Julia Gurieva

Leaders in Law endorses Julia Gurieva as our exclusively recommended Technology Law expert in Russia. If you wish to get in touch with Julia please use the contact information provided above.

Being a multifunctional IP and commercial lawyer, Julia focuses her practice at Hogan Lovells on various IPMT matters, including copyright advice, TMT regulatory advice, transactional work, patent strategy and portfolio management, anti-counterfeit and IP protection advice, advertising regulations, personal data, and know-how protection issues. Before joining Hogan Lovells in 2013, Julia worked in one of the leading Russian law firms, focusing on work for the high-tech producers and IT industry sector.

Having started her professional career with one of the largest worldwide broadcasters, she has extensive experience in the mass media and broadcasting fields. Julia is an attorney-at-law, admitted to practice by the Moscow City Advocates’ Chamber in 2009. Julia is a co-author of the Russian sections of ICLG Telecoms, Media and Internet Laws and Regulations 2014 – 2016. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Higher School of Economics. She is currently giving lectures on IP disputes resolution for the HSE’s LL.B. program.

Awards and recognitions


Intellectual Property
Legal 500 EMEA


Attorney-at-Law, Moscow City Advocates’ Chamber, 2009

Law Degree, The Higher School of Economics, 2007

Representative experience

Advised joint venture between Russian state-owned telecom operator Rostelecom and state-owned media conglomerate VGTRK on structuring and entering Pay TV market in Brazil and Mexico.

Advising leading alumina producer Rusal on patent licensing, know-how protection, transfer, and licensing in international joint venture project; extension of portfolio and development of strategy.

Advising LEGO on various IP matters in Russia including on protection of IP rights on the Internet, domain disputes and anti-counterfeit actions.

Representing Novomatic, leading global gaming company, in criminal proceedings against copyright violators, advising on copyright protection strategy and termination of copyright infringements on the Internet.

Firm Description:

A fast-changing and inter-connected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what we provide. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, our legal solutions are aligned with your business strategy. Our experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives us the market perspective to be your global partner. We believe that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise.

Our team has a wide range of backgrounds. Diversity of backgrounds and experience delivers a broader perspective. Perspectives which ultimately make for more rounded thinking and better answers for you.

Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of our core. We are advocates of justice, equality, and opportunity. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties. Around the world, our people are making a difference through pro bono activities, community investment, and social justice.

Why choose Hogan Lovells?

  • Deep understanding of your issues
  • Straight talking and practical problem solving
  • Strong relationships and a collaborative approach


Andrei Danilov

Leaders in Law endorses Andrei Danilov as our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance Law expert in Russia. If you wish to get in touch with Andrei please use the contact information provided above.

Andrei is a leading member of Moscow’s first generation of internationally trained lawyers and the Managing Partner of Danilov & Partners.

Andrei advises clients on a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, focusing primarily in the area of mergers and acquisitions, as well as on corporate finance, including public and private placement of equity and debt securities, bank financing, strategic partnering and investments, and litigation management. Andrei also counsels clients in connection with general issues of Russian corporate, securities, subsoil, PPP and antimonopoly legislation.

Practice Areas

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Capital Markets Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Andrei has represented:

  • a large Russian private oil company on a US$2.3 billion gas project at Yaraktinskoe oil and gas condensate field, including its cooperation with Toyo Engineering Corporation (Japan) on the construction of an ethylene plant;
  • a Russia-Chinese oil company in connection with pre-sale restructuring, preparation of tender documents, and advice in connection with minority rights in M&A transaction;
  • a major Russian independent oil company on an EPSS (engineering, procurement and site services) agreement with a hi-end producer of helium equipment for the construction of a liquefied helium production facility;
  • a Russian investor group in connection with the project financing of an innovative agricultural complex and distribution center in St Petersburg, Russia;
  • a Russian investor group in connection with the structuring and equity and debt investment into a Vietnamese concern;
  • a major Russian independent oil company on a US$90 million acquisition from a major Russian bank of a distressed real estate asset;
  • a Moscow-based private equity fund on the establishment of a joint venture to build and manage a 20 million ton marine coal terminal in the Russian Far East;
  • a world’s leading provider of technology for oil and gas industry on its acquisition of a stake in a Russian manufacturer of spare parts and drilling rigs;
  • a large Russian private oil company in amending and restating the agreements with a top international investment bank;
  • a party financing Russian manufacturing group in connection with the preparation of transaction documents, equity financing, share transfer and security documents under English and Cypriot law;
  • a large Russian private oil company on a US$800 million project to build a polyethylene production plant; anda Russian public financial company in connection with purchase of a stake in a Russian timber holding.


Firm Description:

Danilov & Partners offers one of the most experienced and dedicated teams of international attorneys qualified to advise under Russian, English, US and Singapore law.

Clients increasingly seek nimble firms that can deliver quality legal advice faster and on a tighter budget than ever before. We created Danilov & Partners in 2014 with this idea in mind. Our ‘Big Law. Flexible Firm’ philosophy is reflected in everything we do. For the D&P team, we pick bright and experienced international attorneys from leading firms. We provide top-notch, big law experience without the hassle of big firm rigidity and bureaucracy. A smaller firm platform allows us to respond quickly to clients’ needs while guaranteeing a high quality service.

In five years since the firm’s inception, we have helped clients successfully complete deals with an aggregate value of over US$20 billion. We have advised on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, blockchain transactions, construction projects and assisted with regulatory/antitrust issues in Russia, USA, Europe, Middle East, South-east Asia and Africa.

Because of our international background, we are able to bridge the gap that often exists between Russian clients and their international counterparties in cross- border transactions.

In addition to foreign law qualified lawyers in our Moscow office, we work closely with leading international law firms.


Maxim Barashev

Leaders in Law endorses Maxim Barashev as our exclusively recommended Investment Law expert in Russia. If you wish to get in touch with Maxim please use the contact information provided above.

Managing partner

Maxim has more than 20 years of experience in legal practice. Maxim mainly advises foreign companies operating in the Russian market. Areas of practice: M&A corporate issues, litigation arising from supply contracts and labour relations, international arbitration in the International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC) at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

Before joining BBNP, he worked for a heavy industry manufacturing company

Expert of OOO Business Russia, Moscow Regional Division
Member of the Association of Lawyers of Russia
Member of New York State Bar Association

  • Expert of All-Russian Organization “Delovaya Rossiya”, Moscow Division
  • Member of the Association of Lawyers of Russia
  • Member of New York State Bar Association
  • Member of American Bar Association
  • Member of International Bar Association
Selective projects
  • Represented KANT, a company selling sports equipment, in court in a dispute with ADIDAS
  • Represented WEBORAMA web-project in court in a dispute with Gala Records
  • Represented Man and the Law magazine in court in a dispute with ZAO Ostankino TV Company
  • Represented a Czech bank in court in a bankruptcy case of OAO Volgotanker, Oil Tanker Shipping Company
  • Represented Rostselmash in the court of Bergamo, Italy
  • Represented a Russian construction company in court in a dispute with SBARRO
  • Represented a Russian tour operator in court in a dispute with Krasnoyarsk Airlines
  • Advised CISCO’s top executive on labour disputes
  • Supported a multi-billion M&A transaction of TOMKINS Group in Russia
  • Advised the sponsors of the exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Marlene Dietrich which was held in Tsaritsyno Museum in Moscow
  • Advised Barry Callebaut on energy issues
  • Advised Tekfen on the construction of a gas pipeline in Russia
  • Advised DAMIANI on corporate issues and Russian labour law

Maxim Barashev holds a master’s degree from Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN)

He completed postgraduate studies at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN)

Lectured Arbitration Process and Bankruptcy at Lomonosov Moscow State University

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Practice & M&A
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration and Investment projects
Foreign Languages


Selective publications
  • 2020 Rossiyskaya gazeta: Illegal dismissals. How to protest. Legal comment
  • 2019 Isn’t It Time Yet to Split the Business of Facebook and Other Internet Monsters? Executive.ru
  • 2019 Dangerous Terms & Conditions in Contracts. Generalniy Director (General Director)
  • 2019 Italian Comeback. Expert, Issue 23(1122)
  • 2014 Who to Get the File Cabinet of the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation? Yurist Speshit Na Pomoshch (Lawyer to the Rescue), Issue 3/2014
  • 2013 How to Protect Business Owners? finam.info
  • 2012 Legal Due Diligence in Startup Projects. Master class at Skolkovo Moscow School of Management
  • 2011 Acceptance and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Courts’ Awards in Russia. Overview and Problems. International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • 2011 RIA Novosti: Russian Legal Information Agency, comment on the prosecution of VKontakte users
  • 2011 RIA Novosti: Russian Legal Information Agency, comment on the prospects of the Yukos case
  • 2010 RIA Novosti: Russian Legal Information Agency, comment on the case to recover damages in the amount of 7.567 billion roubles from Astrel Publishing House (AST Publishing Group) in favour of Terra Publishing House
  • 2010 NEWSINFO.RU, comment on the prospects of the US court case on handing over the Schneerson library to the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch group
  • 2009 International Property Management Planning for U.S. Citizens: Thomson Reuters Integrated Approach. Estate Planning, Co-Author
  • 2008 Corruption: Revisiting the Concept and Combating It. Modern Law Journal, Issue 2 (1) 2008
  • 2008 Russia’s Business Environment Ltd., a collection of articles. The articles cover legal aspects of doing business in Russia and the problems of legal regulation of various business sectors. GMB Publishing
  • 2007 Protection of the Rights of Foreign Investors in Russia’s Energy Sector Through International Arbitration. Co-author. Predstavitelnaya Vlast (Representative Authority), 2007 Issue 5 (78)

Firm Description:

BBNP law firm is a Russian law firm with an office in Moscow and a wide network of partner law firms in Russia & CIS. It was organized in 1999.

Today, BBNP is comprised of highly experienced lawyers qualified to practice law in Russia. We are known as a competitive fees law firm with a high level quality.

– Company formation & legal business support
– Corporate. Business law
– Employment issues: resignation, dismissal, hiring of General Director, Managers, Accountants
– IP : registration & protection
– Accounting and tax outsourcing
– Dispute resolution (Litigation)
– Liquidation
– Legal Opinions & Memorandums
– M&A. Sale and Purchase business, real estate, transactions support

We successfully work with foreign companies in Russia as legal and tax advisers. Our monthly basis legal and accounting support helps to keep businesses in good standing.

We realize that our clients’ Russian legal relationships can be specific, and at the same time often difficult to foresee at the outset. We have been very successful in this regard on behalf of our various clients.

BBNP has extensive experience in successfully assisting clients with their broad spectrum of corporate legal requirements, however complicated those might be. Specifically, our lawyers have broad experience in business formation, corporate structures advising, joint-ventures, M&A, as well as general corporate counseling.

Our lawyers’ experience enables us successfully to support transactions, provide advice relating to foreign trade contracts, employment issues, Director dismissals, intellectual property rights, to propose optimized Russian tax strategies and structures for businesses, to perform bankruptcy procedures, and to recover (via litigation or settlement) damages.


Natalya V. Morozova

Natalya V. Morozova is the Managing Partner of the Moscow office. She joined Vinson & Elkins in 1991, when the firm opened its Moscow office, and became a partner in 2000. She has extensive experience in, and has worked on, a significant number of complex international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, securities, general corporate practice, and other corporate and project development transactions, principally focused on the energy/natural resources sector.

Her practice has involved many of the high-profile issues shaping Russia’s corporate environment in recent years, including protection of minority shareholders, creating joint ventures, and structuring corporate relationships between Russian and non-Russian shareholders. She has recently worked on significant projects involving Russia-destined joint ventures of major Chinese companies, including oil and gas upstream, mining, and petrochemical projects.

Firm Overview:

Vinson & Elkins LLP is an international law firm with approximately 700 lawyers worldwide headquartered in the First City Tower in Downtown Houston, Texas. Vault’s 2018 and 2019 rankings placed V&E as the most prestigious firm in Texas and the #1 firm in the U.S. for Energy, Oil and Gas Law.

Alexey V. Kiyashko

Leaders in Law endorses Alexey Kiyashko as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Russia. If you wish to get in touch with Alexey please use the contact information provided above.

Alexey Kiyashko has practiced law in Skadden’s Moscow, New York and Paris offices and is currently a co-head of the Moscow office.

Firm Overview:

With 22 offices, more than 1,700 attorneys and 50-plus practice areas, Skadden advises businesses, financial institutions and governmental entities around the world on their most complex, high-profile matters, providing the guidance they need to compete in today’s business environment.

Dmitry Romanenko

Leaders in Law endorses Dmitry Romanenko as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law and Litigation Law expert in Russia. If you wish to get in touch with Dmitry please use the contact information provided above.

CDR Litigation Boutique specializes in business formation in Russia. We provide a full range of legal services including but not limited to company registration (LLC, JSC), obtain licenses, prepare agreements, open bank accounts, lease commercial office space; prepare labour contracts; develop your taxation scheme; rent a land for your company; prepare accounting reports; prepare SHA; provide counsel for business start-ups; create joint venture company; make Due Diligence procedure; and start arbitration or commercial litigation.

Licensed advocates will help you:

– register your company (LLC, JSC) in Russia;

– win arbitration or commercial litigation case;

– start and finish criminal case; – get any licences you need;

– prepare any agreements you need;

– open bank account;

– rent your company office;

– prepare labour contracts;

– get work permit;

– get temporary residence permit;

– choose your taxation scheme;

– rent a land for your company;

– prepare accounting reports;

– prepare SHA;

– create joint venture company;

– make Due Diligence procedure;

– buy commodities;

– find partners;

– find staff;

– company formation in Russia

Year this Office was Established: 2009

Languages: Russian, English


Eugene Arievich

Leaders in Law endorses Eugene A. Arievich as our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Russia. If you wish to get in touch with Eugene please use the contact information provided above.

Eugene A. Arievich heads the Firm’s CIS Intellectual Property Practice Group. He is ranked as a leading individual by PLC Which Lawyer? 2009, and has been described by Chambers Global 2009 as a “leading IP specialist with a wealth of experience.”

Mr. Arievich is a member of the INTA Dilution & Well-Known Marks Committee, and has previously served on the INTA Board of Directors. Additionally, he represents Russia on the Advisory Board of World Intellectual Property Report and acts as co-counsel to the Coalition for Intellectual Property Rights. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie in 1996, Mr. Arievich served as a partner in a USSR/Russian IP firm which he co-founded in 1988.

Mr. Arievich’s practice encompasses each area of IP law throughout the CIS, with a special emphasis on all aspects of trademark protection. His practice also includes litigation and enforcement in trademark, patent, copyright and other IP-related matters.

Firm Description

Baker & McKenzie defined the global law firm in the 20th century, and we are redefining it to meet the challenges of the global economy in the 21st .

We bring to matters the instinctively global perspective and deep market knowledge and insights of more than 4,000 locally admitted lawyers in 74 offices worldwide. We have a distinctive global way of thinking, working and behaving – “fluency” – across borders, issues and practices.

We understand the challenges of the global economy because we have been at the forefront of its evolution. Since 1949, we have advised leading corporations on the issues of today’s integrated world market. We have cultivated the culture, commercial pragmatism and technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver world-class service tailored to the preferences of world-class clients worldwide.

Ours is a passionately collaborative community of 60 nationalities. We have the deep roots and knowledge of the language and culture of business required to address the nuances of local markets worldwide. And our culture of friendship and broad scope of practice enable us to navigate complexity across issues, practices and borders with ease.

In an increasingly competitive and globalized marketplace, your brand helps define your business, speaks to your clients and sets you apart. Protect your trademarks, optimize your brand value, and secure your brand identity across product and service lines through our strategic trademark protection and worldwide portfolio management services.

With Baker & McKenzie centrally managing your global trademark portfolio, you have access to:

  • a truly global network of trademark prosecution practitioners with proven experience and extensive know-how in even the most challenging jurisdictions;
  • a sophisticated system that can be tailored to your needs and a dedicated in-house IP support center — both at no cost to you;
  • practical fixed fee pricing for a large number of trademark services to help manage your budget; and
  • a single point of contact — we manage your trademark agent network and make sure all trademark records are up-to-date.


Alexey Aronov

Leaders in Law endorses Alexey Aronov as our exclusively recommended Life Sciences Law expert in Russia. If you wish to get in touch with Alexey please use the contact information provided above.

Alexey Aronov’s area of focus is customs law and he deals with a wide range of customs issues including valuations, disputes, classifications, tariffs, IP protection and exemptions, including issues which arise when structuring a transaction.

He regularly acts for clients before customs authorities in relation to proving initially declared customs values which have been rejected by the customs authorities. He has advised a number of manufacturers on the import of production equipment, obtaining customs classification under a single tariff code, achieving zero customs duty and VAT relief.

Alexey also advises clients on the development of supply chains, including spare parts delivery related to production equipment.

He has also successfully represented numerous clients in administrative disputes and appeals to customs authorities in relation to a wide range of customs matters.

Firm Overview:

As the legal matters confronting our life science clients are varied, so are the skill sets we employ. DLA Piper’s life sciences team comprises lawyers with legal, scientific and medical knowledge who understand the complexity of the business and regulatory environments in which our clients operate.

The challenges facing today’s biotechnology and medical device companies are greater than ever. For companies to take promising therapies from the laboratory to the market, they must protect those therapies from IP, regulatory and reputational risks. Furthermore, the last few years have seen increasing pressure from many sides: demand for greater shareholder return, loss of key revenue streams due to patent expiration or generic challenges, fierce competition in key therapeutic areas, pricing pressures from health care payors, increased government regulation beyond core safety issues, rising costs of R&D, challenges in maximizing return in emerging markets and aggressive government enforcement action.

Our life sciences sector team is one of the largest and most active of any law firm. Operating as one team across more than 30 jurisdictions, we combine subject matter experience with considerable knowledge of the sector, including the scientific, medical, regulatory, commercial and enforcement environments facing our biopharmaceutical, medical device, research and diagnostics clients.


Sergei Volfson

Sergei Volfson’s practice focuses on complex multijurisdictional litigation and arbitration. He has significant experience representing U.S., European, and Russian companies in international litigation and arbitration proceedings in Russia and other jurisdictions, including banking, securities, corporate, commercial, insurance, tax, competition, product liability, and employment matters. Sergei also has represented clients in numerous administrative proceedings, civil and criminal investigations, and internal compliance matters.


Represented a multinational software corporation in Russian court in a €30 million dispute with its Russian customer.

Represented a leading global consumer goods manufacturer in several IP litigation matters in Russian courts.

Represented creditors in bankruptcy proceedings of a Russian airline.

Represented a Swiss company in Russian court proceedings in enforcement of an arbitral award rendered by the International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Represented a Russian brewery company in IP litigation in Russia against a Russian subsidiary of the global brewery group.

Represented a JV oil & gas exploration company in litigation with Russian Federal Ministry of Emergency Situations.

Represented a Japanese car manufacturer in tax litigation in Russia.

Represented European pharmaceutical manufacturer in an inquiry initiated by Russian law enforcement authority.

Represented US automotive manufacturer in several inquiries initiated by Russian law enforcement authorities.

Represented US IT company in internal investigation and global compliance review.

Jones Day Moscow:

Jones Day’s Moscow Office opened in 2004, following the Firm’s introduction to the Russian market through our representation of Alfa Group and Access/Renova Group in the formation of TNK-BP, the largest M&A transaction in Russian history at the time.

Today our Moscow Office team combines cross-border transactional capability with in-depth knowledge of Russian law and industry experience in such sectors as oil and gas, telecommunications, financial services, mining and metals, aviation, manufacturing, and retail.  We are fully integrated into our global organization of more than 2,500 lawyers in offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia.  This affords our clients not only a global reach, but also seamless access to substantial legal resources of the Firm’s practices, including Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Disputes, Banking & Finance, Energy, Intellectual Property, Business Restructuring & Reorganization, Antitrust & Competition Law, Private Equity, Real Estate, Tax, and Capital Markets.  A significant number of the Firm’s lawyers assigned to these practices have substantial experience handling matters related to Russia.

Despite the Firm’s relatively recent presence in Moscow, we have been involved in some of the most significant and high profile cross-border M&A, finance, and capital markets transactions in the region.


Ilya Dvorkin

Ilya leads Allen & Overy’s Aircraft Finance practice in Russia and joined the Moscow office in 2008. He is a recognised expert in this field and acts for all of the leading players in the Russian market. He previously spent 18 months in Allen & Overy’s London office as a member of the Structured and Asset Finance team, acting for major lessors and financial institutions on complex cross-border asset finance transactions. Ilya’s practice features a wide range of aircraft financing matters, including pre-delivery payment financings, ECA financings, portfolio sales and leasing, as well as related Russian tax, customs and regulatory issues.

Ilya was the first lawyer to successfully lead the repossession of aircraft from Russia on behalf of an international lessor. Among others, he advised leading international lessors on the KrasAir and KD Avia cases. He also represented major aircraft lessors and banks on their restructurings and on airline bankruptcy cases in Russia.
The current edition of the Legal 500 refers to Ilya as “…one of the best aviation lawyers, if not the best, in the Russian market”. In 2014, as in previous years, Vedomosti named Ilya as the best aviation lawyer in Russia.

Aviation Law Practice:

The aviation sector continues to face a number of challenges.

Increased competition, overcapacity, security concerns, climate-related pressures and rising fuel costs coupled with the increasing consolidation of airlines have had a profound impact on the industry.

Allen & Overy’s Aviation practice has built a world-class reputation advising on many of the industry’s most significant and pivotal transactions. The team comprises leading lawyers who have a thorough understanding of the latest developments in the sector and what this means for clients domestically and internationally.

We provide global coverage to the aviation industry advising across all legal disciplines including workouts and restructurings, mergers and acquisitions (public and private), funding (equity and debt), aircraft portfolio sales and purchases, engine financings, operating leases, privatisations, sales and leasebacks, major fleet purchases, EIB backed financings, export credit backed financings, mergers and acquisitions, U.S. EXIM backed financings, cross-border tax and leveraged leases, receivables, funds and maintenance contracts. We also have aviation specialists in ancillary areas such as real estate, employment and tax who offer commercial advice tailored to the sector.

Our clients include banks, financiers, lessors, lessees, export credit agencies, airlines and manufacturers on the full range of aviation matters.