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Dispute Resolution — Russia


Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 practical experience in handling disputes involving tax, bankruptcy and corporate conflicts. A source describes him as "a fantastic litigator and fantastic manager."

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Clifford Chance - Dispute Resolution Department

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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, while another source describes her as "very hard-working and very precise."

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

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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."

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

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.

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

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Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Founding partner and eminent practitioner Yuri Monastyrsky is a stalwart of the domestic litigation market. He remains 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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Dentons - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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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White & Case LLC - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Foreign desks Led from the Paris office, this cross-border team combining Paris, London and Frankfurt-based lawyers acts on international treaty arbitration cases that involve Russia. The team also acts on commercial litigations and arbitrations, representing corporates in international construction and natural resources disputes. Noah Rubins in Paris is a key contact.

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.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Dispute Resolution Department

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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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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)

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, where he often acts as a Russian law expert.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Yaroslav Klimov regularly advises Russian and international oil and gas and other natural resources companies on corporate disputes. A source describes him as "a good thinker."

Up-and-coming Andrey Panov focuses on international cases, assisting with the firm's key instructions. "He's a good speaker," a source says, while a client notes his quick turnaround times and calm approach to issues.

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ALRUD Law Firm - Dispute Resolution Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Handles litigation concerning administrative, insurance and debt-related disputes. Alexander Zharskiy and Maria Ostashenko are key client contacts.

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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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Dechert Russia LLC - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Notable cross-border litigation offering handling shareholder conflicts and debt recovery. Also active in international arbitration cases. Department head Yuri Makhonin is a key contact for clients.

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd - Dispute Resolution Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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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KIAP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Andrey Korelskiy is described as "a brilliant advocate and court representative." He acts on high-value complex litigations and also assists with strategic guidance in contentious cases.

Anna Grishchenkova is highlighted by sources as a very tenacious lawyer, with one client saying that she "never gives up." She acts for domestic and international clients on contractual and damages disputes. Sources say she is "extremely client-focused, responsive and practical as well as extremely bright and dynamic."

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Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Alexander Muranov is a leading figure in domestic litigation. Sources say he is "one of the best thinkers here in Russia, he has a very high level of expertise," and he handles complex domestic disputes and is described as "very confident and very persuasive." He also regularly acts as an expert witness on Russian law in international arbitration.

Managing partner Dmitry Chernyakov acts principally for domestic financial services clients in regulatory and commercial disputes. "He's a very good business-focused lawyer, he's very practical," a source says. He also acts on general commercial litigation mandates.

Dmitry Chernyy focuses his practice on contractual disputes, including payment disputes and construction disputes. "He even provides answers to questions that were not posed by the client but, in fact, are material to the case and definitely should be taken into account. Dmitry knows how to identify the essential issues," a source says.

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