Yuriy Korchuganov, Partner, TMT Practice

Services: Dispute Resolution, Technology. Media. Telecom. Art.

Yuriy’s key practice is intellectual property and media law with a particular focus on international and Russian national film production. He has acted as legal advisor on over 20 film projects produced in Russia and the US. He also advises US TV channels on Russian mass media regulations and compliance.

Yuriy has substantial experience in dispute resolution in the fields of property, commercial and IP litigation.

Education:
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Ulyanovsk State University, 2006
  • Volga-Dnepr Language School, 2005
Professional experience:

Yuriy joined MGAP in 2006.  Previously, he was a consultant in the Russian subsidiary of a major Austrian bank and in 2005 worked in public prosecution in the field of transport, specializing in the supervision of legislation compliance.

Professional societies and ratings:
  • Advocate, member of Moscow Regional Bar, registration number 50/6022
  • Yuriy is recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA as a TMT lawyer
  • IMDb
Additional Information:

Yuriy speaks Russian and English. He is learning Spanish

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

Badoo, a major online dating network

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

Telecom Italia

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

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.

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.

DEPARTÁMENT, creative agency

MGAP has been advising DEPARTÁMENT on contractual, IP and privacy legal issues for celebrity management services provided by the client to a manufacturer of mobile devices.

Popular Russian Internet service - Coub.com

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

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.

MediaZona, popular media portal in Russia

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

MGAP in the interests of Russian popular music band SPLEAN won a case in connection with the cancellation of trade mark protection

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 holding structure for an oil refining company

MGAP prepared a legal opinion about tax and corporate risks involved in creating a holding structure for an oil refining company.

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.

A New York case brought by shareholders of a major Western bank

MGAP provided support to a US law firm in the questioning of Russian witnesses in a New York case brought by shareholders of a bank concerned about activities in the Russian branch of the bank.

Won a dispute on cadastral value of a land lot placed in Moscow region, resulting in more than 50% tax saving for the client

Issuing of an expert opinion on Russian law for the Austrian court

Drafting a legal opinion delivered to the Austrian court with respect to certain Russian legal issues (loan agreements, surety agreements, good faith behavior and proceeding in Russian courts of common jurisdiction).

A thin capitalization (loans between affiliated entities and persons)

MGAP is advising their client on debt assignment and tax consideration matters related to thin capitalization (loans between affiliated entities and persons).

The effectiveness of an arbitration agreement with a limitation period

MGAP is advising a major oil and gas company on the effectiveness of an arbitration agreement with a limitation period, and the competence of the Russian court in a dispute resolution between Russian and Polish companies.

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.

Email disclaimers and footers

MGAP advised the client on legal rules applying in Russia regarding the use of email disclaimers and footers.

Option agreements with a screenwriter and a film director

MGAP advised its client on option agreements with a screenwriter and a film director.

City food and Local food brands

MGAP advised the client on corporate and IP legal issues in the course of raising investments into one of the popular city food market brands in Moscow.

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.

Legal advising for messenger

MGAP provides legal support on various IT and IP issues for messenger. 

Successful recovery of approx. $ 1 mln

Successful recovery of unpaid cost of works (approx. $ 1 mln) for MGAP’s client under an act unsigned by the customer (the opponent of MGAP's client).

Smart Course, career guidance for teenagers

MGAP advises the client on various IP, commercial, corporate and regulatory matters. 

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.

Right to be forgotten in Russia

MGAP provides a legal advise to the client on legal matters relating to right to be forgotten in Russia. One of the main tasks of our lawyers was to consult with our client on how to set up a legal mechanism for correcting false information published about person on the Internet.

The 1st Russian crowdinvesting platforme

Preparing a system of documents for StartTrack.ru that make the crowdinvesting mechanism possible, including a legal matrix for venture capital projects allowing the users of the crowdinvesting platform to complete all necessary procedures for an agreement between the parties in order to formulate the necessary terms and conditions for receipt or payment of private investment funds.

The division of an internet gaming business between its owners

MGAP developed a strategy and prepared a folder of documents on the division of an internet gaming business between its owners, cancelling SHA on the conditions agreed by the parties on the transfer of assets to each of the owners; keeping to the goals as set out of minimising tax and time spent and concluding any lawsuits.

Nielsen, a world leader in market research

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

Multi-jurisdictional dispute

Completion of litigation between two foreign companies regarding the obligation of the defendant (the counterparty of MGAP’s client) to transfer 100% of the participating interest in the charter capital of a company. The contract concerned control over a large real estate object in Russia. The legal work involved constructing an algorithm of corporate dispute resolution and resolution of obligations in a deal between two foreign companies in the Russian jurisdiction as well as supporting the disputes in the Russian Arbitrazh Court.

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.

SDELANO – the first scalable technologic secvice of home renovation

MGAP provided initial consultation on a client about the choice of optimal corporate structure as well as legal advice on acquiring domain names of interest to the client.

Bitcoin

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.

The possibility of overseas use of Russian tax advantages for domestic film production

MGAP advised a foreign film company on the possibility of overseas use of Russian tax advantages for domestic film production.

A major international distributor of fresh water

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

Illegal use of the name of a music group in an advertisement – the first litigation in Russian judicial practice

MGAP represented the interests of musical group “Zveri” in a dispute against the organizer of a concert, which took place in St-Petersburg as part of an advertising campaign for a new residential complex.

The concert advertising used the name of the group illegally as the group did not agree to take part in the concert.

The name of the group is registered trademark.

MGAP succeeded in winning full compensation.

A cadastral price for leasing the land

MGAP consults with a tenant of a large land plot in Moscow on how to contest a cadastral price for leasing the land.

"Lend of OZ", Vassily Sigarev's new film

MGAP begins full legal support to production of Vassily Sigarev's new film.

White Mirror Film Company is a client of MGAP's and has started production on a new film by Vasily Sigarev.

Vasily Sigarev is a Russian director, screenwriter, dramatist, winner of film awards from Britain (Evening Standard Award), film festivals in Zurich, Germany, Portugal, France, Wiesbaden and the international press federation FIRPRESCI. Vasily Sigarev's plays have been presented at theatres in London and Hamburg.

A legal due diligence for the owner of a commercial property

MGAP undertakes legal due diligence for the owner of a commercial property. MGAP carried out due diligence and all associated document work for its client, the owner of a commercial property in Moscow looking for investors.  As a result of our work we provided our client with detailed expertise concerning the legal requirements, obligations and risks relating to the sale and use of the property. 

A large international animated project

MGAP has begun work on providing legal support to a large international project for production of an animated film and series.

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 first criminal case to be brought in Russia against an owner of an internet resource for illegal film distribution

MGAP successfully represented the copyright holder of the film “Ironiya sudby. Prodolzhenie”.

Timiryazevshky district court delivered its judgement in the first criminal case to be brought in Russia against an owner of an internet resource for illegal film distribution.

The interests of the copyright holder of the film “Ironiya sudby. Prodolzhenie” were represented by MGAP’s Senior Advocate Yuriy Korchuganov.

A licensing agreement between a major UK TV channel and a famous Russian documentary director

MGAP provided full legal support to a licensing agreement between its client Dmitry Vasyukov, a famous Russian documentary director, and a major UK TV channel.

The broadcaster bought the licence from Dmitry Vasyukov for broadcast of the European version of “Happy People” (edited by Werner Herzog) in Russia and CIS.

A case regarding a claim by a contractor over payment for work that had not in fact been done

MGAP wins a case regarding a claim by a contractor over payment for work that had not in fact been done.

During the court case experts were called upon but were unable to determine clearly whether or not the work was done in the agreed time period and whether the contractor was in fact able to carry out the work.  Nevertheless, the arbitrazh court upheld the rights of MGAP's client based on additional evidence presented by our lawyers and granted all damages in full.

Music licensing agreements with iTunes and Google Play

MGAP advised it’s client, a major Russian recording studio, in licensing agreements with iTunes and Google Play.

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.

Developer of mobile applications, App Store

MGAP gives initial consultation to developer of mobile applications, App Store. MGAP advised on questions relating to intellectual property protection and legal aspects of software creation.

Viacom International Media Networks

MGAP consults its client on compliance issues regarding applicablelegal restrictions inbroadcasting content on Russian TV, parental ratings, advertising, product placement.

MGAP provides up-to-date high level advice based on our unique experience in advising international networks in the light of increased legislative attention on mass media. 


Our clients include: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Comedy, MTV Russia, Nickelodeon, Paramount Channel and others.

One of the major French publishing house

MGAP advises the client on sanitary-epidemiological requirements for the import of printed products into Russia. 

Legal support to top Russian animation studio expanding operations in US

MGAP provides legal support to top Russian animation studio expanding operations in US. MGAP developed a corporate structure for its client and covered the Russian tax implications of the proposed business activity in the US. MGAP worked in collaboration with the client’s US legal advisors on development and production issues related to broadcast in US.

Legal advice to top Russian entertainer and TV producer on Russian comedy feature co-production with US producer

MGAP provides legal advice to top Russian entertainer and TV producer on Russian comedy feature co-production with US producer.

Using our substantial experience in cross-border co-production, MGAP represented its client in initial negotiations and drafted term sheets and deal memos on the project in order to fix preliminary arrangements between the parties.

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.

A dispute over assignment of rights under investment agreement

MGAP represents Moscow real estate developer in dispute over assignment of rights under investment agreement.

The claimant, a company investing in a real estate project, had assigned its rights to an individual but denied the existence of an agreement, thus voiding these rights. MGAP proved that the rights had in fact been assigned. Therefore, the court dismissed the claim against our client.

Dirty and Leprosarium, cult Russian online communities

MGAP provides a legal advise to a pool of investors on IP matters for cult Russian online communities Dirty and Leprosarium.

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.

A complicated investment transaction permitting qualified investors to invest in a 3D animation project

From 2009 to 2011 MGAP participated in a complicated investment transaction permitting qualified investors to invest in a 3D animation project. Participants in the transaction were MGAP’s client, a well-known film production holding, and a major Russian investment company. MGAP was responsible for general coordination of the project, involving companies from three different jurisdictions as well as consulting on corporate law and intellectual property matters.

M&A project for a major supermarket chain

MGAP completes 6 months M&A project for a major supermarket chain. MGAP provided full legal support for the transaction on the acquisition of a regional chain of supermarkets. Services included complicated due diligence, participation in the resolution of the chain’s current disputes and supporting the restructuring of bank debts.

MGAP successfully represents property developer in dispute with Moscow Government

MGAP’s client, a property developer, and the Government of Moscow were in dispute over the ownership of apartments in a new build elite housing development.

According to the Moscow Government, the apartments worth $1m were their property and they refused to finalize an investment agreement with the developer.

MGAP was able to prove that the apartments were not the property of the Moscow Government and were instead owned by the property developer’s private clients. The court supported the position of the developer and ordered the Moscow Government to finalize the investment agreement on the terms proposed by MGAP’s client.

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.

MGAP wins litigation dispute against tax authority

MGAP successfully defended its client against the Russian tax authority. A court ruling held that the Russian authority had unlawfully imposed taxes, penalties and fines for tax avoidance exceeding $1.5m on MGAP’s client, a large Moscow building firm.

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.

Successful commercial dispute

MGAP successfully represents its client – a contracting organisation -in the arbitration court over a claim for damages from a contractor for defects in the works carried out at the client's office.

MGAP consults on large TV content supply deal

MGAP consulted on behalf of a TV content supplier in a major transaction with Rostelekom Company, one of Russia’s leading IPTV providers.

Our IP team was responsible for copyright, IT and liability aspects of the deal.

Russian 3D Mokap animation studio

MGAP advised on the financial and corporate structure of its client’s joint project with Channel One. Our IP team also carried out complex due diligence on the underlying material for the project.

White Mirror, film company

MGAP has advised White Mirror on various film production and distribution, as well as corporate issues.

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.

Werner Herzog's remake of “Happy People“

MGAP represented Dmitry Vasyukov, Russian documentary director of “Happy People“ in this cross-border deal. The film is a remake of Werner Herzog’s documentary of the same name about a small village in Siberia. Remade with Herzog as producer for Europe and USA.

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 provides legal advice to a foreign company on the structuring of a holding which owns and rents out commercial property in Moscow

MGAP put together a proposal that took into account the relevant tax, civil and land laws which allowed the client to buy the property. MGAP provided legal support to the project and became sole legal consultants for the holding in Moscow.

Tax advice on gold trading in Russia

MGAP has provided tax advice on gold trading in Russia and prepared a legal memo for the client.

“Wanted“, produced by Universal Studios, film starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman

MGAP advised leading Russian film director Timur Bekmambetov on the film project “Wanted“, his Hollywood directorial debut.

Advising on protection of software programmes

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.

The Russian film «First Love»

MGAP provides full legal services to production and distribution of the film.

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.

“The Best Movie 2“, produced by Sony Monumental Pictures

MGAP advised Sony Monumental Pictures on one of its most commercially successful film projects in Russia “The Best Movie 2“.

Multiplayer online games

MGAP advises the creators of multiplayer online games on various IP matters.