Russia

Review

Dispute resolution
Art de Lex

ART DE LEX law firm practices in all areas of dispute resolution. Key industry sectors for the firm include energy, financial services and retail. Notable clients for the firm include Omega Funds Investment (the Republic of Cyprus), and IFCG Group. 

Arhur Zurabyan heads the dispute resolution team and is supported by three partners and eight lawyers.  

During the research period the firm advised Nvision Group in bankruptcy proceedings over an individual’s attempts to make fraudulent claims and seize control over the creditor’s claims. 

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has seven partners dedicated to dispute resolution work, six of which operate out of the Moscow office while the remaining partner works in the St. Petersburg office. Vladimir Khvale heads the dispute resolution team and Eugene Arievich heads the intellectual property team. 

Case highlights include the firm representing Gilead Sciences before the IP courts in defending the client’s Eurasian patent for the treatment of HIV. Another case saw the firm represent Doosan Infracore in litigation regarding an alleged software-related infringement and breach of contract. The remainder of cases worked on during the research period remain confidential. 

BGP Litigation

BGP Litigation has over 13 years’ experience in the Russian market and has a focus on white-collar crime, tax and banking dispute matters. 

The white-collar crime team is comprised of one partner and seven lawyers. The team regularly advice clients on anti-money laundering and anti-corruption legislation. The firm’s white-collar crime cases are all confidential. 

Compliance Resheniya

Compliance Resheniya are active in tax litigation matters. Ivan Kuznetsoc and Igor Kononov are notable figures in the firm. The firm’s case work is confidential. 

Deloitte Legal Law Firm

Deloitte Legal has offices in seven Russian cities including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Ufa, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladivostok. The dispute resolution team in Moscow is headed by Anna Kostyra and Anton Zykov. 

Key areas pf dispute resolution work for the firm include commercial and cross-border disputes, tax litigation and antitrust matters. 

One highlight from the research period saw the firm advise a pharmaceutical company in a debt recovery case. Details of other cases worked on remain confidential.

Dentons

Denton’s dispute resolution team consists of 24 lawyers including ten partners. Key areas of specialisation include tax, bankruptcy, competition, intellectual property and real estate. 

Mikhail Ivanov, Roman Zaitsev, Konstantin Kroll, Richard Cowie, Mathieu Fabre-Magnan are all key names in the firm. 

The firm is representing iHerb in a series of disputes with the Public prosecutor’s office of the Russian Federation and the Federal Service on Consumer Rights Protection. The case concerns the shutting down of the iHerb website and the mobile application in Russia as courts decide to ban the mobile app and website. 

During the research period, Konstantin Kroll joined the firm as partner from Orrick.

EMPP

EMPP provides clients the full range of dispute resolution services. In the firm, Mergen Doraev, Valentin Petrov, Sergey Egorov, Anna Artamonova and Petr Shevtsov the key names in the firm.  

During the research period the firm advised a client before the Court of Justice of the EU in a case concerning the challenge of restrictive measures imposed by the European Union in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. 

In another case, the firm is representing the owner of a large private oil refinery, in an ongoing criminal investigation in connection with a contamination of a pipeline. 

Client feedback 2021 

“EMPP team did an impressive work in the Commercial Court of Moscow city. They didn't only demonstrate excellent legal skills, but also cared about the client.” 

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is recommended for its work in general dispute resolution. Key names in the firm include Yury Pugach, Oxana Peters and Ekaterina Tilling.

During the research period, Oxana Peters, Ekaterina Tilling and Ilia Tarabrin joined the firm from Tilling Peters.

The firm is advising a German film producer in a bankruptcy case. The firm is also representing a Finnish machinery manufacturer and supplier in a bankruptcy case against its customer.

FBK Legal

FBK Legal represent clients in national and international civil litigation and arbitration proceedings. Alexander Ermolenko, Nina Boer, Elena Bokareva and Sergey Ermolenko are key names in the firm.  

Key industry sectors for the firm include oil and gas, construction, healthcare and real estate.  

During the research period, the firm represented a client in a debt recovery case from a fuel and energy company.  

Client feedback 2021 

“The firm provides us with the full legal support for the bankruptcy procedure of the one company of our group of company.” 

“Brilliant expertise, full support, professional relationship, strategical thinking. It is important for us that we can rely on lawyers in all aspects.” 

“Excellent expertise and perfect client relationship.” 

Nina Boer 

“Excellent expertise and perfect client relationship."

Elena Bokareva 

“She manages to organize an effective work process so that we quickly resolve all issues. And also I was pleased with her ability to have a keen eye for important details of the case.” 

Alexander Ermolenko 

“Alexander Ermolenko is a reliable person, who thanks to his bundle of knowledge and professional experience is a skillful negotiator, supporting my point of view, in dealing with opponents.” 

Ilyashev & Partners

Ilyashev & Partners has offices in Russia, Ukraine and Estonia. Vladimir Zakharov is head of the dispute resolution team in the Moscow office and other notable figures in the name include Mikhail Ilyashev and Roman Marchenko.  

The firm regularly represents clients in the banking sector including Alfa-Bank Ukraine and BTA Bank and recently represented the former in a dispute with a Russian businessman over recognition of English court order.  

Another key area of work for the firm is real estate and the firm recently advised a land developer in a real estate matter concerning a dispute with the Moscow environmental prosecutor’s offer. The dispute related to acknowledgment of the land plot owned by the debtor. 

Another case saw the firm advise a Russian entrepreneur in a defamation case regarding negative mention of the client's personal data on the internet.

Inmarine

Inmarine has a special focus on maritime and shipping disputes. Kirill Maslov heads the department with the support of two partners and five lawyers. Clients for the firm include international shipping lines MSC and BBC Chartering and national shipowners Gazpromneft Shelf and Moscow river shipping company. 

During the research period the firm advised Far Eastern Tanker company in the recovery of insurance compensation for damage to a steering column. 

Another case highlight saw the firm advise Harbour Enterprise in debt collection for the supply of good supplies to the vessel “Vityaz”.

Liniya Prava Law Firm

Liniya Prava is based in Moscow and is known for its work in corporate disputes, and banking and finance disputes. Dmitriy Chepurenko and Vladislav Ganzhal are the key names in the firm. 

The firm advised a minority shareholder of a Russian pharmaceutical company in a corporate dispute. The case concerned the recovery of losses causes by the client’s shares at an underestimated price from the majority shareholder. 

Another case saw the firm represent Dorinda Invest in a contract dispute for the construction of a large shopping complex.

Maxima Legal

Maxima Legal regularly advises its clients in civil litigation and intellectual property disputes. A key contact in the firm is Maxim Avrashkov while Sergei Bakeshin is head of the dispute resolution team. 

Key details of the firm's casework during the research period is listed as confidential but it can be said that the firm advised one client in an arbitration case regarding the insolvency of a design company or military and nuclear power facilities.

MGAP Attorneys at Law

MGAP Attorneys at Law represents its clients in state and Russian arbitration courts. Key areas of work for the firm include commercial litigation.

Sergei Grachev, Amiran Gogiberidze, Yuriy Korchuganov and Valentina Nassipova are key names in the firm.

During the research period, the firm worked on a number of intellectual property cases.

Though the firm’s casework remains confidential, the casework highlights the firm's capability in banking and finance, asset and debt recovery and commercial litigation.

Peterka & Partners

Peterka & Partners has a strong presence in the CEE region and this includes an office in Moscow. The firm practices the full spectrum of dispute litigation work including general commercial, intellectual property, real estate and tax. The firm note dispute resolution as one of the core practices of the firm. Yadviga Pavlovich is a key name in the firm.

The firm represented a Czech engineering company in defence against claims arising out of a contract for sales of machinery.

The firm’s casework handled during the research period highlight its capabilities in banking and financial services, insolvency and commercial and transactions.

The Golden Rule Law Services

Golden Rule Law Services is active across a broad range of dispute resolution areas. Inna Arendarenko, Svetlana Makhnenko and Viktoriya Kuraeva are key names in the firm.  

The firm’s case work highlights its capabilities in restructuring and insolvency work. During the research period, the firm advised PJSC Bank in a bankruptcy case.