Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution


<> High profile and complex litigation and arbitration matters are a primary focus of our firm. We have one of the largest and most experienced teams in Russia acting on a broad range of disputes including corporate, competition, financial, insolvency-related, real estate and general commercial litigation and arbitration. We have notable expertise in the banking and financial services, automotive, energy, TMT, retail and transportation sectors.

One of our major strengths is our expertise in multijurisdictional disputes, advising Russian and international corporations and representing the individual interests of senior executives seeking to resolve contentious matters arising in the Russian market. We advise them throughout the course of litigious activity in the Russian state courts and international arbitration centres and we represent them through complex insolvency proceedings and cross-border asset tracing exercises. In the last year alone, we have acted on disputes involving the USA, Canada, UK, Netherlands and Korea as well as many of the major offshore jurisdictions.

ALRUD’s full-service offering is a key factor in attracting bluechip domestic and international clients. Our Dispute Resolution team routinely works with ALRUD’s top-ranking teams in other practice areas including corporate and M&A, competition & antitrust, restructuring and insolvency, intellectual property and real estate. This approach enables us to advise on the full spectrum of clients’ complex requirements, giving us the scale of resources needed to service the most demanding situations. At the same time, our Dispute Resolution team is regularly instructed by clients on a standalone basis as their trusted adviser on contentious matters.

Close interaction between the criminal and civil regulatory authorities in Russia has blurred the lines separating criminal, civil and administrative offences. Clients may therefore face a range of different liabilities arising from the same allegations. ALRUD’s rare combination of corporate litigation and white collar crime expertise enables us to help domestic and international clients in navigating these challenges. It is notable that ALRUD brings unrivalled expertise in defending international business in white collar crime matters in Russia and supporting corporate clients in international investigations. This is not common in Russia, where litigation advisers predominantly focus on advising Russian high-net-worth individuals.

The ALRUD team also includes qualified advocates (attorneys) which is not common in Russia where we have a dualism of the legal profession. This brings us a number of opportunities and advantages over competitors, including attorney-client privilege, right of audience in criminal matters, and the ability to conduct advocate’s investigative research. <>

Our Services


We advise clients on the choice of applicable law and jurisdiction, evaluate the strengths of their legal position, develop a detailed case strategy and represent clients in litigation proceedings.

Arbitration and Cross-Border Disputes

We represent clients in proceedings in the international arbitration centres, including ICAC, ICC, LCIA and SCC, as well as assist in enforcement of arbitral awards.

Restructuring and insolvency

We advise clients on possible options and schemes of restructuring and represent them in insolvency proceedings including projects relating to protection against dissipation of assets, clawback and recovery of damages from management and shareholders/beneficiaries of insolvent companies.

White collar crime

We support our clients through criminal proceedings and compliance investigations, bringing together our global expertise in regulatory enforcement, private and government investigations, fraud and anti-corruption.

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Highlights of recent domestic and international work

Auchan LLC

in its high-profile dispute on the potential demolition of the shopping centre, which cost about US$ 320 million. It is one of the largest construction disputes in Russia, the results of which may significantly affect the court and construction practices in Russia.

Sova Capital Limited

in a remarkable corporate dispute on recovery of US$ 200 million.

SSI Schäfer

the worldwide-known German manufacturer, in the largest insurance dispute on recovery of multibillion losses caused by the crash of the warehouse.

The Russian subsidiary of the leading Chinese manufacturer of hitech equipment for agricultural, construction, energy, ecology and transportation industries

in a series of disputes on recovery of indebtedness and bankruptcy of the numerous Russian leaseholders.


in a series of disputes relating to the termination of dealer agreements.

Nabors Industries Ltd.

a leading global provider of technology based solutions for drilling, servicing and completion, in unique precedent-setting disputes with respect to Russian regulation on foreign strategic investments.


the major European logistics group, and the subsidiary of Unicredit real estate investment company in the claim for collection of unjust enrichment relating to the construction of a new Russian logistics centre that was subject to fraudulent activity by the former management team and incurred substantial cost overruns. Following a lengthy litigation involving three appeals, the parties came to a favourable amicable settlement.

The international manufacturer of home appliances from South Korea

in a series of disputes with major national retailers and distributors relating to the collection of debts and damages, including support in the course of bankruptcy and parallel proceedings.

Autorobot-Strefa Sp. z o.o.

the Polish manufacturer of turnkey car body welding lines, in the dispute against one of the leading consumer and commercial vehicles producers in Russia on recognition and enforcement of LCIA award. Despite negative court practice, we managed to bring the case up to the Supreme Arbitrazh Court and win it.

One of the largest registrars of domain names in the world

in a series of disputes relating to the disclosure of prohibited information and personal data on a variety of websites by domain administrators. At least 15 court cases initiated by the Russian telecoms regulator and by private rightholders were completed in favour of our client and others were settled in out-of-court procedures.

One of the top Russian oil producers

in its huge dispute on collection of over 10 billion Roubles of overpaid customs payments from the customs broker. The defense strategy included initiation of bankruptcy proceedings and criminal case against management of the customs broker.

The Republic of Estonia

on USSR law in a dispute with private companies in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague.

One of the largest creditors of refinery

in the LCIA arbitration.

One of the well-known and leading Russian producers of longitudinal welded pipes

in an ICC dispute, against the largest German heavy plate producer, on collection of damages in the amount of EUR 150 million.

A major Russian steel company

in arbitration proceedings, under the LCIA Rules, in a corporate dispute of approx. US$ 700 million, concerning shareholding in a major Russian steel plant.

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