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Arzinger & Partners’ team consists of ‘dispute resolution lawyers who know everything there is to know about commercial litigation in Belarus’. The practice is jointly headed by Alexander Korsak and Elena Mashonskaya and is particularly active in handling litigation related to investment projects. It recently represented Eckart at the International Arbitration Court at the BelCCI in a dispute concerning partial payment for supplied goods. In another highlight, the team acted for Viktoriya in a debt recovery dispute with an Italian company that was resolved in an Italian court. Korsak is ‘a standout litigator’, who ‘combines impressive technical skills with pragmatism and common sense’. Sergey Mashonsky is highly recommended and is praised as 'a very tough negotiator'. Associate Maria Golovko has experience handling equipment supply and administrative relations disputes.

Alexander Goretsky heads the practice at REVERA with Anastasia Pavluchenko and Oksana Kotel and is 'professional with tremendous experience and unique litigation tactics’. He is a specialist in economic disputes and recently acted for Rapsinvest on the $1m recovery of losses for illegally lost goods, unlawfully sold by the custodian. Pavluchenko provides ‘clear and well-defined positions’ and is an expert in tax, customs and corporate disputes while Kotel specialises in anti-monopoly law, protection of competition matters and intellectual property (IP). The 'highly professional team’ is ‘always competent’ and consists of ‘high-quality experts’.

Lawyers at SBH Law Office are praised as ‘the best legal counsels and litigators in Belarus for both litigation and arbitration in any kind of dispute’. Timour Sysouev is currently representing Gazpromneft-Belnefteproduct in the enforcement in Latvia of an award by the International Arbitration Court at the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce. He also recently acted for Jenty in relation to alleged liability for damage caused to a freight-transformer during transportation. Sysouev is 'a splendid counsel in litigation and international arbitration’. Alexandre Khrapoutski is now with Lex Torre.

The ‘fully competent’ team at Sorainen is praised for its ‘unique local knowledge of the judicial and civil procedural system in Belarus’. It is adept at international commercial arbitration in addition to trade, IT, IP, real estate, corporate, finance and transportation disputes. Practice head Alexey Anischenko is a ‘true leader’; he successfully defended Stantek in arbitration proceedings before the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. The dispute concerned the claimant's request for payment for a supply contract where the relevant goods had not been provided.

Verkhovodko & Partners LLC ‘holds a leading position in Belarus in the dispute resolution sphere’. The group recently successfully represented IPower LLC in relation to the attempt of Belarusian environmental advocacy organisations and local residents to prevent the client from building a plant for the production of new batteries; the client was permitted to continue with the construction of the plant. Igor Verkhovodko and Igor Petukhov  head the practice, which is ‘distinguished by its untarnished reputation and high professionalism in the dispute resolution field’. Clients span the construction, energy, transportation and pharmaceutical sectors, among others. Attorney Ksenia Zhukovskaya is 'a very passionate advocate'.

Borovtsov & Salei recently represented vehicle manufacturer Unison CJSC in a Supreme Court matter initiated by an Iranian company and also acted for Formash JSC in a dispute pertaining to the refusal of French lawyers to perform sub-contractor duties. Maxim Znak heads the team, which is particularly strong on corporate issues, contract disputes and IP-related litigation.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ ‘dispute practice has built a solid reputation in the Belarusian legal market’. The team possesses ‘all of the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve the best value deal for the client’ and is headed by the ‘brilliant negotiator’, Dennis Turovets. International disputes dominate the recent caseload, one notable example was Turovets' representation of Les Publications Condé Nast in a trade mark infringement case concerning the naming of a Belarusian restaurant. Senior associate Igor Yatskovsky is also noted.

Vasili Valazhynets, who is 'a strong litigator and great negotiator’, heads the practice at Legaltax following his arrival from Valazhynets and Katsko. His practice focuses on litigation in the pharmacy, IT, energy and construction spheres; he recently acted for Bryce Company Holding in a dispute concerning commercial property under construction in Minsk that the client invested in but was not completed by the developer. Senior counsel Siarhei Miadzvedzeu is experienced in bankruptcy and real estate disputes.

Stepanovski, Papakul and partners is recommended for dispute resolution. Andrei Vashkevich is the standout practitioner.

The ‘wonderful, community-minded and excellent’ practice at VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners is headed by the ‘proactive and always one-step aheadOlga Nikolaeva. In recent work, the team represented a high-profile client in relation to a potential appeal of a decision by the Belarusian Football Federation. Senior associate Tatyana Pozdneeva is ‘highly competent’ and ‘very knowledgeable’. The client roster also includes companies from the technology, FMCG and retail industries.

Denis Aleinikov heads the team at Aleinikov & Partners, which is active in the construction, IT and e-commerce spheres. The group recently acted for Tesla Studios in the enforcement in Belarus of a ruling by the Scottish Court of Concession to forbid a former shareholder from using the IP assets of the client.

bnt | attorneys-at-law excels in cross-border issues, predominantly acting for Germany-based clients. Alexander Liessem heads the practice, which has a focus on disputes in the energy, IT, pharmaceutical and healthcare, insurance and automotive industries. Liessem is supported by Oksana Belova, who was recently promoted to senior associate and is adept in construction and development, foreign investment and taxation matters.

Darya Zhuk is the name to note at Cobalt and leads the dispute resolution practice. The team is experienced in handling litigation against state institutions and has core strengths in cross-border work, restructuring and bankruptcy, investment and administrative disputes.

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