Inna Makarova is a Partner and Head of Maritime Practice at Stepanov and Aksuk Law Firm, an associate office of GRATA International in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

Inna has been practising Law since 2000 and as an attorney at law since 2004.

In the beginning of her career, Inna was a bailiff and executor of justice in the branch of court bailiff in Rostov-on-Don. Inna worked as a lead professional of the department of the protection of interests in the Main Department of the Ministry of Justice of Russian Federation. She also has a work experience as a legal counsel in the Department of litigation in the South-Western Bank of Sberbank.


  • Rostov Institute of Protection of Businessman, Faculty of Law (Diploma with honors);

  • Lloyd's Maritime Academy, London, Certificate in Ship Arrest.


  • External economic activity;

  • Customs Law;

  • Maritime Law.

Area of legal practice:

  • Legal support of vessels’ purchase and sale transactions, registration of vessels;

  • Support of legal disputes in Russia and abroad;

  • Arrests and detention of vessels, ensuring of Russian and foreign claims, including claims asserted in the arbitration court (arbitration);

  • Dispute resolution between the ship-owner and the crew;

  • Registration of sea-going ships and river-marine vessels and rights on them.

  • Consulting and assistance in negotiations with law enforcement authorities and other state bodies;

  • Representation in customs disputes;

  • Legal support of disputes in foreign courts and arbitrations;

  • Confession and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards;

  • Representation of ship-owners in case of illegal actions of customs authorities in relation to vessels which were repaired abroad.


  • Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association.


  • Inna has been singled out for a personal reference from the international legal rating «The Legal 500», nomination “Transport”. A particular focus is made by prestigious International rating “Chambers Europe”  on maritime practice headed by Inna at Stepanov and Aksuk Law Firm.

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  • Legal support of transactions with participation of Russian and foreign shipping companies for the sale of sea vessels and river-marine vessels, floating objects, registration of transactions and rights on them in Russian and foreign registries, the registration of encumbrances in the register of ships;
  • All-in-one legal support of activities of the international Agency company in all Russian ports.
  • Protection of interests of the international survey company from claims of customers for the compensation of damage under international contracts;
  • Protection of the interests of the ship owner in administrative cases commenced by the customs and border guard authorities;
  • Support of legal disputes of foreign and Russian ship owners, cargo owners with the customs authorities;
  • Support of the legal dispute (in cooperation with a foreign law firm) between foreign and Russian companies (ship owners, charterers, cargo owners, exporters) in foreign courts and arbitrations;
  • Provision of the lawsuits that were filed in foreign courts and arbitrations via the Russian arbitration courts;
  • Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards with the foreclosure of the debtor's property and with the enforcement process;
  • Representation of the international company that imports goods to Russia in disputes with the customs (correction of the customs value, classification of goods, and administrative offences);
  • Representation of foreign and Russian companies in Russian arbitration courts in disputes related to breaching of foreign economic contracts;
  • Maritime arrest of the vessel, the foreclosure of the vessel, the realisation and registration of the ship purchased at the auction;
  • Advisory work for the foreign Bank, assistance in the evidence gathering, preparation of legal opinions on the issues of the scrap metal export and Russian companies’ fraud against foreign banks;
  • Preparation of legal opinions for arbitrators of foreign arbitration courts under the Russian law.

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