Maxim Ali

Senior Associate
Head of the IP/IT Practice

St Petersburg, Moscow



Maxim Ali graduated from the law faculty of the St Petersburg University of Humanities and Social Sciences with honours. At the beginning of his legal career, Maxim provided in-house legal support to an education institution after which he worked for a number of years in law firm in St Petersburg.

In 2017 Maxim Ali joined the team at Maxima Legal. In his role as a Senior Associate, Maxim has shown that he is a responsible specialist and works to the highest standards. In the time that he has been working at the firm, Maxim has established himself as an expert in the field of information law as well as in e-commerce and media law.

Also Maxim has successful experience in defending clients ‘ interests in specialized courts in the Intellectual Property Court and the Chamber of Patent Disputes. At the same time, the lawyer managed not only to defend the interests of the client, but also to develop a new position for the Russian judicial practice, to which the court referred in its decision.

Maxim has worked with Russian, foreign and international companies from a wide range of industries including the IT sector, healthcare, metal and car producers, real estate and the entertainment industry.


  • Complex legal support for a financial blockchain platform within the framework of an ICO. The project to attract $104 million was included in the short-list of the national legal award – 300 – 2018 in the Digital Economy nomination. In addition, the work of Maxim was awarded the prize ‘Lawyer Season. Autumn 2018 – Deal of the Season” by business newspaper Delovoy Peterburg.
  • Development and introduction of a commercial secret regime, as well as negotiation and execution of agreements on obtaining rights to production secrets (know-how) within the framework of implementation of joint projects with international partners on localization of medical devices production in Russia.
  • Successful defense of the client’s interests and recognition of the illegal blocking of the site, which was carried out at the request of the prosecutor’s office and Roskomnadzor by all telecom operators in Russia without notifying the site administration.
  • Supporting several pilot and unique public-private partnership projects in the IT sphere. The complexity of the projects was due to the fact that at the time of their implementation similar cases were not available in the Russian legal practice, and the legislation on which the projects were based was adopted six months prior to their launch and had no clear interpretation on a number of issues.
  • Supporting joint projects of the with providing legal assistance to two joint projects between with the The D. D. Shostakovich St Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Hall and internet companies Yandex and LitRes and assisting with negotiations and entering into a contract for joint recording of the Philharmonic Orchestra and the renowned Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji with one of the world’s largest recording labels – UNIVERSAL MUSIC.


  • Since 2017 Maxim has been a co-chairman of the Legal Committee of the St Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA).


  • Best Lawyers 2021 (Russia, St Petersburg) – Information Technology Law, FinTech Practice, Gaming Law, Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Best Lawyers 2020 (Russia, St Petersburg) – Information Technology Law
  • 300 (2017, 2018, 2019) – Intellectual Property practice
  • 300 (2019) – ТМТ
  • Delovoy Peterburg Legal rating (2019) — Intellectual Law
  • Delovoy Peterburg rating ‘Lawyer of the Season – Autumn 2018’ (2018)  — Transactions
  • 300 (2018) – list of finalist in the nomination of ‘Digital Economy’


2012                St Petersburg University of Humanities and Social Sciences, Law Faculty (degreewith honours)


Maxim has authored a number of articles for professional and academic publications on matters such as intellectual property, protecting commercial reputation as well as dispute resolution and corporate law.

Maxim regularly provides expert opinions to business media, including Kommersant, Vedomosti, Rossiskaya Gazeta, Delovoy Peterburg, VC.RU, Rusbase and others.

Maxim is a columnist for legal and business internet resources including, Regforum and E-xecutive.


Maxim speaks Russian (native) and English (fluent).