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Yury Pugach, Partner

Yury Pugach



Russian, English

Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction and engineering
  • 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 the head of our Moscow office and oversees our practice group for Litigation and Dispute Management. Yury is our star litigator and has 25 years of litigation experience covering all aspects of commercial and corporate disputes in Russian courts in all instances, as well as in international arbitration. He also represents clients in criminal proceedings.

Yury’s expertise combines pre-trial advice, negotiations and 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 contracts, construction and bankruptcy.

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 an Austrian leading technology and capital goods group on a dispute with a Russian manufacturing company related to the delivery of turbine blades to a nuclear power plant under SCC Rules
  • 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 on terminating lease agreements and collecting damages
  • represented a maritime safety company in numerous 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:

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