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Global Guide

Dispute Resolution — Russia

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

Vladimir Khvalei is one of the market's 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 the Russian courts, often in contractual disputes with Russian companies as well as against state authorities.

Stockholm-based Jonas Benedictsson has a strong track record of acting as an arbitrator and counsel on cases relating to Russia and the CIS, particularly in relation to cases concerning energy companies.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global 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.

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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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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

Sergey Kovalev acts for major Russian corporate clients on local disputes. He is instructed on significant bankruptcies as well as large-scale corporate disputes, contractual conflicts and high-value debt recovery cases.

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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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

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 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

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Noah Rubins is widely regarded as one of the leading figures in Russia-related international disputes. He predominantly focuses on international arbitration matters, representing major Russian entities in cross-border financial and contractual disputes with international counterparties.

Foreign desks Led from the Paris office, this cross-border team combining Paris, London and Frankfurt-based lawyers acts on international commercial and treaty arbitration cases that involve Russia and other CIS countries. Noah Rubins in Paris is a key contact.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global 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

第二等

From the Chambers Global 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." 

Vladimir Melnikov represents clients in domestic as well as cross-border disputes, including international arbitration. Clients appreciate his approach, describing him as "very creative. He suggests solutions."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Recognised for its activity in international arbitration cases and cross-border litigation. Acts for industrial and energy companies and banks.

Department head Yuri Makhonin is a key contact for clients.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

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

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexei Dudko is a well-regarded disputes lawyer. Sources describe him as "very responsive and accessible" as well as "energetic, motivated and driven." 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global 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 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global 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.

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.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global 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

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Assists with general commercial disputes and cross-border cases, including international arbitration.  

Vasily Rudomino and Andrey Zharskiy are key contacts.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexander Ermolenko advances into 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

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global 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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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

Assists Russian clients across a broad range of disputes, including bankruptcy, anti-monopoly and PPP.

Victor Petrov is a key client contact.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Global guide

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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