Employment and Immigration



MGAP provides legal advice on a wide range of issues in the field of labour law, representing clients in courts and state authorities and providing high-level advice on aspects of employment including:

  • Compliance with labour law in the day-to-day business of corporate clients, as well as advising on specific questions
  • Wages fund, including incentive and retirement payments
  • Personnel issues, including hiring of non-Russian employees
  • Various questions arising in connection with M&A, setting up representative offices and branches, reorganisation and insolvency
  • Advising on works made for hire
  • Insurance
  • Reputational risks
  • Drafting of internal and external policies


Migration Law

MGAP has many clients outside of Russia and is involved in a number of cross-border projects, and so we pay careful attention to migration law issues. Assisting out clients in implementing business models in strict compliance with migration rules and restrictions has always been one of our top priority goals. 

MGAP’s clients include international companies and dynasties, investors, politicians, highly-skilled professionals, international art galleries and event organisers. 

With considerable experience in various migration issues, we:

  • Advise clients on general compliance with migration restrictions
  • Represent clients in court and state authorities
  • Assist with obtaining work and residence permits in and outside Russia and advise on applying for foreign citizenship
  • Assess tax implications related to migration issues


Badoo, a major online dating network

MGAP advises Badoo on various IT, corporate, labour and other Russian legal issues.

Magellan Systems Japan Inc

MGAP is advising IT company on various Russian legal matters, such as IT, corporate, tax and labor.

Magellan Systems Japan Inc - one of the world’s leading companies providing high sensitivity and high precision GNSS technology.

Telecom Italia

MGAP has advised Telecom Italia on various Russian legal matters, such as IT, corporate, tax and labour.

Nielsen, a world leader in market research

MGAP has consulted the Nielsen company, on various matters of its activity in Russia.

BAZINA.SASS+ creative agency

MGAP has provided legal support to a leading advertising agency BAZINA.SASS+and its activities in Russia. MGAP has advised the client on various commercial, labour and IP matters.

Popular Russian Internet service – Coub.com

MGAP has advised Coub Limited and its Russian subsidiary on IP, advertising, tax, labour, commercial and corporate matters.

Legal support in contracting Hollywood star to Russian film project

MGAP represents Russian film production company in contracting Hollywood star to Russian film project. MGAP advised its client on copyright, tax and immigration issues arising from the contract.

An European film co-production

MGAP provides full legal support to international film co-production.

Followed by the Cannes International Film Festival since its development phase, the film is supported by Europe’s Eurimages fund and major European producers. Distribution rights to be handled by a well known international agent.

Russian-American film project “The Darkest Hour“

MGAP provided legal support for the filming and marketing in Russia of 20th Century Fox’s. The Darkest Hour, produced by MGAP’s client, Timur Bekmambetov.

The film “Apollo 18“

MGAP provided full legal support on all issues relating to the marketing of “Apollo 18“ in Russia. The American film was produced by MGAP’s client, Timur Bekmambetov, for Dimension Films.

The illegal reduction of salaries in cutting a bonus paid to class teachers

MGAP  helps a group of teachers from the city of Korolev to make an appeal again the General Procurator of the Russian Federation regarding the carrying out of law enforcement procedures on the territory of Russia.

MGAP advocates as part of their Pro bono work, helped the teachers file a complaint against the General Procurator of the Russian Federation asking him to reconsider the illegal reduction of salaries in cutting a bonus paid to class teachers, and to take measures to punish this action by the Procurator.


MGAP has advised Bazelevs on various film production and distribution, corporate, tax, commercial and labour issues as well as dispute resolution. 

Bazelevs is an international film company and the leader of Russia's production industry. Bazelevs works in films and advertisement production, post-production and distribution.


Sergei Grachev

Managing Partner