ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG

Deutsch-Russische Auslandshandelskammer

Bauer Maschinen GmbH

Tax Tier 3

The tax department at Noerr punches above its weight for general taxation advice and assistance with due diligence projects, transfer pricing matters and structuring issues. The team is also noted for its experience in mandates involving tax legislation and local and foreign tax authorities. Led by Maxim Vladimirov, the practice has expanded on its traditional strength in the automotive and retail industries with increasing instructions from life sciences clients.

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Noerr has a highly professional and knowledgeable tax team. We see clear value in that the quality of the services are on par with the quality of services of local Big 4 firms. Also, we value that there is very low staff turnover, as we appreciate our long-term cooperation with familiar team members.

Excellent knowledge of Russian tax law, including new developments.

We work mainly with Maxim Vladimirov, who is up to date with the trends in interpretation of quite complex tax laws. This improves our understanding of relevant risks.

Key clients



X5 Retail Group

Leo Pharma


MCM Klosterfrau Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH


Marel Holding B.V.

Volvo Finance Service Vostok OOO

Volvo Construction Equipment AB


LLC “East-West Logistics”

Beiersdorf OOO

Jungheinrich Lift Trucks

TMT Tier 3

Vyacheslav Khayryuzov co-heads the practice at Noerr, specialising in digital business, data privacy law, media and software issues, and commercial transactions. The firm is also known for its expertise in developing novel legal structures for expanding markets such as computer games, e-commerce and new media content.

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‘An excellent, market-leading team. They are professional, knowledgeable and pragmatic.’

‘Vyacheslav Khayryuzov has built a great team that has quality written all over it. You know you are in safe hands.’

Key clients

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.



Trend Micro Inc.

Urban Science

White-collar crime Tier 3

Noerr advises clients on compliance issues, audits and internal investigations. The team also specialises in anti-bribery and corruption matters, which is an area of expertise for practice head Hannes Lubitzsch. Clients also instruct the team on matters relating to tax fraud, money laundering and antitrust violations.

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Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

The main areas of focus for Noerr's team span project finance work, export and pre-export finance issues, real estate financings, and syndicated and single-bank financing matters. Vladislav Skvortsov and Stefan Weber jointly lead the department.

Key clients

State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK)

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 4

Noerr’s banking and finance team stands out for its experience in cross-border transactions governed by Russian, English and German law. The department handles a wide array of issues relating to project finance, export and pre-export finance, real estate finance and syndicated lending mandates. Vladislav Skvortsov and managing partner Stefan Wolfgang Weber jointly lead the department.


The team is business-orientated, very reliable, fast, hard-working, and creative in avoiding legal risks and finding the right solutions.

We always received excellent service and direct access to a partner. Managing partner Stefan Weber is always accessible.

Key clients


Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

Moscow Exchange


State Transport Leasing Company

VTB Bank

UniCredit Bank Austria

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 4

The corporate and M&A department at Noerr recently expanded following the arrival of Vyacheslav Yugai from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. Yugai is joint practice co-head alongside Björn Paulsen, who divides his time between Moscow and Hamburg. The team specialises in inbound cross-border deals, corporate restructuring matters and the sale of Russian and CIS-based subsidiaries of foreign blue-chip companies.


Noerr provides excellent legal advice, in particular on regulatory matters, and was able to rely on its good relationship with the regulator during the settlement process of our request. Moreover, the team was very strong in explaining Russian law concepts to foreign lawyers.

Key clients

Rocket Internet

Bombardier Transportation



Swatch Group



Competition Tier 4

Clients praise Noerr’s work in the merger clearance space, and, beyond its strong focus on handling high-value merger filings, the team is also regularly instructed on matters concerning strategic investments, supply and distribution matters, unfair competition work and competition compliance issues. Stefan Weber heads up the practice, where senior associates Artem Kara and Tatiana Dovgan are also noteworthy figures.

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We regularly use Noerr in the context of merger notifications. The practice is unique as it closely collaborates with its German counterpart, which is why we receive a very good seamless advice.

The team is very thorough, took all our interests into consideration, and ensured that the process was properly resourced and went smoothly.

The team provides excellent advice under short deadlines. Multiple team members followed up on our merger clearance process; they all provided solid advice regarding how to ensure that the deal went through.

Stefan Weber is quick and practical in his advice. He is also available, even during his holidays, to assist us with a complex matter.

Key clients







Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 4

Noerr’s litigation team focuses on debt recovery and insolvency proceedings, investment disputes and IP litigation. The team also has a demonstrable strength in cross-border matters; it has recently been assisting UK law firms with the Russian elements of a number of high-profile proceedings in the UK. Viktor Gerbutov heads up the practice and is a seasoned specialist in unjust enrichment mandates.

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An excellent team of litigators with useful experience in international disputes

On matters concerning the provision of expert evidence on Russian law, our experience of dealing with the team was excellent. Team members were straightforward to deal with, prompt in their advice, and had an excellent understanding of the court system in England.’

Viktor Gerbutov is a superb lawyer who consistently produces Russian legal advice and analysis of the highest order. In particular, Viktor sets the bar high in terms of rigour and quality of written work in English.

Viktor Gerbutov is a brilliantly clever and creative lawyer.

Key clients

Shell Brands International

Volvo Group

Swatch Group

Scientific Drilling


Efremov Kauchuk


Restructuring and insolvency Tier 5

The cross-practice insolvency team at Noerr has strength in insolvency litigation and negotiations, as well as debt recovery work. The department draws on the expertise of the litigation, corporate, banking and tax groups. Practice head Viktor Gerbutov is a key name for international clients involved in insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):


Noerr‘s team is experienced and offers high-quality services.

The team has a good grasp of the commercial realities concerning the business of clients and litigants. It is effective in communicating with clients and, in my case, with foreign lawyers instructing them.

Viktor Gerbutov has strong experience with complex insolvency proceedings, both in Russia and abroad. He is an excellent expert, both in terms of his academic knowledge and practical experience.

Key clients

General Electric

Scientific Drilling International


Efremov Synthetic Rubber Enterprise


The firm

Noerr stands for excellence and entrepreneurial thinking. With well-versed teams of strong characters, Noerr devises and implements solutions for the most complex and sophisticated legal matters. United by a set of shared values, the firm’s 500+ professionals are driven by one goal: the client’s success. Listed groups and multinational companies, large and medium-sized family businesses as well as financial institutions and international investors all rely on the firm.

Entrepreneurial thinking: Noerr’s advisors make their clients’ challenges their own and are always thinking one step ahead. In doing so, they assume responsibility and are at liberty to make their own decisions. The firm is committed to always going the extra mile for its clients and to resolving complex matters with the perfect mix of experience, excellence and sound judgement.

Innovative solutions: in complex and dynamic markets new approaches are regularly required – and delivered by experts who bring both the know-how and the necessary passion. This is precisely what Noerr excels at: implementing integrated and innovative solutions in the most efficient way.

Global reach: as one of the top European law firms, Noerr is also well established internationally. With offices in 11 countries and a global network of top-ranked ‘best friends’ law firms, Noerr is able to offer its clients truly cross-border advice. In addition, Noerr is the exclusive member firm in Germany for Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide.

Capacity in Central and Eastern Europe: Noerr has long had its own offices in all major Central and Eastern European capitals. The firm regularly advises on greenfield investments, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestments in Central and Eastern Europe by investors from all over the world. With around 100 professionals, Noerr is one of the leading law firms in the region.

Firm in Russia: since the Moscow office opened in 1994, Noerr has established a strong reputation for highly complex corporate and commercial work in Russia. A strong team of 30+ Russian and international experts provides a multitude of corporate clients with premium full-service advice on all legal and tax matters of their Russian businesses.


Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition Stefan Weber
Banking and finance Vladislav Skvortsov
Banking and finance Stefan Weber
Corporate/mergers and acquisitions Björn Paulsen
Corporate/mergers and acquisitions Hannes Lubitzsch
Employment and pensions Olga Mokhonko
Intellectual property Vyacheslav Khayryuzov
Intellectual property Viktor Gerbutov
Litigation, arbitration and ADR Viktor Gerbutov
Regulatory and governmental affairs Björn Paulsen
Tax and private clients Maxim Vladimirov
Digital business and data privacy Vyacheslav Khayryuzov
Compliance and investigations Hannes Lubitzsch
Healthcare Björn Paulsen
Healthcare Hannes Lubitzsch
Corporate/mergers and acquisitions Vyacheslav Yugai
Corporate/mergers and acquisitions Olga Mokhonko
Photo Name Position Profile
 Polina Galtsova  photo Polina Galtsova Trademark Attorney
Mr Vyacheslav Khayryuzov  photo Mr Vyacheslav Khayryuzov Counsel, Head of IT, Outsourcing & Data Privacy of Noerr Moscow. Mr…
Ms Olga Mokhonko  photo Ms Olga Mokhonko Counsel Olga Mokhonko is head of the Employment & Pensions practice group…
Mrs Maria Pozhnikova  photo Mrs Maria Pozhnikova Senior Associate in the Corporate/M&A, Commerce & Trade practice groups of Noerr…
Dr Vladislav Skvortsov  photo Dr Vladislav Skvortsov Vladislav advises banks and corporate borrowers on finance transactions and projects, including…
Mr Vyacheslav Yugai  photo Mr Vyacheslav Yugai Head of Corporate and M&A
Number of lawyers : 520
at this office : 30
Association of European Lawyers
ICC Russia
Association of European Businesses
American Chamber of Commerce in Russia
Russian-German Chamber of Commerce
Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce
Contacts : Björn Paulsen (office managing partner)
Contacts : Stefan Wolfgang Weber (office managing partner)
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