Natalia Menshenina, Of Counsel

Services: Corporate, Tax and Transactional, Technology. Media. Telecom. Art.

Natalia is a qualified lawyer in Russia with over 8 years of professional legal experience. She specialises in intellectual property law, corporate and commercial law and civil litigation.

Natalia advises MGAP clients on media law, trademarks and patents, real estate litigation and contracts.

Education:
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Russian State University for Humanities, 2009
  • Courses in Law, Social College of Russian State Social University, 2005.
Professional experience:

Prior to joining MGAP in 2007 Natalia gained experience with the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) and as a trainee with a Moscow intellectual property law firm.

Professional societies and ratings:

IMDb.

Additional Information:

Natalia speaks Russian and English.

LLC BU-Media, one of the former owners of Rambler Games

MGAP has been providing legal support of separation of assets between the owners of Rambler Games.

Bazelevs

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.

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.

Nielsen, a world leader in market research

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

An ambitious independent short film – «My Dear Fish»

MGAP provides full legal support to the production of an ambitious independent short film – «My Dear Fish».

The short film «My Dear Fish» was the creation of over 100 animation specialists from all over Europe and is the most successful short film project using a Russian crowdfunding platform.

«In spite of the great number of marriages, divorces, single mothers and fathers, there are still couples that live together and support each other in the most difficult situations. 

We are all born and die alone and are responsible for our own life, but couples who bring daily a sense of joy into a family are the ones to emulate.  Our film is about these people and our hope and belief that there will be more families of this kind.

Besides, in our approach to film production, we show that anyone who believes in their work and fearlessly follows their goals, will realise their dreams.» Taya Zybova, director, short film «My Dear Fish».

The animated film «Alice Knows!»

MGAP provides legal support to new animation: «Alice Knows!». MGAP provided legal support to the new animated film from Bazelevs studio «Alice Knows» from early stages of development.

The film “Gorko!”, the top Russian box office hit of autumn 2013

MGAP advised its client, major Russian film company Bazelevs, in negotiating a co-production agreement for the film “Gorko!”, and prepared deal memos with coauthors. “Gorko!” was the top box office hit of autumn 2013 in Russia.

The comedy “Game of Truth”, film adaptation of a popular French theatre play

MGAP helped major Russian film company Bazelevs buy the rights to the comedy “Game of Truth”.

MGAP advised Bazelevs on investing in the production of the film, financial liability, and division of rights and income from distribution between Bazelevs and the owner of intellectual property rights.

The film which received high ratings when screened in summer 2013 is adapted from a theatre play popular in France and Russia.

MGAP consults on promotional campaign for “Gentlemen of Luck - 2”

MGAP provided full legal support on all issues relating to the marketing of “Gentlemen of luck - 2”, a remake of the well-known Russian comedy “Gentlemen of Luck” directed by George Danelia. The film is produced by MGAP’s client, and leading Russian production company, Bazelevs.

Legal due diligence for a commercial property, with the added complication of that it was an object of cultural heritage

MGAP’s client was looking for investors and asked MGAP to carry out legal checks (due diligence) on the commercial property owner in Moscow and the documents to this particular property. MGAP’s checks formed the basis for the legal conclusion and recommendations regarding the full commercial use of this kind of object.

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.

Movie blockbuster “Yolki 2“

Released in December 2011, “Yolki 2“, is the blockbuster sequel to 2010’s box office hit “Yolki“.

MGAP provided full legal support to the film during its production, marketing and distribution.

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.

Success in business reputation trial

MGAP successfully defended the interests of a private client, a film producer, against a former business partner, for publishing misleading information about them on the Internet. MGAP proved that the information published was false and harmed the plaintiff’s reputation. The defendant was ordered to remove the information and forced to pay a fine in excess of $8,000 as compensation for moral damage.

Trial success in copyright case

MGAP’s client, a film production company, was recently involved in a conflict with a film director. The director was dismissed for illegally posting sketches, on-set photos and the shooting script on his blog, thereby violating the client’s copyright and disclosing confidential information relating to the film’s production.

The court ordered the director to remove the items from his blog and charged him over $7,000 for violation of copyright.

Bekmambetov’s new comedy “Vykrutasy“ - the first Russian film starring Hollywood superstar Milla Yovovich

MGAP provided legal advice on the film directed by Leo Gabriadze and produced by Timur Bekmambetov.

Top Russian cinema box office – “Yolki“

Starring Russia’s most popular actors and celebrities, “Yolki“ topped the Russian and CIS New Year box-office.

MGAP provides legal support to its production, promo and distribution.

The film “Black Lightning“ – MGAP advises

MGAP advised on Timur Bekmambetov’s latest film project “Black Lightning“.

“Black Lightning“ was one of the leaders of а New Year box-office in Russia.

Animation project “9“, created jointly by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov

MGAP advised on the animation project “9“ created jointly by Timur Bekmambetov and Tim Burton. The film’s budget was $30 million.

MGAP successfully defended a leading Moscow consultancy company in a defamation case and the appeal that followed

Representing a client in court defending their business reputation

As part of a corporate battle and non-amicable division of a business with the original company owner,  an arbitration process was started claiming unfair competition and loss of reputation.

The court found in favour of MGAP's client and the decision was supported by higher courts.

First copyright case in Russia won against mobile phone operator

Mr. Anton Vartanov, leader of the music group “Magnitnaya Anomaliya“, a client of MGAP, has become the first copyright owner in Russia to win a court case against a mobile phone operator.

The operator, “Megafon“, had been selling the group’s songs to its customers as ring back tones without Mr. Vartanov’s permission.

MGAP’s lawyers demonstrated to the satisfaction of the court that Megafon had failed to carry out chain-of-title checks to ascertain copyright ownership.

The court judged that Megafon had infringed the rights of the copyright owner, Mr. Vartanov, and ordered that the company pay him compensation.

Timur Bekmambetov’s sequel to the original Russian national new year film Irony of Fate whose box office takings exceeded $50 million

MGAP lawyers provide full legal services on the film.

MGAP was required to provide a multi-faceted approach to provision of legal services from the start. One of the first steps was the creation of a corporate structure for the production company before going on to provide full legal support throughout production.

In order to clear rights for the use of sequences from the original “Irony of Fate“, lawyers at MGAP produced agreements with the film’s many rights holders. In addition, MGAP was responsible for all contracts drawn up with cast and crew.

Following the film’s release at the cinema and on DVD, MGAP continue to act as legal consultants regarding the collection and distribution of profits from the project.

MGAP has successfully defended the film’s producers in a court case regarding infringement of author’s rights, as well as providing consulting services on ways of protecting the film’s intellectual property.

Navigator Records

Navigator Records is a major Russian music label. 

MGAP has provided legal support to the client and its activities in Russia. We have consulted our client on disputes in IP, corporate and commercial matters.

National Instruments

MGAP advises the client on various commercial, tax and corporate matters of its activity in Russia.

National Instruments is a major producer of automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software.