I have experience litigating contract, property, corporate disputes, and business torts matters. My commercial and corporate litigation practice includes disputes over breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, and misrepresentation. I represent clients in various corporate matters, including issues of corporate control, shareholders’ rights, and liability of corporate directors and officers.


I have experience representing investors in cross-border transactions and disputes. Whether you are in negotiations with a private party or a foreign government or in the process of defending your rights against a breach of contract or expropriation of your investment by the host-state, I am prepared to use all mechanisms international law provides to uphold your rights. I will make sure your rights are duly fixed in the contract between you and your foreign partner, advise you on every stage of the transaction, and represent your interests if a dispute arises. I am prepared to represent my clients before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and arbitration panels convened under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). In addition, I advise my clients on application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in cross-border investment settings.


I have experience drafting and negotiating international sales contracts and representing clients in international trade disputes. I have represented sellers and buyers in various situations that can occur in virtually every cross-border transaction, including breach of contract, force majeure, and mitigation of damages. I advise my clients on export and import compliance, application of the International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) and international trade agreements under the World Trade Organization (WTO), the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and other multilateral and bilateral trade agreements. I am prepared to represent international sellers and buyers in trade disputes before permanent and ad hoc arbitration panels, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and before arbitration panels convened under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules.


I have significant experience handling various transportation matters. My experience includes three and a half years as the head of the recoveries and litigation department at Yukos, one of the world's largest privately owned energy companies at the time. While at Yukos, I successfully handled numerous cases against motor, rail, river, and sea carriers. I have established very good professional relations with transportation attorneys and surveyors in different parts of the world, including Eastern and Western Europe and the Mediterranean. I represent insurers and cargo-owners in disputes with river, sea, and ocean carriers, railroads, and motor carriers. In addition, I advise fright-forwarders and shipowners in cargo damage and loss and vessels collision matters.


My intellectual property practice extends to copyright, trademarks, and Internet domain names. I help my clients secure their copyright and represent them at all stages of trademark registration process (trademark prosecution) as well as in trademark and copyright infringement disputes and in Internet domain names disputes. I hold Ph.D. in law which I received for my dissertation about Internet domain name disputes. My articles on the subject are published in one of the most authoritative law reviews. I have experience drafting and negotiating licensing agreements and website development contracts. In addition, I advise my clients on international intellectual property transactions and on application of multilateral and bilateral intellectual property treaties, including the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). I am well prepared to represent my clients in intellectual property disputes before arbitration panels convened under the aegis of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).


I provide a full spectrum of services for start-ups and small businesses. I assist my clients at all stages of their venture, from separation from their current business or employment to incorporation, drafting and negotiating contracts, securing rights to intellectual property, and representation in disputes with third parties. I am prepared to advise and represent angel investors and venture capitalists in start-up offerings and help my clients secure their rights as shareholders in their new enterprises. I have experience negotiating and drafting term sheets, convertible notes, investors’ rights agreements, and stock purchase agreements. I advise my clients on the issues of voting rights, participation rights, conversion rights, redemption rights, information and inspection rights, exit rights, anti-dilution mechanisms, and on negative covenants.


I advise clients on electronic commerce, online advertising, online marketing and sales regulations, and I help them comply with the laws and follow best practices when it comes to consumers privacy online, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). I have experience drafting privacy policies and online agreements (terms of service, terms of use), and web development contracts.


The Internet has made protection of individual and corporate reputation more topical and complicated than ever. In order to comply with banking, anti-money laundering, and know your customer laws, financial institutions look ever more closely into their current and potential clients’ background and reputation. A false statement made in a reputable media source or on an obscure website, which directly or indirectly accuses an individual or a corporation of money laundering, fraud, misappropriation of funds, corruption, organized crime, terrorism financing, or certain other criminal activity, or refers to an investigation or a disciplinary finding, may drive away business partners and make a bank or other financial institution turn down a new customer or terminate an otherwise successful and long relationship with its client. I have successfully represented my clients in defamation cases and helped them recover their reputation and remedy the consequences of false and defamatory statements and publications. Among those who may fall under heightened scrutiny are individuals and entities sanctioned or barred from using financial or trade channels. If the sanctions have been imposed by mistake, I will do my best to help my clients falsely accused of the sanctionable activity to uphold their rights.


I have advised and successfully represented my clients in international extradition proceedings. In addition to requests for extradition, I have successfully advised and represented my clients challenging INTERPOL red notices and diffusions issued against them by countries seeking their arrest and extradition. Although INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organization with 190 member countries, plays an important role in fighting crime, there have been cases when some of the organization’s member countries utilized INTERPOL’s channels unlawfully and abused the system to persecute political opponents or target businessmen subjected to corrupt prosecution and trumped-up charges. INTERPOL’s Constitution declares that the organization must act "within the limits of the laws existing in the different countries and in the spirit of the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” It strictly forbids the organization "to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character." Individuals may challenge red notices and diffusions issued against them before the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF), an independent body established to ensure that information about individuals in the INTERPOL’s files is obtained, processed and kept in accordance with the organization’s constitution. If the red notice or diffusion is based on a politically motivated or corrupt prosecution based on trumped-up charges, the INTERPOL’s constitution and regulations require that it is deleted from the organization’s databases.



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Education

Northwestern University School of Law JD, LLM

Kellogg School of Management Certificate in Business Administration

Moscow State Law Academy
(Russia) LLB, PhD in Law

Bar admissions

New York

District of Columbia

Languages

English Russian French
Yuriy is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago) and Moscow State Law Academy (Russia), where he received his first law degree as well as his Ph.D. in law. Yuriy has practiced law for over fifteen years. He has worked in one of the most prominent litigation law firms in the United States ranked top-thirty by Vault Law 100 and in one of the most reputable law firms in Russia. In addition, Yuriy worked as an in-house counsel at Yukos, one of the world's largest privately owned energy companies at the time, where he successfully headed the company's litigation and recoveries department.

Yuriy specializes in domestic and international litigation and arbitration, cross-border investments, international trade, transportation and maritime law, corporate, banking, intellectual property, international extradition law, and white collar defense. Yuriy is actively involved in academic life. His articles about securities, intellectual property, banking, defamation, Interpol, and international extradition law are published in authoritative law reviews and journals.

Yuriy is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association.

You can reach Yuriy at ynemets@nyllaw.com



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  • The law office advises a major stevedore and maritime logistics company on customs regulations. The law office has been retained by a major stevedore company to provide advise on U.S. customs regulations.

  • A website removes a defamatory post about the law office’s client following the law office’s demand. The law office was retained by a group of international investors seeking to recover their reputation from false accusations an anonymous author published on a website popular among traders and investors. Following the demand to remove the defamatory post, the website agreed to block the publication.

  • INTERPOL approves a law office’s request to remove the red notice published against a law office’s client. The law office was retained by a businessman, a victim of an attempted illegal takeover of his business and persecution in Russia. Russian authorities unjustly accused him of crimes and using Interpol’s channels disseminated a request seeking his location and extradition, a red notice. While on a business trip abroad, the client was detained due to the red notice and spent months in detention before he was released. The law office prepared and submitted a request to the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files, a body responsible for reviewing complaints about Interpol member states abusing the organization’s channels to persecute political opponents and other victims of illegal criminal prosecution. INTERPOL approved the law office’s request and deleted the red notice from its databases. Further, Interpol General Secretariat informed all INTERPOL National Central Bureaus that any international police cooperation with regard to the law office’s client via INTERPOL’s channel would be in violation of the INTERPOL’s Constitution and the organization’s Rules.

  • The law office successfully represents a client in a libel case against a news website. The court awards over $900,000 in damages. A group of international entrepreneurs retained the law office to recover their reputation from multiple defamatory statements published on a well-known news website. The publications at issue included false accusations of fraud, money laundering, corruption, and other serious crimes. In the defamation case filed against the website owner, the court ruled in favor of the law office’s clients and awarded over $900,000 in damages.

  • The law office advises a client in an international trade dispute which arouse over the embargo imposed on certain goods produced in the United States. The law office was retained by a foreign food supplier that entered into a contract with a Untied States seller. The dispute arouse over the embargo a foreign government imposed on certain goods produced in the United States.

  • The law office successfully advises an investor in a start-up private placement. The law office was retained to represent an investment company in an online start-up placement of series seed preferred stock.

  • The law office advises a group of international investors on banking regulations and know your customer laws. The law office has been retained by a group of international investors to provide advice on U.S. and international banking regulations and know your customer laws.

  • The law office successfully represents a client in an international extradition case. The law office was retained by the client after the client was detained and had already spent several months awaiting extradition. The client was arrested due to the INTERPOL red notice disseminated by his country of origin seeking his location and extradition. After the law office was engaged, the court ruled to deny the extradition request and allowed the client to leave the country.






  • Trademarks and the Internet: Litigation and Legislation, 4 Khoziaistvo i Pravo 111 (2002) (Rus.)

  • Internet Domain Names: A New Area of Intellectual Property Law, 5 Khoziaistvo i Pravo 18 (2001) (Rus.)

  • Movable and Immovable Property: How to Make the Civil Code Better? 6 Khoziaistvo i Pravo 102 (1998) (Rus.)
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