Dispute resolution in Belarus

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

The vast majority of mandates handled by the team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners are international cases in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate relations and administrative violations. The team's cross-border expertise is a 'real leader not only in Belarus, but in the entire CIS region'. Practice head Dennis Turovets is singled out as a 'first-class practitioner and strategist' who 'always demands perfection from his team'. Senior associate Igor Yatskovsky is noted for his successful advocacy before both courts and state bodies in Belarus.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Turovets

Other key lawyers:

Igor Yatskovsky

Testimonials

‘EPAM’s team is a real leader not only in Belarus, but in the entire CIS region. Great work ethics. Balanced team. Very impressive.’

‘Dennis Turovets is an outstanding lawyer. His reputation always precedes him. The entire market knows him as a first-class practitioner and strategist. Very direct and always to the point. He has a very clear vision of the project, and always demands perfection from his team.’

‘Igor Yatskovsky is also very impressive. Very happy with his work.’

‘Nice team, professional.’

‘The firm has specialists in various branches of law, which allows us to completely and comprehensively investigate the issues that arise when concluding contracts. A large amount of work can be done in a short time if there is such a need.’

‘The firm’s lawyers constantly contact the client and report on the situation, and also they take into account the wishes of the client.’

Key clients

Vitebskenergo RUE (vs. Polytechnik)

Vitebskenergo RUE (vs. Siemens)

Alvora UAB (vs. Sodrugestvo)

Alvora UAB (vs. Reztsoff)

SIA RKF LORI

Andrzej Rawłuszewicz

Work highlights

  • Acting in various disputes concerning the client’s co-operation with contractors on complex infrastructure and energy projects on behalf of RUE Vitebskenergo.
  • Represented Alvora in a dispute and mediation procedure against Sodrugestvo, which concerned the implementation of an investment project to produce an agricultural complex.
  • Representing Lori in a case relating to the recovery of debts for goods supplied to the Gomel fat factory.

SBH Law Office

The well-regarded disputes team at SBH Law Office continues to enjoy frequent successful outcomes when representing clients from the insurance, banking and construction sectors. The firm has extensive experience advocating before both domestic and foreign state courts, and international arbitration institutions; practice head Timour Sysouev is a recommended practitioner of the IAC at the BelCCI. Sysouev specialises in cross-border litigation, bankruptcy cases, and sports law. Also notable are intellectual property expert Anastasiya Malakhova, and Vladimir Parakhnevich whose broad workload includes labour disputes and white-collar crime.

Practice head(s):

Timour Sysouev

Other key lawyers:

Anastasiya Malakhova; Vladimir Parakhnevich

Key clients

Bank Reshenie JSC

TASK insurance company

BPS-Sberbank OJSC

Trima Medizintechnik GmbH

ValdisAgro LLC vs Belarusbank JSC and Asstor-West LLC

ThyssenKrupp Materials Trading EMEA GmbH vs Dnepropetrovsk Drilling Equipment Plant OJSC

Soligorsk Institute of Resources Saving Problems with Pilot Production

Carlsberg Group (OJSC “Brewing company Alivaria”)

Falcon Investment Company (Qatar Sovereign Fund)

Gazprom Transgaz Belarus

Work highlights

  • Represented Bank Reshenie in a dispute concerning compensation of damages caused by fraud during payments with plastic VISA cards.
  • Handling negotiations and disputes with the general contractor and subcontractor arising from the bankruptcy procedure of the general contractor on behalf of the Falcon Investment Company, following the construction of the first Marriott Hotel in Minsk.
  • Representing insurnace company TASK in a dispute concerning the collection of compensation due to the loss of cargo during transportation from France to Russia.

Sorainen

Sorainen is known for its exceptional track record in international commercial arbitration, corporate and finance disputes. The highly specialised department continues to add ever more sector expertise to its already-substantial offering; practice head Alexey Anischenko leverages his experience as team lead of the commercial and regulatory group to act in international trade, administrative and corporate disputes; senior associate Maria Rodich has particular strength in competition, real estate and bankruptcy cases; for TMT clients senior associate Kirill Laptev is the name to note; and senior associate Marina Golovnitskaya is the key contact for life sciences disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alexey Anischenko

Other key lawyers:

Maria Rodich; Kirill Laptev; Marina Golovnitskaya

Testimonials

‘They are exceptionally customer focused!’

‘Very professional team, a great experience.’

‘Alexey Anischenko has exceptional abilities to build communications with clients and state authorities.’

Key clients

BAMAP Association of International Road Carriers

BelOMO Holding

Biocom

CrossFit Inc.

Elema

Glassworks “Neman”

Moomin Characters Oy

Rietumu Banka

Sodra (Valstybinio socialinio draudimo fondovaldyba)

Stargate

Zavod Gazetnoy Bumagi

SU-10 Fundamentstroy

ERGO

Medtronic

Eurotorg

Work highlights

  • Represented Zavod Gazetnoy Bumagi in complex cross-border disputes concerning a turn-key construction project before both courts and arbitral bodies.
  • Successfully represented Elema in setting aside an arbitral award rendered by the BelCCI in three court instances up to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus.
  • Successfully represented BelOMO Holding in a dispute with a Scottish counterparty under the ICC Expedited Procedure Rules.

Verkhovodko & Partners LLC

Clients from a wide range of sectors value the offering at Verkhovodko & Partners LLC for its 'tremendous experience in many different areas' and its ability to 'win virtually in any unwinnable situation'. The 'amazingly creative and resourceful' firm frequently co-operates with the Moscow and St Petersburg offices to defend cases before courts and authorities in both Belarus and Russia. 'Highly capable courtroom lawyerIgor Verkhovodko leads the team, which also includes commercial litigation and arbitration specialist Sergey Demianenko. Attorneys Ksenia Zhukovskaya and Alexander Orekhov are noted for their expertise in construction and banking disputes, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Igor Verkhovodko

Other key lawyers:

Ksenia Zhukovskaya; Alexander Orekhov; Sergey Demianenko

Testimonials

‘I can say that for us they are the best law firm in the country since it is always a pleasure to see their well-coordinated teamwork; they have tremendous experience in many different areas and with the most significant projects, implemented both in Belarus and abroad; they are amazingly creative and resourceful, they can win virtually in any unwinnable situation.’

‘Verkhovodko & Partners is best known for the high quality of services and in-depth understanding of not just the client’s problems and needs, but also efficient ways to solve such problems. ’

‘Igor Verkhovodko is an outstanding highly capable courtroom lawyer with fantastic knowledge of Belarusian law and understanding how to deal with sensitive matters with a high degree of professionalism.’

Key clients

BayerCropScience

Sberbank Capital

IVECO S.p.A

Ferroli

EPAM Systems, Inc.

Air China

National Airport Minsk

NAFTAN

Slavkaliy

Belavia National Airlines

Work highlights

  • Represented the Minsk Meat Processing Factory in its €45.5m cross-border dispute against an Italian company that builds plants and systems for pig and cattle farms all over the world.
  • Represented Stroytorgservis in a $1.5m dispute against its general contractor.
  • Defending ReviTar Invest in a series of civil proceedings initiated by state authorities concerning the use of land.

Arzinger Law Offices

Litigation involving state-owned companies and investment disputes have been key areas of recent growth for the team at Arzinger Law OfficesSergey Mashonsky is the key contact for such cases. Julia Mironchik and Alexander Solopov both made partner in December 2019. The former brings her experience as head of the antitrust practice to bear on competition disputes, while the latter has extensive experience in representing clients before state courts, handling not only civil and economic litigation, but also criminal cases. Practice head Elena Mashonskaya is a recommended arbitrator of the International Arbitration Court at the BelCCI.

Practice head(s):

Elena Mashonskaya; Alexander Solopov

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Mashonsky; Julia Mironchik

Testimonials

‘Among the positive aspects we would highlight the wide range competence and high selection of specialists of the company. All litigation work is carried out ahead of schedule and without losing efficiency of the project.’

‘Elena Mashonskaya is a very competent dispute resolution specialist.’

Key clients

Lindner

DB-Tronic

Streamer

Azəralüminium

Svetlogorsk Pulp and Board Plant

Work highlights

  • Represented Lindner, a foreign construction company, in a dispute concerning the unilateral termination of a mortgage agreement.
  • Representing DB-Tronic in a case concerning right to preference in the line of creditors following a bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Represented Azəralüminium, a leading company in the field of non-ferrous metallurgy, in an antidumping investigation concerning imports to the Eurasian Economic Union.

Borovtsov & Salei

Corporate and commercial disputes, complex class actions, debt collection issues and contentious intellectual property work are all handled by the able team at Borovtsov & Salei; the latter two are areas of particular strength for Nadia Znak. Practice head Maxim Znak is equally proficient in representing clients before state courts, including the Supreme Court, and arbitration tribunals. National and global companies alike instruct the group, and senior associate Yuri Kozikov is a key contact for domestic disputes work.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Znak

Other key lawyers:

Nadia Znak; Yuri Kozikov

Key clients

Viktar Babaryka

Financial company Forex Club

Work highlights

  • Representing presidential candidate Viktar Babaryka’s  interests before various state bodies of the Republic of Belarus, including the Central Election Commission and the Supreme Court.
  • Represented financial company Forex Club in multiple courts, including the Supreme Court, in a case concerning the protection of the client’s business reputation.

Goretsky & Partners

Formed in September 2019, boutique dispute resolution practice Goretsky & Partners has quickly established itself as a key player in the market. A key area of focus is investment disputes concerning both national and foreign players which the team is acting as counsel for the Republic of Belarus in a number of major international arbitration cases. Founding partners Alexander Goretsky, Oksana Kotel, and Anastasia Pavluchenko, formerly of REVERA are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Goretsky

Other key lawyers:

Oksana Kotel; Anastasia Pavluchenko

Testimonials

‘Their partners have deep knowledge of local law and are commercially minded. Provide the level of service normally expected of a reputable international law firm.’

‘All three partners of the firm are very experienced in their fields, approachable and available around the clock.’

‘Alexander Goretsky is a highly skilled lawyer and a well-known professional in Belarus. He can be trusted to resolve even most complicated issues. His solutions are always business-oriented and rational to use in a particular situation.’

‘The lawyers of this firm comprise the best legal team I have ever had an opportunity to work with. Goretsky and partners manage to provide us with the assistance of such a high quality level that we are constantly overwhelmed by how smoothly all the case-related processes go.’

‘Legal assistance was provided at the highest professional level, very competent with an individual approach and deep immersion in the subject. Goretsky & Partners is distinguished from other firms by its very high professionalism and well-organised work.’

‘We have been working with the lawyers for several years and entrust them to resolve the most complex legal issues and disputes.’

‘We have mostly worked with the managing partner Alexander Goretsky. The most outstanding feature of his approach is the ability of seeing the entire picture of the situation without losing track of minor, but significant details. It enables him to evaluate the balance between parties in a dispute and create an extremely well-considered litigation strategy. Alexander is particularly skilled in foreseeing opponent’s potential future actions what makes him one of the most valued and demanded professionals in his field.’

‘The team is extremely skilful in producing complex legal argumentation in situations where there are no clear rules and no precedents are set. We are enormously pleased to have such a legal partner which assists us on all the matters which may arise and which always has our back in connection with all the potential issues.’

Key clients

The Republic of Belarus

Belarusian Railways, State Association

Beltruboprovodstroy, OJSC

MayClassCom, LLC

Akkumulyatornyi allians LLC (iPower, LLC)

Sovremennye tehnologii upravleniya, CJSC

RapsInvest, CJSC

Wargaming.net Limited

Oblhimservice Joint Co., CJSC

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of Belarus in all the international investment disputes currently brought against it by foreign investors, namely in the disputes against Manolium Processing, Grand Express and Delta Belarus Holdings.
  • Protecting the interests of MayClassCom, a significant player on the Belarusian construction market, in a complex dispute against different government bodies.
  • Representing Wargaming.net in a complex intellectual property dispute.

REVERA

REVERA is best known for its expertise in investment disputes and other complex financial cases. The firm is frequently instructed by notable foreign entities, and is experienced in international arbitration. Julia Oshmyan has a broad practice, and handles economic, intellectual property and labour disputes. Andrey Tolochko and Andrey Loisha are experienced in insolvency proceedings. Tolochko also handles sensitive corporate cases, including those concerning majority and minority shareholders, and top management, as does Helen Melnikova. Managing partner Dmitry Arkhipenko is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Dmitry Arkhipenko

Other key lawyers:

Andrey Tolochko; Julia Oshmyan; Andrey Loisha; Helen Melnikova

Key clients

Unibep

Sun Pharma

Pany

Machine Building Alliance

Syngenta

AvantgardeSpecMontazhPlus

Immobilieninvest

Cheminova

Jysk

VEGAS

Work highlights

  • Successfully halted the bankruptcy proceedings initiated by ImmobilienInvest on behalf of the client, who was developing a large fitness centre in Minsk.
  • Representing AvantgardeSpecMontazhPlus in a long-standing corporate conflict.
  • Representing major private financial and manufacturing consortium A1 in a corporate conflict.

Stepanovski, Papakul and Partners. Legal services LLC

Stepanovski, Papakul and partners handles a broad range of commercial litigation for clients in the transport, construction, IT and mining sectors. Counsel Alexadner Lobaty takes the lead on contentious commercial work, and ensures the firm maintains its reputation for acting successfully in disputes between CEOs and major companies. Senior attorney Dmitry Semashko leads the international arbitration group, and focuses on administrative law and international trade issues.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Lobaty

Other key lawyers:

Dmitry Semashko

Key clients

Lesohimik LLC

Belarusian-American Joint Company “BEVALEX” LLC

A.M. Buhanov

TopSoft LLC

Soligorsk Institute of Resources Saving Problems with Pilot Production JSC

Volokh Ilya

Ram Global LLC

Polymya Agro LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing a company in the mining sector in a shareholder dispute.
  • Acted for Ram Global in a litigation relating to the recovery of alienated shares.
  • Represented TopSoft in a dispute with Russian shareholders.

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

The team at VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners, led by Olga Nikolaeva, is experienced in the full gamut of litigation and arbitration work at both national and international level. Construction disputes, contractual issues, and cases which arise following decisions made by state authorities form the cornerstone of the practice. It counts global companies in the technology and retail sectors as its key clients. Managing partner Konstantin Mikhel is recommended for tax and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Olga Nikolaeva

Other key lawyers:

Konstantin Mikhel

Key clients

Uralkali

Utair

VTB-Leasing

Iran Khodro (IKSO)

LC Waikiki

Softmart

BASF

SNA Europe

Schmitz Cargobull AG

Dorelectromash

Work highlights

  • Representing the interests of a Russian potash fertiliser producer and exporter in a bankruptcy case concerning a Belarusian company in which the client is a shareholder.
  • Representing VTB- Leasing in a set of leasing disputes.
  • Representing IT company Softmart in a dispute with the state authority concerning extension of license rights.

bnt | attorneys-at-law

The team at bnt | attorneys-at-law is led by qualified German attorney Alexander Liessem, helping the firm to consolidate its reputation as a first port-of-call for disputes with a nexus to Germany, as well as multiple other foreign jurisdictions. Liessem's cross-border expertise is further aided by his position as the deputy head of the board of the German-Belarusian club, an international association of global entrepreneurs. Clients from the energy, healthcare, IT, construction and insurance industries instruct the group most frequently. Maryia Ivankova is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Liessem

Other key lawyers:

Maryia Ivankova

Law Group Bureau 24

Practitioners at boutique firm Law Group Bureau 24 leverage their significant experience of working in the court system to advocate successfully for a wide range of clients. Key practitioners include IP and IT specialist Aleksei Korochkin; corporate expert Dmitriy Severin; and Vyacheslav Klepitski, who focuses on bankruptcy litigation. The team is noted particularly for fielding 'recognised experts in the field of economic disputes'.

Practice head(s):

Aleksei Korochkin; Dmitriy Severin; Vyacheslav Klepitski

Testimonials

‘The professional level of the advocates of Bureau 24 is extremely high. They are recognised experts in the field of economic disputes. They could resolve any issue you ask them to.’

‘Aleksei Korochkin is recognised as an exceptional lawyer and reliable partner, working with him helps to maintain confidence in the positive outcome of the case.’

‘Dmitry Severin has many years of experience in the sphere of law and business which allows us to entrust him with the most complex legal issues of our company.’

Key clients

PromDm CJSC

Unisstroyplus LLC

Information Business Architectures Limited (IBA Ltd)

StarayaFabrika OJSC

Professional Network Systems CJSC

Tenkinvest LLC

Trest 26 OJSC

Work highlights

  • Represented claimant ProMDM before the court of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
  • Represented Unisstroyplus in a bankruptcy case.
  • Representing StarayaFabrika following a number of violations committed by bailiffs during the sale of the client’s property.

Legaltax

Led by senior counsel Siarhei Miadzvedzeu, who has previous experience as an insolvency manager, the team at Legaltax continues to excel in corporate disputes and bankruptcy cases. Miadzvedzeu also has significant experience in handling real estate mandates, representing foreign businesses in disputes with local state-owned companies. Roman Shpakovsky, who focuses particularly on pre-trial dispute resolution through mediation and negotiation, is the key name to note for commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Siarhei Miadzvedzeu

Other key lawyers:

Roman Shpakovsky

Key clients

Autoidea, CJSC

Fylandox Holding, Ltd.

ABLV Bank, AS

April city, LLC

GTI GmbH

Modulnie systemi, LLC

Vero Visuals, B.V.

Legki Uzhin, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Fylandox Company Holding as a creditor in a bankruptcy procedure and cross-border asset investigation.
  • Advised Vero Visuals on a pre-trial settlement.
  • Advising Legki Uzhin on its pre-trial negotiations with competitors pertaining to the accused unfair competition and trade mark infringement.