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Nalco Company
Vaclav Harant, General Director for Russia and CIS
"The team of real professionals, each of them capable, when necessary, of providing robust legal support for achieving any business objective."
Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)
Alexander Redkin, Legal Director
"We would like to note the impeccable quality of the services provided to us and the high standard of professionalism demonstrated by the team, together with a profound understanding of our business specifics and strategic mission."
Sibur
Aleksey Nikiforov, Legal Support,
"… a profound understanding of how the Russian energy industry ticks and an impressive track record of energy and infrastructure projects, including with an international footprint."
RusHydro
Dmitry Panchenko, Legal Director
"An undeniable strength of the firm is its high level of competence and the ability to find the best solution to complex legal challenges."
United Metallurgical Company (OMK)
Vladimir Markin, President

Volga-Sport

Entertainment & Media
Representing the client 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.

HeadHunter Group PLC

We have been advising HeadHunter Group PLC (the leading online recruitment platform in Russia and the CIS focused on providing comprehensive talent acquisition services) on various tax issues related to the group restructuring, while the company was engaged in the IPO process, including relocation to Russia in terms of effective management and tax residence status obtained by foreign companies, advice on various intragroup financing and profit repatriation issues, employee option plan taxation.

ITE Expo International

Entertainment & Media
We represented the client 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.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
Representing the client 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).

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

The BCLP team defended a transnational pharma company 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.

The defendant refused to pay out the insurance compensation, arguing termination of coverage after delay by the counterparty beyond the maximum period permitted under the insurance agreement. Yet the insurer renewed the policy even though it was aware of the delay.  

BCLP lawyers presented a consistent position arguing the insurer’s bad faith and inconsistent conduct and that the agreement terms were to be interpreted in the insured’s favour.

This case might be of interest for interpreting insurance agreement terms relating to termination of coverage and for assessing insurers’ professional actions. The matter is of special significance for insurance of large-scale supplies of medicines.

Pangeo Capital

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Advised Pangeo Capital on all aspects of setting up and operating Pangeo Radar, a Russian-Austrian joint venture between Pangeo Capital and Radarservices Smart IT Security to develop, localise and deploy IT security software for major corporations and public companies. The scope of work also included advice on matters related to governance and finance, licensing, international cross-licensing and localisation of software.

Sberbank of Russia

Banks & Financial Institutions
Represented Sberbank in arbitrazh (commercial) courts over alleged violation of the laws on procurement of goods, works or services by certain types of legal entity. The laws were allegedly breached by competition-restricting requirements set for participants. We devised a successful representation strategy, convincing the appellate court that the decision given by the FAS of Russia was unlawful.

Verno and Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V.

Supporting Verno, an international investment company, managing the PE fund Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V., in a project to develop and let around 25,000 sq m of warehouse premises in the first phase of a bigger plan to construct up to 100,000 sq m of Class A warehouses in Kazakhstan.

Double Data: Open Data processing on the Internet

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
VKontakte filed a claim against our client Double Data to stop it collecting open information posted by users on the VKontakte network since, VKontakte claimed, such collection breached its rights to the database. Our position relied primarily on Double Data software operating like a search engine so no breach of the claimant’s rights was possible. We succeeded in having the IP Court overturn the appeal court’s ruling against our client and remand the case for reconsideration. The case has evolved as one of the most discussed disputes in recent years over use of Big Data and how search engines function.