Firms in the Spotlight Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

Rodin & Partners

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An independent law firm RODIN & PARTNERS has an established dispute resolution practice and successfully represents its international and Russian clients in international arbitration cases around the globe in various arbitration institutes, including Arbitration institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Arbitration under the ICC Rules, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Vienna International …

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation in Russia

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited has a market-leading position in Russia and across the CIS region, but also acts on cross-border matters beyond the region due to its access to the firm’s global network. The team is well-equipped to represent companies in investment treaty and commercial arbitration initiated on an ad hoc basis, as well as administered under the rules of multiple arbitral institutions, including the ICC, Uncitral and LCIA Rules. Of late, it is acting in investment treaty arbitration proceedings initiated by its construction sector client Manolium Processing against the Republic of Belarus, which is the first investment treaty claim involving the country. ‘Highly skilled and reliable’ practice head Vladimir Khvalei has extensive experience and is the former Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Associate Taisiya Vorotilova is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Khvalei

Other key lawyers:

Taisiya Vorotilova; Alexandra Shmarko; Anna Maltseva


‘The team works very well, even under tight deadlines. They worked efficiently during period of restrictions in Russia connected with Covid-19. The team is also great in commercial litigation in Russia and abroad.’

‘Vladimir Khvalei is highly skilled and reliable. He has a deep legal expertise with a great experience. Taisya Vorotilova is attentive to details and client requirements.’

Key clients

Manolium Processing LLC

Codest Engineering S.R.L.


Work highlights

  • Representing Codest Engineering S.R.L. in an ICC arbitration seated in Stockholm, initiated by the client’s subcontractor in relation to alleged outstanding payments for construction works.
  • Representing Manolium Processing LLC in investment arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Belarus, involving claims amounting to $250m.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ ‘exceptional expertise in arbitration and dispute resolution’ enables its sizeable team to focus on high-stakes commercial and investment treaty arbitration. The department stands out for its multi-jurisdictional enforcement work; acting alongside the firm’s white-collar criminal law team. Practice co-head Evgeny Raschevsky led on representing The Federal Agency for State Property Management in relation to an ad hoc arbitration in the construction sector involving the Republic of India. Counsel Tatyana Neveeva is also well versed in multi-jurisdictional disputes. In February 2020, it strengthened its cross-border offering with the arrival of counsel Andrew Lomas, who is qualified as a barrister in the UK; Lomas currently leadership of the practice with Raschevsky.

Practice head(s):

Evgeny Raschevsky; Andrew Lomas

Other key lawyers:

Tatyana Neveeva


‘Exceptional expertise in arbitration and dispute resolution.’

I would say that EPAM proved to be the leading national law firm. EPAM successfully represented our interests in arbitration case in ICC.’

‘Quite a big team was engaged in our matter. Tatyana Neveeva was one of the key members of the team. She is very talented. She perfectly defines the goals, develops the strategy and can explain each step that is going to be undertaken. Her work was very well structured and disciplined. Tatiana deals with most complex matters, manages and coordinates project teams. She was our main contact for immediate communication on the project.’

‘Very professional, very experienced.’

‘Tatyana Neveeva is very committed, very bright and very experienced in representing parties in complex arbitrations.’

Key clients

The Federal Agency for State Property Management of the Russian Federation

Work highlights

  • Representing the Federal Agency for State Property Management of the Russian Federation (Rosimushchestvo) in a longstanding cross-border arbitral award enforcement dispute.

White & Case LLC

White & Case LLC brings a ‘unique combination of international expertise and Russian-language capabilities’ and has a stellar reputation at both national and international level. The group is known for acting for the Russian Federation, where it frequently works with the firm's London office, most recently racking up a victory in the state’s $14.5bn expropriation dispute with Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev brought pursuant to the France-Russian Federation bilateral investment treaty. Similarly, its unsurpassed strength in representing sovereign clients in investment treaty arbitration is reflected in its ongoing work for the Republic of Belarus on the country’s first-ever investment arbitrations. Julia Zagonek heads up the practice and is regularly assisted by counsel Pavel Boulatov and dual-qualified senior associate Oleg Todua.

Practice head(s):

Julia Zagonek

Other key lawyers:

Pavel Boulatov; Oleg Todua


‘This team is a top-tier player. Their key distinction is a unique combination of international expertise and Russian-language capabilities. While some firms can only offer either one or the other, White & Case combines these strengths and translates it into first-class work product. I am pleased to be able to work with globally recognised professionals in my native language.’

Key clients

The Russian Federation

The Republic of Belarus

Belgorkhimprom OAO

Dekhkanabad Potash Plant

Work highlights

  • Achieved a victory for the Russian Federation in its $14.5bn investment dispute with Russian oligarch Sergey Pugachev.
  • Advising the Russian Federation in relation to Yukos shareholders’ ongoing attempt to enforce arbitral awards worldwide, as well as their efforts to lift the stay in the enforcement proceedings in the US and UK.
  • Representing the Republic of Belarus in three sets of investment treaty arbitral proceedings.

Aitkulov & Partners

Boutique firm Aitkulov & Partners was established in early 2021 by Timur Aitkulov, who previously headed the disputes practice at Clifford Chance. The team is particularly strong for commercial and investment treaty arbitration and has a strong track record in arbitration conducted under the LCIA and SCC Rules. Olga Semushina is also noted.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s utilises its ‘strong expertise in cross-border litigation and arbitration’ to handle investment treaty and commercial arbitration, as well as related litigation proceedings. As a result of its access to the wider firm’s global network, the group is noted for its multi-jurisdictional work, which often involves disputes in the financial and construction sectors, as well as complex issues relating to parallel proceedings and anti-suit injunctions. Elena Trusova jointly leads the team with Roman Khodykin, who splits his time between London and Moscow. Recently promoted partner Yury Babichev is recommended for his ‘authoritative knowledge and experience’.

Practice head(s):

Roman Khodykin; Elena Trusova

Other key lawyers:

Yury Babichev


‘BCLP’s Russian team has strong expertise in cross-border litigation and arbitration. As our counsel, they keep us fully informed on the progress of the case in a timely manner and are always ready to explain the related intricacies.’

‘Yury Babichev provides timely information about the proceedings. His authoritative knowledge and experience ensures quick interactions with the tribunal and the other party to the arbitration proceedings. He describes in great detail the course of proceedings and all available options.’

Key clients


Coral Energy

Donna Union Foundation

Work highlights

  • Representing RusHydro in an investment arbitration against the Kyrgyz Republic for the recovery of a $40m investment in the construction and operation of the Upper-Naryn hydroelectric power plants cascade.
  • Representing a Singapore-registered trading company in an arbitration seeking the recovery of debt and damages against CJSC Kaspi-1.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills is well versed in acting for companies and private individuals in arbitration arising out of shareholder disputes and contractual breaches. The team's work before the Court of Arbitration for Sport stands out, here it represents multiple Russian athletes. It also benefits from a close cooperation with the firm's London-based dispute resolution group, with it recently teaming up to handle an emergency arbitration procedure in the banking sector. Alexei Panich leads the practice, where recently promoted of counsel Maria Dolotova and senior associate Ivan Teselkin are also key figures.

Practice head(s):

Alexei Panich

Other key lawyers:

Maria Dolotova; Ivan Teselkin; Alexander Gridasov


‘My team and I worked closely with Ivan Teselkin and Alexander Gridasov. They were both top-notch.’

‘Proactive; close attention to detail; very hardworking.’

‘We have worked with Alexei Panich and Ivan Teselkin. They are very diligent and very astute in finding practical solutions.’

‘Great team with a proven track record of dealing with the biggest matters.’

Key clients

Sberbank Capital

Sberbank of Russia

Sberbank Investments

Gazprom Neft


The Royal Bank of Scotland N.V.

Norilsk Nickel



Work highlights

  • Representing Russian biathletes, Olga Zaytseva, Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina, in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

According to energy industry clients, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's team ‘displays a broad and excellent knowledge of the sector’; the group's recent caseload also includes a number of disputes in the financial services and pharmaceutical sectors. The team acts for a mix of domestic, European and international companies in international commercial arbitration; its cross-border offering is bolstered by its full integration within the firm’s global dispute resolution network. Dmitry Ivanov heads up the department.

Practice head(s):

Dmitry Ivanov

Other key lawyers:

Grigory Marinichev; Alexey Chertov


‘Effective and commercial team of arbitration lawyers and litigators; they set clear steps and stick to them. They display a broad and excellent knowledge of the sector, and a go-getter attitude which breeds success!’

‘Grigory Marinichev is a responsive and effective commercial lawyer; a go-to lawyer who never disappoints. Alexey Chertov provides exceptional-quality work and has an enviable ability to keep cool and perform successfully in complex and pressured situations.’

‘The team has unique and extensive experience both in Russian and international arbitration proceedings as well as in Russian insolvency proceedings.’

‘Alexey Chertov is an expert in Russian dispute resolution. Alexey is creative, professional and solution-oriented. Grigory Marinichev is a standout figure on the Russian dispute resolution market involved in major arbitration proceedings.’

Key clients

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

East-West United Bank

Heta Luftfahrzeuge Leasing GmbH

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Amsterdam Trade Bank (ATB) NV

Work highlights

  • Representing a natural resources company in Vienna-seated arbitration administered by the Vienna International Arbitral Centre.
  • Representing a large European chemicals producer in four sets of arbitration proceedings.
  • Representing a large Russian bank in an LCIA arbitration initiated in relation to breaches of a facility agreement and related security obligations, as well as in subsequent enforcement proceedings.

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners

Dispute resolution boutique Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners has been on an expansion streak since its establishment in 2018, most recently gaining ground in the international commercial and investment arbitration space through multiple arrivals from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in early 2020. Particularly notable is the appointment of highly regarded practice head Dmitry Dyakin (‘he’s one for the hardest and most complex disputes when you need the best’). Alongside Dyakin, clients also praise Vladimir Pestrikov and senior associate Vsevolod Taraskin for ‘attending diligently to all matters’. Other noted practitioners include counsels Dmitry Kaysin and Yuri Makhonin, and senior associate Stanislav Karandasov.

Practice head(s):

Dmitry Dyakin

Other key lawyers:

Vladimir Pestrikov; Ilya Rybalkin; Vsevolod Taraskin; Dmitry Kaysin; Yuri Makhonin; Stanislav Karandasov


‘Dmitry Dyakin is one for the hardest and most complex disputes when you need the best.’

‘RGP is fairly unique in that it is a domestic boutique that is launched by international lawyers. It has truly international experience, with team members having been involved in some huge and complex cross-border cases which ordinarily would be undertaken by large international firms rather than boutiques. So, it is small, agile and has exceptional experience of big-ticket disputes.’

‘Ilya Rybalkin is an international transactional and disputes lawyer with excellent judgement, strong tactical instincts and a client list that would be the envy of every international firm doing Russian work.’

‘We are working with Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners on international matters (international arbitration and litigation outside Russia). They have an experienced team with international background, who are skilled and result-oriented. They are a first choice for us on Russian market for complex international disputes involving numerous jurisdictions.’

‘Our main contact is Yuri Makhonin. He is an excellent and hardworking lawyer with an out-of-the-box approach. Very knowledgeable and effective, and very easy to work with. His clear and persuasive advocacy skills are highly impressive and recommended for the most complex matters.’

‘The absolute star individual in the team – and in my view, in Russia – is Dmitry Dyakin. I have not seen a better Russian arbitration practitioner and his track record says it all. He is highly experienced and versed both in treaty arbitration as well as in commercial arbitration.’ 

‘Dmitry Dyakin is one of my favourite Russian arbitration specialists; this lawyer is super-smart. Fabulously internationally oriented, incredibly smart and collegial.’

‘I have worked with Dmitry Dyakin, Vladimir Pestrikov and Vsevolod Taraskin and found them to be an exceptionally dynamic and talented team. They were all diligent, approachable and collaborative throughout the case. All three gentlemen were exceptional in their approach to the case. They were unfailingly courteous, well-informed and entirely appraised of the legal issues, attending diligently to all matters as they arose.’

Key clients

Da Vinci


Grand Express



T Plus



Work highlights

  • Acted for Grand Express as a lead counsel in a $200m investment arbitration against Belarus conducted under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules.
  • Advised Titan-2 in relation to an ICC arbitration initiated against the client’s Finland-based subcontractor, Skanska Infra Oy.

Allen & Overy Legal Services

At Allen & Overy Legal Services, the appointment of ‘outstanding’ counsel Andrey Panov at the end of 2019, formerly at Norton Rose Fulbright, was recognised by clients and peers alike as a ‘significant move’. Indeed, this new arrival significantly bolstered the team’s ability to act as counsel in international commercial and investment arbitration, with a demonstrable strength in arbitration instituted under the rules of the LCIA and the SCC. It has a particular focus on sectors including financial services, energy and telecoms. Igor Gorchakov heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Igor Gorchakov

Other key lawyers:

Andrey Panov


‘Hiring Andrey Panov was a significant move to strengthen the dispute practice and increase its capabilities.’

‘Andrey Panov is simply an outstanding lawyer. He has excellent working ethics and is able to analyse any matter in a profound manner.’

‘A distinctive feature – the team professionally and competently navigates the client’s relevant requests. It is possible to quickly get specific answers at an early stage of the request from the client, which many large firms are not ready to do.’

‘I would especially like to note the work of Andrey Panov. An impeccable reputation, fundamental knowledge of theory and practice, a very responsible attitude to the timing of assignments, a responsible attitude and deep study of issues. We recommend this contact to all our clients without a doubt.’

‘High performance, speed and adequacy. I would like to separately note the work of Andrey Panov. His work is distinguished by a high level of professionalism, adequacy, the ability to use the results of his work, willingness to help as soon as possible, provide maximum assistance, share experience, information and achieve good results.’

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm benefits from referrals from its “best friends” network and acts on the Russian law aspects of international commercial arbitral proceedings; recent notable mandates involved arbitration conducted under the LCIA Arbitration Rules. The team excels in handling disputes arising in relation to corporate, property and bankruptcy issues. It also recently provided expert advice in an investment arbitration dispute instituted under the Uncitral Rules. Sergey Petrachkov and Magomed Gasanov jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Petrachkov; Magomed Gasanov

Other key lawyers:

Dmitry Kuptsov; Denis Bekker


‘Alrud is probably unique among Russian law firms due to its reputation. The team is superb.’

‘Sergey Petrachkov is very knowledgeable and experienced. A safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

UnisonHKR Co.

SSI Schäfer

Auchan LLC

DIRS Drilling Instruments Rental & Supply N.V.

Louis Dreyfus Company Suisse S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented a French international retail group in an international commercial arbitration initiated under the LCIA Arbitration Rules.
  • Acted for an international trading company in a complex arbitration and related litigation proceedings brought against an oil refinery.
  • Represented a large copper producer in a $700m international commercial arbitration initiated under the LCIA Arbitration Rules relating to a contractual dispute.


Dentons relies upon its strength across the CIS region to handle complex cross-border issues relating to the enforcement of arbitral awards and parallel proceedings in Russia; Richard Cowie and dual-qualified Konstantin Kroll are key contacts for multi-jurisdictional matters. The team regularly acts for clients in commercial arbitration initiated in relation to breaches of contracts and corporate disputes. St. Petersburg-based Mikhail Ivanov heads up the national department, while Roman Zaitsev leads the team in Moscow.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Ivanov; Roman Zaitsev

Other key lawyers:

Richard Cowie; Konstantin Kroll; Anton Alifanov; Mark Dransfield


‘The firm’s lawyers made a thorough analysis of the case.’

‘I would like to acknowledge the high-quality work of Konstantin Kroll and Adrian Giles. These lawyers offered us solutions that were effective and time-saving. We can see that they are doing everything possible to achieve the desired result. The lawyers have extensive experience, and it allows them to easily navigate in difficult situations. In addition to that, we would like to highlight Konstantin Kroll’s client-oriented approach throughout the whole process of cooperation.’

Key clients

NLMK Group

Severstal Group


Work highlights

  • Acting for Gazprom, as a third-party intervenor, in two direct challenges before the General Court of the European Union.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper places an emphasis on enforcement work, as well as commercial arbitration initiated in relation to corporate, shareholder and contractual disputes. The team draws on the firm’s global resources; in one high-profile example, it acts in conjunction with its London-based colleagues in the high-profile representation of energy sector giant Gazprom in multiple sets of SCC arbitration proceedings. Yaroslav Moshennikov (‘one of the sharpest strategic minds’) leads the national dispute resolution group. Counsel Oleg Skvortsov heads up the practice in St. Petersburg.

Practice head(s):

Yaroslav Moshennikov; Oleg Skvortsov

Other key lawyers:

Leonid Kropotov


‘Based on my experience of working with the DLA Moscow disputes team, I would say that they are unique in their service-mindedness and availability for the client.’

‘I have never worked with a team that is so available and dedicated to the client, answering calls and emails late at night and traveling to remote corners of the world on short notice. Another unique feature of the team is that, if asked, they will turn every stone and investigate every angle to ensure that the client is exhausting all possible options.’

‘They are very creative and diligent and do not simply take advice from co-counsel or statements from opposing counsel at face value. Working with them means that you have to be extra diligent, because you know they will scrutinize your work.’

‘Yaroslav Moshennikov is one of the sharpest strategic minds I have ever worked with. I was very impressed with how he left no stone unturned and how he always managed to find an argument or angle that we may not have thought about. His straightforward, no-fuss style made it very easy to communicate and push the cases forward.’

Key clients


Mario Frigerio S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Gazprom in three sets of SCC arbitration proceedings.
  • Successfully acted for Mario Frigerio S.p.A. in recognition and enforcement proceedings relating to an SCC arbitral award issued against Cutting Edge Technologies LLC.

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Hogan Lovells (CIS) is well positioned to act for large international clients in the financial services, mining and energy sectors, partially owing to its access to the firm’s network globally; particularly notable is its cooperation with the London office. The team is increasingly active in the investment treaty arbitration space, where it acts for Penwell Business in its investment dispute with the Kyrgyz Republic. Practice head Alexei Dudko is ‘an extraordinary lawyer with a perfect solution to any problem’.

Practice head(s):

Alexei Dudko


‘Hogan Lovells is a powerful and perfect mechanism, which works for the best result only.’

‘Alexei Dudko is an extraordinary lawyer with a perfect solution to any problem. He is one of the most experienced lawyers I’ve known.’

‘Strong focus on practical implementation of legal advice.’

Key clients

Penwell Business

Interstate Hotels and Resorts



Work highlights

  • Acting for Penwell Business in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Kyrgyz Republic initiated under the Foreign Investment Law of the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Advising Interstate Hotels and Resorts in a contentious matter relating to the management of a number of hotels in Russia.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 global power company in an SCC arbitration arising out of the client’s investment into the energy sector of a CIS state.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law maintains longstanding relationships with clients in the construction industry, but also handles disputes for trading and insurance sector companies. The group specialises in international commercial arbitration conducted either on an hoc basis, or instituted under the rules of the ICAC, the ICC and the LCIA. Anna Grishchenkova leads the practice, where recently promoted senior associate Stepan Sultanov is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Anna Grishchenkova

Other key lawyers:

Stepan Sultanov


‘KIAP has a strength in depth in every area of dispute resolution. It has experience in complex international and domestic arbitration that exceeds most other firms’ experience.’

‘I work with Anna Grishchenkova on international arbitration and litigation matters. Anna is one of the best well-known arbitration practitioners in Moscow. She has an exceptional understanding of the procedural nuances of domestic and international arbitration and is able to deploy that experience very effectively to secure a successful outcome. Anna is also a very accomplished advocate who has analysed (and written about) the psychology of persuasive advocacy. She is able to identify and utilise the most effective approach to arguing a case and is, as a result, a formidable trial lawyer.’

‘KIAP dispute resolution team always looks at the core of the problem and takes a pragmatic approach towards the resolution of the dispute. KIAP always takes into account the perspectives of the possible outcome of each case strategy and in particular handles disputes with due respect to specific features of each jurisdiction.’ 

‘Anna Grishchenkova stands out with her experience and deep expertise.’

Key clients

SNC Medical


Rizzani de Eccher

Codest Engineering S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Assisting a large energy and commodity trading company with matters relating to an LCIA arbitration arising out of the contract of sale of oil against a large Polish corporation.
  • Representing a high-tech universal federal insurance company, as a respondent, in an ad hoc arbitration in Hamburg arising out of multiple natural disasters in Japan and New Zealand.
  • Representing a large Russian vertically-integrated timber company in a cross-border dispute with a Finnish company.


Reflective of its traditional focus on dispute resolution, KK&P TRIAL LAWYERS counts arbitration and mediation as its core strengths. Clients laud the team as ‘excellent forensic lawyers’ displaying ‘consummate professionalism and efficiency’ – it utilises these skills in both international commercial and investment arbitration. The department is well-equipped to provide Russian law expert advice and prepare expert reports in cross-border arbitral proceedings; managing partner and practice head Maxim Kulkov and Oleg Kolotilov have extensive experience in this regard.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Kulkov

Other key lawyers:

Oleg Kolotilov


‘The rare mix of academic prowess and real world practical experience that tribunals and courts find compelling.’

‘Maxim Kulkov – clear writing and calm oral testimony skills that tribunals and courts find convincing. Quickly gets to the root of an issue and is creative in finding solutions.’

‘Oleg Kolotilov understands the ever-changing landscape of Russian law and can clarify what seems complex. Oleg is not afraid to say that no definitive position exists at present with regard to an issue – this level of intellectual honesty is well-regarded by courts and tribunals.’

‘KK&P Lawyers is a boutique dispute resolution firm – and one of the leading (if not the leading) firm of this kind in Russia. The firm has unrivalled arbitration experience – both domestic and international – in the capacity of either sole counsel or co-counsel working alongside other firms or lawyers on cross-border disputes.’

‘KK&P is able to manage complex international arbitrations with consummate professionalism and efficiency in terms of response times, complying with challenging directions and communicating eloquently and persuasively with the tribunal and the opposing party. They are also excellent forensic lawyers with excellent attention to detail with the ability to identify minute details that advance a client’s case even where these are buried in extensive evidence. Maxim Kulkov and Oleg Kolotilov embody these qualities. In addition, Maxim Kulkov is a formidable trial lawyer who has very persuasive advocacy skills.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Representing a large oilfield services company in an ICAC dispute with another oilfield services company.
  • Representing Ukraine in a case relating to Tatneft’s application for recognition and enforcement of a $150m investment arbitral award.

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners has a formidable strength in litigation, which it also utilises in proceedings seeking enforcement and recognition of foreign arbitral awards in Russia. The practice is also adept at handling evidence and preparing expert opinions in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Kirill Udovichenko and name partner Yuri Monastyrsky are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Kirill Udovichenko; Yuri Monastyrsky


‘A great, very creative team; always ready to help in various matters 24/7. One of the distinguishing features of this team is that they are ready to support their client in any situation.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Acting for VEB.RF in relation to a dispute arising out of the unlawful expropriation of Ukrainian bank PSC Prominvestbank.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright houses a group composed of ‘highly qualified, knowledgeable and talented specialists’ in international commercial arbitration. The team regularly acts alongside its colleagues abroad; recent examples include cooperation with the teams in London and Houston. Clients prize the ability of practice head Yaroslav Klimov to handle high-profile matters; he is well versed in acting as counsel to both claimants and respondents. Associate Sergey Avakyan is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Yaroslav Klimov

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Avakyan


‘Norton Rose Fulbright has significant experience and exposure in international arbitration. Its team consists of highly qualified, knowledgeable and talented specialists, who deliver excellent work within strict time limits.’

‘Yaroslav Klimov, head of NRF’s dispute resolution practice in Russia and the CIS, is a dynamic partner who has the ability, confidence, experience and knowledge to run complex high-profile disputes.

Petrol Chilikov

Ever since its establishment in 2018, Petrol Chilikov has remained focused on acting as counsel and co-counsel in domestic and international arbitration. Equally experienced in both commercial and investment arbitration, the team also provides comprehensive support to clients in contentious arbitration-related matters concerning interim relief, parallel proceedings, and the enforcement of arbitral awards. Name partners Egor Chilikov and Olesya Petrol jointly lead the practice, which attracts praise for its 'brilliant professional skills'.

Practice head(s):

Egor Chilikov; Olesya Petrol


‘Deep knowledge of Russian law and the specifics of law enforcement. Brilliant academic background and professional skills.’

‘The team includes experts who are very well-versed in arbitration proceedings in all key jurisdictions and arbitral institutions. We love that this is a Russian team that can handle international work out of Moscow – this makes communication easier.’

‘Olesya Petrol amazingly captures the emotions of clients and judges, which allows her to achieve outstanding recognition among them.’

‘Egor Chilikov clearly organises the client’s strategy across complex combinations of jurisdictions.’

‘We work a lot with Egor Chilikov and his lawyers. Egor is a good strategist, knows a lot about the specifics of arbitration proceedings across many forums, has a multi-faceted experience in conducting such proceedings, can build very efficient defence strategies. Overall, this team achieves results.’

Key clients

Cunico Resources N.V.

Allianz Insurance Company JSC

NewTech Services LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cunico Resources in an ICSID investment arbitration against the Republic of North Macedonia.
  • Acted for Allianz Insurance Company JSC in an arbitration conducted under the rules of the German Maritime Arbitration Association arising out of a casualty at sea.
  • Advised NewTech Services LLC in relation to an arbitration arising out of a casualty at an oil-well site.

Rodin & Partners

Rodin & Partners is distinguished by its ability to handle the Russian law aspects of international commercial arbitration, placing emphasis on disputes arising out of breaches of contractual obligations. Jointly led by name partner Artem Rodin and Timur Djabbarov, the practice also has experience in investment treaty arbitration. The team also bolstered its capabilities at a more junior level in the spring of 2020 with the arrival of senior associate Andrey Safronov joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Artem Rodin; Timur Djabbarov

Other key lawyers:

Andrey Safronov

Key clients

Chubb (US)

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

Sibur Holding

Pascal Medical

Servalesa, Sociedad Limitada

ECE Russia

EVN AG (Austria)

Work highlights

  • Advising a global insurance company on Russian law issues raised in arbitration proceedings initiated by Enka.
  • Acting for Black Sea Trade and Development Bank in a London-seated UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of alleged breaches of contract.
  • Acting for Servalesa S.L. in an ICC arbitration in Paris initiated in relation to a contractual dispute.