Ivan Veselov

Partner, Dispute resolution

Ivan Veselov specializes in acting for clients in the following types of court case:

  • Property rights protection disputes;
  • Corporate disputes (siphoning of assets, “seizure” of control, etc.);

  • Disputes arising out of contractual obligations (lease, leasing, contractor work, sale and purchase, insurance) and invalidation of contracts;

  • Disputes over supporting developers’ interests (including disputes with state authorities);

  • Litigation support in bankruptcy proceedings.

Ivan Veselov has over 20 years’ experience in representing Russian and foreign clients in state arbitration courts of all ten arbitration districts and in courts of general jurisdiction. He successfully applies both proven methods and his own innovative methods of highly effective legal representation. Given the constantly changing legislation and court approaches, as the head of a team of strong lawyers, Ivan is willing to develop and implement original and proactive strategies for precisely achieving the clients’ objectives.  

Ivan was recommended by The Legal 500 2020 as one of the leading lawyers in the field of dispute resolution. Clients note that “Ivan Veselov is an outstanding litigator, who offers clients feasible solutions”.

Ivan was also selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Russia 2021 in the fields of Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation. 

Track record

Some recent projects that Ivan has led:

  • Acted for IMC Montan, an international consulting group in the geological, mining and mineral processing sector, in a dispute over recovery of debt and penalty from Nornickel, under a consultancy agreement for preparation of a feasibility study on integrated development of a mine. The dispute centred on the quality of the reports and models developed by IMC Montan under the agreement.
  • Represented Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in bankruptcy proceedings of its debtor, a big pharmaceutical company. The bankruptcy proceedings are complicated by supposedly insufficient assets disposed of to the debtor’s affiliates and the need to seek out the debtor’s assets. The bankruptcy is also complicated by a multiplicity of creditors (including several well-known bank pledgeholders).
  • Represented Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in a dispute with a major Russian insurer over recovery of insurance compensation. The claims were based on a commercial loan insurance agreement obligating the insurer to reimburse the insured’s losses arising from its counterparties delaying payments under supply contracts.
  • Representing Samsung C&T Corporation in a dispute with Rostov Electrometallurgical Plant (REMZ) worth over RUB 122 m for debt recovery and damages for breach of supply contract by REMZ. Even though REMZ filed an appeal against the first instance court’s decision, it was upheld at the appeal stage, too.
  • Acting for Great Wall Motors during bankruptcy proceedings of a liquidated debtor.
  • Represented Rusagro Group LLC (a managing entity within the Rusagro Group) in a dispute over recovery in the client’s favour of over RUB 1 billion in damages from Agrosnabsakhar LLC, belonging to the TRIO Group, one of the biggest land-users in the Lipetsk Region.
  • Represented ITE Expo International in a complex dispute over its rent rocketing almost 16-fold to RUB 2.5 bn on the basis of a literal interpretation of the contract. Our opponents insisted on raising the rent in view of revenue targets achieved (“turnover charge”). Our team drafted and implemented a court strategy on the basis of several parallel litigations. During the proceedings, we convinced the court that the contract provisions entitling the landlord to raise the rent had to be interpreted broadly rather than literally. As evidence, we submitted a linguistics expert’s opinion and documents reflecting the client’s financial performance. As a result, the parties signed an amicable settlement agreement on terms permitting them to retain their business relations.
  • Developed a comprehensive legal defence for OBI Franchising in disputes with its landlord; owing to implementation of the defence strategy, the client not only retained the lease but also arrived at more balanced rentals.
  • Representing Volga-Sport in a complex, multi-stage dispute arising from failure by the grantor (a Russian constituent entity) to meet its obligations to reimburse the concessionaire (our client) for costs incurred in constructing the region’s biggest sports infrastructure facility under a concession agreement.
  • Successfully represented Amer Sports in a series of disputes with its landlord; we helped the client withdraw from its uneconomical lease without any associated sanctions.
  • Successfully acted for several X5 Retail Group companies in a dispute arising from a factoring agreement. We joined the case at the cassation appeal stage and managed to have enforcement of the court ruling suspended and then cancelled entirely; the new ruling issued on the case was satisfactory for the client.
  • Successfully defended one of the global leaders in manufacturing and sale of construction materials implementing a multimillion project in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, against extortionate claims for a private easement (passage) on a land plot intended for accommodating a hazardous facility.
  • Represented a foreign construction company in a series of disputes arising out of a Contractor Agreement, culminating in a mutually beneficial amicable settlement.
  • Acted for Baker Hughes in a legal dispute over recovery of damages in favour of Lukoil under a Contractor Agreement for construction of an oil-well. Within the scope of the proceedings, the rather complex issue of absence of fault and of causal link between the client’s actions and the delay in contract work (delay in fulfilling obligations) was successfully justified.
  • Effectively represented United Grain Company in a series of challenging disputes with an insurer that refused to reimburse losses related to a shortage of grain in the state intervention fund.
  • Represented a major Turkish developer in a dispute with the Moscow Government over reimbursement of losses caused to the developer by cancellation of an investment contract. The court resolved the dispute by recovering losses of over RUB 200 m in favour of the client.
  • Successfully acted for Schlumberger in a number of disputes over the right of use land plots belonging to another party.
  • Acted for lessors in a number of disputes relating to recovery of unjustified enrichment derived from early cancellation of leases.
  • Represented distributors of car manufacturers (VW, Hyundai, etc.) in disputes under dealership agreements.
  • Acted for the owner of a retail and office centre in the Moscow Region in a series of disputes related to unlawful actions on the part of the company General Director in selling the only valuable asset to affiliates. This dispute is notable in that effective use was made of article 10 (abuse of rights) as the basis for having the transactions recognised as null and void.
  • Implemented a series of judicial and non-judicial measures to protect the property rights of an airline management company, constituting part of a big holding, in a conflict between the members of the company.
  • Representation of a patent transferee company in a dispute with the invention patent holders in relation to royalty payments.
  • Represented a major monopoly in disputes with lessors in relation to cancellation of leases, indemnities and recovery of the leased item.
  • Acted for a corporate debtor during bankruptcy proceedings in disputes over invalidation of transactions initiated by creditors and the court-appointed receiver.
  • Represented a limited liability company in a dispute with former members over reinstatement (recognition) of rights to interests in the authorised capital.
  • Acted for a distributor of a well-known car manufacturer in disputes with dealers and customers.