december, 2016

A short overview and MGAP comments concerning the dispute ‘Roscomnadzor vs Linkedin Corporation’

On 30 November 2016 Moscow city court published its reasoned judgment explaining why the Russian authorities (Roscomnadzor) will be blocking LinkedIn in Russia. 

The case shows that processing Russian citizens' personal data without the localization of databases on the territory of Russia is a key point of the claim. Since the localization rule is formulated clearly, the court's decision is to be expected.

The references to the multi-jurisdictional nature of the activity of an international social media were not accepted by the Russian courts, which is something that other online sources collecting the personal data of Russian users without meeting localization rule should take into account. 

Yuriy Korchuganov, MGAP Junior Partner (TMT Practice), and Natalia Menshenina, MGAP Associate, have prepared a short overview and comments concerning this dispute.

november, 2016

The Investigatory Powers Bill

In mid November 2016 the UK Parliament passed the Investigatory Powers Bill. The above-mentioned Bill expands the authorities of the British security services and police force to track, trace and hack communications made through the Internet, telephone and messaging services. 

A similar bill was passed by the Russian Parliament earlier this year (in June 2016).

We tend to think that this is an international trend to control the Internet in the fight against terrorism and probably will soon become the standard of privacy regulations worldwide. 

Pavel Shaydurov, MGAP Associate, has prepared a short overview concerning this Bill.

Preparation of an expert opinion for the Belgium court

Lawyers of the MGAP prepared of an expert opinion for the Belgium court regarding enforceability of decisions of Russian courts.

A short overview and MGAP comments concerning the dispute ‘Roscomnadzor vs Linkedin Corporation’

In August 2016 Tagansky Court of Moscow made a judgement to Roscomnadzor (the Russian regulator in the sphere of personal data) and ruled to block access in Russia to the leading business social network LinkedIn for breaching Russian legislation on personal data. 

Yuriy Korchuganov, MGAP Junior Partner, Head of TMT Practice, and Natalia Menshenina, MGAP Associate, have prepared a short overview and comments concerning this dispute.

october, 2016

Legal business in Russia

Sergei Grachev, MGAP founder and Managing Partner, shares his views on legal business opportunities and challenges in Russia. The interview with Sergei Grachev is available on the Law Society's website.

april, 2016

The Legal 500 in their 2016 edition, praised MGAP for our excellent reputation

We are proud to announce that the Internationally-renowned legal rating organisation, Legal 500, have once again, in their 2016 edition, praised MGAP for our excellent reputation in TMT (Technology, Media & Telecom), M&A, Corporate and Commercial in Russia.
Yuriy Korchuganov, Head of our TMT practice, has been awarded with a recommendation. 

We think that’s pretty incredible and would like to take this opportunity to thank our great clients & partners for their references and really cool projects.

september, 2015

The Projects Market of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo

Olga Gracheva gave a presentation as an expert at the Projects Market of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo.

“The right to be forgotten” in Russian law

On 1st January 2016 a new version of the Federal Law “On information, information technologies and protection of information” takes effect, providing to an individual (applicant) the right to claim that Internet search engines shall stop showing links to websites containing particular information about the applicant. Russian mass media has already labelled this right as “the right to be forgotten” by analogy with a similarly-named concept in EU legislation. 

There is a short survey of these amendments in Newsletter from MGAP Attorneys at Law.

july, 2015

Memory card for start-up’s owners

Olga Gracheva and Anna Alekseeva have been working with, a leading platform for making venture deals and one of MGAP’s long term partners, to see how a start-up owner might minimize the risk of losing business or agreeing disadvantageous terms.  The Memory card for start-up’s owners is available here; NB text in Russian.

april, 2015

The Latest Amendments to Legislation on Protection Against Online Copyright Infringement

According to the Federal Law dated 24 November 2014 No. 364-FZ from 1st of May 2015 for the owners of intellectual property there will be new ways of blocking access to websites containing pirated content (copyright and/or related rights objects, except photos, hereinafter – the “Content”).

The respective amendments have extended the provisions of the law that earlier provided relevant measures in respect of websites containing pirated films only.

The amendments also set forth a nonjudicial procedure available to the owner of intellectual property, which provides an opportunity to apply to the owner of a website and obtain removal of infringing Content without the need to apply to the court. At the same time, the amendments provide for the application of tough rules to permanent block access to websites where pirated Content has been placed repeatedly. 

There is a short survey of these amendments in Newsletter from MGAP Attorneys at Law.