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Dispute Resolution: Domestic — Russia


ALRUD Law Firm - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vasily Rudomino

What the team is known for Assists with general commercial litigation, including administrative disputes, as well as insurance, competition and debt-related conflicts. Also active in international arbitration and cross-border litigation. Represents Russian corporates, international names and individuals.

Work highlights Defended General Logistic Solutions in an unjust enrichment case related to a construction company.

Significant clients Huntsman, Lionsgate, Wanhua Chemicals, VTG.

Notable practitioners

Vasily Rudomino and Andrey Zharskiy are key contacts.

Department profile by ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD is recognized as the leading legal advisor in dispute resolution in Russia. Lawyers of DR Group specialize in high profile and complex litigation and arbitration matters with international element.

DR team has  substantial experience in insolvency litigation, real estate, antitrust (with a market-leading antitrust team), IP, corporate and defamation disputess. DR team has a notable expertise in the banking and financial services, automotive, energy, TMT, retail and transportation sectors. Team members have a great experience of participation in multijurisdictional disputes.


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Working on “best friends” model enables us to deepen our cross-border disputes experience and get new projects.

Our team represents clients in international commercial arbitration cases, bankruptcy, corporate and investment disputes, as well as in international cartel investigation or unfair competition disputes. We possess extensive experience of resolving international disputes regarding data protection and IP infringement proceedings.


Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vladimir Khvalei
- 2 partners
- 23 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.

Strengths Speaking about the depth of the team's coverage, one source comments: "There is no alternative to them, based on their wide scope of practice. I can come to them with labour litigation, tax litigation, corporate and commercial litigation. They cover everything, they have a very good team of litigators with a lot of experience."

One source praises the team's client-oriented approach and technical capability, saying: "They're very cooperative, responsive, they're good at explaining things."

Value for money Several note the team's "cost-efficient manner."

Work highlights Successfully represented Moët Hennessy in a trade mark dispute against Parad Zvezd.

Significant clients Baltika Brewery, Doosan, Emerson, Renault, Shell.

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Khvalei is one of the market pioneers in international arbitration and is described as "one of the most reputable people on the market." His vast expertise in arbitration results in rare insight which is appreciated by clients: "He is very creative, he is always looking for different angles." He often acts on disputes that relate to several CEE and CIS jurisdictions. He is also involved in local litigation.

Edward Bekeschenko maintains his excellent reputation on the domestic litigation market. He principally acts for blue-chip Western corporates in Russian courts, often in contractual disputes with Russian companies as well as against state authorities.

Department profile 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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Clifford Chance - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Prominent team regularly instructed by local and international blue-chip clients in precedent cases in Russia and abroad. The team assists with corporate and financial disputes as well as enforcement proceedings. Represents major international technology giants, energy and natural resources companies and financial institutions.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Panasonic, Rosatom, Sberbank.

Notable practitioners

Timur Aitkulov has an excellent reputation for representing domestic clients in international arbitration. He also acts for international companies on domestic disputes, particularly related to local enforcement of non-Russian rulings. "He is definitely a leader of the market," sources say.

Counsel Julia Popelysheva focuses her practice on Russian litigation, where she acts for major domestic clients on high-value disputes with domestic counterparties. She also acts on enforcement proceedings.

Department profile 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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Dentons - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Roman Zaitsev

What the team is known for Significant disputes team that represents clients in domestic corporate conflicts as well as cross-border cases. The team benefits from the firm's size, with a deep bench of expertise on hand to assist clients with a broad range of disputes. Anti-monopoly cases are a particular area of expertise. IP and technology-related conflicts is another area of strength. Also represents Russian clients in EU-related contentious matters.

Strengths One source highlights the team's expertise, saying: "It is possible to rely on them even in the most complicated cases. They are smart, quick, have broad expertise in various jurisdictions and make practical decisions."

Significant clients Auchan, Billa, HeidelbergCement, Claas, Samsung.

Notable practitioners

London-based Dominic Pellew is often involved in Russia-related arbitration, representing Russian parties in the LCIA and other arbitration venues. Sources say: "He speaks excellent Russian. He's a very smart and sensible guy."

Roman Zaitsev progresses through the rankings this year on the back of extensive positive feedback. He regularly represents significant international companies in domestic disputes. Speaking about his result-oriented approach, one source says: "He helps to identify all possible risks and choose the most efficient way to meet a particular goal."

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Yaroslav Moshennikov
- 1 partner
- 15 other qualified lawyers

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

Strengths Sources appreciate the style of the team, calling them "very responsive, diligent, quick, smart and sharp."

Work highlights Continues to represent Gazprom in a dispute with Naftogaz of Ukraine regarding the supply and transit of gas through Ukraine.

Significant clients International Paper, Warimpex, Renaissance Construction Group.

Notable practitioners

Department head Yaroslav Moshennikov often represents international clients in domestic contractual disputes with Russian counterparties.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Victoria Burkovskaya and Evgeny Raschevsky
- 7 partners
- 70 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for The largest disputes team on the market, its deep domestic litigation bench is matched by a highly experienced international arbitration team that also handles cross-border litigation. Contractual disputes, as well as energy, environment and bankruptcy-related cases have recently been prominent areas for the team. The practice includes a market-leading white-collar crime team which acts for corporate defendants and business people on economic criminal cases.

Strengths Clients enthuse about the technical skill and tenacity of the team: "We had a difficult case and EPAP never gave up trying to see a way though to get us out of it."

Sources confirm the leading position in the domestic market, saying "their reputation definitely precedes them; they have a great team and they have great clients," adding: "They have a very strong market presence."

Praising the firm's white-collar crime practice, one source describes the team as a "market leader; they do the highest quality work."

Work highlights Advised the Russian Federation on an international arbitration case heard by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce relating to a multimillion-dollar dispute with ExxonMobil regarding tax rates on production sharing agreements.

Represented the government of St Petersburg in a cancellation of a high-value PPP contract with Nevskaya Concession Company.

Represented Sistema's majority shareholder, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, in money laundering allegations.

Significant clients Basic Elemet, Gazflot, RUSAL, Sakhalin Energy, TogliattiAzot.

Notable practitioners

Dimitry Afanasiev lends his vast expertise to complex, high-value domestic disputes, where he represents major Russian blue-chip clients.

St Petersburg-based Ilya Nikiforov is a long-standing figure in the market. He is known for his international disputes practice and his remarkable insight into Russian law aspects. Sources say: "He can put difficult concepts into simple language."

Victoria Burkovskaya advances through the rankings this year based on outstanding feedback. She is recognised as a leading figure in the criminal disputes market. "She was excellent, she delivered above the expectations in terms of her vision, her work, her involvement," a source says, adding: "She was very quick," as well as "very persuasive." She is active on high-stakes white-collar crime cases.

Dmitry Dyakin often acts for state-owned companies in international arbitration cases. He is praised for his focus and drive. A source says: "He knows what he wants."

Valery Eremenko maintains a broad practice focusing on complex domestic disputes. As one impressed source notes: "He can handle very difficult cases and make them seem simple for his client." He represents major Russian companies in domestic corporate disputes. He also acts for international clients on disputes connected to criminal investigations. He is also involved in bankruptcy disputes, principally representing creditors.

Evgeny Raschevsky handles both international arbitration and domestic litigation mandates. In international disputes, he often acts for domestic clients. "He is a strategic lawyer," a source confirms.

Up-and-coming Denis Arkhipov is active in domestic disputes. Sources note his dedication and tenacity, saying: "He tries to do everything for his client."

Since publication, Sergey Kovalev has joined Kovalev Tugushi & Partners.

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FBK Legal - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alexander Ermolenko
- 2 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded team often instructed by domestic and international clients on mid-market local disputes. Acts on various types of commercial conflicts including breach of contract, recovery of damages and anti-monopoly disputes. Also represents clients in contentious cases with state authorities. Boasts IP disputes experience.

Strengths Sources consistently note the team's tailor-made approach: "There is deep involvement in the client's business and case." Another adds: "I don't have to waste time explaining things; they understand, they know exactly what to do and how to do it."

Work highlights Represents Gazprom in ongoing disputes in Russian regions regarding alleged damages from its pipeline to local land owners.

Significant clients Activas, Belvedere, Cathay Pacific, Daisoft, M.video.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Ermolenko advances in the rankings this year based on his increasing market recognition. "He thinks strategically and he cares about his clients," sources say. He principally represents Russian clients in mid-market disputes.

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Goltsblat BLP - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Oleg Arkhipov, Rustam Kurmaev and Elena Trusova
- 3 partners
- 24 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, tax and customs disputes. Also involved in international arbitration cases. Often represents international retail and manufacturing clients and has practical experience of real estate disputes. Debt recovery and damages claims have been active areas recently. Also handles white-collar crime-related conflicts, defending business owners and corporate clients in criminal investigations.

Strengths Sources appreciate the "24/7 availability of the lawyers and their readiness to come to our assistance at any time." They add: "Everything possible was done to maximise the client's convenience and provide outstanding service."

Another source praises "the flexibility and creativity of their suggestions."

Work highlights Represented Novatek in a dispute against its joint venture partner Nefte Petroleum.

Defended retail chain OBI in a RUB117 million real estate lease dispute against a regional lessor.

Significant clients Baker Hughes, IFPI, IKEA, Mars, Philips.

Notable practitioners

Rustam Kurmaev acts for significant regional corporate clientele on domestic contractual and commercial disputes. Also represents international clients in financial disputes with Russian counterparties. His other active area of practice is white-collar crime investigations.

Department profile by Goltsblat BLP

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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On the international level, we advise on a wide range of arbitration-related multi-jurisdiction litigation, including enforcement of and challenges to arbitral awards and interim measures. We select and work with local lawyers whom we consider to have the best experience and local knowledge for each specific project,be it through contacts based in our foreign offices or through an appropriate contact in one of our many preferred firm relationships.



Herbert Smith Freehills - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alexei Panich
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable player in both Russian domestic litigation and international arbitration cases. Known for acting on significant shareholder disputes, debt recovery and bankruptcy-related conflicts, often involving several jurisdictions. The firm acts for a client roster of major Russian financial institutions as well as international banks.

Significant clients Alfa-Bank, Gazprom, Raven Russia, Sberbank.

Notable practitioners

Alexei Panich maintains a strong domestic litigation practice, acting principally for Russian clients. One interviewee says: "When I come across a case that is unwinnable I take it to him." Another source notes: "He is always prepared, he knows everything and he is ready to react immediately in court when something comes up."

Since publication, Vladimir Melnikov has joined Linklaters CIS.

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Khrenov and Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alexander Khrenov, Alexander Konkov and Igor Nikolaenko
- 3 partners
- 30 lawyers

What the team is known for Noteworthy litigation-focused firm principally acting for domestic clients on contractual, regulatory and debt recovery disputes. Represents creditors in bankruptcies of businesses and banks. Also has practical experience in dealing with a broad range of energy disputes as well as contentious construction cases. Handling complex regional cases in Russia is another strength.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the team's practical approach: "They perfectly understand the problems which its customers face doing their business in Russia and offer effective solutions."

Sources also note the team's "responsiveness to our requests and their comprehensive approach to any situation."

Work highlights Represented AVVA Rus in a breach of contract and unilateral cancellation dispute against a distributor valued at USD292 million.

Acted for Uniastrum Bank on a USD1.3 million debt recovery case.

Significant clients Air Astana, Moscollector, Kubanenergo.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and a very well-recognised name in the market, Alexander Khrenov is a notable disputes lawyer. He specialises in financial disputes, often concerning energy tariffs, unjust enrichment and debt recovery. Sources describe him as a "talented and strong advocate."

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KIAP - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andrey Korelskiy
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded litigation team representing international and local clients in a broad range of local disputes. Contractual, regulatory and insurance disputes as well as local enforcement proceedings are areas of particular experience. Often works in co-operation with a number of international firms and is popular with foreign clients.

Strengths Clients appreciate the client-oriented approach, noting: "They demonstrate an extremely client-oriented approach" and: "They supported us in each and every tiny situation on each and every tiny aspect."

Work highlights Represented Inditex in a high-stakes customs dispute against state authorities relating to IP licence fees.

Defended Zara in a high-value lease agreement dispute.

Significant clients Capital Insurance, EuroChem, OGK-2, Otto Group Russia, Rockwool.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Andrey Korelskiy assists clients with strategic matters and also acts for international clients on significant domestic disputes, including regulatory disputes.

Anna Grishchenkova predominantly advises clients on domestic disputes, including domestic regulatory matters.

Ilya Ischuk represents domestic and international companies in high-value disputes with Russian counterparts. He is currently acting for OGK-2 on a USD100 million contractual dispute with E4 regarding the supply contract to Serov State District Power Station.

Department profile by KIAP

Litigation is KIAP's core practice, the practice is recommended by Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Legal 500 EMEA, as well as by Russia's Pravo.Ru 300 and Kommersant rankings. 

The law firm is strong in supporting litigations in retail, industrial production, insurance and energy sectors. Andrey Korelskiy, Anna Grishchenkova and Konstantin Astafiev are ranked top of the field. 

Andrey Korelskiy, the practice head, is an Associate at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and since 2015 is the Board Member of the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA). Partner Anna Grishchenkova was elected a new regional representative of Russia in the IBA Litigation Committee in 2016 and also was granted the status of Member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Anna is also a Regional Ambassador at HK45 - Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s committee (HKIAC). She is included into list of arbitrators in Austria (VIAC), Kuala Lumpur (KLRCA), Hong Kong (HKIAC), Russia (RAA), the Board Member of the Arbitration Center. Best Lawyers 2013 named Konstantin Astafiev the Litigator of the Year in Russia. 

Among the practice's clients are major Russian and international companies from various sectors of the economy. 

Contact name: Andrey Korelskiy, Managing partner 
Tel: +7 495 660 4909 Email: [email protected] 

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Kulkov, Kolotilov and Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Established in 2015 by a group of lawyers from an international law firm, this disputes boutique is gaining recognition as a strong market player. Regularly represents significant global clients in domestic disputes. Also acts on cross-border litigation and arbitration cases.

Strengths Clients appreciate the service the team provides: "They're responsive, they're prepared to adjust to the needs of the client. They provide results in a form that is accessible and understandable to persons who do not have special knowledge in the field of law."

Another source praises the firm's client-centric focus: "They are driven by the client's success. They invest time to understand the client's situation and desired result."

Work highlights Represented MDM Bank and Rost Bank as creditors in numerous bankruptcy proceedings relating to four company groups: Formosa, BTK, Vella and Nautilus.

Acted for Brunswick Rail on a USD7 million debt recovery case arising from a contractual dispute against Armavir Factory of Heavy Mechanical Engineering.

Significant clients Alvarez & Marsal, Caterpillar Financial, GATX, KPMG.

Notable practitioners

Maxim Kulkov has a remarkable reputation for his impressive track record in domestic litigation where he represents Russian and international clients. Sources say he "weighs up the pros and cons of everything but is able to give you clear recommendations." He also acts on cross-border disputes. Clients say: "He's culturally bilingual as well as actually bilingual; he can give you international law firm advice but from a Russian lawyer with that insight into the domestic market."

Department profile by 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 20 years’ experience in 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 40+ jurisdictions.

In 2016, we won 98% of our cases, the total value of which was around US$850 million. 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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KK&P’s 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 and have handled disputes in 40+ jurisdictions.

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.

Maxim is a member of:

  • ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR;
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) - listed arbitrator;
  • International Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic (IAC CCI) - listed arbitrator (along with Nikolay Pokryshkin, partner).


Lidings - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andrey Zelenin

What the team is known for Well known for advising many international names, particularly in the pharmaceuticals industry. The team is active in debt recovery and IP cases alongside its commercial disputes practice. Also acts for clients on construction disputes.

Strengths Clients note the strength of the team's preparations, stating: "They were very confident in hearings, they had all the answers to defend their positions." Another source adds: "Detailed analysis of every situation means they always get the right result."

Work highlights Represented Globalstroy-Engineering in a USD500 million unpaid services conflict for the construction of a large oil and gas extraction site.

Acted for Yokogawa on an IP matter against a parallel importer.

Significant clients Accent Group, Hema, Meda Pharmaceuticals, TetraPak.

Notable practitioners

Andrey Zelenin is a well regarded Russian litigator, active in debt recovery and IP disputes in addition to general commercial litigation. Clients appreciate how he uses his experience to take a strategic approach to cases. "He gives concise, clear law advice," another source adds.

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Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Yuri Monastyrsky
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding domestic litigation-focused firm, singled out for its exceptional experience in corporate disputes. Also has a strong regulatory disputes practice, acting against domestic state authorities. Regularly instructed by global technology companies as well as leading domestic corporate groups. Criminal investigations linked to corporate disputes is also an active area of practice.

Strengths Sources single out the team's pragmatic approach: "They have a very practical approach, they try to understand the substance of the case from the business point of view, not just the legal point of view." Another source adds: "They show good quality," noting that the team is good at finding unusual solutions.

Another interviewee praises the team's courtroom skill. "You can't be too aggressive in the courtroom, it doesn't work, but you should be precise, polite and hold your ground. This is how they were."

Work highlights Advised Google on challenging the decision by anti-monopoly authorities regarding an alleged abuse of dominant position.

Acted for Prosperity Capital on the recovery of damages from board members of GAZ as well as TGK-2.

Represented Eni in a number of regulatory disputes with Russian state authorities.

Significant clients IKEA, Samsung, Bashneft, Gazprom, Uralvagonzavod.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Yuri Monastyrsky lends his expertise to high-value domestic arbitration proceedings. He oversees the practice and advises clients on strategic matters.

Dmitry Lovyrev is highly regarded by peers as one of the leading litigators in Russia. "He may be one of the best litigation lawyers in Moscow presently, based on what I've seen of him in the court," a source says. "He's a very good, strategic-thinking litigator," another interviewee confirms. He advises international clients on Russian litigation as well as representing domestic clients in high-value disputes.

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Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Dmitry Chernyakov, Dmitry Chernyy and Alexander Muranov
- 6 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent domestic litigation firm that commands remarkable market respect. Advances through the rankings this year due to increased prominence and complexity of caseload. Notable for handling significant corporate conflicts in the energy sector. Also has considerable experience in contractual disputes across a range of other key Russian industries. Active in international arbitration.

Work highlights Represented Kievskoye in a termination of contract and USD4 million debt recovery.

Acted for Cominter Wine on a EUR1 million debt recovery matter against a Russian wine producer.

Significant clients FGC UES, MOESK, Gazpromneft, Rosneft, Saga Telecom.

Notable practitioners

Dmitry Chernyakov is a highly regarded figure in the Russian disputes market. He is "well known for his domestic litigation work" and is described as a "driving force of the team." He specialises in high-value contractual disputes.

Managing partner Alexander Muranov has a strong reputation for his focus on arbitration, particularly as a Russian law expert in international arbitration matters. His domestic practice focuses on strategic advice in complex corporate disputes.

Up-and-coming Dmitry Chernyy focuses on international arbitration, principally acting for significant domestic corporates.

Department profile by Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners

Founded in 2003, Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners is now ranked as one of Russia’s leading national law firms, employing 35 highly-qualified lawyers.

The firm is co-headed by Alexander Muranov and Dmitry Chernyakov. The partners of the firm have worked together since 1996 and have built a strong team with a reputation as specialists who ‘know the law inside out’.

The firm’s primary focus is on providing practical and cost-effective business legal advice to Russian and international public and private companies, financial institutions and state authorities.

Areas of practice: dispute resolution in state courts; international arbitration, domestic and corporate arbitration;  private international law, foreign investment; international trade practice; corporate law; competition law; tax law; bankruptcy and restructuring; preparation of legal opinions; legal support of GR.


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Noerr - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Viktor Gerbutov
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A popular choice for German and Nordic clients in IP and customs disputes with Russian counterparts as well as state authorities. Also represents international clients in commercial disputes and damages cases.

Significant clients Seacon Logistics, Shell, Swatch Group, Solar Turbines, Volvo.

Notable practitioners

Viktor Gerbutov is praised for his technical skills and attention to detail. He principally represents European clients in local disputes. Clients describe him as "practical but thorough."

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Known for both its local litigation and international disputes practices. Often acts on cross-border conflicts that involve significant litigation in Russia, including in Russian regional courts. The team also has strong experience in local contractual, bankruptcy and regulatory disputes.

Strengths Commentators recognise their client-oriented approach, stating: "They have a good approach with the client, understand their needs and are able to advise quickly and efficiently."

Another notes the team's "ability to offer innovative solutions," adding that the lawyers are "deeply involved and proactive."

Work highlights Represented Z&J Technologies as defendant in a RUB104 million dispute against the bankruptcy administrator.

Acted for Chevron on an employment and immigration dispute against state authorities.

Significant clients Bryansky Broiler, TogliattiAzot, VNIIAES.

Notable practitioners

Yaroslav Klimov acts for both Russian and international corporate clients, predominantly from the energy sector, on a variety of corporate disputes. He also represents clients in international arbitration matters. "He's very good: down-to-earth, approachable and easy-going with clients."

Senior associate Andrey Panov focuses on international arbitration matters and is involved in the firm's key instructions.

Julia Romanova joined the team as part of the merger. She represents clients in cross-border disputes, including in courts of foreign jurisdictions as well as in relation to international arbitration proceedings. She has also been increasingly visible in Russian courts.

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Pepeliaev Group - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Yuri Vorobyev
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Commercial disputes group, separate from the firm's formidable tax litigation force. Has been particularly active of late in debt and damages recovery as well as regulatory disputes with state authorities, alongside general commercial disputes.

Strengths The team is praised for its court room skills. Clients note the team's "clear and structured presentation of the ideas in the procedural documents" and the ability to "persistently, but properly, convey the right information to the judges."

Work highlights Defended Electrotechnical Company in a EUR7 million dispute relating to penalties for lateness against Rosneft.

Appealed the environmental fines imposed on Zapolyarneft by state authorities before the Russian Constitutional court.

Significant clients ALROSA, Gazprom, Samsung, Volkswagen, Yandex.

Notable practitioners

Roman Bevzenko enters the rankings this year based on positive feedback. "He has good technical knowledge, he's very systematic," says a source. Sources also note his strong theoretical background.

Department profile by Pepeliaev Group

The attorneys and associates of Pepeliaev Group's dispute resolution and mediation practice represent clients in commercial courts and courts of general jurisdiction (up to the Russian Supreme Court) and in the Russian Constitutional Court. Pepeliaev Group's professionals have extensive experience of handling cases at international commercial arbitration centres. If knowledge of foreign law is required, we engage foreign experts from partner firms.

According to Pepeliaev Group's internal statistics, we have won over 90% of all cases we have handled. What is more, 15% of disputes are settled at the pre-trial stage.

Key areas of the Practice's activity

  • Preventing and resolving conflict situations
  • Settling pre-trial claims
  •  Mediation
  • Litigating in state commercial courts and courts of general jurisdiction
  • Arbitral tribunals and international commercial arbitration
  • Enforcement proceedings


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Vegas Lex - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Victor Petrov

What the team is known for Well-respected practice that advises domestic clientele on bankruptcy disputes as well as general corporate and commercial litigation. Particularly recognised in anti-monopoly and PPP disputes as well as active in cases involving large energy companies. Also has offices in Krasnodar and Volgograd.

Strengths Interviewees describe the team as "systematic, accurate, with attention to detail."

Work highlights Represented PhosAgro in three litigation cases challenging the sale and purchase of securities brought in by Trust Bank that were dismissed by the Russian courts.

Assisted Telecom Povoljie with obtaining an interim order for freezing sizeable assets of a local telecoms operator as a result of an international arbitral award.

Significant clients MTS, PhosAgro, OGK-2, Avtodor, MOEK.

Notable practitioners

Victor Petrov is a key client contact.

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White & Case LLC - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Julia Zagonek
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a large number of banks, often in relation to bankruptcy or debt recovery proceedings. Has a strong international arbitration practice, often advising on leading energy-related matters. Acts on enforcement proceedings and cases involving state governments, utilising its extensive international network to assist with cases in various jurisdictions.

Strengths Clients appreciate the international capabilities of the team: "They're fantastic, very organised, they can co-operate with legal teams in various jurisdictions," adding: "They have a very good knowledge of both common law systems and Russian litigation, so they can deliver in any jurisdiction what is needed."

Another source notes that "the quality of the lawyers is very high."

Work highlights Represented the Bank of Cyprus in a domestic dispute against Rutsog Invest regarding the enforcement of a mortgage relating to an office building in central Moscow.

Acts for Mariyskiy zavod silikatnogo kirpicha on an arbitration dispute heard in Russia with a German manufacturer regarding allegedly defective machinery.

Significant clients Crédit Agricole, Credit Europe Bank, Ilyushin Finance, Vnesheconombank, Samsung.

Notable practitioners

UK-qualified David Goldberg is based in London and remains a well-respected figure in the Russia-related disputes market. An arbitration specialist, he principally represents Russian state entities in international disputes and is a key partner in enforcement disputes relating to the enforcement of Yukos' ex-shareholders' arbitral award.

The up-and-coming Julia Zagonek specialises in cross-border disputes, including litigation and arbitration. She principally acts for international banking institutions and large corporate clients and has been praised for her "excellent organisation skills" and for being "very efficient."

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Yukov & Partners, LLP - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department:Vyacheslav Uvachev and Andrey Yukov
- 4 partners
- 39 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Litigation-focused firm housing a sizeable team of lawyers. Strong in commercial litigation, including significant cases heard in Russian regional courts. Represents clients in bankruptcy and contractual disputes. Known for its practical experience of handling subcontractor disputes relating to the industrial sector.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Andrey Yukov is a well-regarded, long-established litigator regularly representing Russian clients in complex corporate and commercial disputes.

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YUST Law Firm - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Elena Lvova
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Known for its focus on contractual and financial disputes. Acts on many cases concerning conflicts with subcontractors in construction as well as other contentious real estate cases. Also represents banks in bankruptcy and debt collection matters. In addition, maintains an active criminal disputes practice, which has experience in defending individuals in relation to corruption and fraud allegations.

Strengths Sources highlight the technical skill of the team, saying: "They know how to work, and what is important." Another source adds that the advice is "always clever and weighted."

Work highlights Acted for Raspredelennaya Energetika on a RUB1.6 billion unjust enrichment dispute with the Far Eastern Energy Management Company.

Significant clients Intarsia, MegaMaks, MosotdelProm, Sberbank, Eriell Neftegazservis.

Notable practitioners

Elena Lvova heads the firm's criminal law practice where she is widely regarded as "one of the best advocates in Russia, without a doubt." She represents domestic corporate clients in white-collar cases and is widely noted for her long-standing experience.

The up-and-coming Alexander Bolomatov focuses on domestic disputes for Russian corporates and is active in shareholder as well as general corporate disputes.

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Eminent Practitioner

Dimitry Afanasiev

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dimitry Afanasiev lends his vast expertise to complex, high-value domestic disputes, where he represents major Russian blue-chip clients.

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Eminent Practitioner

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Yuri Monastyrsky lends his expertise to high-value domestic arbitration proceedings. He oversees the practice and advises clients on strategic matters.

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Band 1

Kulkov, Kolotilov and Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maxim Kulkov has a remarkable reputation for his impressive track record in domestic litigation where he represents Russian and international clients. Sources say he "weighs up the pros and cons of everything but is able to give you clear recommendations." He also acts on cross-border disputes. Clients say: "He's culturally bilingual as well as actually bilingual; he can give you international law firm advice but from a Russian lawyer with that insight into the domestic market."

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Band 1

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmitry Lovyrev is highly regarded by peers as one of the leading litigators in Russia. "He may be one of the best litigation lawyers in Moscow presently, based on what I've seen of him in the court," a source says. "He's a very good, strategic-thinking litigator," another interviewee confirms. He advises international clients on Russian litigation as well as representing domestic clients in high-value disputes.

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Band 2

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Timur Aitkulov has an excellent reputation for representing domestic clients in international arbitration. He also acts for international companies on domestic disputes, particularly related to local enforcement of non-Russian rulings. "He is definitely a leader of the market," sources say.

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Band 2

Edward Bekeschenko

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Edward Bekeschenko maintains his excellent reputation on the domestic litigation market. He principally acts for blue-chip Western corporates in Russian courts, often in contractual disputes with Russian companies as well as against state authorities.

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Band 2

Dmitry Chernyakov

Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmitry Chernyakov is a highly regarded figure in the Russian disputes market. He is "well known for his domestic litigation work" and is described as a "driving force of the team." He specialises in high-value contractual disputes.

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Band 2

Grigory Chernyshov

Advocate Cabinet of Grigory Chernyshov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Grigory Chernyshov of Advocate Cabinet of Grigory Chernyshov recently established his own firm, following his departure from White & Case in 2015. He is focused on the domestic market, representing international clients in local disputes with Russian counterparties.

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Band 2

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Valery Eremenko maintains a broad practice focusing on complex domestic disputes. As one impressed source notes: "He can handle very difficult cases and make them seem simple for his client." He represents major Russian companies in domestic corporate disputes. He also acts for international clients on disputes connected to criminal investigations. He is also involved in bankruptcy disputes, principally representing creditors.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Khvalei is one of the market pioneers in international arbitration and is described as "one of the most reputable people on the market." His vast expertise in arbitration results in rare insight which is appreciated by clients: "He is very creative, he is always looking for different angles." He often acts on disputes that relate to several CEE and CIS jurisdictions. He is also involved in local litigation.

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Band 2

Goltsblat BLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rustam Kurmaev acts for significant regional corporate clientele on domestic contractual and commercial disputes. Also represents international clients in financial disputes with Russian counterparties. His other active area of practice is white-collar crime investigations.

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Band 2

Alexander Muranov

Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Alexander Muranov has a strong reputation for his focus on arbitration, particularly as a Russian law expert in international arbitration matters. His domestic practice focuses on strategic advice in complex corporate disputes.

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Band 2

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexei Panich maintains a strong domestic litigation practice, acting principally for Russian clients. One interviewee says: "When I come across a case that is unwinnable I take it to him." Another source notes: "He is always prepared, he knows everything and he is ready to react immediately in court when something comes up."

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Band 3

Alexander Khrenov

Khrenov and Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner and a very well-recognised name in the market, Alexander Khrenov is a notable disputes lawyer. He specialises in financial disputes, often concerning energy tariffs, unjust enrichment and debt recovery. Sources describe him as a "talented and strong advocate."

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Band 3

KIAP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Andrey Korelskiy assists clients with strategic matters and also acts for international clients on significant domestic disputes, including regulatory disputes.

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Band 3

Yaroslav Moshennikov

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Yaroslav Moshennikov often represents international clients in domestic contractual disputes with Russian counterparties.

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Band 3

Evgeny Raschevsky

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evgeny Raschevsky handles both international arbitration and domestic litigation mandates. In international disputes, he often acts for domestic clients. "He is a strategic lawyer," a source confirms.

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Band 3

Bartolius Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yuliy Tay of Bartolius Law Firm is universally recognised for his skills as a litigator. He advises domestic clients from a wide variety of industries in complex corporate disputes. "He takes on big cases, irrespective of the field it comes from. He is known not for his speciality in one field, more for his advocate skills." Another source adds: "He's impressive when he speaks."

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TRUBOR law firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kirill Trukhanov established TRUBOR law firm following his departure from Vegas Lex in 2016. Sources say: "He knows how to find creative solutions to problems."

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Band 3

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roman Zaitsev progresses through the rankings this year on the back of extensive positive feedback. He regularly represents significant international companies in domestic disputes. Speaking about his result-oriented approach, one source says: "He helps to identify all possible risks and choose the most efficient way to meet a particular goal."

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Band 4

Alexander Ermolenko

FBK Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Ermolenko advances in the rankings this year based on his increasing market recognition. "He thinks strategically and he cares about his clients," sources say. He principally represents Russian clients in mid-market disputes.

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Band 4

Anna Grishchenkova

KIAP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Grishchenkova predominantly advises clients on domestic disputes, including domestic regulatory matters.

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Band 4

KIAP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ilya Ischuk represents domestic and international companies in high-value disputes with Russian counterparts. He is currently acting for OGK-2 on a USD100 million contractual dispute with E4 regarding the supply contract to Serov State District Power Station.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yaroslav Klimov acts for both Russian and international corporate clients, predominantly from the energy sector, on a variety of corporate disputes. He also represents clients in international arbitration matters. "He's very good: down-to-earth, approachable and easy-going with clients."

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Band 4

Kovalev Tugushi & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Since publication, Sergey Kovalev has joined Kovalev Tugushi & Partners.

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Band 4

Vladimir Melnikov

Linklaters CIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Since publication, Vladimir Melnikov has joined Linklaters CIS.

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Band 4

Saveliev, Batanov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergey Saveliev joined Saveliev, Batanov & Partners in September 2016. He focuses on domestic disputes, including shareholder conflicts and financial disputes. Sources say: "He is really creative, he's talented," and note his court experience.

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Band 4

Regionservice

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergei Uchitel of Regionservice is based in Kemerovo, South Western Siberia. He acts on regional disputes, representing domestic industrial clients in several regions across Russia. He assists with corporate, IP and regulatory disputes and often works in co-operation with Moscow-based firms on regional cases.

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Band 4

BGP Litigation

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Vaneev of BGP Litigation specialises in contentious bankruptcy disputes, representing both creditors and debtors. Clients appreciate his experience, saying: "Strategically he has very convincing ideas, how to put matters into perspective." Other sources say: "He is very precise, he is spot on with his conclusions."

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Band 4

Fedor Vyacheslavov

Vlawyers

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fedor Vyacheslavov established Vlawyers, following his departure from ALRUD in 2016. He works with international law firms, providing local representation on cases. One source appreciates his local insight, noting: "He was advising on what to fight, what to let go, what to mediate, what to take to court."

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Band 4

Yukov & Partners, LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Andrey Yukov is a well-regarded, long-established litigator regularly representing Russian clients in complex corporate and commercial disputes.

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Band 4

Lidings

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrey Zelenin is a well regarded Russian litigator, active in debt recovery and IP disputes in addition to general commercial litigation. Clients appreciate how he uses his experience to take a strategic approach to cases. "He gives concise, clear law advice," another source adds.

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Up and Coming

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Denis Arkhipov is active in domestic disputes. Sources note his dedication and tenacity, saying: "He tries to do everything for his client."

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Up and Coming

Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roman Bevzenko enters the rankings this year based on positive feedback. "He has good technical knowledge, he's very systematic," says a source. Sources also note his strong theoretical background.

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Up and Coming

Alexander Bolomatov

YUST Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

The up-and-coming Alexander Bolomatov focuses on domestic disputes for Russian corporates and is active in shareholder as well as general corporate disputes.

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Up and Coming

Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Dmitry Chernyy focuses on international arbitration, principally acting for significant domestic corporates.

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Up and Coming

Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Viktor Gerbutov is praised for his technical skills and attention to detail. He principally represents European clients in local disputes. Clients describe him as "practical but thorough."

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Up and Coming

Julia Popelysheva

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Julia Popelysheva focuses her practice on Russian litigation, where she acts for major domestic clients on high-value disputes with domestic counterparties. She also acts on enforcement proceedings.

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