We specialize in Russian, English, and International Law. We maintain vast experience obtained whilst practicing at leading European, English and US international law firms in Russia and abroad. We handle all major types of commercial work and have the expertise to provide our clients with ready access to the best available legal services. We represent clients from all over the world facing the challenges of doing business in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States. With network of leading correspondent law firms in the CIS we have the international expertise and local grass-roots knowledge to respond rapidly to the needs of our clients. We equally efficiently assist our Russian clients across the full range of their domestic and international operations - both directly and through carefully selected correspondent firms in the majority of European, North American, and Asian jurisdictions.
We are regularly instructed as counsel in international commercial and investment arbitration proceedings and to enforce arbitral awards before local courts. We have conducted international arbitrations on behalf of clients in Russian, English, and French under the rules of the main international arbitral institutions, such as the London Court of International Arbitration, London Maritime Arbitrators Association, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, International Chamber of Commerce, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations under the Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade. Our arbitration experience covers a wide range of industry sectors, including banking, insurance, shipping, energy, construction, mining, and telecommunications, as well as shareholder and joint venture disputes.
Competition and Regulation
We provide opinions and answers to merger clearance and regulatory matters, involving all aspects of Russian competition and antitrust law. We can also provide advice and guidance on obtaining merger clearances from the Central Bank of Russia with respect to M&A transactions in the Russian financial sector.
We provide advisory and advocacy services in respect of all aspects of banking work, covering both domestic and international transactions. Our practice includes drafting, negotiating and enforcing different types of bilateral and syndicated corporate loan agreements, mortgages, guarantees, and other related security over Russian and offshore assets. We are very familiar with LMA-style English and Russian law syndicated loan documentation and transaction structures used in the Russian market for acquisition finance, asset finance, trade finance, project finance and real estate finance transactions. We have also acted on a number of equity offerings, both as underwriters’ and issuers’ counsel, on the London Stock Exchange, and other exchanges.
Energy & Natural Resources
We have acted on projects across all areas of the energy industry – from pipelines and refineries to offshore installations and renewables. Our expertise includes corporate, finance, dispute resolution and related areas, such as competition, environmental, employment and commodities trading.
We represent clients before the courts in Russia, England, and worldwide in a wide spectrum of commercial disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, insurance and reinsurance, telecommunications, shipping, energy, sale of goods, construction, and shareholder claims. We advise on the full range of substantive and procedural issues relating to international court proceedings, including providing written opinions on the prospects of success of existing or potential litigation claims.
Corporate and M&A
We conduct due diligence and advisory services under the Russian, English and New York law, coordinating the counsel in offshore jurisdictions, and working оn all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, to encompass structuring, negotiations, drafting, signing, closing and post-closing arrangements. We also advise on issues of antitrust, director’ duties, liability of directors to third parties, shareholder’ disputes, employment law and other matters.
Insolvency and Bankruptcy
We act for companies, directors, and debtors and creditors in both contentious and non-contentious corporate insolvency proceedings, including administrations, corporate restructurings, receiverships, liquidations, and bankruptcy. We can also provide advice on out-of-court debt work-outs and loan restructurings.
We have been involved in numerous high profile contentious cases involving intellectual property, including database rights, logo protection, design, and trademark infringement.
Insurance and Reinsurance
Our members have contributed to successful resolution of many disputes arising out of a wide variety of insurance coverage areas, including marine, aviation, space, cargo, and pipeline claims, as well as business interruption, director’ and officer’ liability, environmental pollution, property damage, and product liability. We also advise on non-contentious matters of Russian insurance regulation and structuring of insurance and related products for the Russian market, as well as on reinsurance transactions between Russian insurers and foreign reinsurers.
Property and Land
We have a considerable experience of all areas of real estate law, including acquisition, leasing, and construction, as well as public private partnerships and joint ventures. We also have substantial expertise in real estate finance transactions governed by English and Russian law.
Media, Telecoms and IT
Our expertise extends to all aspects of the core media areas, including privacy, defamation, data protection, and contractual matters. We combine our practical knowledge of this area of law with strong litigation expertise. We maintain a significant contentious and non-contentious experience in the field of information technology, including regulatory matters, e-commerce, data and confidential information protection, and domain name disputes.
Public International Law
We advise on cross-border investments and projects in the energy, mining, construction, finance and telecommunications sectors. These investments and projects frequently give rise to international trade disputes, state-to-state territorial disputes, and issues of state responsibility. We are also experts in the field of bilateral and multilateral investment treaties which provide a range of guarantees to foreign investors against conduct of host-state government entities, including protection against expropriation without fair compensation, protection against unfair treatment, guarantees of full protection and security, and guarantees that foreign investments will be treated no less favourably than investments made by local investors. We regularly advise our clients on how to structure their cross-border investments using corporate vehicles in appropriate third party jurisdictions to gain the protection of the best available investment treaties.
Shipping and Aviation
We deal with charter party, bills of lading, and letters of credit disputes, as well as with virtually every legal aspect surrounding transportation by the sea, including loss of or damage to cargo, quality issues, insurance and reinsurance, ship sales and offshore closings, personal injury, and other matters. We have firsthand experience in handling dozens of shipping cases both in the Russian and CIS courts, as well as under the auspices of the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association. We maintain a considerable expertise advising clients on various aviation issues, from aircraft financing and leasing, including transactions backed by export credit agencies, to acquisition and insurance. We are also capable of dealing with aviation casualties, wherever in Russia or the CIS they occur.
We are available to rapidly deal with practical and legal problems that follow a major aviation, shipping, pipeline, or any other emergency, disaster or crisis wherever in Russia or CIS they strike.
If a ship, aircraft, pipeline or rig is involved in an accident, the owner or operator would want to ensure that the accident does not spiral out of control with crisis turning into a drama for all involved.
Hands on practical, legal and commercial assistance, including media management, will be at the bottom line of our bespoke strategy as we assist you through hard times.