Sergei Grachev, Managing Partner

Services: M&A, Corporate and Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, Technology. Media. Telecom.

Sergei is the founder and Managing Partner of MGAP and leads MGAP’s main international projects in the field of asset tracing and debt recovery, M&A, TMT (technology, media and telecoms), including strategic work between US major studios and Russian leading film and TV producers.

  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Moscow State Law Academy, 2002
  • Deutsche Management Academy and Cambridge Education Business Administration Program, 2000
  • Course of Cinematography by Vadim Usov, Russian State Film Institute (VGIK), 1991 – 1995.
Professional experience:

Prior to founding MGAP, Sergei worked on large Russian and International mergers and acquisitions projects.

Professional societies and ratings:
  • Advocate, member of Moscow Regional Bar, register number 50/4291
  • Sergei is recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA as a TMT lawyer
  • IMDb
  • Member of Amnesty International since 1991
  • Sergei currently holds an EASA PPL private pilot license
Additional Information:

Sergei speaks Russian and English

Celebro Media, a global broadcast TV company who supply production, studio space and networks around the world

MGAP provides coordination from the point of view of Russian law of the process of joining Celebro Media as a new Russian investor.

A pre-judicial corporate dispute

MGAP represents of a client's interests in a pre-judicial corporate dispute with a company, where the client is a participant.

MGAP advises a CIS division of FOX 20th Century on various compliance legal issues regarding distribution of content in Russia

A multi-million claim in the LCIA

MGAP in close collaboration with major UK law firm concluded and negotiated a settlement agreement between parties after a 2 years trial in the London Court of International Arbitration arising from the sale and purchase transaction of a major Russian supermarket chain.

MediaZona, popular media portal in Russia

MGAP is advising MediaZona on various Russian legal matters, including IP and corporate.

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.

Ostrov Studio, a major Russian documentary film company

MGAP has advised Ostrov on its co-production with an international film studio, including drafting of co-production agreement.

Telecom Italia

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

Representation of client’s interest in LCIA

Close collaboration with a large UK law firm in the course of filing a multi-million rouble claim in London Court of International Arbitration arising from the sale-purchase transaction of a supermarket chain.

Franchising for a fast food chain

MGAP has drafted franchising documents for a fast food chain of its client.

Product labelling and instructions for technology project

MGAP consult one of the largest international producers of robot technology on the question of Russian law as it applies to product labelling and the content of instructions accompanying the sale and the use of this technology in Russia.


MGAP’s lawyers prepare a legal opinion on the tradability of cryptocurrency in Russia.

SPLEAN, Russian popular music band

MGAP has provided legal support to Russian popular music band SPLEAN and its activities in Russia. We have consulted our client on a day to day basis on all commercial and IP matters, etc.

A legal support to de-offshorization

MGAP provides legal support to de-offshorization process. MGAP advised its private client on the matter of de-offshorization of their assets and provided legal support to the deals aimed at de-offshorization.

MGAP assists in incorporating and running The Alexander Piatigorsky Trust

MGAP has recently incorporated The Alexander Piatigorsky Trust registered as a charity.

The Trust is created in honour and memory of the recently deceased Alexander Piatigorsky, one of Russia’s most important philosophers and the author of “Remember the Strange Person“ (1999) and “An Ancient Man in the City“ (2001) amongst many other outstanding works.

Over the last year, MGAP’s Managing Partner, Sergei Gratchev was involved as both secretary and student in Piatigorsky’s last philosophical classes held in London. Sergei kept invaluable records of these classes which now form part of the philosopher’s legacy.

One of the Trust’s aims is to make information about the philosopher and materials from the final classes available to everyone.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about The Alexander Piatigorsky Trust please contact Sergei Gratchev.

A major international distributor of fresh water

MGAP advises the client on consumer protection rights regarding the sale of water in Russia.