Russian firm Gorodissky & Partners launches office in Dubai

12 April 2023 2 min. read

Russian legal advisory firm Gorodissky & Partners has entered the Middle East market with the launch of a new office in Dubai – the 17th across its footprint.

Established in 1959, Moscow-headquartered Gorodissky & Partners specialises in the full lifecycle of intellectual property (IP) services, including services around trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights, digital IP (software, algorithms, domains, etc), enforcement including litigation and mediation, trade secrets, and more.

Alongside its main focus on legal services, the now 140-strong Russian firm also provides a number of consulting services, in areas such as strategic advisory and financial advisory (focused on valuations and due diligence work during mergers & acquisitions).

Russian firm Gorodissky & Partners launches office in Dubai

Having been operating out of Russia and former Soviet countries (current offices are in Ukraine and Kazakhstan) since its inception, Gorodissky & Partners has now hit a milestone in its 60+ year history with expansion into the Middle East.

“Our entry in the Middle East comes in response to growing demand from clients in the dynamic region,” said Valery Medvedev, Managing Partner of Gorodissky & Partners.

“We always strive to create the most comfortable conditions for our clients in different jurisdictions by providing high-quality intellectual property services, and building on this approach, we have decided to establish on the ground presence in the Middle East.”

Medvedev added the attractive nature of the UAE’s business landscape means that demand for intellectual property services is on the rise. “The UAE is famous for its free trade zones, innovative companies and technoparks, venture capital funds, and financial institutions. They all require qualified legal support in intellectual property.”

Appointed to the lead the new office is Sergey Medvedev, a 15-year company member of Gorodissky & Partners.

Warming relations

The expansion comes on the back of growing trade relations and investments between Russia and the UAE. According to data from Russia’s Ministry for Industry and Trade, trade turnover between the two states increased by 68% in 2022 to $9 billion, a bilateral record between the nations.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes the UAE and Russia are discussing a Free Trade Agreement between the UAE and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) which spans Russia as well as Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.