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TMT — Russia


Baker McKenzie - TMT Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding team acting on a vast range of matters, including regulatory issues and transactions. Has a strong track record in contentious cases, particularly in relation to regulatory disputes, and advises on regulatory compliance investigations. Covers a wide range of issues related to data protection and retention, including matters concerning new technologies. Acts for blue-chip global technology, media and telecoms clients. Benefits from its global reach, co-operating with London and Silicon Valley offices in cross-border matters.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's experience as a key strength, with one explaining how that translates into practical advice: "They succeeded in guiding us through a crisis successfully." Another source confirms: "They are very understanding and co-operative, knowing what we want and why; they understand our business."

Clients also appreciate the firm's cross-border capabilities. One explains: "If the matter involves Russia or a couple of CIS countries, we prefer them, they're our first choice."

Work highlights Advised Condé Nast on the restructuring of its media business in compliance with new Russian regulatory rules.

Assisted a significant Russian online/offline retailer with launching and e-commerce platform based on an unusual business model.

Notable practitioners

Edward Bekeschenko advises international technology clients on a range of regulatory compliance matters in Russia, including data privacy issues. He is also an accomplished litigator and represents clients in contentious mandates.

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

Baker McKenzie TMT Practice's clients are very often at the forefront of their industries and advising them in areas of innovative technology means our team is involved in some of the most challenging and interesting projects that exist in the IT law space (such as virtual reality, many Google initiatives, space exploration-related work, etc.). We provide a full range of legal services to our TMT clients, (including day-to-day corporate compliance, regulatory and transactional issues, launch of cutting-edge products on the Russian market, and comprehensive M&A and joint venture transactions or precedent-setting litigation in Russian courts). Our IT/C team has a very close working relationship with IP, Commercial, Employment and Dispute Resolution lawyers, together with other specialists in regulated industries such as life sciences and financial services.  This, coupled with our global reach, means that we are uniquely placed to provide pragmatic and comprehensive advice to our clients across different industries and jurisdictions. In the privacy/data protection arena, our lawyers take an active role in several industry initiatives and committees designed to help the Russian Government regulate the sector and, among other things, to fine-tune Russian personal data and tax laws.

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Dentons - TMT Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for This combined St Petersburg-Moscow team leads the market in relation to high-stakes and complex IP/IT disputes, representing notable internet and social media companies. Offers broad-ranging regulatory assistance and is often instructed on matters relating to data protection and privacy, including contentious cases. Clients include global internet companies as well as gaming and software companies.

Strengths Clients applaud the team's extensive experience in the area, which translates into strong understanding of the TMT business and the related technical details.

The team's long bench of specialists is another key strength. One source explains: "They can handle quite large work in a short time."

Notable practitioners

Victor Naumov is particularly highly recognised for his in-depth knowledge of the regulatory issues relating to the TMT sector as well as a solid track record in highlight contentious cases relating to technology, social media and e-gaming companies. "He knows how to support a client, how to do it quickly and effectively, and how to get things co-ordinated and done," a source reports, while another interviewee adds: "He is not just a lawyer, but he understands the IT business. It's easy to speak with him, he has the insight of our market."

Georgy Pchelintsev is an increasingly visible partner in the area, acting on transactional mandates.

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Hogan Lovells (CIS) - TMT Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leading media-focused team acting for an enviable selection of blue-chip international media corporates. Also assists technology companies. Advises on regulatory matters, including data protection issues, as well as business restructuring and transactions. Strong in IP-related disputes.

Strengths The team offers valuable market insight and flexibility in difficult situations. One source enthuses: "They provide quick and precise work and know market practice as well."

Sources note the team's client-oriented approach to mandates, with one interviewee explaining: "We always need it very quickly and they always do it on time and adjust to our demanding deadlines."

Work highlights Advised Discovery Communications, which in a joint venture with National Media Group acquired Turner Kids and Turner Info from Turner Broadcasting System.

Notable practitioners

Natalia Gulyaeva is a market-leading IP lawyer, with extensive experience in dealing with TMT matters. She advises a broad range of international technology and media giants on Russian data privacy regulatory issues. She also represents significant international media corporates in transactional mandates. One impressed source highlights her "great experience and good knowledge of the industry."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - TMT Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded transactional team with a strong track record in representing Russian telecoms giants in a variety of deals, including M&A and joint ventures. Increasingly active in transactions involving internet companies. Also regularly acts for private equity clients investing in the industry sector. Closely co-operates with the London office.

Strengths Clients recognise the specialised practical insight the team offers. One source notes: "Understanding of telecom-related regulatory and other specific legal issues is relatively rare among law firms. Akin Gump's team have done a good number of deals in this sector, so they have this understanding."

Work highlights Acted for USM Holdings on the USD740 million sale of its shares of Mail.Ru Group to MegaFon.

Represented Trivon Communications in the RUB1.7 billion sale of Digit One to Alma Group.

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Kouznetsov focuses on transactional mandates, acting for a variety of clients, including internet and social media companies as well as telecoms corporates. A source describes him as "very efficient and deal-oriented."

Anna Semashko advises Russian blue-chip IT and technology corporates on transactional and compliance mandates. Sources appreciate her "great attention to detail."

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - TMT Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Combined IP/TMT team at a notable Russian firm focusing on advisory assistance to clients from the TMT sector, including compliance and data protection issues. Acts on litigious matters, drawing on the in-depth litigation expertise of the firm. Clients include notable technology companies and mobile services providers. Also assists with film production rights agreements.

Work highlights Successfully represented Yandex in its case against Google where it claimed the company infringed competition rules by pre-installing its own apps, which was brought before the Russian competition authorities as well as the courts.

Notable practitioners

Pavel Sadovsky advises clients on regulatory and compliance issues across the technology, IT and media sectors. He also represents corporates in contentious disputes, including disputes against state bodies as well as commercial disputes within the TMT sector.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - TMT Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised team acting primarily for blue-chip domestic telecoms companies. Assists clients with large-scale M&A, joint ventures and other corporate projects.

Notable practitioners

Yulia Solomakhina is the key client contact.

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CMS - TMT Department

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What the team is known for Offers sound regulatory support, often related to licensing and compliance issues on behalf of telecoms and media clients. Also advises on transactions within the sector as well as disputes. Particularly active of late advising on TV broadcasting issues related to major sporting events.

Strengths Clients consider the regulatory insight of the team as a key strength. One source describes the lawyers as "very technical and aware of new legislation and new rules."

Work highlights Advised Lycamobile on establishing itself as an MVNO operator in Russia.

Notable practitioners

Maxim Boulba advises international techonology and telecoms corporates on Russian regulatory and compliance issues. Sources appreciate his client-oriented approach.

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd - TMT Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Focuses on transactional and commercialisation issues, including technology licensing and rights transfers. Expertise includes regulatory matters. Primarily acts for technology-based businesses, including software developers, online gaming and e-commerce companies. Active in assisting technology start-ups with venture capital as well as further development of business.

Notable practitioners

Michael Malloy is the key client contact for the practice.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - TMT Department

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What the team is known for Well-established media-focused practice, acting for Hollywood studios as well as television and film companies. Also instructed by technology and software companies. Assists with regulatory, data protection and commercial mandates. Additionally, active in transactional mandates.

Strengths Clients highlight the pragmatic approach of the team, with one explaining: "They usually give very practical advice, which we need; they don't just give theoretical advice."

Notable practitioners

Brian Zimbler is a key contact for clients.

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White & Case LLC - TMT Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Transaction-focused practice group noted for representing technology and telecoms companies as well as private equity investors in the industry sector. Also assists with related disputes, including investigations by the Federal Antimonopoly Service. Additionally advises on restructuring issues.

Strengths Sources report the client-oriented approach the team provides. One source notes the lawyers' "24/7 support – they are always on the line and happy to help," while another highlights their "extremely strong work ethics."

Work highlights Acted for Telia, a shareholder in MegaFon, on MegaFon's USD740 million acquisition of a controlling stake in Mail.Ru.

Notable practitioners

Eric Michailov and Nikolay Feoktistov are key contacts for clients.

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Hogan Lovells (CIS)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Natalia Gulyaeva is a market-leading IP lawyer, with extensive experience in dealing with TMT matters. She advises a broad range of international technology and media giants on Russian data privacy regulatory issues. She also represents significant international media corporates in transactional mandates. One impressed source highlights her "great experience and good knowledge of the industry."

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victor Naumov is particularly highly recognised for his in-depth knowledge of the regulatory issues relating to the TMT sector as well as a solid track record in highlight contentious cases relating to technology, social media and e-gaming companies. "He knows how to support a client, how to do it quickly and effectively, and how to get things co-ordinated and done," a source reports, while another interviewee adds: "He is not just a lawyer, but he understands the IT business. It's easy to speak with him, he has the insight of our market."

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Edward Bekeschenko

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Edward Bekeschenko advises international technology clients on a range of regulatory compliance matters in Russia, including data privacy issues. He is also an accomplished litigator and represents clients in contentious mandates.

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Band 2

Vladimir Kouznetsov

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Kouznetsov focuses on transactional mandates, acting for a variety of clients, including internet and social media companies as well as telecoms corporates. A source describes him as "very efficient and deal-oriented."

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King & Spalding

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alla Naglis of King & Spalding specialises in media regulatory and compliance issues. Sources appreciate her business-minded advisory services. "She's very good, very responsive and points out things important to us as a client," a source says. She recently advised Turner Broadcasting System on restructuring of its Russian assets as a result of regulatory changes.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pavel Sadovsky advises clients on regulatory and compliance issues across the technology, IT and media sectors. He also represents corporates in contentious disputes, including disputes against state bodies as well as commercial disputes within the TMT sector.

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Up and Coming

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maxim Boulba advises international techonology and telecoms corporates on Russian regulatory and compliance issues. Sources appreciate his client-oriented approach.

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Up and Coming

Georgy Pchelintsev

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Georgy Pchelintsev is an increasingly visible partner in the area, acting on transactional mandates.

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Up and Coming

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Semashko advises Russian blue-chip IT and technology corporates on transactional and compliance mandates. Sources appreciate her "great attention to detail."

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