Norland Legal and NewLawyers announce merger under the new Lurye, Chumakov & Partners brand

Norland Legal, specializing in legal support for establishment of investment funds, venture capital investments and M&A, and NewLawyers, specializing in corporate restructurings, tax consulting and IT projects support, announce merger of legal practices under the general supervision of co-managing partners Vladislav Lurye and Andrey Chumakov.

Norland Legal was established by Vladislav Lurie at the end of 2015 and specializes in establishment of investment funds, legal support for private equity and venture capital investments, M&A transactions, digital and fintech projects. The company’s clients are major institutes for development, public and private investment funds, Russian and foreign high-tech companies (Russian Venture Company, VEB Ventures, Da Vinci Capital, Far Eastern High Technology Fund, Sperasoft, Mintos, etc). Since 2017, Norland Legal has been ranked among the best Russian law firms in the area of Corporate/M&A (according to and IFLR 1000 rankings).

NewLawyers was founded by Andrey Chumakov at the end of 2016 and has proven to be a reliable legal partner in the sphere of legal and tax support for venture capital investment transactions, M&A and corporate restructurings. The company’s clients are companies from IT, e-commerce, telemedicine (Mobile Medical Technologies, Bystrodengi (Eqvanta), Cindicator, iBrain, Fitmost, Algoritmika, eKassir, eTicket) and many others.

Lurye, Chumakov & Partners joint enterprise is a boutique law firm which represents a team of eight high-end professionals specializing in the sphere of legal and tax support for private equity and venture capital investment transactions, M&A, restructuring projects and establishment of Russian and foreign investment funds.
Vladislav Lurye and Andrey Chumakov shall become the co-managing partners of the firm. *

* Vladislav Lurye – Co-Managing Partner. Prior to establishment of Lurye, Chumakov & Partners, Vladislav managed Norland Legal law firm, which he created after three years of experience in managing the legal department of Russia’s largest mezzanine investment fund. Futhermore, for 10 years before Norland Legal, Vladislav held offices in major Russian banks, such as Rosbank, VTB and MCB, where his specialization was Russian and foreign corporate and banking law. The aggregate total of investment transactions closed by Vladislav as a lawyer over the past few years, exceeds $ 600 mln.

* Andrey Chumakov – Co-Managing Partner. Prior to the establishment of Lurye, Chumakov & Partners, Andrey directed NewLawyers law firm, and before that he was an employee of Ernst & Young (CIS) B.V., where he rose through the ranks from senior consultant to senior manager of tax and legal consulting practice. Andrey possesses extensive knowledge in implementing projects of of diverse complexity in accordance with the laws of Russia, Belarus, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, as well as principal offshore jurisdictions. Among other things, his projects portfolio includes international tax planning and deoffshorization consulting services, M&A transactions and investment projects support and structuring under English law, corporate restructurings, legal and tax due diligence.

We are pleased to join our firms and strengthen our teams and expect this union will help us achieve the top score results together with our clients and partners.


On November 29, 2018, Managing Partner at Norland Legal Vladislav Lurye and Head of Financial and Digital Technologies Practice Rustam Rafikov took part in the work of «New Reality of M&A Transactions – key trends in structuring and executing transactions, the impact of sanctions on the conditions of transaction documents» section of the IX Russian M&A Congress organized by Cbonds. In the course of the section, our specialists, together with representatives of large Russian holdings and investment banks, discussed key trends in the M&A market, the impact of sanctions, and the specifics of preparing documents for a transaction under the Russian law.

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Implementation of Representations in Russian Law

Just a few years ago, investment and M&A transactions were executed mainly under English law, largely due to the lack of legal regulation of the aspects relative to such transactions in Russia. However, the situation has changed, and nowadays we see a growing number of investors and start-ups working under Russian law. One of the reasons for this is an implementation of some of the well-accepted institutions of English law into the Russian legal system. Thus an article on representations (431.2) («заверения об обстоятельствах») appeared in the Russian Civil Code (became effective) on June 1, 2015.

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Managing Partner of Norland Legal Vladislav Lurye became a board member of Russia-China Law Society

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