Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution

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High profile and complex litigation and arbitration matters are a primary focus of our firm. We have one of the largest and most experienced teams in Russia acting on a broad range of disputes including corporate, competition, financial, insolvency-related, real estate and general commercial litigation and arbitration. We have notable expertise in the banking and financial services, automotive, energy, TMT, retail and transportation sectors.

One of our major strengths is our expertise in multijurisdictional disputes, advising Russian and international corporations and representing the individual interests of senior executives seeking to resolve contentious matters arising in the Russian market. We advise them throughout the course of litigious activity in the Russian state courts and international arbitration centres and we represent them through complex insolvency proceedings and cross-border asset tracing exercises. In the last year alone, we have acted on disputes involving the USA, Canada, UK, Netherlands and Korea as well as many of the major offshore jurisdictions.

ALRUD’s full-service offering is a key factor in attracting bluechip domestic and international clients. Our Dispute Resolution team routinely works with ALRUD’s top-ranking teams in other practice areas including corporate and M&A, competition & antitrust, restructuring and insolvency, intellectual property and real estate. This approach enables us to advise on the full spectrum of clients’ complex requirements, giving us the scale of resources needed to service the most demanding situations. At the same time, our Dispute Resolution team is regularly instructed by clients on a standalone basis as their trusted adviser on contentious matters.

Close interaction between the criminal and civil regulatory authorities in Russia has blurred the lines separating criminal, civil and administrative offences. Clients may therefore face a range of different liabilities arising from the same allegations. ALRUD’s rare combination of corporate litigation and white collar crime expertise enables us to help domestic and international clients in navigating these challenges. It is notable that ALRUD brings unrivalled expertise in defending international business in white collar crime matters in Russia and supporting corporate clients in international investigations. This is not common in Russia, where litigation advisers predominantly focus on advising Russian high-net-worth individuals.

The ALRUD team also includes qualified advocates (attorneys) which is not common in Russia where we have a dualism of the legal profession. This brings us a number of opportunities and advantages over competitors, including attorney-client privilege, right of audience in criminal matters, and the ability to conduct advocate’s investigative research.

Our Services

Litigation

We advise clients on the choice of applicable law and jurisdiction, evaluate the strengths of their legal position, develop a detailed case strategy and represent clients in litigation proceedings.

International commercial arbitration

We represent clients in proceedings in the international arbitration centres, including ICAC, ICC, LCIA and SCC, as well as assist in enforcement of arbitral awards.

Restructuring and insolvency

We advise clients on possible options and schemes of restructuring and represent them in insolvency proceedings including projects relating to protection against dissipation of assets, clawback and recovery of damages from management and shareholders/beneficiaries of insolvent companies.

White collar crime

We support our clients through criminal proceedings and compliance investigations, bringing together our global expertise in regulatory enforcement, private and government investigations, fraud and anti-corruption.

How we can help

  • Corporate disputes. We represent clients in complex corporate disputes, in particular arising out of SPAs and SHAs, claims of minority shareholders to major shareholders and damages claims against management of corporations.

  • Real estate disputes. We work closely with our Real Estate practice in representing clients in a range of disputes, including violations of title deed acquisitions, cadastral problems and neighboring landowner rights.

  • Antitrust disputes. We help our clients to collect evidence in competition and antitrust disputes, including cases involving cartels, concert parties and unfair competition, and support them in appealing decisions of FAS Russia, working closely with specialists in our Competition & Antitrust practice.

  • IP Disputes. We work closely with our Intellectual Property practice in acting for clients in disputes relating to protection of brands, copyright, patents and image rights. We protect their rights on the internet in the face of illegal content and cybersquatting.

Highlights of recent domestic and international work

Maersk

a global leader in the container shipping market, in its dispute against FAS Russia regarding alleged violation of antimonopoly legislation and an ensuing appeal against FAS Russia’s decision. ALRUD achieved an unprecedented settlement.

VOLKSWAGEN Group Russia

in a series of disputes relating to the termination of dealer agreements.

Intereuropa

the major European logistics group, and the subsidiary of Unicredit real estate investment company in the claim for collection of unjust enrichment relating to the construction of a new Russian logistics centre that was subject to fraudulent activity by the former management team and incurred substantial cost overruns. Following a lengthy litigation involving three appeals, the parties came to a favourable amicable settlement.

TVEL, subsidiary of ROSATOM

the major Russian and international nuclear fuel manufacturer and supplier, in a defamation dispute due to publication of unreliable information about the quality of its product.

Credit Suisse

in litigation proceedings related to the delayed settlement of equity purchases and the subsequent collection of damages from the purchaser.

The international manufacturer of home appliances from South Korea

in a series of disputes with major national retailers and distributors relating to the collection of debts and damages, including support in the course of bankruptcy and parallel proceedings.

Autorobot-Strefa Sp. z o.o.

the Polish manufacturer of turnkey car body welding lines, in the dispute against one of the leading consumer and commercial vehicles producers in Russia on recognition and enforcement of LCIA award. Despite negative court practice, we managed to bring the case up to the Supreme Arbitrazh Court and win it.

The largest registrar of domain names in the world

in a series of disputes relating to the disclosure of prohibited information and personal data on a variety of websites by domain administrators. At least 15 court cases initiated by the Russian telecoms regulator and by private rightholders were completed in favour of our client and others were settled in out-of-court procedures.

The Russian metallurgical company

in the ICC dispute with the German steel giant for the recovery of losses in the amount of EUR 150 million.

Rankings and Awards

ALRUD experts hold leading positions in the Best Lawyers rating

Best Lawyers – one of the most authoritative international legal ratings – has published the results of the Russian legal market research 2021. The ra...

ALRUD took leading position in the Legal 500 EMEA 2020 rating

On April 15, Legal 500, one of the most influential international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. In total, ALRUD Law Fi...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2020

The international, legal-ranking Chambers and Partners has published the results of the annual European rating of leading law firms – Chambers Europe ...

ALRUD secures high positions in Chambers Global 2020 ranking once again

ALRUD Law Firm reaffirms its position as the leading consultant in the area of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions (Band 3), Dispute Resolution...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2019

On March 12, 2019 worldwide-known international rating agency Chambers and Partners has published the results of the Chambers Europe 2018 research. AL...

ALRUD took leading position in the Legal 500 EMEA 2019 rating

On April 10, Legal 500, one of the most influential international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. Annually, the agency a...

ALRUD in Chambers Global 2019 rating

International agency, Chambers and Partners, published rating results of leading law firms of the world – Chambers Global 2019. ALRUD is represented i...

ALRUD positions in the Best Lawyers 2020 rating

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, announced the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Russia on 24th May 2019. ...

ALRUD among the top 100 Elite law firms for International Investigations

In 2018, ALRUD was recognized among the 100 leading law firms in the world in the field of international investigations according to the Global Invest...

Alrud strengthens its positions in the Legal 500 EMEA 2018 ratings

On April 12, Legal 500, one of the most authoritative international legal ratings, published the results of its regular analysis. Annually, the agency...

ALRUD in Chambers 2018 rating

International agency, Chambers and Partners, published rating results of leading law firms of the world – Chambers Global 2018. Alrud is represented i...

ALRUD ranked by Chambers Europe 2018

On March 8, 2018 worldwide-known international rating agency Chambers and Partners has published the results of the Chambers Europe 2017 research. ALR...

ALRUD among TOP 100 firms for International Investigation

ALRUD was ranked among the top 100 leading law firms in the world in the field of international investigations according to the Global Investigation R...

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