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Yury Pugach, Partner

Yury Pugach


Head of Litigation and Dispute Management in Russia


Russian, English

Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction and engineering
  • Consumer
  • Corporate Real estate
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Fraud and financial crime
  • International arbitration
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate litigation
  • Real estate planning
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Practice notes

Yury is in charge of our Moscow office and heads our Russian Litigation and Dispute Management group. Yury is our star litigator with over 25 years of litigation experience covering all aspects of commercial and corporate disputes in Russian courts in all instances, as well as international arbitrations. He also represents clients in criminal proceedings.

Yury’s expertise combines pre-trial advice, negotiations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. He always looks for early opportunities to resolve disputes through negotiation and mediation. When litigation cannot be avoided, Yury has a long track-record of winning cases for our corporate clients, particularly in disputes concerning bankruptcy, commercial relationships and contracts, real estate and construction.

Beyond a very active litigation practice, Yury has a special interest in projects in the field of energy and natural resources, especially in oil, gas and renewable energy. Yury has extensive experience advising a wide range of energy and industrial companies on various issues. Yury’s recent projects include advising on proposed construction of a power plant in Russia, as well as on a major greenfield project in Russia for a world leading provider of renewable solutions.

In addition, Yury provides a broad range of corporate and commercial legal support to investors, including on establishing new manufacturing facilities, restructuring existing operations, and strategic and commercial advice on business reorganizations and executive disputes.

Furthermore, Yury has a wealth of expertise advising consumer and industrial companies. Yury’s client portfolio mostly consists of local and global players of retail, chemical, defense and energy sectors.

Yury is a Russian attorney-at law (Advokat) admitted to the Saint Petersburg bar (Chamber of Advokats).

Yury has recently:

  • represented ITW in proceedings against the Federal Service of State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography for Moscow Oblast
  • represented Wärtsilä Vostok in court and bankruptcy proceedings against а counterparty which violated its obligations to pay for works performed under a works and services agreement
  • represented the Czech Export Bank in Russian state commercial courts in insolvency proceedings
  • represented a leading Austrian technology and capital goods group in a dispute under SCC Rules with a Russian manufacturing company related to the delivery of turbine blades to a nuclear power plant
  • represented a Finnish client in a complex IP dispute related to marketing materials
  • represented an investment company in disputes with tenants of its land plots in terminating lease agreements and claiming damages
  • represented a maritime safety company in numerous state commercial (arbitrazh) and administrative proceedings against the Saint-Petersburg customs authorities
  • represented a large Russian state company in pre-arbitration under SCC rules

Yury's distinctions:

Yury was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in advising agriculture companies in the Kommersant Legal Rating 2021

Recommended in Dispute Resolution and Restructuring and Insolvency, Legal 500 2020

Selected by Best Lawyers in Russia 2020-2021 for his work in: Arbitration and Mediation, Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Real Estate Law

Construction Disputes Lawyer of the Year in Russia, Global Law Experts 2020

Recommended in Restructuring and Insolvency, Legal 500 2019

Yury was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer advising land, real estate and construction companies in the Kommersant legal rating 2019

“Head of real estate Yury Pugach advises predominantly Scandinavian clients on commercial real estate matters, including contractual mandates and M&A projects. A source describes him as a good negotiator. He also assists with construction projects”, Chambers Europe 2018

Recommended in Real Estate and Construction, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Legal 500 2017

“The impressive head of real estate Yury Pugach is considered a transactional specialist. He lends these transaction skills to the corporate team as well. Sources praise his approach and negotiation skills”, Chambers Europe 2016

“Clients say real estate head Yury Pugach is "knowledgeable about both real estate and corporate issues. His practice includes advising on real estate developments, construction issues and share acquisitions”, Chambers Europe 2015

“Commentators draw attention to his client skills, saying that he takes any issues we have very seriously and really listens”, Chambers Europe 2014

“Yury Pugach is renowned for his knowledge of local legislation, according to market sources. A strong corporate lawyer, he is also distinguished for his timeliness, practicality and detailed advice”, Chambers Europe 2013

“Yury Pugach is very competent in real estate”, Legal 500 2013