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Jurinflot International law firm is one of the oldest existing law firms in Russia, with over 25 years of unique experience – from its inception, Jurinflot specialised in maritime and transport law. Prior to 1991, the firm functioned as an in-house law department of V/O ‘Sovfracht’ – a Soviet state ship-broking company which dealt with commercial transactions of the Soviet merchant marine worldwide. Respectively, the Jurinflot team rendered legal support to these commercial operations in many spheres such as chartering operations, marine insurance, sale-purchase and registration of vessels, litigation, casualty and incident response, oil pollution, maritime labour, and others.

In 1991, ‘Jurinflot International law firm’ became a separate entity – first as a joint venture between ‘Sovfracht’ and the two protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs of the international group and from 1994, when the legal team of the firm purchased the brand from the shareholders of the JV – as a professional partnership. All this time, the firm continued to widen and develop its practice in maritime law, expanding to such new areas as ship finance, multi-modal transportation, corporate/M&A in the field of shipping, tax and customs, licensing and compliance.

The company’s principal office with 15 lawyers is located in Moscow; since 2004, Jurinflot has also had an affiliate office in Saint Petersburg.

Areas of practice

Shipping dispute resolution: the firm represents interests of clients such as ship-owners, cargo-owners and insurance companies in complex judicial and arbitration proceedings in Russia and abroad on disputes over issues such as insurance compensation, liability for cargo damage, oil pollution, freight and demurrage payment, etc, as well as in enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards.

Shipping project finance/ship acquisition: Jurinflot’s team has experience in advising both the owners/borrowers and financial institutions/lenders on various aspects of transactions connected with acquisition of ships by various means – through ordering new building of vessels, direct sale and purchase, financial lease or through acquisition with funds borrowed under a direct loan. It assists clients with drafting principal contracts and security instruments, advising on tax, customs and insurance implications, as well as with registration of ships, of vessel mortgages and with enforcement of security instruments.

Shipping (general)/offshore operations: the firm provides legal advice for chartering of vessels, carriage contracts, licensing and compliance regulations, maritime labour, third-party liability and many others. At present, a number of major offshore projects are being implemented in the Russian Federation and it advises on various legal aspects of rendering support services to the offshore industry.

Marine insurance: a large part of its practice is connected with marine insurance; Jurinflot enjoys the status of an official correspondent in Russian of the four international P&I clubs and also handles insurance-related work for both the insured (shipowners and cargo owners) and the insurers (Russian and foreign insurance companies and P&I clubs). Its team assists clients in issues such as reaction to incidents, limitation of liability, and obtaining insurance compensation.

Foreign investment: in addition to its maritime and transport practice, it has considerable experience in providing legal support to foreign companies which are planning to enter the Russian market either by way of establishing a branch, a 100% subsidiary or a joint venture with a Russian partner. In this sphere, it assists its clients with corporate/M&A issues, anti-monopoly, compliance, employment regulations, etc.

International trade and commodities: the firm’s team has experience in advising on legal aspects of export and import transactions, particularly export of commodities from Russia (such as customs and currency control implications, contract formation and performance, export regulations, local component and public procurement).

Multimodal transport/freight forwarding: in addition to carriage by sea, the firm has notable experience in spheres of law regulating other modes of transport – internal waterways, road carriage, air transport, trunk pipelines system, as well as multimodal transport and freight forwarding.

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