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VLawyers is a Russian dispute resolution boutique law firm.

Established as a spin-off from one of the top-three Russian law firms in 2016 by Feodor Vyacheslavov, a former partner and head of dispute resolution and bankruptcy with a well-established list of domestic and international clients, VLawyers built trust among leading corporations from diverse industries and high-net-worth individuals.

The main focus of the firm is resolving complex and high-value disputes, both domestic and cross-border. VLawyers Law Firm represents clients in international arbitration, commercial litigation, regulatory and antitrust disputes as well as in bankruptcy proceedings, and has successfully performed asset tracing projects.

The key team members are high-level professionals with deep expertise and material experience in the area of dispute resolution. The team has extensive experience acting as experts and advisors in international arbitration (LCIA, ICC, GAFTA, ICAC), High Court of Justice of England and Wales as well as in litigation abroad on Russian law matters, providing legal opinions and being cross-examined.

Clients’ commercial and business interests and expectations play a decisive role in the practice, given that the policy is to provide legal advice of the highest possible standards and to ensure effective project management for each case and client.

Areas of practice

Litigation (domestic and cross-border): litigation is a core practice of VLawyers Law Firm. The team successfully represents clients in Russian state commercial courts and courts of general jurisdiction of all instances including the former Supreme Commercial Court and Supreme Court of Russia. The main interest is complex cases where there are no obvious solutions, cross-border disputes involving international private law matters and arbitration. VLawyers represents clients in corporate, real estate, commercial, IP and other types of disputes. The team is led by Feodor Vyacheslavov and Natalia Dvenadtsatova, who have more than 15 and 10 years’ experience in dispute resolution respectively.

International commercial arbitration: arbitration is one of the core practices in the firm. It represents clients in international commercial arbitrations in Russia and abroad and has significant experience of conducting arbitration proceedings under all the key institutional rules, including of the LCIA, ICC, SCC, UNCITRAL and ICAC at the RF CCI. The team was involved in advising clients in a wide range of complex, remarkable arbitrations, where it worked as a sole advisor or as a part of multi-jurisdictional team of lawyers together with leading foreign law firms. VLawyers also has material experience in cornerstone cases for recognition and enforcement of international commercial arbitration awards in Russia and abroad. The team is led by Feodor Vyacheslavov, who is a qualified expert on Russian law and international private law matters. Feodor has been recommended by Chambers Europe since 2013, Chambers Global since 2014, The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 and Who’sWho Legal since 2016.

Bankruptcy and asset tracing: the team has years of experience handling high-value and complex bankruptcy cases. It works for leading banks and corporations in this area, which aims for diverse goals in the course of bankruptcy proceedings: secure and sell pledged assets, find assets of the debtor and return them to bankruptcy estate, collection of outstanding indebtedness, negotiations or settlement of bankruptcy cases in an amicable way. It ensures maximum recoveries for creditors by using the most efficient legal remedies such as bringing claims against persons controlling the debtor, initiation of criminal proceedings, challenging claims of fake creditors, asset tracing, etc. The firm has successfully performed asset tracing projects involving Russia, CIS, BVI, Cyprus, Panama, UK, Switzerland, USA, and many other jurisdictions.


MemberInternational Bar Association (IBA)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
American Bar Association (ABA)
The Russian Arbitration Association

Number of lawyers 10

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