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Dispute resolution: Arbitration and mediation

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Baker and McKenzie - CIS, Limited is a ‘reliable player that always delivers under pressure’. Practice head and vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Vladimir Khvalei is very highly regarded in the market, and acts as an arbitrator across various jurisdictions in Asia and the CIS region. Edward Bekeschenko has strong experience in the IT and telecoms sector.

Clifford Chance provides ‘professional advice, short response times and excellent value for money’, and is ‘highly creative in terms of proposed solutions’. Timur Aitkulov heads the dispute resolution practice, and counsel Julia Popelysheva handles commercial arbitration, appearing before a number of domestic and international arbitral tribunals. Sberbank, Panasonic and Deutsche Bank are notable clients.

Dechert Russia LLC’s Yuri Makhonin is a ‘go-to lawyer with great commercial acumen and a pragmatic approach’. The group is ‘charming to work with, and always patient and sensitive to client concerns’. Managing partner Laura Brank leads the team, which acts for clients such as Mechel and STS Media.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP’s domestic and international client base includes RBS, China Shenhua Overseas Development & Investment, Raven Russia and ONEXIM Group. Vladimir Melnikov and Alexei Panich co-head the practice; Melnikov’s areas of focus include employment, anti-bribery and corruption, and Panich has strong expertise in white-collar crime, restructuring and tax issues.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is headed by Ivan Marisin, who acted alongside Vasily Kuznetsov in defending the Russian Chess Federation in a dispute over participation of the Russian women’s national team, successfully concluding the case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and allowing full team participation. Business-related disputes are also a key area of focus.

White & Case LLC is ‘a class act in the arbitration space’, and the group ‘understands the particular complexities of handling Russian and CIS disputes’. Practice head Julia Zagonek and counsel Pavel Boulatov were part of a cross-office team that acted for the Russian Federation in a $50bn claim brought by the majority shareholders of Yukos, concerning resistance to the enforcement of three awards.

Dentons’ client roster includes numerous domestic and international entities, and the group is currently representing Rosgaz, a subsidiary of Rosneftgaz, in an SCC arbitration related to carbon credit generation projects. Dominic Pellew splits his time between London and Moscow, and Mikhail Ivanov is the key contact in St Petersburg.

The ‘highly professional and dedicated team’ at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is representing the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation in a $500m arbitration brought by ExxonMobil concerning alleged overpayment of taxes. Practice head Evgeny Raschevsky is a ‘tireless worker with an acute, commercial mind’, and Dmitry Dyakin is a ‘brilliant and measured lawyer’.

Roman Khodykin heads the team at Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner, which acted for VTB Bank in a $145m LCIA arbitration against a Cypriot company, successfully obtaining an injunction from the Russian court in support of the proceedings. The practice is co-headed by Elena Trusova.

At Hogan Lovells (CIS), Alexei Dudko is ‘a highly experienced and focused communicator with a practical approach to issues’, and senior associate Maria Yaremenko ‘has a good legal understanding of different jurisdictions’. Rosneft, VTB and Otkritie are among the firm’s clients.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘outstanding’ group ‘produces great results for the client’. The highly regarded Nane Oganesyan heads the practice, where associate Dmitry Ivanov is also recommended for his ‘excellent legal analysis and short response times’.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Yaroslav Klimov has strong expertise in corporate, commercial and product liability disputes, and has appeared before the Russian state Arbitrazh courts, as well as various international arbitral tribunals. Senior associate Andrey Panov is the other key figure, focusing on international arbitration.

Ilya Rybalkin heads the group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, which has strong expertise in the oil and gas, power and telecoms sectors.

At CMS, practice head Sergey Yuryev has handled a number of arbitrations related to property and shareholder rights in London, and has acted for creditors in various bankruptcy proceedings. Commercial and insurance head Leonid Zubarev is also a key figure.

Chadbourne & Parke LLP (Moscow)’s Julia Romanova has significant experience as a Russian law advisor for clients in international arbitration proceedings, and has handled a number of debt recovery and restructuring matters.

Yaroslav Moshennikov heads DLA Piper’s group in Moscow, while legal director Oleg Skvortsov is the key contact in the St Petersburg office. Gazprom, Warimpex and Renaissance Construction Group are among the firm’s key clients.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s areas of focus include domestic and international arbitration, mediation and negotiation with regulatory and government agencies. Dmitry Surikov heads the group, where Paris-based Noah Rubins is also a key figure.

Kulkov, Kolotilov & Partners provides ‘high-quality, professional advice’, and has recently handled a number of disputes related to construction and debt recovery. Managing partner Maxim Kulkov is the leading figure along with Oleg Kolotilov, whose areas of focus include contractual, corporate and administrative disputes.

The ‘highly regardedYuri Monastyrsky heads the practice at Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners. Dmitry Lovyrev and Alexander Zyuba are also key practitioners. Notable clients include Aeroflot, Transchemexport and Ikea.

Dispute resolution: Litigation

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The ‘remarkable’ Sergey Kovalev heads the team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, which provides ‘outstanding, multi-faceted advice that is on time and to the point’. ‘Top performer’ Valery Eremenko and Denis Arkhipov are also recommended, as is Evgeny Raschevsky, who is ‘both trustworthy and reliable – a highly talented lawyer’. Highlights included acting for Sakhalin Energy in a high-value dispute against Rosneft regarding pipeline access.

Widely regarded as ‘a leader in dispute resolution’, Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners delivers ‘a unique professional experience’, and is ‘always ready to provide integrated legal services with the utmost efficiency’. Yuri Monastyrsky is a leading figure along with Alexander Zyuba, whose ‘sharp mind and in-depth legal knowledge allows him to find pragmatic, cost-effective solutions’. The group has recently handled disputes for clients such as Sistema, Uralvagonzvod and Bashneft.

Edward Bekeschenko heads the Russian litigation department at Baker and McKenzie - CIS, Limited. Other key contacts are Vladimir Khvalei, who leads the firm’s CIS regional dispute resolution group, and Eugene Arievich, who handles IP-related matters. Work highlights for the ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team included acting for PIC Genetics in a series of cases regarding livestock quality.

Clifford Chance is currently defending Sberbank against claims brought by a Lithuanian company concerning fraudulent issuance of a bank guarantee. The firm is also acting for Sberbank in a bankruptcy-related case against JFC Group, attempting to secure the recovery of $200m as a result of diverted funds. The ‘deeply knowledgeable’ Timur Aitkulov heads the practice, where Julia Popelysheva is also a key practitioner.

Dechert Russia LLCprovides court representation in a professional and effective way’, and the firm ‘delivers a great balance between quality of service and the relevant fees’. Yuri Makhonin is a ‘top-notch litigator, who commands great respect in court’, and Alexander Lazarev is ‘a strategic thinker with a very pragmatic approach’. Dmitry Kurochkin heads the practice. Highlights included acting for Deutsche Bank in 15 claims totalling $300m regarding loans provided to Valinor Group.

The team at Dentons provides ‘an excellent service in terms of organisation, legal strategy and leadership’, and is ‘able to handle disputes on a domestic and international level’. Mikhail Ivanov heads the litigation group, and Roman Zaitsev leads on competition-related proceedings.

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner hired practice head Varvara Knutova from Pepeliaev Group in late 2014. Oleg Arkhipov and ‘excellent Russian law litigatorRustam Kurmaev are the other key figures. Kurmaev successfully represented Odezhda3000 in a long-running debt recovery dispute with the State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency. Since publication, Varvara Knutova has left the firm.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP has ‘a very deep bench, excellent coverage of different practice areas and very smart, business-oriented lawyers’. Alexei Panich co-heads the practice with Vladimir Melnikov, who ‘has a very no-nonsense approach, and is a go-to lawyer for debt enforcement and shareholder disputes’. Notable clients include Sberbank, RBS and Raven Russia.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law) represented Capital Insurance Company in a $32m dispute with 30 foreign reinsurers, seeking payment of a reinsurance claim following the loss of an aircraft. The firm has also handled a number of cases in the retail, industrial production and energy sectors, among others. Practice head Andrey Korelskiy is ‘fast, efficient and always looks ahead for ways to solve problems’.

Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners handles a range of commercial, contractual and financial matters, and is particularly strong in litigation involving Russia and the CIS region. The team successfully represented MOESK in a €1m contract violation dispute. Name partners Alexander Muranov and Dmitry Chernyakov are the leading figures.

Nektorov, Saveliev & Partners’ ‘incredibly flexible and proactive’ team ‘always goes the extra mile’, and ‘can be entrusted with the most complex and exceptional cases’. Alexander Nektorov is ‘an incredible professional, who sets the bar for others’. Notable clients include Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited and Inter RAO. Sergey Saveliev recently left the firm to found Saveliev, Batanov & Partners.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s group ‘has profound experience of litigation’, providing ‘an excellent quality service’ to its wide-ranging client base. Practice head Yaroslav Klimov is ‘knowledgeable and astute in developing strategies for different jurisdictions, always taking local law advice into account’. Senior associate Alexey Borodak is the other key contact.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP handles business disputes across all levels of the Russian courts in Moscow and the regions, and is also active in conducting internal investigations for foreign companies facing lawsuits in their home countries. Key practitioners include Vasily Kuznetsov and managing partner Ivan Marisin.

The team at Vegas Lex Law Firm provides ‘innovative and creative solutions’, obtaining ‘excellent results for clients in often trying circumstances’. Managing partner Alexander Sitnikov acts for clients across a range of sectors including energy, oil and gas, finance and pharmaceuticals. Practice head Kirill Trukhanov is ‘an excellent technical lawyer, who communicates clearly with clients and co-counsel alike’.

Julia Zagonek’s team at White & Case LLC represented Credit Europe Bank and its Russian subsidiary in insolvency proceedings against Art Aztek, and also acted for Bank of Cyprus in its claim against Rutsog Invest, successfully enforcing a mortgage over an office building. The group has notable experience in contentious offshore and emerging markets matters.

ALRUD Law Firm represented Fortebank, a private commercial bank in Kazakhstan, in court proceedings related to the termination of a bond issuance. The group also acted for Selex ES in a number of damage collection disputes regarding a supply agreement. Feodor Vyacheslavov heads the practice.

Chadbourne & Parke LLP (Moscow) recently handled a number of corporate, joint venture, tax and construction-related disputes, representing both domestic and local clients before Russian and international courts. Julia Romanova heads the practice and senior associate Yadviga Pavlovich is the other key figure.

DLA Piper’s litigation team is led by Yaroslav Moshennikov, who has notable experience in commercial and tax cases. Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili acted for Gazprom in a number of disputes against Ukrainian company Naftogaz concerning natural gas supplies and the transit of gas through Ukraine. Oleg Skvortsov leads the practice in St Petersburg.

The ‘close-knit team’ at Hogan Lovells (CIS) is ‘not afraid of hard work and always delivers solid results’. Practice head Alexei Dudko ‘has a strong legal mind and is quick to grasp the important issues’, providing ‘sound legal advice on how to deal with each problem’. The group has a strong fraud practice as well as notable experience in domestic and international insolvency cases.

Allen & Overy Legal Services has strong contentious finance capabilities, and recently represented Bank of Scotland in a debt collection claim against Bars Aero and Bars Holding. Igor Gorchakov heads the practice.

CMS is noted for its strength in the insurance sector, and has handled a number of disputes related to aviation accidents, construction and labour. Sergey Yuryev heads the practice, and Igor Sokolov is ‘professional, focused and always on time’.

FBK Legal is acting for Actavis in a dispute with Sandoz over a pharmaceutical trade mark, and is representing a private individual in a car towing-related dispute against the Moscow authorities. Nadezhda Orlova heads the practice, where ‘excellent strategist’ Alexander Ermolenko is also a key figure.

Dmitry Surikov heads the practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which acted for KPMG in claims brought by BTA Bank against its former chairman. Paris-based Noah Rubins and senior associate Fedor Belykh are the other key contacts.

Novosibirsk-based Grebneva & Partners is ‘a leading regional Russian firm’ with ‘an excellent reputation in complicated litigation cases’. Managing partner Irina Grebneva is ‘recognised for her deep expertise in the field’, and recently acted for Kompaniya Holiday in a $2m claim concerning recovery of paid bank commissions.

The lawyers at Ivanyan & Partners find ‘well-reasoned and efficient solutions to the most complicated questions’, and ‘their advice is well adapted to clients’ business needs’. Khristofor Ivanyan handles corporate conflicts and shareholder disputes, and Vasily Torkanovskiy provides ‘well-balanced, insightful advice on international law and regulation’.

Koblev & Partners’ ‘client-focused’ team has ‘very strong white-collar defence capabilities’, and is also ‘an excellent firm for contentious corporate matters’. Practice head Kirill Belskiy is ‘an outstanding lawyer with an excellent knowledge of the criminal justice system’.

The team at Lidingsapproaches each client individually’, and recently represented Vici Group in a dispute regarding property deprivation, related to a decision by the Russian tax authorities to impose a significant fine. Andrey Zelenin heads the practice.

At Linklaters CIS, Ben Carroll divides his time between London and Moscow. London-based Michael Bennett is also recommended.

Nane Oganesyan heads the practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, which continues to advise on a number of commercial, real estate, construction and contractual disputes. Key clients include PetroAlliance, Schlumberger Logelco and Hegior Holding.

Noerr is noted for its IP expertise, handling matters related to trade mark protection, domain grabbing, parallel import and unfair competition. Dr Viktor Gerbutov is ‘an excellent lawyer with an exceptional legal mind’, and has notable expertise in unjust enrichment.

Orrick (CIS) LLC recently represented a leading Russian bank in a debt recovery case against a borrower, and also acted for a major agricultural company in a high-value corporate conflict. Olga Anisimova heads the practice.

Pepeliaev Group’s team of ‘well-qualified professionals’ is ‘extremely competent in the litigation sphere’, providing ‘smooth, fast and flexible assistance at a reasonable price’. Yulia Litovtseva ‘immediately finds arguments to support the client’s case’, and Yuriy Vorobyev is also recommended.

At Regionservice, Sergey Uchitel’s ‘reliable group of lawyers’ provides ‘the complete package of legal services’, and ‘can be entrusted with the most sensitive and important cases’. Notable clients include coal mining company Kuzbassrazrezugol, SUEK and Sberbank.

Sameta provides ‘leveraged knowledge and applied commercial thinking’. Nikolai Stroev heads the litigation practice, and Andrei Vladimirov is the key contact for tax-related matters.

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