Yury Pugach

Co-Managing Partner, Attorney at law, Head of Dispute Resolution

- - yury.pugach@birchlegal.ru


Yury is our star litigator with over twenty-five 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.

In addition, Yury provides a broad range of corporate and commercial legal support to investors, including on establishing new manufacturing facilities, restructuring existing operations, 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 an attorney at law admitted to the St Petersburg Bar Association (Chamber of Attorneys at law).


  • representing an international investment company in seven complex court disputes related to the termination of a joint investment project for the construction of residential apartment buildings and infrastructure

  • representing 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

  • representing PPG in litigation against the customs authority over the classification of petrochemical products

  • representing ITW in proceedings against the Federal Service of State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography for the Moscow Region

  • representing international airlines in disputes initiated by a ticketing agency seeking compensation for its expenses under agency agreements

  • representing 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


1995St Petersburg State University (with honors), Specialist’s Degree in Law


  • English
  • Russian


2022–pres. Co-Managing Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, BIRCH LEGAL
2017–2022 Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Eversheds Sutherland
2006–2017 Specialist Partner / Senior Associate, Hannes Snellman
2005–2006 Senior Associate, ETL Law Offices
1998–2006 Managing Partner, St Petersburg Bar Association Office No.51


Yury has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Restructuring and Insolvency, International Commercial Arbitration, Real Estate and Construction by the Kommersant Legal Rating 2023

Yury was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Agribusiness in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2023

Yury was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Restructuring and Insolvency in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2022

Yury was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Agribusiness in the Kommersant Legal Rating 2021-2022

Yury has been selected by Best Lawyers in Russia 2019-2022 for his work in Arbitration and Mediation, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Investment, M&A and Real Estate law

Yury has been named as the best Investment lawyer in Moscow by Best Lawyers in Russia 2022

“Yury Pugach is a very thorough litigator, he is attentive and smart”, The Legal 500 2021

“Yury Pugach is an outstanding partner, extremely intelligent. He provides sound and practical advice”, The Legal 500 2021

Medal of the Chamber of Advokats of the Russian Federation for the Protection of Rights and Freedoms of Citizens, 2004

Yury was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution, Agribusiness, Energy and Natural Resources in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2024

Yury has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Commercial Disputes by the Kommersant Legal Rating 2024