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Key figures at Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited include practice head and vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Vladimir Khvalei, who acts as an arbitrator across various jurisdictions in Asia and the CIS, and Edward Bekeschenko, who is notably active in the automotive, machinery, and oil and gas sectors. KazTransGas is an active client.

Clifford Chance recently handled disputes for several major banks. Timur Aitkulov heads the practice, while counsel Julia Popelysheva is the key contact for international arbitration matters. Sberbank and Deutsche Bank are key clients.

Dechert Russia LLC’s Yuri Makhonin β€˜combines top legal intellect with an ability to translate his expertise into practical and commercial advice’. Managing partner Laura Brank heads the practice, which acts for clients such as Alfa-Bank and Willis CIS.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP’s wide-ranging client base includes Sberbank, RBS, Raven Russia and Onexim Group. Vladimir Melnikov and Alexei Panich jointly head the department, which has significant experience in commercial, banking, customs and tax cases.

White & Case LLC’s team β€˜is excellent on all levels’. Practice head Julia Zagonek recently represented the Russian Federation in a petition to overturn a $50bn arbitration ruling in favour of the former owners of Yukos Oil. Counsel Pavel Boulatov is another key name.

At Dentons, highlights included representing the Lithuanian representatives of Gazprom in a preliminary reference ruling before the Court of Justice of the European Union, pertaining to the enforcement of an arbitral award. Mikhail Ivanov and Roman Zaitsev head the department.

At Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, key figures include β€˜outstanding tactician’ Dmitry Dyakin and β€˜highly professional’ practice head Evgeny Raschevsky. Notable clients include the Russian Federation and Gazflot.

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner represented Ingosstrakh in a potential dispute against a consortium of reinsurers. Roman Khodykin and Elena Trusova are noted.

At Hogan Lovells (CIS), Alexei Dudko handles arbitrations across a broad range of sectors, and counsel Anton Smirnov has a strong international client base. Senior associate Denis Almakaev is another key name.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s β€˜client-oriented and professional’ team handles complex domestic and cross-border arbitration Russian and international clients. Clients include Russian banks and a Russian construction company. Dmitry Ivanov, who made partner in 2017, is the key name. Nane Oganesyan left the firm in 2016.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team is β€˜able to analyse complex situations’ and β€˜come up with strategies that work well for the client’. Yaroslav Klimov is the practice head. Senior associate Andrey Panov focuses on international arbitration matters, including the enforcement of arbitral awards.

At Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, highlights included representing the Russian Chess Federation in a number of cases against The Telegraph. Ivan Marisin joined Baker Botts L.L.P. in 2017.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP recently represented Lukoil in a $1.2bn arbitration arising from the sale of oil and gas assets in Kazakhstan. Ilya Rybalkin is the practice head.

The team at CMS is β€˜efficient, timely and professional’. Sergey Yuryev has handled a number of arbitrations related to professional and product liability. Leonid Zubarev β€˜takes a broad view on all issues’ and provides β€˜tailored solutions’.

Yaroslav Moshennikov is the key contact in DLA Piper’s Moscow office, while Oleg Skvortsov leads the practice in St Petersburg. Gazprom and Warimpex are clients.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Dmitry Surikov represented Yota Devices in a SIAC arbitration pertaining to contractual breaches. Paris-based Noah Rubins heads the firm’s global Russia/CIS dispute resolution group.

KK&Pβ€™β€˜s professional, competent and proactive’ group has a vast level of experience across major international arbitration forums. Maxim Kulkov and Oleg Kolotilov are the key figures, acting for clients such as Brunswick Rail and Siberian Anthracite.

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners’ Yuri Monastyrsky is β€˜a master strategist who is incisive and very user-friendly’. Dmitry Lovyrev and Alexander Zyuba are the other names to note. Clients include Ikea and Samsung.


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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is β€˜a true powerhouse in the Russian market when it comes to dispute resolution’ and the team β€˜knows how to work effectively with law firms across different jurisdictions’. Evgeny Raschevsky has notable international law expertise; Dmitry Dyakin is β€˜a pragmatic thinker’; and Victoria Burkovskaya is a white-collar crime expert. Highlights included successfully defending Allianz against a series of fraudulent claims totalling $1bn. Sergey Kovalev is now with Kovalev, Tugushi and Partners Bar Association

The team at Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners has β€˜an excellent knowledge of Russian legislation’ and β€˜always thinks outside the box, successfully foreseeing all possible pitfalls’. Anton Aleksandrov, who β€˜effectively manages a legal team to achieve the needed result’, Yuri Monastyrsky and Alexander Zyuba are the key names. The group has recently handled disputes for clients such as Ikea and Sistema.

Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited’s highlights included representing Rosselkhoznadzor in challenging a verdict of anticompetitive collusion made by FAS. Edward Bekeschenko is the practice head and Vladimir Khvalei is β€˜highly respected’.

Clifford Chance has been active in the oil and gas, banking, and technology sectors, among others. Practice head Timur Aitkulov handles domestic and international disputes, regulatory matters and white-collar crime defence. Julia Popelysheva is also noted.

Dechert Russia LLC provides β€˜a very high level of service’. Practice head Yuri Makhonin is β€˜a rising star in the Russian market’ and Alexander Lazarev has considerable expertise handling debt recovery, real estate and corporate disputes. Highlights included representing Deutsche Bank in 15 loan-related claims against Valinor Group, totalling $300m in value.

Dentons’ β€˜superb litigation team’ has β€˜outstanding capabilities in international disputes’. Mikhail Ivanov heads the practice and the β€˜highly talented’ Roman Zaitsev specialises in procedural, civil and corporate law. Clients include Samsung and Auchan.

At Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner, the β€˜thorough and responsive’ team is β€˜recommended for cross-border corporate disputes’. Andrey Goltsblat represented Ikea in a land ownership dispute. Oleg Arkhipov is also noted. Since publication Rustam Kurmaev has left the firm.

At Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP, highlights included representing RBS against a group of agricultural companies pertaining to the enforcement of a $340m facility agreement. Alexei Panich leads the practice alongside Vladimir Melnikov, who has significant experience of handling cross-border joint venture and debt recovery disputes.

Hogan Lovells (CIS)’ team provides β€˜a seamless, high-quality service to clients across various industries’. Practice head Alexei Dudko has β€˜great practical skills and a profound knowledge of legal theory’. Highlights included representing the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) in anti-fraud, insolvency and asset tracing litigation against Mezhprombank.

Providing β€˜an effective team approach’, KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law) delivers β€˜impeccable quality and great creativity’. Practice head Andrey Korelskiy is β€˜a highly experienced litigator with deep technical knowledge’. Clients include EuroChem and PhosAgro.

Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners handles the full gamut of dispute resolution, including court proceedings, alternative dispute resolution and enforcement proceedings. Highlights included representing Gazprombank in a dispute with pertaining to a loan agreement. Alexander Muranov and Dmitry Chernyakov are the key names.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜extremely competent’ team is β€˜able to analyse complex situations and come up with strategies that work for the client’. β€˜Responsive and innovative’ practice head Yaroslav Klimov represented Chevron in a dispute concerning an alleged breach of migration laws in Russia.

Vegas Lex’s β€˜extremely strong’ team is β€˜easy to work with and effectively manages substantial time differences’. Managing partner Alexander Sitnikov has notable tax law expertise. Kirill Trukhanov recently left the firm.

White & Case LLC successfully represented the Russian Federation in its petition to overturn a $50bn arbitration ruling in favour of the former owners of Yukos Oil. Practice head Julia Zagonek has β€˜a deep knowledge of international dispute resolution systems’. Other clients include Samsung and Vnesheconombank.

At ALRUD Law Firm, highlights included representing Maersk Line, as appellant, in challenging FAS’ decision to charge it with anticompetitive practices. Practice head Vassily Rudomino has expertise in cross-border disputes.

DLA Piper has β€˜a highly experienced’ team. Practice head and β€˜skilled court lawyer’ Yaroslav Moshennikov specialises in commercial and tax disputes. Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili is representing Gazprom in disputes against Naftogaz regarding energy supplies across the Ukraine.

FBK Legal’s β€˜true experts’ have β€˜a very diverse range of skills’ and β€˜an excellent knowledge of law and strategy’. Practice head Nadezhda Orlova and β€˜competent leader’ Alexander Ermolenko are the key figures. Cathay Pacific is a client.

The β€˜efficient and professional’ group at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP handles business disputes at all court levels. It represented the Russian Chess Federation in a number of major international defamation cases. Ivan Marisin heads the practice.

Allen & Overy Legal Services has been significantly active in financial disputes; Bank Saint-Petersburg and VTB Bank are among the firm’s key clients. Igor Gorchakov leads the practice.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer acted for Finansovy Dom in proceedings arising from breaches of repo agreements. Paris-based Noah Rubins handles international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Dmitry Surikov is the practice head.

Ivanyan & Partners provides β€˜specific and practical advice on case developments’ and has β€˜a high level of knowledge and expertise’. Khristofor Ivanyan handles corporate and shareholder disputes.

Koblev & Partners’ β€˜reliable and efficient’ team is led by Kirill Belskiy, who β€˜examines all documents thoroughly’ and β€˜has a straightforward approach with clients’.

Lidings’ Andrey Zelenin is β€˜a masterful litigator – personable, reliable and highly experienced’. The group represented Ishida Europe in a series of debt recovery disputes against a Russian seafood company.

At Linklaters, Ben Carroll divides his time between London and Moscow. The group has strong expertise in cross-border disputes.

The team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP acted for VTB Bank (Austria) in bankruptcy proceedings with respect to Russian metallurgical group Red October. Dmitry Ivanov, who made partner in 2017, is the key name. Nane Oganesyan left the firm at the end of 2016.

Nektorov, Saveliev & Partners’ β€˜efficient’ team β€˜gets the best possible result for the client’. Alexander Nektorov is the key name. Clients include Moscow Canal and Rosvodokanal. Sergey Saveliev left to join Saveliev, Batanov & Partners.

Noerr’s β€˜strong team’ has a notable track record in IP litigation, and also handles insolvency, debt recovery and investment disputes. The β€˜exceptionally clever’ Viktor Gerbutov β€˜has a fantastic knowledge of the law and great experience of heavy international litigation’.

At Orrick (CIS) LLC, highlights included representing Microsoft before the US Federal Court in an IP domain and identity theft case spanning the US and Russia. Olga Anisimova heads the practice.

Pepeliaev Group’s team has β€˜great knowledge of industry specifics’. Department head Yuriy Vorobyev handles commercial and financial disputes, while Yulia Litovtseva heads the bankruptcy and anti-crisis protection of business practice. Aeroflot and Yandex are clients.

Denis Rybakov is the practice head at Regionservice, which has β€˜solid business acumen, works promptly and meets all deadlines’. Sergey Uchitel is a key name for corporate and securities litigation.

Sameta is noted for its strong tax practice, and has also handled disputes in the energy, real estate and media sectors. Vladislav Tomashevsky heads the litigation practice, and Andrei Vladimirov is the key contact for tax-related disputes.

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