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Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners


Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners - Moscow
  • 3/1 Novinsky Boulevard
  • Moscow
  • Moscow
  • Russia
  • 121099
  • Managing Partner: Alexander Zyuba
  • Number of partners: 7
  • Number of lawyers: 32
  • Languages: English, Russian

Firm Overview:
Formed 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 including corporate/M&A, banking and finance, employment, intellectual property, TMT, tax and antitrust.

Main Areas of Practice:
Dispute Resolution:
■Representation of IKEA in nearly all disputes for the past years, including one against local electricity suppliers group with over US$1b at stake
■Representation of Gazprom in a US$500m dispute with Rosgazificatsia relating to allegedly wrongful crediting of Gazprom shares from a share registry account by the registrar
■Representation of Norilsk Nickel in corporate litigation with Rusal as well as disputes with the Russian Subsoil Agency on mining licenses covering two largest platinum deposits
■Representation of Rostelecom on a number of disputes with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service over alleged abuse of client’s dominant position
■Representation of Weather Investments II in a US$3 billion Vympelcom shareholders’ dispute with the involvement of Russian antitrust authorities
■Representation of minority shareholders of Saratov Oil Refinery in the case against TNK-BP, suing for multi-million dollar losses caused by unfair intra-group dealings
■Representation of FSK UES in a number of disputes with large consumers
■Representation of Uralvagonzavod in tort, antitrust, IP and construction-related litigation
■The number of matters that MZS worked on in the last 12 months exceeds 100 and their aggregate value is over US$20b
Contact: Yuri Monastyrsky, Dmitry Lovyrev, Dmitry Mukhomorov, Anton Aleksandrov

■Advising Izurium Capital, a private equity fund, on a number of cross-border acquisitions, including the purchase of mining businesses in Russia, Congo and Canada; investment in Fab. com, a US designer company; purchase of a controlling stake in Dynacast International
■Acquisition by Uralvagonzavod of several heavy industry businesses throughout Russia, including Chelyabinsk Tractor Factory - Uraltrack
■Counsel to Gazprom subsidiaries in respect of contemplated acquisition of TGK-7, an energy producing monopoly in the Volga area, Russia, and the planned joint venture with Integrated Energy Systems and the transaction with Inter RAO UES in respect of a power plant construction in Kaliningrad, Russia
Contact: Alexander Zyuba, Mikhail Motritch

Capital Markets / Banking & 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
■Advising major Russian telecoms: Uralsvyazinform, CenterTelecom, Dalsvyaz, Volgatelecom etc. on obtaining CLN-backed loan financing from international bank consortiums
Contact: Vladimir Khrenov

■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
■Representation of Uralvagonzavod in antitrust proceedings related to a public tender
Contact: Alexander Zyuba, Mikhail Motritch

■Advice to Rostelecom, Russia’s largest fixed-line operator, on the acquisition of a number of regional telecoms throughout the country
■Advice to the sellers on the contemplated sale of the largest mobile telecom operator in Tajikistan
■Advice to Nokia Siemens Networks in respect of setting up an IT joint venture in Tomsk, Russia
■Assisting a Rostechnologies’ subsidiary with setting up an IT joint venture in Russia with Alcatel-Lucent
Contact: Alexander Zyuba

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

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • TMT


  • 3/1 Novinsky Boulevard,
  • Moscow,
  • Russia
  • 121099
  • Tel +7 495 231 4222
  • Fax +7 495 231 4223
  • Website : www.mzs.ru