Mr Victor Naumov > Dentons > St Petersburg, Russia > Lawyer Profile

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Dentons' Russian IP, IT and Telecommunications Practice


Victor Naumov has been advising government authorities and leading Russian and global companies for more than 23 years on a wide range of legal issues, including intellectual property protection and the management of intangible assets; regulation of Internet and e-commerce; IT and data security; regulation of video games, mass media and telecommunications, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, Legal Tech, Big Data, Fintech, 3D printing, robotics and quantum technologies. He also has unique experience providing legal support and successfully settling IT, IP, telecommunications, media and Internet litigation.

As part of implementing the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation program (ANO Digital Economy), Victor is a member of the main Statutory Regulation working group and also heads the Cyber-Physical Systems working group (an expert community at the Statutory Regulation competency center operating at Skolkovo Foundation). He is a member of the Russian Federation State Duma Expert Council on the Digital Economy and Blockchain Technologies under the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship. He is also a member of the Federal Antimonopoly Service Advisory Board on Competition in Information Technology. Since 1999, Victor has participated actively in developing processes for business to regulate itself, in the development of draft legislation on IP, innovation, the Internet and the “new economy.” He is the author of the Recommendations for E-Commerce in the Russian Federation (2000), the CIS’ first Recommendations for E-Commerce for the Committee on Economic Policy and Entrepreneurship of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (2001), Organizational and Legal Recommendations on the Presentation of a Russian Federation Government and Administrative Authority Website (2003), co-author of the Concept for Using IT Technologies and E-Documents in the Activities of the Commercial (Arbitrazh) Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region (2006). Victor’s most recent initiatives include the creation of the first robotics draft law in Russia—commissioned by Grishin Robotics—and the development of the draft of the world’s first international robotics convention, the Model Convention on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence commissioned by Skolkovo Foundation. The Convention is a major study unique for Russia and devoted to the development of legislation on robotics and cyberphysical systems. Victor has also prepared a unique international study to identify the scope of information covered, respectively, by banking secrecy, communication secrecy, doctor-patient confidentiality, trade secrets and other types of secrecy, and how to transfer them to third parties. The team led by Victor participated in creating a knowledge management system implemented by Rosatom State Corporation. In June 2017 Dentons and Rosatom co-founded a unique consortium whose participants act as joint experts, provide information support and popularize the culture of knowledge management. Also, under Victor’s leadership, Dentons lawyers were the first in Russia to develop a concept for regulating the Internet of Things and continue to work in this area, handling this topic in the Association of the Internet of Things. In October 2018 Victor initiated the opening of—and became the curator of—a unique subdivision, the Dentons Russia Legal Innovations Laboratory. The Laboratory is oriented toward developing and implementing innovative technologies in the legal field.

Victor Naumov is a co-author of the first online course in Russia on Internet regulation in Russia (Coursera Open Education platform). Victor was awarded a St. Petersburg Government prize for outstanding achievements in higher education (in 2018). He is a senior researcher of the information law and global information security sector of the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISL RAS) and an associate professor of the St. Petersburg State University, where he lectures in the Economics and Law Faculties. In 2004 he received a state medal for the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg for his academic work, and in 2007 he received a state medal for his contribution to the computerization of society in Russia. He is the holder of the Justice law award for achievements in developing the practice of law (in 2017). He has received two grants from the Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research (RFFI) to conduct: (1) integrated research of the legal and ethical aspects of developing and using artificial intelligence and robotics systems and (2) research of conceptual approaches to shaping a system for the legal regulation of information security considering the major challenges in a global information society (in 2018). Victor is the creator and leader of the Preserved Culture project which has released more than 30 books and DVDs and three documentary films on various cultural heritage sites of the country and cultural and educational figures.

Victor authored the first monographs in Russia and the CIS on the legal regulation of the Internet and telemedicine (in 2002). He won the Rambler search engine’s “Person of the Year 2002” competition in the Legislation category (in 2003). Since 2010 he has been top ranked by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Kommersant and Managing IP in IP and IT in Russia.


• Partner, Head of the Russia IP, IT and Telecommunications practice, Dentons, St. Petersburg (2019present)
• Managing Partner, Head of the Russia IP, IT and Telecommunications practice, Dentons, St. Petersburg (20122019)
• Partner, Head of the Russia IP/ IT/ Telecommunications practice, Salans, St. Petersburg (2008–2012)
• Partner, Beiten Burkhardt, St. Petersburg (2006–2008)
• Senior Associate, Head of the IP/ IT/ Telecommunications Group, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, St. Petersburg (2005–2006)
• Manager, Head of IP/ IT Litigation Group, Ernst & Young, St. Petersburg (2003–2005)
• Private law practice and research at the St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS) (2003)
• Lawyer, Tetris (Russia’s first Internet café), Dux Internet provider (1997–1999)
• Economist, Military Insurance Company OJSC, St. Petersburg branch (1997–1998)


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• Expert of the Statutory Regulation competency center and working group and head of the Cyber-Physical Systems working group as part of implementing the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation program, 2017–present
• Member, The Federal Antimonopoly Service Advisory Board on Competition in Information Technology
• Member of the Russian Federation State Duma Expert Council on the Digital Economy and Blockchain Technologies under the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship
• Member of the Legal Committee of the Coordination Center for TLD RU
• Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an international non-profit association of engineering professionals
• Senior Researcher of the information law and global information security sector of the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences
• Associate professor of the St. Petersburg State University information systems department. Lectures on “IT in Jurisprudence,” “Information Law” and “IT Law”
• Director of the Digital Regional Development sector of the Urban Studies and Cyberanthropology scientific-educational center at Pushkin Leningrad State University
• Member of the Board of the Interregional Division, Association of Lawyers of the Russian Federation (ALRF) for St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region
• Head of the legal group at the Association of the Internet of Things, 2018–present
• Expert of the Russian committee of the UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP), 2003–present
• Expert of the Partnership for Development of an Information Society in Northwest Russia steering group, 2003–2005


• Ural State University, 2003, PhD in Law, dissertation entitled “Regulation of Distribution of Information on the Internet”
• St. Petersburg State University, 1997, Law Degree
• St. Petersburg State University, 1996, Applied Mathematics Degree
• St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University, 1994, Electrical Engineering Degree
• Physics and Mathematics School No. 30, Leningrad

Lawyer Rankings

Russia > TMT

(Leading individuals)

Victor NaumovDentons

Each specialist has their own set of competencies‘ at Dentons, ensuring that experts are always available to advise on the most cutting-edge issues relating to technology, including big data, smart cities, AI and cryptocurrency. The firm is also noted for its involvement with the creation of regulatory frameworks, and its ability to ‘offer new solutions and proposals for changing legislation‘; Denis Saveliev recently joined the group as head of the legal innovations laboratory. Another new addition is senior associate Philipp Dubovik, formerly of KPMG in Russia and the CISVladislav Arkhipov, Georgy Pchelintsev and practice head Victor Naumov are the other core names to note.

Russia > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Victor NaumovDentons

With notable practitioners split across two offices, Dentons offers local and global clients highly specialised advice on copyright, patent and trade mark protection and litigation. Denis Voevodin, who also acts as the head of the European intellectual property and technology practice, takes the lead in Moscow, while Victor Naumov, who oversees Russian IP, IT and telecoms work, is the key contact in St. Petersburg. Counsel Vladislav Arkhipov is also recommended. The team was further strengthened by the recent arrival of ‘terrific‘ counsel Irina Stepanova and senior associate Philipp Dubovik from Baker Botts L.L.P. and KPMG in Russia and the CIS, respectively.

Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation

The ‘very strong dispute resolution practice’ at Dentons is split between the offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg, respectively led by department co-heads Roman Zaitsev and Mikhail Ivanov. The group is ‘well known for its success rate in handling disputes’; it has a particular emphasis on assisting large domestic and international clients with contentious bankruptcy, contractual and real estate issues. The team in St. Petersburg has extensive experience in IT litigation, an area where Victor Naumov has a stellar reputation. Counsel Maria Mikheyenkova is noted for her credentials in procedural law.

Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere

Dentons assists multiple blue-chip clients with domestic and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions in sectors of traditional strength for the team including the pharmaceuticals and IT industries; additional areas of focus include labour and competition law issues. Practice head Evgenia Teterevkova is ‘a really knowledgeable, experienced partner, who is committed to her clients’, while counsel Sergey Fedorov is adept at handling currency control and customs issues. Clients also recommend managing partner Victor Naumov for issues at the intersection of corporate and IP law.