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Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s ‘market-leading’ practice is headed by Vladimir Khvalei, who also acts as vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and has extensive expertise acting as counsel and arbitrator in forums across Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Asia. Other key figures include Edward Bekeschenko, who specialises in IT and telecoms-related proceedings, and Anton Maltsev, who focuses on commercial disputes across the automotive, oil and gas, and heavy machinery industries. Highlights included representing KazTransGas in investment arbitration proceedings.

Clifford Chance has been significantly active in disputes within the oil and gas, financial services, pharmaceutical and energy sectors, representing clients across a variety of international arbitration forums. The team is also well regarded in the white-collar crime space, and regularly represents clients in proceedings related to corruption, money laundering and compliance. Timur Aitkulov heads the practice, and has been involved in a number of arbitrations in the nuclear energy and mining space. Julia Popelysheva is the other key figure.

Dechert Russia LLC is ‘a go-to firm for commercial and cross-border disputes in Russia’, handling ‘all projects with due care’ and adopting ‘a client-oriented approach’. The team is currently representing a Russian mining company in two London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) cases against a leading bank, as well as in an arbitration with a Chinese company. The ‘unflappableYuri Makhonin heads the practice.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is ‘a leading firm for international arbitration work in Russia’; its ‘sizeable, responsive’ team ‘has splendid capabilities in handling demanding cross-border cases’. The group is led by the ‘competent and target-oriented’ Evgeny Raschevsky, who, along with chairman Dimitry Afanasiev, recently represented the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation in an Uncitral arbitration against ExxonMobil regarding overpaid taxes. The firm is also acting for Rosimushchestvo in an ad hoc arbitration in New Delhi between Russian and Indian shareholders, a matter concerning a proposed joint venture in India.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP takes ‘a client-oriented approach to all matters’ and provides ‘timely, meaningful responses’. The team handles disputes in the M&A, banking and finance, PPP and energy sectors, and maintains close contact with its London office to advise on cross-border proceedings. Alexei Panich heads the disputes practice and has a strong track record in bankruptcy proceedings; senior associate Alexander Khretinin is the other name to note. Vladimir Melnikov left to join Linklaters.

At White & Case LLC, recent highlights include acting for the government of Russia in an enforcement resistance case against the ex-majority shareholders of Yukos, who were seeking to enforce a $50bn arbitral award issued at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands. The team is also representing the government of Russia in arbitration proceedings against a Russian oligarch regarding allegations of expropriation and denial of justice. The practice is headed by Julia Zagonek, who has significant asset recovery expertise.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s team is ‘knowledgeable, experienced and quick to respond to all queries’. Clients include a mix of private listed banks, start-ups and IT companies, and the firm has notable capabilities in private equity and internet sector disputes. Roman Khodykin has extensive expertise in corporate and shareholder disputes across Russia and the CIS, and regularly appears before the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Elena Trusova is the other name to note.

Dentons advises clients on arbitration involving Russian law elements, and regularly assists with the enforcement of foreign awards in Russia. In a recent highlight, the team represented Severstal, a major steel producer, in proceedings against the European Commission regarding the legality of EU anti-dumping measures. International and commercial arbitration specialist Mikhail Ivanov jointly heads the practice with Roman Zaitsev, who has a strong track record in enforcement proceedings.

The ‘diligent and hardworking professionals’ at Hogan Lovells (CIS) provide ‘an excellent level of service, bringing a strong multicultural understanding to each matter’. The team utilises its ‘wide professional network of specialists to provide reliable legal advice on any subject matter’, and has received a number of mandates from clients in the finance and TMT sectors. Alexei Dudko is ‘a strong team leader with a deep knowledge of English and Russian law and excellent analytical skills’; Dudko recently represented Penwell Business in a company investment arbitration against the Kyrgyz Republic, a matter related to alleged expropriation of investments.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is ‘a truly integrated firm that provides solid support in major international disputes’. The team is praised for its ‘practical, business-savvy approach’ and its ‘understanding of the differences between various legal systems’. The department is led by the ‘sophisticatedDmitry Ivanov, who recently represented a prominent Russian individual in an LCIA arbitration concerning debt repayment. The team also has a strong track record in injunction relief, enforcement, investigations and compliance.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘distinguished by its high level of knowledge’ and its ‘creative approach to solving difficult problems’; it has ‘successfully handled a number of arbitration projects at the ICC, the LCIA and other forums’. Key practitioner Yaroslav Klimov has strong expertise in corporate, commercial and regulatory disputes, and senior associate Andrey Panov has ‘an outstanding reputation in international arbitration’, representing clients in the construction, energy and technology sectors.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s team has ‘an excellent grasp of the commercial realities and dynamics of arbitration’, representing a range of cross-sector clients including Renova, Lukoil and VimpelCom. The firm maintains strong links with its London office, and regularly acts for Russian corporates in international arbitration proceedings. The practice is led by the London-based Justin Williams. Ilya Rybalkin is the key figure in Moscow.

ALRUD Law Firmalways seeks the most effective solutions’ and is ‘always a few steps ahead of the opponents, allocating extra resources from its large team where necessary’. Vassily Rudomino has a strong track record in restructuring- and insolvency-related disputes, and has recently received a number of mandates from healthcare, life sciences and chemicals sector clients. Key partner Andrey Zharskiy is ‘an excellent lawyer with a broad range of expertise’.

CMS is noted for its strength in aviation and insurance disputes, representing a mix of insurance companies, airlines and airports, and the team is also adept at handling IP, employment and commercial disputes along with tax and customs controversies. Practice head Sergey Yuryev has substantial expertise in Russian bankruptcy proceedings and restructuring issues, and key partner Leonid Zubarev focuses on insurance matters. Anton Bankovskiy is recommended for IP disputes.

DLA Piper’s ‘responsive’ group ‘always fields lawyers who have the relevant knowledge and are available to take on complex matters’; it ‘consistently delivers good value for money’. Notable highlights included representing Gazprom in arbitral proceedings against Naftogaz related to gas supply contracts, a matter valued at approximately $50bn, and acting for the St Petersburg City Administration in an Uncitral arbitration against a foreign investor regarding the construction of a new terminal at Pulkovo Airport. Yaroslav Moshennikov heads the practice, where Oleg Skvortsov is also a key figure.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice provides ‘timely responses and great technical expertise’. The team is currently representing a railway construction and development company in six international arbitrations regarding the implementation of the Syrth-Benghazi Railroad in Libya, a matter spanning seven jurisdictions, and also recently acted for a Russian smartphone producer in a Singapore International Arbitration Centre case regarding contract breaches. Practice head Dmitry Surikov provides ‘excellent strategic guidance in all cases’, and Noah Rubins is also recommended.

Headed by the ‘approachable and pragmaticMaxim Kulkov, KK&P represents clients across a wide range of international arbitration forums. Highlights included acting for the Cabinet Ministers of the Ukraine in proceedings against an application by Tatneft for the enforcement of an arbitral award, a matter related to an interstate joint venture. The team is also defending B&N Bank in an insolvency-related arbitration brought by a British Virgin Islands-based company. Oleg Kolotilov has a strong track record in shareholder and construction-related disputes.

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is ‘very fast to react to new developments’; it fields ‘knowledgeable professionals’, who are noted for their ability to ‘take on cases others consider difficult’. Headed by Yuri Monastyrsky, the team is currently representing Bank UralSib in an $80m LCIA arbitration brought by VTB Bank and FIMBank. Dmitry Lovyrev is the other key figure.


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Fielding ‘one of the most experienced and powerful litigation teams in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region’, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provides ‘a comprehensive litigation offering, and benefits from a deep pool of experienced attorneys with substantial knowledge of Russian issues’. Recent highlights include representing Allianz in a $15m insurance fraud case against a vessel owner, and successfully defending Yandex in a high-profile dispute with Google, where the latter was instructed to pay a $7m fine and comply with rulings given by the Federal Antimonopoly Service. The ‘well-respected’ Valery Eremenko jointly heads the practice with ‘market leader’ Dmitry Dyakin, who is ‘a masterful strategist and fantastic tactician’. Vera Rikhterman is ‘an efficient practitioner’.

The ‘creative, proactive, business-oriented’ team at Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partnersdisplays a brilliant level of knowledge and experience in litigation’, and ‘is particularly recommended for clients facing difficult corporate conflicts’. Practice head Yuri Monastyrsky is noted for his expertise in the IP, tax, insolvency and real estate fields, among others, and Dmitry Lovyrev is the key contact for multi-jurisdictional disputes. The firm represents Ikea in all its court proceedings, including a $1bn dispute with a local electricity supplier, and is also acting for Google in a competition dispute with Yandex over an alleged abuse of dominant position.

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited has a strong track record across the full range of commercial disputes and cases against state authorities. The ‘professional, knowledgeable’ team has significant expertise in IP, tax, employment and real estate matters. Practice head Edward Bekeschenko has handled a number of disputes in the IT and telecoms sector, and IP specialist Denis Khabarov recently represented DAF Trucks in a Russia-wide enforcement of trade marks. Vladimir Khvalei is a well-known figure in the arbitration space.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has ‘profound knowledge of the various branches of law’ and ‘a comprehensive understanding of the client’s business’; the team ‘always endeavours to ensure that its legal advice fully complies with clients’ expectations’. Andrey Goltsblat heads the practice, where ‘top-class legal expertElena Trusova is also a key figure. The firm is notably strong in IP litigation.

At Clifford Chance, highlights included advising a major pharmaceuticals company on various Russian law issues pertaining to an internal investigation, and representing an automaker in a set of criminal proceedings arising from several instances of fraud. Timur Aitkulov heads the practice, and counsel Julia Popelysheva advises Russian and foreign companies on disputes before various tribunals.

Dechert Russia LLC’s ‘fast, knowledgeable and responsive’ team is ‘worth every penny, especially when it brings you a favourable result in a high-stakes case’. The firm is currently acting for Eurobank Ergasias in a number of recovery and foreclosure proceedings against the Russian subsidiaries of a development conglomerate, and is also defending a high-profile businessman against an enforcement claim brought by a Russian oligarch. Senior associate Yuri Makhonin heads the practice, and is praised as ‘a diligent, fierce litigator who is absolutely fantastic in court’.

At Dentons, key specialisms include anti-corruption, tax, bankruptcy and environment litigation; the team has also handled a number of disputes in the TMT sector. Mikhail Ivanov has significant commercial court experience; Roman Zaitsev specialises in enforcement proceedings; and Victor Naumov focuses on IP litigation.

Hogan Lovells (CIS) provides ‘an exceptionally high level of service, in terms of both responsiveness and quality of advice’; it also wins plaudits for its ‘proactive approach to all problems’. Practice head Alexei Dudko has ‘an outstanding ability to manage complex international projects’ and is ‘an effective organiser as well as a remarkable lawyer’. Key clients include BTA Bank, Chernogorneft and Vitol Group.

The ‘outstanding litigation lawyers’ at KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law) have ‘extensive experience in various legal matters’ and are praised for their ‘ability to resolve complex cases quickly’. In a recent highlight, the team successfully defended Capital Insurance against a number of Lloyd’s reinsurers. Managing partner Andrey Korelskiy is ‘a well-respected legal expert’ and ‘a true master in negotiations’.

Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners’ team provides ‘solid expertise’, and is ‘always available for discussion’. The team handles court and enforcement proceedings, and also advises on the enforcement of foreign judgements in Russia. Alexander Muranov and Dmitry Chernyakov jointly head the practice, where key clients include Rabobank and Sluzhba Mekhanizatsii.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s department ‘always goes the extra mile’, and is ‘highly competent in each sector’. Practice head Yaroslav Klimov has significant expertise in commercial, regulatory and product liability litigation, and counsel Alexey Borodak focuses on insurance sector disputes. Recent work includes representing TogliattiAzot in a monetary recovery claim against the Administration of the Krasnodar Region.

Vegas Lex has ‘a deep understanding of the specifics of the client’s industry’, which ‘allows the firm to develop a strong and well-reasoned position in each matter’. The team handled a mix of M&A, bankruptcy, joint venture and shareholder disputes across various sectors, and recently represented OGK-2 in proceedings arising from Group E4’s bankruptcy. Managing partner Alexander Sitnikov is praised for his ‘results-oriented approach’, and practice head Victor Petrov has ‘impressive tactical ability’.

White & Case LLC has ‘a profound level of practical, academic and business-oriented knowledge’, and ‘always has a strong understanding of the client’s goals’. The firm has significant expertise in bankruptcy-related disputes, acting for lenders and borrowers in domestic and multi-jurisdictional cases across various sectors. Julia Zagonek heads the practice, and recently represented the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania in a compensation claim filed by a private individual.

The ‘hands-on, responsive and professional’ team at ALRUD Law Firm has ‘a thorough, in-depth knowledge of procedural rules and material law’ and ‘offers a cost-effective approach to billing’. Practice head Vassily Rudomino is currently acting for a Russian subsidiary of Volkswagen in a number of damage recovery disputes initiated by dealers.

Headed by Yaroslav Moshennikov, DLA Piper’s team advises on corporate, commercial, administrative and regulatory disputes, and has a strong track record in cross-border litigation. Highlights included acting for Sberbank Leasing in a lawsuit against Transaero Airlines, its creditors and its bankruptcy managers.

FBK Legal provides ‘timely, high-quality responses to all questions and challenges that arise’, and is praised for its ‘ability to work ahead of time’. The firm has notable tax and IP expertise, and is currently acting for Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits in a series of longstanding trade mark disputes. The ‘professional and optimisticAlexander Ermolenko heads the team.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice provides ‘timely responses and solid technical expertise’, and is ‘particularly strong in commercial disputes and investigations’. Led by Dmitry Surikov, the team represented KPMG in a $100m dispute with a Kazakh businessman accused of embezzlement.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP provides ‘great value for money, excellent results and robust, high-quality solutions to difficult issues’. Highlights included representing Sberbank Capital in lost profit proceedings filed by a minority shareholder, and acting for E4 Group in a number of debt recovery and tax disputes. Alexei Panich heads the team.

Allen & Overy Legal Services wins plaudits for its ‘high level of competence and professionalism’; the ‘client-oriented nature of the team means the interests of the client are always prioritised’. The firm has notable expertise in the banking, antitrust, property and aviation sectors, and is currently advising Aurora in a series of domestic disputes against Rosaviation. Practice head Igor Gorchakov is ‘a strong professional who understands many branches of the law’.

Ivanyan & Partners is ‘able to expertly guide the client through the legislative and judicial practices of Russia, quickly assessing each situation and finding the optimal solution’. ‘Reliable and experienced lawyers’ Alexey Kozyakov and Khristofor Ivanyan are recommended along with Sergey Chuprygin, who specialises in disputes involving state authorities.

The ‘approachable, pragmatic’ team at KK&P has ‘excellent litigation capabilities’ and ‘an innovative mindset’, and finds ‘creative solutions to difficult, high-stakes issues’. The ‘pragmaticMaxim Kulkov recently represented Sovfrakht in a dispute opposite the Department of Presidential Affairs of the Russian Federation, which claimed compensation for the client’s allegedly illegal privatisation of real estate assets. Oleg Kolotilovseamlessly combines local knowledge with an understanding of how European companies expect to litigate’.

Koblev & Partners provides ‘excellent legal support in tough corporate conflicts’. The firm is noted for its strengths in white-collar crime, bankruptcy, antitrust and investment-related disputes. Led by ‘recognised criminal lawyer’ Ruslan Koblev, the team recently represented the CFO of a jewellery company in a large-scale fraud dispute.

The ‘high-class litigators’ at Lidings are ‘always timely in their response, providing solid court strategies that work well for the client’. Recent work includes representing Belarusian petroleum company Blok in a commercial dispute with a Russian oil supplier, and advising Tetra Pak on the bankruptcy proceedings of a Siberia-based milk producer. Andrey Zelenin and the ‘down-to-earthStepan Guzey are recommended.

Linklaters’ practice was recently bolstered by the arrival of Vladimir Melnikov from Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP; Melnikov heads the dispute resolution practice, and focuses on bankruptcy and asset recovery litigation along with regulatory investigations. Ben Carroll is the other key figure, splitting his time between London and Moscow.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is praised for its ‘quick response times, quality advice and contemporary approach to complex issues’. The team has handled a number of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, and also advises on compliance and white-collar crime issues in the energy, insurance and financial services sectors. Dmitry Ivanov and Grigory Marinichev are the practice co-heads.

Noerr’s ‘very strong’ practice has notable expertise in IP litigation, and has recently handled a number of internet-related disputes concerning domain grabbing, parallel import and unfair competition. Viktor Gerbutov is ‘brilliantly clever’ and has ‘excellent commercial judgement’; he has been providing Russian law advice in Trust Bank v. Yurov and Others, a Russian law-governed case heard by the London High Court.

At Pepeliaev Group, highlights included representing Thomson Reuters in a contract-related dispute. Yuriy Vorobyev heads the practice and focuses on disputes in the financial services sector; Roman Bevzenko has a strong track record in commercial disputes involving real estate and construction elements.

Regionservice is ‘quick to resolve case-related issues and construct a strategy for court proceedings’, and has ‘a clear understanding of the peculiarities of each case, working in perfect coordination to solve complex problems’. Highlights included acting for Platinum Real Estate in a banking sector dispute before the Supreme Court, and representing Sibshahtstroy in a debt recovery matter. Denis Rybakov is recommended along with Sergey Uchitel, who is ‘a renowned expert in corporate disputes’.

Sameta retains a strong client base in the energy, oil and gas, and retail sectors, and is noted for its expertise in contentious tax issues. The group has also handled a number of competition matters and bankruptcy proceedings across the Russian regions. Vladislav Tomashevsky heads the practice, where commercial disputes expert Evgeny Shikunov is also recommended.

YUST Law Firm maintains a strong client base of Russian and international companies, handling disputes across a range of areas including real estate, financial services, and family and inheritance. Led by Alexander Evdokimov, the team recently represented RailTransHolding Management in a bankruptcy and contract-related dispute with VEB, a Vnesheconombank subsidiary. Other key clients include MegaMaks, Sberbank and the Archdiocese of the Mother of God.

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