Recent Deals

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Nalco Company
Vaclav Harant, General Director for Russia and CIS
"The team of real professionals, each of them capable, when necessary, of providing robust legal support for achieving any business objective."
Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)
Alexander Redkin, Legal Director
"We would like to note the impeccable quality of the services provided to us and the high standard of professionalism demonstrated by the team, together with a profound understanding of our business specifics and strategic mission."
Sibur
Aleksey Nikiforov, Legal Support,
"… a profound understanding of how the Russian energy industry ticks and an impressive track record of energy and infrastructure projects, including with an international footprint."
RusHydro
Dmitry Panchenko, Legal Director
"An undeniable strength of the firm is its high level of competence and the ability to find the best solution to complex legal challenges."
United Metallurgical Company (OMK)
Vladimir Markin, President

Double Data: Open Data processing on the Internet

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
VKontakte filed a claim against our client Double Data to stop it collecting open information posted by users on the VKontakte network since, VKontakte claimed, such collection breached its rights to the database. Our position relied primarily on Double Data software operating like a search engine so no breach of the claimant’s rights was possible. We succeeded in having the IP Court overturn the appeal court’s ruling against our client and remand the case for reconsideration. The case has evolved as one of the most discussed disputes in recent years over use of Big Data and how search engines function.

Prosveshcheniye Publishing House

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Entertainment & Media
Represented Prosveshcheniye publishers in a trade mark litigation, the biggest court case in the history of Russia’s publishing industry, with the compensation totalling RUB 4 bn.

Volga Film

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Entertainment & Media
Represented interests of a distributor of the British film “The Death of Stalin” in a sensational case related to withdrawal by the Ministry of Culture of a distribution certificate for the film.

IFPI/ Sony Music Rus Universal Music Rus and Warner Music UK

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Entertainment & Media
Represented IFPI on behalf of three music majors – Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner Music UK – against the VKontakte social network in suits to defend their neighboring rights to phonograms. The first instance court ordered VKontakte to use digital fingerprinting technology to filter illegal content uploads, which is a unique instance in Russian practice. Amicable settlements with the claimants followed.

The major Russian media company Editorial of Daily Newspaper

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Entertainment & Media
Acting for the major Russian media company Editorial of Daily Newspaper, we have won two high-profile disputes against the biggest online newspaper in Russia – Gazeta.ru, over the trade mark GAZETA.

The Russian FORBES magazine founder (Axel Springer Russia)

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Won a high-profile case for the Russian FORBES magazine founder (Axel Springer Russia) on the claim against it. The claim was a part of informational provocation against FORBES, third parties intentionally placed advertising with incorrect information in FORBES in order to present the situation as an example of FORBES’ and other media’s corruption.

VimpelCom

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Successfully acted for Vimpelcom in court action with Gala Records concerning the alleged infringement of copyright and neighbouring rights as a result of a song by a famous Russian singer (Sergei Shnurov) being used in a TV commercial for our client’s services.

Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia, Warner Music UK

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Entertainment & Media
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.

Ilya Naishuller

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Entertainment & Media
Advised Ilya Naishuller, director, scriptwriter and producer of the Sci-Fi action film Hardcore in relation to a transaction contemplating the sale of rights to the movie to STX Entertainment, a US based global media company. This transaction is one of the largest international deals ever for the Russian film industry.