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Litigation and dispute management

Dispute resolution in Russia requires both domestic and international expertise: many disputes are heard in Russian courts, but major transactions and investments are often resolved offshore through international arbitration or litigation. Eversheds Sutherland is uniquely well placed to advise on these different modes of dispute resolution.

A key element of our offering is a sophisticated approach to costs: we provide realistic estimates of costs and the prospects of success based on the merits of the client’s case and our experience of litigating in the given forum. Where practical, useful, and permitted by law, Eversheds Sutherland is able to work on the basis of alternative fee arrangements such as fixed fees, contingency fees and success fees. Equally, Eversheds Sutherland leverages networked law and its in-house forensic document management platform to reduce costs and increase accuracy in litigation-related document review and discovery processes.

Eversheds Sutherland has represented corporate clients in litigation heard by the Courts of General Jurisdiction, Federal State Commercial ("arbitrazh") Courts, and the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. Three of our litigators are accredited as an attorney-at-law (“advokat”) with rights of audience in Russian civil and criminal courts. Our market-leading and well-respected international arbitration team has extensive experience of representing clients in arbitrations before the London Court of International Arbitration, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. Finally, Eversheds Sutherland has substantial expertise in representing clients on Russia-related matters heard by the High Court of England & Wales, US District Courts, the courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre and the High Court of Singapore.

Dispute resolution matters are typically performed on a confidential basis, but representative experience in this area includes advising:

  • an Austrian client on arbitration against a Russian manufacturing company related to the delivery of turbine blades to a nuclear power plant.
  • Vitaly Smagin on international arbitration against Ashot Egiazaryan, resulting in a USD 84 million award to our client.
  • a European bank on insolvency proceedings in relation to a state-owned power plant, including appointment of an administrator and negotiations with government.
  • a Russian energy company on two arbitrations against an Eastern European national oil company over the non-delivery of fuel worth USD 500 million.

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