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Fielding β€˜one of the most experienced and powerful litigation teams in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region’, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provides β€˜a comprehensive litigation offering, and benefits from a deep pool of experienced attorneys with substantial knowledge of Russian issues’. Recent highlights include representing Allianz in a $15m insurance fraud case against a vessel owner, and successfully defending Yandex in a high-profile dispute with Google, where the latter was instructed to pay a $7m fine and comply with rulings given by the Federal Antimonopoly Service. The β€˜well-respected’ Valery Eremenko jointly heads the practice with β€˜market leader’ Dmitry Dyakin, who is β€˜a masterful strategist and fantastic tactician’. Vera Rikhterman is β€˜an efficient practitioner’.

The β€˜creative, proactive, business-oriented’ team at Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners β€˜displays a brilliant level of knowledge and experience in litigation’, and β€˜is particularly recommended for clients facing difficult corporate conflicts’. Practice head Yuri Monastyrsky is noted for his expertise in the IP, tax, insolvency and real estate fields, among others, and Dmitry Lovyrev is the key contact for multi-jurisdictional disputes. The firm represents Ikea in all its court proceedings, including a $1bn dispute with a local electricity supplier, and is also acting for Google in a competition dispute with Yandex over an alleged abuse of dominant position.

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited has a strong track record across the full range of commercial disputes and cases against state authorities. The β€˜professional, knowledgeable’ team has significant expertise in IP, tax, employment and real estate matters. Practice head Edward Bekeschenko has handled a number of disputes in the IT and telecoms sector, and IP specialist Denis Khabarov recently represented DAF Trucks in a Russia-wide enforcement of trade marks. Vladimir Khvalei is a well-known figure in the arbitration space.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has β€˜profound knowledge of the various branches of law’ and β€˜a comprehensive understanding of the client’s business’; the team β€˜always endeavours to ensure that its legal advice fully complies with clients’ expectations’. Andrey Goltsblat heads the practice, where β€˜top-class legal expert’ Elena Trusova is also a key figure. The firm is notably strong in IP litigation.

At Clifford Chance, highlights included advising a major pharmaceuticals company on various Russian law issues pertaining to an internal investigation, and representing an automaker in a set of criminal proceedings arising from several instances of fraud. Timur Aitkulov heads the practice, and counsel Julia Popelysheva advises Russian and foreign companies on disputes before various tribunals.

Dechert Russia LLC’s β€˜fast, knowledgeable and responsive’ team is β€˜worth every penny, especially when it brings you a favourable result in a high-stakes case’. The firm is currently acting for Eurobank Ergasias in a number of recovery and foreclosure proceedings against the Russian subsidiaries of a development conglomerate, and is also defending a high-profile businessman against an enforcement claim brought by a Russian oligarch. Senior associate Yuri Makhonin heads the practice, and is praised as β€˜a diligent, fierce litigator who is absolutely fantastic in court’.

At Dentons, key specialisms include anti-corruption, tax, bankruptcy and environment litigation; the team has also handled a number of disputes in the TMT sector. Mikhail Ivanov has significant commercial court experience; Roman Zaitsev specialises in enforcement proceedings; and Victor Naumov focuses on IP litigation.

Hogan Lovells (CIS) provides β€˜an exceptionally high level of service, in terms of both responsiveness and quality of advice’; it also wins plaudits for its β€˜proactive approach to all problems’. Practice head Alexei Dudko has β€˜an outstanding ability to manage complex international projects’ and is β€˜an effective organiser as well as a remarkable lawyer’. Key clients include BTA Bank, Chernogorneft and Vitol Group.

The β€˜outstanding litigation lawyers’ at KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law) have β€˜extensive experience in various legal matters’ and are praised for their β€˜ability to resolve complex cases quickly’. In a recent highlight, the team successfully defended Capital Insurance against a number of Lloyd’s reinsurers. Managing partner Andrey Korelskiy is β€˜a well-respected legal expert’ and β€˜a true master in negotiations’.

Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners’ team provides β€˜solid expertise’, and is β€˜always available for discussion’. The team handles court and enforcement proceedings, and also advises on the enforcement of foreign judgements in Russia. Alexander Muranov and Dmitry Chernyakov jointly head the practice, where key clients include Rabobank and Sluzhba Mekhanizatsii.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s department β€˜always goes the extra mile’, and is β€˜highly competent in each sector’. Practice head Yaroslav Klimov has significant expertise in commercial, regulatory and product liability litigation, and counsel Alexey Borodak focuses on insurance sector disputes. Recent work includes representing TogliattiAzot in a monetary recovery claim against the Administration of the Krasnodar Region.

Vegas Lex has β€˜a deep understanding of the specifics of the client’s industry’, which β€˜allows the firm to develop a strong and well-reasoned position in each matter’. The team handled a mix of M&A, bankruptcy, joint venture and shareholder disputes across various sectors, and recently represented OGK-2 in proceedings arising from Group E4’s bankruptcy. Managing partner Alexander Sitnikov is praised for his β€˜results-oriented approach’, and practice head Victor Petrov has β€˜impressive tactical ability’.

White & Case LLC has β€˜a profound level of practical, academic and business-oriented knowledge’, and β€˜always has a strong understanding of the client’s goals’. The firm has significant expertise in bankruptcy-related disputes, acting for lenders and borrowers in domestic and multi-jurisdictional cases across various sectors. Julia Zagonek heads the practice, and recently represented the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania in a compensation claim filed by a private individual.

The β€˜hands-on, responsive and professional’ team at ALRUD Law Firm has β€˜a thorough, in-depth knowledge of procedural rules and material law’ and β€˜offers a cost-effective approach to billing’. Practice head Vassily Rudomino is currently acting for a Russian subsidiary of Volkswagen in a number of damage recovery disputes initiated by dealers.

Headed by Yaroslav Moshennikov, DLA Piper’s team advises on corporate, commercial, administrative and regulatory disputes, and has a strong track record in cross-border litigation. Highlights included acting for Sberbank Leasing in a lawsuit against Transaero Airlines, its creditors and its bankruptcy managers.

FBK Legal provides β€˜timely, high-quality responses to all questions and challenges that arise’, and is praised for its β€˜ability to work ahead of time’. The firm has notable tax and IP expertise, and is currently acting for Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits in a series of longstanding trade mark disputes. The β€˜professional and optimistic’ Alexander Ermolenko heads the team.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice provides β€˜timely responses and solid technical expertise’, and is β€˜particularly strong in commercial disputes and investigations’. Led by Dmitry Surikov, the team represented KPMG in a $100m dispute with a Kazakh businessman accused of embezzlement.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP provides β€˜great value for money, excellent results and robust, high-quality solutions to difficult issues’. Highlights included representing Sberbank Capital in lost profit proceedings filed by a minority shareholder, and acting for E4 Group in a number of debt recovery and tax disputes. Alexei Panich heads the team.

Allen & Overy Legal Services wins plaudits for its β€˜high level of competence and professionalism’; the β€˜client-oriented nature of the team means the interests of the client are always prioritised’. The firm has notable expertise in the banking, antitrust, property and aviation sectors, and is currently advising Aurora in a series of domestic disputes against Rosaviation. Practice head Igor Gorchakov is β€˜a strong professional who understands many branches of the law’.

Ivanyan & Partners is β€˜able to expertly guide the client through the legislative and judicial practices of Russia, quickly assessing each situation and finding the optimal solution’. β€˜Reliable and experienced lawyers’ Alexey Kozyakov and Khristofor Ivanyan are recommended along with Sergey Chuprygin, who specialises in disputes involving state authorities.

The β€˜approachable, pragmatic’ team at KK&P has β€˜excellent litigation capabilities’ and β€˜an innovative mindset’, and finds β€˜creative solutions to difficult, high-stakes issues’. The β€˜pragmatic’ Maxim Kulkov recently represented Sovfrakht in a dispute opposite the Department of Presidential Affairs of the Russian Federation, which claimed compensation for the client’s allegedly illegal privatisation of real estate assets. Oleg Kolotilov β€˜seamlessly combines local knowledge with an understanding of how European companies expect to litigate’.

Koblev & Partners provides β€˜excellent legal support in tough corporate conflicts’. The firm is noted for its strengths in white-collar crime, bankruptcy, antitrust and investment-related disputes. Led by β€˜recognised criminal lawyer’ Ruslan Koblev, the team recently represented the CFO of a jewellery company in a large-scale fraud dispute.

The β€˜high-class litigators’ at Lidings are β€˜always timely in their response, providing solid court strategies that work well for the client’. Recent work includes representing Belarusian petroleum company Blok in a commercial dispute with a Russian oil supplier, and advising Tetra Pak on the bankruptcy proceedings of a Siberia-based milk producer. Andrey Zelenin and the β€˜down-to-earth’ Stepan Guzey are recommended.

Linklaters’ practice was recently bolstered by the arrival of Vladimir Melnikov from Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP; Melnikov heads the dispute resolution practice, and focuses on bankruptcy and asset recovery litigation along with regulatory investigations. Ben Carroll is the other key figure, splitting his time between London and Moscow.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is praised for its β€˜quick response times, quality advice and contemporary approach to complex issues’. The team has handled a number of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, and also advises on compliance and white-collar crime issues in the energy, insurance and financial services sectors. Dmitry Ivanov and Grigory Marinichev are the practice co-heads.

Noerr’s β€˜very strong’ practice has notable expertise in IP litigation, and has recently handled a number of internet-related disputes concerning domain grabbing, parallel import and unfair competition. Viktor Gerbutov is β€˜brilliantly clever’ and has β€˜excellent commercial judgement’; he has been providing Russian law advice in Trust Bank v. Yurov and Others, a Russian law-governed case heard by the London High Court.

At Pepeliaev Group, highlights included representing Thomson Reuters in a contract-related dispute. Yuriy Vorobyev heads the practice and focuses on disputes in the financial services sector; Roman Bevzenko has a strong track record in commercial disputes involving real estate and construction elements.

Regionservice is β€˜quick to resolve case-related issues and construct a strategy for court proceedings’, and has β€˜a clear understanding of the peculiarities of each case, working in perfect coordination to solve complex problems’. Highlights included acting for Platinum Real Estate in a banking sector dispute before the Supreme Court, and representing Sibshahtstroy in a debt recovery matter. Denis Rybakov is recommended along with Sergey Uchitel, who is β€˜a renowned expert in corporate disputes’.

Sameta retains a strong client base in the energy, oil and gas, and retail sectors, and is noted for its expertise in contentious tax issues. The group has also handled a number of competition matters and bankruptcy proceedings across the Russian regions. Vladislav Tomashevsky heads the practice, where commercial disputes expert Evgeny Shikunov is also recommended.

YUST Law Firm maintains a strong client base of Russian and international companies, handling disputes across a range of areas including real estate, financial services, and family and inheritance. Led by Alexander Evdokimov, the team recently represented RailTransHolding Management in a bankruptcy and contract-related dispute with VEB, a Vnesheconombank subsidiary. Other key clients include MegaMaks, Sberbank and the Archdiocese of the Mother of God.

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