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Yuriy Kotliarov leads the firm's Telecommunications, Media & Technology practice. He focuses on strategic legal advice, licensing and other regulatory matters, relations with public authorities, transactions structuring, business and assets protection, corporate law and governance, and dealing with employer-employee relations.

Yuriy has an extensive experience in consultancy and telecommunications, including 9 years as Head of Legal Department at Ukrtelecom, Ukraine's biggest telecom operator. He was admitted to the bar in 1999.

Yuriy Kotliarov actively participates in lawmaking processes, advises industry associations and public authorities, and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and seminars.

Education:
  • MIM-Kyiv Business School, Business Process Management, 2011
  • National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Specialist Degree in Law, 1997
Languages:
English, Russian, Ukrainian
Membership and activities:
  • Ukrainian National Bar Association
  • Telecom Club Ukraine
  • AMCU Community Board
Representative experience:
  • Provision of full legal support at Ukrtelecom and elaboration of legal strategies on a comprehensive array of key matters, including: 

–     launch and implementation of Internet access service, development of statutory regulation for paperless subscriber contracts and elaboration of relevant business model;

–     lawmaking activity, privatization support, etc.

–     introduction in Ukraine of first 3G mobile operator, first inter-company radio spectrum reallocation process, and provision of mobile operator pre-sale support services;

–     elaboration and implementation of legal models for inter-operator relations;

–     support of foreign investor loan restructuring;

–     creation of telecom product models in convergence with media;

–     elaboration and implementation of corporate governance model, resolution of corporate conflicts;

–     nation-wide restructuring and support of global employee rightsizing;

  • advised Vodafone Ukraine on creation of legal protection strategy in a monopoly abuse case; provided advice in unfair competition cases; drafted legal opinions in preparing the tender for licenses to use radio frequency resource for 4G technology implementation;
  • advised Telia Carrier on regulatory matters in Ukraine;
  • advised Volia-Kabel on regulatory matters and unfair competition;
  • advised Infocom on arranging and perfection of title to assets;
  • advised Facebook on regulatory matters in Ukraine;
  • Provision of full legal support at Ukrtelecom and elaboration of legal strategies on a comprehensive array of key matters, including: 

–     launch and implementation of Internet access service, development of statutory regulation for paperless subscriber contracts and elaboration of relevant business model;

–     lawmaking activity, privatization support, etc.

–     introduction in Ukraine of first 3G mobile operator, first inter-company radio spectrum reallocation process, and provision of mobile operator pre-sale support services;

–     elaboration and implementation of legal models for inter-operator relations;

–     support of foreign investor loan restructuring;

–     creation of telecom product models in convergence with media;

–     elaboration and implementation of corporate governance model, resolution of corporate conflicts;

–     nation-wide restructuring and support of global employee rightsizing;

  • advised Vodafone Ukraine on creation of legal protection strategy in a monopoly abuse case; provided advice in unfair competition cases; drafted legal opinions in preparing the tender for licenses to use radio frequency resource for 4G technology implementation;
  • advised Telia Carrier on regulatory matters in Ukraine;
  • advised Volia-Kabel on regulatory matters and unfair competition;
  • advised Infocom on arranging and perfection of title to assets;
  • advised Facebook on regulatory matters in Ukraine;
  • advised a major developer of blockchain operation software and hardware on regulatory matters and authorizations in data protection, and formalization of relations with the Ukrainian public sector entities;
  • advised MTSBU (Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine) on handling corporate relations, settlement of labor disputes, transaction structuring, technology implementation, etc.;
  • advising a leading Ukrainian media company on matters of unfair competition and IT technology implementation for ensuring cybersecurity;
  • advised a leading Ukrainian retail chain on matters of advertising and elaboration of protection strategies for unfair competition;
  • advised the largest EU automotive manufacturer on matters of domain name use and protection;
  • advised an international bank and developed legal aspects of roadmap for e-government implementation in Ukraine.
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