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

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners
3/1 NOVINSKY BOULEVARD
121099 MOSCOW
Russia

Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 1

Bringing ‘excellent results’, Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is ‘the strongest Russian litigation firm’, in the words of one client. Offering a full range of corporate and commercial litigation services, the team is known for representing some of the largest domestic and international clients in Russian courts of all instances, as well as in cross-border proceedings raising Russian law issues. The department is led by Yuri Monastyrsky, Dmitry Lovyrev and Anton Aleksandrov, all of whom are highly regarded in the market. Dmitry Mukhomorov and Kirill Udovichenko are also key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Yuri Monastyrsky; Dmitry Lovyrev; Anton Aleksandrov

Other key lawyers:

Dmitry Mukhomorov; Kirill Udovichenko

Testimonials

‘The strongest Russian ligation firm, in my opinion.’

‘MZS often participates in disputes deciding the fate of the client’s business. The team possesses versatile knowledge and experience that goes beyond any one branch of law.’

‘Very high quality of litigation, correct assessment of judicial prospects, deep study of the case, collection of excessive amounts of evidence. All this ensures excellent results.’

‘Anton Aleksandrov is an efficient and professional partner with one of the strongest teams in the market.’

‘Dmitry Lovyrev is a great strategist.’

Key clients

Transneft

Prosperity Capital

Samsung

Prodimex

Novorossiysk Sea Port

Primorsk Sea Port

Yugra Bank

O1 Group

Buduschee

Boeing

Schlumberger

Probusinessbank

Yokohama

Porsche Russland

Nestle

Jaguar

AFK Sistema

Novaport

Victoria Kazak

Russia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Litigation powerhouse Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is at the forefront of bankruptcy-related cases in the Moscow market. Anton Aleksandrov and Dmitry Mukhomorov share leadership of the practice. Peers cite the litigation experience of name partner Yuri Monastyrsky; his recent work in the banking sector stands out. Kirill Udovichenko is a key contact for cross-border enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Anton Aleksandrov; Dmitry Mukhomorov

Other key lawyers:

Yuri Monastyrsky; Kirill Udovichenko

Key clients

VEB.RF

Probusinessbank

Sibenergostroy

Khalyk Bank

O1 Group

Russia > White-collar crime Tier 2

Major companies and notable managers regularly instruct the well-regarded team at Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners to act in criminal proceedings relating to a wide range of corporate matters, including tax evasion and embezzlement. Respected practitioners Alexander ZyubaDmitry Lovyrev and Anton Aleksandrov regularly oversee the most complex cross-border cases. Team members have considerable courtroom experience, and the group typically handles over 100 cases every year. Litigation expert Yuri Monastyrsky is a key contact for both domestic and international mandates.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Zyuba; Dmitry Lovyrev

Other key lawyers:

Anton Alexandrov; Yuri Monastyrsky

Key clients

O1 Group

Boeing

 

Beneficiary of Yugra Bank

VEB.RF

Russia > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners has a formidable strength in litigation, which it also utilises in proceedings seeking enforcement and recognition of foreign arbitral awards in Russia. The practice is also adept at handling evidence and preparing expert opinions in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Kirill Udovichenko and name partner Yuri Monastyrsky are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Kirill Udovichenko; Yuri Monastyrsky

Testimonials

‘A great, very creative team; always ready to help in various matters 24/7. One of the distinguishing features of this team is that they are ready to support their client in any situation.’

Key clients

VEB.RF

Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 4

The corporate practice at Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is recognised for its work on mid-market M&A and joint venture transactions. Led by Mikhail Motrich and Alexander Zyuba, the team is also well-versed in domestic and cross-border restructuring matters. Senior associate Alena Shubina is also a key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Motrich; Alexander Zyuba

Other key lawyers:

Alena Shubina

Russia > Private client Tier 4

At Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & PartnersMikhail Motrich and Alexander Zyuba take the lead on advising high-net-worth individuals on complex corporate and M&A deals in various sectors of the Russian economy. The team is well placed to handle all stages of complex transactional work, from comprehensive due diligence exercises to drafting and negotiating deal documentation.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Motrich; Alexander Zyuba

Key clients

Marcuard Heritage

Forum Properties

Mangazeya

Merservice

Russia > Energy and natural resources Tier 5

A particular focus on disputes arising in the oil and gas, energy and mining sectors distinguishes the offering at Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners. Away from contentious work, the firm also advises on issues relating to the acquisition of energy and mining assets. Alexander Zyuba and Dmitry Lovyrev are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Zyuba; Dmitry Lovyrev

Testimonials

‘Strong experience in disputes.’

Key clients

Transneft

Ruspetro

Schlumberger

Mangazeya

Gerald Metals

Neftetransservice

Dulisma Oil Company

Kaum Neft (Exillon Energy group)

Cantreva

A-Property

Izurium Capital

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 in the market for its 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 and finance, capital markets, intellectual property, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, shipping, employment, energy and 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 US$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
    Contacts: 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 Fab.com, 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
    Contacts: 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

Antitrust/regulatory:

  • 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 RUB9.7bn. 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
    Contacts: Alexander Zyuba, Mikhail Motritch

TMT:

  • 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
    Contacts: Yuri Monastyrsky, Dmitry Lovyrev, Dmitry Mukhomorov, Anton Aleksandrov

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution
Corporate
Mergers and acquisitions
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Intellectual property
Real estate
Insolvency
Employment
Energy and natural resources
TMT
Antitrust
Tax
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,…
Number of lawyers : 39
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