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Dentons’ international reputation for having a high level of media law expertise is upheld in Russia, where the firm advises on multiple cases. The team advises broadcasters, entertainments companies, conglomerates and online media businesses. In representative work, lawyers assisted with the launch of a television channel, distribution of advertising and related regulations. The team also routinely advises on privacy regulation.  


Hogan Lovells is a leading choice among media clients. The firm’s areas of practice cover all aspects of media, with a particular emphasis on television, radio broadcasting, social network operators and gaming. The firm’s media activity includes advice on restructuring, regulation licensing and data protection. The firm acts for high profile clients, local and international.


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has rapidly established a position among Russia’s leading firms. The team acts for print publishers, entertainment companies and film studios. The firm has notable experience advising on television and video-on-demand services. Lawyers regularly advise on new technologies for the distribution of television programming.


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ALRUD Law Firms focus is on media and advertising. The team advises on all aspects of publishing, broadcasting and filming. Well regarded by peers, the practice is described as a leading choice for media law. Practitioners have in-depth knowledge of the television, radio and internet sectors. The team regularly advises on advertising, regulation, individual rights issues related to film, interviewing and photography.


Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is highly regarded for its defamation dispute resolution. In highlighted work the team acted for a publishing house, part of Gazprom Media Holding, in a landmark defamation dispute which led to a reversal of the Moscow Arbitrazh Court award on appeal.  


Gorodissky & Partners has notable experience of advising Russian and foreign clients on media and advertising in both traditional media: periodic press, TV channels, radio channels and the most popular segments of the media market today: mobile applications, social media, video games and multimedia. Highly regarded professional team led by Sergey Medvedev advises on compliance with legislation on media and advertising, data protection and privacy and protection of their honor and business reputation. 


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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton works on industry-specific corporate transactions, including acquisitions and restructurings in the pay-television market. With a media and advertising emphasis, the practice attracts broadcasters, print publishers, radio networks and marketing businesses.


CMS handles cross-border TMT matters ranging from licensing, outsourcing and mergers. The team advises on regulation and compliance and has a highlighted emphasis on technology development system integration. The firm also specialise in sports law and intellectual property.


Pepeliaev Group is known for its sector-related tax advice and telecommunications specialisation. The team acts for clients on corporate and commercial cases, data protection and copyright.


Squire Patton Boggs works on a range of high profile industry cases. The team advises on marketing, advertising, publishing, content and licensing matters. Other areas of focus include cyber security, intellectual property and data protection.


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Data privacy and cyber security specialist Dechert advises local and European clients on compliance and regulation. The team works with telecommunications and technology companies on intellectual property, licensing and dispute resolution. The TMT group assists with broadcasting agreements and corporate transactions including joint ventures.  


Herbert Smith Freehills has an international focus on transactional work, regulation and disputes. The firm’s media and technology specialisation attracts high profile clients. Lawyers advise on joint ventures, restructurings and mergers. In highlighted work Mr Vaughan acted for Interros on its disposal of 100 per cent of shares in ProfMedia, a leading Russian media holding company with television, radio and film distribution assets, to Gazprom-Media Holding.


Established in 2009, Peterka & Partners’ Moscow office is an expansion of the firm’s CEE presence. Lawyers act for clients in a range of advertising cases with aspects of commercial agreements and competition law. The firm’s broader focus areas include sports and entertainment. Lawyers are highlighted for their litigation and copyright experience.


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Dentons

Hogan Lovells

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius


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ALRUD Law Firm

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Gorodissky & Partners

MGAP Attorneys at Law


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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld  

Baker McKenzie

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

CMS

Pepeliaev Group

Squire Patton Boggs


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Dechert

Herbert Smith Freehills

Mikhailyuk, Sorokola & Partners

Peterka & Partners

White & Case  


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In Russia, media sector is regulated by:



The principal state authority, which is competent to secure control and monitor local mass-media legal compliance, is Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor).


There are other national agencies responsible for providing state services and management of state properties in media sector (e.g. Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications (Rospechat).


Foreign ownership in media services is seriously restricted. Foreign companies cannot hold more than a 20% stare in a local media company.


Any 100% equity forms of foreign participation or foreign corporate control over the Russian media business are prohibited.


In terms of specific regulated activities, the national media sector is subject to:

Among the recent important legal developments in the media industry is the adoption of the following laws and regulations concerning the below institutions and aspects, which require the attention of media lawyers:



Top local media businesses are:



Written by

Sergey Medvedev

Deputy Head of Legal

Gorodissky & Partners