Practice
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Protecting commercial interests in Russian courts

We represent companies and private clients in commercial disputes before Russian state courts at all levels and in commercial arbitration tribunals.

Our focus areas are disputes on the fulfilment of contractual obligations (investment, leasing, contracting, supply, transshipment of goods, etc.), protection of participants in corporations (disputes out of SHA and on challenging corporate transactions/actions, mandatory share buyouts, etc.), and protection of property rights and investments.

Another specialism is representing clients in quasi-judicial disputes before state regulatory authorities, e.g. competition, tax and IP regulatory bodies.

experience

Represented a major Russian producer of technical gases in several potentially precedent-setting disputes on applying a ‘take-or-pay’ covenant under Russian law as part of a project for the construction of a large oxygen station. Amount claimed: ₽542 m ($8.3 m+) (2018-present)

Represented the road construction company Bashkirdorstroy in a precedent-setting dispute with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) concerning the use of a concession agreement model for the construction of a toll road in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan. The interpretation of the law on concessions proposed by the FAS would have created an insurmountable obstacle to implementing infrastructure projects under the PPP model in Russia. Contract value: ₽20 b ($330 m+) (2017)

Represented Power Machines, a Russian energy systems machine-building major, in a dispute with E4 Group, one of the biggest engineering companies in Russia, on debt collection under a contract for the supply of thermal power station equipment. Matter value: ₽3.3 b (€55 m) (2015-2017)

Representing one of the leading Russian construction companies in the oil and gas industry in a complex dispute on debt recovery from 10 different agreements between the client and one of its subcontractors. The dispute is accompanied by the insolvency of the debtor. Matter value: ₽1.3 b ($21 m+) (2015-2020)

Represented a Russian oil exporting company in a dispute with an operator of a sea port oil terminal in connection with debt recovery of additional VAT charges to our client. Matter value: ₽1.1 b ($18 m+) (2017-2018)

Providing legal defence to a famous Russian ice-hockey club in a controversial dispute over IP rights for a work of visual art which was being used for the club’s promotional merchandise. Amount of claims: ₽7 m ($115 k+) (2018-2020)