Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Telecommunications, Media and Technology


ALRUD has a dedicated TMT team consisting of lawyers from different practice groups who possess resources and know-how to provide full-scale of advice on telecom, media, technology. We advise our clients in TMT industries on various matters related to regulatory, commercial, competition, transactional and other sector specific aspects.

ALRUD advises on different legal issues in TMT-industry including:

Regularly advice on various legal issues related to:

  • transactional and content development and distribution in media sector
  • advertising and marketing, including misleading, unfair advertising
  • protecting rights to intellectual property
  • taxation issues, tax benefits in the IT sector
  • regulatory and compliance matters, certification and licensing
  • data protection& cybersecurity, inspections by the regulatory authorities
  • gaming and gambling, including lotteries
  • regulatory matters in print, broadcast and digital areas
  • state procurement and public sector projects
  • blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation

Provide support in M&A transactions, including:

  • advice on structuring transactions
  • full due diligence with specifics of IT, telecom and media industries
  • drafting and preparing all transaction documents
  • negotiation on behalf of clients with other parties to transactions
  • advising on tax matters in the context of M&A transactions

Provide legal support on commercial issues:

  • analysis of the options provided by Russian laws, legal requirements to commercial activities in the market, advice on the risks and legal remedies available in case of breach and termination of contracts
  • take part in negotiations with contracting parties, and draft agreements (service, marketing, cooperation and others)

Highlights of recent domestic and international work

Uber Technologies Inc

with regard to its JV with Yandex Taxi.

Endeavor (WME Entertainment)

with regard to acquisition of online, multiscreen technology and services company NeuLion.


in acquisition of one of IBM’s subsidiaries in Russia (as a part of global acquisition).

Messe Frankfurtin

its acquisition of Rosmould, international trade fair for mould-making, prototyping and 3D technologies.


in its acquisition of Qik - a provider of mobile video software and services.


acquisition of a major Russian recipe web-project.

Electronic platform

the largest Russian-language market for remote work in terms of revenue and traffic, with regard to its acuisition by a private investment company.

The Blackstone Group L.P.

in its acquisition of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters, a Canadian multinational mass media and information firm.

Underwriters (Goldman Sachs International, JP Morgan Securities Ltd., Morgan Stanley &Co International Plc, a major Russian bank, Pacific Crest Securities LLC)

in connection with the IPO of the shares of Group Limited in the form of GDRs and placing of GDR at the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

Qiwi plc.

a leading payment processing company, in connection with the IPO of American depository shares and listing on Nasdaq Global Select Market.

One of the largest American online social media company

on various Russian advertising regulation matters - reviewed the advertising inventory contract and advised client on different legal, currency control and tax implications related to a new payment structure suggested by the client for the relations with advertisers.

British multinational telecommunications conglomerate

on data retention requirements in telecom industry for purposes of preparing GDPR retention plan, including comprehensive analysis of Russian telecom, combat-terrorism (“Yarovaya laws”), tax, accounting, HR and archive legislation and preparing recommendations on minimum, maximum and recommended retention periods for GDPR retention plan.

Chinese state-owned telecommunication corporation

on corporate, telecom, combat-terrorism (“Yarovaya Law”), labour, data protection and cybersecurity requirements to launch telecom activity in Russia.

American multinational technology conglomerate

provided full scope of “market readiness assessment”. Advice included telecoms regulation qualification of the client’s products under the Russian law, data protection rules applicable, including advice on data localization, data retention and lawful interception, as well as security and encryption regulation.

American multinational financial services corporation

on the Russian law requirements to distribution of certain products on the Russian market, such as new types of cards or services.

Social trading and multi asset brokerage company

with respect to numerous regulatory requirements applicable to the Client and its Russian subsidiary from the Russian law perspective given the specifics of Client’s activity – cryptocurrencies and CFD.

One of the biggest private Russian banks

in the acquisition of shares in Russian companies operating trading on electronic sites, including the placement of state orders and purchases.

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