• The Legal 500:
    «ALRUD Law Firm is one of the very best local independent firms in Russia».
  • Chambers Global:
    ALRUD is appreciated for its “forward-thinking team, led by excellent senior partners, which is committed to providing an international standard work product and high level of responsiveness”.

April 25 the worldwide known ranking agency Chambers and Partners published the results of the Chambers Europe 2015 rating. ALRUD Law Firm confirmed and improved its position in the ranking.

Maria Ostashenko

Maria Ostashenko, Partner

Specialization:  CommercialIntellectual PropertyData Protection and Cybersecurity



Telephone: +7 495 234 96 92
: +7 495 956 37 18

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Maria Ostashenko is a Partner at ALRUD Law Firm, heading Commercial, Intellectual Property and Data Protection and Cybersecurity practice areas.

Leading team of Commercial practice Maria advises ALRUD clients on managing credit risks of parties, on forms of legal presence and models of conducting business in Russia, supports launching start-ups and implementation of complex projects related to international contracts. 

In the Intellectual property area Maria renders legal support for formalizing IP rights, use, management and protection of brands and intangible assets, conducting marketing campaigns and advertising. She possesses extensive experience of resolving disputes regarding intellectual property, including alternative dispute resolution.

Maria represents international clients in the matters involving data protection regulation in Russia, advises on obligations of operators related to data processing, including cross-border data transfers, structuring data flow between the members of international groups. 

Maria supports Russian and foreign clients providing her expertise in areas including pharmaceuticals and healthcare, FMCG, banks and financial institutions, retail trade, telecommunications, media and technology.

Maria is a frequent speaker at major Russian and foreign conferences and workshops, and an author of many analytical articles published in legal periodicals. Maria is a member of International Bar Association (IBA) and International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Maria also took part in working on the draft amendments to the Civil Code of the RF and presently conducts workshops on the Civil Code developments. 

Maria Ostashenko graduated from the Moscow State University in 2004 and was awarded a LL.M. degree in private law by the Russian Private Law School by the President of the RF in 2006. Maria joined ALRUD team the same year.

Recent projects of Maria include advising:

  • An innovative biopharmaceuticals manufacturer, global manufacturing leader in orphan disease treatment, on relations with distributors in Russia and CIS countries, marketing strategy and activities.
  • A world-famous US manufacturer of smart phones and tablets on issues related to the Client’s advertising campaigns in Russia.
  • A UK luxury fashion brand on the issues related to business activities in Russia, including on entering into distribution agreements and importing products into Russia.
  • A retail group managing a worldwide coffeehouse chain on entering into franchise agreement with a Russian partner and importing goods into Russia.
  • An international payment system regarding Russian data protection legislation requirements applicable to the Client’s products and to cross-border data transfers within the company group.
  • Numerous clients from the retail industry on protecting brands against infringements in the internet.