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Dispute Resolution: International — Russia


Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Vladimir Khvalei and Edward Bekeschenko
- 7 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading team with considerable experience in both international arbitration and domestic litigation. Particularly known for acting on high-profile commercial, anti-monopoly and IP matters. Principally acts for major European and American corporates involved in domestic disputes. Also represents significant Russian clients in international arbitration cases. Active in international arbitrations related to the conflicts in the CEE and CIS regions.

Strengths Clients admire the lawyers' thorough approach: "They don't just touch the surface; they dig much deeper," a source says, while another client confirms: "We use them for those cases when we need to work with a huge amount of information: they can do it. They will sit, look at commas and will definitely find something."

Work highlights Advised Manolium Processing on a potential investment arbitration against Belarus valued at USD250 million.

Acted for Christian Louboutin on a high-profile trade mark infringement case against four Russian companies.

Significant Clients Shell, LVMH, Servier, Renault.

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Khvalei is widely regarded in Moscow as "one of the faces of Russian international arbitration." He has an enviable track record in representing clients before international arbitration courts in Moscow, London and Stockholm and frequently handles matters involving CIS jurisdictions. His recent instructions include disputes involving cross-border M&A transactions, infrastructure and financing contracts.

Head of domestic litigation Edward Bekeschenko has extensive experience in handling disputes involving tax, bankruptcy and corporate conflicts. A source describes him as "a fantastic litigator and fantastic manager."

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group is part of a global team of legal specialists with vast experience in litigation (both commercial and regulatory) and arbitration (international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration). Being part of a global law firm our lawyers are routinely involved in multijurisdictional disputes, and in their turn, are able to draw on the expertise of colleagues from all over the world, should a local matter require advice from a foreign jurisdiction. The lawyers of the disputes team are acting as counsel in arbitration proceedings under the SCC, ICC, LCIA, HKIAC and ICAC (Moscow) arbitration rules. They are also involved in investment arbitration proceedings involving CIS states.  V. Khvalei's role as Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and his vast experience both as counsel and arbitrator are an asset for the Moscow disputes group. Our team represents clients in most complex disputes that have major effects on our clients’ businesses. We provide both legal expertise and commercially oriented advice based on our experience in various industries.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Julia Romanova
- 1 partner
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a strong domestic litigation practice extending beyond Moscow into the regions, representing domestic industrial clients across Russia. Particularly strong in advising on contentious IP, real estate, tax and customs disputes. Defends clients in disputes with state bodies including the Federal Antimonopoly Service and tax authorities. Often represents international retail and manufacturing clients and boasts experience of handling real estate disputes. Acts on debt recovery and damages claims. Represents clients in white-collar crime-related conflicts, defending business owners and corporate clients in criminal investigations. Also involved in international arbitration cases.

Strengths The team is commended for its understanding of the market, with a client praising the lawyers for being "very familiar with local specifics."

Clients praise the group's "excellent performance in court," with one source adding: "They would cover everything in a structured and presentable way, will never omit or forget anything."

Work highlights Acted for Stroyalliance on disputes with subcontractors arising from the construction of the Mercury Tower in Moscow.

Represented TP Vision in a litigation with an insurance company relating to a commercial credit insurance extended to a now-bankrupt business partner.

Significant Clients IKEA, Mars, McDonald's, TechnoNICOL, MosOtis.

Notable practitioners

London-based Roman Khodykin of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is well respected for his Russia-focused practice. One enthusiastic source describes him as "the go-to person in London when a case has a Russian aspect." He represents Russian corporates and individuals in London-based litigation and arbitration. He is also described as "creative and hard-working."

Julia Romanova joined the team from Chadbourne & Parke in late 2017. She acts as a Russian law expert on international disputes, including cross-border litigation in various jurisdictions as well as international arbitration cases.

About the Team (content provided by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP)

We have the biggest litigation team among international law firms in Russia and one of the biggest teams in the overall Russian market, with 47 trial lawyers based in Moscow.

The size and expertise of our diversified team mean we can deal with all types of dispute,in particular: recovery of debts and damages, asset financing, fraud and conspiracy claims, construction disputes, real property disputes, bankruptcy, IP, insurance, banking and corporate disputes, and disputes with consumers.

We provide clients with all types of contentious services: pre-trial settlements, representation of clients in courts of all levels throughout Russia, representation in arbitration proceedings, representation in different state bodies (Federal Antimonopoly Service, Rospatent, tax authorities, etc.).

The breadth of our resources enables us to provide clients with specialised litigation support. We have a combination of niche specialists in addition to our core dispute team (litigators in our tax, customs, competition, employment and IP practices).




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Clifford Chance - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Timur Aitkulov
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent team regularly representing local and international blue-chip clients in precedent-setting cases. The team assists with corporate and financial disputes, including securities litigation as well as enforcement proceedings. Highly active in international arbitration cases. Regularly acts for clients in Russian courts. Instructed by international technology giants and energy and natural resources companies as well as financial institutions.

Strengths Market sources praise the team's flexible approach to cases, with a client saying the lawyers have the ability to "look at issues from different angles." Another source highlights the team's "desire and ability to discuss approaches and work out the best solution for us" as well as the capacity "to do very large amounts of work under intense time pressure."

Significant Clients Sberbank.

Notable practitioners

Timur Aitkulov is a market-leading disputes lawyer widely recognised for both his domestic and international dispute resolution abilities. He represents significant Russian and global clients in major conflicts, including international arbitration cases abroad as well as before Russian courts. Interviewees unanimously agree that his top ranking is well deserved, confirming: "He's very experienced and he's very good."

Julia Popelysheva is an increasingly visible litigator who is involved in the firm's key instructions. "She has a high capacity for work and is convincing and tenacious in presenting arguments in court," a client reports. Another source describes her as "very hard-working and very precise."

About the Team (content provided by Clifford Chance)

We help our clients in resolving disputes in major international arbitration centres and state courts, both in Russia and abroad, in investigations and proceedings by regulators and law-enforcement authorities of various jurisdictions, and generally in risk prevention, identification and management


International Arbitration

We regularly represent our clients in complex cases under the rules of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICAC), and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

Dispute Resolution in State Courts

Our experience of cases in Russian state courts is in many ways unique. We have successfully acted in cases in most sub-federal entities (subjects) of the Russian Federation at all levels of the Russian judicial system.  We recently secured a favourable judgment in the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on a matter that is fundamental for the development of international and private arbitration in the Russian Federation. We participate in cases involving corporate disputes, lending, provision of financial services, antitrust and intellectual property matters, bankruptcy, construction, supplies, enforcement of foreign awards and judgments, and international legal assistance.

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Dechert Russia LLC - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Yuri Makhonin
- 6 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for its activity in cross-border litigation, including big shareholder conflicts and significant debt recovery. Also assists with international arbitration cases. Acts for a roster of banking institutions and regularly represents high net worth individuals.

Strengths Sources also note the team's ability to handle multi-jurisdictional mandates. "Dechert is an excellent choice for cross-border litigation," an interviewee says.

Work highlights Represented a group of Eurobond noteholders in FESCO before the LCIA on potential debt enforcement against the company after its default on Eurobonds.

Assisted Alfa-Bank with the recognition and enforcement of a Russian court decision in France in relation to a Russian businessman living in France.

Significant Clients STS-Media, Media-Markt-Saturn, Enka İnsaat ve Sanayi, HOCHTIEF, PumpTek Asia.

Notable practitioners

Department head Yuri Makhonin is a key contact for clients.

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Dentons - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Mikhail Ivanov and Roman Zaitsev

What the team is known for Sizeable disputes team representing clients in domestic corporate conflicts as well as cross-border cases. Noted for its deep bench of expertise available to assist clients with a broad spectrum of disputes. Particular areas of strength include anti-monopoly, IP and technology-related conflicts. Varied client base ranges from domestic manufacturers to heavyweight multinationals. Also represents Russian clients in EU law-related contentious matters.

Strengths Interviewees praise the team's representation in court: "They had well-developed arguments and performed very well."

Clients note the team's availability, stating: "If I need something done super quickly, then it's Dentons."

Work highlights Represented NLMK in a challenge against EU anti-dumping measures heard before the EU General Court.

Significant Clients Samsung, Auchan, Billa, Gazprom, Severstal.

Notable practitioners

UK-qualified, London-based Dominic Pellew regularly acts for major corporates on Russia-focused international arbitration cases. A source describes him as "a skilful arbitration counsel with a good sense of tactics," adding: "He has good Russian language skills. That's particularly important when he cross-examines witnesses; he could spot discrepancies in testimony and in translation."

Roman Zaitsev handles civil and corporate litigation as well as enforcement proceedings. A client describes him as "a strategist who always tries to find the most effective solution in favour of the client."

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Yaroslav Moshennikov and Oleg Skvortsov
- 1 partner
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on general commercial and contractual disputes and represents clients in domestic IP conflicts. Recognised for its cross-border activity, the team remains active in significant international arbitration cases.

Strengths The team is noted for its strong communication skills.

Work highlights Represented Sberbank Leasing in a RUB9 billion litigation relating to the debt owed by Transaero.

Significant Clients Gazprom, Warimpex, Renaissance Construction, International Paper, Perfetti van Melle.

Notable practitioners

Yaroslav Moshennikov heads the disputes team in the Moscow office. He is best known for his domestic litigation activity and also assists with significant international arbitration cases.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Victoria Burkovskaya, Dmitry Dyakin, Valery Eremenko and Evgeny Raschevsky
- 8 partners
- 71 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Largest disputes team in the market with a deep domestic litigation bench and a highly experienced international arbitration team that also handles cross-border litigation. Prominent areas for the team include contractual disputes, as well as energy, environment and bankruptcy-related cases. Market-leading white-collar crime team represents corporate defendants as well as business people in economic criminal cases. Client roster includes significant Russian and international players from a broad variety of sectors.

Strengths The expertise of individuals in the department is highlighted by a source, who describes the team as "a real constellation of stars."

Interviewees highlight the lawyers' client-oriented approach: "They always keep in touch. We like this, it gives us comfort and a sense of stability," a client says.

Work highlights Acted for EWS on a dispute with Ruspetro relating to a service contract to increase the production rate at oilfields in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug valued at RUB31 billion.

Represented a shareholder of National Bank Trust in a criminal case relating to alleged fraud.

Instructed by The Federal Agency for State Property Management to assist with Russian law aspects in an international ad hoc arbitration involving shareholders of a joint venture in India, valued at USD200 million.

Significant Clients Allianz, NOREBO Holding, Yandex, VEB-Leasing, Transammiak.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Dimitry Afanasiev has extensive experience of advising clients on high-profile contentious cases across a variety of industries.

St Petersburg-based eminent practitioner Ilya Nikiforov retains his outstanding reputation in international arbitration matters, representing notable Russian companies. He also acts as arbitrator.

Victoria Burkovskaya heads the firm's white-collar crime practice. She represents clients in cases related to alleged fraud, corruption and corporate raids. Burkovskaya is commended by market sources for her pragmatic advice, with a source saying: "It is always very practical; she knows exactly what to do and how to do it."

Valery Eremenko is held in high regard for his experience in domestic litigation, where he acts on a broad range of commercial disputes, including cases that involve multiple proceedings. His recent instructions include co-leading the team representing VEB-Leasing in a dispute initiated by a leaseholder, Pervaya Transportnaya Kompaniya, challenging provisions of finance lease agreements.

Evgeny Raschevsky heads the firm's international arbitration practice and also represents clients in Russian courts. "He has good knowledge and good intuition, he's one of the best lawyers," a source says, while another interviewee describes him as "a skilled opponent." He represents private companies as well as the Russian Federation and government-owned companies.

Dmitry Dyakin is a respected name in international arbitration, with a source confirming his visibility on "a lot of big, interesting cases."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Dmitry Surikov and Noah Rubins
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong, internationally-focused practice acting for significant corporates and financial institutions involved in international arbitration. Represents notable Russian clients as well as multinational companies. Additionally handles cross-border commercial litigation.

Strengths A client describes the lawyers as "thorough, commercially and legally strategic and highly responsive."

Work highlights Successfully represented Rusoro in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela regarding the expropriation of its gold mining assets in Venezuela as a result of which the company was awarded USD1.2 billion in compensation.

Significant Clients Russian Railways, Gazprombank, Credit Suisse, Rosneft, Deutsche Bank.

Notable practitioners

Dmitri Surikov is the key contact for clients.

Paris-based Noah Rubins is widely regarded as one of the market-leading specialists in relation to Russia-focused international arbitration cases. A fluent Russian speaker, he regularly represents blue-chip Russian corporates and state-owned entities in major, cross-border arbitrations in a variety of industries. He recently acted for Rusoro on an arbitration against Venezuela regarding the expropriation of the company's gold mining assets.

About the Team (content provided by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP)

Please visit the Freshfields website for more details about our work in this category: http://www.freshfields.com/en-gb/what-we-do/services/disputes-litigation-and-arbitration/


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Herbert Smith Freehills - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Alexei Panich
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable player in Russian domestic litigation, the team also acts on international arbitration cases. Known for significant shareholder disputes, debt recovery and bankruptcy-related conflicts, often involving several jurisdictions. Handles a range of local contentious matters, including large debt collection and breaches of contract. Client roster includes major Russian financial institutions as well as international banks in addition to significant Russian privately-owned company groups.

Strengths Sources note the team's problem-solving abilities: "They don't just answer the question; they also recommend a better solution," an interviewee says. Another client highlights the lawyers' ability to "deeply understand the client's business needs."

Work highlights Assisted Sberbank Capital with civil proceedings brought against it by a minority shareholder in Luxembourg for recovery of alleged losses valued at USD120 million.

Represented E4 Group in more than 20 disputes in Russian courts regarding debt recovery, tax and court bailiff actions.

Significant Clients Gazprom Neft, ONEXIM Group, RBS, VTB, Vnesheconombank.

Notable practitioners

Alexei Panich is experienced in a broad selection of disputes relating to commercial, financing and regulatory concerns. His varied client roster includes Russian energy companies as well as international and domestic banks.

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Hogan Lovells (CIS) - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Most visible in cross-border disputes, including international arbitration. Works in close co-operation with its London office on litigation and arbitration cases heard in London, Cyprus and other jurisdictions.

Strengths Sources are pleased with the team's ability to understand its clients. "They know what the client wants and speak the same language," an interviewee says, adding: "We can always call them with clever or stupid questions, it's very comforting."

Interviewees note the team's thorough and proactive approach. "They're very detailed," a client says, also praising the team's skill to think ahead: "They try to predict what's going to happen."

Notable practitioners

Alexei Dudko is a well-respected litigator who is also often involved in cross-border disputes. One interviewee highlights his efficiency while another describes him as "really persuasive."

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KK&P (Kulkov, Kolotilov and Partners) - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Maxim Kulkov
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Disputes boutique with growing recognition in the market. Regularly represents significant local and global clients in Russian disputes. Debt recovery and enforcement of arbitration awards are active areas of practice. Additionally, the lawyers often act as Russian law experts on international arbitration cases as well as assisting with cross-border litigation in various jurisdictions.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's understanding of the litigation process. "They were very good at telling us which battles to pick and which to leave," a source says.

Several clients note the team's systematic and structured approach, with one interviewee stating: "The technical, forensic points they contribute and their ability to develop substantive arguments and chase down information is all top-class."

Work highlights Defended Kedr Bank against an attempted enforcement of an USD8.6 million Russian arbitral award on behalf of GROT-1.

Advised Grant Thornton as English court-appointed receivers of the late Boris Berezovsky's estate in relation to a possible confiscation of the property by the Russian law enforcement agency.

Significant Clients B&N Bank, Brunswick Rail, Caterpillar Financial Services, Rost Bank.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Maxim Kulkov is a popular choice among international corporates for complex Russian litigation cases. "He knows his stuff and he's easy to deal with, he's a terrific contact to have in Russia," a source says, while another adds: "He possesses a lot of experience of hearings in arbitration courts, the gift of persuasion and the ability to communicate his position in an accessible way." He has experience in cross-border litigation and international arbitration cases.

About the Team (content provided by KK&P (Kulkov, Kolotilov and Partners))

KK&P (Kulkov, Kolotilov & Partners) is a litigation and arbitration boutique based in Moscow. The team is led by Maxim Kulkov, who has over 23 years’ experience in complex dispute resolution.

The team members are highly-experienced trial lawyers with market-leading litigation, arbitration and investigatory backgrounds and have many years of successful experience in well-known international law firms. They have handled disputes in 50+ jurisdictions.

In 2017, we won 94% of our cases, the total value of which was around US$1 billion. Our team has extensive experience in all types and forums of international arbitration.

We actively represent clients as counsel in all major arbitration institutions, including the ICAC, ICC, SCC, LCIA and VIAC, and also ad hoc arbitrations (for example, under UNCITRAL rules). Managing Partner Maxim Kulkov regularly receives instructions to act as an arbitrator and legal expert in international and domestic arbitrations.

We also regularly assist clients with enforcement proceedings against debtors and with debt recovery, combating dissipation of assets. We are also in demand for our expertise in cases relating to asset tracing, including cross-border and fraud investigations.

Our smaller structure, which enables us to achieve greater flexibility in staffing and pricing and avoid conflicts of interest, has proved to be successful.

With KK&P, clients benefit from a dedicated and focused team with a partner’s active involvement from start to finish.


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Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Dmitry Lovyrev and Yuri Monastyrsky
- 7 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding Russian litigation-focused firm, singled out for its exceptional experience in corporate disputes. The team is regularly instructed by notable international companies as well as significant domestic corporate groups across a broad range of industries. Also maintains a strong regulatory disputes practice, representing blue-chip companies against Russian authorities. Active in international arbitration cases heard in Russia and abroad. Additionally, offers defence in criminal investigation cases.

Strengths Clients note that the team has good knowledge of court practice and also applaud the dedication of the team, with a source saying: "They invest time into knowing how we work and what challenges we are facing, and try to help us."

Sources highlight the firm's reputation as a long-established disputes firm and note the quality of work. "One of the best among domestic firms, especially in domestic litigation. I have worked on a few cases with them and I was really impressed by the quality," a source says.

Work highlights Represented A1 in a number of cases related to a corporate conflict with Stroyfarfor valued at USD100 million.

Acted for Transneft on a series of disputes with the Federal Antimonopoly Service relating to procurement and contracts.

Advised SIBUR on international arbitration proceedings regarding damages against MAVEG Industrieausrüstungen.

Significant Clients Aeroflot, Google, IKEA, Sistema, Uralvagonzavod.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner and eminent practitioner Yuri Monastyrsky is a stalwart of the Russian disputes market. He is a prominent figure in international arbitration, where he often acts as a Russian law expert. Sources agree with his pre-eminent market position, confirming that "he's very famous here, he's an icon."

Dmitry Lovyrev is a top-ranked litigator acting on a broad range of domestic disputes, regularly representing blue-chip international corporates as well as notable Russian business names. "It's absolutely right, he's excellent," a source confirms. He acts on significant commercial and shareholder disputes.

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  • Challenging an order by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (issued upon a complaint by Yandex) holding Google as having abused its dominant market position with respect to OS Android. Also represented Google in a number of related proceedings.
  • Received instructions from Transneft on a number of disputes with the Federal Antimonopoly Service regarding regulated procurement policies and contracts.
  • Representing IKEA in nearly all judicial and arbitration cases for the past years, including a major one against local electricity supplier for the amount in dispute exceeding US$1 billion (reviewed by the Higher Arbitration Court and the Supreme Court) and in a related US$ multi-million tax case.
  • Received instructions from Prosperity Capital on the recovery from the board of GAZ, Russia's leading producer of commercial trucks, of US$ multi-million damages caused by the sale of quasi-treasury stock and US$ 250 million damages recovery from board members of TGK-2, one of the Russia's largest electricity producers; we also assist the client in their US$ multi-million shareholder dispute relating to TGK-2 and heard in the BVI courts.
  • Representing Yugra Bank in their dispute with the Russia's Central Bank - this is one of the largest cases currently heard in Russia.
  • Received instructions from AFK Sistema in their US$ multi-billion disputes with Rosneft and others regarding Bashneft. 

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Yaroslav Klimov
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known for the handling of international disputes. Acts for Russian corporates on cross-border litigation and arbitration as well as advising international corporates on Russian disputes. Boasts experience of handling conflicts in the energy and natural resources sector. Also active on domestic enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Benefited from the global merger with Chadbourne & Parke in 2017 by strengthening the international dispute resolution side.

Strengths Several sources highlight the responsiveness and client-oriented approach of the team.

Work highlights Acted for Strabag on Russian enforcement proceedings of a RUB380 million ICAC award against Severstal's Balakovo plant.

Represented Atomstroyexport in summary proceedings against Stichting Voorbereiding Pallas Reactor relating to a tender result.

Significant Clients Z&J Technologies, Togliattiazot.

Notable practitioners

Yaroslav Klimov regularly advises Russian and international oil and gas and other natural resources companies on corporate disputes.

Up-and-coming Andrey Panov focuses on international cases, assisting with the firm's key instructions. Clients notes his quick turnaround times and calm approach to issues.

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White & Case LLC - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Yulia Zagonek
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a large number of banks, often in relation to high-value bankruptcy as well as debt recovery proceedings. Maintains a remarkable international arbitration practice, regularly acting on investment arbitration cases where it represents the Russian Federation. Also active in litigation cases outside of Russia that are related to Russian assets. Particularly active of late in construction disputes.

Strengths Interviewees praise the team's approach, with a client saying: "They have been very, very efficient. They understand legal points and provide perfect support."

Several sources highlight the team's international arbitration capability. A source says: "They were good in hearings, they had a good strategy."

Work highlights Acted for the Russian Federation as defendant in international arbitration against a series of high-value claims brought by Sergei Pugachev.

Represented Forreststream Holdings in a debt recovery dispute against an individual residing in California.

Significant Clients Bank of Cyprus, Uniastrum Bank, UniCredit Bank.

Notable practitioners

According to sources, UK-qualified, London-based David Goldberg is "fantastic" in arbitration. He regularly assists Russian companies with cross-border disputes and is known for acting for the Russian Federation, recently representing it in arbitration proceedings against Sergei Pugachev. A source describes him as "extremely pragmatic and sensible."

UK-qualified Julia Zagonek focuses on cross-border litigation and commercial arbitration matters. "She's very good at analysing legal points and at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a case," a source says. Interviewees also highlight her dedication and client care skills as key strengths.

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To learn more about our practice, please visit: whitecase.com/law

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Eminent Practitioner

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner and eminent practitioner Yuri Monastyrsky is a stalwart of the Russian disputes market. He is a prominent figure in international arbitration, where he often acts as a Russian law expert. Sources agree with his pre-eminent market position, confirming that "he's very famous here, he's an icon."

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Eminent Practitioner

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

St Petersburg-based eminent practitioner Ilya Nikiforov retains his outstanding reputation in international arbitration matters, representing notable Russian companies. He also acts as arbitrator.

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Band 1

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Timur Aitkulov is a market-leading disputes lawyer widely recognised for both his domestic and international dispute resolution abilities. He represents significant Russian and global clients in major conflicts, including international arbitration cases abroad as well as before Russian courts. Interviewees unanimously agree that his top ranking is well deserved, confirming: "He's very experienced and he's very good."

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Band 1

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Khvalei is widely regarded in Moscow as "one of the faces of Russian international arbitration." He has an enviable track record in representing clients before international arbitration courts in Moscow, London and Stockholm and frequently handles matters involving CIS jurisdictions. His recent instructions include disputes involving cross-border M&A transactions, infrastructure and financing contracts.

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Band 2

Evgeny Raschevsky

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evgeny Raschevsky heads the firm's international arbitration practice and also represents clients in Russian courts. "He has good knowledge and good intuition, he's one of the best lawyers," a source says, while another interviewee describes him as "a skilled opponent." He represents private companies as well as the Russian Federation and government-owned companies.

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Band 3

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexei Dudko is a well-respected litigator who is also often involved in cross-border disputes. One interviewee highlights his efficiency while another describes him as "really persuasive."

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Band 3

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmitry Dyakin is a respected name in international arbitration, with a source confirming his visibility on "a lot of big, interesting cases."

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Band 3

KK&P (Kulkov, Kolotilov and Partners)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Maxim Kulkov is a popular choice among international corporates for complex Russian litigation cases."He knows his stuff and he's easy to deal with, he's a terrific contact to have in Russia," a source says, while another adds: "He possesses a lot of experience of hearings in arbitration courts, the gift of persuasion and the ability to communicate his position in an accessible way." He has experience in cross-border litigation and international arbitration cases.

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Band 3

Alexander Muranov

Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Muranov is a leading figure in domestic litigation, handling complex domestic disputes. "He's amazing, he has a lot of knowledge, a lot of experience. He's very strong," a source says. He also regularly acts as an expert witness on Russian law issues in international arbitration.

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Band 3

White & Case LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

UK-qualified Julia Zagonek focuses on cross-border litigation and commercial arbitration matters. "She's very good at analysing legal points and at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a case," a source says. Interviewees also highlight her dedication and client care skills as key strengths.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yaroslav Klimov regularly advises Russian and international oil and gas and other natural resources companies on corporate disputes.

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Band 4

Vladimir Melnikov

Linklaters CIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Melnikov of Linklaters CIS is recognised for his client care, with several sources noting his ability to put clients at ease. "He's always one call away and he's very good. He can always offer ideas and solutions, so we always turn to him for litigation." He has a significant track record in handling both domestic and international disputes.

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Band 4

Yaroslav Moshennikov

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yaroslav Moshennikov heads the disputes team in the Moscow office. He is best known for his domestic litigation activity and also assists with significant international arbitration cases.

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Band 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julia Romanova joined the team from Chadbourne & Parke in late 2017. She acts as a Russian law expert on international disputes, including cross-border litigation in various jurisdictions as well as international arbitration cases.

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Up and Coming

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Andrey Panov focuses on international cases, assisting with the firm's key instructions. Clients notes his quick turnaround times and calm approach to issues.

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