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WHAT WE DO/ SPECIFIC AREAS OF FOCUS

The lawyers of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, the Russian practice of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, have extensive experience of advising and acting for telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) companies.

Our team of lawyers takes pride in its role as a regular, active and reliable adviser to the companies of TMT sector, prooving the extensive experience in the industry and an in-depth knowledge of telecommunications specifics ranging from corporate and commercial aspects of telecommunications company business to industry-related technical and regulatory issues.

The Legal 500 2019

With its 'in-depth understanding of the specifics of the TMT sector', the team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advises on matters involving cryptocurrencies, innovative payment systems, technology transfer and development.

Our TMT team offers a broad range of legal services for the industry as a whole, including in such areas of business as:

  • digital economy: cryptocurrencies and ICO;
  • communications and information transmission services;
  • financial technology;
  • payment systems;
  • information security;
  • IT;
  • TV programming and TV content development;
  • on-air and digital broadcasting;
  • media.

One of the firm’s advantages distinguishing us from our peers is a strong, diversified team of lawyers focusing on various legal disciplines. Among other things, they have a considerable track record in advising TMT companies and understand the specifics of a particular business. It is specifically this cross-departmental cooperation that enables us to render effective legal services to TMT clients, while at all times retaining a practice-driven approach and offering effective solutions to the challenges faced by businesses. We cover the full range of disciplines in which clients might need legal support implying excellent knowledge of sector specifics: financing, licensing, compliance, litigation, competition and employment, with a special focus on Corporate / M&A and IP legal support.

Chambers Europe 2019

One impressed source highlights the team for its "client-oriented and practical approach to solving problems and willingness to help at any time," before going on to note: "This team is distinguished by the depth of their understanding of our business and the effectiveness of the solutions offered to us."

Client base provides us with a solid understanding of the marketplace and the key issues that might arise.

Our aim is to provide excellent legal services to our clients on an on-going basis and, in the vast majority of cases, we are successful in building strong, long-term relations with them.


Clients:

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  • Intel
  • Philips
  • MasterCard Member Association
  • Rambler
  • VimpelCom
  • Skolkovo
  • RUSNANO
  • Pioneer Rus
  • Panasonic
  • Nokia Networks
  • NIS GLONASS
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • McAfee
  • InduSoft
  • Dell
  • Cisco Capital CIS
  • Samsung Electronics Rus

Experience

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McAfee/Intel

Advised McAfee/ Intel in relation to the USD 389 m acquisition of StoneSoft, a Finland-based leading innovator in the next-generation network firewall products.

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)

Advised PJSC MTS, the leading telecommunications provider in Russia, on its acquisition of a controlling stake (50.82%) in the Russian retail software developer Oblachny Retail LLC operating under the LiteBox brand.

Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia, Warner Music UK

We represented IFPI on behalf of three music majors on suits to defend their neighbouring rights to phonograms against the VKontakte social network due to mass-scale infringements of their rights by VKontakte.

Autodesk Inc.

Advised Autodesk Inc. on the acquisition of SeeControl Inc., including comprehensive IP support in relation to software made in Russia and its impact on the transaction structure and documents.

Fasten

Advised Fasten (owner of Saturn and RedTaxi brands), a major player on the taxi aggregator market in Russia, on its merger with RuTaxi (Vezyet / Везет and Leader / Лидер brands).

MasterCard Members Association

Advised MasterCard Members Association on launching an innovative service on the Russian market: simultaneous cash-out with POS payment by bank card at shop tills.

Open Mobile Platform-DC/ RUSINTECH

Advised Open Mobile Platform-DC and RUSINTECH on sale of 75% in Open Mobile Platform and Votron to Rostelecom, which through this transaction gains control over the developer of Sailfish OS and Sailfish Mobile OS RUS.

VimpelCom

Acted for VimpelCom in a dispute with the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service of Russia over accusations of concerted actions on the part of mobile communications operators.

Da Vinci Capital Management

Advised Da Vinci Capital on $55m subscription for “Gram” tokens during second round of ICO of the Telegram Group - one of the world’s most popular messenger apps. TON (Telegram Open Network) is the largest ICO in the history of cryptocurrencies and the most hyped ICO of 2018. TON Whitepaper states that 84 percent of blockchain-based projects have an active Telegram community, more than all other chat applications combined.

Intel Capital

Advised Intel on an international deal – acquisition of Soft Machines Inc, involved in licensing and joint development of products for the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile telecommunications and cloud computing.

Intel Capital

Advised Intel on an international transaction to acquire Itseez Inc., a provider of computer vision software solutions.

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