Litigation in Russia

Experience

    • A major Russian bank in multiple proceedings across a number of jurisdictions, including England, arising out of the financial collapse of a major international oil refinery.
    • Tatneft in complex civil fraud proceedings in the English Commercial Court.
    • Mobile TeleSystems in its investor-state arbitration against Uzbekistan brought under the Additional Facility of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), including successfully defending an Article 45(6) application.
    • Ust-Kamenogorsk Hydropower Plant, a subsidiary of Samruk Energy, as advocates to the appellant in the UK Supreme Court on a landmark arbitration appeal to determine whether the English Court has jurisdiction to grant an anti-suit injunction in circumstances where no arbitration is intended or in prospect.
    • Debevoise partner Sophie Lamb served as co-arbitrator in a shareholders agreement dispute between OAO Gazprom and the Republic of Lithuania.
    • An Austrian investor in a $500 million LCIA arbitration arising out of the collapse of the Ukrainian banking sector in 2008.
    • A manufacturer in an ICC arbitration involving a dispute over breaches of a joint venture agreement for the manufacture and distribution of supermarket checkouts and shelving.
    • Norilsk Nickel and Interros International Investments in a dispute with United Company Rusal, including LCIA arbitration proceedings and related court litigation in the United States, England, Russia, Switzerland, St. Kitts & Nevis and The Netherlands.
    • Tele2 Russia International Cellular in the merger control clearance of the transfer of the management powers of 11 Russian Tele2 Russia operators to a management company.
    • The Republic of Uzbekistan in the ICSID arbitration instituted by Newmont (Uzbekistan) Limited and Newmont USA Limited.
    • The Republic of Uzbekistan in the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitration instituted by Newmont (Uzbekistan) Limited.
    • Yukos Oil in certain U.S. securities laws matters.
    • DART Management in matters relating to an investor in an enforcement action to recover spread taken on investments in Russia.
    • A U.S. investor in discounted sovereign debts, in transactions relating to the acquisition of interests in sovereign debt issued by European countries and related enforcement steps.
    • Philip Morris in an antitrust case in Russia against Gallaher Group.
    • DART Management in matters relating to an investor and its co-investors in a Russian investment who now seek to obtain discovery regarding a New York bank account in New York state court pursuant to an order by the Royal Court of Jersey.
    • DART Management in matters relating to an investor in an enforcement action to recover a spread taken on investments in Russia.
    • Philip Morris in antitrust compliance of Philip Morris's cigarette distribution arrangements.
    • A large Russian bank in a dispute concerning accounting warranties, among other issues, which arose following its acquisition of a pan-CIS banking group. The matter settled on terms favorable to our client.
    • Mechel, a Russian mining and metals conglomerate, in winning dismissal of securities fraud claims in the Southern District of New York brought after senior Russian officials made negative comments about the company and levied an antitrust fine for alleged price discrimination.
    • Interros International Investments in an LCIA arbitration against UC Rusal Limited over a cooperation agreement relating to the joint management of OAO MMC Norilsk Nickel. Representation of the client in settlement of the dispute.
    • Rossiya Airlines in the seizure of an aircraft in France, including obtaining a court-ordered lift of the seizure.
    • Baring Vostok Private Equity Fund in Russian antitrust matters.
    • Corbiere and Raleigh, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Russian miner Norilsk Nickel, in a dispute between Rusal and the Interros Group over the buyback of Norilsk shares worth $3.5 billion.  These complex, inter-related proceedings involved parallel litigation in England, the Caribbean, the United States and Russia. Amongst the interrelated proceedings was the successful defence of a Norwich Pharmacal application, in which Rusal sought to obtain documents relating to Debevoise’s representation of Norilsk, Corbiere and Interros.
    • A leading natural resources group in its criminal investigation by the SFO into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption relating to the activities of the company or its subsidiaries in Kazakhstan and Africa.