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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.


Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners

Dispute resolution is the bedrock of MZS. Since 2004, our firm has been rated the leader in dispute resolution by various leading international law surveys and journals – evidenced by the fact that we have successfully represented corporations and organisations as diverse as Gazprom, EBRD, Svyazinvest and IKEA in disputes involving billions of dollars. These high rankings have been earned through our continuous success in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.

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Dechert Russia LLC’s Yuri Makhonincombines 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 ‘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 ‘outstanding tactician’ Dmitry Dyakin and ‘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 the practice co-heads.

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 ‘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 ‘able to analyse complex situations’ and ‘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 ‘efficient, timely and professional’. Sergey Yuryev has handled a number of arbitrations related to professional and product liability. Leonid Zubarev ‘takes a broad view on all issues’ and provides ‘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&P’‘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 & PartnersYuri Monastyrsky is ‘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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