Rimma Malinskaya

Counsel

Rimma has extensive experience of representing clients in commercial and general jurisdiction courts across Russia in civil law cases and disputes with government agencies.

Over recent years, she has also participated in numerous arbitration proceedings at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Commercial Arbitration Court under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, and has acted for clients in Russian courts on disputes over recognition and enforcement of international arbitration awards. Rimma also advises on international private law and international commercial arbitration matters.

Prior to joining Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia), Rimma was Head of Legal for a Russian industrial holding, where she provided legal support in asset management and structuring, and the corporate structure; she also represented the holding company’s members in court in prominent cases, including tax disputes.

Rimma studied at the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London.

Rimma is recommended by The Legal 500 2021 as one of the leading lawyers in litigation.

She is named among Russia’s Best Lawyers for Arbitration and Mediation, and for Litigation according to Best Lawyers in Russia 2018-2022 Editions.

Track Record

Rimma’s recent successful projects included:

  • Advising and representing OAO NOVATEK in a dispute with NEFTE PETROLEUM LIMITED in relation to their joint venture YARGEO, the Yarudeyskoye oil field operator in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. The project involved our legal assistance to the client at the pre-trial dispute resolution stage and representation of NOVATEK before the first instance and appeal courts, which considered the claims for NEFTE PETROLEUM LIMITED to be excluded from YARGEO LLC. Our client's claims were satisfied in full, following which, during the appeal proceedings, the parties reached an amicable agreement.
  • Represented a shareholder in Russia’s biggest e-commerce platform in an LCIA arbitration over a shareholder dispute arising from a claim over unlawful impingement upon the shareholder’s interests. Corporate disputes such as this seldom find their way to international arbitration. The tribunal granted our client’s lawsuit in full and ordered the defendants to buy out the client’s shares at the historical price that was in effect before the unlawful actions were launched. 
  • Acted in the LCIA in a dispute over violations of warranties and indemnities under a sale and purchase agreement for shares in a major Russian insurance company, and in a parallel litigation in Russia based on a lawsuit filed against a Russian citizen who had provided a personal guarantee for these warranties.
  • Advised a group of major account holders in My Bank on ways to protect their interests during the Bank’s bankruptcy proceedings, when its debt to the account holders was repaid in full.
  • Providing legal support for an investment project in the agricultural sector, including acting in bankruptcy proceedings for a major creditor and providing contract support for establishing a new agricultural producer.
  • Acting successfully for a major mining company in a dispute with a municipal administrative authority preventing our client from developing a deposit. The non-regulatory legal act issued by the municipality administration was invalidated.
  • Participating in acting in the LCIA in a dispute over violations of warranties and indemnities under a sale and purchase agreement for shares in a major Russian insurance company.
  • Advising a client from Germany on an arbitration case relating to assignment of rights under an arbitration clause, including with respect to bankruptcy of the assignor company.
  • Advising a Russian company on recognition and enforcement of an international arbitration award issued in Germany.
  • Providing legal support to a big international food producer in a product supply-related dispute considered by the International Commercial Arbitration Court under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. The claim amounted to approximately USD 1 m.
  • Acting for a major international automotive sector company in the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation on disputes over claims for losses and penalties.
  • Acting for a Russian defendant company objecting to recognition and enforcement in Russia of a foreign commercial arbitration award issued against it. The outcome was an amicable settlement on terms acceptable to the client.
  • Developing and presenting a major income tax case (amount approx. USD 1.2 m in income tax) involving an industrial plant. The case took two years to be resolved and the judgment in favour of the plant was finally upheld by the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation.
  • Actively participating in negotiation of and comprehensive legal support for metal rolling equipment imports (transaction worth EUR 12 m).