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Yulia Chekmareva

Yulia Chekmareva
Head of legal advice and support in non-for-profit activities practice group

Yulia has a degree in law from the State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN) in Moscow. Subsequently, she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Business and Finance law at George Washington University Law School (Washington, DC, U.S.A.)

In 2001, she started providing legal advice and support for private charities in Russia. From 2003 to 2008, Yulia worked as a lawyer in the Russian branch of the Charities Aid Foundation Group of Companies (CAF, UK). From 2008 to 2011 she continued working there as Head of legal department.

From 2004 to 2011 Yulia, as a legal expert, actively participated in drafting bills introducing amendments to laws on charity and non-profit organizations, including preferential tax treatment and endowment. As a legal expert, she also cooperated with a number of state and public initiatives, among those were:

  • The Commission for the Development of Philanthropy in Russia of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, and
  • The working group established by the President of the Russian Federation to deal with the improvement of Russian legislation on non-profit organizations.

At that time, Yulia also lectured and conducted workshops on legal issues in taxation and other aspects of charity in Russia for private and corporate investors.

In 2011, Yulia joined Ivanyan&Partners Law Firm as the Head of legal advice and support for private clients. She switched from the narrow philanthropic questions to a wider range of legal issues, including charity, helping high-net-worth individuals to solve them.


Work experience

2011 - present
Ivanyan & Partners law firm
Senior Associate

2003 - 2011
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
Legal counsel, Leading legal counsel, legal director of the Russian office

2007 - 2011
CAF Philanthropy Services
Leading legal counsel, legal director of the Russian office


State University of Humanities (GAUGN)

Moscow International School of Translators

The George Washington University (Washingotn, DC)

Professional membership

2009 - member of the club of NGO lawyers – an informal association of lawyers dealing with non-for-profit organisations.

2010 - member of the club of special-purpose non-for-profit capitals

Member of the Saint-Petersburg Bar Association

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