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Intellectual Property — Russia


Baker McKenzie - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Eugene Arievich, Denis Khabarov
- 4 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding team maintaining its top position in the rankings. Particularly strong on contentious IP matters. Also advises on general commercial trade mark, copyright and patent-related issues. Acts on technology transfer and contract matters, including software rights. Also handles unfair competition cases and assists with registration. Instructed by multinationals with well-known brands in cases across the CIS and beyond, benefiting from its global presence.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's capacity for problem solving, with one interviewee noting: "They come up with some really impressive solutions."

Interviewees note the team's responsiveness: "They give us exactly what we need in a short time," a source says, while another adds: "They work very quickly; they can turn things around in an hour if they need to."

Work highlights Represented Laboratoires Servier in an IP court in challenging a decision by Rospatent not to invalidate KRKA's trade mark BRAVADIN that the client considers confusingly similar to a generic name IVABRADIN.

Advised Mojang Synergies on the successful cancellation proceedings against the registration of MINECRAFT trade mark by a third party.

Significant Clients 3M, Unilever, BAT, LVMH, Microsoft.

Notable practitioners

Stellar practitioner Eugene Arievich stands out for his wealth of IP expertise. "He's the person I always go to first when I have any IP question, we work with him a lot," a client says. He advises on strategic questions relating to the protection of IP assets.

Denis Khabarov acts on contentious and enforcement matters, mostly in relation to trade marks. He has recently represented Yum! Brands in an infringement case brought by Prombusinessgroup that was dismissed by the Supreme Court. "He explains things clearly and calmly," a client says, while another interviewee adds: "He's very practical and he focuses on solving the problem."

Margarita Divina focuses on contractual IP matters and has particular expertise in franchising and licensing agreements. "She's very pragmatic and prompt with a very down-to-earth and practical approach. She knows what we need and what we expect and she can get to the bottom of things," a source says.

Pavel Gorokhov is predominantly involved in trade mark matters, including contentious mandates. A client describes him as "service-minded and very helpful."

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

Baker McKenzie’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in Russia has 4 partners and employs 22 lawyers (including full-time registered trademark and patent attorneys and consultants) in its Moscow and St. Petersburg offices, advising on all aspects of intellectual property management including trademarks, copyright, patents, technology transfer issues and enforcement, due diligence, contractual matters and franchise in Russia, CIS and worldwide.

Our Practice Group has extensive experience in the full range of IP services:

    • trademark, design and patent prosecution and advice;
    • copyright, including software;
    • patent, trademark and copyright litigation;
    • transactional and contractual advice (including franchising and due diligence);
    • customs registration of IP assets and anti-counterfeiting services; and
    • domain name advice and litigation.

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Dentons - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Denis Voevodin and Victor Naumov
- 3 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Joint Moscow-St Petersburg IP team with a strong reputation in high-profile litigation instructions from large technology companies. Experienced in copyright, patent, trade mark, software development and unfair competition issues. Mainly represents clients from the TMT, consumer products and automotive industries. Also acts on IP rights management, including advice to major blue-chip Russian companies. Handles IP rights registration matters.

Strengths Interviewees praise the team's dedication, with one source noting the lawyers' "willingness to take time to understand the needs and objectives of the client and work with them to satisfy those needs." Another interviewee adds: "We appreciate that they are truly eager to go the extra mile and do more for us."

Work highlights Represented Gazprom in an international trade mark prosecution case.

Acted for Volvo Group on several anti-counterfeiting cases in Russian courts.

Significant Clients Kraft Heinz, Coca-Cola, VKontakte, ROSATOM, VK.

Notable practitioners

St Petersburg-based Victor Naumov is particularly well regarded for his experience in contentious IP matters relating to technology. He also assists with such issues as data security, internet regulation and issues arising from e-commerce. "He always looks for the interesting approach and way to solve the problem," a client says, adding: "It's interesting to work with him."

Based in Moscow, Denis Voevodin is a highly visible top-ranked practitioner who acts in an advisory capacity as well as on disputes. He is best known for his expertise in handling trade mark matters, including cases related to anti-counterfeiting. "He's very experienced and he knows the market well," a source says.

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Gowling WLG - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: David Aylen
- 7 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent specialist IP firm, maintaining its reputation as a top-tier practice in Russia. Leading expertise in patent registration and related contentious matters. Also strong in contentious trade mark, domain name and copyright cases, as well as assisting with registration issues. Team boasts particular technical expertise in the life sciences sector. Represents international pharmaceutical, automotive and technology companies, among other clients.

Strengths An interviewee is impressed with the department's attention to clients. "I get explained why things work, how things work; we can get advice, the style is Western and the service is exactly what we need," a client says, summing up: "There is finally a law firm that provides exactly what I'm looking for in Russia."

Notable practitioners

Julianna Tabastajewa is a market-leading IP litigator assisting clients with a variety of IP disputes, including trade mark and copyright issues.

Patent and trade mark attorney Alexander Christophoroff advises on both contentious and non-contentious mandates. He is known for his solid track record of assisting with contentious patent and inventions cases. A market source says he is "capable of handling complex patent and trade mark matters and litigation."

Vladislav Ugryumov is well known for his patent work and handles litigation and prosecution involving patents in Russia and beyond. He focuses particularly on biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. An interviewee confirms he is "highly recommended for pharmaceutical patent disputes."

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Hogan Lovells (CIS) - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Natalia Gulyaeva
- 1 partner
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent team advising on the full range of IP matters. Particularly active in contentious patent and trade mark cases. Also advises on anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition cases and IP portfolio management. Particularly active in the TMT, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. Acts for a client base of blue-chip multinational corporates as well as Russians.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's commercial approach. "They give us very practical advice," a client says, adding: "They're very helpful."

Sources highlight the group's administrative skills: "They're very organised and accurate. They're very easy to work with, very spot on if something is happening and very good at monitoring infringements for us."

Work highlights Represented Bayer in a trade dress infringement dispute against a Russian generic producer.

Advised Mattel on its trade mark portfolio management in Russia, including trade mark licensing agreements.

Significant Clients Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Lego Group, McDonald's, Sony.

Notable practitioners

Natalia Gulyaeva is a market-leading IP practitioner. In addition to an excellent advisory practice, she also handles trade mark and patents disputes. An interviewee says: "She's very good at knowing what we want and the best way to give it to us."

Senior associate Vironika Pilyugina enters the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback and increasing visibility. She assists with the team's IP dispute cases.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Elena Trusova
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known for its strong standing in IP litigation. Also acts on non-contentious matters, including transactional IP, due diligence and advertising issues. Traditionally instructed by global FMCG, media and entertainment clients. The IT sector has been an active area of late, including software rights and domain name litigation.

Strengths Sources appreciate the all-encompassing support. "They do everything they can, they look at everything from every angle. They don't just say what you can and can't do, they show you everything you could do to win a case," a client says.

Interviewees are pleased with the team's ability to take into consideration both "international standards and local realities."

Work highlights Assisted Aveva with the licensing of its software for distribution in Russia.

Advised Fingo on a potential copyright infringement of its technology.

Significant Clients GE, Castorama, Mars, Karo Film Management, Intel.

Notable practitioners

Elena Trusova is particularly well versed in IP disputes. She represents clients in litigation involving copyright and trade marks, unfair competition and internet-related matters. Clients appreciate her thorough approach: "She goes through every detail very closely, she's very involved," a client says, adding: "She can explain everything succinctly."

About the Team (content provided by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP)

Intellectual Property Practice of Goltsblat BLP is a big team represented by both IP litigators and IP advisors / trade mark attorneys with extensive experience in prosecution, consultancy and day-to-day advisory work, pre-trial work and litigation.

We are particularly strong in IP / IT and media litigation (trade marks, patent, copyright, unfair competition, domain name and other IP / IT-related litigations): over the past three years, no IP-related litigation led by our team has been lost (some of the cases resulted in amicable agreements in favour of our clients, while the other cases were won).

Sufficient resources and multi-functional expertise allow us to take on and successfully handle complex, high-stake and rocket science projects / cases that are unprecedented and affect subsequent development of judicial practice.

We are known for our creative approach to handling IP / IT-related matters. We offer a unique methodology of handling court cases resorting to the most state-of-the-art solutions such as court experiments, digital and paper-based presentations, engaging relevant industry experts, etc.

One of the key distinguishing features of Goltsblat BLP is that it has an international IP team working in Moscow, London and other offices. The Global team of IP practice consists of more than 30 lawyers based in London and in Moscow.



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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Pavel Sadovsky
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable team at one of the biggest Russian firms, it is highly regarded for its work on contentious IP cases. Frequently assists local and global clients with trade mark-related disputes. Also experienced in anti-counterfeiting cases and criminal proceedings related to the infringement of IP rights. Advises on general registration as well as transactional IP issues. Active in a range of sectors such as natural resources, TMT, real estate and FMCG among others.

Strengths Sources note the team's approachable and goal-oriented approach. "The team is always trying to come up with the best solution," a source says.

Work highlights Assisted Orange with a dispute related to an early termination of trade mark rights.

Acted for a major metals company on a number of contentious patent-related issues.

Significant Clients Abrau-Dyurso, 2XU, Formula One Management.

Notable practitioners

Pavel Sadovsky is involved in disputes and transactions relating to IP assets and has recently successfully acted on an appeal to Rospatent to register a trade mark for Abrau-Dyurso that included geographical origin. Sources praise his efficiency as well as strong managerial skills. He heads the firm's IP and TMT teams.

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Pepeliaev Group - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Valentina Orlova and Yuri Yahin
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected IP team providing comprehensive legal advice on IP rights management with a focus on commercial and transactional IP. Increasingly active on contentious mandates. Respected for its in-house academic expertise. Clients include notable international brands.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's efficiency as well as its readiness to help with negotiations.

Work highlights Defended Gedeon Richter in a patent cancellation dispute with Teva.

Significant Clients BMW, Evraz, IKEA, Oriflame.

Notable practitioners

Valentina Orlova climbs to the top tier as a result of an impressive track record and very positive market feedback. "She is able to find and take an innovative approach to solve the client's problem," a source says. She is known for her academic background in this area of law and is particularly well respected for her in-depth knowledge of trade marks.

About the Team (content provided by Pepeliaev Group)

Pepeliaev Group has accumulated significant experience in supplying legal services relating to intellectual property (IP) and trademark issues.

The practice is dealing with around 150 projects every year, participating in refining legislation and the law enforcement practice as part of working groups of the Federation Council, the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission, Rospatent, etc. The practice experts developed a specific procedure for using and protecting IP during the organising and staging of the football World Cup 2018 in Russia.
Pepeliaev Group employs a close-knit team of specialists, including patent attorneys, who supply legal services associated with purchasing, disposing of and protecting IP rights.

Main areas of the practice's activity
  • Providing the full range of services in the area of defending client’s rights: from monitoring infringements of client’s rights up to holding responsible persons liable. 
  • Developing strategies for safeguarding, using and protecting intellectual property.
  • Providing support when developing an intellectual property policy for major Russian and foreign companies that do business in Russia: preparing sets of documents, providing advice on how to organise business processes in intellectual property management. ​
  • Also among the practice’s most important activities are: drafting agreements, and taking all steps needed to register agreements with Rospatent, international organisations and foreign patent authorities.

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ALRUD Law Firm - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Maria Ostashenko and Irina Anyukhina

What the team is known for Assists with trade mark applications and industrial design matters as well as domain names. Increasingly active in patent-related matters and in contentious matters. Also assists with compliance and licensing agreements. Represents clients across a range of sectors, including retail, life sciences and technology. Recent experience of advising on internet-related issues.

Work highlights Advised Allergika Pharma on designing and implementing the strategy to protect its baby care brand in Russia.

Defended Roche Bobois against a copyright infringement arising from the sale of counterfeit furniture products.

Significant Clients Aluma, Larry Smith, URBAN KONCEPT, Fitbit, Valenta Pharm.

Notable practitioners

Maria Ostashenko enters the rankings this year as a result of her increasing visibility and positive feedback. She assists with IP rights protection and use, including licensing agreements, as well as representing clients in contentious matters, such as domain name disputes. "She's very good at plotting the way through the difficulties," a source says.

Associate-to-watch Larisa Lysenko joins the rankings as a result of positive market feedback. She advises on patents, trade marks and anti-counterfeiting matters. A source describes her as "pragmatic and commercial."

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd - Intellectual Property Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Michael Malloy
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Known primarily for advising on commercial IP matters, including franchising and licensing agreements. Also assists with trade mark protection and enforcement, anti-counterfeiting and parallel import issues. Active across a wide range of sectors.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the team's attention to clients' business goals, with a client reporting that the lawyers "listened to what we asked them to do."

Work highlights Represented a global automotive company in a number of cases against large parallel importers.

Advised Procter & Gamble on trade mark portfolio management, including prosecution procedures.

Significant Clients Nike, Verizon Communications, Gett, Porsche, Bacardi-Martini.

Notable practitioners

Pavel Arievich assists with both contentious and non-contentious mandates. He has a strong focus on trade marks, and also has experience of handling unfair competition and domain name disputes.

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Noerr - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Viktor Gerbutov and Vyacheslav Khayryuzov

What the team is known for Covers a broad range of contentious matters, including parallel import, unfair competition cases and related litigation. Also supports clients in non-contentious mandates including franchising and licensing agreements as well as registration. Acts for a broad range of European brands active in Russia.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's speedy response, with a client saying: "They have quick turnaround times, they work very quickly."

Work highlights Advised Trend Micro Corporation on software localisation and licensing in Russia.

Represented Shell in several cases in Russian courts against parallel importers of lubricant.

Significant Clients Anywayanyday, G-Star RAW, Sephora, Shell, Terex.

Notable practitioners

Vyacheslav Khayryuzov is a key contact for clients.

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Star Individuals

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stellar practitioner Eugene Arievich stands out for his wealth of IP expertise. "He's the person I always go to first when I have any IP question, we work with him a lot," a client says. He advises on strategic questions relating to the protection of IP assets.

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Hogan Lovells (CIS)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Natalia Gulyaeva is a market-leading IP practitioner. In addition to an excellent advisory practice, she also handles trade mark and patents disputes. An interviewee says: "She's very good at knowing what we want and the best way to give it to us."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

St Petersburg-based Victor Naumov is particularly well regarded for his experience in contentious IP matters relating to technology. He also assists with such issues as data security, internet regulation and issues arising from e-commerce. "He always looks for the interesting approach and way to solve the problem," a client says, adding: "It's interesting to work with him."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Valentina Orlova climbs to the top tier as a result of an impressive track record and very positive market feedback. "She is able to find and take an innovative approach to solve the client's problem," a source says. She is known for her academic background in this area of law and is particularly well respected for her in-depth knowledge of trade marks.

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Band 1

Julianna Tabastajewa

Gowling WLG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julianna Tabastajewa is a market-leading IP litigator assisting clients with a variety of IP disputes, including trade mark and copyright issues.

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Band 1

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Based in Moscow, Denis Voevodin is a highly visible top-ranked practitioner who acts in an advisory capacity as well as on disputes. He is best known for his expertise in handling trade mark matters, including cases related to anti-counterfeiting. "He's very experienced and he knows the market well," a source says.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Denis Khabarov acts on contentious and enforcement matters, mostly in relation to trade marks. He has recently represented Yum! Brands in an infringement case brought by Prombusinessgroup that was dismissed by the Supreme Court. "He explains things clearly and calmly," a client says, while another interviewee adds: "He's very practical and he focuses on solving the problem."

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Band 2

Ekaterina Tilling

Tilling Peters LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ekaterina Tilling of Tilling Peters LLC is described by sources as "a skilful litigator." She is well known for her broad contentious expertise, including royalties recovery, patent litigation and trade mark infringement.

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Margarita Divina focuses on contractual IP matters and has particular expertise in franchising and licensing agreements. "She's very pragmatic and prompt with a very down-to-earth and practical approach. She knows what we need and what we expect and she can get to the bottom of things," a source says.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pavel Sadovsky is involved in disputes and transactions relating to IP assets and has recently successfully acted on an appeal to Rospatent to register a trade mark for Abrau-Dyurso that included geographical origin. Sources praise his efficiency as well as strong managerial skills. He heads the firm's IP and TMT teams.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elena Trusova is particularly well versed in IP disputes. She represents clients in litigation involving copyright and trade marks, unfair competition and internet-related matters. Clients appreciate her thorough approach: "She goes through every detail very closely, she's very involved," a client says, adding: "She can explain everything succinctly."

^ See whole ranking table

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pavel Arievich assists with both contentious and non-contentious mandates. He has a strong focus on trade marks, and also has experience of handling unfair competition and domain name disputes.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Trade mark attorney Anton Bankovskiy of CMS handles disputes before Rospatent. He is active in a range of sectors including life sciences and energy. "He has a practical and commercial approach. He sees the big picture but at the same time is attentive to detail. We are sure that we can always rely on him," a source says.

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Alexander Christophoroff

Gowling WLG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Patent and trade mark attorney Alexander Christophoroff advises on both contentious and non-contentious mandates. He is known for his solid track record of assisting with contentious patent and inventions cases. A market source says he is "capable of handling complex patent and trade mark matters and litigation."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pavel Gorokhov is predominantly involved in trade mark matters, including contentious mandates. A client describes him as "service-minded and very helpful."

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Konstantin Suvorov

KOSENKOV & SUVOROV

From the Chambers Europe guide

Konstantin Suvorov of KOSENKOV & SUVOROV has a broad practice that encompasses various IP concerns. "His contentious experience always shines through," says a source, adding: "He knows not only the academic and theoretical issues, but he's seen it in practice."  He handles contentious matters involving copyright, trade marks, patents and unfair competition.

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Vladislav Ugryumov

Gowling WLG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladislav Ugryumov is well known for his patent work and handles litigation and prosecution involving patents in Russia and beyond. He focuses particularly on biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. An interviewee confirms he is "highly recommended for pharmaceutical patent disputes."

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Up and Coming

ALRUD Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maria Ostashenko enters the rankings this year as a result of her increasing visibility and positive feedback. She assists with IP rights protection and use, including licensing agreements, as well as representing clients in contentious matters, such as domain name disputes. "She's very good at plotting the way through the difficulties," a source says.

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Associates to watch

ALRUD Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate-to-watch Larisa Lysenko joins the rankings as a result of positive market feedback. She advises on patents, trade marks and anti-counterfeiting matters. A source describes her as "pragmatic and commercial."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Vironika Pilyugina

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Vironika Pilyugina enters the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback and increasing visibility. She assists with the team's IP dispute cases.

^ See whole ranking table