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Dispute Resolution in Russian & Foreign Courts, International Arbitration


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Assistance for the efficient resolution of complex commercial and corporate disputes is one of the key areas of our company.

The Firm has extensive experience representing clients in Russian arbitration courts, courts of general jurisdiction, foreign courts and international commercial arbitrations, in complex commercial and corporate disputes, tax matters, bankruptcy (insolvency), enforcement of decisions of international arbitration and international courts.

The Firm’s practice of dispute resolution provides the following services:

  • commercial and corporate disputes
  • tax disputes
  • disputes with government agencies
  • real estate disputes
  • disputes concerning intellectual property
  • cases related to the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and decisions of international arbitral tribunals
  • injunctions and interim measures
  • procedures for pre-trial dispute resolution (mediation)
  • bankruptcy and insolvency cases

Clients’ representation in Russian courts:

We successfully represent clients in Russian courts. Below you may find the examples of our litigation projects, in which we represented:

  • a Russian electric power company as a claimant in arbitrazh courts of the first and appellate degrees in the case related to recovery of 7 million ruble debt from a regional energy company. The debt relates to a duty to pay the services of electric power transmission in connection with application of a two-rate tariff. The debt was fully recovered;
  • A Russian electric power company as a respondent in a case of unjust enrichment collection in arbitrazh courts of the first and appellate degrees. The case was terminated by the arbitrazh court;
  • A Russian electric power company as a respondent in the case related to enforcement of certain specific performance injunction. The case was terminated by the arbitrazh court;
  • a Russian electric power company as a claimant in arbitrazh courts of the first and appellate degrees in the case related to recovery of 3 million ruble debt arising out of supply of heating power from a regional energy company. The debt was fully recovered;
  • a Russian electric power company as a claimant in a case related to contestation of a resolution of the regional tariff body in an arbitrazh court of the first degree. The clients’ claims were fully satisfied;
  • A Russian state company as a respondent in arbitrazh courts of the first and appellate degrees in a case related to contestation of termination of a contract and recovery of damages. The court rejected the claimant’s pleas;
  • A Russian state company as a respondent in arbitrazh courts of the first and appellate degrees in a case related to contestation of results of procurement bidding process. The court rejected the claimant’s pleas;
  • A Russian company in a case related to recovery of damages arising out of supply of counterfeited products (gas pipeline construction materials) in an appellate arbitrazh court. As a result the court upheld the client’s claims and the damages’ amount was increased sixfold;
  • a Russian company in a dispute concerning a contract of the supply of building materials worth around of RUB 75 million in the arbitrazh courts of appeal and cassation.
  • representing the interests of a Russian pipe products company in proceedings related to the recognition and enforcement of the ICAC decisions in excess of USD 61 million in the arbitrazh court of first instance and court of cassation; The case was decided in the client’s favor
  • a film production company claiming a penalty for the delay in a film company’s fulfillment of its contract, contract termination due to its material breach by the other party and damages resulting from the termination of the contract in the amount of money paid under the contract, with a total of approximately RUB 15 million from the film company in an arbitrazh court of first and appellate instance, the losses were recovered from the defendant in the full amount;
  • a Swiss company in the recovery of debt from a Russian contractor for services rendered in the design work and reconstruction of a jeweler store;
  • a Russian company in a dispute with tax authorities regarding the recovery of VAT in the amount of RUB 80 million;
  • a Russian company in a court of general jurisdiction in a labor dispute in connection with firing of an employee;
  • a client in proceedings related to establishment of ownership right over a real estate object.

Representation of interests in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings

The Firm successfully represents the clients’ interests in bankruptcy and insolvency cases in Russian and foreign courts. Below are the examples of our litigation projects where we represented:

  • a foreign company in bankruptcy of a Russian airline: a receiver was replaced, the interests of the majority creditors were protected;
  • a foreign air service company – a bankruptcy creditor of a major Russian airline in the court proceedings in a cassation arbitrazh court, which quashed the resolutions of the courts of the first and appellate degrees approving the initial selling price of the debtor’s property in the amount exceeding 70 million rubles;
  • a creditor in the bankruptcy proceedings of a rail producing plant;
  • a foreign mining company in the bankruptcy proceedings of a Russian company;
  • a Russian machine-building company in a bankruptcy case of a Czech plant heard in a Czech court;
  • a Russian company in recovery of debt of 61 million US dollars in the bankruptcy proceedings against a BVI company in BVI courts;
  • a Russian tube-rolling company in recovery of 61 million US dollars in the bankruptcy of a Swiss company in the court of Zug (Switzerland);
  • a Kazakh trading company in recovery of 12 million US dollars in the bankruptcy proceedings of a Swiss company in the court of Zug (Switzerland);
  • a Russian oil service company in recovery of 5.5 million US dollars in the bankruptcy proceedings of a Swiss company in the court of Zug (Switzerland);
  • a Russian geology company in recovery of 18 million US dollars in the bankruptcy proceedings of a Swiss company in the court of Zug (Switzerland);
  • a Russian machine-building company in recovery of 2 million US dollars in the bankruptcy proceedings of a Swiss company in the court of Zug (Switzerland);
  • a receiver of an American corporation in the arbitration proceedings related to recovery of debt from a Russian car-building company under a supply contract.

Representation of interests in foreign courts and international arbitration proceedings

We are successfully working on international litigation and arbitration projects. A good knowledge of private international law and experience on cross-border litigation and arbitration allows us to find the best strategies for judicial attack and defense in tracing foreign assets and in the enforcement of court decisions and arbitral awards.

We have established good partnerships with a number of leading foreign law firms and barristers in all over the world. This allows us to offer our customers the most cost-effective services almost all over of the world. World leading arbitration  experts work as our consultants.

Since our foundation we have represented clients in the English High Court, the courts of the cantons of Zug and Geneva the Swiss Confederation, the British Virgin Islands, the Republic of Uzbekistan, Syria, Czech Republic, arbitrations under the rules of ICAC, LCIA, ICC, SCC as well as UNCITRAL.

The experience of the Firm in representing clients’ interests in litigation and arbitration matters includes:

  • representing a Cyprus company in the dispute concerning invalidation of a share sale and purchase contract due to breach of representations and warranties in a Swiss court;
  • advising a claimant’s international consultant with respect to notification of a Russian party to the court proceedings in an English High Court;
  • advising a claimant’s international consultant with respect to notification of a Russian party to the arbitration proceedings under ICC rules in Switzerland;
  • representing the interests of a BVI company in the arbitration process in the London International Court of Arbitration in a dispute under the contract of the sale of shares under English law;
  • representing the interests of Russian companies in the courts of the Republic of Syria relating to the confiscation of goods in a Syrian port;
  • representing the interests of an offshore company in a dispute arising out of a derivatives transaction with an international bank, which included the preparation of the position of the plaintiff for the English High Court;
  • representing the interests of a Russian company to recover the debt of USD 61 million during bankruptcy proceedings against the company in the BVI courts;
  • representing the interests of a Russian company in proceedings related to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards to collect a debt of USD 61 million in a Swiss court;
  • representing the interests of a Russian company in obtaining provisional measures in a Swiss court;
  • representing the interests of a Russian pipe products company with claims totaling USD 61 million in bankruptcy proceedings in a court of the Swiss canton of Zug;
  • representing the interests of a Kazakh trade company with claims totaling USD 12 million in bankruptcy proceedings in a court of the Swiss canton of Zug;
  • representing the interests of a Russian oil field service company with claims totaling USD 18 million in the bankruptcy proceedings in a court of the Swiss canton of Zug;
  • representing the interests of a Russian machine-building company with claims totaling EUR 2 million in bankruptcy proceedings of a Swiss company in a court of the Swiss canton of Zug.

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