Firm Profile > Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners > Moscow, Russia

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners
121099 MOSCOW

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 1

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners acts in a wide range of domestic and cross-border cases, and is particularly recommended for its expertise in complex corporate and commercial litigation. Founding partner Yuri Monastyrsky has broad sector-specific expertise and stands out for his knowledge of the banking sector. Dmitry Lovyrev is a key contact for corporate litigation and shareholder disputes, IP litigation and criminal proceedings, while Anton Aleksandrov focuses on debt recovery and insolvency claims, antitrust disputes and contentious IP work. Senior associate Igor Melnikov is also singled out.


Several things set the team apart from others: its willingness to assist even with the most complicated cases, its aspiration to find the client’s way out of the most difficult situation, and its deep knowledge and understanding of different areas of the law.

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is fantastic in complex commercial and tax litigation. Lawyers from different teams are able to work together and handle difficult cases efficiently and in a timely manner.

Anton Alexandrov and Igor Melnikov are both client-oriented and very good team players; it is always a pleasure to work with them.

Key clients


Prosperity Capital



Novorossiysk Sea Port

Primorsk Sea Port

Yugra Bank

O1 Group

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Clients praise Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners’ strong track record in complex bankruptcy proceedings, particularly for acting for creditors. Anton Aleksandrov heads up the practice, where Dmitry Mukhomorov is also singled out.

Practice head(s):


Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners’ lawyers are very creative and experienced, think outside the box, and act in accordance with commercial needs of the client.

Dmitry Mukhomorov is our first choice for Russian domestic litigation.

Key clients

Yugra Bank




Halyk Bank


O1 Group


White-collar crime Tier 2

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners utilises its traditional litigation strength to handle criminal proceedings arising out of tax evasion, embezzlement and other corporate crimes. The team is also adept at acting on cross-border issues. Alexander Zyuba, Dmitry Lovyrev and Anton Aleksandrov jointly head up the white-collar crime practice, which acts for corporate clients and senior executives.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners assists clients with issues relating to arbitration proceedings, expert evidence, and the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards domestically. The team also stands out in the investment treaty arbitration space. Kirill Udovichenko, Yuri Monastyrsky and Dmitry Lovyrev jointly head up the team.


Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is a synonym for the highest possible quality of legal services. The team is professional, communicates well, and adapts quickly to the most pressing needs of the client. It is also capable of working well even under unpleasant circumstances.

The team has the ability to manage multiple proceedings in multiple jurisdictions very efficiently, and to instruct and coordinate foreign counsel’s work in the most productive way.

The team constantly updates its clients on the progress of all matters and the finding of new and creative ways to resolve their problems, without the need for my colleagues to follow up on the firm’s work.

Dmitry Mukhomorov, Kirill Udovichenko and their associates really demonstrate in-depth knowledge and high flexibility. They work well as a team, keep each other informed on all aspects of the proceedings, and easily replace each other when someone is temporarily unavailable. As a result, there is no need for us to have a key contact or remember who of them is responsible for what aspect of the case.

Key clients




O1 Group

VEB.RF (Vnesheconombank)

Private client Tier 3

Specialising in handling personal corporate transactions, Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners often advises private investors on complex joint ventures and investments in real estate and IT start-ups, as well as in other sectors. Mikhail Motrich and Alexander Zyuba are the key figures.

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 4

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is instructed by clients on M&A transactions and corporate restructuring matters. The team's work covers a wide array of issues, with particular emphasis on complex due diligence projects and drafting and negotiating corporate documentation. Practice co-heads Mikhail Motrich and Alexander Zyuba are the key contacts.


It is very comfortable to work with Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners. The advantages are the team’s easy communication, strong professional skills, fast reactions, and business-oriented way of thinking.

We worked with Mikhail Motrich. He showed strong communication skills and an ability to work within a tight time frame.

Mikhail Motrich has extensive experience with- and deep knowledge of M&A transactions. He feels the commercial challenges facing the client and does a perfect job at addressing these challenges.

Key clients

AFK Sistema

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Forum Properties





Alinga Consulting


The firm: Founded in 1991 and based in Moscow, MZS has an almost unequalled track record and reputation across a diverse range of practice areas and industries – representing some of the world’s largest and best companies. MZS is best known on the market for dispute resolution practice. Yet the firm manages a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial work.

Practice areas: Dispute Resolution, Corporate/M&A, Private Equity, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Shipping, Employment, Energy & Natural Resources, TMT, Antitrust, Tax, White-Collar Crime

Dispute resolution:

  • Representing AFK Sistema in proceedings on repossession by the State of a majority stake in Bashneft and the resulting US$ multi-billion damages claimed from former owners of the stake
  • Received instructions from AFK Sistema in the USD 3bn damages case brought by Bashneft and Rosneft
  • Counsel to Bashneft in a shareholder dispute on invalidation of the transfer of the Trebs-Titov oilfield license
  • Counsel to Yugra Bank in challenging banking license revocation orders by the Russian Central Bank
  • Representing IKEA in nearly all disputes for the past years, including one against local electricity suppliers group with over US$1 in at stake
  • Instructed by Samsung in the US$ multi-million arbitration against Euroset, their major Russian distributor of mobile devices
  • Counsel to Halyk Bank (People’s Bank of Kazakhstan) in insolvency and recovery proceedings concerning its corporate debtors in Russia
  • Representing Prodimex, the largest Russian sugar producer, in insolvency proceedings of Ivolga-Center and Sakhar Zolotukhino
  • Representing UralVagonZavod, Russia’s largest producer of railway cars and armoured vehicles, against Rospatent regarding its decision to annul UVZ railway car patent
  • Assisting Aeroflot with its attempts to claim in the United Kingdom against the estate of late Russian tycoon, Boris Berezovsky
  • Instructed by A1 in a corporate conflict regarding Stroyfarfor, a major Russian ceramic tile producer
  • Counsel to Gazprom in a US$500m dispute with Rosgazificatsia relating to allegedly wrongful debiting of Gazprom shares from a share registry account by the registrar
  • Counsel to Prosperity Capital in cases on recovery of damages from directors of GAZ, TGK-2 and other major Russian companies
  • Instructed by United Capital Group on proceedings in the LCIA and BVI courts regarding a conflict between shareholders of the Vkonakte social network
    Contact: Yuri Monastyrsky, Alexander Zyuba, Dmitry Lovyrev, Dmitry Mukhomorov, Anton Aleksandrov.

Corporate/M&A/Private equity:

  • Counsel to NefteTransService on their RUR 14bn purchase of the oil rail transportation business from Oteko, making NTS the owner of the largest oil tank car fleet in Russia
  • Advising AFK Sistema on a joint venture with Rostec in the microelectronics sector, aiming to control and operate most of the Russian microelectronics production facilities
  • Advising the owners of Forum Properties on a particularly complex US$ 4bn joint venture with one of the Russia’s largest owners of office premises
  • Advising Izurium Capital, a private equity fund, on a number of cross-border acquisitions, including the purchase of mining businesses in Russia, Congo, Brazil and the US, investment in, a US designer company, contemplated acquisition of Notemachines, a British ATM producer; and acquisition of a controlling stake in Dynacast International, a US precision-casting business
  • Instructed by UralVagonZavod, Russia’s largest producer of railway cars and armoured vehicles, on acquisition of several heavy industry businesses throughout Russia, including Chelyabinsk Tractor Factory – Uraltrack and on setting up a joint venture with PESA, a Polish tram producer, with respect to the production in Russia of PESA’s new tram model ordered by the City of Moscow
  • Instructed by the owners of OPUS on the sale of their business to Bealieu International Group, a major European floorings producer
    Contact: Alexander Zyuba, Mikhail Motritch

Capital markets Banking and finance:

  • Advising the National Stock Market Participants Association (NAUFOR), the Association of Russian Banks (ARB) and the National Foreign Exchange Association (NFEA) on the upgrade of the 2009 version of the standard OTC derivatives master agreement to the netting-eligible 2011 version approved by the Federal Financial Markets Service
  • Drafting the industry-standard documentation (definitions) for Russian domestic OTC commodity derivatives markets, upgrading the equity and fixed income derivatives annexes (definitions) to the Russian standard derivatives documentation to include foreign securities as eligible underlying assets and drafting a credit derivatives annex (definitions) to the Russian standard OTC derivatives market documentation
  • Advising the National Settlement Depository on setting up a trade data repository for OTC derivative transactions
  • Advising VTB on a number of new product development projects, including Russian law-governed hybrid fixed-income and credit derivatives products and collateralised jumbo swaps
  • Advising Sberbank on the development of a trade specific collateral arrangement for a swap transaction as well as on hybrid credit derivative structures
  • Advising some of the leading global financial institutions (Morgan Stanley, UBS, Nomura, Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse) on various aspects of OTC derivatives trading
    Contact: Vladimir Khrenov


  • Counsel to Novorossiysk and Primorsk Commercial Sea Ports in disputes with Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service over allegedly monopolistic pricing for cargo handling services, where FAS unsuccessfully sought to impose exceptionally high turnover fines, totaling over RUB 9.7 billion. The cases were the first commercial disputes in two years reviewed by the Supreme Court Presidium
  • Counsel to Google in dispute with Yandex and the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service
  • Representing Transneft on a number of disputes with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service regarding regulated procurement policies and contracts
  • Instructed by Rostelecom in a number of disputes with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service over alleged abuse of client’s dominant position
  • Internal compliance audits carried for a major European auto producer and a Kazakh mining and energy company
  • Assisting major clients, including EBRD, Gruma, Apax Partners, Bonnier, Prosperity Capital, with obtaining antitrust clearances as part of their M&A deals
    Contact: Alexander Zyuba, Mikhail Motritch


  • Instructed by Rostelecom, Russia’s largest fixedline operator, on the acquisition of a number of regional telecoms throughout the country
  • Counsel to sellers on the contemplated sale of the largest mobile telecom operator in Tajikistan
  • Advising Nokia Siemens Solutions in respect of setting up an IT joint venture with Rusnano in Tomsk, Russia
  • Assisting a Rostec group company with setting up an IT joint venture in Russia with Alcatel-Lucent
  • Comprehensive due diligence of Russian telecoms for Tele2 as part of the strategic major of mobile businesses between Tele2 and Rostelecom
    Contact: Alexander Zyuba

Intellectual property:

  • Advising R-Pharm, Medbiopharm and other Russian pharmaceutical companies as regards the protection of their IP rights
  • Counsel to Perfetti van Melle, one of the world’s leaders in the confectionary industry, on a potential IP dispute
  • Counsel to Efes Pilsner in IP infringement litigation over the Zlatopramen beer brand
  • Instructed by Borjomi, a leading Georgian producer of mineral water, in their IP infringement action against Russian Borjom
    Contact: Yuri Monastyrsky, Dmitry Lovyrev, Dmitry Mukhomorov, Anton Aleksandrov


Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution
Mergers and acquisitions
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Intellectual property
Real estate
Energy and natural resources
White-collar crime
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Anton Aleksandrov  photo Mr Anton Aleksandrov Anton is managing partner of MZS. Dispute resolution forms the core of…
Mr Dmitry Lovyrev  photo Mr Dmitry Lovyrev Dmitry Lovyrev is a partner of MZS. An experienced advocate, Dmitry has…
Mr Yuri Monastyrsky  photo Mr Yuri Monastyrsky Yuri Monastyrsky has extremely broad experience in dispute resolution, securities & finance,…
Mr Mikhail Motrich  photo Mr Mikhail Motrich Mikhail is a partner of MZS. He is experienced in corporate/M&A and…
Mr Dmitry Mukhomorov  photo Mr Dmitry Mukhomorov Dmitry Mukhomorov is a partner of Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners (MZS),…
Mr Kirill Udovichenko  photo Mr Kirill Udovichenko Kirill Udovichenko is a partner of MZS. Throughout his career Kirill has…
Mr Alexander Zyuba  photo Mr Alexander Zyuba Alexander’s principal areas of specialization include dispute resolutions, white-collar crime, private clients,…
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