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Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s ‘market-leading’ practice is headed by Vladimir Khvalei, who also acts as vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and has extensive expertise acting as counsel and arbitrator in forums across Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Asia. Other key figures include Edward Bekeschenko, who specialises in IT and telecoms-related proceedings, and Anton Maltsev, who focuses on commercial disputes across the automotive, oil and gas, and heavy machinery industries. Highlights included representing KazTransGas in investment arbitration proceedings.

Clifford Chance has been significantly active in disputes within the oil and gas, financial services, pharmaceutical and energy sectors, representing clients across a variety of international arbitration forums. The team is also well regarded in the white-collar crime space, and regularly represents clients in proceedings related to corruption, money laundering and compliance. Timur Aitkulov heads the practice, and has been involved in a number of arbitrations in the nuclear energy and mining space. Julia Popelysheva is the other key figure.


Rodin & Partners

An independent law firm RODIN & PARTNERS has an established dispute resolution practice and successfully represents its international and national clients in litigation and international arbitration cases around the globe in various arbitration institutes, including Arbitration institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, arbitration under the rules of the World Trade Chamber in Paris, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (Vienna Rules), the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Trade and Commerce of Russia (Moscow), Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai etc.

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Dechert Russia LLC is ‘a go-to firm for commercial and cross-border disputes in Russia’, handling ‘all projects with due care’ and adopting ‘a client-oriented approach’. The team is currently representing a Russian mining company in two London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) cases against a leading bank, as well as in an arbitration with a Chinese company. The ‘unflappableYuri Makhonin heads the practice.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is ‘a leading firm for international arbitration work in Russia’; its ‘sizeable, responsive’ team ‘has splendid capabilities in handling demanding cross-border cases’. The group is led by the ‘competent and target-oriented’ Evgeny Raschevsky, who, along with chairman Dimitry Afanasiev, recently represented the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation in an Uncitral arbitration against ExxonMobil regarding overpaid taxes. The firm is also acting for Rosimushchestvo in an ad hoc arbitration in New Delhi between Russian and Indian shareholders, a matter concerning a proposed joint venture in India.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP takes ‘a client-oriented approach to all matters’ and provides ‘timely, meaningful responses’. The team handles disputes in the M&A, banking and finance, PPP and energy sectors, and maintains close contact with its London office to advise on cross-border proceedings. Alexei Panich heads the disputes practice and has a strong track record in bankruptcy proceedings; senior associate Alexander Khretinin is the other name to note. Vladimir Melnikov left to join Linklaters.

At White & Case LLC, recent highlights include acting for the government of Russia in an enforcement resistance case against the ex-majority shareholders of Yukos, who were seeking to enforce a $50bn arbitral award issued at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands. The team is also representing the government of Russia in arbitration proceedings against a Russian oligarch regarding allegations of expropriation and denial of justice. The practice is headed by Julia Zagonek, who has significant asset recovery expertise.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s team is ‘knowledgeable, experienced and quick to respond to all queries’. Clients include a mix of private listed banks, start-ups and IT companies, and the firm has notable capabilities in private equity and internet sector disputes. Roman Khodykin has extensive expertise in corporate and shareholder disputes across Russia and the CIS, and regularly appears before the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Elena Trusova is the other name to note.

Dentons advises clients on arbitration involving Russian law elements, and regularly assists with the enforcement of foreign awards in Russia. In a recent highlight, the team represented Severstal, a major steel producer, in proceedings against the European Commission regarding the legality of EU anti-dumping measures. International and commercial arbitration specialist Mikhail Ivanov jointly heads the practice with Roman Zaitsev, who has a strong track record in enforcement proceedings.

The ‘diligent and hardworking professionals’ at Hogan Lovells (CIS) provide ‘an excellent level of service, bringing a strong multicultural understanding to each matter’. The team utilises its ‘wide professional network of specialists to provide reliable legal advice on any subject matter’, and has received a number of mandates from clients in the finance and TMT sectors. Alexei Dudko is ‘a strong team leader with a deep knowledge of English and Russian law and excellent analytical skills’; Dudko recently represented Penwell Business in a company investment arbitration against the Kyrgyz Republic, a matter related to alleged expropriation of investments.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is ‘a truly integrated firm that provides solid support in major international disputes’. The team is praised for its ‘practical, business-savvy approach’ and its ‘understanding of the differences between various legal systems’. The department is led by the ‘sophisticatedDmitry Ivanov, who recently represented a prominent Russian individual in an LCIA arbitration concerning debt repayment. The team also has a strong track record in injunction relief, enforcement, investigations and compliance.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘distinguished by its high level of knowledge’ and its ‘creative approach to solving difficult problems’; it has ‘successfully handled a number of arbitration projects at the ICC, the LCIA and other forums’. Key practitioner Yaroslav Klimov has strong expertise in corporate, commercial and regulatory disputes, and senior associate Andrey Panov has ‘an outstanding reputation in international arbitration’, representing clients in the construction, energy and technology sectors.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s team has ‘an excellent grasp of the commercial realities and dynamics of arbitration’, representing a range of cross-sector clients including Renova, Lukoil and VimpelCom. The firm maintains strong links with its London office, and regularly acts for Russian corporates in international arbitration proceedings. The practice is led by the London-based Justin Williams. Ilya Rybalkin left to establish Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners in September 2018.

ALRUD Law Firmalways seeks the most effective solutions’ and is ‘always a few steps ahead of the opponents, allocating extra resources from its large team where necessary’. Vassily Rudomino has a strong track record in restructuring- and insolvency-related disputes, and has recently received a number of mandates from healthcare, life sciences and chemicals sector clients. Key partner Andrey Zharskiy is ‘an excellent lawyer with a broad range of expertise’.

CMS is noted for its strength in aviation and insurance disputes, representing a mix of insurance companies, airlines and airports, and the team is also adept at handling IP, employment and commercial disputes along with tax and customs controversies. Practice head Sergey Yuryev has substantial expertise in Russian bankruptcy proceedings and restructuring issues, and key partner Leonid Zubarev focuses on insurance matters. Anton Bankovskiy is recommended for IP disputes.

DLA Piper’s ‘responsive’ group ‘always fields lawyers who have the relevant knowledge and are available to take on complex matters’; it ‘consistently delivers good value for money’. Notable highlights included representing Gazprom in arbitral proceedings against Naftogaz related to gas supply contracts, a matter valued at approximately $50bn, and acting for the St Petersburg City Administration in an Uncitral arbitration against a foreign investor regarding the construction of a new terminal at Pulkovo Airport. Yaroslav Moshennikov heads the practice, where Oleg Skvortsov is also a key figure.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice provides ‘timely responses and great technical expertise’. The team is currently representing a railway construction and development company in six international arbitrations regarding the implementation of the Syrth-Benghazi Railroad in Libya, a matter spanning seven jurisdictions, and also recently acted for a Russian smartphone producer in a Singapore International Arbitration Centre case regarding contract breaches. Practice head Dmitry Surikov provides ‘excellent strategic guidance in all cases’, and Noah Rubins is also recommended.

Headed by the ‘approachable and pragmaticMaxim Kulkov, KK&P represents clients across a wide range of international arbitration forums. Highlights included acting for the Cabinet Ministers of the Ukraine in proceedings against an application by Tatneft for the enforcement of an arbitral award, a matter related to an interstate joint venture. The team is also defending B&N Bank in an insolvency-related arbitration brought by a British Virgin Islands-based company. Oleg Kolotilov has a strong track record in shareholder and construction-related disputes.

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is ‘very fast to react to new developments’; it fields ‘knowledgeable professionals’, who are noted for their ability to ‘take on cases others consider difficult’. Headed by Yuri Monastyrsky, the team is currently representing Bank UralSib in an $80m LCIA arbitration brought by VTB Bank and FIMBank. Dmitry Lovyrev is the other key figure.

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