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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.

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.

Samsung C&T Corporation

Real Estate Development / Construction & Property Development
Represents Samsung C&T Corporation against REMZ for recovery of USD 1,840,000 in debt and damages.

Great Wall Motors

Automotive
Handled a complex project for Great Wall Motors to recover over USD 50 m from a group of unscrupulous Russian counterparties. Aspects such as liquidation and insolvency of legal entities, application of international regulations and ICC Rules were involved.

ARUP

Acted for ARUP in a dispute with a client over returning an advance payment for completed works to design a cinema and concert hall in Moscow. Our team won the case at trial, on appeal and in cassation. We managed not only to have the claim for recovery of RUB 26.3 m from the client dismissed but also to have court rulings issued confirming that the client had actually performed the works to a total of RUB 33.8 m.

Sportmaster

Retail
FMCG
Represented Sportmaster in the appeal court in order to obtain a reversal of the decision of the first instance court, which recovered a multimillion sum from our client. The sum in dispute concerns a lease taken out by our client. The lessor’s title in the premises was challenged by the claimant after the lease was concluded. Under the decision of the first instance court, this company and our client should have jointly reimbursed the claimant for its lost income. Thanks to our efforts the appeal court reduced the sum of the recovery by five times. This decision was upheld by the cassation court and the Supreme Court.

McDonald’s LLC, Media-Markt, OBI

Retail
Food & Beverages / Restaurants
Represented clients in real estate disputes (the sums claimed in the below disputes totalled more than RUB 500 m), including acting for:
McDonald’s LLC in a dispute over recovering the cost of inseparable improvements under a preliminary lease. 
Media-Markt in a number of disputes with various landlords over having the rent reduced for breach of contract.
OBI against a bad faith landlord in three disputes in several Russian regions.

Moscow Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Banks & Financial Institutions
Represented Moscow Bank for Reconstruction and Development vs Finance Leasing Company. The USD 6 M claim under the loan agreement was satisfied in full.

Philips

FMCG
Represented Philips in a dispute with a landlord over rejection of a lease agreement for an office building.