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Dispute resolution

What others say about us..

Clients praise the group's "excellent performance in court," with one source adding: "They would cover everything in a structured and presentable way, will never omit or forget anything.

Chambers Europe 2018

Our team

Our team of trial lawyers is one of the strongest on the market:

  • Over the past year, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP lawyers have won more than 91% of cases.
  • Our team is one of the biggest in Russia:
    • 40 trial lawyers are based in Moscow
    • the international team consists of over 180 lawyers specialising in litigation / international arbitration at the 32 firm’s offices throughout the world.
  • Unlike many other international firms in Russia, we have sufficient resources to handle effectively many challenging complex cases concurrently — both in Russia, including virtually all the regions from Kaliningrad to Sakhalin, and in the other countries.
  • The Dispute Resolution Practice has, for several years, been top-ranked / highly recommended by the leading professional international directories, such as Сhambers & Partners, The Legal 500 EMEA etc.

Areas of expertise

Unlike many other firms, our multi-functional team provides not only comprehensive commercial litigation support, but also targeted solutions for antimonopoly, customs, tax, labour, IP cases, corporate criminal defence services to businesses and international arbitration.

Types of dispute we handle:

  • Shareholders Disputes
  • Insolvency / Bankruptcy
  • Debt Collection
  • Banking Disputes
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Construction & Engineering Disputes
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Competition Disputes
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Defamation
  • Tax Disputes
  • Customs Disputes
  • Labour Disputes
  • Consumer claims
  • White Collar Crime Defence
  • International Arbitration


  • Representing clients in all types of dispute in state arbitration courts and courts of law at all levels, including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation;
  • Handling cases in virtually all high-profile international commercial arbitration centres, including the ICC, LCIA, SCC, AAA, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, ICAC, etc.
  • Representing clients before the regulators and law enforcement authorities, including protecting clients' interests during various audits, participating in administrative proceedings, contesting in court decisions by the administrative authorities (the Federal Antimonopoly Service, Prosecutor's Office, Chamber for Patent Disputes, Rosprirodnadzor, Rospotrebnadzor, etc.).
  • Assisting clients in organising, efficiently and quickly, judgement enforcement, cooperation with the court bailiff service at all the stages of enforcement. If necessary, tracing and seizing debtors’ assets in all regions of Russia and abroad.
  • Representing clients in recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements and international commercial arbitral awards.

Our domestic and global outreach

  • We are one of the few firms that have the necessary resources and experience to represent clients' interests in courts in all the Russian regions and in the CIS states.
  • Besides using our own staff of lawyers, we have well-established working relations with over 100 preferred law firms, located in all regions of Russia, as well as in over 65 other jurisdictions around the world, which have for many years acted as our reliable partners in jurisdictions where our clients need assistance.

Our approach

  • We offer our clients various ways to achieve the business result: this is not only representation in court, but also ADR and, if necessary, assistance in organising effective enforcement of judgements or initiating a criminal case against a counterparty.

Precedential cases

Over the last two years only, our specialists successfully handled such precedential cases that had important implications for both separate segments of business and case law shaping in general (see details in the section Project examples):

  • Successfully represented Caterpillar NI (formerly FG Wilson) to have its claims included on the register of ADD Group creditors. The claims under an English law guarantee (for the first time in Russian court history) amounted to over USD 6 m.
  • Acted successfully for AKFEN in a case relating to a suit brought against the Moscow Government for recovery of circa USD 6 m in losses resulting from impossibility of implementing an investment project.
  • Successfully represented IFK LKB Invest in a case for recovery of more than RUB 168 million debt under an interest free loan agreement and of interest on use of the loan against Sibacademstroy in the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation, despite an evident violation of the law and the legal positions of the Russian SCC committed by lower courts.  
  • One of the most high-profile cases recently in intellectual property protection — acting for the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) on claims to defend four major record companies in cases connected with long-term violation of copyrights and neighbouring rights to sound recordings on a big Russian social network.

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