We are one of only a few firms that concentrate on complex cross-border L&DR matters. Our experience allows us to find unique solutions using legal instruments available in various jurisdictions:

  • litigation and international commercial arbitration, with a focus on complex cases involving parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions;
  • protecting clients' financial interests, including at the early stages of proceedings, with the aid of provisional relief.

When accepting a mandate, from the very outset we analyze all key aspects of the dispute, including:

  • which jurisdictions are or may be involved in the conflict;
  • whether the opponent has assets in relation to which provisional relief and execution and levy may be ordered;
  • whether legal advisors with expertise on the law of foreign jurisdictions and other experts are required;
  • priority areas of work given the objective and time frames under the mandate.

In some cases it is advisable to initiate one or more ancillary proceedings to obtain evidence or maintain the status quo for the duration of the dispute.

The risks associated with insolvency proceedings involving the parties in various jurisdictions are subject to separate analysis. The firm has experience advising on cross-border bankruptcies, including representing foreign management with regard to execution and levy against assets located in Russia.

The firm's White Collar Criminal Defense team can assess the risks inherent in a dispute at an early stage and formulate tactics for countermeasures.

 

Our Experience
  • Represented the interests of a large European bank in more than 50 individual court proceedings in Russia, many of which were reviewed by the Presidium of the Supreme Arbitration Court and Judicial Board for Economic Disputes of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.
  • Represented shareholder interests for a large construction materials manufacturer during the settlement of a conflict related to the ownership and management of certain enterprises producing concrete in Siberia.
  • Represented shareholder interests for one of the largest development companies in a dispute related to claiming losses from a former top-manager in Russia and Cyprus.
  • Represented the interests of a Cyprus company in the international commercial arbitration court (Arbitration rules of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Institute, place of arbitration: Stockholm) during a dispute over a breach of an option agreement with one of the largest communication operators.
  • Represented the interests of a receiver in a large bank on reclaiming ownership of a building in downtown Moscow.
  • Consulted a Swiss industrial group of companies regarding a dispute over a tender to implement a public-private partnership project in one of Russia’s regions.
  • Represented creditors during a corporate conflict over a 100 mln USD property in Moscow which involved supporting judicial proceedings in both Russia and Cyprus, appealing asset-stripping deals, obtaining injunctive relief and establishing physical control over the property.
  • Represented a minority shareholder in a large IT company during a corporate conflict against majority shareholders. Obtained injunctive relief in Cyprus and in Russia, represented the client’s interests in BVI, Cyprus and Russia, and negotiated an out-of-court settlement with the opposing parties.
  • Represented the minority shareholders of a large publishing holding company with annual revenue of more than 100 mln USD in a corporate conflict against majority shareholders. Coordinated the negotiation process, and signed an out-of-court settlement.